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Lady Thief (Scarlet #2)
by A.C. Gaughen
Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.
Publication: Already available (February 11th 2014)
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR
How did you come up with the idea to write Scarlet?
SCARLET was a little strange. I had this voice kind of nagging in my head, and I started going back through old work. I found this story I had written in grad school in this voice, and it all collided--I knew who she was, I knew who the hero she had been wishing after was, I knew it all. And I just started writing, and it came out very very fast.
How is Lady Thief( the sequel) different from Scarlet?
It's a little darker. It's time for some serious consequences to catch up to Scar, the band, and the shire. Everyone is really dealing with the fact that they can't run away from their pasts. Scarlet is also put in the position of deciding who she really is; the things that define her, like her knives, dressing as a boy, holding on to her secrets, even her love of Rob, have all been stripped away and she has to figure out what it means to be Scarlet. What, in all of that, is inalienable.
Your favourite version of Robin Hood?
BBC! People draw a lot of parallels, and while I see some of it, I also see some pretty gigantic divergences. But yeah, Jonas Armstrong, Richard Armitage...some serious man candy in that. Never was a big fan of their portrayal of the sheriff, though.
Any clues/hints/information you can share with us about book 3?
Hmm...well I'm secretly a huge history geek, and I have had some pretty serious intentions for this series and what major historical event it contributes to in the future. I can't wait to share that! (Well, I guess I can wait a LITTLE.... ;-) ) It's still very much in the process of editing and changing, but I think while I was writing it I definitely enjoyed seeing two characters (and a third, actually) have some happiness for once. BEFORE I MESS IT ALL UP AGAIN!
I love how you have such a strong feminine character in this series, any specific characters fictional or real that inspired you to come up with such a strong female character?
It will become much more clear in LADY THIEF, but Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of my ultimate favorite historical figures, bar none. Writing her was like fangirling history. And whenever people tell me Scarlet is anachronistic, I just point to her. Eleanor was hardcore. And I think as far as fiction goes, Tamora Pierce's work was an INCREDIBLE influence on me when I was young, and I think Ann Rinaldi was the coolest way to learn about girls in history. Ever!
Lady Thief in one line?
Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must act the part of a noblewoman to protect Rob and the shire--but there are things that cannot be undone, and secrets that Scarlet never knew she lost.
Books you would recommend to
A) YA readers
B) Adult readers
So I am going to skirt this question because I think YA readers and Adult readers are one and the same. Hmm recent favorites...I'm a total Rainbow Rowell convert, FANGIRL and ELEANOR AND PARK are books I want to slip in between the pages of. I just finished BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE (Schmidt) and MANOR OF SECRETS (Longshore) and totally obsessed over both. This is less a recommendation, but I just did a lot of graduate work on the New Adult emerging genre and I'm really dying to see some stellar entries in this field--I think it has so much potential that hasn't fully been tapped yet.
If Scarlet was trapped on a deserted island , what would she do?
Hm. Is Rob there? If so, enjoy it. If not, rope a couple of sea turtles together and sail right out of there.
Rapid Fire(what it the first thing that comes to your mind when I say....
Harry Potter Flying on Broomsticks
Hot Toddy (okay, maybe I should explain that it's REALLY cold here...)
Coffee Ew. (I'm a tea drinker)
Scarlet Should meet Olivia Pope.
I for one loved Scarlet and cannot wait to dive into this book.
The author has been kind enough to offer an ARC(Advanced Readers Copy of Lady Thief ,a tote bag and minor swag.
How awesome is she?
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