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Scandal Will Bring
Us Together


"Charles and Diana weren't the first prince and princess of Wales to have trouble," says Julia London, the author of this month's The Book of Scandal (Pocket). The Texas-based author had only to look at her favored period, the Regency, for proof of that. The ill-fated marriage between the Prince Regent, George, and his distant cousin, Caroline of Brunswick, was a good place to start.

"George was awful to her; he was drunk when he married her," London says. He had affairs; she had affairs; he threatened to take her to court; she threatened to tell the world
her side of the story with "The Book," an expose of the royal shenanigans of her estranged husband -- and of his family.

"The Book" was real: "There are manuscripts floating around; I tried to get a copy but couldn't," says London. And though it was never distributed, plenty of gossip tidbits and speculation from "The Book" found their way out into ton society.

London took the premise of "The Book's" insinuations wreaking havoc in Regency lives to her new publisher. Book one, The Book of Scandal, implicates Evangeline, a lady of the bedchamber to the Queen. When her estranged husband, Nathan Grey, learns of her alleged involvement in a scandal, he summons her home to his country estate to save them both from ruin.

London says she couldn't very well relate the story of the Prince Regent's "awful" marriage because "that's not romance."

"The real story is about how two people are married for all the wrong reasons, suffer a tragedy and discover they have a really good marriage," she says. London is committed to writing at least three books in the Scandal series, "though I could go on forever."

The tragedy that London's lovers suffer is the loss of their young son; London has experienced rather the reverse in her own life. Though she and her husband don't have children, they are acting as temporary guardians of her stepson's son. Calling it "a life-transforming moment," London says instant parenthood has influenced her writing. "I have an idea for a contemporary romance where the heroine has a baby dropped
on her doorstep," she notes.

"In Texas, there's almost 80,000 grandparents raising kids," she continues. "Navigating the bureaucracy is a nightmare, and I'm an educated person! Texas has a funny system. I think it's broken."

-- Liz French

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