Author Valerie Bowman's debut historical romance novel, Secrets of a Wedding Night, is about a virgin widow who writes a scandalous pamphlet that sets the ton on its ear, breaks up an engagement and launches a challenging game of seduction. Considering the heroine's propensity for causing mischief, Valerie thought it would be fun to ask some romance authors the question, "What's the most scandalous thing you've ever done?"

Below are their true confessions of wicked behavior!

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Vanessa Kelly, author of His Mistletoe Bride

Scandalous Confession: I’ve actually done more than a few scandalous things in my lifetime, but they might land me in jail if I confessed to them in public! One incident that does stick in my mind was when I went to a strip club on a dare with some male friends at university. This was a Tony Soprano type strip club, not some high-end “gentleman’s club” or a woman’s Chippendale review. It was pretty darn raunchy. Needless to say, the dancers immediately identified me as a mark and did their best to embarrass me. They succeeded!

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Christina Brooke, author of A Duchess to Remember

Scandalous Confession: I once went skinny dipping in the ocean with friends on New Year's Eve.

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Samantha Grace, author of Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie

Scandalous Confession: I may have danced on a table once, but no dollar bills were involved. Darn the luck.

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Allison Brennan, author of Stalked

Scandalous Confession: When I was 15, before I had my driver's license, I used to drive my grandmother's car all over town. I was never pulled over. Then, right after I got my license, I had two tickets in one week.

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Tia Nevitt, author of The Sevenfold Spell

Scandalous Confession: The most scandalous thing I have ever done is write The Sevenfold Spell. You can't imagine how un-promiscuous I look. Nary a plunging neckline or a short skirt to be found. For me to write about a character like Talia quite scandalized my friends and family. I told my boss recently (!) that the only time I get wild is when I write.

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Amy Atwell, author of Ambersley

Scandalous Confession: Back in college, I was out with my girlfriends driving around Cleveland one night. We found a really handsome guy driving beside us. Egged on by my friends, I scribbled out my phone number, leaned out of the car and handed it to him. We wound up having a nice lunch date but didn't hit it off. Lucky for me he was a nice guy and not an ax murderer. I still can't believe I did that!

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Manda Collins, author of How to Romance a Rake

Scandalous Confession: I wish I could tell you that I streaked at a college football game or got caught making out on kiss cam or something. But alas, my scandals are pretty low key. I was, in a Mean Girls kind of way, the author of a Boy List in middle school, wherein I and the other girls in my class rated the boys in the class based on looks, personality, and dateability. Now, of course, I realize it was totally wrong and that we were objectifying the boys. But then it was fun. As far as I know the boys never found out, so there was no Afterschool Special valuable lesson learning on my part. Just one day, years later I remembered it and thought, "That was awful of me." My ability to rate things has come in handy on Goodreads though!

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Jennifer McQuiston, author of What Happens in Scotland

Scandalous Confession: I fell in love with my current husband while firmly involved with someone else. I had been in a four-year relationship and had just signed a lease to move in with the wrong guy. To this day, I thank my lucky stars for cold feet and a clandestine kiss that opened my eyes to the fact that I was meant to be with someone else. I remember at the time thinking my life could be a romance novel. Eighteen years, two children later, and a few real romance novels later, I am still happily in love. 

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Donna MacMeans, author of The Casanova Code

Scandalous Confession: My husband and I went to Hawaii to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. When we went to dinner at a dark, classy restaurant, I leaned over to tell him that I was “commando” beneath my sundress. Perhaps he wasn’t the only one who was listening. The waiter mixing the ceasar salad by our table, bumped into a bottle on his cart — which, in turn, knocked over the tall pepper mill on the table – which slammed into my water glass dumping the wet contents into my lap. Let me assure you – ice water was never so cold.

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Celeste Bradley, author of A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man

Scandalous Confession: I worked my way through art school as a nude model. Full Monty!

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Kieran Kramer, author of Loving Lady Marcia

Scandalous Confession: Once when there were blue laws in South Carolina and you couldn't buy alcohol on Sundays, my date and I went somewhere where they brought us wine in a teapot, and we drank it out of two tea cups. But that hardly seems scandalous. Illegal, yes.

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Diane Kelly, author of Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray

Scandalous Confession: I once judged a men's chest contest at a country-western bar. I was blindfolded and they were shirtless and I had to run my hands all over their chests to judge. Not bad work if you can get it!

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Valerie Bowman's own wicked tale? The author shares: I once crawled through a fallow cornfield full of burrs (found out later when they were all over my clothes!) to evade police who busted an underage drinking party I was at in high school. At least I was smart enough to park along the country road outside the house. The poor saps who parked in the driveway got blocked off and busted. : ) And yes, I got away!

Have your own scandalous tale? Share it in the comments! You can pick up a copy of Secrets of a Wedding Night, available in stores now! For more scandalous romance visit our Everything Romance Page!

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