Q: Describe yourself in five words.
A: Fashionist, passionate, entrepreneur, loyal, creative
Q: Of what are you most afraid?
A: Failing Elegant Occasions (my business arranging parties, balls, etc., for the ton)
Q: What’s your biggest regret?
A: Not recognizing my ability to run a business earlier in life.
Q: What’s your biggest dream?
A: To become such a good artist that one of my works is displayed at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Q: What’s your favorite dish in A Duke for Diana?
A: Cheddar tartlets.
Q: What do you want readers to know about your book?
A: It’s a light read with a few darker elements and lots of humor.
Q: Pick one song that describes you best.
A: Killer Queen. I do love Moet de Chandon, and I am indeed “well-versed in etiquette” and “extraordinarily wise.” LOL!
Q: What advice would you give your younger self?
A: Never lose a chance to expand your horizons.
Q: Last song you listened to?
A: “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea
Q: Name your celebrity crush.
A: In this century or a previous one? In my time, it was Sir Thomas Lawrence. What a masterful portrait painter! In this time? Probably Channing Tatum. I do like beefy men. And he even played a man named ‘Duke’ once!
Q: Who do you love most?
A: My husband, Geoffrey, of course. He may be a duke, but he has the heart of a lover. And who doesn’t like that?
Q: What is your most-used emoji?
Q: Name an event that changed your life.
A: The time my mother ran off with her lover, and my father chose to put the entire family through the scandal of a divorce. Neither of them even bothered to wait until we’d had our debuts! That’s why we had to start our own business. It was either that or live with our dictatorial father for the rest of our lives.
Q: Place you most want to travel?
A: I wouldn’t mind visiting Italy. All that gorgeous art!
Q: On a scale of one to ten, how good are you when it comes to keeping secrets?
A: A 10, I assure you.
Q: If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would you choose?
A: Diana. I am not one for nicknames, although some call me the Queen of Fashion.
Q: If someone were to play you in a movie, who would you want it to be?
A: Molly C. Quinn. All right, so her eyes are blue and she’s not as tall as I am, but she has perfect red hair, and she’s gorgeous. Besides, one of my celebrity crushes is her co-star Nathan Fillion (shh, don’t tell Geoffrey).
Q: Fill in the blank: “There’s nothing I love more than… butter.”
Q: What is your Hogwarts house?
A: I have no idea. What’s a hogwart?
Q: What’s your life’s motto?
A: No matter what you do, people will talk. You just have to take your life in your own hands and find a way around them.
Q: Share your favorite quote.
A: “I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.”—Alexander McQueen [contemporary quote]
“Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.” —Francis Bacon [historical quote]
Q: Name three things that inspire you.
A: Nature, art, and a good cup of tea
Q: Name someone that inspires you.
A: My older sister Eliza. She lives life on her own terms, even in the face of hardship.
Q: You can only read one genre for the rest of your life. Which do you choose?
A: Romance, of course. I do so enjoy Jane Austen.
Q: What is the bravest thing you ever did?
A: Ignoring society to open Elegant Occasions.
Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
A: Absolutely. Anyone who doesn’t has forgotten what it was like to be young.
“Anyone who loves romance must read Sabrina Jeffries!” —Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author
From the beloved New York Times bestselling author comes a dazzling new series perfect for fans of Bridgerton, featuring a talk-of-the-ton trio of young women who’ve eschewed working as governesses to utilize their talents for fashion, food, and music, by running their own party planning enterprise, Elegant Occasions. And if they, and their wealthy clients, happen to find love along the way, it just makes their efforts all the more rewarding…
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Self-made civil engineer Geoffrey Brookhouse has unexpectedly inherited the dukedom of Grenwood. But he has a secret that could ruin his family. Hoping to save his timid sister from that fate, he seeks to marry her off to a respectable, protective gentleman. With the London Season imminent, Geoffrey hires Elegant Occasions to orchestrate her debut. Yet Lady Diana Harper, spirited fashion expert, proves more than he bargained for. Suddenly, Geoffrey’s sister is emerging from her shell, and he is beleaguered with social invitations and gossip! Worse, Diana is attempting to transform him into a presentable duke—when all he really wants is to make her his own . . .
Diana doesn’t know what to make of the handsome, disheveled duke. The man bristles at the very idea that his fashion faux pas might spoil his sister’s chances. Yet Geoffrey’s stubbornness simply inspires Diana to ruffle his feathers—by setting him on a course of self-improvement. Although there’s something endearing, even irresistible about his flaws, can a man who hates the ton tolerate a woman who makes her living catering to them? Little does either know that they have more in common than they suspect—and that two can create a society all their own . . .