Guest Valerie Bowman Dishes on Secrets

Update—we have a winner!  Angi Morgan was our randomly selected commenter who will receive a signed copy of Valerie Bowman’s book. Congrats, Angi!   Sorry I missed all the fun yesterday. Bad weather in New York yesterday delayed my travel, so I didn’t make it home until this afternoon. I’ll tell you all about Maine in two weeks…  Thank you, again, to Valerie for playing guest host of the blog for me!

Hey all!   Today’s secret #1 is that even though it’s my day to blog, I’m actually spending the day in airports traveling home from vacation (I’ve spent the past week on an island in Maine).  Since I’ll be off the grid, I’ve invited a special friend to fill my spot.

It’s my pleasure to introduce our readers to Valerie Bowman whose debut book, Secrets of a Wedding Night was released last week. Valerie writes Regency-set historical romance novels with a focus on sharp dialogue, engaging storylines, and heroines who take matters into their own hands! She has a degree in English Language and Literature from Smith College and lives in Jacksonville, FL with her rascally dog, Roo. You can find Valerie on the web at and on Facebook and Twitter.

Since Valerie and I get together for lunch semi-regularly (where we dish all sorts of secrets!), I asked her what makes secrets so special in stories.  Read on, because secret #2  is that Valerie is offering a signed copy of her book to one lucky commenter with a U.S. mailing address.  Now, here’s Valerie–

Psst. Wanna hear a secret?

It’s human nature to answer a resounding, “Yes!” Or, at least, to be a little bit intrigued.

But why? Why are secrets so delightful? What is it about confidential information that makes us lean in a tad closer and perk up our ears?

I’ll get to those answers in a moment, but first I have to say that I love the potential of secrets so much that my debut historical romance novel, Secrets of a Wedding Night, is all about them. So is my entire trilogy, actually. It’s called The Secret Brides. And different types of secrets propel the plots in all three stories.

In fact, the secret about Secrets of a Wedding Night really is that I came up with the story’s title before I ever invented the plot. The title just came to me one night and I thought, Ooh, now that’s a book I want to read. Even I wanted to know what the secret was and I made it up!

So what is about secrets that is so very appealing after all? Well, here are my guesses.

  1. The Unknown – Often a secret is irresistible because it’s information that is deliberately being kept from us. Presumably (at times) for our own good. And if someone doesn’t want us to know something, isn’t it just that much more delicious to find out? In my story, Secrets of a Wedding Night, is the title of a scandalous pamphlet that is making the rounds and causing a to-do among the young ladies of the ton. Those young ladies really want to find out the deets.
  2. The Clandestine – A secret isn’t a secret unless you’re keeping it from someone else. Maybe multiple someones. Often, it’s who we’re keeping the secret from that makes all the difference. In my second book, Secrets of a Runaway Bride (St. Martin’s, April 2013) my heroine tries to sneak away to marry the man of her dreams while her sister is away on her honeymoon. Of course the man who thwarts her plans and won’t keep her secret is her new brother-in-law’s best friend, whose been left to watch her…and who just happens to be hot and eligible. (wink)
  3. The Juicy Details – When you learn a secret don’t you feel “in the know”? Sometimes our imaginations just take flight and what we speculate about can be much less exciting than what really happened. Be honest. Don’t we all sort of want to know what went on behind closed doors with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes? In my third book, Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage (St. Martin’s, Oct 2013) the secret revolves around what exactly happened in the scandalous marriage between the Duke and Duchess of Markingham. The duchess, you see, is accused of murdering her cheating husband. Just like the tabloids of today, my hero, a nobleman publisher, starts out wanting to get the details for the rapacious public but ends up falling in love with the widowed duchess instead. And of course, he has a secret of his own.

So, there you have it, my take on what makes a secret such a delicious plot device. What do you think? Can you keep a secret? And what do you think makes them so irresistible?

Thanks for the insights, Valerie. And thank you for offering a giveaway of your book!  Comments will be taken through midnight tonight (Oct. 2nd), and I’ll post the winner here at the top of this post on Wednesday afternoon. I’m including info on the book below, so you can whet your appetites.  

About Secrets of a Wedding Night….

Young, widowed, and penniless, Lily Andrews, the Countess of Merrill, has strong opinions on marriage. When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times, she decides to take action. She will not allow another hapless girl to fall prey to a man—particularly the scoundrel who broke her heart five years ago. Anonymously she writes and distributes a pamphlet entitled “Secrets of a Wedding Night,” knowing it will find its way into his intended’s innocent hands…

Devon Morgan, the Marquis of Colton, desires a good wife and mother to his son—someone completely unlike Lily Andrews, the heartless beauty who led him on a merry chase five years ago only to reject him. When Devon’s new fiancée cries off after reading a certain scandalous pamphlet, he vows to track down the author and make her pay. But when he learns it’s his former fiancée Lily, he issues a challenge: write a retraction—or prepare to be seduced—to find out how wonderful a wedding night can be…

Publishers Weekly calls Secrets of a Wedding Night, an “enchanting, engaging debut that will have readers seeking future installments” and Romantic Times Book Reviews says, “This fast-paced, charming debut, sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters, marks Bowman for stardom.” Booklist gave it a starred review! 

About Amy Atwell

Amy Atwell is a storyteller at heart. After fifteen years in professional theater, she turned from the stage to the page to write contemporary capers and historical tales that combine romance and adventure. Her books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. When not writing, she runs the online author communities WritingGIAM and Author E.M.S.
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18 Responses to Guest Valerie Bowman Dishes on Secrets

  1. Amy R says:

    That IS a good title for a book. I agree that we all want to hear secrets. It is human nature! I try very hard at work NOT to listen to secrets because sometimes they are so good I want to share them and that is breaking someone’s trust. It is a big weakness of mine to get caught up in office gossip. Perhaps I need to just listen to other people’s secrets via fiction romance books, huh? That would be safe. Thanks for the post. 🙂

  2. Angi Morgan says:

    I’ve been waiting for ths book for a very very long time. Can’t wait to have a day off to read it. Congratulations Valerie !!


  3. Edie Ramer says:

    Valerie, Secrets of a Wedding Night sounds like such a fun book. Congrats on getting such great reviews!

    I can usually keep a secret – except I might tell my husband. But that’s pretty safe because (1) he’s probably thinking about something else and not listening (2) he usually doesn’t know the people I’m talking about and doesn’t care (3) and he’ll forget it almost immediately.

  4. Elizabeth Kelley says:

    I agree, there are many reasons people like secrets. People want to be in the know, or belong to that intimate inner social circle, or to be trusted by a friend. And, for that reason, I believe Secrets of a Wedding Night is a perfect book title.

    So happy for you Valerie! Do you have a picture from Colorado yet?

  5. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Valerie,

    Welcome to Magical Musings. Major congrats on your new release. And I love the cover! Secrets are deadly. I’m no good with and hate when others have them – but we all do 🙂
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Blog Tour for Family Blood Ties series – Vampire in Denial and Vampire in Distress!

  6. I’m pretty good at keeping some secrets and really awful at others. I think it depends on the nature of the secret! Edie, the story about your hub cracks me up. And Elizabeth, I’d LOVE a picture from Colorado! Waving madly to Amy and Angi! Thanks, ladies!

  7. Misty Evans says:

    I’m a big fan of secrets in fiction. Delicious entertainment! Congrats on your debut release, Valerie, and here’s to many more ideas involving juicy secrets!

  8. Jane says:

    Congrats on your debut release, Valerie. I think I’m pretty good at keeping secrets. I think secrets are so irresistible because you’re privy to info most people don’t know.

  9. Liz Kreger says:

    Love a good secret and am very good at keeping them. My daughter, on the other hand, cannot keep a secret to save her life. Hasn’t learned the consequences, yet … but she’s young. Lots of time to learn. 😉

    Your debut book sounds intriguing and while I’m not a fan of historicals, its certainly tempting.

    Thanx for joining us here at MM and good luck with your release. Love the cover.

  10. Wow, this sounds like a great book! I look forward to reading it. 🙂

    As for secrets, I’m wishing lately that I didn’t have to keep so many of the ones I’ve learned at work – however, it is in my best interest to do so!
    Kate Sterling`s last blog was …Magical Mondays: The Power of Positive Visualization, Part 2

  11. Cynthia Eden says:

    I love your cover! It is absolutely gorgeous.
    Cynthia Eden`s last blog was …Olde City, New Blood

  12. Thanks so much, Liz, Kate, and Cynthia! And Kate, works secrets are the worst, aren’t they?

  13. Ki Pha says:

    Awesome!! Secrets huhh… I like to keep my own secrets but I can keep a secret, that is most of the time. 🙄 But I do tell my younger sister from time to time just because. She doesn’t know the people anyways, six years apart, so yup, a different generation.

  14. Thanks so much to Amy and the other Magical Musers for having me. I’d love to come back and visit again some time!
    Valerie Bowman`s last blog was …How I Sold in a Three Book Deal to St. Martin’s Press Writers Workshop

  15. Joan Leacott says:

    Who doesn’t love a nice juicy secret? Especially in a book with such an intriguing title! The pamphlet is a fun twist. This one goes on my buy list for sure.
    Joan Leacott`s last blog was …Through my Goggles

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