Donna Cummings shares details about the creation of Lord
Wastrel in the box set Rogues Gallery.

About the Book

Title Rogues Gallery
Genre Regency Romance Boxed Set
Author Donna Cummings
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
3 rogues, falling in love. . .
Lord Midnight
Lord Midnight, a dashing highwayman, lives for revenge
against the uncle who stole his title and tried to kill him as a child. His
plan for vengeance–seducing his uncle’s bride-to-be–collides with his passion
for this spirited young woman desperate to escape her wedding. Soon he must
choose: saving the woman who stole his heart, or destroying the man who stole
his life.
Lord Rakehell’s Love
(The Curse of True Love, Book 1)
Simon is late to his own wedding, and Georgiana is
heartbroken by the scandal. After such a blunder, how can this rogue known as
Lord Rakehell prove his devotion to the woman he loves?
Lord Wastrel (The
Curse of True Love, Book 2)
Lord Wastrel–the most
notorious rake in London–has a child? Clearly he knows how to sire one, but he
knows nothing about raising one. He needs a scandal-free woman to be a suitable
mother. So why is he falling for Flighty Felicia, who is notorious for her
numerous elopements?

Introducing Lord Wastrel

Name: Hugh Longford, Lord Weyson (aka “Lord
Wastrel”)
Age: 30-ish
Gender: Male
Birthplace: England
Profession: Rogue
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight.
Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Tall. Long-ish
dark hair. Able to make ladies swoon with a single devilish smile.
Who is the
significant other in your character’s life?
That would be Lady Felicia Selby, also known as
“Flighty Felicia” since she was notorious for eloping every
fortnight. (In her defense, she was trying to fall instantly in love, thanks to
her family’s curse.) Hugh has known her since they were children, and she was
the last person he expected to fall in love with. He resisted mightily. Guess
who won that battle?
Tell us about this
character, please.
Hugh has earned his nickname by indulging in every bawdy
activity available to a young man of wealth and privilege. One morning he comes
home from a raucous evening of pleasure to discover he has a daughter he knew
nothing about, and he is her only
parent. He immediately changes his misspent ways, intent on finding a suitable,
non-scandalous wife to help him raise his child.
Are any of his skills
a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
Hugh was a very successful wastrel, before he became a
father, and while he does not regret his past, since it also brought him his
daughter, he is not at all receptive to Felicia’s suggestion that he write his
memoirs.
Does he have children?
Hugh has a high-spirited four-year-old daughter named
Lucinda, who is mad about horses, and does her best at every opportunity to
convince her Papa she needs a pony of her very own. One of Hugh’s biggest
challenges is keeping a straight face around his strong-willed child.
Does your character
care about what others assume about him?
Hugh doesn’t really care what others think of him, but he is
desperate to make sure his past sins do not impact his daughter’s future or her
happiness. She is already disadvantaged socially by being illegitimate, so he
does everything he can to prevent her being harmed by that, in any way.
What inner doubt
causes your character the most difficulty?
Hugh is worried he will be as dreadful of a parent as his
own were. They loved scandal more than him, and he was left orphaned as a
result.
What is your
character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Finding a wife who could be a perfect mother, helping him
raise his child. His notion of “perfect mother” does not include a
high-spirited woman whose scandals rival his own. . .at least at the beginning
of the story.

About Your Writer

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
She has an insatiable love for the roguish type, especially
those of us who make her laugh and
fan her face. She’s hoping others will feel the same way, which is why she has
included three of us in this one volume. *whispers* I am quite convinced I am
her favorite, despite her protests otherwise.
What do you wish your
writer had not told others about you?
Hmm, I cannot think of anything in particular. Of course, I
have become rather adept at using the Delete key on her laptop, even though I
swear to her I know nothing of how this “word production device”
operates. *winks*
What other character
from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
There has already been quite a bit of clamor for more of the
story involving Felicia’s Great-Aunt Aurore. Thanks to their family’s curse, “Great-Aunt
Uproar” has been in love with someone considered unsuitable for several
decades. I, personally, would enjoy seeing her cousin Tony’s story unfold. The
man is an inveterate gambler, and believes he can control his own luck where
love is concerned. I have seen a glimpse of the woman who shall change his
destiny and, well, I don’t want to give Tony too many hints beforehand.
Why do you think your
writer loves to write?
I think she finds all of us rather amusing. Well, except for
those moments when we seem uncooperative, or another set of characters inserts
themselves into the front of the queue when she has planned something else
entirely. *glares at best friend Lord Rakehell* He is a perfect example. He
wasn’t even supposed to have his own story and somehow his got published before
mine. Still, we know our writer adores us, no matter what she may publicly
proclaim during the actual creation of our stories.
Is there anything
you’d like to say to your writer?
Yes, actually. *uses most formal voice* You know how I
detest surprises, but you utilized them, quite successfully, to change my mind
about many important matters. *bows* You have my sincere gratitude.

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Author Bio

I have worked as an attorney, a tasting-room manager at a
winery, and the owner of a retail business, but nothing beats the thrill of
writing humorously-ever-after romances.
I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending
the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in
Regency London, scandalizing the ton.
You can find me on Twitter and Facebook, talking about
coffee and writing.

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