Harlequin Presents Meets Mad Men

by editor Carly Corcoran

Dust off your mini skirts, try not to fall over in your platform heels and turn up your Beatles records it’s time to shimmy your way into the 1960s with Gray Quinn’s Baby by Susan Stephens in February Harlequin Presents!

Gray Quinn’s Baby is part of The Untamed series (previously known as Men without Mercy) – it’s Harlequin Presents with a retro twist!

THE UNTAMED

Arrogant and proud, unashamedly male!

The editorial team are always on the look out for new and exciting ideas from other cultural references (all that TV-watching and cinema-going is research – honest!) and the current one that’s got the office talking is Mad Men.

In case you haven’t caught an episode yet, Mad Men is a TV drama about one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s. It’s a world where men rule and women (with the exception of Peggy) type.

The series centres around Donald Draper, the firm’s mysterious but extremely talented ad executives.  Love him or hate him, Don Draper is the ultimate alpha male, powerful, ruthless and always gets what he wants.

The editorial team were in agreement that what a man like Don Draper needs is a twenty first century woman tame him! And so the idea for Gray Quinn’s Baby was born!  Luckily Susan thought it was a great idea!  Her wonderful storytelling brought the period to life and her penchant for Steve McQueen certainly helped! Below is brief outline for Susan’s story to whet your appetite:

Wanted in the bedroom…not the boardroom!

Magenta knows having a new employer might be tricky. But she isn’t expecting the old-fashioned ruthlessness of Gray Quinn!  However, plucky Magenta is up for the challenge, and tries to play the distractingly gorgeous Quinn at his own game…

Quinn is no New Man: he wants temptingly innocent Magenta in his bedroom, not the boardroom. But he can make her no promises. He’ll give her the night of her life, but he might not be there when she wakes up… And he definitely doesn’t want her taking maternity leave!

A little time travel is may be needed to transport the reader and the heroine back to the 1960s, but the relationship is pure Presents – passionate and exciting!

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Comments ( 2 )
  1. Marilyn Shoemaker
    February 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Susan, I’m so looking forward to Gray Quinn’s Baby. It’s also perfect timing because at the Harlequin 2011 Reading Challenge, there’s a Spring Challenge with “Color” in the name of the hero/heroine or author’s name, so this helps. Plus the fact that there also Abby “Green”, I’m also currently reading.

    The Wiinter Challenge involves reading a series, so The Untamed it will be as I just finished the Balfour Brides.

  2. Johnny Ray
    June 14, 2011 at 6:01 am

    It would be very interesting to take old novels that have lost their copy write and rewrite them in the modern era. I can see some authors making a career off of this.

    Sir John