by Maisey Yates, author of His Diamond of Convenience
“Yes, but is (insert character name here) going to get a book?”
This is the most common question I get from readers. Will one of their favorite side characters get an HEA of their own? I don’t always know the answer to that question. Sometimes because I’m not certain if the series is going to continue, and sometimes because I just can’t decide what sort of person that particular character needs. Or what their story might be.
By far the most commonly asked about character was my hero from Pretender To the Throne, Xander. He was introduced in the first two books in the Call of Duty series (there were only supposed to be two!) and though he never appeared on the page, he was often talked about, and readers were curious. The existence of his book is reader driven.
Very often, when people asked about Xander there was a second question that followed it. Would he get a book, and would he end up with Victoria?
If you haven’t read my Call of Duty series, or it’s just been a while, you might not remember Xander or Victoria. Xander was the long lost heir to the throne whose absence caused a lot of trouble for his sister and brother, and Victoria was engaged to Prince Stavros in At His Majesty’s Request. Stavros ended up married to their matchmaker, not to her.
I gave a lot of thought to putting Xander and Victoria together. After all, she was perfect queen material. She wanted to marry royalty. Perfect, right? I sat on that for a long time, thinking it over. Then realized she couldn’t be with Xander, because I would be giving her everything she wanted.
So Xander ended up with a scarred nun in Pretender to the Throne (because I couldn’t very well give him everything HE thought he wanted either), and Victoria languished in the back of my mind.
But, she wouldn’t leave me alone. Even while I was working on other books, I thought about her. I thought about why she felt like she needed to marry royalty. What kind of woman might make that decision, even though she didn’t love the Prince she was engaged to? And I thought a lot about what kind of man she would need, not just what kind of man she thought would be perfect.
I found her hero after I asked myself: who is the worst person she could possibly end up with?
The answer came to me in the form of a tattooed Russian ex-MMA fighter-turned businessman (like you do), Dmitri Markin.
Through that, I realized that Victoria wanted to marry royalty because she was trying to atone for a mistake in her past. Attempting to make herself acceptable to the father she had so badly disappointed. So, I dropped her salvation into Dimitri’s hands, and happily watched their story unfold.
I ended up with a fake engagement, a massive gala set in moody, atmospheric New Orleans, an ice princess heroine and a rough hero from the wrong side of the tracks made good, in every way but his reputation.
Whether you read the other books or not, I hope you enjoy this story. And if you were one of the people who asked about Xander OR Victoria…know that your emails really matter. Because it was all the reader interest that spurred me to write both Pretender to the Throne, and His Diamond of Convenience.
About His Diamond of Convenience:
Twelve years ago, Victoria Calder made a mistake that cost her father his business. Now she finally has a chance to atone. And if that means going toe-to-toe with the arresting Dmitri Markin she’s prepared to step into the ring…and put his on her finger!
Dmitri—former martial arts fighter, present-day pleasure seeker—is a man who likes to win. The beautiful Ms. Calder might have initially shocked him with her proposition, but there’s more than one advantage to the deal she’s proposing… If this dedicated bachelor is going to surrender to marriage it certainly won’t be in name only!