While I’m off to Europe, I’m turning the blog over to multi-published Regency author Bronwen Evans. Bronwen is going to tell you about why she likes writing Regencies, and she has a giveaway.
But first I’m going to show you the fabulous cover of her latest release, A Kiss of Lies!
Take it away Bron!!
10 Reasons Why I LOVE Writing the Beginning of a Series – Bronwen Evans
I love reading a romance series, so it’s no surprise that I absolutely love writing them. 2014 is going to be a busy year for me. I have a new Regency romance series, The Disgraced Lords, underway. A group of six rakes nickname the Libertine Scholars because they are firm friends from school days, face a common enemy bent on destroying them.
The series kicks off with book #1, A KISS OF LIES, which tells the story of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham and Mrs. Sarah Cooper. The story sees the pair travel from England to Canada, to Jamaica and then back to England. Here’s the blurb…
A pair of damaged souls ignites each other’s deepest passions—even as they tempt fate by deceiving the world.
Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.
One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over . . . until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.
For an author, the beginning of a new series is often the most exciting time. Why I hear you ask? I shall share…
1. I have a bunch of new characters in my head who end up becoming my best friends.
2. I get to let my imagination fly free and devise ways to make their lives miserable to begin with – what? Being mean is fun when there are no repercussions.
3. Plotting a story is exciting, but plotting a whole series is like taking your favorite ride at Disneyland, exhilarating and scary at the same time.
4. I know I’m going to spend the next 2 years with handsome, sexy and very alpha-male rakes—sigh!
5. I get to bring said alpha male rakes to their knees by introducing them to women who challenge them at every level.
6. I can write women characters I’d love to be friends with.
7. I can let my evil side out and write incredibly evil villains and name them after people who have been horrible to me.
8. I know what I’m going to be writing for a good many months so writers block is almost non existent.
9. I can develop and give my readers a more in-depth look into the lives of my characters as they will continue to appear across all of the books
10. Best of all, I get to give my characters their hearts desire and a fabulous happy ever after – what could be more satisfying than that?
I hope you get a chance to read, A Kiss of Lies, it’s been fun writing it and book #2, A Promise of More. I’m busy writing books #3 and #4 this year. Here’s an excerpt to wet the appetite…
So, three days ago, Christian had placed an advertisement in the local York Times for a governess to sail back to England with them and to take charge of Lily’s upbringing.
Given the colonial location and his reputation, he’d had the most unsuitable women applying. It seemed no respectable governess wished to work for Devil Scarface. Those who did simply wanted passage to England. That is, until the woman seated on the other side of Matthew’s large maplewood desk applied.
She was the first woman who’d looked him directly in the eye in a long time. He found it disconcerting. The red rawness of the skin on his burnt face had faded over the months, but even so, it—he—was not a congenial sight.
She hardly seemed to notice.
Yet he had noticed her all right—too much. His body reacted to her ethereal beauty like a stallion scenting a mare. A flood of tangled emotions rushed through him. One of them was a current of regret. Ever since he’d been injured at Waterloo, he’d pretended that it didn’t matter to him that his looks were gone. Anger and bitterness had soured his demeanor. Perhaps it would have been better if he’d died there and then. It was only when he saw a woman like Mrs. Cooper, with such grace and beauty, that the pain of all he’d lost swamped him in self-pity.
She sat opposite him, very composed, in a charming if somewhat dated lavender ensemble, the shade flattering her ocean-deep blue eyes. Her hair was pulled back severely under the cap. The only thing that seemed out of place was the golden hint of a tan and a nose covered in delightful freckles, as if she’d been outside for long periods without a hat.
Her vocabulary and demeanor spoke of maturity. As he assessed her, his whole body ached with the most basic human need.
He wanted her. Not just her body, but more . . .
He wanted the dream he’d promised himself on the battlefields of Europe. A beautiful wife and family, a home, some shreds of normality, a few children to justify the future and to give him a tangible reason for having put himself through the horror of war.
He watched her nervously lick her lips. His groin tightened. He imagined the sleek wetness around him . . .
He tried to cross his legs but hit his knee on the underside of the desk. Reality returned. Why would she want a burned shell of a man?
What are some of your favorite series? What’s the best first book in a series you’ve read? Mine would be Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens. I’ll give away a copy of Invitation to Scandal to one person who comments, the second book in my other series. Book #3 in the Invitation To series, Invitation to Passion will be out in spring 2014.
Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.