Guest Author Alyson Pearce with The Viscount and the Artist

Hi all,

Well, weekend is here – although I’m stuck working a 12 hour shift tomorrow so perhaps not the most fun one! You may have noticed we migrated to a new site (though don’t worry if you’ve come from the old one, it should just divert you through!). Since some of you probably know I’m not the most technically-minded of people so do bear with me if there’s any odd blips – hopefully it should all be smoothly running very soon 🙂

Today though, I have the fab Alyson Pearce dropping by – and if you’re looking for a fun Regency read for the weekend then you may be in luck!

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself (bio).

aylsonpearcelogo-fI’m an American currently living in London and working in publishing. I fell in love with romances after discovering my grandmother’s collection, and I haven’t looked back! As a member of the LGBT community, I believe that everyone deserves their happily ever after, and try to incorporate that into my romances. In addition to writing, I’m one half of Between the Lines Editing, an editorial services company for LGBT romance. The Viscount and the Artist is my first book.

Exciting 🙂 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve loved writing since I was a child. When I was five, my grandma gave me a blank piece of paper and a pencil, and I wrote a ‘short story’ of about five sentences. I kept at it, writing more short stories, which were always encouraged. At twelve, I started writing my first novel—which I abandoned—and during my undergraduate years, I wrote fanfiction and the first draft of what became The Viscount and the Artist.

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I’m a planner to the core. Before I write a single word, I spend a solid month figuring out who the characters are, what they’re like, what their motivations are. I plot out what’s going to happen, almost down to the chapter. Once I have a good idea of the direction I’m going in, then and only then will I start writing. When I write, I have to have music or noise of some kind in the background. I find that ambient mixes help set the mood of a scene. I’m also not one of those people who can write scenes out of order, so I suppose that’s part of the routine.

Lol, I may be in awe of those planning skills – I’m afraid pantser to the core here 🙂 Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write M/M historical romance. I’ve always loved historical romances. Authors like Lisa Kleypas and Elizabeth Hoyt drew me in, and when I discovered M/M historical romance, I fell in love with them immediately. I’ve always found the Regency era fascinating, and being able to look at a different side than is presented in mainstream romance was a lot of fun!

I do agree there’s just something about Regency times, it’s a period I’d love to be able to ‘step into’. Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

The first authors I ever read in the genre were Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon. Their books Seducing Stephen and The Gentleman and the Rogue were my first M/M historical romances, and I fell in love with the setting and the characters. They were the entire reason I started writing M/M romance to begin with, so they’ll always have a special place in my heart. I also adore KJ Charles’ Society of Gentlemen series, which I think is absolutely brilliant, and Heidi Cullinan’s A Private Gentleman.

What five things could you never do without?

A laptop with wifi, my phone, my Alpha reader (she’s the only reason The Viscount and the Artist exists!), my support network of authors and friends, and chocolate chip cookies—they’re my biggest weakness!

Hehe, I may be with you the cookies! Tell us a bit about your new release.

The Viscount and the Artist is a Regency romance, set in 1813. It follows Andrew, a damaged viscount, and a young artist named Jeremy. Still recovering from the death of his uncle and a wound he received in the Napoleonic War, Andrew sponsors Jeremy for the Season with the intention of helping him find a patron. He believes the arrangement will be temporary—but what he doesn’t anticipate is how much he’ll come to care for Jeremy. Facing pressure from his father to become a curate, Jeremy takes Andrew up on his offer to go to London. Although he knows his time with Andrew is limited, he can’t help falling for him, even after discovering Andrew intends to wed a woman he doesn’t love. The two must work through a multitude of obstacles—not in the least of which is their own doubts about their relationship—to find happiness.

Ooh, sounds intriguing. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

The inspiration for writing an M/M historical romance was simply that I couldn’t find anymore, so I decided to write my own. For this particular book/series, I discovered the real Society of Eccentrics very early on in my research into the Regency era, and knew that I wanted to include it in some way, so I based the series around it. The Society of Eccentrics included a lot of philanthropy and patronage of the arts, which has always been close to my heart, so each of the books features a different creative type (artist, actor, musician, and author.)

Sounds like a fab concept for a series, can’t wait to see them all coming! What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I loved the planning that went into it—getting to know not only the plot and the setting, but more importantly, the characters. I loved developing Andrew and Jeremy and seeing who they were and why they loved each other. I also really loved writing scenes where they’re intimate—and I don’t just mean the sex! There’s a scene where the two of them sneak away from an assembly to have a quiet moment together and they have an almost Pride and Prejudice moment where it’s just the two of them dancing where no one else can see. I loved writing those moments like that.

Aww, that sounds so sweet. What was the hardest part about writing it?

Keeping the motivation up and the momentum going. This was my first novel, and it’s something that I’ve been working on for a few years now, but I’ve only really been putting all my effort into it for about a year. It’s definitely more of a marathon than a sprint. Sometimes it was difficult to stay excited about the plot and invested in the characters, but I had fantastic critique partners and beta readers who helped me keep my morale up.

True, and I think something we all face. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Oh now this question just isn’t fair! I love all of them! If I had to pick a favourite, it would be one of the side characters, actually, Percy. He’s the voice of reason in the story and the only one who seems to think with his head instead of his heart (and other parts.) Book two of The Eccentrics series will follow him, so I’m excited to get started on it!

Lol, I do love when your side characters insist of getting their own story told. Why should we run out and buy it right now? 🙂

It’s got just the right mix of romance, sex, and historical charm, with just a dash of mystery! Plus, as it’s the start of a series, you’re guaranteed more fun Regency stories to come.

 

You can’t argue with that 😉 Check out the book details here:

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Andrew Cardwell is a man driven by duty to his country and to his family. After the death of his uncle, he’s determined to provide security and stability for his family as the new Viscount Cardwell—even if that means marrying and producing an heir. Surprising himself, Andrew decides to sponsor a young artist named Jeremy for the season, to help him find a patron. What he doesn’t anticipate is how well Jeremy fits in his bed…and his life.
Jeremy Leighton knows what it’s like to be a disappointment. The only son of a vicar, he’s refused to follow the path his father set for him, choosing his passion for art, instead. He accepts Andrew’s proposal, hoping to prove to his father—and himself—that he can succeed as an artist. After spending time with Andrew in and out of bed, Jeremy struggles not to fall for the damaged viscount, knowing the season will likely end in Andrew’s engagement.
Between a meddling cousin, a widow on the hunt for a new husband, and their own doubts about the relationship, how can Andrew and Jeremy shed the expectations of others to find true happiness?
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Take care x

Guest Author Amanda Mariel with Scandalous Redemption

Hi all,

Hope you’re all having a good week. Have started properly at the new job this week, so been a little tiring but hey, weekend is here – and it’s off to a great start as I have the fab Amanda Mariel dropping by to chat about her upcoming new release. If you’re looking for a fun historical romance, then look no further 🙂

 

me 023Thanks for being here, Amanda. So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

Bestselling, Amazon All Star author Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shoreline in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long-standing love affair with sugary junk food.

Hehe, yup, I think junk food is slightly essential for an author (or maybe that’s just my excuse!) Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I almost always write in my kitchen but on occasion I take my lap top into the family room and write from my couch. Normally I like it quite when I write but every so often I will put on music.

Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write historical romance in the Victorian, Regency, and medieval time periods. Johanna Lindsey is directly responsible because hers was the first historical romance book I ever read and it started my love affair with the genre. When I started writing I never even considered any other genres.

Ooh, sounds like fun eras to write. Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

Johanna Lindsey! LOL. I have devoured every book she has ever penned.

I do love Johanna Lindsey. I remember Once and Always being one of the first romances I ever read and it definitely helped hook me on the genre 🙂 Speaking of hooked, what five things could you never do without?

This is a hard question! My family is always first and foremost. They are followed by my lap top and internet connection. Books of course rank high on my must have list and I think I will finish off with sweets. I love my junk food.

Lol, definitely a list after my own heart there. Tell us a bit about your new release.

Scandalous Redemption is book three in my bestselling Ladies and Scoundrels series. It is about two very different people with their own life scars and how they work through them to find love in each other’s arms. There is a lot of emotion in this one!

12963551_538488899690891_3513593251838292477_nOoh, we do like all the feels 😉 Where did your inspiration for it come from?

The heroine in Scandalous Redemption first showed up in Scandalous Intentions and I just knew she had to have her story told. The hero has been in every book so far and I always planned to write him a book, I just did not know who is heroine would be until she showed up.

Claudia and Henry’s story is part reality and a lot of fiction. I pulled from my real life experiences and those around me as I crafted their story.

Sounds intriguing! What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

The characters! Henry is a very proper Victorian gentleman and Claudia is his exact opposite. She is spunky and more than a bit scandalous for a Victorian lady. They were tons of fun to write.

Hehe, I do love a historical heroine who can still hold her own 🙂 What was the hardest part about writing it?

The emotions that surfaced in me as I told their story. At two points I had to stop writing and set it aside for a day to catch my breath and regain my composure. Some of the situations just hit to close to home and taxed me as a result.

Aww, it can be a bit traumatic sometimes when the writing really gets to you – I think that means it will get to the reader as well though! Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

That is so hard to answer! The Duchess of Abernathy has been a favorite of mine since I started the series. She will have the final book in the Ladies and Scoundrels series, but this one is not hers. I am going to say Claudia is my favorite for this book. As I said she is spunky and scandalous which makes her a lot of fun.

She sounds like it 😉 Just in case anyone isn’t convinced yet, why should we run out and buy it right now?

LOL! Betas readers have called it the best one yet. I completely agree with them, but then, I am partial.

Hehe, I think it’s hard not to be when you’ve already got so attached to your charcters – but I know I’m definitely convinced 🙂

If you want to know more, the book details are here:

Scandalous Redemption RevisedBlurb

She never wanted him…

Ruined by scandal, Claudia Akford survived years of marriage to a cruel brute. Widowed, she is determined to regain her standing in society, but Lord Shillington personifies temptation. Kind and gentle, yet masculine and sinfully handsome, he would make the perfect lover, but he wants more than she is willing to give.

He needed her…

While Henry Shillington knows a little of the beautiful but notorious Lady Claudia Akford, he is struck by her kindhearted, accomplished, and witty demeanor. The more time he spends in her company, the more he dreams of a future with her. But the lady resists his honorable overtures, and a mistress will never do for him.

Can two wary people overcome past hurts, an old scandal, and social strictures to embrace true love?

Scandalous Redemption releases on the 31st May but you can already pre-order your copy here:

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Take care x

 

Release Day & Review – Scandalous Intentions by Amanda Mariel

Hi all,

I’m really happy to welcome the lovely Amanda Mariel today, who has a new release out, Scandalous Intentions. (Sounds good already right?) If you’re a fan of historical romance then this one is for you.

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Blurb:
When faced with losing his inheritance, notorious rake Lord Julian Luvington sets his sights on Lady Sarah. She’s as respectable as they come—just what his father ordered. However, the lady shall not be easily won.
She’s determined to marry for love or not at all, and she’ll do anything to obtain the freedom granted to men. A blackguard like Lord Luvington could destroy her hard-won reputation, but marriage to him also offers her the opportunities she can’t achieve on her own. What’s a lady to do?
When Lord Luvington refuses to abandon his pursuit, Lady Sarah proposes an arrangement. Only, the price may be more than either bargained for. Lady Sarah could lose more than her social standing, and Julian could lose his heart.
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I was also lucky enough to get my grubby mitts on a review copy – so here’s what I thought 🙂

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This was a fun and charming Regency romance. Julian is an acknowledged rake, but now he is being forced by his father to get married or he will lose his inheritance. He sets his sights on the Lady Sarah, and while she might attracted to him then she’s very wary of his reputation and determined to marry only for love.Sarah was a strong, smart woman, and it was amusing to see her working round the rules of society to still mess up all Julian’s plans. The sparring between them was witty and well-written, and the chemistry came across well. There were of course the usual misunderstandings and roadblocks along the way, for the most part these were well done.

There were a few points where I would have liked a little more detail, for example Julian’s motivation for initially choosing Sarah to pursue were a little vague, he thought she seemed like she had more passion than the other woman in the ton. I would have liked to have seen a little background or some earlier interactions that showed why he felt that. Also Sarah’s change of heart was rather sudden, especially after being so adamant that she only wanted a love match. I was also slightly expecting to learn a bit more about Julian’s father, after other characters kept defending his behaviour I thought perhaps there might be a reason for it, but nothing was explained.

That said, it was an enjoyable read, with likeable characters and it kept my interest throughout. If you’re a fan of historical romance I would recommend.

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So, where can you get hold of it? Well, the buy links are here 🙂

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00YTETKJ0
Amazon.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00YTETKJ0
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-scandalousintentions-1820882-162.html
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/scandalous-intentions

Author Bio and Links

Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Mariel’s favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper’s Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits every chance she gets.
Amanda Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.

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Hope you enjoy!