They started out oh so wrong, but can he make it right?
Richard, Marquess of Heatherbroke, is on a mission to reclaim his illegitimate child, Harriet. No one can stop him, especially not Prudence, a vicar’s daughter. So, when Richard kidnaps the pair of them, Prudence knows what she must do. She must protect Harriet, even though it means leaving behind everything she has ever known. United by their love for Harriet and a growing attraction to each other, Prudence and Richard must overcome highwaymen, parental disapproval and Richard’s scandalous past, as they argue, flirt and finally fall in love. But will any of these things keep them apart?
Publisher’s Note: This steamy historical contains graphic scenes.
God, he told himself ruefully, don’t go behaving like an untested schoolboy. “Don’t worry,” he said aloud as he climbed in next to her.
Swiftly, he pulled Prudence over to him, angling his mouth over hers in a deep kiss. Letting the feel of her lips and his tongue work on the magic that existed between them. The kiss was demanding and all consuming. Easing her back amongst the pillows, he lifted himself over her, gazing down at her, at Prudence in his bed. It moved him, seeing her thus, stretched out before him, all soft curves, smooth skin, and fierce blue eyes that demanded more kissing. He wondered if he would ever get bored of doing so. He doubted it.
- When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Since I was a child, I loved making up stories to entertain my little brother.
- What is your writing process like?
I usually have an idea or hook for a story and have to write it down, then I get to the planning stage, when lines or pieces of dialogue or character traits will occur to me. I like to plan it out, then I begin to write properly. I aim to hit at least 4,000 words a week, but I’m dyslexic so it will not be perfect at that stage.
- Do you like to listen to music while you write? If so, what kind?
I grew up in a big family with lots of noises, so I can write no matter the distraction. But normally I’d prefer to have silence, at a pinch it can be nice to have some classic music playing – Tchaikovsky or the soundtracks from Dario Marianelli or Patrick Doyle.
- What do you love most about books?
The opportunity to escape and be inspired.
- Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Jane Eyre. Every time I read it, I learn something new.
- Who are some of your favorite authors?
Obviously the Brontes, Gaskel and Austen are amongst the classics. I also love; Lisa Klepyas, Megan Frampton and Diana Quincy.
- What is your favourite genre?
Romance. But with the occasional dip into gothic horror, so Sarah Waters, Michelle Paver and Susan Hill provide some great scares.
- Do you prefer libraries or bookstores?
Just edging it to bookstores, they tend to have a more unusual range.
- What genres do you write in?
- Do you like to outline or just dive right in when writing?
Outline. I’ve tried just writing and whilst it’s fun, the narrative through line tends to get lost and have to be rewritten.
- Where do you find inspiration?
Other books. TV/Film. Dreams. Long conversations with my husband.
- If you could travel to any time, what time period would you like to explore?
I’d love to meet Elizabeth Tudor and see Shakespeare [either on stage or in person], so I guess 1590s England.
- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where you go?
I’ve never been to Japan and always wanted to go.
- Do you have a favourite vacation spot?
Italy, especially Florence.
- Would you rather do the spanking or be spanked?
- What do you like to collect?
- Do you have any hobbies?
Embroidery, cake baking, horse riding, watching too much Netflix.
- Chocolate or vanilla?
Vanilla, it’s more versatile.
- Tea or coffee?
- Favourite colour?
- If your mood was a song right now, what would be playing?
What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.
- Tell us about your most adventurous experience.
Interrailing Europe as a teenager was pretty fun. I also worked in a New York theatre that was very cool.
- What was the hardest part about writing The Marquess’s Adventurous Miss?
Editing, re-reading and working through each plot point.
- How much research do you typically do on a novel?
I like to research the basics, have the rough historical background in place, and then go from there. With historical romance, as a writer you have to play with facts to suit the narrative, so whilst it’s important to have the grounding down pat, I don’t think these novels need to be held to a precisely historical truthful version of events, I don’t think that would be much fun to read, or to write.
- What books would ideally sit beside The Marquess’s Adventurous Miss on a shelf at the bookstore?
Lisa Klepyas, Tessa Dare, Julia Quinn, Megan Frampton, Diana Quincy, Sarah McClean, Sylvia Day.