Secondary characters and how they must have their own story!
A Touch of Passion, book #3 in my USA Today bestselling Disgraced Lord’s series is released on 24 March 2015. I thought I’d do something a bit different and talk about the secondary characters in the book—or one in particular.
As I was writing the story, a secondary character, Rose, the Duchess of Roxborough, sparked my imagination.
You’ve probably heard that characters talk to authors, or they do to me. My heroine, Lady Portia Flagstaff, introduced me to her best friend Rose. I came to know Rose through Portia and Rose soon became a favorite, so much so that I’ll write Rose’s story. In addition, Rose is now going to show up in the rest of the Disgraced Lords books (books#4-#6).
Rose’s story is a common one in Regency romances. She was manipulated by her family into marry the very elderly Duke of Roxborough, for position and money. Thankfully, he had the grace to die within two years of marriage, leaving Rose a very wealthy, beautiful widow with a young son, the future Duke of Roxborough. Read More
Early last year, my sister called me with a request to help her drive to Ohio from Oregon. I hesitated for maybe a nanosecond before I agreed. After all, I write American historicals and we’d be following the path of the Oregon Trail, where so many thousands traveled. Only it would be Wagons East this time. I was about to embark on my next novel in the Cotillion Ball Series, and it was to be about one of the brothers in the Fitzpatrick family joining the Pony Express in 1860. What better way to research my topic than take a cross-country trip? I had my suitcase packed in minutes.
I’ll gloss over the part where that particular suitcase caused a pileup on the people mover when I changed planes in Denver. You really don’t need to know what a klutz I can be.
Finally, I made it to Salt Lake City, where I was meeting up with Sis. Snow was lightly falling, and it was a quintessential winter scene. The next morning, as we prepared to depart, we were told there was going to be a blizzard chasing us from west to east, so we’d best get moving. Plans for my research and all my little side trips to Courthouse Rock and the like went flying out the window and into the swirling snow. Read More
She let out a slow, nervous breath. “I thought I’d find you here.”
Startled, Cyprian jerked around. Moonlight silhouetted the lean lines of his body. “Then you’ve spoken with Pontius?”
“I sent him to look for you. He’s going to help you take our daughter far from this trouble.” His dull edged pain sliced through her.
“Maggie and I aren’t going anywhere until we talk.” This conversation would have been so much easier before her encounter with Felicissimus robbed her of the luxury of transparency. “You deserve to know everything.” She prayed her secret agreement with the slave trader hadn’t tainted her voice. Read More
The last thing he expected to find in Ireland that summer was the inspiration to go on with his life, and certainly not in the form of an adolescent heiress.
New York socialite Peg Shannon has everything—wealth, position, beauty and limitless prospects for happiness. Or so the world believes.
Aspiring London violinist Kendall Gregg is talented, handsome and charming. While hardly well-to-do, he has connections and ambition which should take him far. Or so it appears.
Thrown together briefly by a twist of fate, Kendall quickly becomes young Peg’s hero, while Peg proves to be Kendall’s unlikely salvation. Through the decades, their deepening passion and shared secrets forge an enduring bond, destining them for a love affair that comes but once in a lifetime. Read More
Mr. Charles Norris needs help finding a wife…
For he has the unfortunate habit of falling for each Season's loveliest debutante, only to have his heart broken when she weds another. Surely Lady Marjorie Penwhistle can help him. She's sensible, clever, knows the ton, and must marry a peer, which he is not. Since she's decidedly out of his reach, Charles is free to enjoy her refreshing honesty—and her unexpectedly enticing kisses…
Lady Marjorie Penwhistle doesn't want a husband…
At least not the titled-but-unbearable suitors her mother is determined she wed. She'd rather stay unmarried and look after her eccentric brother. Still, advising Mr. Norris is a most exciting secret diversion. After all, how hard will it be to match-make someone so forthright, honorable, and downright handsome? It's not as if she's in danger of finding Charles all-too-irresistible herself… Read More
“STAGES OF DESIRE”BY JULIA TAGAN
To be or not to be—in love…
As a ward of the Duchess of Dorset, Harriet can hardly expect more from a match than the ringing endorsement of “from what I’ve heard, the man is financially secure and his teeth are quite regular.” After all, she’s only the lowly daughter of traveling actors, not the actual daughter of the duchess.
William Talbot, Earl of Abingdon is set to marry the duchess’s daughter. After his elder brother’s scandalous death, his family’s reputation is paramount, and he’ll allow nothing to damage it again. But when Harriet disappears to save her father from debtor’s prison, the scandal threatens William and his intended’s family.
The simple task of fetching the duchess’s runaway ward turns complicated when Harriet insists on traveling with her father’s acting company. William’s forced to tag along, and finds himself entranced. The stage transforms Harriet into a free-spirited, captivating beauty. But someone’s been sabotaging the theater company, and instead of facing scandal, William and Harriet discover a threat not only to their growing passion, but to their lives… Read More
It’s time to travel back in time to the Oregon Trail once again. Sometimes tragedy strikes, but it’s our ability to overcome that makes us who we are and helps us to love again. This is what the second book of my Hot on the Trail series, Trail of Hope, is all about.
Callie Lewis is alone on the Oregon Trail. After her brother’s death, she has been left to fend for herself on a journey she never wanted to take. Her only hope for safety and a life at the end of the road is to become a trail bride and wed grieving widower John Rye. But John is harboring secrets that could end their hasty marriage before it has a chance to begin.
When a vicious tornado wakes John from the stupor the death of his wife left him in, he is ready to embrace Callie and the new life they could have together. But John is not the only one with designs on his new wife. Miles away from civilization, in a wagon train bristling with secrets and suspicion, John must catch a thief, fend off his rival, and reclaim his life to build the future Callie deserves.
In their darkest moments can they bring each other hope? Read More
Have you ever imagined what it might be like to travel west on the Oregon Trail? Come back in time with me to take that trip with the first book of my Hot on the Trail series, Trail of Kisses!
Someone is trying to kill Lynne Tremaine. After her father sentences two members of The Briscoe Boys gang to death, Judge Tremaine feels he has no choice but to send Lynne to Denver City along the Oregon Trail to live with her Uncle George…against her will. For Lynne, the only thing worse than being sent away to the wild west is making the journey with the handsome, arrogant, wicked man her uncle has hired to escort her. Especially when the anger she feels toward him begins to turn to something hotter.
Cade Lawson is determined to prove himself to his employer, George Tremaine, after letting him down months earlier. But what he thought would be his second chance may, in fact, be a harsh punishment for his past mistakes. Lynne is headstrong, fiery, and determined to show him she is fearless. She is also beautiful and tempting, and when Cade sees just how afraid she really is underneath her brave act, he may be in danger of losing his heart to her forever. When her would-be killer attacks, it’s all he can do to keep Lynne safe. Read More
Rome 100 CE
“So which one is the Celt?”
Aurelia looked past the banister, biting her lower lip as she scanned the gladiators and recruits. At first, she thought he’d be with the gladiators, sparring, as his fight in the arena had shown his skills. But he wasn’t there. Her eyes turned to the newer men. The five of them bent, heaved a large wooden beam up to a shoulder and with a grunt, stood upright. The motion displayed the muscles in their thighs and calves. Their upper bodies, arms and chests were equally bulging; lines accentuated each tendon and muscle. Once straight up, the men promptly dropped the weight and repeated.
They glistened from sweat, beads of which rolled down their faces and dropped off their chins and jaws. Combined with the contours of their bodies, they resembled the gods of Olympus. A gorgeous sight, all the men were, as they worked on the training square.
Aurelia’s own excitement over the gladiators made her breathless until Iana laughed.
“Shall we get you a cloth?” she whispered to her. “The look on your face and the moan that escaped your lips, I’d wager you are moist between your thighs.”
Aurelia pursed her lips and tried to glare at her friend, but Iana’s giggles broke her angry look. She long suspected Iana had not contained her desires to feel a man there, yet she was startled at her friend’s suggestion. The Celt’s body had stirred a longing deep inside her. A fire burned slowly, coiling in her loins, making her uncomfortable both in her body and in her thoughts. Read More
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