TITLE – Love In A Dangerous Season
AUTHOR – Gloria Gay
GENRE – Regency Historical Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – January 21, 2015
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 192 Pages
PUBLISHER – Amazon Kindle Direct
COVER ARTIST – Killion Group
For her insulting behavior toward the Earl of Ashcom, on whom her family depends for subsistence, beautiful Fantine Delmere earns for herself an unwanted London season and is forced to leave her beloved Evergreen and venture into the hard glare of the heartless haut ton she abhors. But Fantine’s arrival awakens jealousies and dangerous forces are put into motion…
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Fantine struggled in Ashcom’s arms as he pressed his mouth to hers, but to no avail. Her strength pitted against his was but a sigh to a powerful gale. Then even against her will she felt her treacherous lips responding hungrily to his bruising lips that tasted of recently sipped coffee and felt a rush of passion course madly through her limbs as he parted her lips forcibly and thrust his tongue into her mouth.
A thrilling rush of sensation shot out throughout her body, making her listless.
For a while he kissed her, hard and with a desperate hunger answered in measure by Fantine. He tasted the chocolate in her mouth and inhaled the sweet light scent he had chosen for her. He felt a tremor shoot out in sparks throughout his body and a strong response in his loins.
Hating his reaction to her and his weakening resolve, he let go of her suddenly and still holding her by her shoulders looked angrily into her eyes.
“Have you ever been kissed by a moneyed title, Miss Delmere? Well now you have.” And with that he turned on his heel and strode out of the breakfast room.
What inspired you to write your first book?
** The very first book I wrote was a gothic romance which in those years were the most popular romances. But I never published it. There were some problems with that book and I’ve lately revisited and fixed some of those problems. Perhaps I will publish it eventually. I hope so.☺
I know I see other authors struggling the longest on the titles for their books, how did you come up with yours?
** I wanted to have the title to be very descriptive of the story and to have a certain ring to it that people would remember. The last thing my heroine, Fantine, is seeking when she is forced to participate in the London social season, is love, but that’s exactly what she finds. This love also makes her the target of vicious jealousy and her life is placed in jeopardy. So the title is really a microcosm of the story.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
** I just finished writing my latest Regency romance, “Enchanted Summer,” and I did change a lot of things in the last draft. I have never worked so much in a romance as I have in Enchanted Summer, because the plot is complicated. I hope to have that book out before the end of April. But as for Love In A Dangerous Season, if that’s the book you meant, no, I would not change anything in it because while I was writing it I did make a lot of changes that were necessary but once I finish a book, it’s done, at least in the major important part of it which is the plot.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
** From writing Love In A Dangerous Season I learned, as I struggled with the plot, how to construct a complicated plot that had no plot holes. While writing Love In A Dangerous Season I also realized that that characterization is plot because the way a person is leads that person to act in ways faithful to his or her character. As the saying goes: character is destiny, at least in my books. In real life a person can force himself/herself to change for the better by changing his or her character through willpower. That’s the beauty of willpower.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
** I know that time is valuable and I appreciate the time that readers of my book invest in reading it and I thank them in advance for it, and hope they like Love In A Dangerous Season.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
** Daphne du Maurier was my first mentor with her novel, Rebecca. After her I became very loyal to gothic writers Phyllis A. Whitney, Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. After reading and learning from the classic Regencies of Jane Austen I became very thankful to what I learned from the writers of the new Regencies I read, such as Lisa Kleipas, Mary Balogh, Marion Chesney, etc. There are so many extremely talented writers of Regency romances that it would take a very long list to cover them all.
From an early age I was drawn to painting and writing. Both have always been linked for me throughout the different stages of my life—studies, work, marriage, children, grand-children. Curiously enough it was a novel given to me as a prize for art excellence at the Catholic nuns’ academy where I studied through sixth grade that I was introduced to literature. Up until that time I only knew books as history, math, etc. Those nuns were very strict: novels only as a prize! I was amazed that a book could open doors into imagined worlds. I probably thought, as a nine-year-old, that movies just appeared on the screen by magic. 🙂
From that day forth I would make up stories to tell my brothers and my sister. Later on I started to put the stories down on paper. Then among the many novels I read I started one day to read “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier. That first line in the novel: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…” was the spark that drew me toward serious writing, first the gothic novels popular at the time and then when I searched for more romance than mystery, to the novels of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.
Regency romance became my genre and I self-published four, then two more with a traditional publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, and two with Amazon’s Kindle Direct. And although I will probably always write Regencies, I am also branching out to romantic suspense and will soon be publishing two of those and, hopefully, re-write the first gothic novel I wrote and abandoned many years ago.
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