My friend and critique partner Kathleen Bittner Roth invited me to join this little blog hop. Since the first book in my new series came out three weeks, ago I happily accepted the invitation.
Kathleen’s most recent release is her Golden Heart-finaling story A DUKE’S WICKED KISS. A real adventure set in Victorian-era India and England, this tale features the very intriguing romance between the Duke of Ravenswood (who just might be involved in the Queen’s Foreign Service) and Suri Thurston, the illegitimate daughter of a titled English lord and a member of an Indian royal family. While she was raised alongside her legitimate siblings in England, she is still curious about her Indian roots, and travels to the subcontinent in search of her other family. In India she finds unexpected danger and a reunion with a man whose kiss shook her world a decade earlier.
And that’s just one of Kathleen’s books. She started in June with the SEDUCTION OF SARAH MARKS, and later this year, we’ll get two of her installments in her When Hearts Dare series. I’m pleased and not at all surprised to note that Publisher’s Weekly had this to say about CELINE, the first installment of the series: “The complex characters and rich sensuality make this a story to be savored.” You can find out more about Kathleen on her website and Facebook.
Conveniently, the book I’m going to talk about today, also includes an Indian element–but nowhere near as strong as Kathleen’s.
Meet My Character–Henrietta Upperton
About the character:
Henrietta is a self-styled bluestocking. Decidedly on the shelf, she makes a bid for personal independence–as much as a woman can in Regency England–and takes a position as a paid companion. She is a little irreverent, and finds herself needing to curb her tongue on a great many occasions.
The backdrop for the story:
Henrietta’s position has led her to a manor in Cornwall, where her employer, the rather eccentric Lady Epperley, passes the summer months.
What drives Henrietta to avoid love?
In her first season, Henrietta came very close to the altar, but her intended had to leave England when his father died and left the family finances in a precarious spot. When Alexander Sanford left for India in a last-ditch effort to recoup the loss, he had every intention of coming back and marrying Henrietta. Unfortunately, life intervened.
What thwarts her plan?
Alexander’s unexpected return from India. In fact, he washes up on Lady Epperely’s lands after his ship sinks in a Channel storm. With Alexander back in her life, Henrietta realizes she’s not as over him as she’d like to think.
This is the spot where I’m supposed to tag a few authors to follow next week, but I was never very good at playing tag. I always ended up being it and could never catch anyone. If you’re an author and would like to participate, consider yourself tagged.