Sunday, 5 February 2012

New Kindle Book - Infamous Rival!

Writing this particular novella was a thrilling experience. In the main because I dabbled with a murder mystery plot, yet a romance is at its heart. I love stories involving scandal/s. Hence, Georgette's disgrace and fall from favour has more to do with gossip mongers than any guilt for her part beyond that of finding herself in the wrong place at the wrong moment. 

Infamous Rival is set against the backdrop of London, Bath and Wells, and as always happens with any novel/las that I end up penning, this story came to me in a glorious overnight dream movie. All the characters stem from viewing portraits a few days beforehand, of which most are featured within the book trailer below. I count myself lucky in the ease with which my characters enter play and take centre stage. Needless to say the image below is Georgette (L) and her misguided and dangerous rival Eliza (R).

Book's blurb:

Once the darling of the beau monde, Georgette Lady Beaumont’s reputation lies in tatters after the apparent suicide of Lord Brockenbury’s heir. Shunned by society she embraces a secretive lifestyle in which she endeavours to evade Adam Brockenbury, whom she loathes as much as he desires her. Believing him capable of murder to gain his heart’ desire, she is not alone in thinking his elder brother’s death as somewhat suspicious, and whilst on a clandestine visit to her dearest friends she encounters a stranger of note.

Her travelling companion, although of charming disposition and of considerable handsomeness, something about him airs dark and secretive but unmitigated mutual attraction exists that neither can deny. Unfortunately he’s a Brockebury too, and as love, jealousy and hate take precedence, three murders are committed and Georgette quite believes she will be the murderer’s next victim, but who is the real murderer?          

So tell me, how do your characters materialise? 
Do you know them before you start writing or do you struggle to visualise them as you write?


See more book trailers here.


Anne Gallagher said...

Oh Francine, this sounds soooo delicious. I love a good murder mystery. And a fall from grace to boot. Can't wait to read it.

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Anne,

Thanks for stopping by! I can't really say I enjoyed writing this one more than the other historical novellas, but it was fun having a few murders to heighten tension and emotions.


Susan Bergen said...

Real portraits add such depth. When I look at them I cannot resist thinking about the life-story behind the face. Great music too. It had my heart racing. Good luck with the novel.

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Susan,

Thanks for dropping in!

I absolutely adore portrait galleries...;)


DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

Hi Francine! Recognise the cover! Sweet as...Love the sound of this one. Who doesn't love a murder mystery? My TBR pile is growing but it's going onto my kindle for when I have a moment!

Hope you're in ruddy good health again!


Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi D,

I know my Kindle is weighed down and I have a list on my puter that I have earmarked for purchase. Honestly, books for me are life-blood. But, and it's a big but "Game of Thrones" DVD is in the post = Sean Bean feast... ;)

Thanks for the good health wishes. I'm getting back on track but the last couple of weeks really slowed me down a lot. Where I would have had this book out in a couple of days it took me nearly a week to whip myself into get cracking.


Andy said...

Hello Francine.
I think I remember a snippet of this from a previous RFW post.
Sorry to hear you've been unwell. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Andy,

Thanks for stopping by! Yep. I did post a snippet from this one. And yeah, I have steam coming out of my ears: brain on overload with upcoming RFW challenge. Eeeek... What to write? ;)


Madeleine Maddocks said...

Good luck Francine, it sounds like a winner: a murder mystery, suspicious death and a considerably handsome man. Sounds delicious!

Madeleine Maddocks said...

In answer to your question, my characters materialise, though they can often be amalgmations of people I know.

If I begin to struggle with them I find a magazine pic of someone who embodies the character I want to portray and then write answers to questions about what they want from life etc.

Hope you're much much better.

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Madeleine,

Thanks for stopping by! I didn't have anything suitable for the RFW challenge and no time to write a damn thing. Hubby was on hols: say no more. ;)

Re pics and inspiration I have Rupert Friend lined up for a part in my next novel! :o