Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Next Best Thing - Tagged for WIP challenge!

I've been tagged by the delightful   Debra Suzanne Ingram for The Next Best Thing.  

So here we go with the questionnaire:

What is the working title of your next book?
Toast of Clifton -  Book 2 in the Royal Series [4 books]

Where did the idea come from?
It's a sequel to book 1 - By Loyalty Divided - and you might not believe me if I told you, so I’ll just say “Ghost of a Horse”

What genre does your book fall under?
Historical Romance

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Richard Armitage & Kiera Knightley

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Toast of Clifton is a story of intense and passionate love in which past betrayal haunts the hero, and when the chance to right a wrong comes his way he takes it, but to lose every thing including the love of his life will be a high price to pay for heroism.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Five months.

What other books would you compare this story to within the same genre?
By Loyalty Divided – Francine Howarth/ Herald of Joy – Pamela Belle/ Royal Escape – Georgette Heyer

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
A house I lived in and a house I knew well.

What else about your book might pique the readers interest?
That it's set within the 17th century during the period of the English Civil War, that it features swashbuckling Cavaliers & Roundheads and royal persons of note.

Now here's the fun bit I had to tag five other authors, and here they are: please pay them a visit and see what sort of books they pen!

Cerece Rennie Murphy 

Deatri King-Bey

Stephanie N Norris

Angelica Vernon Menchan

Raynetta Manees

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Penning Series Novels (Sequels)

I have always derived immense pleasure from reading series novels. In fact I love ‘em and long ago I had it in mind to pen a series of four novels. Hence the English Civil Wars, Charles II’s attempt to wrest England from Cromwell’s clutches, the Restoration of Charles II and the Monmouth Rebellion sprang to life. 

The stories as a whole have been in my head since some thirty years ago after a ghostly apparition appeared in the courtyard of our house, or not. Perhaps in truth, what I experienced on that day, albeit within the house where I lived, was mere sense of a time past, and yet, the bridle of the horse was real to the touch. Even so, life itself and other publishing commitments prevented the books from coming to fruition. But at last, they are here, or at least, the first three and a prequel are out there on Amazon.. By the way, for anyone who follows my blog posts or knows me well, they also know how the majority of my stories come about, and if you’d like to know for yourself you can find out by reading About Me. That said, the two houses in the series, in part reflect aspects of two houses, being one where I was born and the other in which I lived with my first husband. 

But, getting back to the subject matter, there’s nothing more frustrating than having read a book and wishing when the end is reached that the story had carried on. Often I’ve wanted to know what happens to the lead characters post HEA, but more than that, to learn the fate of secondary characters. And, there have been occasions when a prequel could have added to a series. Hence, I came to the conclusion there was scope for one of those little informative pre-runners to my series. And here it is. 

Anyhoo, behold the prequel Debt of Honour the forerunner to The Royal Series, and Book 1 By Loyalty Divided.

Yep, it’s set within my favourite period of history The English Civil War. The backdrop setting is Somerset - Bristol/Bath and surrounding districts. Bristol at that time was the second most important city in England and several times it changed hands between Royalists and Parliamentarians throughout the Civil Wars. Yes, two wars, not one major conflict.

In By Loyalty Divided, the main characters are:
Morton Viscount Axebury, (rebel son of William Lord Gantry) who becomes a Captain of Horse in the Army of Parliament = New Model Army.
William Lord Gantry (Royalist Commander)
Anna Lady Maitcliffe – born within the confines of the royal court until Lord Gantry became her ward.

The plot is a love triangle, which inevitably leads to tragedy.

Secondary characters:
The Lady Georgina Mrs. Darnley (Parliamentarian) - his lordship’s sister 
Catherine Thornton and her brother 
Captain Thomas Thornton (Royalists). 
Prince Charles, 
Prince Rupert, 
Lord Wittlesham.   

The second novel in The Royal Series:

Yep, I’m at present ramping up the word count of book 2 - Toast of Clifton, needless to say Toast meaning host/ess of note. This novel is also set within the West of England at the time of Charles II’s bid to regain the throne and crown of England.

Main characters:
Thomas Thornton
Elizabeth Mountjoy
Morton Lord Gantry
Anna Lady Gantry

Secondary Characters are Catherine Lady Wittlesham (nee Thornton), Lord Wittlesham, Charles II, Lord Wilmot and others.

Although Toast of Clifton is a story of intense and passionate love, past betrayal haunts the hero and when the chance to right a wrong comes his way he takes it, but to lose every thing including the love of his life is a high price to pay for heroism. For when the odds of being imprisoned and deported to the colonies is your lot, and your King is fleeing the enemy as well, who comes first: family or King?  

As with all sequel novels links between characters are part and parcel of plots, and of the four  in my series two more are yet to be completed: Royal Secrets 

and Love and Rebellion. As the years pass the Gantry and Thornton children begin to take centre stage along with Lord Wittlesham's daughters. Old feuds, lust of youth, desires and recklessness are set to cause mayhem and heartbreak and many tears to be shed as the young test the allegiance and loyalty of their elders in the testing times of The Monmouth Rebellion!.

All the books are available via Amazon worldwide.