Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Author Interview & New Release: Reason to Wed (The Distinguished Rogues #7) by Heather Boyd


Reason to Wed
The Distinguised Rogues #7
By: Heather Boyd
Releasing December 8, 2015
LLD Press

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Richard Hill, the Earl of Windermere, might desperately require a wife and heir, but thoughts of duty fly from his mind when he rescues Esme, Lady Heathcote, from the embarrassment of a failed affair. They usually never agree about anything. He’s never even kissed the vexing widow. But when the opportunity arises to whisk her away for a no-strings-attached rendezvous, Richard can’t imagine a better way to spend a moonlit evening.

Esme has never lacked for admirers, but having Lord Windermere’s company goes a long way to ease the pain of losing her suddenly betrothed lover. And when Windermere suggests an affair, Esme is intrigued by the blazing-hot connection even while knowing their relationship has no future beyond his house party.

But as with any temptation, it’s a bargain they’ll soon regret.


    The hallway beyond the drawing room was filled to bursting with chattering guests and she moved smoothly through them, nodding and speaking occasionally to some. While she admired the elegance and comforts to be found in Lord Windermere’s home, she kept her eye out for Meriwether. She turned into the library, but the room was startlingly empty.
    “Looking for me?” Windermere asked as he came to stand near. His gaze raked her from head to toe in the most gauche way.
    Arrogant and presumptuous. “Hardly. You should pay more attention to your guests and the health of your servants.”
    Instead of taking the hint that she wasn’t in the mood to talk, he caught her hand and raised it to his lips. His blue eyes danced with amusement. “I do love when you’re friendly. How have you been, Esme?”
    She scowled at him and withdrew her hand to her side. “I’ve not given you leave to use my first name and I am not of a mood to spar with you. Go back to your other guests for amusement and send your butler to his bed. Anyone can see he’s on the verge of collapse tonight.”
    “I already banished Oswin to rest.” He laughed suddenly. “Young Pip has assumed his duties until Collins comes up.”
    “Just as well,” she replied, thankful for such sensible decisions at last.
    “Only you would ever dare tell me what to do in my own home. I wanted to thank you for coming,” Windermere murmured. “But to convince everyone we’re not at odds, you will have to talk to me occasionally with a little less acid in your tone.”
    “We’ve spoken as much as needed to quell any gossip.” She smiled at him. “Or was it your wish to have me chivvy you out of your mopes too.”
    “I will say again you were right.” Windermere sighed and raked a hand through his dark, wavy hair.     “You’re enjoying rubbing my nose in that business with Lady Bartlett, aren’t you?”
    “Perhaps.” She smothered a laugh. He hadn’t wanted to believe he was being used until it was almost too late to extract himself from the connection. “You were so indignant that day, and after venting your pique at me, you charged down the street—on foot of all things, my man and your horse trailing after. I laughed for at least a whole day afterward. But I am sorry you were let down.”
    He inhaled sharply, his jaw clenching before he relaxed and shook his head. “No, you’re not. You’re positively gloating that you were proved right about her.”

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Author interview

I'm delighted to have Heather join me to anwer a few questions for the blog. Please give her a very warm welcome ...

Thank you for having me here today!

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m Heather Boyd, regency historical romance author, indie published, and sole female in a testosterone fueled household. (Even the cat is male) I love old books, old furniture and houses and research---regency era of course.

When and why did you begin writing?
I have always been a reader but it wasn’t until a family holiday about 8 years ago that I had time to put pen to paper. My kids were older and I didn’t have to watch them quite so carefully by then. I attempted something that I thought was brilliant but seriously, the story just didn’t go anywhere. My husband is the biggest boon to my writing life, encouraging me when I’m filled with doubt. He always pushes me to follow my dreams and understands that occasionally the compulsion to write is now something I can’t easily turn aside.

How did you come up with the title of your book?
There really are lots of reasons to get married. In the regency era marriage was often for money or power or for the continuation of the family through having children. When I was writing An Improper Proposal, Distinguished Rogues book 6, my poor and dowerless heroine hadn’t made a match and she needed money and protection. Her widowed friend and benefactor Esme didn’t require a man for marriage, or money or position but she did like men a great deal. So began my quest to discover just what would make Esme risk her heart again. She’d need a damn good Reason to Wed because the usual ones didn’t apply to her situation.

What are your current projects?
At the moment I’m working on a new series of books that will release in the second quarter of 2016. At this very early stage there are no firm book titles or series name chosen as yet. That will come later when I’ve finished the first draft of the first book and start work on the second story. What I can share is that the new series will boast dashing naval heroes, damsels in demand, and plenty of sexy time. I’m upping the heat for this series and love pushing the boundaries of regency era propriety. Keep watch on my blog for news of the series exact release date.

What is your favourite motivational phrase?
“When you’re in the moment everything you want is right.”

What is your favourite movie and why?
I really like a lot of movies that have nothing to do with what I write. So my favorite movie this past year has been JOHN WICK. It’s almost playing on a loop since we got the DVD. First, I love Keanu Reeves. Second, it’s got a rockin soundtrack. Third the storyline of a retired assassin reverting to form is riveting. I love the fight scenes.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I using write with only a loose idea of the main turning points in the story and go from there. My characters get louder about their life as we go along. I love their many surprises.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t aspire. Write.

What is your most recent book about?
Reason to Wed is about Lady Heathcote and Lord Windermere, two people who’ve known each other for a long time and tend to irritate each other. Richard and Esme were friendly enemies who’ve recently become the focus of nasty gossip. What starts as an attempt to quell the rumors ends up being so much more than they expected. They discover unexpected passion that surpasses their wildest dreams, and a solid friendship begins to bloom. Unfortunately, Richard needs a wife and heir and Esme knows cannot be the one for him. It was wonderful to write a romance for mature individuals who were straightforward in expressing their desire for each other. I love it when I’m surprised by the direction a story takes.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
Reason to Wed is book seven in the Distinguished Rogues series. The rogues are gentlemen of the ton who misbehave frequently and my ladies are outgoing and like to challenge the way things are and the rogues too.

Author Info

jsBestselling historical author Heather Boyd believes every character she creates deserves their own happily-ever-after, no matter how much trouble she puts them through. With that goal in mind, she writes sizzling regency romance stories that skirt the boundaries of propriety to keep readers enthralled until the wee hours of the morning. Heather has published over twenty novels and shorter works. Catch her latest news www.heather-boyd.com. She lives north of Sydney, Australia, and does her best to wrangle her testosterone-fuelled family (including cat Morpheus) into submission.

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