Hello, everyone! I am so excited to be here to celebrate new Historical Romances. Not only is it the sub-genre I so love to write, it is also what I love to read! Especially if the heroine is a bit unexpectedâ€¦dare I say, ahead of her time?
Miss Eliza Terribury, my heroine in REBEL MARQUESS, is determined to write Gothic Romance novels. Unfortunately, as a daughter of high society she is expected to put such ridiculous aspirations aside in order to marryâ€¦and marry well. Ladies of quality do not pursue careers, especially in something so absurd. Though highly popular for their grand adventure, dashing heroes, damsels in distress, and wicked villains, Gothic Romance novels were not considered valuable examples of literature.
Not much has changed. Romance novels are still filled with adventure, damsels who are often the ones who save the day, and villains who occasionally turn out to be the heroes. And they still receive the same kind of ridicule from many who have never even bothered to really read the genre. Maybe someday the Romance genre will be recognized for its full contribution to the world of literature. But for now, like Eliza Terribury, the readers and writers who love it will continue to enjoy it any way we can.
Here is an excerpt from REBEL MARQUESS where Eliza confronts the prejudiced opinion of our hero, the Marquess of Rutherford. Donâ€™t worryâ€¦he comes around.
â€œNo one knows this,â€ she stated with a note of impulsive excitement, â€œbut I have already had my writing published. Multiple times. Short works of fiction with various periodicals.â€ Once she began, her words tumbled swiftly from her lips, as if she had been dying to declare herself and intended to take full advantage of the current opportunity. â€œBut none of it has been under my own name and I am tired of hiding behind a pseudonym. I am proud of my work regardless of those who would ridicule its nature.â€
In spite of himself, Rutherford was impressed by her obvious passion and conviction. But her last comment struck him oddly. He raised his eyebrows. â€œRidicule?â€
She paused, eyeing him intently for a moment before she clarified. â€œI write gothic romance. Novels of high adventure and dark suspense.â€
He snorted in surprise. â€œThat drivel?â€ It was rare he spoke without thinking, and he saw right away he had insulted her, though it had not been his intention. Her blunt way of offering up her thoughts on a platter must be contagious.
She stiffened immediately in response to his thoughtless comment. Her squared-off shoulders and stiff spine indicated pure defiance, but she kept strict control of her features, even to the point of offering him a tight little smile. He was impressed.
â€œHave you ever read a gothic novel, Lord Rutherford?â€
â€œOf course not.â€
â€œHow then did you come by your assessment of the genre?â€
â€œWell, everyone knowsâ€”â€
â€œWho is everyone?â€ she interrupted tartly. â€œStodgy gentlemen who only read literature deemed to be of the highest cultural, political or moral significance? And what exactly would they know about novels filled with adventure, mystery and romance?â€
He decided it best not to answer such a question.
Eliza Terribury is determined to be the first of her sisters to evade her motherâ€™s attempts to shoo her down the aisle. Her novel-writing dreams will wither under the demands placed on a gentlemanâ€™s wife.
Saddled with his title at a young age, Michael Gerard, the elusive Marquess of Rutherford, has always done his duty, but he will not be pressured into choosing a wife. He just never expected the rush of attraction every time the impertinent young Eliza crosses his path.
When a completely innocent incident leaves Rutherfordâ€™s hands in a compromising position on Elizaâ€™s bare skin, they have no choice but to announce an engagement. Privately, they agree to seek a way out of the unwanted nuptials.
Yet Elizaâ€™s free spirit and understated sensuality stirs Michaelâ€™s desire. And Eliza discovers there is more to the arrogant lord than meets the eye, especially when she wonders if it is purely her writerâ€™s imagination that puts his face behind a mysterious highwaymanâ€™s mask.
REBEL MARQUESS is available from Samhain publishing and anywhere ebooks are sold.
AUTHOR BIO â€“ AMY SANDAS
Amyâ€™s love of romance began one summer when she was thirteen and complained of boredom.Â She ended up with one of her motherâ€™s Barbara Cartland books and an obsessive interest that expanded from there.Â Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelorâ€™s degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota â€“ Twin Cities.
She writes in the early mornings while her young kids are still asleep and dreams of a future when she can write all day instead of going to her â€œotherâ€ job.Â In the evenings, Amy is a full-time wife and mother who enjoys pizza, wine and dark brooding heroes â€¦ namely, her husband.
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