The Trouble with Love Excerpt

It’s just a few weeks now until my next Distinguished Rogue novel will be available to read. So very exciting to share this one because it’s been a long time coming. Whitney Crewe has featured in several of the Distinguished Rogues books already and its been fun to bring her to life. She is Lord Louth’s outspoken cousin (An Improper Proposal) and was also in an earlier book Keepsake. In that she had great fun giving Kit advice about how to get back into his wife’s good graces which kind of shocked him.

One of the first scenes I imagined for Whitney and her true love was the night they met. That was around the time of Keepsake’s events, but before An Improper Proposal began. Whitney Crewe has never enjoyed having a chaperone, her last one used to sleep a lot, so its not surprising she gets out without one as often as she can. She met her very own Distinguished Rogue one scandalous night but as you’ll see in the following excerpt it didn’t end well.

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Release day is November 7

Racy Regency: Hot Winter Nights

It is with great pleasure that I shout—HOT WINTER NIGHTS IS OUT!

Yep. Today is the day Kindle readers can devour 8 fresh new stories from the Hot Winter Nights Racy Regency Christmas Collection!

I’m pleased to say my story – The Duke and I – has received a pair of great reviews on Goodreads already. Here’s a snippet from each:

~ “This has to be my favourite story in this anthology so far. When by society’s rules a couple shouldn’t be together, yet are drawn to each other like moths to a flame, I love to see them overcome their obstacles. Their passion when given into is hot hot hot.” AnnMarie.

~ “An enthralling, sizzling story of finding love a second time around. 5 stars” Janet

Thank you ladies for the fantastic reviews!

The Duke and I made me smile a lot while I was writing it and I really hope readers enjoy it as much as I do3.

Take a peek today.

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Goodreads Giveaway: The Trouble with Love

I’m running a contest on Goodreads until October 29th. Enter to win one of four print copies of THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE, the 8th instalment of the Distinguished Rogues regency historical romance series.

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The Trouble with Love by Heather Boyd

The Trouble with Love

by Heather Boyd

Giveaway ends October 29, 2017.

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Keeping a promise has never been harder!

The night Whitney Crewe accidentally stole a scoundrels breeches was the night before he proposed marriage to her best friend. Although determined to dislike Lord Acton, Whitney is drawn to him . . . despite his secrets and her intent to leave the disappointments of England far behind.

A humorous and hot regency romance.

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What’s next? What if?

I probably talk to myself than is good for anyone. When I finish a story, lift my head from the keyboard, I’m immediately questioning my next move. I optimistically decide to take some time away from writing, see what everyone else does with their days. Maybe I’ll kick back, relax and take in the view for a week or two. Spend time away from my regency world.

Never, ever happens.

At most, I reckon I manage a few shopping hours and an excursion to the nearest beach to be stalked by seagulls and super glossy black crows who think my purpose being there is to feed them. [Photo on the right courtesy of my quick snapping spouse, John]

But you see the minute I’m done with one story, my imagination rushes off to consider ‘what’s next’ and then the inevitable ‘what if’s’ start. I’ve not even really finished the last story completely at this point. I still have editing and formatting and publicity to set up before one book is truly final. I get no peace so it has to be a good thing I love writing and creating new adventures in the regency world I’ve created.

So, what’s next?

I’m editing the Trouble with Love right now. You might have seen a few tweets and Facebook posts about this upcoming novel. [If you have, please share or retweet me. You’ll make my day.]

The feedback from my editor was great for this story too. The changes she’s suggested should be easy and quick to finish. Painless is good. I’m strapped in this week to tackle the biggest tweaks, then its proofing time, and then formatting etc etc until its ready to be shared with reviewers and then readers everywhere.

But after that: What If …

I thought I knew what I wanted to work on next but unfortunately I hate having unfinished stories.

I dusted off Rebel Hearts book 4 last week after a year of not working on it, or being able to think of it without annoyance. You see this story, An Affair so Right, had a good beginning and then everything went terribly wrong wrong with my progress. I have picked it up and put it aside more often than I’ve ever done with another story and still never finished it. My excuse: I had some Real Life issues that took me away from work last year and (hammered me emotionally too) so the end result was the story suffered until I couldn’t work on it anymore.

The first draft was almost finished when I set it aside too. It’s not bad, but I see now after a week of assessing the manuscript it could be so much better. I’m imagining all sorts of possibilities for improvement and thankfully rediscovering my love for these characters. There’s a couple spots that will need a rewrite and additional chapters to be written to solidify the romance between the characters and that should be it. More on this story next month.

Until next time. Hope you’re week is going the way you planned.

 

 

 

 

 

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Site problems and the next book release

A few weeks ago I lost my website. A small tweak and the site broke completely. Unfortunately, the things I’d been doing regularly, backups etc, didn’t quite work out as they should. WordPress couldn’t cope with the size of the site and I lost all but the blog posts and four pages of a 50 plus author website.

Not fun! I am slowly rebuilding from scratch so I apologize if visitors find odd bits wonky page and there still.

Next release: Once a Husband

The new Hunt Club story releases in three weeks time. Angelo Marinari will finally have his day on the page and I cannot wait to share his story with you all! Bracknell had almost given up on him too. This will be the final chapter in the Hunt Club series and I hope readers enjoy the conclusion. My naughty regency boys have been a lot of fun to match up and get into trouble. The series was first published in 2011.

Once a Husband

Husband. Father. Son. Earl. Rupert Manning has thoroughly lost his way. Already resigned to a loveless marriage, he never expected that to be taken away from him too when his wife is murdered. Implicated her death unless he can clear his name, he’s determined to uncover her murderer and the secrets of her life—so that he too might be free to live the life he should have fought for.

Five years ago Angelo Marinari limped away from his life gravely wounded and hid from everyone he’d ever known and loved. Now earning his way as a fighter and entertainer, Angelo is resigned to his life until fate lands the love of his life at his feet—bloody and beaten and breathtakingly defiant. Saving Lord Bracknell complicates everything but is he strong enough to abandon the earl twice when he and his son are in grave danger?

Once a Husband will be available for sale on September 5, pre-orderable now.

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You can read a message from Angelo to readers in the previous post.

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Coming soon Once a Husband Hunt Club Book 6

A message from my hero…

Dear Reader,

Look closely. Remember to smile and be polite as I tell you my tale because you don’t want to disappoint me. People who get in my way usually end up dead. Believe me, if there was any other way to set the record straight you’d never know I moved among you. My true face is unfamiliar to all and I always wanted it to stay that way until now.

I have been forced out of the shadows against my better judgment to save the man who never wanted me. Rescuing Lord Bracknell from certain death complicates my life, exposes me, and reveals I’m still breathing to those who shouldn’t know. I could disappear again I suppose, but there’s danger in London and I cannot abandon those I hold dear.

I was once legitimate and the consummate spy for my adopted country. I was very good. I was very wicked too. No one expected a lady in silk and stockings to hide a deadly secret beneath her skirts, luring potential lovers into the shadows to deliver death on command.

Then they ordered my death.

I find that sort of thing very rude. Killing is so permanent and I’ve had my fill of that life too. I’m happy my services are no longer required, but I’m not free of the past that tugs at my black little heart.

Innocence must be protected. I’m going to have to get involved, and Lord Bracknell must trust me if we have any chance of surviving this together.

Your servant,

A.M.

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Friday Photo: Bath

I love beautiful images. Ones that make me stop and ponder what scene I could place in them. This one I just had to share as it combines two of my loves – old buildings and fog:

Foggy street, Bath, England

The streets in English towns and villages are quiet before 7 a.m., most mornings, giving a photographer scenes without people or vehicles and, if they’re lucky, early birds and fog. Photo and description courtesy of By Bill Stormont on Flickr

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What becomes of the broken-hearted?

Not particularly good things if you lived in the Regency era. I’ve been doing some research lately on late 18c and 19c medical treatments for various things for a current and upcoming novel and I found the most eye popping treatment for depression in a 19c publication, Annals of Insanity.

The first case mentioned is of a 58 year old gentleman, a rough sort by the description and a quiet man. He apparently had a ‘sudden transition in his circumstances, which, from being easy and comfortable, became exceedingly precarious and embarrassed’ which I read as he either went broke and lost all his money, or he was constipated, or impotent. (With 19c texts it’s hard to get a straight answer.) He said he was ruined. Despite the truth of his condition, they called this man insane.

Some descriptions of his symptoms required a dictionary for non-medical me — cephalalgia (headache) — some were easier, noise in his ears, mood swings, high colored urine, sleeplessness. They also said he had an uncommon hatred for certain persons. Now, if the gentleman blamed someone for his loss of status, this is completely understandable. Previous to coming to this doctor’s care, he was treated with Drastic purges, antimonial vomits, ammoniac draughts, segapenum, steel, and both kinds of hellebore (purgative and toxic). Also blisters, cupping, cold bathing. No wonder he wasn’t in a great mood after all that.

However, the treatments noted as given, and responsible for his restoration were wide ranging:

  • Exclusion from conversation, from friends and from family
  • Sequestered in a darkened room
  • Diet changed to light and cooling foods
  • Diluted drink (which I assume means his alcohol was watered down)
  • Head was shaved repeatedly
  • Feet washing (which they claim made his sleep better)
  • Purges of kali tartarisatum (potash, saltwort?) in barley water
  • Opium – repeatedly

The doctor mentioned that the opium dose was ‘increased until his nights became calm and composed, and his days passed without that perturbation of spirits and derangement of idea, that for some time had been too apparently visible.’ Basically the poor bugger was put on a diet, made to throw up a lot, and drugged. The length of this treatment was five months.

Honestly, I love the regency era, and I’ve found great material for my upcoming novel, but I am so glad I’m alive now and that better treatments prevail for depression.

Man Monday – Karl Urban

Oh wordpress, how I have missed your glitch free posting. Sorry, am swooning over my revamped abode. WordPress is a dream to work with after months of frustration.

Have you ever watched a movie and thought, ‘I’ve seen that face before’ but can’t remember where. During a bad patch of weather, hubby and I did a movie marathon, of sorts. Well, more dvd’s in a row than we usually do anyway. The movie Red is a particular favorite around here and we watch it often for the humorous dialogue, and that amazing scene where Bruce Willis steps out of the car as it’s turning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYBM8VsxHEg

But the real object of my affection today is the villian of Red, agent William Cooper, AKA Karl Urban. He’s UNBELIEVABLE in RED.

UNBELIEVEABLE as McCoy from the Star Trek reboot

And a damn sexy assassin in Borne Supremecy and Ultimatum

What I havent caught up with yet is the movie Chronicles of Riddick, and I need to because there is a sequal coming up soon.

 

But he’s also been in Lord of the Rings (not sure I like him as a blond),

and in Xena and Hercules

 Interestingly, Karl is from NZ but I’ve only ever heard him use an American accent. Scratch that, I had to go find a Xena episode on you tube. What a damn sexy voice that man has! Looks like I just found another hero.