On discovering she is the illegitimate daughter of a peer of the realm, Lucy Graydene, bereft and grieving, sets out to confront Lord Pennington with the result of his misdeeds. She finds instead his autocratic heir, Stefan Ankerville, and is dragged willy-nilly into the new earl’s unconventional family. Lucy is driven to battle for her independence while she struggles against the venom of the half-sister she never knew she had.
When the secrets of Lucy’s past begin to unravel, she is reluctantly obliged to rely on Stefan’s help. Can Lucy overcome a dangerous attraction to the earl, with whom an alliance is impossible? Or is there a faint hope of happiness in the hidden truth of her origins?
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Because it’s historical, the writer has to become well immersed into the period. It’s not so much small details, because they you can find as you need them. It’s reading so much contemporary work that you begin to feel as if you know that time and you could step into it and live there. It takes a few years to become so steeped in the period that you don’t really have to think about it when writing, but once you’re there, it feels like coming home.
With modern genres, one has already got the feel of the time, so that isn’t an issue.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Get it down. You can’t edit a blank page. I think we all say this. You certainly hear it a lot! But it’s as true for experienced writers as for beginners. We are all expert procrastinators, and it’s easy to tell yourself you haven’t quite worked out how the book is going to go. The truth is you never do work it out, because once you are involved in the story it starts to write itself and it doesn’t go the way you thought it was going to anyway. So you just have to get going and keep going until the first draft is done.
Elizabeth Bailey grew up in Africa with unconventional parents, where she loved reading and drama. On returning to England, she developed her career in acting, theatre directing and finally writing. Elizabeth has 18 historical romance novels published by Harlequin Mills & Boon and recently began a Georgian historical crime series of which the first two books, THE GILDED SHROUD and THE DEATHLY PORTENT, were published by Berkley Books (Penguin US). But since she still loves romance, Elizabeth is delighted with the opportunity to publish her work independently.