Bookish Friday Edborough’s secret dream looks set to come true when childhood friend, the gorgeous Nicolas Weare, proposes—if only he was behaving like a man in love. All too soon, Friday’s worst fears are confirmed when she finds Nick has been forced into the betrothal to stop him marrying the beautiful but ineligible Hermione.
Caught between love and loyalty, Friday ends the engagement, leaving Nick to realise the value of what he’s lost just as he discovers Hermione’s true worth. But with the lines joining love and hate beginning to blur, has Nick’s change of heart come too late?
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It’s the research and background in historicals that creates difficulties. You can’t have things happening that wouldn’t be appropriate to the time, otherwise it just becomes fancy dress – modern people dressed up in period clothing. Of course humans don’t change very much in themselves. They are still subject to all sorts of emotional agonies that cross the centuries. But manners and mores change, and the difficulty lies in creating a female true to the Regency or Georgian era who is still feisty and strong-minded enough for the modern reader to accept. It’s a fine line, but a challenge.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write what you love, what you are passionate about. It shows in the writing if you don’t care about your story and your characters. It’s more important to make your reader care than to worry about fitting into a specific genre. There are parameters for each genre, of course, but the characters and their emotional journey are what makes the thing tick.
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 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.
I loved the idea of a short-sighted heroine who was more interested in classical literature than parties and men. However, Friday very quickly showed me that she was more interested in men than I thought – one man at least! She dreamed of her very own Paris, who fell in love with Helen, although Friday knows she hasn’t got the face that will launch a thousand ships. I was curious about the possibility of friends becoming lovers, and it was immediately clear that Nick would be completely unaware of his bookish friend as a possible partner for life. Characters tend to do that. I get an idea and the moment the character is on the page, they start to dictate the progress of the story. It’s a very odd phenomenon, but so often I have to change my plot ideas to suit them.