TITLE – Love In A Dangerous Season AUTHOR – Gloria Gay GENRE – Regency Historical Romance PUBLICATION DATE – January 21, 2015 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 192 Pages PUBLISHER – Amazon Kindle Direct COVER ARTIST – Killion Group
For her insulting behavior toward the Earl of Ashcom, on whom her family depends for subsistence, beautiful Fantine Delmere earns for herself an unwanted London season and is forced to leave her beloved Evergreen and venture into the hard glare of the heartless haut ton she abhors. But Fantine’s arrival awakens jealousies and dangerous forces are put into motion…
Who designed the covers?
The Killion Group, Inc.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Well, there are two types of reviews: The firstkind are the reviews that result from blog tours or from solicitation for a review by the author at review sites.
I have never gotten a bad review from a reviewer from a blog or a reviewer that I solicited at their review site. I find all such reviewers to be fair. Sometimes the review might not be as good as I would want it, but so long as it is fair and honest I don’t mind.
Sometimes, when I have known the reviewer for several years, or when they email me telling me about their review, I thank them by email for their review.
Then there is the second type of Reviews on sites such as Amazon. Well, there are countless reader reviewers who take their reviews seriously and are fair, but sometimes, as everyone knows, there are some people that are out to troll, as they say, and they will never be pleased because their agenda is to insult your book. Advice for that is to ignore them, although it is hard.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In “Love In A Dangerous Season”, the heroine is impulsive and rash and as a result her actions get her into trouble. Because of long-held resentments she insults the very person on whom her family depends for their subsistence and this starts her on a slippery slope. Throughout this she falls in love with the hero who has formed the wrong idea of her, also, because of her rash nature. Little by little, though, they find their way into each other’s hearts. But there are others who have their own reasons for keeping the hero and the heroine apart and dangerous situations develop. So, the advice in my book is that an impulsive nature can get you into trouble and you should, if you have such a nature, think before you leap!
Can you share what your current are projects?
I’m finishing up two Regency novels. The first one will be self-published soon, with Amazon Kindle Direct and is tentatively titled, A Blaze of Light. The second one that I have the go-ahead from my regular publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, is entitled, Midnight Proposal, and that one is two thirds done.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I read a lot of the classics on my own while I was still in high school and they have stayed with me throughout my life. Then I added to that Jane Austen’s novels, which I read over and over, as well as the Bronte sisters. Then George Elliot, D.H. Lawrence, F. Scott Fitzgerald - just endless reading. When I started thinking seriously about becoming a writer I was influenced by Rebecca and the early gothic writers such as Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart and Phyllis Whitney. The very first book I wrote was a gothic and I dug it out some time ago and I’m re-writing it. I always have several projects going on at the same time. When I get stuck with one I go to the other – that’s my way of not losing the momentum.
Do you ever experience writer's block?
I deal with it in the above way – by switching to writing in another project or by painting, since I’m also an artist.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Well, I read Regencies endlessly. Lisa Kleypasis one of my favorite authors in that genre.
I also read a lot of contemporary mysteries and out of the ordinary books such as The Shadow of the Wind and The Thirteenth Step, and mysteries such as all of Mary Higgins Clark’s mysteries, James Patterson’s mysteries and countless other contemporary writers. Among the many projects I have going are two romantic suspense novels.
I read a lot in my Kindle.
While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
I identify a lot with some characters. I think we all do. I was shy in my teens, like the mousy heroine of Rebecca. But I also had bold moments within the shyness, which often got me into trouble.
What are your expectations for the book?
I hope it will be a success, of course. It’s one of my very favorites. I’m very fond of the heroine, Fantine Delmere.
Do you write an outline before every book you write?
I don’t write outlines, ever. A book usually starts in my mind with a strong scene. From that strong scene my two main characters start to evolve. For instance, in Love In a Dangerous Season I saw the confrontation in the forest between Fantine and Lord Ashcom as clear as if I was watching it on a movie screen. The book evolved backwards and forwards from that scene. One thing I do right away is a character list, so I won’t be confusing names, and I write down the color of the hero and the heroine’s eyes.
There was a lecturer at the San Diego, California branch of Romance Writers of America to which I belong and everything she said about planning a book made excellent sense to me. I took many notes and I intend to try out her way, if only so that I won’t get stuck two thirds of the way – which usually happens to me and then I have to get out of the sticky mess I am in and solve the rest of the book. That’s the life of a “seat of the pants writer” such as me.
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Fantine struggled in Ashcom’s arms as he pressed his mouth to hers, but to no avail. Her strength pitted against his was but a sigh to a powerful gale. Then even against her will she felt her treacherous lips responding hungrily to his bruising lips that tasted of recently sipped coffee and felt a rush of passion course madly through her limbs as he parted her lips forcibly and thrust his tongue into her mouth.
A thrilling rush of sensation shot out throughout her body, making her listless.
For a while he kissed her, hard and with a desperate hunger answered in measure by Fantine. He tasted the chocolate in her mouth and inhaled the sweet light scent he had chosen for her. He felt a tremor shoot out in sparks throughout his body and a strong response in his loins.
Hating his reaction to her and his weakening resolve, he let go of her suddenly and still holding her by her shoulders looked angrily into her eyes.
"Have you ever been kissed by a moneyed title, Miss Delmere? Well now you have." And with that he turned on his heel and strode out of the breakfast room.
From an early age I was drawn to painting and writing. Both have always been linked for me throughout the different stages of my life—studies, work, marriage, children, grand-children. Curiously enough it was a novel given to me as a prize for art excellence at the Catholic nuns’ academy where I studied through sixth grade that I was introduced to literature. Up until that time I only knew books as history, math, etc. Those nuns were very strict: novels only as a prize! I was amazed that a book could open doors into imagined worlds. I probably thought, as a nine-year-old, that movies just appeared on the screen by magic. :)
From that day forth I would make up stories to tell my brothers and my sister. Later on I started to put the stories down on paper. Then among the many novels I read I started one day to read “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier. That first line in the novel: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…” was the spark that drew me toward serious writing, first the gothic novels popular at the time and then when I searched for more romance than mystery, to the novels of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.
Regency romance became my genre and I self-published four, then two more with a traditional publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, and two with Amazon’s Kindle Direct. And although I will probably always write Regencies, I am also branching out to romantic suspense and will soon be publishing two of those and, hopefully, re-write the first gothic novel I wrote and abandoned many years ago.
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