Fall 2013

I am planning to have new releases later this year, probably in the fall. I’ve had a few hiccups this year and a lot going on personally with visiting family/friends, relatives passing away, and doing a mentorship program at Romance Divas. So all my neatly laid plans for this year few flew out the window!

My hope is to put out two more Regency romances this fall and I’m also working on a nonfiction project. Please check back for news or sign up for my newsletter: http://eepurl.com/srlzX or like my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/viviennewestlakeromance to receive updates directly.

For those waiting for Delphine’s book, I’ve decided to re-write it from scratch as the original version wasn’t working. I really wanted to put out The Captain’s Wicked Caress this year, but it needs more time and attention. Look for it in 2014.

Right now, I am working on The Wicked Earl Takes His Wife (Alice’s book) and another Regency about a governess.

Hope you are all having a good summer!

When a Book Becomes Real

So last week, I was futzing around with uploading Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender on Create Space. I have been thinking about promotional items for conferences and prizes and I looked at various promo sites offering things like pens, mirrors, magnets, manicuring sets, notebooks, and other nicknacks.

The more I thought about it, I realized that the best thing to do to engage new readers is to let them try out a book. So with that end in mind, I decided maybe it was time to create a print book. I originally had not planned on doing a print book for Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender as I figured I would wait until more books came out in the series and then I could bind them into an anthology. But last week, I decided that maybe it was better to invest in books rather than items that will get thrown away or end up in a junk drawer.

So, yesterday, I got the print proof of my book. It was totally unexpected as I thought it wasn’t coming until February 6th. So both my new trading cards and my print book came on the same day.

Seeing my book was a surreal experience. I never expected how strange it would feel. Writing an ebook is different. Most of the book’s life has been spent on the computer, in my word processing program. So the ebook is like an extension of that. The print book, however, is different. It is as if this thing that only existed in your mind is now manifested before you, sort of like magic.

The book I wrote came from me, originated in my creative mind, but yet it is not me. It carries pieces of my soul in it, yet it is its own being. I know that’s a little out there, but it is the best way I can describe the strange feelings coursing through me as I looked at my book, held my book, and met it for the first time. I assume this is something like what a new mother feels when she has finally given birth and gets to see the sweet child that has developed inside of her.

So today, I’ve been reading the book and discovering it anew. Discovering myself in some ways, too.

I will let you all know when the book becomes available on Create Space and Amazon.com. For the time being, it will only be available at those venues as it was a bit cost prohibitive to put the book into wider distribution. However, I do plan to release A Marquess for Christmas in print and I hope to do a print anthology later in the year or next year and those will be available through more retailers.

I am curious. Do you prefer reading in print or ebook format?

Next Big Thing Blog Hop

My good friend Jax Cassidy asked me to participate in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop today. Check out her post from last week to see what she’s working on.

She asked me a few questions about what I’ve been writing recently, so here it goes…

What is the working title of your book?
A Marquess for Christmas

Where did the idea come from for the book?
My friend and fellow author, Eden Bradley convinced me to write a Christmas-themed book. We tossed around some ideas and this was the story that clicked. The basic premise is a man and woman who meet on the road during a robbery. The hero is injured and cannot remember his name. The heroine takes him in and nurses him back to health, but things heat up very quickly as both are irresistibly attracted to one another.

What genre does your book fall under?

Historical Erotic Romance / Erotic Regency

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Kit aka Daniel Cosgrove, Marquess of Kittrick would be played by Olivier Martinez
Violet Laurens would be played by a younger Kate Beckinsale

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A proper widow. A rakish marquess. He rescued her from thieves, but will she be able to save him from himself?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I put out the book myself. It just released last week.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took about two months. Originally, this book was to be a novella, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t make the book short. The characters insisted on getting a novel.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It is pretty explicit. Two other authors that write erotic Regency/historical are Emma Wildes and Sabrina Darby.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Eden Bradley was the initial inspiration for this book. During the writing, I got a lot of encouragement from KB Alan and Marie Hall and various ladies at Romance Divas and Moriah Jovan’s Write Chat.

Most of all, the characters themselves inspired me. Violet Laurens is a strong heroine. She’s a lady, but she’s experienced dark things in her past

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It is a bit unconventional. The hero is a man who knows his way around a gaming hell, illegal boxing rings, and, of course, the bedroom. But he’s also someone struggling to be himself, to find a way to reconcile who he has to be with who he wants to be. The heroine is a lady, but she doesn’t run away from the darker things in life. She went with her husband to war and assisted the soldiers during difficult times. She is not afraid when thieves accost her on the road and she is not intimidated when she learns about Kit’s legal and illegal boxing activities.

The love scenes are pretty explicit and involve a light BDSM element as both try to get the upper hand in bed.

Here is the full blurb:

A proper widow. A rakish marquess. He rescued her from thieves, but will she be able to save him from himself?

When Violet Laurens is rescued from highwaymen, the furthest thing from her mind is that her heart might tumble next. She loves her independent life, no matter her lonely bed. The handsome stranger reawakens the passion she thought buried along with her husband, pushing her to new heights of desire. But she knows it’s only a matter of time before he remembers his name and leaves her.

The dissolute Marquess of Kittrick has vowed never to marry, causing a rift in his family that sets him on the road just in time to do battle with ruffians intent on stealing a lady’s coins—and more. Discovering the fiery wanton beneath the widow’s oh-so-proper demeanor makes him want nothing more than to forget who he is for just a bit longer. Maybe forever.

When Kit is forced to acknowledge who he is, will the truth trump their shared passion, and the love they can’t quite admit to? Or will Violet overcome her fear—and Kit his dissolute ways–and be able to lay claim to A Marquess for Christmas?

 

Here are a few other authors participating in The Next Big Blog Hop. Check out their blogs on January 2nd to see what projects they are currently working on.

Marie Hall – Marie Hall has always had a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm… Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones.

On top of that she’s a confirmed foodie, she nearly went to culinary school and then figured out she could save a ton of money if she just watched food shows religiously! She’s a self-proclaimed master chef, certified deep sea dolphin trainer, finder of leprechaun’s gold at the end of the rainbow, and rumor has it she keeps the Troll King locked away in her basement. All of which is untrue, however, she does have an incredibly active imagination and loves to share her crazy thoughts with the world!

Lia Sebastian – Lia Sebastian is a romance writer who by day masquerades as a corporate writer and editor. Every now and then the words threaten to overwhelm her, but she considers this an occupational hazard. She lives in the United States with her two dogs. They have real names, but their superhero monikers are Jaws and Claws. They are cute enough to overcome these appellations. Lia is a devoted advocate of cream cheese pastries, dog training (positive-style, please), and the proper use of semicolons.

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you a Blessed and Happy New Year!

December Release

 

I will have a new release next month! Look for A Marquess for Christmas late December. This will be my second book and first novel. It is a Regency erotic romance, but unconnected to the Rekindled Passions series. I will release two more books in the Rekindled Passions series in the Spring/Summer.

Here is the blurb:

A widow in need of rescue. A dissolute Marquess determined not to marry.

When Violet Laurens is accosted on the road by thieves, a handsome stranger comes to her rescue. He is badly injured and doesn’t remember who he is, so she takes him home and cares for him. But the closer they become, the more Violet fears the inevitable moment when he must leave her.

The Marquess of Kittrick has vowed not to marry, despite his family’s wishes. He wants nothing to do with prim and proper young ladies, even a beautiful widow who makes him question all of his previous assumptions.

Every touch, every glance between them builds a passion that neither can deny—or control. But when Kit is no longer able to hide his identity, will he sacrifice his pride and claim Violet as his own? Or will he return to his dissolute ways and destroy the fragile love he never believed he could find?

 

Warning: A Marquess for Christmas is an adult novel and includes scenes of bondage, spanking, and other sensual delights! This is not your mother’s Regency romance. 😉

Please look forward to my upcoming book release blitz. I’ll be featured on several blogs in December. My first stop is the Daydreaming Book Reviews Blog on December 8th. Then I will have my main book release tour on December 20th. See the list below for some of my tour stops. Christmas week, I’ll also appear at Reading Romances and Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance.

December 20th Blog Stops:

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/

Reginamayross’s Blog
http://reginamayross.blogspot.com/

Erzabet’s Enchantments
http://erzabetsenchantments.blogspot.com/

A Chick Who Reads
http://achickwhoreads.blogspot.com

Provocative Pages
http://readingonthewildside.blogspot.com

Delphina Reads Too Much
http://www.delphinareadstoomuch.com

Melissa Stevens
http://melissastevens.us

Butterfly-o-Meter Books
http://butterflyometerbooks.blogspot.com

The Romance Writers Reads
http://www.theromancewritersreads.com

Books & Other Spells
http://nightskydarkstar.blogspot.com

Writing from Corsets to Bustiers
http://www.christina-mcknight.blogspot.com

Sapphyria’s Steamy Book Reviews
http://saphssteamybooks.blogspot.com

Readaholic’s Reviews
http://www.readaholicsreviews.com

Reviewing in Chaos
http://reviewinginchaos.blogspot.com

Viv Dumas
http://www.vividumas.wordress.com

Boekie’s Book Reviews
http://www.BoekiesBookReviews.com

Reader’s Edyn
http://readersedyn.blogspot.com

Fangs, Wands & Fairydust
http://fangswandsandfairydust.com

 

Upcoming Releases

I know things have been a bit quiet around here lately. It’s been a strange 12 months for me with lots of crazy things going on in my personal life, so I’ve been off track with getting the rest of the series out. However, I am planning to release a short prequel in October and The Captain’s Wicked Caress (Book 2 in the Rekindled Passions Series) will be released at the end of the year. I’m also making notes on Book 3, which will be out in 2013.

You can find recent blogs of mine on History Ink, which is a group blog of historical romance authors.

In the mean time, if you want to be kept updated with future releases, you can sign up for my newsletter by sending an email to: vivwestlakenews (AT) gmail.com or following my author page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/viviennewestlakeromance.

 

Plans for 2012

I’ve been a little remiss in keeping the website updated. I apologize for this as I know people are checking to see when the next book will be out and also what other projects are in the works.

Currently, I am working on the sequel to Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender. This will be book 2 in the Rekindled Passions series and will star the lovely Delphine Sharpe. Initially, I had planned to save Delphine’s story for later, but she is anxious to have her time in the limelight. Things were delayed for a few months due to a foot injury I had (who knew that uneven sidewalks were so dangerous!). Expect to see Delphine’s book in 2-3 months (I am hoping for May).

I have gotten a bee in my bonnet that is buzzing for book 3, so I am making some preparation for that as well, though I am not certain yet if I will work on the third book next or switch to one of my other projects.

My intention is to release three novellas this year. At least one will be a Regency, possibly two. I also have some other projects that will be developed this year or next year (a Western Paranormal, a Fantasy story, and a demon story). Please stay tuned!

Read an Ebook Week – 25% off sale

This week, I am celebrating Read an Ebook Week by participating in a special promotion at Smashwords. Many authors will offer their ebooks at a discount just for the week of March 4-10. It should be an exciting event!

So anyone who has not already purchased Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender can get it for 25% off by going to www.smashwords.com this week. You can also download a sample of the first few pages of the book. To receive the discount, please go to the Lady Northam book page and enter the code: REW25. If you do not use the special code, you will be charged the full price.

Other news:

I will be participating in the History Ink Blog with several historical authors. We’ll be talking about interesting things we learned during our research or general information about historical romance. Come join us! My first post will appear on March 21st (I host every 3rd Wednesday of the month).

19th Century Physicians

I have been doing light research today on 19th Century physicians’ offices. Most of the images and information I found were for Victorian American doctors’ offices, but I did stumble across some gems.

The coolest thing I found was a reference to an episode of Antiques Roadshow where a man brought in a salesman sample of an examination table from the 19th century. Salesman samples were extremely detailed as they were intended to show a physician the complete range of features of the examination table, so they had lots of small parts that moved. The appraiser shows the man how the table worked and which elements could be adjusted and how: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201001A40.html

Salesman Sample Medical Examination Table from 1890, featured on Antiques Roadshow

Another good resource that I found was the Rose Melnick Medical Museum website. They have an article featuring replicas of dentist and doctors offices from 1895-1935. The dental office is from 1895 and the doctor’s office is from 1905, but it gives a good understanding of what the office would look like and what equipment it would contain.

1905 Doctor's Office, Rose Melnick Museum

While this is all useful for my Victorian novels, I went about my search hoping to find useful information related to the Regency period. I stumbled upon an article showing images from an Italian text on medicine. It features some very interesting illustrations on doing a “woman’s internal examination”: http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.com/2009/05/internal-medical-examination-of-woman.html

Here is one example:

You’ve got to wonder what was on this woman’s mind. Was she lying back and thinking of England? Or in this case, Italy?

While I did not exactly find what I was looking for, I did stumble across several fun items and I saw various images of more rudimentary examination tables from the late Victorian era. These images are courtesy of: Prices4Antiques.com. Click on each image for more information about the item.

Medical exam table circa 1875-1900, Indiana

Oak Examination Table, with cabinet drawers, circa 1875-1900. From North Carolina.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed our little trip down Medical Memory Lane. And if you know of any interesting resources for 19th century medical history, please share!

Christmas Sale! Get the book for 99c!

Just in time for Christmas and Chanukah, you can get Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender for only 99 cents (normally $2.99). I am participating in a holiday ebook sale at Book Lovers Buffet. Come check out all of the great books that are on sale! We have sexy, sweet, and mysterious books for your pleasure. All books are listed by genre or you can view an author list on the side bar.

Since I like my books on the sexy side, here is the link directly to the erotic romance page.

The holiday promotion will run from December 1 to January 15. You can find Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender on sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and All Romance eBooks. ARe offers multiple formats of my book for only $1.00 during the sale.

My books are also available now at Sony, Kobo, and Diesel, but due to the way the books are distributed, they are still at the regular price of $1.49.

I hope you will load up your eReader with some awesome titles from the Book Lovers Buffet sale!

Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender New Release Monday Excerpt

To celebrate my new release, I am participating in New Release Monday with the girls over at the Excerpt Monday Blog.

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Nov 2011 New Release Monday

Excerpt From Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender

 

Cheshire, England, March 1816

The wind whipped around them, lashing Rowena’s hair and making her gray wool cloak fly up and ripple out behind her. It was a dark hour, rather late to arrive for a country visit, but Rowena despaired at the thought of another night at an inn. The inclement weather had already delayed the visit long enough.

Rowena tucked the wild, dark brown wisps of hair under her bonnet. Her hair was too fine and straight to hold a curl the way her sister’s hair did. Even after so many hours of travel, Delphine’s black curls were neatly arranged under her bonnet and her blue pelisse had nary a wrinkle. Thank God no one but Alice, Lady Chilton, was there to see them. Discounting the servants helping them with their things, of course. On a country estate, no doubt they were used to worse.

Three servants shuffled about helping the coachman with the trunks. As she wiped her foot on a stone to get the mud off her boot, she overheard a footman say, “No, it isn’t him. ‘Tis her ladyship’s guests come from Town. But Lord Rutherford is due any day now.”

Rowena spun her head around. No. NO. Simon was in India. He couldn’t be on his way to Cheshire. She dug her nails into her hands as she gripped her fingers into a fist. She had no desire to see Alice’s brother. Six years had not been nearly enough time to forget the way he’d cruelly jilted her then ran off to India when she’d later married his friend instead.

She went to Delphine and gripped her forearm tightly. “Did you hear that?” she whispered. “Lord Rutherford is due here any day.”

A tightness spread through her chest and she rubbed her gloved fingers over her heart for a moment.

“I thought he was still in India,” Delphine whispered.

Rowena tipped forward. Her stays were constricting. She needed to lie down. “Apparently not. God, why did he have to come now?”

“Perhaps the storms will hinder his arrival. If it took us two days, perhaps he may get delayed at sea and you won’t have to see him at all.”

Rowena prayed her sister was right. Please let him be at sea and not already in England. Because God help her, she could think of nothing worse than having to spend two weeks trapped at the Chilton estate with Simon.

They were ushered inside and shown to the parlor while their belongings were taken upstairs. A fire was lit and they warmed themselves beside the huge stone hearth. The charming 16th century country manor was impeccably maintained. Even in the golden glow of the fire, she could see that the settee had been reupholstered in a blue and gold damask and the wallpaper looked new. The furniture was classic, yet made the room somehow feel warm and inviting. Alice’s impeccable taste never failed to impress.

As Rowena removed her gloves, they heard a voice calling to them.

“How lovely to see you both.” A very round Alice gracefully walked toward them. Blonde tendrils peeked from her thin cap. She was still dressed for evening, wearing a pretty, lavender gown that had a sheer overlay, embroidered with gold dots, and a full satin gown underneath. Even out here in the country, with no one to impress but the local farmers, Alice managed to look regal. Rowena admired the lovely gold rope, which trimmed the bodice, empire waist and sleeves. Her white gloves were also trimmed in gold.

Though Alice was in a ‘delicate condition’, she moved with barely a hindrance. She hugged Rowena warmly, and gave each of them a kiss on the cheek. The playful look in her blue eyes and the wide smile she gave reminded Rowena a bit of Simon. Both had high cheekbones, blond curls, and mischievous smiles. The only difference was in their eye color: Rowena caught her breath at the memory of Simon’s blue-grey gaze, heated when he looked at her. Until the last time. Quickly she banished the image of blue-grey steel and brought her attention back to Alice, who was reaching for the bell pull by the fireplace.

*Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.*

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