My debut novella, Forever Winter, resembles both archetypes of Regency romance: Traditional Regency and Regency Historical.
In Traditional Regency, we typically see the hero as an attractive womanizing cad who marries out of obligation or who downright refuses to marry unless he can gain something from the union. The heroine is usually a dutiful but intelligent woman who marries for security or out of responsibility. Occasionally, the heroine marries for love, but the hero usually doesn’t return the sentiment for the first half or so of the book. Subtle humor, clever dialogue, and intricate details, with soft kissing and light affection, are the focal points of the novels.
Regency Historical involves the same plot devices but delves deeper with stronger emotional aspects, darker subplots, and on-page sexual intercourse. In these books, the hero and heroine discover each other’s passions and motivations before they find their HEA. As they travel the long road of betrayal and deceit, they fall madly in love and achieve redemption by accepting each other and their future together.
In Forever Winter, Susanna Lorican and Camden Beckinworth have known each other since childhood. There is an eight-year difference in their ages, which is common in historical romances. They share similar goals, ideals, and what they want out of life. He sees her as his equal. Their union is also very profitable. Not only are they in love, he provides financial security as a successful owner of a cotton mill, and since she has previous experience managing her father’s vast farm, she tends to his bookkeeping and monetary records. They plan to marry on Christmas Eve, but nothing goes according to plan.
This sweet romance focuses on the couple’s interaction with her family and the world around them, not their relationship in the bedroom.
Regency stories of either archetype define a beautiful and charming world. As with most romance novels, historical or not, the idea of love and a “happily ever after” will hopefully continue to draw in readers for years to come.
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Release Date: March 26th, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: Sweet
Viscount Camden Beckinworth had lived the life of a devil-may-care rake until his parents’ untimely death. He cast aside his personal life, returned home to save the crumbling family business and decided to re-enter Society five years later. By then, the pesky little sister of his two best childhood friends had grown into a lovely woman and he felt alive again with her innocence and beauty in hand.
After two disastrous London seasons, Susanna Lorican accepted a marriage proposal from a neighborhood friend and, while she had adored him since childhood, she never expected the man of her dreams to reciprocate her feelings. She planned the perfect Christmas Eve wedding but never expected a snowstorm to barrel through the English countryside on the morning of.
Susanna and Camden vowed to let nothing thwart their long-awaited day even though the storm delayed the dress and several guests. When the reverend fell from his horse and injured his head, however, they had little choice but to postpone. To worsen matters, Susanna’s insufferable brother-in-law cornered and then assaulted her in the library.
Does social peril and uncontrollable weather keep the lovebirds from the altar or do they find their happily ever after in the midst of a disastrous wedding day?
“I’m glad you chose winter—Christmas time.” Camden gripped the loose braid of her chestnut hair. “Even though the timing isn’t great, considering everything that has happened, it’s perfect for us.” He gently grasped her chin and forced her face up. He brushed his lips across her eyebrows. “I want to get married on the day that everything changed for me. On the day I finally found the one woman I could love and cherish all my life. No one is more important to me than you.” He suckled her pink lower lip between his teeth. A soft moan escaped her throat.
He pulled back and stared deep into her eyes. “You are so kind, love. I wish you realized that. Enjoy today, no matter what, but if something else horrible happens and prohibits our union, God forbid, we will marry as soon as possible.” He clenched his jaw against the idea of waiting.
Susanna nodded. Emotional but intelligent, she understood logic and common sense when she heard it. Sometimes, it just had to be pounded into her.
Camden stroked a stray hair behind her ear and lowered his mouth to hers. Air filled her lungs seconds before his mouth clasped hers. His talented lips tasted and teased hers. A moan gurgled in the back of her throat.
“Camden,” she gasped his name like a plea once he finally pulled back for air. “The door is wide open and we are without a chaperone.” She blinked several times to clear her clouded vision. She licked her lips and nodded to the entryway. “Anyone could see.”
He smirked roguishly. “Let them. We are betrothed. Two people in love, who are about to wed, are expected to kiss.”
“Kiss, yes,” she whispered. “You, my lord, make love with your lips.” Susanna suddenly flamed scarlet. Her eyes widened like saucers and the temperature in the room skyrocketed.
Camden laughed as his embarrassed fiancée fumed. An arrogant grin spread across his face. “Do I? You have never admitted that before.”
She scowled, her cheeks so hot she could barely stand it. “Well, there are some things you shouldn’t be privy to.”
His smirk lengthened. “Really? I am honored that my bride appreciates the way I kiss. If she didn’t, what kind of man would that make me?”
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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
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