Guest blogger: Bronwen Evans
Hello, Australia. I’m waving from New Zealand, and I’m hoping it’s not as cold for you there as it is here! I had to get my winter woolies out yesterday, 8c, burr.
I’m a Regency historical writer. I’ve been writing for about six years and I’m onto my third series, The Disgraced Lords with Random House Loveswept. Book #1 is A Kiss of Lies (Jan 2014), and book #2 is A Promise of More (Apr 2014).
I’m always asked why I write series. That’s easy, I’m a reader too, and I know how much I love reading a series. What is it about a series that’s so appealing?
I can only speak for myself, but a series with a cast of rich characters makes the world more real, no matter what time, or place, or world the story is set in.
Most people have friends, work colleagues, or family around them, people who interact with their lives, sometimes annoyingly, on a daily basis. Therefore, why would I want to write a world where my character doesn’t have any friends, family, or anyone to interact with? I’d be suspicious of a person who doesn’t have people around them—what’s wrong with them?
Our friends, family and colleagues enrich our world. They provide us with challenges, issues, support networks; they can be annoying, hurtful and downright nasty sometimes, but they can also be loving, supportive and the shoulder to cry on.
A series works when those cast of characters become your best friends, or at least make you have to know what the author has in-store for them. I’m a fan of Toni Aleo, JR Ward, Stephanie Laurens and Nalini Singh because of the way they build an all-encompassing world. Humans are not singular creatures. We all crave company, love, and security. A great series delivers this.
As an author there is nothing more exciting than planning a series, creating that rich interactive world for the characters to grow and thrive in. I love creating their personalities, their relationships with friends and parents, developing their immediate world, and their place in it. But most of all I love providing their journey to their happy ever after.
The Disgraced Lords series introduces you to six men, friends since school, called the Libertine Scholars, who face a common enemy. Someone is out to destroy them, and they have no idea why. Over the course of six books, they have to work together to solve the mystery. Each man has his own strengths and weaknesses, his own flaws and inner demons. Their enemy pulls them together, makes them stronger, and their life-affirming bond ensures they protect those they love, as they realise that together they can defeat any evil.
I suppose the biggest plus for any author writing a series is when the reader buys into your world, and responds to the raft of characters you have created. They become their friends, and I often receive emails wanting to know more about them—what happens after their HEA? For readers truly come to love these characters as much as I do. Of course it also puts me under more pressure. I have to ensure I deliver on the promise I’ve made about certain characters in the preceding books.
This is the third series I’ve written, and I can honestly say I’ve never forgotten any characters from my previous two series. They are still my friends, and I sometimes pull out a book from a previous series, and re-read it, just because I want to visit with them for a while. I hope you’ll take a peep at my new series and perhaps want to visit with the Libertine Scholars for a while. Let me know which Libertine Scholar you like the best. I still can’t decide. Perhaps it’s Christian, my hero in A Kiss of Lies, book #1 in the series. He’s a battle-scarred war hero who is overdue for love. I thoroughly enjoyed helping him find his HEA …
Leave a comment telling me why you like reading series and you will go in the draw to win a copy of A Kiss of Lies. The giveaway closes on 13 April 2014.
In Bronwen Evans’s Loveswept debut, a pair of damaged souls ignite each other’s deepest passions—even as they tempt fate by deceiving the world.
Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.
One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over … until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.
Praise for Bronwen Evans and A Kiss of Lies
“This tale is poignant, heartwarming and readers may be reaching for the Kleenex once or twice before the breathtaking ending.”—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)
In the second novel in Bronwen Evans’s sexy new Disgraced Lords series, two very independent souls find themselves fighting to resist a deepening passion.
When Beatrice Hennessey sets out to confront Lord Coldhurst, the notorious rogue who killed her brother in a duel, her intent is to save her family from destitution. She’s determined to blackmail the man into a loveless marriage. She’ll make the wealthy Lord Coldhurst pay for the rest of his life. But while greeting his ship, Beatrice takes a tumble into the Thames—only to be fished out by a pair of strong masculine arms that tempt her to stay locked in their heated embrace forever. That is, until she realizes those arms belong to Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst himself.
The little drowned mermaid has an interesting proposition indeed; one that Sebastian is surprised to find quite agreeable. Although he’s had women more beautiful, she is pleasing to the eye, and besides, it’s time he fathered an heir. Beatrice promises to be the ideal wife; a woman who hates him with an all-consuming passion is far too sensible to expect romance. However, it isn’t long before Sebastian’s plan for a marriage of convenience unravels, and he’s caught up in the exhilarating undertow of seduction.
Advance praise for A Promise of More
“Bronwen’s historical romances always make the top of my reading list!”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jen McLaughlin
Check out my current contest for the release of A Promise of More—win a KAGI jewellery designer Jewel Pop Ring valued at NZ$99. Details on my website.
Best-selling author Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
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