Back in 2018 I finally saw the release of Miss Elspeth's Desire. It was more than just a bet I'd placed against myself. It was a vindication that my research of historical facts could stand up to scrutiny.
I personally find the mid to late victorian era quite interesting and it allowed me to write this story. I love the historical facts, the societal norms of the time... (I'm not getting into the rights or wrongs of them, just the fact that they existed.)
So without any further ado, here is the snippet from The Search Duology - Book 1.
Aeddan dipped his head to hers. “Grant me your first dance,” he said, then introduced her to his friends.
Isabelle had already found a group of young women who engaged her in conversation, and she waved them on with a searching look at Elspeth.
A waltz struck up, and Aeddan excused them from their current set of acquaintances with a, “My dance, I believe.”
“Major, should we be dancing this? I’m not sure...”
Miss Elspeth's Desire
Elspeth Forster, the eldest spinster sister and part owner of Forster Shipping Line has never known passion.
On the youngest Forster sister’s marriage, Elspeth and her middle sister Isabelle determine to use their ships for more than just business by taking the adventure of a lifetime. In India she might find a man who can teach her all the things that will keep her warm in her advancing age. But she never expected that an unscheduled stop would put her within Aeddan Fitzsimmon’s sights.
Returning from a top-secret mission, English spy, Aeddan Fitzsimmons, finds passage on the Zephyr, a vessel in the Forster fleet. From the moment he stepped aboard the statuesque redhead entices him like no other ever has. Now in India he has a new mission: keep the elegant Elspeth safe while wooing her into his bed.
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There's this amazing feeling once a series of books is finally released in full.
It's a kind of mix between excitement and being down in the dumps... mainly because with the story told, it's time to say goodbye to these characters who've inhabited your mind for a period of time.
Right now, I'm in the space of saying goodbye to not one but two series (more on that later on in the year though!)
I started Miss Elspeth back in 2015 while I was trying to get my head back into writing ... After hubs accident, I needed time to get my mojo back.
Try something differnt I thought. Let me tell youi I have so much respect for Historical authors. While with Science Fiction, when I'm writing something I tend to focus on a couple of major concepts, beef them up and learn everything possible then use them to their best advantage. With Historical, there is so much more. The clothing, the mannerisms and speech patterns. The geography and social mores.
I wrote Isabelle because I always planned to - it was after all a Duology, but also because while she was there in the background of Elspeth, she had a really strong presence in my mind.
I knew where the book would take place. I knew a little about the hero, but the rest? She was determined to make me work for all of it!
But anyway, Isabelle's story is now written and the great thing is, not only is it available in EBook but also print.
Please take a moment to check it out. For the next few days, you can grab the e-version for 99 cents!
To see more, visit Isabelle and Langdon's page on my website!
What to do then?
Busy work called. The stuff that fills in the day. I found lots of that kind of thing. You know, Cover Art Forms for upcoming titles, Production forms and the list goes on. Yes I even got them out of the way.
I'd already completed the stocktake so what next? I scooted around the website only to discover I hadn't updated my Downloadable Book List! Oh no! In fact, it was so out of date, that some links didn't work, others weren't added and I had lots of tweaks. The last one was from May last year! That's like I can't recall how many books back!
They're the jobs that never seem to get remembered, but yes, it's now done. If you click on the image (yes it's a screenshot of my downloadble book list) it will take you directly to the downloadable PDF file.
If you're chasing my downladable files in future or you see an error, please do let me know, but right now I'm feeling a whole heap more accomplished than I was at 7 am this morning!