Thursday, December 9
How many of you think that romance novels that are being published today are becoming too short? And I'm not talking about the category Harlequin romances either. My feelings on this waiver back and forth...and is usually dependent on the book I am currently reading.
Some authors can tell a beautiful story in a little over three hundred pages...and in other books sometimes if feels like there should be more pages to tell the story fully, but for whatever reason it didn't happen. I think back to those long, sumptuous romances that were at times epic, that I read many years ago by authors such as Bertrice Small, and I lament that the cost of producing books sometimes(oftentimes) dictates the length /plot of current romance novels.
I am currently reading the debut historical romance by author Grace Burrowes, The Heir, which surprisngly is close to five hundred pages long (approx 480 pages) and from the reviews I've read of it, it seems that this love story is the perfect length....kind of the Goldilocks of romance novels if you will...not too short, not too long, but just right to tell the hero and heroine's love story. Grace Burrowes is my guest today to share her novel, The Heir and a little bit about the way she writes her books. Read and enjoy!
In the opening scene of The Heir, Gayle Windham is enjoying some fine libation in the solitude of his baronial library when a mute chamber maid comes in to water a bouquet of flowers gracing the andirons of the cold hearth. She gets her bodice buttons caught in the screen of the fireplace mesh and his lordship moves to assist her. The housekeeper comes upon this scene and misconstrues the situation badly, and lo, we have an inciting incident.
As a child, I read, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Rachel Carson. In one scene, a young girl gets her blouse buttons caught in the mesh of a rotating fan, and John Singer, a deaf tenant is the only person on hand to help her. I took the buttons caught in the mesh, an inability to communicate, and the only person on hand to help being an awkward source of aid, then added somebody misperceiving a man bent over a woman, his arms around her, his fingers working at her bodice, and created Mischief with it.
Being a writer is nothing if not fun.
THE HEIR is also inspired by my own life circumstances. I’m of an age where I’m still my parent’s daughter, and yet I have a grown child of my own. I can feel the cross currents at work when a parent has ambitions a grown child does not share, just as Gayle Windham does not share his ducal father’s determination to ensure the succession immediately. His Grace has lost two sons, though, so his fixation can be forgiven by the reader, even if his own children are not as patient with him.
Then too, when I was casting around for some external conflict to bother my heroine with, I decided family troubles with a legal edge would suit nicely. I’m a practicing family law attorney and I’ve seen first hand how even the thought of litigation can fracture a strong person’s composure.
But most of all, the books I write are inspired by a belief that if you take responsibility for your own shortcomings in this life, if you pull your share of the load and bring as much courage and integrity as you can to your relationships, then love will find you, and a happily ever after is sure to follow.
Gayle Windham, earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the duke of Moreland. To escape his father’s inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper...
A lady who can’t be protected...
Anna Seaton is a beautiful, talented, educated woman, which is why it is so puzzling to Gayle Windham that she works as his housekeeper.
As the two draw closer and begin to lose their hearts to each other, Anna’s secrets threaten to bring the earl’s orderly life crashing down—and he doesn’t know how he’s going to protect her from the fallout...
Congratulations Grace on your debut! The Heir was listed as one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly, and received 4 stars from Romantic Times. If you'd like to learn more about Grace Burrowes and the books she writes you can find her at her website www.graceburrowes.com, her blog, Facebook, and she is also a contributing author to the website Blame It On The Muse. Her next book in the series, The Soldier, is scheduled to release next summer (June 2011)
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