Miss Araminta Barrington, clever, pretty and unexpectedly poor, bravely decides to sacrifice her own happiness in a marriage of convenience, in order to save her family from certain ruin. She sets out to win a proposal from the wealthy Sir Timothy Stanton while struggling with her guilt over using a good man so poorly.
Just when success is in sight, she catches the eye of Jasper Devereaux, the scandalous Marquis of Chestleton, whose own growing fascination with the enigmatic young woman compels him to pursue her at all costs. If he can only win her into his bed, his absurd fascination will surely evaporate!
Araminta knows that to be seen in Chestleton’s company could ruin her chances of securing a marriage that will save everything she holds dear. She knows that Chestleton is not the sort of man to take a wife, and with poverty looming, she knows that love is a luxury she cannot afford. When a riding accident forces her to be his unwilling guest at a secluded country house, will her undeniable attraction override her sense of duty? Will a night of passion really be enough for the dastardly lord? And does the strange bitterness she glimpses in his eyes have anything to do with the secrets he is determined to keep close?
Targeted Age Group:
17 and upwards
The fun thing about historical genre writing, whether Regency or medieval, is that there’s a lot of very detailed research that goes into them. It’s lots of fun to find out so many new things. Contemporary literature and other genres require research too, of course, but a different kind of research. For contemporary romance, there’s no need to spend hours discovering what people today eat and how they dress as well as habits, slang and mannerisms.
The next challenge is to bring these details across enough to make the setting come alive but not so much as to bore the reader with details. And all this must be juggled with creating engaging characters, believable emotions and an exciting story!
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I think, the most basic and important bit of advice I ever received is to read and write avidly! Read as much as you can: fiction and nonfiction. You’ll always learn something new – a word, an expression, what kind of writing you like and what kind you don’t. It’ll give you an idea of the sort of writing you’d like to do, and open your mind to possibilities. Writing is a learned skill – so the more you write, the better you’ll be and the faster you’ll discover your own voice. And have fun – write about things you enjoy, things that make you happy. If you love the stories you tell, other people will fall in love with them too.
Daphne has always had a passion for literature and history and one day it occurred to her: what better way to use her English Literature degree than to write about Regency romps and romance? She hasn’t looked back since. Admittedly, her addiction to all things Jane Austen from a very young age had probably somewhat informed her choice of subject matter…
Daphne has stacks of notebooks full of stories that still need to be written, which she insists on bringing with her when she moves around the world (she’s done this a lot!). She likes her books full of romance, adventure, witty repartee and a dash of silly humour. When Daphne isn’t writing, she can be found painting, picnicking, reading and listening to all sorts of exciting music.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have always loved history and romance, especially with a bit or humour and sweeping adventure thrown into the mix. As an avid reader, sometimes, books would leave me wondering ‘what next’ or ‘what could have happened if only’…’ and day, I decided to try writing my own. I fell in love with telling stories as much as reading them.