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AN HONORABLE WISH
A Lady’s Wish
BY EILEEN RICHARDS
Tony Matthews spends his time in London’s most notorious gambling dens, frittering away his fortune. But when his latest victory leaves a man ruined, Tony knows he’s reached his lowest point. Determined to make amends, he returns home to his family’s country estate with plans to settle down and marry at last. And he hopes the lovely Juliet Townsend will help him—if only he can keep his disgrace a secret.
Juliet’s secret wish has always been for Tony to love her. The only bright spot in her dreadful London season was dancing with him—before he disappeared to the card rooms. Now, he’s returned, but has he truly changed? Or will gambling always be his mistress, even if she becomes his wife? And does Juliet dare risk her heart by finding out?
Discover Eileen’s new release, AN HONORABLE WISH. It’s part of her series, A Lady’s Wish from Kensington/Lyrical.
I LOVE READING ROMANCE
BY EILEEN RICHARDS
I am not ashamed to say it: I love reading Romance.
What is it about the media that always seem to degrade romance novels? They use words like bodice-ripper and call it a guilty pleasure.
Do you think anyone ever said that to Joyce Carol Oats? Or Steven King? Romance fiction has taken heat for years despite the size of the industry. I’m not here to rant about how the romance genre is looked down upon or that romance authors are the red-headed stepchildren of the publishing world. I’m here to talk about why I love romance so much, I knew I had to write it.
I’ve been a voracious reader from a child. I loved fairy tales. One of my cherished possessions is a copy of Andrew Lang’s Blue Fairy Book that was my mother’s. I loved historical stories. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, Lucy M. Montgomery were all favorites of mine. I loved the way they build their worlds. As I grew older, I found romantic suspense with Mary Stewart. About the same time I discovered the bagful of Harlequins my grandmother kept in her bedroom. I have always been a sucker for a happy ending.
My first foray into historical romance was with Kathleen Woodiwiss’ The Flame and The Flower. I was in 7th grade. This book had sex and a happy ending. Those old Harlequins closed the door at the bedroom. This one did not. I was hooked. I was also really popular in study hall. There was no way this book could compete with the Exorcist, at least as far as I was concerned.
In college I wrote my first full manuscript. It was a historical romance with pirates, I think. It was bad but I hung with a group of other writers and we bounced ideas and scenes off each other in-between bouts of Dungeons and Dragons, General Hospital, and classes.
Fast forward a lot of years and a lot of books later. I am still a voracious reader with a veritable smorgasbord of choices to select from for Romance. Historical authors Elizabeth Hoyt, Sally MacKenzie, Julia Quinn, and Lisa Kleypas are all one-click buys and preorders. I love to laugh so toss in Jill Shalvis and Lori Foster into the mix.
There are now subgenres like historical romantic suspense with new voices like Erica Monroe to enjoy. Romantic suspense has gotten a lot spicier with authors like Reagan Phillips steaming things up. New Adult, Sports romances, Victorian, Georgian, and just about every other time period is well represented now.
There has never been a better time to be a reader of romance than right now. But I keep going back to the fairy tale. Those sweet stories that are part romance and part moral lesson. Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and Rapunzel all are done and redone with lots of twists and turns.
It was this fairy tale quality that inspired the series A Lady’s Wish. There’s a bit of magic, a dash of laughter, perhaps a smidgen of intrigue and a whole lot of love. Oh and everyone gets their happy ending.
What’s not to love about stories that allow you to escape the mundane of every day life, give you a bit of excitement and leaving you smiling through the happy ending?
Eileen Richards has been writing for most of her life. Poetry, totally inappropriate answers to essay questions in school, and interesting error codes during her 30 year IT career has prepared her for the manic world of publishing.
She writes sassy regency romps set in the small villages of England where the rules are bent a bit and gossip rules the day.
Eileen resides with her husband and their diva of a greyhound in North Carolina.
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