Excerpt from Daring to Love the Duke’s Heir by Janice Preston

An exclusive excerpt from Daring to Love the Duke’s Heir, reblogged from Morton S Gray – Author

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I am delighted to feature an excerpt this week from Janice Preston‘s latest release Daring to Love the Duke’s Heir.

This scene takes place backstage at the Sans Pareil Theatre (now the Adephi Theatre), on the Strand in London –

Dominic entered the backstage area and immediately spied a cloaked and hooded figure lurking in a doorway up ahead. He adjusted his grip on his ebony cane, which handily concealed a sword, but the figure did not move as he passed. He’d taken two steps past before the scent of roses reached him, sending the hair on the back of his neck on end. He pivoted round to face…Miss Liberty Lovejoy.

Liberty gasped as a vice-like grip encircled her upper arm. The thick wool of the cloak she wore did little to disguise the strength in those fingers. Heart pumping with fear, she raised her eyes to her assailant…

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An insight into The Lochmore Legacy (first book available now)!!

An insight from me, Lara, Elisabeth and Nicole on writing the Lochmore Legacy series!

Amanda Writes

Thank you so much, Amanda, for inviting me onto your blog to tell your readers a little about The Lochmore Legacy – a series of four linked but standalone Highland romances set in different historical time periods.

When Mills and Boon asked me to write a Victorian set romance as the first book of The Lochmore Legacy I was torn between excitement and nerves: excitement because I loved the premise of the series, and nerves because of the responsibility of writing that first book; excitement at the prospect of tackling a new-to-me historical period (I usually write Regencies), and nerves for the exact same reason; excitement when I learned my fellow authors would be Lara Temple, Elisabeth Hobbes and Nicole Locke, and nerves because, well, how much worse would it be if I let down such good friends? But I said yes. I promised myself when I first became a…

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His Convenient Highland Wedding – Janice Preston #LochmoreLegacy

The early reviews for His Convenient Highland Wedding are fantastic! Here is one of them, from Books and Wine Gums.

Books and Wine Gums

9781474088886When I first heard about the new Mills and Boon continuity series, a set of four novels working their way back through time to tell the story of two warring Scottish clans, I was fascinated by the idea. Each written by a different author, the stories making up The Lochmore Legacy work back from the Victorian period to Medieval Scotland, focusing on sets of key relationships as the overall narrative unfolds. At the heart of the quartet is a mystery, established in Preston’s novel when Flora McCrieff discovers a skeleton hidden in an abandoned turret of her ancestral home. In amongst the bones is a brooch, an object which exerts a strange hold over the young girl. ‘The surface was decorated with a plant she recognises – a thrift, with its tuft of leaves and its distinctive flowers aloft on slender stems. Two swords crossed at the centre in an…

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Here is my interview with Janice Preston

And an update on The Book Thief – I loved it! (You’ll have to read the interview to understand that one lol)

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Name  Janice Preston

Age  Much older than I feel, which is another way of saying I can be very immature!

Where are you from

I was born in London and grew up in Wembley. At 18 I decided I wanted to work with animals so I took myself off to Devon to do 6 months practical experience on a dairy farm before going to agricultural college. I never did get to college. I met my first husband, a dairy farmer and that was it! We had two children, a boy and a girl, who are both now adult. My son is married, with a son of his own and another baby on the way, which I’m thrilled about. I now live with my second husband in the West Midlands, and through him I have acquired a stepson and a stepdaughter.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Cinderella and the…

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Is it too late to say Happy New Year?

Of course it is! Just kidding. But that headline illustrates how bad I am at keeping anyone up to date with my doings. And now I’m planning to produce a newsletter! You can guess how that will go. If you’d like to sign up for it, you can do so here. You can be confident you won’t be inundated with emails, but there will be giveaways!

Back to my blog. My fingers are now on the keyboard and, rather than follow my normal practice and type a post in Word and then copy and paste it into my blog, I’m trying something new, i.e. typing straight into my blog, because I’ve come to the conclusion that trying to blog ‘formally’ doesn’t work for me. Maybe it’s too similar to the day job and I am therefore just too resistant to actually getting started. So here I am trying the brain dump method 🙂

Writing News

So – a quick catch up, for my sake if no one else’s. If it’s ‘on the record’, I can move forwards instead of looking back all the time and playing catch up.

My 5th title for Harlequin / Mills & Boon ‘The Governess’s Secret Baby’, was published in December. It was well-received and I had some lovely reviews, including my very first (or the first I am aware of) from RT Book Reviews, when I was awarded a 4 star rating!

(I’m aware the review is barely readable, but I just wanted to post the proof it exists! Can you tell I was excited?) Thank you to Virginia Heath for sharing the review with me.

I successfully hit both my deadline for book #7 (Scandal and Miss Markham), which is out in October, and for my Christmas novella (Awakening His Sleeping Beauty) which is one of three novellas to be published in a Christmas anthology called Regency Christmas Wishes in November 2017. The other two authors are Carla Kelly and Christine Merrill – I’m really looking forward to reading their stories and to seeing the covers for both my book and the anthology.

Scandal and Miss Markham is book #2 of the trilogy The Beauchamp Betrothals, and book #1, Cinderella and the Duke, will be out in July. The hero of book #1 is Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, and the hero of book #2 is his brother, Lord Vernon Beauchamp. I have also just signed a 4 book contract with Harlequin, to cover book 3 of the trilogy (my current work in progress, with the working title of Passion and Lady Perfect) which is the story of Leo and Vernon’s younger sister, Lady Cecily Beauchamp, and a linked trilogy, The Beauchamp Heirs, about Leo’s three adult children: Dominic, Alexander and Olivia. That little lot should keep me busy for a while!

The entire Beauchamp family have appeared in some of my earlier books, and some old friends will pop up in these two trilogies. I do love writing linked books – and I know from readers’ comments that they enjoy them too – but they can be a lot of work in making sure everything hangs together, particularly dates.

Other News

I’m thrilled to now be involved with a Facebook group called The Unlaced Book Club ,together with 8 other Harlequin historical authors who write in various historical time periods. The group was set up as a fun place for readers who love history and romance to hang out, chat and share interesting and funny snippets of history. We are keeping the group largely promo free (apart from the occasional giveaway) so you’ll not be inundated with ‘buy my book’ posts. Why not come and join us? You’ll be assured of a warm welcome 🙂

On a personal note, I have learned I am to become a grandmother for the second time, in August, when my son and his wife are expecting a baby girl, a little sister for Noah. To say I am thrilled is an understatement! So congratulations to them.

And that’s it for now. You’re as up-to-date as I am.

Until next time

Janice xx

 

Filling in the gaps

Greetings!

I haven’t blogged since May and it’s now September, and where, exactly, did the summer disappear to? Mind you, if you do follow my blog you already know my output is sporadic at best!

Contrary to my lack of activity on my blog, it has been a busy time for me, so here is a whiz through my summer.

I’m delighted to say I signed another two book contract with Harlequin Mills & Boon at the end of April, plus a contract for a Regency novella which will be released for Christmas 2017. The deadlines for the 2 books were 31st August 2016 and 31st January 2017 – which seemed doable as I had already prepared outlines (unusual for me) – until I realised the deadline for the novella was 14th February 2017, just 2 weeks after the deadline for book #7!

So I have had my head down since then, writing book #6 (provisionally titled Duke in Disguise). It was hard going for a while and more than once I feared I would never make the deadline, which happened to be just two days before my husband and I set off on holiday, leaving me no room to manoeuvre. But I made it. Phew. Now my nerves are being soundly wracked as I await my editor’s verdict.

In the spring I was interviewed on our local BBC radio station as part of their community takeover event. I met Maggie, the interviewer, through a talk I gave to a writing group at my local library, and she asked if I would be willing to be interviewed by her on the radio. It took place at her house rather than at the radio station, which would have been more intimidating, and after our initial bout of ‘um’s and ‘er’s we managed just fine.

You can listen to me bumbling away here, if you so wish.

13450233_1069924789764564_7041841818167580376_nIn June I took part in a Love at the Library event at Harbury Library, with Ellie Darkins, who writes for the Mills & Boon Cherish line. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves despite our nerves beforehand. We spoke about the history of Mills & Boon and how we came to be writing for them (I’ve blogged about my journey before – you can read about it here) and then we held a Q&A session. The audience were lovely!

Then in July I sat on a panel at the inaugural Evesham Festival of Words with fellow local authors Alison May and Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn.

j-a-me-cropped1-250x1521Our event was ‘Inside the minds of three authors’ and, after each reading an excerpt from our work, we discussed why we write what we write and our different approaches to writing. Again, the audience were fabulous which helped to settle my nerves.

I found with all three events that my nerves vanished as soon as I got going, and I realised the same thing happens with many of life’s challenges – perhaps it is the surge of adrenalin as I swing into action ;-).

Does that ever happen to you?

Until next time,

Janice x