About the Book
Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she’s never felt good enough–not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping those threatening her life.
Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, yet the last thing he needs is the distraction of the newly introduced Lady Rowena. He has enough on his plate having recently come into possession of a rare treasure for which many would kill, yet those around him seem intent on pairing him with this desperate but beguiling girl.
Rowena is reluctant to marry this notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she’ll end up in more danger than she fled.
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About the Author
Guest Post from Roseanna: How to Write Believable Characters
I’m not the kind of writer who reads a lot of books on the craft of writing. I’ve tried. I just…can’t. I’m not the kind who can easily apply things I’ve learned in classes. Again, I’ve tried, but…I’m a writer who writes by instinct. Which is, frankly, sometimes scary, because I rarely write about people who are like me. So how, then, can I get into their heads?
For me, the answer always comes down to a simple truth: for all our differences, everyone experiences life through the lens of their emotions. So in order to understand a character, and to write that character in a believable way, I have to tap into my emotions.
Now, I’ll be honest—I’m not an “emotional” person. I don’t cry but maybe once or twice a year. I don’t yell very often. I’m not what anyone would call temperamental, or volatile, nor am I so incredibly cheerful that I make your teeth hurt (though I’m a die-hard optimist). I’m more likely to be quiet when I’m upset than to wear my heart on my sleeve. So it would be easy for me to look at emotions, even in my characters, from a step away.
It would be easy…but it wouldn’t be effective. So instead, I believe in being vulnerable in my writing, through my writing, and with my writing. It has to hurt, or I’m not doing it right. I need to let my characters ache, and then ache with them. I have to choose the harder ways to tell their story, knowing they’ll mean more to the reader.
Each character, as I’m writing their story, becomes a friend. I get to know them—their quirks, their moods, the goals. I have to know what drives them, what they fear. I don’t make lists of these things as some writers do, but I explore them. I have to let them grow and change, but I also have to make sure that everything they’re doing makes sense to them, if not to the other characters. And if it makes sense to them, it’ll make sense to the reader, even if it’s not something the reader (or me!) would ever do.
A good writer can make us root for someone we wouldn’t even like in real life. A good writer can make us view someone as unique and sympathetic, when we would have likely put a handy label on them on reality and then dismissed them. A good writer makes you realize that people who are so very different from you aren’t so very different after all.
That’s the kind of writer I strive to be. And hopefully, because I view characters as people to get to know and understand, I can translate that to real life too—and always look for the reasons behind someone’s actions. Always try to see their heart. Always try to understand them…and so, understand how at the heart of it, we’re all just children of God, trying to find our way.
Series: Ladies of the Manor
Genre: historical, Christian, romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication date: April 5, 2016
Number of pages: 389
Content Rating: PG, some violence and abuse, nothing graphic
Book Rating: 5 stars
1-The Lost Heiress
3-A Lady Unrivaled (coming September 2016)
A review copy of this book was provided by Ladies of the Manor Launch Team.