Published by Avon on August 21, 2018
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Gillie Trewlove knows what a stranger's kindness can mean, having been abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and raised by the woman who found her there. So, when suddenly faced with a soul in need at her door—or the alleyway by her tavern—Gillie doesn't hesitate. But he's no infant. He's a grievously injured, distractingly handsome gentleman who doesn't belong in Whitechapel, much less recuperating in Gillie's bed.
Being left at the altar is humiliating; being rescued from thugs by a woman—albeit a brave and beautiful one—is the pièce de résistance to the Duke of Thornley's extraordinarily bad day. After nursing him back from the brink, Gillie agrees to help him comb London's darker corners for his wayward bride. But every moment together is edged with desire and has Thorne rethinking his choice of wife. Yet Gillie knows the aristocracy would never accept a duchess born in sin. Thorne, however, is determined to prove to her that no obstacle is insurmountable when a duke loves a woman.
“What are you doing?”
“As I intend to be here through the night, I decided to get comfortable.”
The slow unknotting and unwinding of his neckcloth was next. Then he began rolling up the sleeves of his shirt. She’d seen him naked. Why was it the baring of only his forearms was so much more provocative?
Loosening the top two buttons of his shirt, he returned to the bed, sat on its edge, and reached for the tray, picking up a cloth she hadn’t noticed.
“You’re not going to wash me.”
He arched a brow at her. “Do you really want to engage in a battle you can’t possibly win?”
“You shouldn’t assume just because I’m a woman that I would lose.”
“I’m not assuming that at all,” he said, his voice low and raspy, sending warm tingles along her spine even as she recognized the threat of a challenge when it was being delivered. He leaned in until she could almost see her reflection in his dark eyes. “But I am assuming, as much as you pretend otherwise, that there is a measure of feminine vanity in you and you will be in want of a clean face when I kiss you.”
What did you do with your first advance?
We put it toward the vacation we were taking to Disneyworld.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
When I was five, my grandmother came over from England and visited for six months. The day she was to leave, a neighbor told me that I had to be a big girl and not cry when I said goodbye because it would make her so sad. We took my Nana to the airport and everyone cried except me. I was stoic. I hugged her, told her I loved her, watched as she walked to the plane (this was during the days when you boarded on the tarmac). It wasn’t until I saw her wave at us through the tiny window at her seat that I finally cried. When my mom found out why I had waited to cry, she was furious and explained that it was always okay to cry when you said goodbye to someone you love. To this day, I can’t say goodbye to someone I’m visiting or who is visiting me without tearing up.
What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
Any magazine (People, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health—any magazine) that fuels the creativity within them.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
WILD AT HEART by Patricia Gaffney. It’s on my keeper shelf and I read it from time to time but whenever I mention it to people, they haven’t heard of it. It’s an absolutely wonderfully written story about a man raised by wolves.
How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
I don’t make demands on the reader. The readers don’t owe me anything. I’m the one who owes them a story they don’t regret spending their money or time on.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Probably a unicorn—with majesty and determination but also a bit whimsical.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
I’ve never based a character on a real person—although my characters do often reflect characteristics of people I know. I’ve had a character’s British accent really come out when she’s angry (that was something that happened with my mom). There are several other examples. They make my characters more human, more realistic and for that I’m grateful.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Six. Before I had a computer, I was typing stories on a typewriter and only did the rough draft, finding it too much of a challenge to edit and retype the story. I came home from work one day and my typewriter was gone. Sitting there was a computer. My husband had bought it because he decided I was serious about this writing thing. I sat down and started writing a new story about a homely cowboy in love with the rancher’s daughter. That was my first story to sell and I’ve finished and published everything I’ve written since.
What does literary success look like to you?
Readers sharing how much my stories have meant to them.
What’s the best way to market your books?
By writing a good story. I’ve always felt what is between the covers is the best marketing tool I could have and that’s where I place my energy and time.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I research while I’m writing the book. Until I’m writing the story, I don’t really know what information I need to research. Often while I’m researching, I run across tidbits that spark ideas for other stories. For example, while writing THE EARL TAKES ALL, I didn’t want my heroine to be nursing the first time that she and the hero have sex and I knew she wasn’t the sort to hire a woman to nurse her child, so I began researching feeding alternatives during the Victorian era. I did a search on “Victorian baby formula” and got a link for Victorian baby farming. That intrigued me—what was that? I wondered. So I clicked the link and fell down a rabbit hole that resulted in my current series.
Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
For me, writing creates a safe haven, a place away from daily demands. It’s something I have control over. I suppose that’s a sort of spirituality because when I’m writing, everything else fades away except for the words, the characters, and the story.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Ensuring their dialogue and thoughts are in line with how men might think or react. I actually enjoy writing the male characters more than I do the female. I find it a challenge to write bold heroines. I think because I’m quiet, reserved, and shy myself and I have to move beyond that to create heroines that readers can relate to.
How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
I’ve never considered myself a part-time writer, even when I worked another full-time job. From the beginning, I felt that I had to be serious about the writing and put it on par with my “day” job if I wanted to have success in this business. After I sold, I worked another job for seven years, but all my decisions at the day job were based on what was best for the writing job. I made the deliberate choice not to apply for promotions because I knew the additional stress/longer hours would affect the writing.
How many hours a day do you write?
6-8 hours, depending on how close I am to the deadline but I spend many more hours than that doing things related to writing: communicating with readers, bloggers, booksellers, doing research, making plans to attend reader events, networking with writers.
What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)
I’ve tapped into both my teenage and my young adult self—and I’ve done a couple of older heroines or crucial secondary characters as well. We are a cumulation of all our lifetime experiences and using all that helps to create more rounded characters.
What did you edit out of this book?”
I edited out a bit of dialogue between Finn and Gillie which indicated he was a furniture maker because I wasn’t sure that he was. The dialogue had just come to me and so I went with it, but then realized at that time that I didn’t really know all of his backstory and I didn’t want to lock myself into something that might cause problems when I began writing his story. Good thing I did delete it because he’s not a furniture maker.
To celebrate the release of WHEN A DUKE LOVES A WOMAN by Lorraine Heath,
Avon Romance are giving away three paperbacks copies of Beyond Scandal and Desire!
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
When a Duke Loves a Woman is the second book in the Sins for All Seasons series by Lorraine Heath.
Gillie Trewlove was left on a doorstep as a baby and has 4 ‘brothers’ who were ‘delivered’ the same way. They are all grown up now and are extremely protective and close to each other. Gillie now owns and runs a tavern, she is content with her life and has no plans to ever marry because she won’t give up her independence.
At closing up time she hears a scuffle happening outside her pub and after scaring off the assailants she sees a badly beaten man on the floor. Unknown to her, that man is the Duke of Thornley. Previously that day he had been left at the altar, and it was his search for his betrothed that has led him to Whitechapel where Gillie’s tavern is.
Gillie knows she needs to help Thorn and as quickly as possible she gets him up and into her rooms in the Tavern where she helps him with his recovery. When he is healed enough he enlists her help in trying to find both his missing betrothed and an heirloom watch that was stolen by the thugs. Being an aristocrat he would have no joy in asking around Whitechapel, but with Gillie’s help, he is optimistic that he will succeed.
The more time that they spend time together with each other, the more they realise that they have feelings for each other, not least a very strong sense of lust which they don’t do a very good job of fighting! They also both realise that they can’t have any future together. Thorn is a Duke and needs to marry an aristocratic woman, one that comes with a dowry and lands, one that can produce his future heirs. Gillie wants to stay independent and doesn’t want to have to give up her tavern, and she knows she will never fit into Thorn’s world. They can’t possibly have a future together, or can they?
This story was fabulous. It was so wonderful to have the hero and heroine being honest with each other, no manipulations, no promises of things they can’t offer each other, no misunderstandings. It was that honesty that makes their relationship so very special. I absolutely adored Gillie, what a feisty woman she is. The scene where she realises who attacked Thorn and what she does, made me laugh out loud! I would have high fived her if I was there. She’s a star. Her brothers are all fabulous and I definitely want to read their stories. As for Thorn, such a torn man, but such a romantic, I loved watching him fall for Gillie. OK so their ending was like a fairy tale but there’s nothing wrong with that. If you love a happy ending, even if it is a bit unrealistic, let’s just believe love conquers all, then this is the perfect book and I absolutely recommend it.