Saturday, October 10, 2015

Welcome author Heather Boyd and a Giveaway

Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win from the author a $25 Amazon gift card. 

Let's get to know the author, Heather Boyd....

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Greetings Dawn! I’m Heather Boyd, regency historical romance author, indie published, and sole female in a testosterone fueled household. (Even the cat is male) I love old books, old furniture and houses and research---regency era of course.

What started your interest in writing?
Unlike a lot of writers, I haven’t been writing since the moment of my birth. I have always been a reader but it wasn’t until a family holiday that I had time to put pen to paper. My kids were older and I didn’t have to watch them quite so carefully by then. I attempted something that I thought was brilliant but seriously, the story just didn’t go anywhere. My husband is the biggest boon to my writing life, encouraging me when I’m filled with doubt. He always pushes me to follow my dreams and understands that occasionally the compulsion to write is now something I can’t easily turn aside.

What is your book(s) about?
I had written the Melanie Merton character from book one of the Miss Mayhem series. She was an adversary, a woman everyone paid attention to but perhaps not always for the right reasons. I wanted her not to be liked from the outset. Misunderstood but mostly that was by her design. Redeeming her after all I’d made her say and do to others during the first two books was a huge and thorny challenge. When book 3 in the series began she’d been sent away. Her return cleared the air a bit but not truly explained her behavior. Who could like such a woman? Who could forget the way she’d made people feel about themselves and about her? She had flaws that would take an observant man to see through. Enter Walter George, the man who been waiting in the wings since book 1 too.

If you could be any paranormal creature what would you be?
I wasn’t sure what to say for this but my eldest son just shouted out ‘dragon’. I’m concerned. No one disagreed with him. O.o

Do you have a favorite quote from your book(s)?
His mind jerked back to Melanie Merton and her refused suitors. Why did she not want a husband of her own yet? As far as he could tell, she rebuffed all romantic overtures. Had any of those fellows ever stood a chance to win her affections? Had any of them kissed her?
She could probably use a good kiss to loosen her corset strings. Walter imagined…
“Why are you pursing your lips?” Valentine asked suddenly.

When writing, how do you keep track of timelines, ideas, inspiration and such? By notes on the computer, a notebook perhaps?
I’m in the middle of planning, early writing, on a new series at them moment. Since the series is at a minimum four books long I’ve started a new and large lecture notebook (the kind with section) a Pinterest board for gathering information, images and inspiration.

What do readers have to look forward to in the future from you?
My next book release is Reason to Wed, a hot novella length story in the Distinguished Rogues series. Readers met Esme and Lord Windermere in An Improper Proposal and it was so much fun to bring these two together.
Do you have a favorite genre? Is it the same genre you prefer to write?
I love reading regency romances but I do read outside the genre too for variety. Vampires–modern or historical setting, aliens and off-world science fiction romance, the occasional contemporary rom.
When and where do you like to write? Are there any favourite places you like to go?
I write all over the house but my best and most consistent work usually comes from the work I do in my office. I have a desk and great chair but also a very comfy two-seater couch. It’s probably horrible posture but I tend to sit cross-legged on it with my notes at my side and laptop over my knees.

How do you like to relax after a day writing?
My writing day ends when my youngest son comes home from school around 4 o’clock. Hearing about his day and the fiends on the bus, feeding the growing boy, and doing mum stuff tends to bring me back into present day Australia. I need that dose of reality.

Book Three, Miss Mayhem Series
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Genre: Regency Historical Romance

Blurb for Miss Merton Last Hope:

Over the years, Melanie Merton has used every trick and ruse to repel overeager gentlemen callers without ever revealing the real reason she won’t say yes to an offer of marriage. When neighbor Walter George jumps to her defense against slurs cast by suitor number twelve, he also pries into her past—uncovering the circumstances around a tragic loss in her childhood and her aversion to being touched by anyone. But even protective Walter must be kept at a distance for his own good, because despite a growing attraction between them, Melanie must deny him too.

Unlike other men his age in Brighton, Walter George hadn’t considered Melanie Merton for a wife because he was convinced he’d never have a chance to impress his haughty neighbor. But that was before he understood her better, before he uncovered why she kept friends and suitors alike at bay. The right husband could restore the woman he sees into some semblance of the fun-loving child of his memory, but would Walter stand a chance or become just another unlucky suitor?

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Read an Excerpt 
Melanie Merton hated her life. She hated the clothes she wore. The house she lived in that was no longer hers to manage. The smiles she had to bestow upon her brother’s friends while overlooking their scowls. Even without the responsibilities she’d always enjoyed, and the hours on her own, she never had a moment’s peace. She just wanted a quiet morning, and that never seemed to happen lately unless she confined herself to her bedchamber. 

Today, she was entertaining Mr. Linus Radley until his sister, Julia, her new sister-in-law, came down that morning. The forms of proper behavior that had been drilled into her head since she was a young girl made it impossible for her to say what was really on her mind, even when she wanted to. She was too polite to ask Mr. Radley to go away until a more reasonable hour of the day, and had ordered tea and cake to fill the endless minutes until Julia relieved her of this duty. 

“It looks to be a lovely day for a stroll,” Mr. Radley said suddenly. “Might I entice you to venture out with me to look upon the sea? With your maid, of course.” 

Melanie sighed with what she hoped sounded like regret and not irritation. She would not go out walking with Linus Radley, with or without a suitable chaperone. She had seen enough of him in the past weeks not to want anything more to do with him than she absolutely had to. He was a bully. “Unfortunately, I am otherwise engaged today.” 


Dear God, the man wants particulars.

Heather's Bio:

Bestselling historical author Heather Boyd believes every character she creates deserves their own happily-ever-after, no matter how much trouble she puts them through. With that goal in mind, she writes sizzling regency romance stories that skirt the boundaries of propriety to keep readers enthralled until the wee hours of the morning. Heather has published over twenty novels and shorter works. Catch her latest news She lives north of Sydney, Australia, and does her best to wrangle her testosterone-fuelled family (including cat Morpheus) into submission.

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Crystal Benedict said...

Thank you so much for the great interview :)

Heather Boyd said...

Thanks so much for the interview. :)

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