I’m really happy to welcome the lovely Amanda Mariel today, who has a new release out, Scandalous Intentions. (Sounds good already right?) If you’re a fan of historical romance then this one is for you.
When faced with losing his inheritance, notorious rake Lord Julian Luvington sets his sights on Lady Sarah. She’s as respectable as they come—just what his father ordered. However, the lady shall not be easily won.
She’s determined to marry for love or not at all, and she’ll do anything to obtain the freedom granted to men. A blackguard like Lord Luvington could destroy her hard-won reputation, but marriage to him also offers her the opportunities she can’t achieve on her own. What’s a lady to do?
When Lord Luvington refuses to abandon his pursuit, Lady Sarah proposes an arrangement. Only, the price may be more than either bargained for. Lady Sarah could lose more than her social standing, and Julian could lose his heart.
I was also lucky enough to get my grubby mitts on a review copy – so here’s what I thought 🙂
This was a fun and charming Regency romance. Julian is an acknowledged rake, but now he is being forced by his father to get married or he will lose his inheritance. He sets his sights on the Lady Sarah, and while she might attracted to him then she’s very wary of his reputation and determined to marry only for love.Sarah was a strong, smart woman, and it was amusing to see her working round the rules of society to still mess up all Julian’s plans. The sparring between them was witty and well-written, and the chemistry came across well. There were of course the usual misunderstandings and roadblocks along the way, for the most part these were well done.
There were a few points where I would have liked a little more detail, for example Julian’s motivation for initially choosing Sarah to pursue were a little vague, he thought she seemed like she had more passion than the other woman in the ton. I would have liked to have seen a little background or some earlier interactions that showed why he felt that. Also Sarah’s change of heart was rather sudden, especially after being so adamant that she only wanted a love match. I was also slightly expecting to learn a bit more about Julian’s father, after other characters kept defending his behaviour I thought perhaps there might be a reason for it, but nothing was explained.
That said, it was an enjoyable read, with likeable characters and it kept my interest throughout. If you’re a fan of historical romance I would recommend.
So, where can you get hold of it? Well, the buy links are here 🙂
Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Mariel’s favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper’s Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits every chance she gets.
Amanda Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.
Haven’t been on here for a while so bit of a catch up! Am hard at work as usual – subbed a short story to a competition last weekend so fingers crossed on that one. Working mainly on a novella at the moment – it was originally going to be a rather short 20k-ish one but as often happen it’s taken on a life of it’s own and is currently at around 30k with a bit to go yet. I’ve given myself a mini writing challenge until the end of May and then sadly I think June will have to be focused on editing, rewriting a few pieces that were rejected over the last six months and general tidying up. Must admit I much prefer the ‘just writing’ part! 🙂
I have been thinking a lot over the past few weeks about motivation – that elusive thing that trips so many writers up! The thing about writing is that it’s something that so many people want to do, or think they can do. The number of people who will say to you that they’ve always fancied writing a book – with the best will in the world 99% of those people probably won’t get round it. Maybe it would have been a wonderful book, a best-seller, a classic but then if it’s never written we’ll never know.
So, what separates people who want to be writers from those who actually become them? And going further afield as I have fingers in other pies – those who want to be photographers, film makers, songwriters, music producers, directors etc. I know talent obviously plays a part but I think so much more important is putting the work into it. If you see something as a hobby, or a way to relax then that’s great, but it’s probably all it’s going to be for you. If you want something to be your career then you need to treat it as such.
So if you maybe don’t feel very ‘inspired’ today then instead of taking that as a sign not to do anything you try and force a bit anyway – maybe you won’t get as much down as on a good day but very little helps. You wouldn’t call in sick to your ‘regular’ job if you didn’t feel creative enough 🙂 It may mean coming in from your current 9-5 or after a long day with the kids and just wanting to chill in front of the tv, but instead booting up the laptop and getting on with the WIP. It may mean ignoring people who look at you like you’re crazy when they ask what you did last night and you reply ‘worked on a novel for 4 hours’.
Of course, none of it’s easy, sometimes it can be impossible to physically fit things in around other commitments and I’m the first to say I have blips 🙂 but isn’t there a saying that ‘nothing worth having comes easy’ – think on the end result and whether it’s worth putting the work in for. I know for me, if it’s a question of getting to live my dream career then yes it must be 🙂
Well, it’s two thirds of the way through November and while I would love to be able to say I’m totally on track for Nano then unfortunately it’s not happening! I had a bit of a dip in motivation, along with a pile of other things to do, last week so got very behind. Am determined will get caught up before the end of the month though, think I managed about 8200 and odd in the last few days so catching up slowly.
I do have an extra bit of motivation now though. I mentioned that I’d sent the first chapter and synposis off to Harlequin publishers for their ‘fast track’ submission. I heard back from them this week and they actually liked it *goes off to do a happy dance* – she said my writing was ‘strong and compelling’, they liked my premise and would be interested in seeing the complete manuscript – which of course means it has to get finished first! 🙂 I’m telling myself quite firmly that it’s a long way off anything concrete, but it is very exciting.
Have been going to the Nano ‘write ins’ every week and have really found them great – I might not get a massive amount of actual writing done at them but it’s nice to be able to meet up with like-minded people and I hope they stay in touch and other things get organised for after this month. Have also discovered a new favourite bookstore – for anyone in the Edinburgh area, it’s called Pulp Fiction and is on Bread Street. Ironically, it’s walkable from my house but had never been in before and it’s great to still see independent bookstores around – not to mention ones with a large fantasy section, a large SEPERATE sci-fi section (those who read the genre will know what a big thing that is these days!) a great cafe with the best cakes and staff who don’t mind their shop being taken over by lots of crazy writing folk 🙂 Reading that back it sounds like I’m being paid to plug them, – honest, no connection apart from popping in!
Anyway, back to the hectic writing schedule! I’ve also just got my pre-edits in for the Service anthology – normally this would be fairly quick and painless but it needs a rewrite and then cut down so is going to take a bit I think. When does it have to be in? 1st December! I’m thinking that sleep is probably overrated anyway 🙂
Hope everyone is doing well – and Happy Thanksgiving to those in the US.