Merry Christmas! Welcome to the next blog in this Christmas Round-Robin! At each author’s blog post, you will find a question that can be answered by checking out the free Amazon preview of their book. Provide the answer at this Google Form.
Note: You must answer the questions for every author in the round-robin to be considered to win the $350 first place, $250 second place or $150 third place Amazon gift cards. (These prizes are USD values. If you are not a U.S. resident, you will get a gift card from the Amazon store for your country; however, it will be valued at these USD amounts.) At the end of my post is a link to the next blog, who will provide a link to the next blog, etc., to the very end.
My book is The Spinster’s Christmas, a Christian historical romantic suspense. I’m also pretty excited because it recently got a brand new cover!
I absolutely love Regency romances, and it was a joy to write The Spinster’s Christmas. I was able to do tons of research into English Christmas traditions from the Regency period, 1811-1820. This Christmas since I have lots of time on my hands, I’m going to try that daunting Christmas Plum Pudding!
Jane Austen once wrote that with her book, Emma, she was writing a heroine no one else would like except for herself. I kind of feel that way about my heroine, Miranda. She’s just like me—she doesn’t fit the mold, she’s slightly spacey, and she has her own unusual way of doing things. (My husband says that’s another way of saying she and I are both weird!)
But Miranda is one of my favorite heroines, if authors are allowed to choose favorites (it’s kind of like choosing your favorite child). She’s able to laugh in the face of embarrassment, she sees life with a fresh outlook, and while her circumstances have gotten her down, she’s not afraid to stand up and face it.
She’s in a pretty bad situation when the story starts. Her parents have died and she’s now living as a poor dependent with her priggish cousin, serving as an unpaid nurserymaid. However, she finds great joy in taking care of her young charge, Ellie.
Then her cousin’s wife wants to send her to one of her own relations as an unpaid servant, except that the master of the house has a bad reputation for abusing the maids. (Unfortunately, this was a common occurrence in Regency England.)
However, Miranda won’t take this sitting down, and she’s using the family gathering over Christmas to talk to the house guests and find another job to save her from her life of drudgery.
Her plans are complicated when a mysterious intruder attacks her childhood friend, Gerard, an injured naval captain struggling with the loss of his livelihood. And suddenly a merry Christmas house party has become deadly serious.
Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoy The Spinster’s Christmas! You can find the book on Amazon here.
Scavenger Hunt question: What color are Miranda’s eyes? (Hint: Gerard notices their color when they meet again.)
Fill out the answer in this Google Form, then head to the next blog post!
Thanks for visiting my blog! The next author on the tour is Lila Diller, who is telling us all about her Christmas book, Her Heart's Disappointment. You can find it at this link. Remember that you must answer every question from all 37 authors in this collection and that the round-robin will end on December 12th at 11:59 PM EST!