Hey Book Lovers, today we have Samantha Grace on our blog. She's sharing with us her new release In Bed with a Rogue and a special guest post. I'm a huge Historical Romance buff and can't wait to sink my teeth into this one. I'm also absolutely loving the cover (I'm a true sucker for gorgeous covers!) ^_^
In Bed with a Rogue
By Samantha Grace
September 2, 2014
He’s the Talk of the Town
The whole town is tittering about Baron Sebastian Thorne having been jilted at the altar. Every move he makes ends up in the gossip columns. Tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes, Sebastian vows to restore his family’s reputation no matter what it takes.
She’s the Toast of the Ton
Feted by the crème of society, the beautiful widow Lady Prestwick is a vision of all that is proper. But Helena is no angel, and when Sebastian uncovers her dark secret, he’s quick to press his advantage. In order to keep her hard-won good name, Helen will have to make a deal with the devil. But she’s got some tricks up her sleeves to keep this notorious rogue on his toes…
Hello! I’m Samantha Grace, author of the historical romance series Rival Rogues. Yesterday the second book in the series, IN BED WITH A ROGUE, was released and I couldn’t be more excited to share this story with everyone. I love creating characters! It’s probably my favorite part of writing a book. And Baron Sebastian Thorne and Lady Helena Prestwick are two of my favorites.
Authors have many different processes for developing characters. I know some start with a visual image aka a photo. Some may write one scene that comes to them and that scene solidifies the character in their minds. Some just start writing and get to know their characters along the way. For me, I can’t start writing until I know my characters’ background stories.
I’m sure my day job as a social worker/counselor plays a role in my approach. It has been the best job ever for learning I can’t judge a person based on what I see and hear alone. Sometimes the most powerful meaning behind their actions and words lies in their history.
For example, once I was talking with someone who seemed very focused on money and having his accomplishments acknowledged. On the surface, he came across as a bit shallow. Someone eavesdropping might have labeled him as too tight with money, but when he opened up about his past, he opened my eyes and heart.
His father struggled with addiction and left his mother to raise him and his siblings alone. She had to work several jobs to support them, and they barely scraped by. When his father returned many years later, he was very ill and ended up dying in a nursing home without a penny to his name. My client hadn’t chosen his course in life because he valued money over everything else. He wasn’t greedy or shallow. He had a strong desire not to end up like his father and he had accomplished his aim. Funny how one’s perspective can change once she knows what another person has been through in his or her life.
Therefore, the most important factor in developing characters for my books comes from understanding what has happened to them in their lives. What important events or people shaped who they are as grown-up characters? My process involves writing a short history for the character, and occasionally I’ll write a scene from the character’s past so I can see it playing out in front of me. That’s exactly what I did with Sebastian, and you can click here to read a scene from his time at Eton.
Once the history is complete, a little visual inspiration doesn’t hurt either. Someone posted a photo of this lovely gentleman on Facebook and I was definitely inspired. If only I had known he was a book cover model… Oh, well. http://davidnievesmodeldotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/549649_3938185504280_1965300219_n.jpg http://davidnievesmodeldotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/483993_623832700965072_751315228_n.jpg
Have you ever had a time when your opinion about someone changed once you learned about his or her past? Do you have any suggestions for Hot Guy inspiration for my next book?
About the author
Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney’s Robin Hood. She didn’t care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn’t want the warm fuzzies to end. Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publishers Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.
Thank you to Samantha Grace for being with us today.