I’m about to let you in on secret. Shh, don’t tell anyone. This is just between us. I write stories set in England but I’ve never actually been there. Unless you want to count the three hours I spent in Heathrow waiting to catch a flight to Germany. I don’t know if that counts, though. We didn’t even go through customs. But my husband bought a Wallace and Gromit t-shirt, and I had a good time watching the English businessmen types in their Savile Row suits.
So, yeah. I’ve been to Germany and not England. I probably could have planned that better, especially as one of the friends we were visiting in Germany was from England. On the other hand, if in the future I get a re-do on the European vacation, I can actually plan for research.
I am thankful I live in the age of the Internet where images of my setting are only a Google search away. If I need an idea of what the Cornwall coastline looks like, say, I can unearth images like these. (Forgive the linkage, but this way ensures I’m not nicking anyone’s photos without permission.)
Isn’t the landscape gorgeous? I could spend a few months knocking about the old towns along that coast. The images make it clear why I chose Cornwall as the setting for the first two books in the Eton Boys trilogy. We’re far from the familiar London ballrooms here, but I think the setting lends an atmosphere all its own.
Viscount Lindenhurst, the hero of What a Lady Demands lives inland, but I imagined his estate comprised of manicured, sloping terraces in keeping with Cornwall’s rolling landscape. Hillsides dotted with sheep, well-kept tenants’ cottages, bridle paths, a pond surrounded by a copse, all dominated by the imposing stone structure of the main house. Perhaps something along these lines?
And what do you know, you can stay there.
I hope for a chance to visit someday! Now someone get on building me that time machine so I can experience the reality of the Regency. Or maybe not. I’m rather attached to modern technology not to mention sanitation. ~ Ashlyn Macnamara
What a Lady Demands
The Eton Boys Trilogy # 2
By: Ashlyn Macnamara
Releasing November 4th, 2014
Readers of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will love Ashlyn Macnamara’s novel about a smoldering new love that is threatened by past betrayals.
Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and sharp tongue—a tempting distraction, it is true, but not a welcome one.
Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.
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Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of What a Lady Craves, A Most Devilish Rogue, and A Most Scandalous Proposal. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading, and wasting time on the Internet in the guise of doing research.
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