Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Guest Post with Julianne Donaldson author of Blackmoore

Why I read:
 I have always loved the adventure of reading. I have itchy feet, love to travel, and don't get to do too much of it right now as a full-time mother. In the pages of a book I can experience worlds that are new and foreign to me. I can learn the thoughts of strangers. I can explore new cultures. I can visit countries I may never see with my own eye. My world-view expands, my mind becomes more open, and in the hands of a skilled story-teller, I am changed.

Why I write:
The adventures of reading are the same for me as the adventures of writing. My stories are set in England, and in preparation for each book I have traveled to the Mother Land to research the place my stories occupy. In my writing, place determines story to a great degree. My writing not only allows me to travel in reality, it keeps me there. Every time I open my document to work on my manuscript, I am once again walking along the moors, or standing at the sea shore, or running for shelter under a tall oak tree while England's fickle rain pelts me. Writing historical fiction offers the additional adventure of time travel and the thrills of research. It also challenges me to write what I know without alienating a modern audience. For an adventure-seeker like myself, reading and writing are my greatest thrills.
Kate Worthington knows her heart and she knows she will never to marry. Her plan is to travel to India instead—if only to find peace for her restless spirit and to escape the family she abhors. But Kate’s meddlesome mother has other plans. She makes a bargain with Kate: India, yes, but only after Kate has secured—and rejected—three marriage proposals.

Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore determined to fulfill her end of the bargain sooner rather than later and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to follow her heart.

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