My latest historical romance Once Again a Bride was inspired at first by just three words – the Widow Wylde. The phrase popped into my head for some reason. And then the sound, and its implications, intrigued me. I began to embroider on the concept. Who would she be? Why a widow? What wildness was involved?
I played with ideas. We think of widows as older, but my heroine wouldn’t be. So how did that happen? We define them as sad, but due to unusual circumstances, she was not mourning. Why not? Nor was she very wild, in the beginning. But that could change. For some reason, this small prompt made the plot and character details flow. For a while during the writing of the book, the title actually was The Widow Wylde.
As I learned more about Charlotte Rutherford Wylde and the challenges of her life, other characters entered the scene. I got interested in the romantic possibilities for her maid Lucy, one of the “downstairs” members of the household. And then there was a hero perfect for each of them. Authoritative, harassed Sir Alec Wylde, nephew of Charlotte’s cruel, murdered husband. And handsome, sassy footman Ethan Trask. The novel began to take shape. Just the hard work of writing left to do. : )
The drafting, re-writing and editing accomplished, Once Again a Bride was ready to launch into the romance world, a place that has changed a lot since I last released a new book. It feels like a wider, more expansive world now. More kinds of love stories are available, in terms of protagonists, settings and sensibility. And the Internet has radically expanded ways for writers and readers to communicate and interact. It’s become much more of a community with all the author websites and Facebook pages, chat groups and online newsletters and tweets. And of course the many blogs enrich the conversation.
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About the book:
She couldn’t be more alone…
Widowhood has freed Charlotte Wylde from a demoralizing and miserable marriage. But when her husband’s intriguing nephew and heir arrives to take over the estate, Charlotte discovers she’s unsafe in her own home… Alec Wylde was shocked by his uncle’s untimely death, and even more shocked to encounter his uncle’s beautiful young widow. Now clouds of suspicion are gathering, and charges of murder hover over Charlotte’s head.
He could be her only hope…or her next victim…
About the Author:
Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Jane’s historical and contemporary romances have been published all over the world, and she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Eighteen of her Regency romances will be published by Sourcebooks in the near future! For more information, please visit www.janeashford.com.
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