Enigma Earl…The Phantom of London…
Reclusive Lord Edward’s heard them all, but a deadline looms. He needs an heir quickly. The hasty offering of Lydia Montgomery, an on-the-shelf woman, works, but she has plans of her own, secret plans that don’t involve a man. Their agreement forged in moonlight changes in the light of day. Edward discovers Lydia’s a woman with a past, which only adds to their distracting chemistry. Even worse, the impertinent woman insinuates herself in his scientific work: the domain where no woman should mix. Lydia’s diagrams and illustrations speak volumes…of his work to the outside world and hers to London’s art world – a place reserved for men. Soon, new found fame makes a tangled mess. Will their greatest discovery be each other before time runs out?
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 3 – PG-13
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This was a "dark and stormy night" idea, a scene that popped into my head and the characters wouldn't stop talking. So I sat down to write it. The underlying trope is "beauty & the beast" but the story didn't start out that way –rather the book was marketed that way. I loved that the hero was whip smart and was never going to marry, neither was the heroine. She was married to her art and he was married to his science. It made for an interesting pair.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Characters, like people you meet, surprise you. They're not necessarily planned. I give page space to the people talking the most and go from there. Sure, I do things like interviews and free writing to get to know them better if I'm stuck. With Edward and Lydia, they developed on their own. It's what happens when you write by the seat of your pants.
Edward delivered Lydia to a delicate white chair, bending deep with her as she took her seat. He dipped low and close such that his warm breath fanned the top of her bosom, and some of her hard-earned decorum slipped. A rash brigand’s smile crossed his face, visible to her alone, and the spoons dropped in her lap with a rattle.
No matter, the voices of the countess and Mr. Bacon floated in the background, engaging in social chatter. Edward set a hand on the back of her chair, a move that was possessive and claiming, and she wanted to sink into him. His lordship’s sculpted lips twitched as he looked pointedly at the sliver of dark space between her breasts as if he would like very much to explore what he could and couldn’t see.
“I find I’d like to continue our discussions tonight, if that meets with your approval,” he said for her ears alone.
His voice vibrated over her skin, and her body turned putty-like by his presence. She responded, keeping their quiet, intimate thread. “You mean such as we had last night? Your talking with a woman for no particular reason over no particular subject.”
One corner of his mouth hitched up.
“Exactly the kind of discourse I had in mind,” he whispered.
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