Inspiration for Writing My Book
I would say there are several factors at work when contemplating writing a book. First thing, decide what genre you like the best. What genre do you read?
Personally, I like historical settings, with knights in castles before coping with more modern times such as the Regency period flowing into the next century. All historical romance is perfect for me. Although I like sy-fi and fantasy as long as those stories are filled with romance, I prefer make-believe without vampires, fairies and such to draw me into a story.
America has cowboys and Indians (which I adore) while England has its own story of Dukes, Viscounts, even Earls in the Ton along with colorful link boys and street urchins. The proper ladies and young misses along with tea and crumpets intrigue me. I rather like the gowns, the mannerisms of polite society when I read. I love to enter another century along with another country as well. Thus Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman.
Certainly it isn’t that simple. I wanted a heroine that would stand for her child, no matter what, loyal and caring. A heroine placed in a situation where she would find it necessary to use all within her to accomplish her goals to protect and nurture her child. Many women had to use cunning and courage to even survive.
In Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman the heroine uses her brain to outwit criminals, to recognize the true worth of the hero in spite of his great flaws, her courage to face the hero down along with outwitting the killer and her caring to win the man of her heart while she protects her child. Lady Laurel Laningham is just such a heroine. Even with her faults, she is the perfect heroine for Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman. That is what I aimed for, and I found it, my inspiration.
Recently widowed Lady Laurel Laningham flees Landings to escape her untenable position. Alone now and at the mercy of her sister-in-law, she decides to nestle under her aunt’s wings for a spell. To add to her burdens, her young son’s new guardian, Lord Adron Gladrey, has announced his intentions to take complete charge of his ward. The killer is stalking her and a devious jewel thief is stealing the family jewels. Can she convince her son’s guardian she is not a dangerous lunatic and is perfectly capable of raising her son or will he always consider her untrustworthy as a mother to his ward? Will his stubborn blindness send her straight into the path of the murderer, or will he relent in time to save her from following her husband into the grave?
Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Each rotation of the hired coach’s wheels whispered the word. Laurel cradled her sleeping two-year-old son, the new Lord Laningham, as a heady sense of satisfaction curved her lips. She didn’t even mind the slight musty odor pervading the vehicle, although she leaned over and raised the window cover for a breath of fresh air. With a sigh she settled back against the seat. At least for a while, Rhonda’s constant complaints would no longer ring in her ears and for that she was devoutly thankful.
Out of nowhere, a rider flashed by the coach window and her startled gaze locked with his brief glance. Although she’d caught only a glimpse of the stranger, in that instant his intense, deep-brown eyes mocked her and unease shivered down her spine. She stared after him for a second before instinctively gathering her child closer. Laurel planted a kiss on his blonde curls, drawing reassurance from the nearness of his warm little body. As long as she had Jamie nothing else mattered. Her son must remain safe.
Everything happened at once. The coach lunged to the right and scraped against the bushes beside the road, sending a shower of droplets splashing inside the window. Her book and Jamie’s wooden horse thumped to the floor. The racket of brakes screeching shrilled in her ears as the vehicle rattled and lurched out of control.
“Jamie,” she cried.
I am a native Texan and still live in the Houston area. I married by high school sweetheart, and after raising 4 children, they blessed up with 8 grandchildren. AND after all these years, we still love each other. True romance is happy ever after.
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