Friday, 25 January 2013

Guest post by Bronwen Evans + Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome back to Ex Libris Bronwen Evans who until now was known as a historical romance (even more particularly a Regency) author, but with her latest release, The Reluctant Wife, published by Entangled Publishing's Indulgence line she ventures into the land of contemporary romance! So I was curious to know how different was it to pen a story set nowadays? And since for her HR books she must have done lots of research, how did she prepare for her first contemporary romance? Did it  necessitate some research as well? So please give a warm welcome to Bronwen and if you leave your answer you could win one of her Regency novels ;-) 

Hi Stella,

Thanks for having me guest blog, it’s exciting to be here talking about my first contemporary release, THE RELUCTANT WIFE.

I’m frequently asked why write a contemporary? To be honest there were several reasons. I felt like a change. I don’t want to ever get bored with writing my Regency romances, which I love. I thought writing contemporary romances as well, would keep my writing fresh. I can write Regency in the morning and contemporary in the afternoon. It certainly helps with writers block when you have two stories on the go at once. If one story is a bit slow going, I simply swap to the other.

I also wanted to expand my saleability. Writing is a passion for me but it’s also my income. There is a saying, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Plus I wanted to write for Liz Pelletier and the Entangled Publishing team. I knew Liz from Savvy Authors and I really liked her business model. It works really well for the author and everyone in the publishing process. However, when I was contracted for The Reluctant Wife they didn’t have a historical line, so I thought I’d try writing a contemporary for them. They do now have the Scandalous line, so maybe I’ll write a historical for them too...

However, the big reason for writing this story in particular, was to focus on a particular women’s issue in today’s modern world. An issue that is personal to me-endometriosis. The topic of this story would not fit the Regency era as it would have likely led to the death of the heroine. A scary thought and definitely not a HEA.

Because the story’s topic is personal, I didn’t have to do too much research as Abby’s experiences are similar to mine. I also work part-time for a surgical association so had resources on tap so to speak. I can’t tell you too much or it will spoil the plot.

I set the book in Italy because I wanted a catholic, traditional type country that still had nobility and titles. My hero is Conte Dante Lombardi. I just can’t stay away from those slightly arrogant, self-assured men. With his family business empire, which he had to step up and run at the age of twenty, Dante can’t help but come across a bit on the arrogant side, but like a yummy cream filled caramel chocolate he’s got a soft centre.

Gilles Marini as Dante
I’ve also spent a lot of time in Italy so I could picture the setting perfectly. I lived in England for eight years and visited Italy often. I love the country. The fashion, food, culture and of course the delicious men. After all, my catch phrase is tall, dark and handsome. And Dante is certainly all three...

So, no, I didn’t find writing a contemporary too difficult. Of course there are differences. Language for one. Regency language is very formal. Then there is the fact that you have to think like a modern woman instead of a female who has little or no rights. However, Dante wasn’t difficult to write as I knew, given his title, looks, money and responsibilities, he probably wasn’t much different from your average Regency rake.

Here’s an excerpt from The Reluctant Wife which demonstrates this aspect perfectly...

“My grandmother will want to know why I have decided to return to you. I’d rather not let her know the real reason. It will upset her and she needs to be stress-free.”

Dante raised an eyebrow and nodded. “What would she believe?”

Abby bit her lip and clamped her hands together to stop herself from biting her nails. Her grandmother would notice. “Um. The only reason she would take at face value is that we realized we have been idiots and that we love each other too much to throw everything away for silly pride.”

“You could tell her I told you the truth about trying to contact you when you first left. We both realized we’d made mistakes and we want to give it another try.”

“I’ll tell her that when I got here, I saw you were absolutely miserable without me, and you begged me to come home.”


She laughed. “Okay, begged might be a bit far-fetched. I can’t ever see you begging for anything. I’ll tell her that we’ve both grown up and we spent the whole first night talking everything through.”


“And I realized that I should fight for my marriage and you realized you couldn’t live without me, so we compromised.”

Dante made a grunting noise.

“I understand you don’t know the meaning of the word compromise, but for my grandmother, can you please try?”


Her mouth dropped open. His hand reached over and gently pushed her jaw closed, and he ran his thumb along the outline of her bottom lip, sending a thrilling fizzle through her.

“I’ll do it for you, mio fiore.”

Sigh. I love a strong man who will do anything for his family. I hope you enjoy THE RELUCTANT WIFE. Feel free to email me and let me know.

About Bron:

New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer?

She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012. Look out for her first Entangled Publishing contemporary Indulgence release in late 2012, The Reluctant Wife.

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The Reluctant Wife by Bronwen Evans

Abby Taylor walked out on her irresistible husband three years ago. Now she has no choice but to return to Italy to ask him for a favor. To pay for her grandmother's heart operation she needs his money, but it comes with strings attached.

Conte Dante Lombardi has it all—an Italian villa, a successful family business, and a noble title. But he needs a child to carry on his legacy and time is running out. He also hopes to satisfy the desire Abby rouses in him.

As Abby uncovers why he’s in such a hurry for a child, she falls in love with him again … just as she realizes it might be impossible to keep her end of the deal.

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Bronwen has generously offering a print or an ebook copy of her May 2012 Regency historical, Invitation to Scandal to a lucky commenter!

To be entered just leave a comment guessing what mio fiore means in Italian.

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 2 February 2013!

Good luck!

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