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