Interview with Marlow Kelly

Welcome Marlow.

Marlow, your novella A Woman of Honour was released last August. What’s next for you?

I have another novella A Woman of Love coming out sometime in 2015 and I’m still waiting to hear from my editor about my third story A Woman of Courage.

 

Do you just write novellas or are you planning any full-length books?

Yes, I’m currently working on a second draft of a novel entitled An Unacceptable Woman. It features Duncan and Isabel from A Woman of Honour, but is actually the story of Isabel’s brother, John. I’m hoping to have it ready to send to my editor sometime in 2015.

 

Why did you start with novellas?

I had been writing for a while and not getting anywhere. One day I woke up and realized that instead of learning how to write, I had to learn how to rewrite. For me, the first draft is easy and fun. But I needed to learn how to make my stories good enough for other people to read. I wrote the three novellas to learn the art of rewriting. I never imagined they would be published. Then one of my critiquing partners, Lori Power, who’s also an author, suggested I submit them to The Wild Rose Press. And the rest is … history.

 

A Woman of Honour is set in medieval Scotland is this the only timeline you write in?

No, A Woman of Love is set in Victorian England and A Woman of Courage is set in early Christian Ireland.

 

Are you going to continue writing historical romance?

For now, I have a couple of books in various stages of development, all of them historical. But I have some ideas for contemporary romantic suspense that I’d really like to explore.

 

Is there a message in your writing?

I would be shocked and delighted if my readers found something deep and meaningful in my work. If someone reads one of my stories and it touches them that’s great, but I write purely for entertainment. I want people to be able to read one of my stories and escape their world, even if it’s only for an hour or two.

 

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A Woman of Honour is available at

The Wild Rose Press

Amazon

All Romance Ebooks

 

Blurb

Duncan Campbell wakes to discover he is imprisoned with a woman in his enemy’s dungeon in the Highlands of Scotland. The disenchanted warrior hopes his last few moments on earth will be spent in the arms of the sweet-voiced Isabel. If only she will cooperate.

Isabel Douglas has no intention of obliging the crude captive. The penniless noblewoman considers herself too tall and thin to be desirable. She intends to become a nun. But first, disguised as a boy, she must deliver an important letter to Scotland’s hero in hiding, King Robert the Bruce.

Together, the pair make a daring escape that plunges them into the bleak countryside in the middle of winter. In the struggle to survive, they learn the true strength of their feelings for each other. But when Duncan’s animosity towards the king becomes evident, Isabel must decide between her heart and her country.

Excerpt #1

Duncan Campbell drifted into consciousness and opened his eyes to absolute blackness. He lay perfectly still on the cold, dirt floor listening. A small rustle of fabric echoed in the darkness. He cocked his head, getting a sense of the sound’s location, then rose to his feet.

“Tell me who you are before I tear you apart,” he roared, seizing his opponent. Whoever it was didn’t answer, just silence. A fist punched him on the nose. Pain ricocheted through him, and he grabbed his face. In the dark, he lost his balance and fell in the dirt, cradling his head in his hands.

“Oh my, are you all right?” asked a small voice.

“No, I’m not.”

“You threatened me, and I wanted to give you fair warning I will fight back if you touch me.”

The lyrical voice stunned him. A woman? She spoke Gaelic with a strong, lowland accent. He shook off the pain and asked,

“Where am I?”

“Dunstaffnage Castle. Don’t you remember your capture? I’ve heard of people getting a bump on the head and not remembering their own name. Is that what happened to you? Did you bump your head?”

Lord, she was talkative.

“Is it?”

“I remember I was hit from behind scouting the bast….Are we in the dungeon?” He rose to his feet.

“Yes.”

He grunted. On the bright side he hadn’t gone blind. On the other hand they were in a dank, windowless cell with no hope of escape. There wasn’t even a sliver of light coming through the door.

Marlow Kelly Bio

Marlow

After being thrown out of England for refusing to drink tea, Marlow Kelly made her way to Canada where she found love, a home and a pug named Max. She also discovered her love of storytelling. Encouraged by her husband, children and let’s not forget Max, she started putting her ideas to paper. Her need to write about strong women in crisis drives her stories and her curiosity regarding the lives and loves of historical figures are the inspiration for her characters. You can visit Marlow at www.marlowkelly.com, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest

 

 

 

 

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Featuring Sydney St. Claire’s Red and Her Big Bad Dom.

Today I’m featuring Sydney St. Claire’s new release, Red and Her Big Bad Dom.

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Blurb

Wealthy computer genius Graham Winters is in love with a woman who won’t join him for a stingy cup of coffee. How can he prove he’s nothing like her jerk of an ex if she won’t give him a chance? Then he spots her at a BDSM club and devises a plan. During the day, he’s “that damn geek.” At night, he’s the masked Dom known as The Wolf.

When it comes to her love life, Lucy Sanchez has one rule—no geeks. Not even rich, good looking geeks. She’s attracted to Graham but rules are rules. Besides, she has her wolf, the mysterious Dom who makes her blood sing. Then she’s invited to a fairytale event at Pleasure Manor and this Little Red Riding Hood plans to enjoy every delicious moment with her big, bad Dom.

 

Excerpt

Lucy admitted there was something totally naughty and sensual in not knowing what her big, bad, wolf looked like. He was her mystery man, and he understood her. He got her, and not just with the sex, although the sex was out of this world fantastic.

They had so many things in common, like dancing. Bryce’s mansion had a real ballroom, and she had a fabulous gown for the ball. She and her wolf would heat up the dance floor.

“What are you thinking?”

Smiling, Lucy stared into his piercing blue eyes. “Saturday night.”

“Ah. We’ll dance the night away, you and I.”

His slight accented voice hummed through her. “I love dancing with you.”

He pulled her on top of him. “I bet we can sneak into the ballroom tomorrow. Want to dance tonight, out here, under the moonlight?”

Lucy cupped his face in her hands and kissed him. “Very much so.”

“Then we’ll dance here after our scene.”

She wrinkled her nose. “I’m not so sure I’m going to like being watched”

“You trust me.” It wasn’t a question but a quiet statement.

Lucy nodded. He knew her better than she knew herself. “It seems—wrong—yet the idea of being spied on turns me on.”

He grinned. “No, it’s naughty, and you, my sweet sub, love being naughty.”

Rolling her eyes, she admitted he was right. “Yeah, I do. Okay, I’m game.”

“Good girl.” He rolled her over, held her hands above her head, and swooped in for a deep, drugging kiss.

 

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Sydney St. Claire is the pseudonym of Susan Edwards, author of 14 Historical Native American/Western/Paranormal romances and the author of the popular “White” Series.

Sydney loves writing and sharing stories of love, happiness and dreams come true with her readers. She credits her mother for her writing success. Encouraged to read as a child, she always preferred happy endings which meant romances were her favorite genre. Sydney takes her readers into the world of erotica romance where her characters come together in explosive passion as they solve life’s problems and find true love along with the best sex our hero and heroine have ever experienced.

Sydney’s office is quite crowded with three dogs at her feet and five cats to keep her company while she writes. Three cats always insist on beds on her desk, barely leaving enough room for her monitor and keyboard. Life gets fun when all five insist on supervising…

When not writing, she enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch and knitting. She and her husband of 30 + years are avid gardeners. He takes care of the veggies, and Susan is in charge of the ‘pretties’. Her medicine wheel garden is in a contact state of war: flowers vs. weeds. Sadly, right now the weeds are wining…

While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music. Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.

 

Contact Links

Email:              Sydney@sydneystclaire.com

Trailer:           http://youtu.be/F-O0tWqMrGM

Website:          http://sydneystclaire.com

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/Sydneystclaire

Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/sydneystclaire

Blog:               http://sydneystclaire.wordpress.com

Goodreads:     https://www.goodreads.com/sydneystclaire

Pinterest:         http://www.pinterest.com/sydneystclaire/

Amazon Author Page

 

Buy Links

Wild Rose press: http://bit.ly/1xB319E

Amazon http://amzn.to/1CbSmTt :       Nook http://bit.ly/108m27I

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I believe in demons because I believe in angels and you can’t have good if there’s no evil.

Hell’s Bounty is based on the premise of you have good and evil at the same time.

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