The Ashburton Reunion #2
Finds a convenient wife
To claim his inheritance, Leo Ashburton needs a bride who accepts that he can offer her a title and a house, but not love. Annabelle Hummingford—whose scarred face has made her hide from society—seems like the perfect match. But as his shy wife blossoms into a confident, mesmerizing woman, Leo is torn. Falling for her risks being hurt again—but will burying his feelings mean losing her altogether?
When and where do you prefer to write?
I’ve always been a morning person and find I am most productive in the early hours. I love waking before anyone else in the house is up and writing in bed for an hour or two. Often I get more done in the early hours of the morning than I do in the entire rest of the day.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
No! Peace and quiet in our house feels like something of the distant past. Over the last few years I have learned to tune out the sounds of Peppa Pig whilst snatching a few moments to write. And with the repeated lockdowns over the last year and the whole family staying at home more it’s made it even harder. I do find when there is a rare minute of peace my productivity soars, but at the moment I take my opportunities to write wherever and whenever I can.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
There are so many talented authors I admire it’s a hard choice to make. Perhaps Margaret Atwood-I really admire her world building and the way she can completely immerse you in the story you feel as though you are living through it. Or perhaps Kate Quinn, one of my favourite authors, who writes about Ancient Rome filled with gladiators, centurions, slaves and emperors.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I was once cast as the villain in our school pantomime and felt a little put out by the fact I was the one who would be booed off stage. The drama teacher assured me the villain was the best role-the heroine might get cheered and clapped at the end, but the villain was often the most memorable and the character that actually fired up the emotions.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
Anywhere-or perhaps that should be everywhere. I read to relax so even if I only get a spare few minutes I will always pick up a book and try to carve out enough time to finish the next chapter.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Writing is a big part of my life, but I am also a mum to two young boys and a doctor working part time. Life can be pretty hectic but we live in a beautiful part of rural Cambridgeshire surrounded by green space and nature. I love to travel but this past year has made me appreciate what is right there on our doorstep and now I enjoy nothing more than bundling everyone out to feed the ducks and get some fresh air.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
It’s the most wonderful feeling. It takes me about four months to write and revise a book and although it is the best job in the world it is also a lot of work. When you hold the book for the first time it feels as though all that time spent, all the nights lying awake working out story arcs and the frustration of re-writing scenes that just aren’t working, is completely worth it.
How do you come up with the ideas for your book?
In romance, maybe even more so than in any other genre, I feel the characters are the most important element. Often I have the start of an idea for a plot and it is only when I settle on the right hero and heroine that it all comes together to make a fully formed idea. I always write a short outline, but prefer to allow the book to develop as I write it than plan out every chapter turn by turn. That way I get to enjoy the excitement of not always knowing exactly what is coming next.
What is your latest release about?
Falling for His Practical Wife is the second book in a duet about the Ashburton brothers, two brothers separated in childhood after the death of their parents. In this book Leo, the oldest of the brothers, needs to find a wife to satisfy the terms of his great-uncle’s will. He chooses Annabelle, a young woman who was injured as a child and has hidden herself away because of the scars on her face. The marriage starts as a marriage of convenience, but with Leo’s support Annabelle blossoms into a confident and charming young woman. Leo has to decide whether he can allow himself to love her or if his fear of abandonment will push her away for good.
Thank you, Laura Martin and Luke Bayliss
About the author
Laura Martin is a historical romance author and mother to two cheeky boys.
She writes fun and tender Regency romances with heroes you can’t help falling in love with.
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