Luke, Viscount Enstone’s, resolve to avoid a love match is tested to its limit when he accepts responsibility for the Davenport family.
Luke has found it hard to sort out his late father’s affairs. A dishonest secretary and ailing land agent have left the family estates in disorder. With new people in place, he sets off to one of his smaller properties to discover the extent of an obligation that seems out of keeping with the cold-hearted father he remembers. Who is the young woman living at Shepley Hall and what was her connection to his father?
Miss Kitty Davenport has waited for a long time to find out if the new Viscount Enstone will continue the support his father gave to her family and her patience is wearing thin. Will he carry on paying for her young brother’s education and even assist him in finding a career? For herself, all she needs is help to find a suitable position as a companion and to escape from the unwanted attentions of a persistent suitor.
Many thanks for inviting me on your blog to meet your readers.
- Did or do you like to read comic books/graphic novels? Which ones?
I loved comics as a child. I had Bunty every week and my sister had Judy. We would read our own and then swap over.
- Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
Both my parents were great readers, when they had the time. My father had us enthralled with the bedtime stories he made up for us. I suspect that’s where my urge to tell stories came from.
- When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?
I don’t remember doing this consciously, but who knows what my subconscious gets up to!
- How do you come up with the names for your characters?
This is a tricky one. I often agonise over names. I avoid using the same first names as those of people I know well, as far as I can. They can distract me from the personality I’m trying to create. I like to check that names are appropriate for the era. For Regency I sometimes pull up parishes on the FreeBMD website and look at the birth records from around the time my characters would have been born.
- Do write other things beside books (and shopping lists)?
I’m terrible at not writing shopping lists, then forgetting things we really need. I do try writing short stories sometimes but they have a tendency to morph into the plots for novels.
- If your movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
I wouldn’t mind either as long as they have truly captured the essence of my books. That said, if Netflix is interested, I’m open to negotiation. LOL
- Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Jane Austen. I’m sure she would have been great fun. There is so much mischievous wit in her books.
- Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
I mostly use a mixture of books on the period, visits to places that are still standing, online blogs of historical writers and original sources. If I was really stuck, I would ask for advice on one of the author Facebook groups I’m in.
- Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
I have some writer friends who are brilliant for bouncing ideas off. The members of my writing group are also excellent at brainstorming sessions.
- What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)
I’m grateful for any interaction with readers. A rating is fine, I know people have loads of demands on their time, but reviews are even better. They help me to see what resonates with readers.
Thank you, Josie Bonham and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Josie lives in the English midlands, surrounded by towns full of history such as Evesham, Stratford-Upon- Avon, Warwick and Worcester. Which is perhaps why her favourite reads are historical. Out of all the periods to choose from the Regency Era stirs her imagination the most. The true Regency lasted from 1811 until 1820 but dates as wide as 1789 to 1837 have been included in the extended Regency period. For Josie the true flavour of this period emerges after the iniquitous hair powder tax of 1795, unsurprisingly, scuppered the fashion for hair powder almost overnight.
Josie has always dabbled in stories but it took the combined efforts of her sister and eldest niece to set her on the path to writing novels. Her Regency romances, with a dash of adventure and intrigue, are the result.