With a Little Help from Bellingham’s Friends
(And a Nod to the Fab Four)
True Confession: I love a great hero. My favorite heroes have flaws, but underneath their alpha core, they are men of honor. The hero in my e-novella A SEASON FOR SIN is Andrew Carrington, the Earl of Bellingham, or Bell as his friends call him. For those of you who read HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE, you will likely remember Bellingham and his intense stage presence. I had just thought to give Will a couple of friends, but Bellingham walked onstage fully formed. I hadn’t really planned on a character with a tormented past, but sometimes characters just insist on being who they are.
When we first meet Bell in A SEASON FOR SIN, he is on the verge of change, much of it due to his friends deciding to marry and settle down. Bell is feeling a little at sea over it all and a bit lonely. Like most strong willed men, he doesn’t want to admit that he needs anyone. But as the author, I knew that this confirmed bachelor shouldn’t be all alone. So I threw two men into the Thames River and waited to see what Bellingham would do. He shucked off his coat and boots and dived in to save them. Of course, he did. He’s a hero after all. J
A SEASON FOR SIN is an introduction to Bellingham and his new friends. The e-novella ends on a hook and includes a bonus first chapter from the upcoming full length novel WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS starring Bellingham and Lady Laura Chesfield, coming in Spring 2013! I know it’s a little while to wait, but I promise you’ll love the Happily Ever After.
One last thing. Cat asked me to include something about Halloween. So here are five interesting facts you might find interesting.
- The word witch is derived from the old English word wicce, which means wise woman.
- In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches and the hoot of an owl signaled the impending death of someone.
- The first Jack O’Lanterns were made from turnips.
- Samhain was a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year. By the way, Samhain is pronounced sow-in.
- Trick or Treating comes from the ancient Celtic tradition of leaving treats to placate spirits who supposedly were out in force at Samhain.
Here’s a task for readers. Tell me two great characteristics of a hero for a chance to win signed copies of my first trilogy: HOW TO MARRY A DUKE, HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL, and HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE. (US/Canada Only)
Vicky Dreiling’s A SEASON FOR SIN Introduces Her New Regency Series, The Sinful Scoundrels
On Sale September 4, A SEASON FOR SIN is Available for Review
Vicky Dreiling, the highly praised, award-winning author of How to Marry a Duke, How to Seduce a Scoundrel and other Regency romance novels, has written A SEASON FOR SIN, an introduction to her upcoming Regency series, The Sinful Scoundrels, a Forever Yours e-original novella on sale September 4th. The novella reintroduces some of the characters from previous series, including Andrew Carrington, Lord of Bellingham, who has become a reader favorite since he was introduced in How to Ravish a Rake. A SEASON FOR SIN and her novel, What a Wicked Earl Wants (Forever, May 2013), feature Andrew and the Sinful Scoundrels, Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore.
Andrew is stuck in a bit of a rut, restless now that many in his circle have succumbed to wedded bliss. Then his two rakish friends, Colin and Harry, take charge, dragging him back into society and to the side of beautiful young widow Laura Davenport. Bell isn’t after a wife. He’s interested in a challenge—and the lovely Laura may be just what he needs.
Vicky Dreiling was honored as a Finalist for three of Romance Writers of Americas prestigious RITA Awards this year for her first two novels, How to Marry a Duke and How to Seduce a Scoundrel. Both were Finalist for “Best Regency Historical,” and How to Marry a Duke was a Finalist for “Best First Book.” That novel was also chosen as one of Booklist’s Top Ten Romances of 2011, was named a Finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards, and received the Holt Medallion Award for Best Historical Romance.
Vicky is a self-proclaimed historical romance junkie and Anglophile, whose frequent business trips to the United Kingdom allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England.
When she’s not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and, most of all, long lunches with friends. A native Texan, she holds degrees in English literature and marketing.