The Confidence to be a Writer

1234385_1384765375085203_350729604_nHi, thank you Love Romance Passion for having me. I’m B.D Hawkey, author of Old Sins Long Shadows, which is an historical romance with grit.

However, I would consider myself a reader of romance first and a rather fussy reader too as I have a list of pet peeves of things I dislike. I have always enjoyed writing, I have always had a dream to write a book, but perhaps not the confidence. One day I decided to start writing the sort of book I would like to read (minus my pet peeves, of course).

Old Sins, Long Shadows was published in August, 2013, however it wasn’t until five months later, and after some lovely feedback from complete strangers who had taken the time to write their reviews, did I have the confidence to tell my friends and extended family what I had done. So it just goes to show, although I knew what I would like to read in an historical romance, I was not so confident in what others would think. Thankfully it has all turned out well and I hope that my second book will be out towards the end of this year.

I think our worst critics are ourselves and my only regret is that I did not do it sooner. A dream can be big or small, and there will most probably be a lot of hurdles to get over first, but if you are not in the race, you will never get off the starting block. As John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death…and saddling up anyway.” That’s exactly what I did on the day when I opened my laptop and started to write my debut novel. I may not have had a saddle in my hands, but I could smell its leather – and it was wonderful.

So what is your dream and what is the first step you need to take to make it happen?


Old_Sins_Long_Shadow_CoverBook Blurb:

A Cornish Victorian romance set against the backdrop of the magnificent Bosvenna Estate, with eccentric rural characters and the sweeping hills of the dramatic Bodmin Moor. Janey Carhart’s story is a tale of obsession, jealousy and love. At the age of nine, Janey’s younger sisters die from scarlet fever and her grief stricken mother blames Janey for their deaths. Financial difficulties and a desire to win back her mother’s love, forces Janey to enter service where she quickly rises through the ranks.

Upon her arrival to the elegant Cornish Country Estate, she successfully secures a position of a lady’s maid for the wealthy and powerful Brockenshaw family. An exchange of letters between Lady Brockenshaw and her son ignites Janey’s interest, but Janey’s feelings for this mysterious and charming gentleman soon change her life forever.

Old sins cast long shadows and not only does Janey’s mother’s wrath affect Janey’s life, there are others whose sins risk destroying her, the people she cares about and her capacity to love again. Daniel Kellow, her neighbour, offers his help. A man who has, it is rumoured, killed a man. Who is the real Daniel Kellow and can she trust him? Can he trust her?

Buy: Old Sins Long Shadows

Review: Miss Foster’s Folly by Alice Gaines

This Victorian romance is the very opposite of sexual restraint. If you’re in the mood for something hot and spicy with a wide streak of naughtiness you’ll want to read this book! You’ll love it from the very first page.

Miss Juliet Foster upon her father’s death is given all of his wealth while her brother gets the businesses, and her sister the real estate.  Suddenly Juliet isn’t just a virginal American spinster. She’s also an heiress and the leeches are popping out the woodwork to try to force her into marriage so they can get control of it.

Determined not to get caught but to still enjoy her life, Juliet decides the best thing to do is seduce her way through the Continent. First she’ll go to Britain, find a nice staid man to start. Then she’ll hit France to turn herself into a more sophisticated lover. Next Spain, for a little passion. All because, if she’s going to end up with a man he’s going to be Italian – the most perfect of lovers to be found anywhere! There’s just one flaw – somebody has to take her virginity first.

David Winslow, the Marquess of Derrington, Derry to his friends, suffers from the Winslow curse which skips between generations. If he’s ever going to be happy and successful he needs to find a woman more wild than he is because in taming her he’ll tame himself. It’s his ‘dying’ grandmother’s wish that he marry soon and so he goes to America to find himself the perfect bride, one who meets all his grandmother’s requirements and cares not a fig for his wealth or title. When Juliet Foster asks him to take her maidenhead he’s both flabbergasted and excited because he knows she is his perfect match. When she runs away he knows he has to chase after her.

It’s a fun romp of cat and mouse and hot hot sex. Really, it’s decadently delicious in every way.

My one complaint is how often the heroine runs off. The very last time she does was one time too many for me. I felt the angst moment could have been satisfied a little sooner with better results if the North & South type moment had been seized upon with vigor.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Buy: Miss Foster’s Folly

Review: My Unfair Lady by Kathryne Kennedy


Do you love My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn and Eliza Doolittle?

If you answered an unequivocal yes, go get yourself a copy of My Unfair Lady by Kathryne Kennedy. This Victorian romance will win you over faster than you can say the “Rain in Spain!”

So much happens in this novel. It combines quite a bit of different elements including a bastard son, being partly raised by Indians, best friend finding and marrying a baron, fox hunts, horse races, and a murder plot!

Summer Wine Lee is a silver heiress from America. She’s a knife wearing, former Arizonian in love with Monte. He is a dashing young fellow from a highly placed family in New York society. One ball ruined Summer’s chances of a proper match with him unless she could win the favor of his snooty mother. In order to do this she heads off to England to win the favor or at least a meeting with the Queen.

The Duke of Monchester is Summer’s ticket to winning over Monte’s mother and English society. He hates grubby new money American heiresses trying to buy their way into respectability by marrying his fellow impoverished gentlemen. He uses his ready wit and sharp tongue to amuse the King and keep in favor. One half hour in Summer’s presence is enough to keep him housed in the royal court for a year and is amused in spite of himself.

Will Bryon be able to make her respectable? Does he want her to be? Find out!


Buy: My Unfair Lady

2010’s Top 50 Romance Novel Blogs part 4

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  1. Romantic Crush JunkiesChristine S. Morehouse runs RCJ. It’s a beautiful looking blog with lots of cover art.
  2. Romantic Reads Dorchester Publishing Editor Leah Hultenschmidt.
  3. Samhain WeblogAsk the Editor, Editing, Writing, Publishing and Stories.
  4. Seduced by HistoryWhere romance and history meet.
  5. Slip into Something Victorian Twelve writers unmake Victorian Romance and Adventure.
  6. Smexy BooksMandi is a sweetheart. She loves paranormal romance, m/m romance, urban fantasy, and historical romance.
  7. Smoking Hot BooksTwin sisters blog about paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and erotic romance.
  8. Stumbling Over ChaosReviewettes, links, randomity, cats, knitting, fun!
  9. Teach Me TonightMusings on romance fiction from an academic perspective.
  10. Teflon PantiesJamie King’s romance review site, where big girl panties and thick skin are combined.

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