Change in the Line-up

In baseball, they allow pinch hitters. Here on Read, Write, Love, we have pinch authors! My scheduled guest blogger, Caroline Fyffe, was unable to be with us today, but don’t worry. She’ll be here next month. However, my friend Bronwen Evans, an incredibly talented author from New Zealand has agreed to pop in for a visit instead. Here’s a taste of her fantastic book: Invitation to Ruin.

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One Good Lady is About to Go Bad…

The only thing Miss Melissa Goodly has ever wanted out of a marriage is love. But any hope of that dissolves one wild night, when she loses herself in the arms of the most irresistible-and unobtainable-man in all of England. For when they are discovered in a position as compromising as it is pleasurable, she has no choice but to accept his proposal.

Avowed bachelor Anthony Craven, Earl of Wickham, never meant to seduce an innocent like Melissa. Yet now that the damage is done, it does seem like she’d make a very convenient wife. After all, she is so naive he won’t have to worry about ever being tempted. Or so he thinks, until the vows are spoken and they are left alone-and his new bride reveals a streak just as brazen and unrestrained as his own…

Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?

Here’s a little bit about Bronwen in her own words.

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I’m a proud reader and writer of Romance! Any romance, but historical romance in particular, and the Regency period is my favorite. I live in Wellington, New Zealand and I’m one of five sisters – and I am a twin! So no surprise that my first book is about twins!

I grew up on a farm in the Wairarapapa until I was twelve and I love the country. My dream is to become a full time romance writer and live in a rural retreat in the beautiful, sunny Hawke’s Bay on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. I am finally on the way with the sale of my first two books.

Growing up I loved reading and watching TV, mainly because I loved anything that challenged my imagination. I loved Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and The Secret Seven or C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series. My twin sister also loves stories and we would often put on plays for our parents. Telling a story is what attracts me to writing. Bringing characters, plots and places to life.

At school I was very good at math. My father has a PhD in statistical economics from Cornell University in the States (I lived there for three years until I was almost six years old while my father attended Cornell), so I was encouraged to go down the science, math route at school, when I would have probably loved English. I went to University and got a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree and started work in the corporate world. I have had a successful career in business working in banking and telecommunications. I also set up my own e-commerce company which I listed on the NZ Stock Exchange, before selling in 2005. But nothing has brought me as much satisfaction as seeing my first book in print.

Unfortunately, it took me almost ten years to realize big corporate’s were not for me. I finally decided to take a chance and indulge my passion for story-telling. I gave up my well paid, full time, job and took part-time employment in order to enable me to have the time to learn, hone and develop my writing skills. Joining Romance Writers of New Zealand in 2006 was the first serious step I took towards a writing career and the friends, critique partners and mentor’s I have met have all helped me get to publication. I can never thank them enough.

Now I spend my time immersing myself in love stories full of passion, desire and of course the happing ever after. But that’s not to say they don’t have a number of hurdles to overcome along the way.

In my stories I have the rich playboy who just happens to be a Lord of the realm, with the ahead of their time feminist, who bucks Society’s conventions and gives the hero a run for his money.

In particular, I love the dark, tortured souls, who don’t think they deserve love or are, like most men in my stories, scared of love. My heroes are strong, alpha males with tortured pasts. They need the love of a good woman to save them and my heroine’s are up for the task. They are not, sit back and let men run their lives, women. They grab life, shake it, and mold it, and most of all never give up.

And of course lets not forget the villains. Creepy, very dangerous, often perverted but never undefeatable.

My first book Invitation to Ruin hit the shelves on 22nd February 2011. I have also finished book two, Invitation to Scandal – Rufus Knight, Viscount Strathmore’s story which should be due out early 2012. Following that, watch out for Richard’s story (Anthony’s twin brother) Invitation to Passion and Alexander Smythe, the Earl of Montford’s tale in Invitation to Love.

I belong to RWA and RWNZ and when not working, reading or writing, I enjoy hiking, golf and movies.

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Thanks for being my guest blogger today.

Bronwen is graciously offering a free copy of Invitation to Ruin to a commenter, so be sure to let her know you were here!

PS. I’m blogging at Casababes today about visitations from departed loved ones. I think it happened to me. How about you?

9 thoughts on “Change in the Line-up

  1. Thanks so much ladies for the lovely comments. It’s certainly much more fun spending my days with wicked rakes and clever heroines.

  2. Barb Bettis says:

    Can’t wait for your next book, Bronwyn. I love the dark, tortured heroes, too. And I agree with the others: so glad you gave up the corporate world to weave wonderful stories.

  3. CateS says:

    Congrats on being brave and confident enough to follow your dream!!

  4. eli yanti says:

    your books sound interesting Bronwen, love to win it ;)

  5. Good morning everyone, I’ve only just woken up this morning in NZ. Thanks for the lovely comments. I’m looking forward to building my new career. I have too many stories in my head not to.

  6. Quilt Lady says:

    I love that authors follow there dreams I don’t know what we would do without you ladies giving us the joy of your books in our lives.

  7. Hi ladies! I love dark tortured heroes as well. You both have a fantastic week. :)

  8. Barbara Britton says:

    Hi Bronwen,

    You’re an inspiration for giving up a successful career to work in the field of writing–your passion. That took a lot of guts. Your books sound wonderful.

  9. catslady says:

    You do know the meaning of perserverance and thank goodness so many authors follow their dream. I love regency romance with all the spendor but also all the angst. Congratulations on what sounds like a wonderful read! And what a lovely cover too.

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