My Favorite Countess by Vanessa Kelly
I’m always fascinated by the path authors take to discovering they’re meant to write. Here’s what my next spotlight author, the lovely Vanessa Kelly, has to say about her journey to becoming published:
I finally figured out that since I liked reading and writing so much, I should probably study literature. I gravitated toward British women writers of the Regency period (must have been all the Austen and Heyer), especially the incomparable Fanny Burney. I earned my Master’s Degree from Rutgers University, and spent several years in the Ph.D. program at the University of Toronto. I didn’t complete my doctorate, but spent many contented hours holed up in the stacks of the library, combing through old documents and reading about the madness of King George III.
During this period my love for all things Regency burst into full bloom. I now imagined myself as the classic Regency heroine, eager to dance the night away, and throw myself into the arms of the first handsome rake who stumbled drunkenly from his racing curricle into my path. Here’s a picture of me … ok, that’s not me. I don’t know who that is, but she’s got great back cleavage.
Anyway, in addition to all the great literature I was reading, I discovered Amanda Quick, Stephanie Laurens, Jo Beverly, and so many other talented writers. I just loved their ability to craft elegant, thrilling, and passionately sensual stories about intelligent women and the big, strong alpha males who loved them.
And I wanted to be a writer just like them.
Instead, she became the unmistakably talented Vanessa Kelly! Here’s the skinny on her latest release:
My Favorite Countess
Spirited, stubborn, and entirely irresistible…
She is difficult, demanding, and at times, quite fierce. And Dr. John Blackmore can’t take his eyes off her. The Countess of Randolph is the most striking woman he has ever seen…and the most infuriating patient he has ever tended.
Mired in responsibility, Bathsheba doesn’t have time to convalesce in the country. She should be in London, hunting for a wealthy new lover to pay off her late husband’s vast debts, not dallying with a devastatingly handsome doctor.
But it is only a matter of time until the good doctor and the obstinate countess will have to contend with the sparks that fly between them. Once their bodies surrender, their hearts may follow…
Leave a comment or question for Vanessa and you’ll be entered in her drawing for either print or digital copy of My Favorite Countess – reader’s preference. Open to International readers!
“This story is fast-paced and extremely enjoyable. If you enjoy a passionate tale told across the tapestry of a well-woven historical backdrop, then you must pick up this.”—Historical Romance Writers
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