Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The Companion of Lady Holmeshire
My sleepless nights and perfect-word searching days have, at last, produced a published book, making me an author! My Victorian Era mystery and sweet romance novel, The Companion of Lady Holmeshire, is now available in digital format on Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and Coffee Time, with Amazon being next. My launch date is July 15th. At that time, the book will become available in trade paperback.
How did this come to be? I ran out of movies. I have always enjoyed the pomp and circumstance, upstairs downstairs, castles, banquets and balls movies. Most of which came from Jane Austen, Dickens and Bronte books, along with others. As a jewelry maker and mother, I did not have much time for the reading that I loved so much as a child, but those movies could always play while I did my work. Eventually, this west-coast American learned how England worked in the times of strictly structured class differences. Although I am happy for everyone that those lines have broken down and there is more opportunity all around, those times made for amazing stories today. And more are desperately needed. Therefore....
Miss Emma Carrington, as a helpless infant, was deposited on the doorstep of the village of Holmeshire's local Squire Carrington. She was taken in and nurtured by Mrs. Carrington until the dear lady died. The teenage Emma was no longer wanted in the Squire's house, having taken up priceless hours of the Mrs.' life with her banter. Sent out, she took a position as a housemaid for the Countess of Holmeshire in the Northumberland castle up on the hill. The Countess took a liking to this maid and decided to have her as the companion who would make her lonely widowhood more pleasant. Emma was to be dragged along into snobbish, genteel society in London, like it or not. Strong feelings grew for the young Earl of Holmeshire, who was engaged by arrangement to a London lady. Mysteries unfold as romances grow, both in the aristocratic circle and among the servants downstairs. None of my readers, to this date, have guessed the surprises that are uncovered in the last two chapters, but you are invited to try in my Reader's Game!
I will give away a PDF copy of The Companion of Lady Holmeshire; please comment below to be entered into the drawing prior to the book's launch on July 15th. Be sure to leave contact information or check back for the winner's information on that date. Best wishes!