December 12, 2012

Regency: Compromising the Marquess @wendysoliman #rlfblog

Wendy Soliman, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about Compromising the Marquess.
Genre: Regency Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 83,000 words
Heat Rating: Steamy
Tagline: A sparkling Regency in which a marquess finds his destiny in an impecunious siren with a beautiful voice and a scorching pen.
Leah Elliott and her sister Bethany remove to the south coast, where Leah makes a living by picking up tidbits of gossip for a scandal sheet about the local family of consequence, the Forsters. She erroneously reports that the marquess, Hal Forster, is about to marry a local lady. To make up for her mistake, Leah offers to act as Hal's paramour. In return he agrees to educate her in matters of romantic love, acting out scenes from Fanny Hill, a book which they have both read.
Leah discovers that Hal has a young Frenchman hidden on his boat, which makes her suspicious. During a grand ball at Forster Hall, the Frenchman kidnaps Leah, using her to lure Hal into a trap. Using her wits, Leah manages to warn the man she has fallen in love with that he's in deadly peril. Managing to overcome his foes, Hal concentrates on discovering the truth behind the fire that killed Leah's father and supposedly destroyed the rare books he so treasured. His efforts lead them both into more danger when they have a deadly confrontation with a scoundrel at an inn in the backstreets of London.
Has Leah led the man she loves into a trap from which he's unable to escape.
What are your main characters' names, ages and occupations?
My Hero, Hal Forster, is Marquess of Denby. Aged thirty, he not only carries out covert assignments for the government but also has responsibility for his three younger siblings.
At 21 Leah Elliott must support herself and her sister by whatever means she can. If that means writing gossip for a scurrilous scandal sheet then so be it.


How did you get your start in the industry?
I owe that to the wonderful British Romantic Novelists' Association. I joined when I started writing seriously and thanks to their New Writer's Scheme was able to find a home for my first five regencies with a small London publisher.
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
Just about everything! I think I made the mistake common to new writers and way overwrote the thing. Far too many adjectives and 'telling not showing'. I couldn't see it at the time, of course, but when I came to re-release the book with an e-publisher, I was able to put that right.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Wine helps – a lot! So too does chocolate and going for long solitary walks with my dog to clear my head and make sense of life.
Which statement is more like you?
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with wine.
I'm always ready for wine.
When I'm alone I drink wine.
You'd never be able to tell, but I love wine.
If I had a halo it would be tipsy.
If I could fly I could avoid airports for the rest of my life.
I can never relax because I've always got stories waiting to be told.

Previous Books

Lady Hartley's Inheritance
Duty's Destiny
The Social Outcast
The Carstairs' Conspiracy
A Bittersweet Proposal
A Reason to Rebel
Of Dukes and Deceptions
A Scandalous Proposition
The Perfect Impostor
A Class Apart
Silver Lining
The Name of the Game
Unfinished Business
Risky Business

Books Coming Soon

The Forsters # 2 – Beguiling the Barrister – Carina Press June 2013
The Forsters # 3 – Finessing the Contessa
Lethal Business – Carina Press – March 2013


I'm giving away a copy of Compromising the Marquess. Just leave a comment here, along with your contact details, telling me why you enjoy Regency romances. Good luck!

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  1. Congrats on your new release, Wendy. I find wine helps too :)
    I enjoy time traveling back in history without leaving my current day comforts behind!

  2. You make a good point, Shelley.

  3. Congratulations on this release. What I enjoy about Regency's is that I get a history lesson while reading a romance. I wasn't very interested in history when I was in high school and the Regency's make history much more interesting.

    Happy Holidays!


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