Hello everyone!! Ok, I believe I have mentioned once or twice that I love reading historical romances. I do. They are my favourite guilty pleasure. And whats better is that I have one of my favourite authors here today!! Vanessa Kelly!
MY SECRET IDENTITY
I’m so happy to be spending this lovely fall day with Sayde and her readers. Thanks for inviting me on, girlfriend!
I’d like to talk about secrets today because secrets seem to be a pretty big part of my writing life. In my latest Regency-set historical romance, My Favorite Countess, my heroine keeps lots of secrets, including hiding her true nature from most everyone she knows. To the world, Bathsheba is a beautiful but hard-hearted woman who cares for no one but herself. She does very little to dispel that impression as she sweeps through the ton, levelling people right and left with her scathing intellect and devastating wit. Trust me. If you get on Bathsheba’s bad side, you’ll be sorry!
Why the heck, you may ask, did I make this type of woman the heroine of my book? It’s because of her secrets. You see, Bathsheba first appeared as the villainess of my second book, Sex And The Single Earl, (this is Sayde, I so adore this book!!!) but even then the reasons for her rather nefarious actions seemed motivated by something more than greed or selfishness. As I went deeper into her character I discovered those motivations—she is fiercely loyal to her family, and is determined to protect them from hardship at all costs. Bathsheba suffered several tragedies when she was young, tragedies that made her responsible for the well-being of those who are not as strong as she. She’ll do what she has to in order to keep them safe, and the hell with what others might think of her.
Bathsheba has a lot of pride, too. So rather than beg for help or reveal the scandals in her past, she’s created a diamond-hard facade to protect herself and her family from the discovery of those secrets. Most people can’t see past her facade, but one man can. Yep. He’s my hero—the intelligent, noble-minded, and very sexy doctor, John Blackmore. As a man who has devoted his life to helping those in need, John is determined to get past Bathsheba’s secrets to find the woman within. Bathsheba, naturally, wants nothing of that, but John proves to be her Achilles’ heel. Their encounters are passionate and deeply felt and I loved writing about them.
Here’s another secret for you. I write my historical romances as Vanessa Kelly, but did you know I also write sexy contemporary romances with my husband under the pen name of V.K. Sykes? It’s a long story as to how this partnership came about, but let me just say that my hubby’s early retirement had something to do with it. There are few things more troublesome than a man underfoot with too much time on his hands, so I decided to put him to work. Thankfully, we’ve had lots of fun writing stories together so, in this case, having a secret identity has worked out very well.
Secret identities notwithstanding, there are a few elements I always insist on in my stories. I want them to be exciting, and star strong-willed, intelligent women and very sexy alpha males. You’ll find these types of characters in both My Favorite Countess, and in my latest V.K. Sykes book, Hardball. And, I’m happy to say, more than a few secrets to add some spice to the mix!
What about you, readers? Do you like books that contain lots of secrets? Do you crave heroes that are dark and mysterious, and drive the heroine crazy? And what about all those secret baby stories—love or hate? One person who comments will win a copy of My Favorite Countess, and another person will win a copy of Hardball.
Vanessa Kelly writes Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra, and has been named by Booklist as “one of the new stars of historical romance.” She recently won the Maggie Award for Best Historical Romance for her second book, Sex And The Single Earl. You can find her on the web at: www.vanessakellyauthor.com. You can find her secret identity on the web at: www.vksykes.com