*** UPDATE: THE WINNER OF THE EBOOK
COPY OF LOVE REVEALED IS:
Love Redeemed (Book 2, The Market Series)
by Sorcha Mowbray
Brennan Whitling wants for nothing but the love of a good woman. He has a close family, good friends, and a successful textiles import business. But, a beautiful and elusive young woman he has only seen from afar haunts him. Until a chance meeting leads to far more than dinner.
Serena Freemont has only ever known the life of a prostitute. When an invitation to dinner by a handsome gentleman provides her an opportunity to experience life as a young lady, it’s too tempting to pass up. Much like the man issuing it. After a night of passion she must disappear or face his reaction when the truth is revealed.
To find happiness Serena must shed her past long enough to realize she is worthy of a future. To win her heart, Brennan must show her the redemptive power of love.
“Are you all right, Miss?”
For a moment, for this moment, she was a normal young woman experiencing the attentions of a handsome young man. Heat crept up her cheeks as he held her hatbox out, and the burning had nothing to do with the sun. “I-I— Yes, I am. Thank you.” His blue-gray eyes seemed to bore into her.
“I am so glad. I was sure you were a goner there for a moment.” He flashed a brilliant grin liquefying Serena’s insides instantly. “Please let me introduce myself. I’m Mr. Brennan Whitling of Whitling Textiles Importers and Wholesalers.”
“How do you do, Mr. Whitling?” Serena allowed her lips to curve up ever so slightly. “I am Miss Serena Freemont.”
“It is a pleasure. Might I interest you and your”—he glanced around the bustling street as his grin faded in confusion— “chaperone in a cup of tea?”
A wave of horror swept over Serena. Chaperone? Harlots did not require one of those. “Oh, Aunt Henrietta is in the bookstore, and I fear she will be in there a very long time. I am certain she won’t notice if we slip off for a quick spot of tea.”
“Excellent! There is a lovely little shop just up the street.” A beautiful smile spread across his face, causing her pulse to quicken.
He escorted her up the block where they stopped at a quaint little teashop. They settled in at a table and ordered a pot of tea.
“What has you on Bond Street today, Mr. Whitling?” They sat in semi privacy at the back of the shop.
“Oh, I was visiting some of my customers and taking new orders. I am very glad I was there to help you, and by virtue of said assistance make your acquaintance.” Did his already deep voice grow huskier? Their tea service arrived, dispelling the moment.
“As am I. Landing on my backside in the middle of the street would have been rather embarrassing. But in truth, thank you for your assistance today, and now the tea.” She lifted her freshly prepared cup to her lips and took a dainty sip from the delicate china. Through lowered lashes, she watched his graceful movements as he prepared his own.
“It is my pleasure on both accounts. You seem familiar to me. Have we met somewhere before? A ball perhaps?”
Gotta have it? You’ll be able to buy it from Decadent Publishing on Nov 27th!
If you missed my previous interview with Sorcha, you may want to read it first for some background and to see where some of these follow up questions came from. Don’t worry, we’ll wait for you to read it and then come back…
So, now that you’re all caught up, let’s put Sorcha back in the hot seat and grill her with some new questions!
1. Last time you visited, you mentioned you had a minor in history in college and that you loved doing research. What are some of your favorite research resources?
I don’t really have particular books I go to all the time. I use the web A LOT mostly because it’s so handy.
2. What’s the strangest question you’ve had to get answered in the name of research?
Oh definitely the questions about sex toys. It’s fascinating to consider how long they’ve been around and in use. Our modern civilization does not have the corner on the kinky market. LOL! For the series I needed to use a dildo and well, frankly some of the materials used in early dildos was downright terrifying. For example wood. All I can imagine when I think of wooden dildos is a really awful splinter in the wrong place. *shudders*
3. Do you plan to make use of your discovery of the Victorian’s fascination with tattoos in your Market series?
No. Strangely, I have not tattooed any of my characters in this series. Maybe in a future book, if I write any more set at The Market, or in another Victorian era series.
4. Where did you get the idea for The Market as a high class bordello? What was the biggest challenge in accurately portraying life in such an establishment and still managing to write the story you wanted?
I needed a brothel and I love naming things in kind of obvious ways at times. It is rather like a meat market, and I just kind of went…oh! I like it! Also, I guess I like the idea of writing a story (or series of stories) that makes prostitutes more accessible as people. Yes, they sell their bodies for money, but they are people too. They have hopes and dreams, and long to fall in love just like anyone else.
5. You said before, your favorite type of hero was an alpha. How is the hero in Love Redeemed different from your typical alpha hero?
Oh, he came scary close to being beta. I remember at one point as I was writing it wondering who the hell this guy was and how did he wander into my damn story! Then his alpha tendencies came to light and I breathed a lot easier. I guess he’s a kinder gentler alpha than I am used to writing and liking. And that was hard to get used to. I kept reading the book and thinking, everyone is going to hate this story. Eventually I got to a place where I felt better about Brennan as my hero and so did Serena.
6. How would you describe your heroines? Do they have similar traits that drew you to them? Would they get along well together or would they dislike each other?
I don’t think they would dislike each other, but I am not sure they would get along famously either. Kat is rather bookish, and while Serena is intelligent she is more street smart. I mean, she likes a good book too, but not so scientifically oriented. I think all the heroines I write are strong women. Maybe not always in a blatant way, but every one has a core of steel that helps them survive all the things I do to them.
7. Do you find there are any recurring themes in your books that you seem to keep coming back to?
No. In fact, Love Redeemed (book two of The Market Series) was surprisingly different from Love Revealed (book one). And book three is different yet again. I guess the one common theme is that love really can conquer all, but that is such a broad theme and really, it generally applies to the whole genre of romance.
8. I have to ask, and I’m sure people out there want to know as well, will we get to read Madame Marchander’s book at some point?
Ha! Of course you will. She’s book three and it is with the publisher right now for review. I have to say she was something of a challenge to write, but I will save that conversation for later.
9. What next? More stories set around The Market or something new?
I’m actually working on a post-apocalyptic m/m/f/m romance. It’s in the super early stages…plotting, writing a scene or two to get a feel for everyone, etc. I also have a second short story in the One Night With A Cowboy series I hope to get edited and released in the next few months. But, I am not anticipating anymore Market books for now. Doesn’t mean forever, but I need a break from writing historical for a bit.
10. Are you excited about reading an excerpt at the Lady Jane’s Salon San Diego in November?
I am! I always love to share my work with readers, and to have the opportunity to do it in person is pretty awesome. Let’s just hope I don’t blush too much as I read. I’m actually pretty shy about reading the sexy parts. I suppose I’ll get better at it as I do it more often. LOL!
Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day… okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.
She is a long time lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!
At each stop of the blog tour, Sorcha will give away a copy of Love Revealed (Book 1 of the series). At the end of the 11 day tour, a grand prize of a $25 All Romance eBooks (ARe) store gift card and one copy of her back list will be given away to one lucky winner.
Rules (Cause you know there have to be rules!)
1. Winners of the individual blog stops will not be eligible to win the grand prize
2. One comment per stop will be eligible for the drawings (so be sure to answer my questions!)
3. The contest is open internationally
4. Commenters must include a valid email so they can be contacted (Just in the form is fine, don’t have to share with the world!)
5. Any prize not claimed within 48 hrs will be subject to forfeiture and a new winner drawn
YOUR TURN: Sorcha asks, “Do you prefer alpha heroes, beta heroes, or some combination thereof?”