Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Guest Post and Giveawaywith Maureen Driscoll: Why Regency Romance?

Please help me welcome author Maureen Driscoll to A Buckeye Girl Reads!

First of all, thank you so much for letting me be here today.  I really appreciate it.
I love writing romance novels for the same reason I love reading them – sometimes you need a happy ending.  I’ve always been a hopeless romantic.  My imaginary boyfriends have far outnumbered my real ones.  And, quite frankly, my imaginary boyfriends sent me flowers a lot more often.

I write Regency-ish romance.  My first book, NEVER A MISTRESS, NO LONGER A MAID, starts off at the Battle of Waterloo, but then quickly jumps to 1822, which is when the next five books in the series take place.  I say they’re Regency-ish because they’re a bit light on history and quite heavy on the rather explicit romance.  So the amount of sex is definitely not realistic.  But there’s something about that era that’s a lot more romantic to me than the current day, which is why I set my books in that period.

It’s not just the clothes, although I’ve always loved playing dress up.  It’s the idea that a woman letting down her hair could be incredibly erotic.  That a glimpse of an ankle could be more tantalizing than anything a Kardashian could show.

At the same time, I would find it very difficult to live in a world that didn’t let women reach their potential, which is one of the reasons I love writing stories where women break the rules.  In my first book, the heroine, Jane, works as the de facto surgeon in her village.  In NEVER MISS A CHANCE, Lizzie writes treatises about the rights of women, despite being a duke’s sister.  In NEVER WAGER AGAINST LOVE, Vanessa works for the Home Office as a spy.  In NEVER RUN FROM LOVE, Melanie helps London prostitutes find new homes in America and in NEVER DENY YOUR HEART, Rosalind refuses to marry a man she does not love.  Which was just as unconventional as the others, and took a great deal of courage.

But despite my heroines’ strength and independence, there’s nothing like a guy wanting to protect them.  Not rescue them, but let them know he’ll be there no matter what.
I’ve been divorced for 16 years.  And I’ve learned to appreciate my friends, my career and my own company much more than I ever did when I was married.  I can go to parties alone, make major purchasing decision, kill the occasional spider.  All the things I used to have my husband do.   But a couple weeks ago I had to go to a funeral back in my hometown of Helena, Montana.  It was a really tough weekend.  And while I was surrounded by family, I realized how much I missed having a soul mate by my side.  I got through everything fine.  But I knew what I was missing. 
And that’s what I’d like my heroes to be in my books.  The hero isn’t necessary for the heroine’s survival, but he makes her life better.  And she knows when he’s not there.  She misses him.

What do you think a good hero brings to a love story?  What does your personal hero do for you?
Thank you for hosting me.  Happy reading.

Maureen Driscoll is an Emmy-nominated writer/producer living in Los Angeles.  She’s written for several shows, including THE DISH on the Style Network, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE and BRAINSURGE on Nickelodeon.  Before moving to Los Angeles, she worked on Capitol Hill.  She’s the author of six novels and is currently working on the last book in the Kellington series of Regency romances.


Maureen is giving away one copy of Never A Mistress, No Longer A Maid to one lucky reader! Please be aware that this is only available in kindle format.  To enter the giveaway, just leave your email address or twitter name in the comments below and answer the question What do you think a good hero brings to a love story?  What does your personal hero do for you? The giveaway is open until 11:00pm May 9, 2013. 

Caught behind enemy lines at the Battle of Waterloo, nurse Jane Wetherby is forced to seek shelter with British operative Lord Edward Kellington. After a night of passion, the two are separated. With nothing but the alias Jane used to protect her family, Lord Edward is unable to find the woman he cannot forget. Seven years later, Jane courts scandal by serving as the unofficial surgeon in the village of Marston Vale. When Edward arrives to formalize his betrothal to a viscount's daughter in accordance with his late father's wishes, Jane has no choice but to watch the match proceed. When a threat from the past emerges, Jane must join forces with Edward to safeguard her loved ones. But at what risk to her heart?