Genre: Historical Romance/Regency/Christmas
Synopsis: His Housekeeper’s Christmas Wish – Resolute bachelor Alexander Tempest, Viscount Weybourn, accidentally collided with penniless, curvy Tess Ellery on the icy streets of Ghent but he did his indolent best to make amends. But Tess is left stranded, so Alex is honour-bound to take her home…as his housekeeper! And, despite his long-held rule of spending Christmas alone, Tess’s warmth soon has this brooding Lord determined to make all her wishes come true!
His Christmas Countess – Grant Rivers, Earl of Allundale, is desperate to get home to his son in time for Christmas. But when he stumbles upon a gentlewoman all alone in a tumbledown shack, having a baby, it’s his duty to help her. Grant knows all too well the risks of childbirth and, once he’s saved her life, he is determined to save Kate’s reputation too…if she will consent to marrying a stranger on Christmas Day!
CH: Today’s Guest Author is International Author, Louise Allen. Writing the Regency is her passion. She finds it an endlessly fascinating era full of contrast and change, danger and elegance, luxury and squalor. Welcome to my blog, Louise.
CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read these Christmas Regency novels.
LA: In very different ways these two novels have a message of warmth and hope that I think is very right for the Christmas season.
CH: Your scandalously witty regency romances deal with the realities of life and love. So, how did you come up with the premise for these Christmas stories?
LA: These are two of a series of four novels loosely linked by the four heroes, who are friends. The stories grew out of the heroes’ very different characters and needs.
CH: Since your specialty is regency romance, did you have to do any special research to write these romantic and passionate novels?
LA: I write almost exclusively in this period, so the general information was at my fingertips. But I did have to research the town of Bruges in Belgium and the landscape of the Scottish Borderlands.
CH: Since you write about England’s elite, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
LA: I try and make the situations and issues develop from the characters themselves and I hope that they are believable in the setting of the early 19th century.
CH: This Christmas book is unique in that it is two books in one. Why did you decide to put two books in one?
LA: This was the decision of my publishers, Harlequin Mills & Boon. The two novels are also available separately.
CH: Your books seem to offer much more than just romance. What else do they offer readers?
LA: I also aim to have an undercurrent of humour in all of my books—and also passion! I do try very hard to make certain that my historical details are correct.
CH: Which character was hardest to write?
LA: Alex Tempest, Viscount Weybourne, in His Housekeeper’s Christmas Wish, was a puzzle because he is commitment-shy and hides behind a façade of caring for nothing. Both the heroine and I had to dig deep to find the ‘real’ Alex.
CH: Which character was your favorite to write?
LA: Kate Harding in His Christmas Countess. Kate has been abandoned by her lover, is giving birth in a really dangerous situation and then finds her life turned upside down by her rescuer. I enjoyed writing such a strong, brave woman.
CH: Which character was hardest to develop?
LA: Grant Rivers, the man who rescues Kate. He has a dark secret in his past and it was challenging to explore how he was going to get past that—it took two Christmases for this story to work its way to a happy ending!
CH: Which book was easier to write?
LA: They both had challenges and places where I couldn’t see the way ahead and they both had parts that flowed easily, so I can’t say which was easier.
CH: Which book is your favorite?
LA: I don’t think I can choose one—they are very different stories and I enjoyed writing both very much—I hope that comes through to the reader. The book that one is writing at the moment is always an author’s favourite!
CH: Yes, that is so true. Is there a message in either novel that you want the readers to grasp?
LA: That however dark things seem, there is always hope if you give love a chance.
CH: What is your favorite Christmas romance book? And why?
LA: I honestly don’t think I can pick one! There are so many heart-warming seasonal stories.
CH: I must agree. There are several loveable Christmas stories. Can you tell us a little about your writing journey?
LA: I’ve been writing for a long time, it seems! I am working on my 58th novel for Harlequin Mills & Boon, but I have also written several historical non-fiction books based on my researches and I write historical romantic mysteries and Regency romantic time-slip novels independently. I would describe my journey as one of learning both my craft and what I enjoy writing and will find a challenge.
CH: You are a talented and experienced author. Are there any authors that provide inspiration for your writing?
LA: Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen gave me my love of the Regency period and I think almost any Regency romance author will tell you the same. There are several current authors whose work I admire, but I think we each have to find our own path and our own style.
CH: What is your next writing project?
LA: My current ‘work in progress’ is a novel for Harlequin Mills & Boon. The heroine owns a vineyard in Portugal making port wine and I researched that in the Douro Valley on a wonderful river trip. There is no title yet, but it should be out next year.
CH: Do you have a blog?
LA: Yes, I blog about the Regency period at http://janeaustenslondon.com
CH: How to find Louise Allen:
- Louise’s Website: www.louiseallenregency.com
- Louise’s Amazon Page: http://tiny.cc/m2tsoy
- Louise’s Author Page: http://tiny.cc/g3tsoy
CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?
LA: The 2-in-1 volume, A Candlelit Regency Christmas is available as an ebook or a paperback in the UK only (Mills & Boon website www.millsandboon.co.uk) or www.Amazon.co.uk
Both titles are available separately as ebooks on Amazon and www.amazon.co.uk. There are buy-links to all my books on my website.
CH: Any closing remarks?
LA: Cheryl, thank you very much for the opportunity to be a guest on your blog—and a very happy Christmas to you and all of your readers.
CH: Thank you so much, Louise Allen, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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