Today I have the pleasure to welcome author Danelle Harmon to the blog! You’ve been away from the publishing world for a while, what lead you to that decision to take a break from writing?
It wasn’t at all a conscious decision, though I’d been suffering increasingly with burnout after producing ten books in as many years. I’d been a bit frustrated with my career path for some time, and was starting to feel rather restless by the time
I was finishing up WICKED AT HEART, and as my husband and I were also expecting out first child at the time, I decided to take a short “maternity break” to not only enjoy my child, but to refresh my batteries while I decided what I wanted to do next. Life, however, has a way of throwing curve balls at one’s best intentions, and in my case, my father died unexpectedly shortly after WICKED AT HEART was released. His death really knocked the stuffing out of me. That, and the subsequent events that followed — the decision to sell our house near the ocean in order to move back into my childhood farmyard home, the adjustments to becoming a parent, the death of my beloved dog, Roscoe, and overwhelming grief for my dad pretty much drove any hope or ability to write from me. Eventually the batteries grew cold, and I just plain moved on to other things.
And you’ll be soon releasing your backlist as ebooks, that’s so exciting! It’s the perfect opportunity for new readers to catch up on your series.
Actually, I’ve already begun to do so: the four books of my de Montforte Brothers series set in Georgian era England — in order, THE WILD ONE, THE BELOVED ONE, THE DEFIANT ONE, and THE WICKED ONE — are already available as e-books, and all have been on the Amazon.com bestseller lists for well over a month now, much to my surprise, excitement and joy! (Thank you to all who helped put them there!) I’ll steadily be releasing the other six books of my backlist over the coming months, so look for a new title every six or eight weeks.
Are you planning to release any unseen or new material with those novels?
My plan is to release all of my backlist before I put out anything new, but that could certainly change; I’ve got some ideas for a novella in the works, as well as a triology set in circa 1775 Boston.
What can you tell us about the book you’ve been working on, Nerissa and Perry’s story?
Ah, Nerissa and Perry! So many readers have written to me over the years, asking if they would get her own story… When we last saw Perry at the end of THE WICKED ONE, he was in pretty rough shape thanks to the gone-awry machinations of Nerissa’s meddling brother Lucien, the duke of Blackheath. Though we’re left to hope that he and Nerissa found their happily-ever-after, a closer look at what really happened to Perry while in that French gaol would suggest that he came out of the experience quite damaged in ways that went beyond physical. The man who presented himself to me, asking for his own book, is no longer the suave, poised earl we’ve gotten to know throughout the de Montforte series; this man is a mess. For him and Nerissa to find happiness together isn’t going to be as easy as it might’ve first appeared, especially as Lucien is well aware of Perry’s mental and emotional state and there’s NO way he’s going to let his little sister marry such a dangerous and unpredictable man.
How do you like your heroes and heroines to be?
I need to be constantly challenged when I write, so my heroes are all very different from each other, as are my heroines. If the heroes share one trait, it’s that they are all, essentially, Good Men. They may need redemption, but they are not jerks. They may need character growth, but they are never cruel. I love a good beta hero just as much as an alpha one, and I’ve written both.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
To be honest, I don’t read much in the way of romance, as I think it helps keep my own writing fresh, but some authors that I’ve recently read and very much liked include Candice Hern, Kate Cross, and Jennifer Jakes.
What can we expect next from you?
My next e-release, which will probably be available by the time you read this, is WICKED AT HEART, originally published in 1996. This was the book that my editor thought was “the best thing I had ever written” (I think she still thinks that!) and it’s a dark, emotionally intense “beauty and the beast” tale set in 1813 England. It’s no Regency, though, but the story of an angry, difficult, aristocratic naval captain who finds himself demoted to the rank of prison hulk commander after killing his admiral’s son in a duel; he meets his match in Lady Gwyneth Evans Simms, who’s out to reform both the prison ships — and him. He’s got plenty of problems besides her, though: he has panic attacks, is contemptuous of authority, and suffers from a terrible, terrible past. Without doubt he’s the darkest hero I have ever worked with, but oh, he’s delicious!
How would you define “romance” and in your opinion, what makes a romance novel a great love story?
Romance, to me, is — quite simply — a love story, one that makes the reader smile and sigh and hold the book close to her heart for a few minutes once the last page is read. A great love story is all this and more: a book with characters that you love and root for, and who emerge at the end as stronger, more complete people than what they were at the beginning.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! Please feel free to leave a questions for the readers if you’d like!
Okay, I do have one! Who’s your favorite of the de Montforte brothers, and why? If you tell me who yours is, I’ll tell you mine. ☺ (Pssst — it’s not who you think it is!)
I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all of you who have drpped by to visit me here today, and who have taken the time to buy and read my books. I just love hearing from you! Don’t forget to stop by my website to vote for your favorite hero, or “like” me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter or my blog to be kept up-to-date on news and new releases! Have a wonderful summer; it’s been a pleasure and an honor to be here today!
The de Montforte Brothers series
by Danelle Harmon
“The bluest of blood, the boldest of hearts; the de Montforte brothers will take your breath away.”
England, 1776: Lord Gareth de Montforte is known as an irresponsible rake with a heart of gold. When he takes a bullet for boldly thwarting a stagecoach robbery, he is stunned to discover that the beautiful young woman he has heroically rescued, Juliet Paige, is his deceased brother’s American fiancée, accompanied by her infant daughter. Despite his brother the duke’s refusal to acknowledge Juliet, Gareth is determined to do right by the courageous woman who crossed an ocean to give her baby her rightful name. But Juliet is wary of marrying this black sheep aristocrat, even while she is hopelessly charmed by the dashing devil. Never has she met anyone who embraces life so thoroughly, who makes her laugh, who loves her so well. And, even when it seems the odds are against them, Juliet has absolute faith that Gareth will go beyond the call of duty, risking his life itself to give her and her daughter a home — and a love that will last a lifetime.
You can currently get the first book in the series, “The Wild One” for only $0.99!
Multi-award winning and critically acclaimed author Danelle Harmon is the author of ten books, previously published in print and distributed in many languages throughout the world. A Massachusetts native, she married her English husband while living in the United Kingdom, and both now make their home in Massachusetts with their daughter Emma and numerous animals including four dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and a flock of pet chickens.
“Just what on earth are you doing, Lord Gareth?”
The way she said it made his cheeks warm with embarrassment. So he was a pillock. Who cared? Instead, he gave her his most devastating grin and said with cheerful earnestness, “Why, I have come to rescue you, of course.”
“Surely you didn’t think I’d allow Lucien to banish you into obscurity, now, did you?”
“Well, I - The duke didn’t ban-” She gave a disbelieving little laugh and leaned out the window, grasping the blanket tightly at her breasts. Her hair, caught in a long, dark braid, swung tantalizingly out over her bosom. “Really, Lord Gareth. This is … highly irregular!”
“Yes, but the hour is late, and as it took me all day to find you, I was feeling rather impatient. I do hope you’ll forgive me for resorting to such desperate measures. May I come in and talk?”
“Of course not! I – I cannot have a man in my bedroom!”
“Why not, my sweet?” He pushed aside a small, leafy twig in order to see her better and grinned cajolingly up at her. “I had you in mine.”
She shook her head, torn between what she wanted to do – and what she ought to do. “Really, Lord Gareth … your brother will never approve of this. You should go home. After all, you’re the son of a duke and I’m just a — “
” — beautiful young woman with nowhere else to go. A beautiful young woman who should be a part of my family. Now, do collect Charlotte and your things, Miss Paige – I fear we must make haste, if we are to marry before Lucien catches up to us.”
“Marry?!” she cried, forgetting to whisper.
He gazed at her in blank, perfect innocence. “Well, yes, of course,” he said, clinging to the branch as it dropped another few inches. ”Surely you don’t think I’d be hanging out of a tree for anything less, do you?”
A timeless love story! Danelle is such a talented author that you’ll find yourself crying, laughing and smile while turning pages. It’s so fluid and emotional but at the same time isn’t a heavy reading experience. You’ll feel like these characters are a part of your family, since you’ll empathize and get to know them so well. You’ll be charmed by de Montfortes!
I received The Wild One from the author in exchange for an honest review.
INT- Ends August 3rd
Danelle will be awarding a digital copy of book two, “The Beloved One” to one randomly drawn commenter at every stop and a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour! What are you waiting for? Hit the comments and answer her question! You can follow The de Montforte Brothers tour here!
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