After She Became A Lady by Wareeze Woodson Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense
Laurel Collingsworth, seventeen and deeply in love, expects to marry her hero and live in wedded bliss forever after. Instead, with the ink barely dry on the marriage lines, Lord Robert Laningham is called away to Spain and the war. With a heavy heart, she sends her husband off with a kiss and a prayer for his safe return.
Now alone in her new role of Lady Laningham, she faces a series of terrifying events, shadowy intruders, missing jewelry, and mysterious footfalls in the night. Added to her alarms, she must fight her hostile sister-in-law for the reins of her husband’s establishment.
When Lord Robert Laningham returns, can she convince him danger stalks the halls of the ancient mansion? In his wounded state, will he listen, or must she protect her child, her recovering husband, and her household by herself?
Laurel heard a scream coming from the parlor. She took to her heels and raced down the hall and halted in the doorway. “What ever is amiss?”
Laurel’s heart skipped half a beat and sank to her toes. She fought to find her voice. “Robert. What about Robert? He’s not--.” She couldn’t bring herself to finish the question.
Rhonda sat up. “He’s been wounded. Lieutenant Banfield is bringing him home to me.”
Laurel’s heart began to beat again, now striking hard and heavy. She entered the parlor and stammered, “Thank God he isn’t dead!”
With tear drenched eyes, Rhonda looked up. “He’s gravely injured. Adron wrote thinking to lessen the shock beforehand.”
Why hadn’t Lord Gladrey written to her as well? Simple courtesy demanded such a consideration. Laurel’s trembling legs would no longer support her and she sank into a chair. Her lungs seemed to have collapsed before she gulped in deep breaths. Shaking her head to clear the faintness, she whispered, “He’s coming home.”
Rhonda bounded up from the sofa. “He’ll be here in a trice.”
Before her sister-in-law fled out the door, Laurel stopped her. “When is he coming?”
“In a few days. I must prepare for his arrival. The back parlor must be rendered habitable for a wounded man.”
Laurel stood the better to face her sister-in-law. “I realize you are filled with anticipation. I am as well, but I shall see to the arrangements necessary for my husband.”
“You want to take credit for serving him. You know nothing. You shall never take my place.”
“Calm yourself Rhonda. I have no desire to take your place. You’re his beloved sister—his twin, near and dear to his heart. I freely accept you in that position. I am his wife—his mate, the mother of his child, and I wish you could accept me in that place as well.”
“You are impossible.” Rhonda stormed from the room.
I write historical romance fiction novels set in the 1800s forward with a twist of suspense. All of my characters and stories that are portrayed in my books are fictitious. I am a native of Texas, but I have traveled through out America and beyond. As a dreamer, I love to visit new places where I can imagine a heroine meeting a hero in a special way. I'm an avid reader of (all sorts) and I love to write.
I married my high school sweat-heart and after having raised three sons plus one daughter, our love for each other remains unshaken. Now we enjoy our eight grandchildren. We can send them home, but we're always happy for their return.
Outside of my family activities, I sing with the Silver Belles at my church and hate to miss even one practice. The local chapter of RWA is also at the top of my list of pleasures. It keeps me grounded with craft and connected with other writers.
Most of all, I enjoy going fishing with my husband. Give me a pole and leave me alone to bask in the sun, listening to water gurgle along the riverbanks while allowing my mind to float away to some distance place. Ah! Perfect.
Thank you for sharing your valuable time with me today. Allow me to introduce myself. My pen name is Wareeze Woodson. I write historical romance with a twist of suspense both Regency and Victorian. Perhaps as readers, you would enjoy a glimpse behind the curtain of writing a novel.
Inspiration for writing my book
I would say there are several factors at work when contemplating writing a book. First thing, decide what genre you like the best. What genre do you read?
Personally, I like historical settings, with knights in castles before coping with more modern times such as the Regency period flowing into the next century. All historical romance is perfect for me. Although I like sys-fi and fantasy as long as those stories are filled with romance, I prefer make-believe without vampires, fairies and such to draw me into a story.
America has cowboys and Indians (which I adore) while England has its own story of Dukes, Viscounts, even Earls in the Ton along with colorful link boys and street urchins. The proper ladies and young misses along with tea and crumpets intrigue me. I rather like the gowns, the mannerisms of polite society when I read. I love to enter another century along with another country as well. Thus, After She Became a Lady.
Certainly it isn’t that simple. I wanted a heroine that would stand for her child, no matter what, loyal and caring. A heroine placed in a situation where she would find it necessary to use all within her to accomplish her goals to protect and nurture her child. Many women had to use cunning and courage to even survive.
In After She Became a Lady the heroine uses her brain to outwit criminals, to recognize the true worth of the hero in spite of his great flaws, her courage to face the hero down along with outwitting the killer and her caring to win the man of her heart while she protects her child. Lady Laurel Laningham is just such a heroine. Even with her faults, she is the perfect heroine for After She Became a Lady. That is what I aimed for, and I found it, my inspiration.
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