Happy (nearly) New Year Ladies and Gentlemen! May 2013 find you and your families in good health and good sprits. I, myself, have spent the last week a bit under the weather but realized about halfway through my bout of illness that sleeping, reading, and eating was actually a fantastic vacation after all. I quickly got over my melancholia at being bedridden.
Tomorrow is a big day for me! My first ever novella, A SECRET PROPOSAL, will be released on 1/1/13 by St. Martin’s Press and I’m so excited to share this story with everyone. It’s the tale of Amelia Templeton. Amelia was introduced as a minor character in my debut novel, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, and in the novella, you finally get to find out what happened to her.
Amelia’s story is set against the backdrop of a Regency-era boxing saloon. I did a bit of research on the sport to ensure that my premise was sound. The Regency did, in fact, have a great love of pugilism and pugilists, the most famous of the lot being John Jackson or “Gentleman Jack.” He owned and operated a boxing school of sorts from rented rooms on Bond Street and this is the inspiration for the boxing saloon operated by the hero of A SECRET PROPOSAL, Thaddeus Hammond.
Thad, like all good heroes (sigh) is tortured by his past, a past in which he was unable to physically best a man who killed his closest friend. Thad has spent the past three years becoming the best boxer in London, opening a saloon, and teaching the sport to others.
But his day of reckoning is coming when his best friend’s sister, Miss Amelia Templeton, comes looking for him to make a secret proposal. The night her brother died, Thad promised her that he would do ANYTHING for her. So, imagine his surprise when Amelia asks him to spend the night with her to help her get over her fear of a wedding night brought on by her having read Lily Morgan’s scandalous pamphlet, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT.
This was such a fun story to write as I not only got to delve into the world of Regency boxing, but I also got to bring a pair of former friends together to become lovers. Reunion stories are my favorites!
There are a few appearances by some of the main characters from my Secret Brides series including Annie, Jordan, Lily, and Devon and hijinx ensue when Lily ends up helping her former rival, Miss Templeton, finally get her man!
I hope you enjoy this reading story as much as I enjoyed writing it!
A SECRET PROPOSAL
After reading a scandalous pamphlet entitled SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, Miss Amelia Templeton cried off from her engagement. But her mother is set on seeing her daughter land a peer before the end of the Season. Amelia will do her duty. This time she has a list of the oldest, and most titled men in the ton who are looking for a wife. She’ll marry one of them. But first she needs to get over her fear of a wedding night.She enlists the help of Mr. Thaddeus Hammond, a mere mister who is riddled with scandal, but worse, he’s her dead brother’s closest friend. Thad has never told the story of what happened the night Amelia’s brother died, but he did make her a promise. She issues him a scandalous proposal: spend the night with her to show her the real secrets of a wedding night.
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So, tell me, dear reader, what is your favorite historical romance novel with a boxer in it? One lucky commenter will win a copy of A SECRET PROPOSAL (e-novella). Void where prohibited.
Valerie Bowman writes Racy Regency Romps with a focus on sharp dialogue, engaging storylines, and heroines who take matters into their own hands! Publishers Weekly calls Secrets of a Wedding Night, an “enchanting, engaging debut that will have readers seeking future installments” and Romantic Times Book Reviews says, “This fast-paced, charming debut, sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters, marks Bowman for stardom.” Booklist gave it a starred review! You can find Valerie on the web at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
Secrets of a Wedding Night was nominated by RT Book Reviews as the Best Debut Historical Romance Novel of 2012!