Today, I’m thrilled to have Merry Farmer here on the blog, sharing a historical romance for less than a dollar!
Millie Horner considers herself the luckiest woman in the world. Saved from a life of prostitution in the Old West, she is determined to make a new life for herself across the ocean in Cornwall, England. But life below-stairs at Starcross Castle is filled with its own problems, specifically, the problem of making sure that none of her new friends discover the life she came from.
That challenge becomes even harder when she falls for handsome and ambitious footman, Owen Llewellyn….
Series Name: West Meets East
Genre: Victorian Romance
Heat level: One or two love scenes
$ USD – $ CAN – £ GBP
What was your inspiration for this story?
I’ve been writing historical western romance for a few years, but my heart has always longed to write romance set in the Late Victorian Era. Well, that time has finally come! But I wanted to lead into my new direction by taking characters from the beloved Wyoming town my readers already love and giving them new lives in England. I also wanted to explore the lives of the people who live downstairs in the great English houses. So while the lord of the manor is an important character in A New Life, it’s the maids and footmen, the housekeeper and the butler, and the world they inhabit that this story revolves around.
How much research do you do?
I’m a little bit of a history weirdo. Okay, a lot of a history weirdo. I majored in history not just once, but twice in college. And I read history books for fun. Like, last summer, I gorged on 7 thick books about the Victorian Era, the life of Queen Victoria herself, and coolest of all, the lives of the people who served in her household! That was a cool book! I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from that reading.
Who is your latest auto-buy historical romance author?
I just discovered Tessa Dare! Dude! Why had I never read anything by her before? I love how her characters are light and engaging, but still packed with deep, real emotion. She makes me laugh and cry at the same time.
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If you worked in an English country house as a servant, which job would you want? And which would you really, really not want?
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