Today we learn five secrets from Jennifer Delamere whom I first met through Scriptscene, RWA's screenwriting chapter. At about that same time Jennifer got a multibook contract and her screenwriting took a back seat...for the moment, she says, about ready to dive back into screenplay waters.
Please welcome Jennifer.
Bio: A history fan, travel lover, and outdoor enthusiast, Jennifer Delamere writes sweet historical romance with plenty of joy and sizzle. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was a finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA® award. Her follow-up novel, A Lady Most Lovely, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Jennifer loves reading histories, biographies, and travelogues, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books. For more information about Jennifer’s books, blog, and mailing list, visit www.jenniferdelamere.com.
Hi Jennifer, please tell us Five Secrets we may not know about A Bride for the Season or you, but will after today!
Leslie, thank you so much for having me on your blog! I’m ready to spill the beans on my latest literary adventure.
1) The hero, James Simpson, shares the same first name and birthday (the date is actually mentioned in the book) as my husband. However, his looks are modeled after one of my very first crushes. That’s because I’d already used my husband as the model for Geoffrey Somerville, the hero of my first novel, An Heiress at Heart!
2) When the heroine, Lucinda Cardington, made her first appearance as a minor character in An Heiress at Heart, it was supposed to be a brief, “walk-on” role only. But I ended up liking her so much, I decided to give her a starring part in her own romance.
3) My working title for this book was “Portrait of an Heiress.” That’s because James and Lucinda both have an interest in photography—which at the time the book is set (1853) was only about a decade old. But there is a deeper meaning as well—it’s also about how love can change the way you see a person. How you fall in love with their true, inner beauty, rather than merely the outward appearance.
4) The book’s current title also has two meanings: it refers to both the
“season” and the Christmas season. At one point, Lucinda finds herself in a critical
situation where she must find a
husband before Christmas.
5) This is the most lighthearted of my three books. I also included several humorous lines of dialogue that are actually private jokes among family or friends. I won’t tell you which ones, though. You’ll just have to read the book and try to guess for yourself! (Feel free to email your guesses to me via the contact form on my website. If you are right, I’ll send you a prize!)
Lucinda Cardington doesn’t care that she is close to being “on the shelf.” She has more serious pursuits in mind and is perfectly content to leave dreams of romance to silly young ladies like her sister. Yet when her sister places herself in a compromising situation with
most scandalous bachelor, the entire family’s reputation comes perilously close
to ruin. Suddenly Lucinda is in the limelight…and in need of a husband.
James Simpson’s rakish ways have finally caught up with him. Snared in a scandal that for once is not his doing, he is forced to do the honorable thing and offer marriage to the lady. But her father won’t agree to a dowry unless James can also find a suitable husband for the lady’s elder sister—quiet, reserved Lucinda Cardington. As James gets to know the vibrant, charming, and passionate woman behind Lucinda’s shy exterior, he comes to the distressing realization that he doesn’t want her in anyone’s arms but his own…