Please welcome author Catherine Hemmerling, who is here with her new historical romance from Entangled Scandalous.
Catherine Hemmerling: Pursuing the Dream
So, I was 41 when my first book was published. My family will tell you that I was creating stories from pretty much the time could comprehend language, all through my childhood, teens, young adult years, and so on. So why did it take so long to get published? Well, life got in the way initially. That whole working for a living thing sure does eat into your creative writing time, don’t you think? Besides, my day job WAS writing. Technical writing. After a full day of that, my creativity was fairly sucked dry.
The other issue was what I was writing. I originally tried a semi-biographical story for young adults. I had a particularly rocky childhood and I firmly believed if I wrote a story about living through such a childhood, it might help others going through the same thing. I found, however, that writing my story was too depressing and I could never get through a chapter without have to stop and begin consuming many quarts of ice cream. Therefore, I came to the conclusion that fiction was more my thing.
But I will still in the YA frame of mind. And ghost stories. I really liked the idea of writing a YA, uplifting, ghost is the hero, novel. I had a whole outline and title for this one. But still, I couldn’t seem to finish the story. It was so frustrating that I stopped trying for a while. For a long while.
Then one day, after reading yet another historical romance novel, I was hit with an idea. THE idea. A series of books about extraordinary young women in a day and age that I felt could embrace special females even when it was against the norm. Funny, charming, unique women who helped people who couldn’t help themselves. Once I had the idea, it wouldn’t go away.
I began dreaming about it and then researching the time period in question during my lunch hour. Then creating character outlines during my breaks, in the bathroom, while cooking dinner. Then I sat down and started to write and I couldn’t stop. And I didn’t stop until I had three books completed, and forth started, and a fifth just waiting in the wings.
It was a complete shock when an agent asked to represent me and truly a dream come true when a publisher picked up the series. It was 40-some years in the making … but an author was born. It can happen to you too. Never give up on your dreams.
Romancing His English Rose
Rose Warren and Simon Trumbull may have been betrothed since birth, but that doesn’t mean they have to like each other. Rose is sure the notorious playboy Simon will never willingly settle down, and Simon, well… he agrees. Never one to be forced into anything, he’d rather drink and gamble with his mates than spend time with the bookish, bespectacled Rose.
When the two are thrown together to investigate a potential poisoning mystery, neither expects the sparks that fly. Simon discovers that Rose is, in face, a brilliant sleuth and – even better – hides a delectable body beneath her flowing skirts. Suddenly, falling into bed may be the best idea either has heard, but can Simon convince Rose his romancing is forever?
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“Ah, yes…” Simon said haltingly, unable to believe that Lady Lancaster had suggested he dance with Rose. Usually when he poured on his charm, the older ladies did everything in their power to keep the young impressionable girls away from him. Of course, he was engaged to Rose, so perhaps that accounted for the woman’s unusual decision.
Turning to Rose, Simon saw that she too was surprised by the dowager’s recommendation. She also appeared displeased by it. Most young ladies fawned over him and when he asked one to dance, they would practically swoon with delight. But Rose seemed almost disgusted by the idea.
Pride pricked, Simon came to a decision. This dance would be the best Rose had ever experienced—one she would never forget.
Pulling himself up straight and tall, Simon adopted the most sincere mien he could and asked, “Rose, may I have this dance?”
Rose nodded and accepted Simon’s arm and together they walked to the dance floor.
Soon they were moving gracefully around the ballroom floor…in complete silence. Rose was gazing absently over Simon’s shoulder and Simon was trying in vain to come up with something witty and interesting to say.
While deciding to impress Rose enough for her to never again regret having to dance with him, Simon took a moment to get a better look at his betrothed. Something was different about her tonight, but he just couldn’t put his finger on what.
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About Catherine Hemmerling
Catherine Hemmerling has been a technical writer in the software industry for nearly twenty years and has published many user manuals and technical documentation in that time. She has always had a love of writing fiction but has never pursued publication in that genre until now.
Hopefully it is the beginning of a long new journey with Lady Lancaster and the Garden Society girls. Certainly historical romance (especially the scandalous kind) is more fun than writing technical documents!
This author happily resides in Tehachapi, California (near Bakersfield – home of her Alma-mater!) with her family.
Catherine writes for Entangled Publishing’s Scandalous historical line and is thrilled to be part of their family of writers!
Catherine is offering a $25 gift card to one lucky reader, so head on over to the rafflecopter to enter to win that great prize!