What is the working title of your book?
Heirs and Graces
Where did the idea come from for the book?
It's the novella-length sequel to my novel-in-editing, Searching for Julia. I found myself wondering who would inherit the estate and the title after Edward, and along came Rupert.
What genre does your book fall under?
It's part of a family saga, although there are also elements of an espionage story to it.
What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
Pre-Stonewall and the decriminalisation of homosexuality, a gay aristocrat finds himself marrying his brother's mistress in order to legitimise her unborn child and secure the line of inheritance.
Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
I have one publisher in mind for the novel-length books in the series. If they take those, then I'll have to discuss with them whether they also publish the shorter stories as eBooks, or whether I do that myself.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Just over two months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I've been told that some excerpts have a very James Bond feel, but then there's the added gayness.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
After an entire book of being shadowy and mysterious, I thought it was time Edward got to tell part of his own story.
What else about your book might interest the reader?
In spite of lying, cheating, and occasionally killing people, Edward honestly wants to do right by the people that matter to him, and he does love his son.
And, here, have an unedited excerpt:
Edward was in New York, when the baby was born. After reading the telegram, he celebrated by breaking open a box of Cuban cigars and ordering a crate of champagne: both to be shared with the prospective business partners he was wooing. He avoided telling them the exact nature of the occasion; it hardly fitted with the image he was trying to present to them.
He met his son for the first time two days later.
"Rupert, that's a good Peveril name. What d'you think, Connie?"
"It will do, I suppose." She held out her arms. "Now give him back, before you drop him."
Edward handed the child back with some reluctance. What sort of man did she take him for? True, he hadn't spent much time around children, but he'd spent plenty of seasons lambing as a boy. The principles regarding handling couldn't be that much different.
Much as the thought of actually loving the child hadn't crossed his mind before it hit him, he'd never expected to love the boy even more once he was born. Raymond was perfectly correct that any tie was a liability for him, but he couldn't give the boy up now. He would just have to find a safe place for both of them to live, where he could visit as often as possible.
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