Moving On…. It’s Hard

I fall in love every few months! Gasp, how fickle I hear you scream. Not really, as I’m a romance writer. I fall in love on a monthly or quarterly basis because that’s when I finish one book and move on to the next. A new book means a new hero. I can’t speak for other writers but I have to love my hero. Every single one of them!

A Whisper of Desire, book #4, Disgraced Lords series
A Whisper of Desire, book #4, Disgraced Lords series

I’ve just finished writing A WHISPER OF DESIRE book #4 in my Disgraced Lords series up for pre-order and releasing 1 December 2015. My hero, Maitland was a complicated man, with serious childhood issues to overcome, and I simply fell in love with his ability to rise above his upbringing and still be a man of honor with a heart big enough to love those around him.

Here’s the blurb:

Sensual heat melts the ice in the new Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, as a marriage of convenience leads to delightful pleasure—and mortal danger.

Lady Marisa Hawkestone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets.

Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.

Find the buy links on my website.

But now I’m writing Hadley’s story, A TASTE OF SEDUCTION, book #5 in the Disgraced Lords series. The transition between heroes can be difficult. I mark-valley-as-christopher-chance-the-human-targetknow Maitland really, really well but at the moment Hadley is only just revealing himself to me. For instance, I thought Hadley was a bit of a ‘pleaser’ by that I mean he tries too hard to be liked, but that’s not it at all.

As a young lad he accidentally burned his family’s huge manor house down almost bankrupting the family. It took everything they had to rebuild. Can you imagine the guilt of knowing you’ve brought your family to ruin? So, it’s not that he wants to please, but that he’s a man striving to atone for his sins. Sort of like Mark Valley’s character in Human Target.

I have to find something in my heroes to love, beside their good looks and rock hard, drool worthy bodies. I must admit I also love intelligent men. There is something sexy about a man who can stimulate not just your body but your mind too!

Sigh, it’s a tough life writing about hot men, but someone’s got to do it! Hadley’s blushing as I wax lyrical about his chiseled face and muscled body. However, as I dig under the surface he shows the world and his friends and family, I’m falling that little bit more in love with him. He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite heroes to write about… and ensure he gets his HEA.

If you’re a fellow author, what do you do to let go of one hero and move onto the next? If you’re a reader, do certain heroes linger with you and why?

Happy reading, Bron
Read. Feel. Fall In Love

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USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans (Bron to her friends) grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theater. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Being able to write her characters’ stories is never work, it’s a dream come true. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer. She writes both historical and contemporary, sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon Readers Crown Best Historical 2012 and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. Her long novella, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, was a Top 5 Finalist in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012 and the RomCon Readers Crown Best Historical 2013. Bron lives in New Zealand with her Cavoodle Brandy. When not ensconced in her study writing her characters’ thrilling journeys to their happy ever after, Bron can be found on the golf course.

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9 Responses

  1. ki pha

    Oh my gosh~ both these men are just …. Huggable! They need hugs! And cuddling.

    As a reader, some heroes do linger around longer than others. It really depends on the reader what makes a hero forever a keeper.

    For me it’s not always the same characteristics or background information that the hero has. It can be just about anything that’ll make them stand out to me to remember: their clumsiness, their angst, something heartwarming they did out of love, their friendship, etc….

    • Bronwen Evans

      Hi Ki
      I agree, I think it’s what makes them – well, them!

  2. Victoria Vane

    Love the post, Bron! And I couldn’t agree more. It’s always hard to let one story go and move on to the next, especially when you have so much emotionally invested in the characters.

  3. Alyssa Alexander

    Love these heroes! And I’m going to answer as both author and reader…I like the brooders that make me cry. Usually there’s something dark in their past. I find it’s the brooders that stick with me the most!

      • Maggi Andersen

        It is hard Bron, sometimes you want to stay with those characters a little longer. I love dark and brooding heroes too every since I read Jane Eyre.

    • Bronwen Evans

      I’m definitely an Alpha hero sort of girl too, but I have read some amazing beta males, I’m just not sure I can write them….

  4. Barbara Monajem

    Wow, Bron, your heroes sure face some challenges, don’t they? I don’t have any problem moving from one story to the next. I love the the old hero, but I’ve told his story, so it’s time to move on….