…so, there I was, typing away at the latest work-in-progress
and I flick over to my emails to find one from the Romantic Novelists'
Association, telling me that Beneath the Major's Scars has been short-listed
for the 2013 Rona Rose Award!
Yippee!!! After winning the Rona Rose last year I am so
thrilled to think that it wasn't a lucky fluke, that the readers really do like
Even more thrilling - Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley will announce the winner on
26 February during a glittering reception in London – you can find more details
about the event and all the Romantic Novelists' Association's awards here
but here's the full short-list for the RoNA Rose Award:-
Fiona Harper, Always the Best Man
, Harlequin Mills & Boon Riva
Sarah Mallory, Beneath the Major's Scars,
Heidi Rice, The Good, the Bad and the Wild
, Harlequin Mills & Boon
Carol Townend, Betrothed to the Barbarian
, Harlequin Historical
Scarlet Wilson, West Wing to Maternity Wing
, Harlequin Mills &
Scarlet Wilson, Her Christmas Eve Diamond
, Harlequin Mills & Boon
I am familiar with all these authors (proud to say I am friends with some of them!) and love their books,
so it is such an honour to be up there with them, and for a book that is one of
my all time favourites.
The idea for Beneath
the Major's Scars began I was on holiday on Exmoor one September and I started
to day-dream about a scarred and damaged war hero who might choose to live in
an isolated house surrounded by these beautiful and dramatic moors. It wasn't a great leap then to think of the
young woman who was going to rescue my hero, Dominic, from his self-imposed
exile and show him that life was still worth living. I decided my heroine would
come from even further south, from Cornwall in fact and she would have scars of
her own that would need to heal.
I also wanted to introduce a brother for Dominic – an
identical twin who would show Zelah just how devastatingly handsome Dominic had been before a French sabre cut through his face. Of course, Zelah knows beauty is only
skin-deep and she is attracted to the man she sees behind the scars.
Dominic is a brooding, dark hero, perfectly at home in the
rugged landscape of Exmoor. His brother, Jasper, became the hero of my next book,
Behind the Rake's Wicked Wager,
and I wanted him to be everything Dominic was
not, so Jasper is suave and sophisticated, a fun-loving young lord who is more
used to fighting off women than chasing them – until he meets his match in Susannah
These two books are very different in nature, but that was
the point, to show that identical twins can be very different people. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I
enjoyed writing them.
Thanks for dropping by – I am off now to decide just what I
am going to wear for the glitzy reception in London 26th February………….