Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Revenge and Romance
Revenge has formed the basis of stories for hundreds of years, from the blood-filled Jacobean revenge tragedies to modern day films, taking in opera and stage shows along the way. I love a good revenge story, although I know some readers are not so keen. But one person's revenge could be another's justice, and justice for a wronged woman in the brutal Georgian era was hard to come by.
In my Melinda Hammond novel, LADY VENGEANCE, Elinor is wronged by a group of very powerful men. They take their cruel pleasure and think nothing more of it, but eight years later their deeds come back to aunt them. This is (so far) the darkest of my Melinda Hammond novels, and it is a stirring adventure story of politics and plots, dark deeds and love, and a mysterious, fiery ruby - the bloodstone - which is Elinor's link with a past she cannot forget.
My latest Sarah Mallory, BOUGHT FOR REVENGE (published in August) is a very different revenge story.
It is set in the "enlightened" world of the Regency, two years after Waterloo and it is the man, Lucas Blackstone, who thinks he has been wronged and is determined to exact his own kind of justice.
However, he finds that plotting his revenge against an unseen, inhuman enemy is very different from carrying out his plans to harm a gentle old man and his beautiful daughter. All too soon Lucas finds the defensive walls he has built around his heart are beginning to crumble.
Anyone who has read my books will know I am a romantic, so in both stories it is love that wins the day, but I did enjoy exploring these two scenarios with their very different heroines. I would love to hear which you prefer.
Melinda Hammond / Sarah Mallory
Lady Vengeance - pub. in e-book format by Regency Reads, Hardback by Robert Hale Ltd
Bought for Revenge - pub. August 2013 by Harlequin Historical