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Sunday, April 17, 2011

SPRING IS BUSTIN' OUT ALL OVER: MAGGI ANDERSEN

Hi everyone, I write historical romance set in England and the charming English countryside features often in my books.

Who better to describe an English spring than William Wordsworth?

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

After the death of winter, spring brings burgeoning life and new beginnings. In my Regency novel, Rules of Conduct, Viola has lost her memory. Her new life at the beautiful, Vale Park dressed in its spring finery, is filled with uncertainty and frustration as she falls deeply in love with her new benefactor. Even if Viola had not broken the strict, Regency rules of conduct, Hugh Beauchamp, the Duke of Vale is promised to another.
Blurb: Viola has broken all the rules of conduct. Members of the Ton, including the Prince of Wales, circle like wolves. If she is to become a mistress, will it be to the man she loves, the Duke of Vale, after he marries another?
Here are two short excerpts from Rules of Conduct, coming to print in April/May.

Later that morning, the girl set out with the Duke in his phaeton. They bowled along a lane cutting across the top of a hill, the valley spread out below them in a patchwork of green fields and white blossoming hedgerows, dotted here and there with the vibrant red of the dog rose.
In different circumstances I would enjoy this, she thought, but bouncing around in the open carriage made her head pound again, and she longed to crawl back into bed. She gritted her teeth and clung to the plain straw bonnet Mrs. Moodie had provided for the trip.
The Duke glanced her way. “All right there?”
“Yes, thank you, your grace. This is a fine phaeton. You drive it to the inch.”
“A good vehicle, I find. It suits me.”
“The Phaeton was named after an ancient Greek. The son of Helios, wasn’t it? He borrowed his father’s chariot and would’ve set heaven and earth on fire with his fearless driving, if Zeus hadn’t slain him with a thunderbolt.”
The Duke’s eyebrows rose as he said, “Then it’s to be hoped the skies remain clear for us today.”
She glanced up at the sapphire arch of sky strewn with wisps of cloud like cracked old china. “Perhaps you should slow down just a little,” she said. “Cum feriunt unum non unum fulmina terrent.”
“My word!” he cried, almost overcorrecting on a tight bend. Once the bend had been negotiated and road straightened out again, he looked at her, shaking his head. “Latin. Ovid, I believe. Wait a minute. ‘When the lightning strikes but one…not one only does it alarm.’ It seems you’ve been educated in the Classics. Why, what a mystery you are proving to be.”
She smiled faintly. “I am, am I not?”

Hugh and Viola stopped at the top of the hill and looked down on the tiny farmhouses, on the far side of the river. Fields of wheat formed kaleidoscope shapes in the shifting breeze.
Hugh pointed to an area of lush green pastureland. “It floods at least once every year, cutting off the only road in and out of the valley.”
They rode down the hill, reigning in when they reached the bottom.
It was a very different world on this side of the hill. Oaks and chestnuts stood alone in the cleared fields, their spreading branches a shelter for the spring lambs. Crossing a small bridge, they trotted their horses along the edge of the river. A group of children played on the banks, tossing stones into the fast flowing water. They stopped to watch as Viola and Hugh rode up.
The tallest, a barefooted, shaggy-headed boy, ran up to Hugh. “It’s the Dook, it’s the Dook!” he cried. The rest held back shyly.
Hugh dismounted, took a pile of sweetmeats from his pocket, and tossed them to him. “Share them,” he instructed.

Rules of Conduct is published by Awe-Struck Publishing.

Maggi Andersen

Bio: Maggi Andersen is an Australian author of Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense and Young Adult Novels. Maggi lives in the countryside outside Sydney with her husband and their demanding cat. Her novels can be found on Amazon.com and her website.
http://www.maggiandersenauthor.com

32 comments:

booklover0226 said...

Hi, Maggi.

I like to think that springtime is the magical time to fall in love!

Rules of Conduct sounds great; I'm adding it to my wish list.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Angelwolfstorm said...

This book sounds wonderful!


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cheryl c said...

LOL I remember having to memorize that poem in school. Thanks for a little "blast from the past."

castings at mindspring dot com

Rebekah E. said...

Thanks for the excerpt.

bc428(at)juno(dot)com

Jean P said...

Thanks for the excerpt, sounds like a lovely story.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Faith said...

Very nice excerpt! I enjoy historical romance.

bicknellbrown @sbcglobal.net

Maria said...

Hi Maggi! Thanks for the two excerpts - they were very good and I will definitely be adding your book to my tbb list!

junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com

Cheryl said...

Love the excerpt. This book sounds wonderful.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Cheryl

cg20pm00(at)gmail(dot)com

Judy said...

Your book looks very good, I love historicals. Thanks for the excerpts.


Judy
magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

Maggi Andersen said...

Thank you all for your warm comments. The book comes out in print April/May on Amazon. Please let me know if you enjoy it.

chey said...

Your book sounds great!
chey127 at hotmail dot com

Linda LaRoque said...

A beautiful cover, Maggi, and your story sounds intriguing. I love historicals. Best of luck.

Anne Whitfield - author said...

Sounds wonderful, Maggi.

EdgesAngel23 said...

Rules of Conduct looks like a great read! The excerpt was very intriguing :) Thanks for sharing it with us :)
Happy Spring!
Ashley A
ash_app@hotmail.com

Bronwyn said...

Hi Maggie *waves*

The book sounds great and Spring is my favourite season! Good luck with the release!

Bronwyn.

Joanne said...

Maggie..beautiful excerpt and definitely another one of yours I can't wait to read. And I love the cover.

Jo D.

Diane Scott Lewis said...

Maggi, your story is beautifully written, as most your stories are. I love the descriptions, and her mysterious classic education, how intriguing. The cover is eye-catching too.

Victoria Dixon said...

Loved the excerpt. Especially how you showed your heroine's smarts. ;D

Susan C. said...

As someone who studied and taught Latin, I have to love a heroine who can quote it!

Good luck with sales, Maggi.

Virginia said...

This book sound great would love to read it.

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Joni said...

This sounds like a very interesting book. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.

Sapte pisoi said...

Oh, this sounds wonderful, I've added it to my wishlist.

hotcha12 said...

HI KAREN, I'M STILL CRYING

Maggi Andersen said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. It was great to hear from you all. Good luck with the contest. Aren't the prizes great? For those of you who want the e-book it's available now from various sites like Smashwords, Fictionwise etc. although not yet on Amazon.

Jana Richards said...

Hi Maggi,
Best of luck with "Rules of Conduct".

Jana

jana.richards@hotmail.com

Terra Pennington said...

Hello Ms. Andersen,

Hope the weather is better downunder. I have not read one of your books yet but off to check out your web site now.

Terra
tpen89@charter.net

Sarita said...

Love the excerpt. Very inviting!

Maggi Andersen said...

Thanks Jana, Terra and Sarita, best of luck with the contest!

Carol Burge said...

Hi Maggie,

I enjoyed reading about Hugh and Victoria. Rules of Conduct sounds like a wonderful read!

Thanks for sharing!

Carol

Joni said...

Historical romance is one of my favorites and I will be on the lookout for this book.

o2oole(at)verizon.net

Maggi Andersen said...

Warm thanks to Carol and Joni and all the ladies who dropped by.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

ooh! Exciting exceprt - sounds like a great book!