Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dangerous Indenture - A Spicy Historical Romance



Hi everyone,
St. Patrick's Day is this week, so I decided to share a look back at my historical romance, Dangerous Indenture. Why? Because the heroine hails from Ireland!
Dangerous Indenture is a spicy historical/mystery set in Pennsylvania Colony in the early 1700s. Here’s the summary:




Dangerous Indenture 
Eager to escape her past in Ireland, Shauna Farrow signs on to become an indentured servant to Joshua Stewart, a wealthy man in Pennsylvania Colony.

But a life of servitude quickly turns to drudgery, and her hopes for starting over and creating a better life for herself are waning—until she meets her master’s roguish son, Ashton.

Shauna fights her growing attraction to Ashton, torn between propriety and acting on her emotions. But amidst their flirting, something dark stirs. Shauna soon discovers why no other servants will work for the strange Stewart family.

Stewart House has an unsavory reputation: a previous servant died there under mysterious circumstances. When another servant goes missing in the middle of the night, Shauna is convinced that a member of the family is responsible.

When Shauna’s investigation leads her too close to the truth, it’s up to Ashton to save her before time runs out.

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So, how did the book come about? Dangerous Indenture is one of those books that just jumped into my head. (Yes, every so often that happens to writers.) One day, I overheard the name Shawna Farrell, but I thought I’d heard Shauna Farrow. The name stuck with me and I wrote it down. A few minutes later, I knew all about her: she was an Irish indentured servant who came to Pennsylvania Colony and worked at a house where a previous servant was murdered. Once I knew that, I started outlining the book.



Before I wrote a word, I did a lot of research. I was starting from a good place with the book – I knew where I wanted to set the story and in approximately what time frame it should take place. From there, I spent time in the library going through history books, reading up on Colonial times (What life was like, What people wore, ate, etc.) and indentured servants in general (Where did they come from? Why did they leave their home country?).

As I wrote the book, I incorporated my research as background information. This gives the story a rich historical feel without going overboard with details that might bog down the book or be of no interest to readers.



I especially enjoyed creating the characters and setting the stage for the drama that’s about to unfold. Right from the start, we’re told that Stewart House is haunted, and then we (and Shauna) meet the master of the house, Joshua Stewart, and his strange family.

When I developed the secondary characters, I made sure to give them all interesting backstories and unusual quirks. Joshua comes off as a mean bear of a man, Minerva just might be crazy (and a murderer), Colin is… a villain in many senses of the word, and Lila thought she had everything going for her – for a while. 



Shauna and Ashton (our heroine and hero) are not entirely innocent and without flaws. They each have sordid pasts, wicked desires, and are not afraid to stand up for themselves – and each other.



I love the characters, the setting, and the fact that Dangerous Indenture is a romance blended with mystery. I had never written a romance set in Colonial times before, and mixing romance with suspense/mystery to make a Gothic-type story was a lot of fun.



I hope you’ll check it out. Here’s a spicy excerpt:



Excerpt:


 “Tonight is all about pleasuring you,” Ashton said as he unbuttoned her dress. There seemed to be a thousand tiny white buttons running down the front. As each button popped open, he could see more of her chemise. Once that was off, Shauna would be naked in front of him for the first time.

He struggled with the buttons that stretched the material tight across her breasts.

“Do you want me to do it? It’ll be faster,” she offered.

“No, I’ve got it,” he replied as his nervousness returned. Damn it. What kind of man couldn’t unbutton a woman’s dress? Liam probably could do it in three seconds with his eyes closed.

When he finally got the last button undone, he opened the dress and slid it past Shauna’s shoulders. It fell to the floor at her feet.

“Now for this.” He bent close and kissed Shauna’s breasts through her chemise. All that separated his lips from her soft skin was a thin piece of linen. He tugged on the ribbon that held the chemise closed. The drawstring opened, and he parted the material, freeing Shauna’s pale breasts. God, she was lovely.

A shy smile crept across Shauna’s face, and she shielded her breasts from him with her arm.

“What’s wrong?”

“I dunno. I’m not used to being gawked at.”

“Well, get used to it, because I’m not only going to look at you, but I’m going to kiss you everywhere.” He moved her arm to her side, exposing her breasts again. “I’m going to pleasure you, and all you have to do is enjoy it.”

 

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I hope you'll check it out!
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Until next time....

Happy Reading!
Kelli

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