Today I am super happy to welcome to the blog author Beverley Kendall. Many of you know Beverley as the author of the Elusive Lords series or from the running The Season site, but did you know she has recently released a New Adult novel? When in Paris... is the first book in her Language of Love series and I'm so very happy to have Beverley here today to talk all about When in Paris.... Please give Beverley a warm welcome.
Beverley discovered her love of books while growing up in, the then, small city of Barrie, Ontario Canada. With her love of books and romance, she always wished that everyone would find their happily ever after. Add in her love of London, England set in a period when ladies strived to be genteel and dresses could barely fit through doors, and it was obvious she could write nothing but historical romances.
As the mother of one too bright and mischievous young boy, she pulls full-time duty on all fronts. When she's not working full-time, mothering, writing or reading, she's probably sleeping and dreaming of a time when she'll have time for her favorite hobbies: knitting, crocheting and sewing.
Beverley has lived on two continents, in three countries, two provinces, and four states. She stopped her nomadic existence and settled in the southeast. All things artistic feed her creative passion, but none more than writing.
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Getting into the mind of the young adult romance hero is easier said than done.
After reading like forever and publishing three full-length historicals and one novella, I was used to getting into the mind of a fully developed adult male. Actually, what I should say is that I was used to getting into the mind of a Victorian (as in mid-1800s England) adult male. What I’d never written was from the point-of-view of a young adult male.
Well that was the position I put myself in when I decided to write college-set romances (new adult). Without giving away how ancient I am, let’s just say that my college days are more than a decade ago and my son is only nine. But I grew up with three brothers and I’ve been around enough of them in my life to get an idea how they think. I’ve certainly seen how they act. Zach, my hero in WHEN IN PARIS…, is a combination of everything I remember, observed and read about of the not so mysterious young adult male.
My biggest task was how to portray Zach in a way that wouldn’t have readers rolling their eyes and thinking guys don’t say stuff like that or guys don’t act like that while making him a hero in the true sense of a romantic hero. It’s amazing how sometimes these things are at complete odds.
Readers will let me know if I accomplished what I set out to do but my Zach is definitely a tad on the cocky side. He’s young, gorgeous, smart and a total athlete. He attracts girls everywhere he goes but he’s got a sense of loyalty a mile wide. He’s as one reviewer described him, an alpha-in-training, and is, underneath his inscrutable expression, a guy with a big heart and a romantic streak I don’t even think he knew he had. I absolutely loved spending time with Zach and falling in love with Zach…as I do all my heroes. ;)
How realistic do you like your young (18-24) male heroes? I’m giving away 2 (two) digital copies and 1 (one) print copy of WHEN IN PARIS… to 3 (three) random commenters.
College freshman Olivia Montgomery is thrilled at the chance to start over, escape the rumors that plagued her in high school. And she can finally put her juvenile crush, Zachary Pearson, where he belongs—in her past. Then her unrequited love strolls into her French class, shattering Olivia’s newfound peace, and the feelings she'd thought buried for good come rushing back. Now she can't shake her unwanted attraction to the one guy who can twist her stomach into knots with just a smile...but has never given her the time of day.
Zach’s good looks may have always gotten him his pick of girls, but it's the star quarterback’s skill on the football field that gives him his pick of the Big Ten colleges. To escape the crushing demands of his win-at-all-costs father, Zach opts for a private university in upstate New York where...his present and past collide. And the one girl he’s always wanted but can’t have—and a class trip to Paris—turn out to be the ultimate game changer that has him breaking every one of his rules.
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Up For Grabs:
- 1 lucky winner will win a print copy of When in Paris...
- 2 lucky winners will win a eBook copy of When in Paris...
- Leave a comment answering Beverley's question: How realistic do you like your young (18-24) male heroes?
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Good Luck =)