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Friday, July 13, 2012

Guest Post with Author Grace Elliot

Today I would like to welcome to RFTC author, Grace Elliot. Grace is currently on tour celebrating the release of her book Hope's Betrayal and has stopped by to chat. Before I give the floor over to Grace, lets get to know her a bit.

Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. Grace believes intelligent people need to read romance as an antidote to the modern world. As an avid reader of historicals she turned to writing as a release from the emotionally draining side of veterinary work.

Grace lives near London and is addicted to cats. The Elliot household consists of five cats, two teenage sons, one husband, a guinea pig - and the latest addition - a bearded dragon!

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What makes for a great romance read? The list is long; compelling characters, awesome storyline, evocative descriptions, sexual tension…I could go on. But for me what makes a read unput-downable (if there is such a word!) is the tension between the characters: that balance between attraction and circumstance, that prevents obscures the path to a HEA.

Perhaps it's because my own real-life HEA didn’t run smoothly that I love taunting my characters so. When I first met the man who became my husband, he was a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, an officer aboard HMS Illustrious. It was a blind date, arranged by my best friend, and the moment I saw Hubs shiny shoes - I fell in love! OK, a bit weird I know, but when I opened the door the first thing I saw were his brown brogues polished to a mirror finish and thought, "Wow! This is a man who takes care of details - how macho is that?"

The trouble was, after those first dates, he was posted back to sea and we didn’t see each other for months. At the time, in the 1980's there were no mobile phones or email and to stay in touch we wrote to each other. Unfortunately, my first letter to him went slightly wrong when the stamp came off in transit! Hubs, on his warship, was summoned over the tannoy to the Purser's Office to collect a letter from his, "Girlfriend-who-doesn't-think-he's-worth-the-cost-of-a-stamp." Ahem! You can imagine the ribbing he got from the crew!

In my latest release, Hope's Betrayal, one of the things that keeps the hero, Captain George Huntley, and heroine, Hope Tyler, apart is that they live on opposite sides of the law. Captain Huntley is a man of honour, serving King and country and doing his level best to root out corruption within the revenue service - whilst Hope is a smuggler and the enemy he is sworn to defeat.

From their first encounter, when Huntley believes the smuggler he has apprehended to be a boy, he feels a visceral attraction that shakes him, and over the course of events, as their feelings get too strong to deny, both Hope and Huntley are forced to decide between betraying family, or sacrificing a career.

So, if you love an engrossing, historical romance, why not give, "Hope's Betrayal" a go?

One wild, winter's night two worlds collide.

Known for his ruthless efficiency, Captain George Huntley is sent to stamp out smuggling on the south coast of England. On a night raid, the Captain captures a smuggler, but finds his troubles are just beginning when the lad turns out to be a lass, Hope Tyler.

With Hope as bait, the Captain sets a trap to catch the rest of the gang. But in a battle of wills, with his reputation at stake, George Huntley starts to respect feisty, independent Hope. Challenged by her sea-green eyes and stubborn loyalty Huntley now faces a new threat - his growing attraction to a sworn enemy. But a love where either Hope betrays her own kind, or Captain Huntley is court-marshaled, is not an easy destiny to follow.

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  1. Sounds like a really good book!

    1. Thank you, Mary!
      My aim is to write what I like to read and that's a good escapism with lots of sexual tension!
      G x

  2. thank you so much for hosting me,
    kind regards,
    Grace x