Sunday’s Child by Rosemary Morris – Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

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mediakit_bookcover_sundayschildGeorgianne Whitley’s beloved father and brothers died in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte. While she is grieving for them, she must deal with her unpredictable mother’s sorrow, and her younger sisters’ situation caused by it.

Georgianne’s problems increase when the arrogant, wealthy but elderly Earl of Pennington, proposes marriage to her for the sole purpose of being provided with an heir. At first she is tempted by his proposal, but something is not quite right about him. She rejects him not suspecting it will lead to unwelcome repercussions.

Enjoy an Exclusive Excerpt:

“I daresay there is much a gentleman does not remark upon to his family.”

She inclined her head; her frown deepened. Why should his sister, whom she had never met, take the slightest interest in her?

The earl’s smile did not warm his eyes. “I dare say you wonder why she mentioned your name.”

“I confess to curiosity, my lord.”

“She described several eligible young ladies.”

“I am not eligible because I have not yet entered polite society.”

“It does not mean you are ineligible, Miss Whitley.”

He approached her. Wary of his intentions, Georgianne moved away from the hearth. She mistrusted the feverish glitter in his eyes.

“The daughter of a hero of good family is most definitely eligible. After all, one cannot thank our brave soldiers sufficiently for keeping Napoleon’s brutal army at bay. Besides, I am not seeking a lady from a noble family to be my wife; I am seeking a modest young lady of good birth to marry me. One who will be grateful to me for a title and all else I have to offer.” She eyed him with distrust as he continued. “Doubtless, like me, you are still in mourning. My sons are dead: one died on the hunting field, the other in battle.”

“My condolences, my lord.” She retreated from his steady advance until she stood with her back to the window.

About the Author: mediakit_authorphoto_sundayschildI write historical fiction, so I am fortunate to be only a 20 minute train journey from London, which offers so many possibilities for research about times past. So many things spark my imagination. During the last two years I took an open tour bus ride around London. Amongst the sky scrapers and modern buildings Old London can be discovered, including the street which J.K.Rowling used as a model for Diagon Alley in her Harry Potter series.

For as long as I can remember, I enjoyed studying history, reading historical non-fiction, historical fiction and its sub-genres. I enjoy novels in which the characters’ behaviour is appropriate for the era in which they lived.

The more I read the more fascinated I become, and the more aware of the gulf between historical periods and my own. Our ancestors shared the same emotions as we do, but their attitudes and way of life were different to ours. One of the most striking examples is the position of women and children in society in bygone ages.

I don’t think it is possible for a novelist to be 100% accurate about life in former ages. However, the characters in my novels are of their time, not ones dressed in costume who behave like 21st century women. Of course, it is almost impossible to completely understand our ancestors, but through extensive research I ensure my characters observe the social etiquette of their lives and times.

My previously published novels, set in the early 18th century and in the ever popular Regency era, and my previously unpublished historical fiction will be published by Books We Love as e-book editions and paper books.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. How long do you spend on researching a specific time period before you start writing a book set at that time?

    • Astilbe,

      I can’t calculate a specific time period for research. While writing a novel I construct a time line. Next I read about the clothes, the food, the customs, the etiquette, the social and economic history and make notes. While I write I refer to my large library of historical non-fiction. This morning, while writing Wednesday’s Child, Heroines born on different days of the week, I searched for the following information. How did well-born teenage girls wear their hair in 1816? In the winter how did Regency ladies keep warm? Some of their gowns were made of fine wool etc., they carried warm shawls, wore fur tippets (capes) etc.

      A novel usually takes me a year to write, but the research for Monday’s Child, set in Brussels between Napoleon’s escape from Elba and the Battle of Waterloo, was so intensive that it probably took two months.

      All the best,
      Rosemary Morris

      Regency Novels. False Pretences, Sunday’s Child, Monday’s Child to be published on October 14th, Tuesday’s Child.

      Early 18th century novels. The Captain and The Countess, Tangled Love and Far Beyond Rubies.

  3. Who are some of your favorite authors; what strikes you about their work?

    • One of my favourite authors is Elizabeth Chadwick, who writes mediaeval historical fiction. Her research is impressive.

      I’ve also read my copies of the late Georgette Heyer’s Regency novels until they are in tatters..

      Also I am struck by Seargeanne Golon, who wrote the Angelique series, who delved deep into Louis XIV’s life and times.

      And so the list goes on and on.

      All the best,
      Rosemary Morris

      Regency Novels. False Pretences, Sunday’s Child, Monday’s Child to be published on October 14th, Tuesday’s Child.

      Early 18th century novels. The Captain and The Countess, Tangled Love and Far Beyond Rubies.

      I have too many favourite authors whose historical research is immaculate to list them all.

      All the best,
      Rosemary Morris

      Regency Novels. False Pretences, Sunday’s Child, Monday’s Child to be published on October 14th, Tuesday’s Child.

      Early 18th century novels. The Captain and The Countess, Tangled Love and Far Beyond Rubies.

  4. What are your dreams and plans for your future as a writer?

    • My dream is to have time to write many more novels which I have ideas for.

      At the moment I want to finish seven books about Heroine’s born on different days of the week.

      I also plan to submit Volume I of a Trilogy set in the reign of Edward II of England.

      Apart from this, I would like to write some fantasy fiction.

      All the best,

      Rosemary Morris

      All the best,
      Rosemary Morris

      Regency Novels. False Pretences, Sunday’s Child, Monday’s Child to be published on October 14th, Tuesday’s Child.

      Early 18th century novels. The Captain and The Countess, Tangled Love and Far Beyond Rubies.

  5. Sounds like a great read.

    • Rita,

      Thank you, if you decide to read Sunday’s Child and you enjoy it, please let me know,

      All the best,
      Rosemary Morris

      All the best,
      Rosemary Morris

      Regency Novels. False Pretences, Sunday’s Child, Monday’s Child to be published on October 14th, Tuesday’s Child.

      Early 18th century novels. The Captain and The Countess, Tangled Love and Far Beyond Rubies.

  6. kim hansen says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt.

  7. Kim,

    Thank you for letting me know that you enjoyed the excerpt. You may read more on my website,

    All the best,
    Rosemary Morris

    Regency Novels. False Pretences, Sunday’s Child, Monday’s Child to be published on October 14th, Tuesday’s Child.

    Early 18th century novels. The Captain and The Countess, Tangled Love and Far Beyond Rubies.

  8. Eva Millien says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a fantastic read!

  9. Sounds like a book I’ll enjoy reading – thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. I really love historical romances and this one sounds really great. I loved the excerpt.

  11. Lisa Brown says:

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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