How does a villain become a hero?
To Redeem an Earl, Book 2 of Inconvenient Brides, tells the tale of how Lord Richard Balfour, Earl of Saunton, redeems himself despite his immoral past that led to Annabel racing off to find the Duke of Halmesbury.
I wanted Richard's redemption to be realistic. Not just a change of heart, and all is forgiven. I don't know about you, but that would not be enough for me to throw all judgment out the window and fling myself into his arms.
So how did I solve it? What would make such a bad-boy worthy of trust after such a depraved past? The answer is I drew on my background in restorative justice to build a credible tale.
As I complete the second phase of editing, I am really excited about the manuscript. I think it is a great story, both for entertainment value and a demonstration of how one could pursue redemption and rebuild trust.
My villainous hero is an earl who has a wealth of resources to draw on, but it still contains elements of my experience from my time spent working in drug rehabilitation, so I believe it paints a picture while still containing situations to overcome.
Now that I am weeks from releasing To Redeem an Earl, it means I have am working on the next book, My Fair Bluestocking. Book 3 is about Richard's brother—remember the cold and charmless Peregrine that the duke mentions in The Duke Wins a Bride?
Perry meets a sassy country mouse who unearths the heart he did not know he had. You will meet him in Richard's story, doing his best to help his brother in his quest before his own tale begins in 2023. Learn more about Perry and Emma's upcoming tale.