Alyssa Drake Novels
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|Posted by Alyssa Drake on 13 May, 2022 at 13:00|
What do you find interesting about your main characters?
Lady Essington is a young widow with a unique opportunity to earn some money secretly writing about high society news. It sounds like it would be easy, right? It turns out to be a challenge as someone blackmails her!
I love that Lady Essington is enterprising enough to take on a money-making opportunity as that would not have been common at that time. She was motivated to try and improve her financial situation but many ladies would have immediately tried to marry a wealthy man!
Where does the story take place and why did you choose this setting?
This is a story set in Regency England, my favorite time period!
Share a little about the story behind the story.
The story title is The Truth about the Earl.
After the untimely death of her aged husband, young Lady Norah Essington was given the opportunity to write a weekly piece for the local society newspaper, detailing news, scandals and secrets of the ton that surrounded her – and all under a fictitious name. Delighted with such an opportunity, she began to do so with relish, only for a falsehood about her to be printed under that very same fictious name! Confused, Norah is horrified when letters begin to arrive at her door, demanding that she write what they tell her – or else suffer the consequences.
James, Earl of Yarmouth, is disgusted with what he reads in society papers, particularly when one such comment is made about himself! Determined to put things to rights, he tries to discover who is writing such lies, only to find himself thrown together with Lady Essington in what is swiftly becoming a much bigger mystery. Will she be courageous enough to tell him everything? And what will James do when the truth finally comes out?
Ah yes, writing about high society news and scandals might remind you of a famous Regency series on Netflix! This story is part of a list aiming historical romance anthology – Secrets, Scandals, and Seductions. Pre-order your copy today! Only $.99 for hours of reading pleasure!
What is the theme or takeaway you want readers to think about?
Marriage was the best option for most young ladies during that time. There were few ways to earn money and even the unusual way that Lady Essington found has its dangers. Fortunately, this story is a romance wrapped in a mystery and she gets her happy ever after in the end.
Amazing how opportunities for women have expanded over the last two centuries!
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Books will get you through anything in life! They have been my lifeline since 4th grade when I started reading 2-3 books a day. Yes, I was a book nerd and I still am. Then I realized that I could create stories too but didn’t do much with it until I was a (much!) older adult. It’s amazing how the world has changed to give us the self-publishing opportunity.
My Westie, Duffy, and the Westies that preceded him, Buddy and Becca Boo. The love that dogs bring to your life is precious.
If you could travel to any spot in the world, where would it be?
Italy to see the sights and enjoy the wonderful food!
What’s next in your writing?
I have a new series coming out soon about governesses and companions – the loneliest ladies in Regency times!
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