Introducing Amanda Mariel & her latest release Scandalous Endeavors #series #newrelease #historicalromance
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I am not writing I can be found spending time with my family or enjoying one of my other pursuits. Reading, crocheting, taking pictures, playing on Photo Shop, and scrap booking are some of my favorite activities. I fancy myself a photographer and can sometimes be found photographing my friends and families children. I also enjoy baking, crafting, and horseback riding though I rarely get the opportunity to indulge in them. When I am very lucky I get to travel. One of my passions is visiting new places especially when they have great history attached to them.
Do you have a day job as well?
I have two, technically three day jobs. I am a substitute teacher for my children’s school district and edit for two publishing houses. I love the variety and flexibility that subbing provides. Editing has many perks but the best one is discovering new authors and great stories. I am blessed.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
As a child I wrote poems and letters to family. In college I wrote tons of papers and a few short stories. However, Scandalous Endeavors is my first book. I began working on it in December of 2013. The manuscript was completed in September 2014 then I spent some time spit shining it before submitting it for publication in late October early November.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Oh my goodness—all the time! When I was writing Scandalous Endeavors I constantly found myself stuck without any ideas. I discovered that having someone to talk to and bounce ideas off of is a great help. On the occasions that talking does not help, I just write anything no matter how crazy to keep going-then I delete what does not work later.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I do a combination of both. I write a short sentence for each chapter telling me what I want to happen before I start writing. I also make character notes. It is more just getting my idea down so as I write I can refer to it. 20% planning and 80% winging it.
Can you tell us about your next release?
I would love to! Scandalous Intentions is set to release June 18th and will go up for pre-order on June 11th 2015. It is book two in my Ladies and Scoundrels series. Scandalous Endeavors is book one. Here is the blurb for Scandalous Intentions:
When faced with losing his inheritance, notorious rake Lord Julian Luvington sets his sights on Lady Sarah. She’s as respectable as they come—just what his father ordered. However, the lady shan’t be easily won.
She’s determined to marry for love or not at all, and she’ll do anything to obtain the freedom granted to men. A blackguard like Lord Luvington could destroy her hard-won reputation, but marriage to him also offers her the opportunities she can’t achieve on her own. What’s a lady to do?
When Lord Luvington refuses to abandon his pursuit, Lady Sarah proposes an arrangement. Only, the price may be more than either bargained for. Lady Sarah could lose more than her social standing, and Julian could lose his heart.
How did you come up with the title?
My original title was A Twist Of Fate but the more I wrote the less it seemed to fit. Then I got on the phone with my sister and we started bouncing around idea. The call concluded with a list of potential titles. I posted them all on my blog and asked readers to vote on it.
What project are you working on now?
I am currently working on two projects. Enchanted by the Earl is a fairy tale inspired novella I am writing as part of a multi author box set that will release November 2015. It is set in the Regency and inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. My other project is title Once A Lady and is a medieval romance. It is planned to be a romantic adventure full of twist and I hope to release it around December 2015. I also plan to start working on Book three in my Ladies and Scoundrels series and my publisher would like to release it in December.
What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I do not think I have a book mentor and am not sure that a specific book has influenced my life. I do have favorites though. I devoured V.C. Andrews and Johanna Lindsey books when I was younger. I still love Johanna Lindsey’s work! Also, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind. I watched the movie when I was just a small girl with my dad. It immediately became a favorite. After that dad and I would watch it every year at Thanksgiving. Eventually he bought me my own copy and I watched it all the time. When I got older and discovered it was a book first I had to have it. The book got as much wear as the movie did.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! I know how many books, and authors, there are for you to choose from. I am honored that you chose me. Your reviews and emails always make me smile. I have the best fans!
Release Date: December 12, 2014
Publisher: Three Worlds Press
Length: 42k/about 137 pages in eBook
Heat Rating: 2
Lady Amelia has only known the comfort of life in mid-eighteenth century English aristocracy. But when first her mother and then her father die, she finds herself alone, grief stricken and….. not of age. Her appointed guardian, an American uncle, has ordered her travel to his plantation where she must remain for at least two years when she will come of age.
With the help of Lady Grace and Lady Sarah, Lady Amelia gets her uncle to agree to give her four weeks to settle her affairs and unbeknownst to him…find an English lord to marry so she can remain in her beloved England. Despite her mourning period she endeavors to trap one of London’s eligible bachelors in matrimony.
Lord Goldstone, Lady Grace’s nephew is devilishly handsome, but a Scottish Duke and so entirely unacceptable as a possible husband. After all Scotland is not her beloved London and environs. He also has a nasty habit of showing up at all the wrong moments and thwarting her carefully laid plans to ensnare a suitable husband. Sparks fly as the pair find themselves at odds with each other and drawn to each other at the same time. Can they find a way to stop arguing long enough to explore their growing passion? Is it strong enough to make Lady Amelia give up her English home after all? Or will Lady Amelia find a suitable English lord and avoid social exile in America? Time is running out.
Lord Roseington wrapped his arms around her and stood up, setting her on her feet. “Yes, Amelia, everything is okay now.” He reached up and removed her arms from around him, then took a step back. “We must stop winding up in these situations before we cause a scandal.”
She looked at him through hooded eyes. “‘Tis a wonder we haven’t already.”
A man cleared his voice behind her.
Amelia turned her head, already knowing who had caught them. “Lord Goldstone, you mustn’t trouble yourself with keeping our secret.”
“What she means to say is that there is no secret to be kept. Amelia carelessly got close enough to the hearth to catch her skirts ablaze. I could not very well let her burn up.”
“No, Roseington, you were obliged to help. I am glad to know that you were not taking advantage of our dear Amelia.” He glanced at her and flashed a rakish smirk. “Indeed, you are a hero. Let us go share the story while Amelia changes her charred gown.”
She tried her hardest to shoot daggers at him from her narrowed glare. His grin only deepened at the attempt, which increased her ire. “Don’t you dare tell a soul. I would most definitely perish from the embarrassment!” Amelia spat the words out with anger and annoyance. How dare he ruin everything for a second time, and then jest about sharing her humiliation. If he were not Scottish, she would trap him instead. That would teach him a lesson.
“Do not worry your head over it, Lady Amelia. We will not breathe a word of this little mishap,” Lord Roseington said. “Right, Goldstone?”
“Of course not. All of your secrets are safe with me.” He winked.
Amelia blushed at what he had implied. “Thank you. Now that it is settled I am going to retire for the evening. Enjoy the rest of the party. Lord Roseington, Lord Goldstone.” She inclined her head to them before spinning on her heels and speeding from the room.
Author Bio and Links
Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Mariel's favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper's Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits every chance she gets.
Amanda Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.
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