Sometimes a writer is the last one to know what she's writing about. I'm afraid I am one of those writers.
I don't mean plot or character, those elements are always thought out in my novels, if not strictly planned. I mean to say, my characters have strict plans of their own, and I fall in line with them. But a writer always has themes in her novels, and in the last two of my books I have discovered a theme of mine: second chances.
In LOVE ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT, Raymond and Arabella get a second chance at love after ten years apart.
And in the wonderful spy novel by Shana Galen, LORD AND LADY SPY, Adrian and Sophia rediscover their love for each other after years of marriage, living in the same house, spying for the same government, but completely out of touch with one another. They get a second chance in Shana's book, and I loved watching them find their way back to each other.
One of my all time favorite Jane Austen novels, PERSUASION, has Captain Frederick Wentworth returning to his love Anne Elliott after many years apart. Time and distance does not change the love these two hold for each other, and with her family pushed to the side at last, they discover that they can build a future together.
The theme of second chances is so strong that it showed up in my third novel without me even realizing it. In MUCH ADO ABOUT JACK, Angelique Beauchamp, the widowed Countess of Devonshire, cast off mistress of Anthony Carrington discovers that love is not a four letter word. Love is a verb, and one that her new paramour Captain James "Jack" Montgomery is happy to act on over and over again, in bed and out. Angelique gets to choose whether or not she will give love another chance, if she will make a different choice, and take a leap into the void.
And ladies, to be fair, who wouldn't want to take a leap with this man?
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A Description of MUCH ADO ABOUT JACK
How to Become London's Most Notorious Widow:
1. Vow to NEVER remarry
2. Own a ship and become fabulously wealthy
3. Wear the latest risqué fashions in your signature color
4. Do NOT have a liaison at the Prince Regent's palace with a naval captain whose broad shoulders and green eyes make you forget Rule #1
Angelique Beauchamp, the widowed Countess of Devonshire, has been twice burned by love, and she is certain that no man will ever touch her heart again. But that doesn't mean she can't indulge a little—and it would be hard to find a more perfect dalliance than one with the dashing Captain James Montgomery.
After a brief torrid affair, James tries to forget Angelique and his undeniable thirst for more. The luscious lady was quite clear that their liaison was temporary. But for the first time, the lure of the sea isn't powerful enough to keep him away...
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