I’m rather “mature.” I began my writing career at an age when a lot of people are thinking of retirement. In the past year and a half, I’ve had five historical romance novels and two novellas published under my two personae, Maggie Robinson and Margaret Rowe. To say I’m thrilled is an understatement. I’ve got four more releases to come, and am busy dreaming up something for 2013 and beyond!
My latest book is Mistress by Marriage (Brava, September 2011). It starts off six years into an unhappy marriage, an odd place to begin a romance. My characters are mature, too. The hero Edward is forty; his wife Caroline is thirty-one. I’ve been thanked by several readers for writing “grown-ups.” Here’s the back cover blurb:
Too late for cold feet
Baron Edward Christie prided himself on his reputation for even temperament and reserve. That was before he met Caroline Parker. Wedding a scandalous beauty by special license days after they met did not inspire respect for his sangfroid. Moving her to a notorious lovebirds’ nest as punishment for her flighty nature was perhaps also a blow. And of course talk has gotten out of his irresistible clandestine visits. Christie must put his wife aside—if only he can get her out of his blood first.
Too hot to refuse
Caroline Parker was prepared to hear the worst: that her husband had determined to divorce her, spare them both the torture of passion they can neither tame nor escape. But his plan is wickeder than any she’s ever heard. Life as his wife is suffocating. But she cannot resist becoming her own husband’s mistress…
Of course they eventually find a way to blend Edward’s frosty reserve and Caro’s tropical heat, and it was enormous fun to play marriage counselor to them both, LOL.
I’m curious—do the ages of the hero and heroine matter to you when you select a book? How old is too old? How young is too young? (I just finished writing a nineteen year old heroine and kept worrying the thirty-three year old hero was robbing the cradle, although I know that can be a typical age spread in historical romances.) One commenter will get a signed copy of Mistress by Marriage!
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