Do you like to read authentic language, the same sorts of sentence structure used by Jane Austen and the idioms of the era? Or something that’s similar in style but easier to read?
Do you like a bit of heat between hero and heroine, but nothing too graphic? Love-making rather than rampant sex with lots of four-letter words?
If you also like your romances tinged with humour, then “Distracting the Duke” is for you. It is currently free to read on Wattpad. Oh yes, and it has a happy ending, although there are many twists and turns on the path that leads to it!
This year I only made it to the Second Round of this competition- still feeling a bit bruised, but the expert reviewers’ comments were actually very helpful so I feel a bit better now! Good luck to all the quarter finalists, especially those in the Romance category. See you again next year (after a b it of revision…).
I am currently writing as Elizabeth Keysian and in this guise reached the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award with my first medieval romance, “My Lady’s Favour”. My prize was a review by Publisher’s Weekly, which reads as follows-
“Although betrothed to Gilbert de Waltham when Elena of Bucknell falls into the arms of Richard of St Aubyn, she loses her heart to him. Richard, rumored to be the unluckiest knight in Christendom, is also the handsome nephew of her guardian Baron Humphrey. The story of two suitors vying for one lady’s favor takes place amid a rich back drop of 14th-century England in the time of Edward III leading up to the Hundred Years War. Castle life, with its jealousy, jousts, French invasions, and a knight’s quest for nobility, along with dozens of historically interesting details, combine to recreate a time when religion was not always more powerful than folk magic and marriage for love was a new, untrustworthy ideal. The time period is brought to life, but the level of sensuality in this romance is mild.”
I’m quite pleased actually…it could have been a whole lot worse!
This was what I was up to last November, scrabbling through the creation of a Regency Romance entitled “A Kiss by Moonlight”. All I have to do now is revise it…and think of a better title!
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