Interview & Giveaway: Miss Merton's Last Hope by Heather Boyd


Spotlight and Giveaway: 
 Book Three, Miss Mayhem Series 
Release Date: October 13, 2015 
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
 Length: 40,000 words novella 
Heat Rating: Sizzling

Over the years, Melanie Merton has used every trick and ruse to repel overeager gentlemen callers without ever revealing the real reason she won’t say yes to an offer of marriage. When neighbor Walter George jumps to her defense against slurs cast by suitor number twelve, he also pries into her past—uncovering the circumstances around a tragic loss in her childhood and her aversion to being touched by anyone. But even protective Walter must be kept at a distance for his own good, because despite a growing attraction between them, Melanie must deny him too. Unlike other men his age in Brighton, Walter George hadn’t considered Melanie Merton for a wife because he was convinced he’d never have a chance to impress his haughty neighbor. But that was before he understood her better, before he uncovered why she kept friends and suitors alike at bay. The right husband could restore the woman he sees into some semblance of the fun-loving child of his memory, but would Walter stand a chance or become just another unlucky suitor? 

Read an Excerpt
Melanie Merton hated her life. She hated the clothes she wore. The house she lived in that was no longer hers to manage. The smiles she had to bestow upon her brother’s friends while overlooking their scowls. Even without the responsibilities she’d always enjoyed, and the hours on her own, she never had a moment’s peace. She just wanted a quiet morning, and that never seemed to happen lately unless she confined herself to her bedchamber. Today, she was entertaining Mr. Linus Radley until his sister, Julia, her new sister-in-law, came down that morning. The forms of proper behavior that had been drilled into her head since she was a young girl made it impossible for her to say what was really on her mind, even when she wanted to. She was too polite to ask Mr. Radley to go away until a more reasonable hour of the day, and had ordered tea and cake to fill the endless minutes until Julia relieved her of this duty. “It looks to be a lovely day for a stroll,” Mr. Radley said suddenly. “Might I entice you to venture out with me to look upon the sea? With your maid, of course.” Melanie sighed with what she hoped sounded like regret and not irritation. She would not go out walking with Linus Radley, with or without a suitable chaperone. She had seen enough of him in the past weeks not to want anything more to do with him than she absolutely had to. He was a bully. “Unfortunately, I am otherwise engaged today.” “Oh?” Dear God, the man wants particulars.

Romancing the Readers would like to thank Heather Boyd for stopping by and visiting with us!

1.) With all the genre's within romance why historical, and do you ever plan on writing something from a different genre?

I have written and published gay historical romance, the Hunt Club series books, plus I have a set of vampire stories that I’m working on in my spare time. I’ve no plans to publish the vampire stories yet but when I do they’ll come out a month or so apart since that’s a new direction for me.

2.) I see that you write your stories in series. Do you like that better then writing a stand alone title?

I like writing both actually but I’ve found that books in a series become really popular and stir up the most conversation with readers. I’ve been asked to write books about secondary characters that I’d never planned on exploring a few times. That can be fun and challenging and makes for writing in unexpected directions.

3.) Which of your books would you say was your hardest to write, and which your easiest?

The hardest book to write is always the current work in progress. Getting the conflict right, picturing the hero and heroine in the historical setting, developing the romance so it feels uncontrived. Story writing might look easy but it’s hard work from start to finish.

4.) What is it about Miss Merton's Last Hope that's special to you?

I had written the Melanie Merton character from book one of the Miss Mayhem series. A woman everyone paid attention to but perhaps not always for the right reasons. I had wanted her not to be liked from the outset of the series. Redeeming her after all I’d made her say and do to others during the first two books was a huge and thorny problem I thoroughly enjoyed solving.

5.) What can we expect from you next?
Coming next is Reason to Wed, a sizzling novella in the Distinguished Rogues series of books featuring secondary characters from An Improper Proposal (book 6). Readers met Lady Heathcote (Esme) and Lord Windermere briefly in An Improper Affair and by the end the pair were almost at odds. Reason to Wed takes place during a house party at Windermere’s country. Getting them into a bed was surprisingly easy, getting them together as a couple was a whole lot harder. Look for the book as a preorder this month.

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HeatherBoyd_Author ImageAbout Heather Boyd 

Bestselling historical author Heather Boyd believes every character she creates deserves their own happily-ever-after, no matter how much trouble she puts them through. With that goal in mind, she writes sizzling regency romance stories that skirt the boundaries of propriety to keep readers enthralled until the wee hours of the morning. Heather has published over twenty novels and shorter works. Catch her latest news She lives north of Sydney, Australia, and does her best to wrangle her testosterone-fuelled family (including cat Morpheus) into submission.

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