05-26-18 – Blog Queen - Sarah Raplee

Thursday, November 6, 2014

It's Not What I Have...

Dear Readers

This month brings us Thanks Giving in the USA. Here in New Zealand, we don’t celebrate Thanks Giving but I like the idea. You’d think being a romance writer that I’d constantly remember to spread the love and not take anyone for granted. But we all need a reminder of what life is about. It’s about those we love and the achievements and battles we go through.

I’ve had a pretty tough year this year. I lost a family member to cancer in July after a ten-month ferocious battle. I also have three friends currently battling cancer, and I’m praying for great outcomes for each of them.

During this time I had to write. I had publishing commitments and unfortunately I was late delivering my book. Sometimes it’s hard to write when life gets in the way. However, my editor and agent were so supportive. I’m thankful for that.

I have just finished writing my latest book, A Touch of Passion, book #3 in my Disgraced Lords series, due for release 24 March 2015.  I’ve had to write it during a terrible time but I think it’s made the book stronger. It really focused me on love and loss, just what the book is about.

My hero, Grayson, has experienced loss and is now scared to love. Lucky for him, my heroine, Portia, shows him loss is nothing to fear, for the fabulous memories stay with us and we are much better for having known those we lose. 

Here is the blurb:

In the latest Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, a vivacious thrill seeker clashes with her dutiful defender—causing irresistible sparks to fly.

Independent and high-spirited, Lady Portia Flagstaff has never been afraid to take a risk, especially if it involves excitement and danger. But this time, being kidnapped and sold into an Arab harem is the outcome of one risk too many. Now, in order to regain her freedom, she has to rely on the deliciously packaged Grayson Devlin, Viscount Blackwood, a man who despises her reckless ways—and stirs in her a thirst for passion.

After losing his mother and two siblings in a carriage accident years ago, Grayson Devlin promised Portia’s dying brother that he’d always watch over his wayward sister. But having to travel to Egypt to rescue the foolhardy girl has made his blood boil. Grayson already has his hands full trying to clear his best friend and fellow Libertine Scholar of a crime he didn’t commit. Worse still, his dashing rescue has unleashed an unforeseen and undesired consequence: marriage. Now it’s more than Portia he has to protect . . . it’s his battered heart.

Learn more about the book and Pre-Order here:

This year has made me even more conscious of remembering to take the time to speak and share time with those I love. Don’t take anyone for granted.  I’m grateful for the time I had with my family and they are all in my heart.

Here’s a little picture that sums it up nicely.

Happy Thanks Giving to you all.


Marcia King-Gamble said...

Thank you for the inspiring words reminding us to be thankful and appreciative of good health!

Sarah Raplee said...

"... loss is nothing to fear, for the fabulous memories stay with us and we are much better for having known those we lose." - This spoke folumes to me.

Thank you.

Bronwen Evans said...

Thanks Marcia and Sarah

Loss is never easy but I like to focus on the good memories, so they are always with me.

Judith Ashley said...

Taking time to spend with family and friends as well as saying "I love you" frequently is important to me. I know life is fleeting and I don't want the regrets of wishing I'd said those three little words more often.

Love the picture!

Looking forward to reading the Disgraced Lords series, Bron.

Bronwen Evans said...

Thanks, Judith

The picture is fabulous, isn't it?