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Of Ruins and Romance by Rosie Chapel

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Of Ruins and Romance

by Rosie Chapel

 

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On her penultimate day at University, Kassandra Winters inadvertently overheard herself described as “…too shy, too plain, a bit ungainly if you must know and rather on the plump side, not at all what’s needed for such things…Kassandra would be far more suited to a job in an archive office…” Worse still she was subsequently knocked flying by the exceedingly tall and drop-dead gorgeous man to whom this description had been delivered. Adding insult to injury she ran into the same man the next afternoon and, justifiably upset by what she had heard, refused to indulge his somewhat perplexing determination to engage her in the oddest conversation and gave him short shrift.

Fast-forward two years and contrary to expectations, Kassie is not hidden away in an archive office. She is in Rome; employed by one of that city’s famous International Schools, as well as a tourist agency. One day, while escorting a group of visitors around the ancient Roman port of Ostia, she bumps into the same man — the man whose seemingly random remarks still puzzle her — and he introduces himself as Gabriel St Germain. This unexpected encounter leads to a job offer, the role of assistant tour guide for a three-week tour of ancient sites in and around Rome. Unable to resist such an opportunity, and against her better judgement, Kassie agrees.

Kassie has intrigued Gabriel St Germain since he ran into her, literally, outside her professor’s office. Despite her rushing off the following day, giving him no chance to apologise for what she had heard, Kassie left a lasting impression and her face haunts his dreams. Never expecting to see her again, Gabriel is astounded when she appears right in front of him — as though destined to do so — in the middle of a ruin and, resolved not to lose her a second time, he concocts a plan to win her heart.

Gabriel’s old-fashioned courtship touches something deep inside Kassie and, although struggling to believe that someone as handsome as Gabriel could possibly be interested in her, she soon realises she has fallen irrevocably in love with him. It seems he returns her feelings and for a brief moment, Kassie allows herself to trust that they have a chance at a happily ever after. However, just as Kassie shares everything of herself with Gabriel, her world comes crashing down and those callous words uttered that fateful day return to torment her. Can Gabriel save their romance or will it fall in ruins, like the relics of antiquity that brought them together.




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Rosie Chapel authorRome and its fascinating history is an enduring passion of mine, and when the voices in my head decided they would quite like a modern romance – should I see my way to writing one – the setting was a given. Thus Of Ruins and Romance was born but, as I am always drawn to the past, my contemporary setting ended up with some antiquity thrown in. It seemed logical to draw on my own experience of the Eternal City, and its surrounds, so other than one or two places, I have visited everywhere mentioned in the book. My hope is that anyone reading it, experiences the same magic I feel whenever I hear the word Rome.

This story is about Kassie, a reticent young woman who never expected a great love to be hers, and Gabriel – the man determined to prove her wrong. Their initial meeting is not particularly auspicious, and although Gabriel’s seemingly random questions occasionally rankle in Kassie’s head, for the most part she has forgotten their encounter. Two years later they meet again, and Gabriel hatches a plan to win Kassie’s heart. As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and their journey hits a few bumps as well as one very large crater.

Discovering Kassie works part-time as a tour guide, affords Gabriel the perfect opportunity to arrange for three weeks in her company, hoping this will be enough to persuade her of his feelings. Thus, their romance unfolds against the backdrop of a myriad of ancient sites, including Pompeii and Herculaneum. Part of my inspiration, was the chance to visit all these incredible places without leaving the comfort of your armchair.

This novel was refreshing to write as, for once, I did not need to consider language, technology, and methods of transport or communication. I do believe however, the romance has an old fashioned quality to it, as I prefer not to use explicit terminology in any setting. Perhaps this makes me the exception rather than the rule, but it is a deliberate choice. My introduction to romance novels, when I was a teenager, was Mills and Boon and, while many consider them to be passé, I enjoy a gentle blossoming of love, leaving something to the imagination, as opposed to having it rammed down your throat (so to speak…). That’s not to say things run smoothly, Gabriel will have his work cut out for him – Kassie is no pushover, despite an undeniable attraction.

(Rosie Chapel, September 2017)

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A Love Unquenchable by Rosie Chapel

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A Love Unquenchable is a Regency Romance by Rosie Chapel

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Jessica Drummond, a bright and cheerful young woman, rarely gives romance, let alone love, a thought. Long hours working in her brother’s shipping office affords little chance of her ever meeting an eligible bachelor.

Duncan Barrington, veteran of the Napoleonic Wars, believes himself wounded in both body and soul. He has no intention of inflicting his demons on anyone, certainly not a beautiful and, in his opinion, irresponsible city lady.

One cold & snowy morning, the plight of a bedraggled puppy throws Jessica and Duncan together and, as a spark of something indefinable yet wholly unquenchable begins to burn, it is unclear who rescued whom.




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Rosie Chapel authorJessica Drummond began badgering me to write her romance, long before I was finished with the story about her brother, Hugh — Love on a Winter’s Tide. For some reason, however, A Love Unquenchable took much longer to complete than any of my previous three Regency novels and I think it might be because of the subject matter. When I began this book, I had no intention of writing about battle injuries, trauma, and treatments; if they appeared at all it would be as a side note and certainly not the main theme. As ever with stories and the characters therein, things unfolded in a most unexpected manner and, one day while I was researching artificial limbs and whether they had even been invented or were accessible in the Regency period, my background plot was born.

We are lucky in the 21st century; there are many different forms of counselling and rehabilitation available for returned servicemen, but what, if anything was offered 200 years ago? Questions regarding how those suffering serious trauma or long-term injuries were evaluated and managed plagued me. Their plight prompting me to wonder whether there were any establishments — other than Bethlem Royal Hospital (popularly known as Bedlam and synonymous with insanity) and where many ended up — whose aim was to provide a safe environment in which veterans might learn how to deal with mental and/or physical wounds, allowing them time to heal and hopefully go on to enjoy meaningful lives. It was certainly an interesting subject and while I was unable to find any specific reference to such places, their presence didn’t seem completely improbable. It was these questions, which refused to be quieted and so my story followed a completely unanticipated direction, but one I feel is the better for it.

Duncan Barrington appeared in my first two Regency novels and I really wanted him to have his own happily ever after, it seemed fitting after all he had suffered. Injured in the Napoleonic Wars, Duncan was fortunate to have friends who supported him on his return. Now, he works at Whiteoaks, the Earl of Winchester’s estate, his maimed arm in no way hampering his new found skill as a carpenter. A Love Unquenchable begins one wintry morning when Duncan meets Jessica. She is staying at Whiteoaks with her family and, during a morning walk in the snow, rescues a very bedraggled puppy. A city lady and a country carpenter, at first glance, their lives seem poles apart and their romance is not easy. Duncan still battles demons and has no desire to inflict his black moods on another, but Jessica is one very determined young lady.

When I was trying to come up with the title for this book, I came across several quotes about love, and one, which resonated with me, was by of all people, Bruce Lee (possibly inspired by an earlier quote from Henry Ward Beecher). Yes, I know he wasn’t even a figment of his grandparents’ imaginations in the Regency era, but his words hold, I hope you think so too.

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire.
In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce,
but still only light and flickering.
As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals,
deep-burning and unquenchable.”

(Rosie Chapel, September 2017)

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Craving – First Thirst by Claudy Conn

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Craving – First Thirst is a paranormal romance by Claudy Conn.

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Devin MacLeod is a vampire trapped in another realm. Bobbie Skye is an immortal witch hired to free him.
Allora is an ancient vampire determined to destroy him and anyone standing in her way.
Ancient power and innocence clash in a fight that extends itself into the human realm where all life is threatened.




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Author Claudy Conn pictureCraving-First Thirst came to me because of my readers who took the time to write and tell me they wanted another vampire series.
My stories are character driven. Everyone who plays a part in the making of a story comes to life and tells me their point of view.

Devin’s character from the start was a given. He is a man whose life is ripped out from under him. Drawn immediately into evil, he breaks away and is determined to overcome the beast within.

Bobbie Skye is my heroine, a witch who experienced compassion and love when her parents were taken from her and her mom’s best friend, Elle stepped up and took her in. Thus, she is all heart, and so it begins. Craving-First Thirst (Book #1)

(Claudy Conn, September 2017)

 

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