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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Meet My Main Character - Sebastian Alder from LORD SOMERTON'S HEIR

Thank you to my dear friends, ANITA DAVISON and FRANCINE HOWARTH for inviting me to join in this blog hop. The timing is excellent as my first foray into Regency Romantic Suspense, LORD SOMERTON’S HEIR has just been released.



What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or an historic person?

Meet Captain Sebastian Alder, a career army officer in Wellington’s army. Badly wounded at Waterloo, he is facing a dire future as a soldier on half pay until the day a strange woman, calling herself the dowager Lady Somerton appears at his bedside.

Of course he is totally fictional… but very real to me :-)

When and where is the story set?

You may have guessed from the mention of Waterloo… It is set in England in 1815 (Regency)

What should we know about your character?

Sebastian is, of course, the heir to the Somerton estate, something of which he had no knowledge. He had been brought up in a country parsonage and joined the army at the age of sixteen. That has been his life. 

He has a strong protective trait and takes his responsibilities toward his two younger siblings very seriously. However even they don’t know the dark memories he is masking.

What is the main conflict he must face?

As the new Lord Somerton, Sebastian finds that his inheritance is tainted by debt and the profligate living of his late cousin. Not only must he cope with the practical difficulties of his sudden elevation, he must rise to accepting his onerous responsibilities which include dealing not only with restoring the fortunes of the estate but also his late cousin’s widow, Isabel, who has been left destitute and two rather odd “cuckoos in the nest”. 

Questions arise about the manner of his cousin’s death and it begins to look like he also has a murder to solve.

What is the personal goal of this character?

To keep everyone he loves, and has a responsibility for, safe.

Where is LORD SOMERTON'S HEIR available?

Everywhere good ebooks are sold!
Kindle (where it has been on pre order sale for .90c! Hurry you may still catch it) 
Itunes  (where it has also been on pre-order sale for .99c)
For the other retailers, visit the Escape Publishing site. Click HERE


I have passed this on to three excellent authors who write wonderful historical novels...
Tea Cooper (Australian)
Regan Walker (Regency/nautical)
Beverley Eikli (English Civil War, Georgian, Regency, Colonial Africa)

ABOUT LORD SOMERTON'S HEIR


Can the love of an honourable man save her from the memory of a desolate marriage?

From the battlefield of Waterloo to the drawing rooms of Brantstone Hall, Sebastian Alder’s elevation from penniless army captain to Viscount Somerton is the stuff of dreams. But the cold reality of an inherited estate in wretched condition, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his cousin’s death, provide Sebastian with no time for dreams, only a mystery to solve and a murderer to bring to justice.

Isabel, widow of the late Lord Somerton, is desperate to bury the memory of her unhappy marriage by founding the charity school she has always dreamed of. But, her dreams are shattered, as she is taunted from the grave, discovering not only has she been left penniless, but she is once more bound to the whims of a Somerton.

But this Somerton is unlike any man she has met. Can the love of an honourable man heal her broken heart or will suspicion tear them apart?

TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF LORD SOMERTON'S HEIR, I WILL BE RUNNING A RAFFLECOPTER CONTEST FOR THE MONTH OF MAY.
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4 comments:

  1. Sounds intriguing, Alison. Good luck with it.

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  2. Thanks for dropping in, Alice :-)

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  3. Alison, I loved this book so much.
    Sebastian is gorgeous and so realistically flawed. I'm in the 'afterglow' of your book and don't want to start anything new just yet, because I don't want to let Bas and Isabel go just yet.

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  4. Thank you, Ebony . I have to confess Sebastian is one of the nicest heroes I have ever written and I am more than a little in love with him myself.

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