My friend Gina Danna is back!
The story is To Dance with a Lord by Gina Danna, a Historical Romance Novella.
Gerard Jennings had done his duty for God and Country and returned to England to assume a title he had never wanted nor deserved. Sweat and blood were not all he left behind in war-torn France, he’d also left his heart with the woman he’d loved and lost. Forced into a society that no longer fits the man he’s become, the new Marquis of Linnwood drifts through a sea of debutantes to fulfill the family obligation of finding a wife. None attract his attention until he meets the one who tugs at his reluctant heart – Lady Charlotte.
A runaway pup, a damsel in distress, Lady Charlotte is rescued by Lord Linnwood only to have her reputation ripped to shreds by petty gossip. Her fiance withdraws his proposal, leaving Charlotte forever ruined. The dashing Marquis again comes to her aid by making her his wife.
Though deeply in love with her husband, Charlotte can’t bridge the distance between them and spends night after night alone. His haunted past shadows their lives and she must find a way to not only dispel his ghosts but ease his grieving heart. Will it be enough to also save his tortured soul?
A USAToday Bestselling author, Gina Danna was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and has spent the better part of her life reading. History has always been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, always dreaming of writing one of her own. After years of writing historical academic papers to achieve her undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, and then for museum programs and exhibits, she found the time to write her own historical romantic fiction novels.
Now, under the Texas sun and with the supervision of her two dogs, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true breakaway is to spend time with her other life long dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.
Why Write Historical Romance?
By Gina Danna
So why would a historian, who normally writes historical fiction with a romantic element, write a straightforward romance? And, to stack the odds of questioning brow, for an author whose main work falls into Ancient Rome or the American Civil War, retreat to Regency England? It’s a question I asked myself daily, and I’ve come to a few conclusions.
First off, I am a historian by degrees and having a job in my field of study (museum guide, museum educator and museum curator). History is in my blood, a true History Nerd! I’ve written countless historical research papers and well versed in the idea of historical accuracy. Very sweet indeed! I’ve been a living historian/Civil War reenactor for decades. While I love history, I demand it be correct and accurate. So I write my novels that way, the goal is to take my reader back in time with me, to see the sights and sounds of Ancient Rome, to smell the gunpowder and feel the ground shake with the Civil War, and when my characters touch, it strikes a chord inside the reader’s heart, cheering them on.
But this novella, To Dance With A Lord, is a Regency Romance. No historical figure ‘guest-posting’ in my storyline, just romance set during the time of Jane Austen. So, what’s up, Gina? Why write this?
The book was to be part of a summer anthology of Regency novellas with eight other authors. Regency – I read the romance of dukes and ladies all through high school and college, pouring through books, one right after another. I ate them up! And at one point, declared ‘I can write one of these!’ Until I realized I could figure the plot within the first page. Very frustrating, making me take a break from romance novels. Now, I’m in the middle of writing book 4 of my Civil War series, Hearts Touched by Fire, this book titled “The Better Angels” when I was approached about this set. It was a nice break, to write something I rarely indulge in, but it has given me that fresh kick-start needed to return to book 4.
Just a musing from a historical fiction with romance author! J Take a peek at Charlotte and Gerard’s romance in To Dance With A Lord and enjoy!
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