Passion and Propriety
Hearts of Honour- Book One
Elise de Sallier
Release Date: 7th August 2014
Genre: Regency Romance/ Historical
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-261-7
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
A hidden beauty . . . a wounded beast. Can the curse threatening their happiness be broken?
There is absolutely nothing improper about Hannah Foster, the vicar of Hartley’s eldest and least pretty daughter, nursing the badly wounded Viscount Blackthorn back to health—that’s if the returned officer can be saved. At twenty-seven, she is two years the man’s senior, a confirmed spinster, and far too sensible to develop feelings for her patient. The fact he was once her childhood friend, has grown into a fine specimen of a man—his terrible scars notwithstanding—and seems as lost and lonely as she sometimes feels has no bearing on the matter.
Even if the unthinkable were to happen and William was to see past her plain exterior and recognise the caring, intelligent, passionate woman beneath, he is determined to break the curse that has plagued his family for generations by letting his bloodline die out. Her best friend Grace’s warnings are moot; a man of Lord Blackthorn’s wealth and position would never be interested in a woman like Hannah . . . would he?
Interview with Elise de Sallier
Lindsey: One thing that has always intrigued me is the reasoning authors have for writing their particular genre. Your published works so far fall under Regency Romance. Why did you choose to write within that genre?
Elise: I fell into writing Regency Romances quite by accident. Having read dozens (make that hundreds) of historical romances over the years, I had quite a few ideas for stories tumbling around in my thoughts. My first attempt at writing a Regency was a Twilight fan fiction called A Forbidden Love. It was quite popular and gained the attention of an acquisitions editor from The Writer's Coffee Shop. Kathie (my friend for life) told me she loved the story and asked if I would be interested in writing a Regency romance for submission and possible publication. The answer was a resounding “Yes!” and as soon as my I'd finished writing A Forbidden Love, I spent six months working on the first draft of Passion and Propriety. In the end, TWCS decided to publish both my newly submitted story as the first book in a series as well as the reworked versions of A Forbidden Love, and I've been immersed in the Regency and Georgian eras ever since.
Lindsey: Passion & Propriety is your first book in a new Hearts of Honour series. How different was your writing experience between this series and your first series, A Forbidden Love.
Elise: After writing A Forbidden Love in a typical fan fiction, one chapter a week (sometimes two), rough plan but mostly 'making it up as I went along' style, I put quite a bit more planning into writing Passion and Propriety before I started. I had a great time working with my daughter, an accomplished playwright, in a substantive editing role, and Kathie Spitz, in a prereading/beta role, while writing Passion and Propriety. But I have to say I really missed the weekly posting on fanfic, the joy of having dozens or sometimes hundreds of reviews appear in my email inbox after every chapter was posted, the feedback from my readers, and the general fun and excitement involved in writing fan fiction. On the other hand, it was great to be able to go over the story several times, ironing out any kinks and fixing any plot flaws before releasing Passion and Propriety to the public.
Lindsey: Do you have a specific visual inspiration for Hannah and William?
Elise: You'll probably laugh, but my original inspiration for writing Hannah and William's story was watching repeated viewings of Disney's Beauty and the Beast with my little granddaughter. After giving it some thought, I decided I wanted to write about a couple who weren't your typical romantic hero or heroine, with my hero scarred and battered from injuries he received while at war and my heroine considered past her 'bloom' and a spinster – at the grand old age of twenty seven! I didn't find the image for the book cover until after the story was written, but other than the height (Hannah is a fair bit shorter than William in the book) the models fit my idea of the characters quite closely.
Lindsey: What element was your biggest challenge to get historically accurate with this novel?
Elise: After the extreme challenges I encountered when it came to the getting the historical aspects to Innocence and Protection (A Forbidden Love, Books one and two) up to par, I was keen to keep things a little simpler for my Hearts of Honour series. The story is set in 1812, the height of the Regency era when the English were fighting Napoleon's armies in Europe. This isn't a focus of Passion and Propriety, but it was a key part of William's backstory, so I spent quite a bit of time researching where and when he might have been fighting to receive his wounds, how they could have been inflicted (ie shrapnel from canon fire and musket wounds). I also had to research the ins and outs of being a viscount and how to address one. Probably the most difficult challenge was researching medical practises of the time (what an eye opener!) and finding possible herbal remedies and treatments that might have been used to save his life.
Lindsey: I know there is another book in the works for this series. What can you tell us about book two and any other projects you are working on?
Elise: Book 2 in my Hearts of Honour series is called Duty and Desire, and it tells Grace and Jonathan's story, two of the key secondary characters from Passion and Propriety. Grace is the illegitimate daughter of a local lord who was thrown from her home upon his death by her stepmother. She went to live with her elderly great aunt and was trained by her in midwifery and herbalism. Jonathan was a military officer, forced to retire when his wife died and he returned home to discover his son was gravely ill. He has been robbed of his inheritance and now works for William as the Blackthorn district's estate manager. Jonathan has a deep-seated mistrust of the 'witchy arts' as he calls Grace's profession, and they get off to a very rocky start in Passion and Propriety, which leads to lots of fun in Duty and Desire. ;)
Must have snacks while writing?
Nuts, apples, and chocolate, of course!
All shades of blue
None at the moment, though my jaw did drop open and wouldn't stay shut (I kid you not) when Henry Cavill took off his shirt in the Superman movie. Thankfully, my darling hubby (my one true crush) saw the funny side.
Favourite Regency Romance Film?
Pride and Prejudice (though I much prefer the BBC TV series than the film)
Best place to relax?
Our spa (jacuzzi, hot-tub) but we only keep it running during the summer months.
Childhood Career Aspiration?
A vet until I realised I was extremely allergic to cats.
Anywhere warm and tropical where I can go snorkelling. :)
Books that you've read more than once?
Twilight series. Pride and Prejudice. Anything by Anne Mcaffery
You can read my 5 STAR review of Passion & Propriety HERE.
A great believer in living happily ever after, Elise began her lifelong obsession with the romance and paranormal genres when she was far too young to be reading either. After more than thirty years of marriage to her very own romantic hero, she now knows great relationships don't just happen, they take work . . . which doesn't mean writing about them can't be a whole lot of fun!
While raising a family, Elise established a career as a counsellor and family therapist. Seeking an escape from the stresses of her work, she discovered the world of fan fiction, and her timid writer's muse made its voice heard. Two point three million hits, twenty thousand reviews, and an e-mail from an acquisitions editor at The Writer's Coffee Shop later, and her life found a new and fascinating direction.
Elise likes to see her characters grow, experience passion and adventure, tackle some difficult issues, and find lasting love . . . eventually.
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Praise for Passion and Propriety
5 Star Reviews
"This is the third book I've read by this author and I couldn't help falling in love with deSallier's characters once again. I was completely taken into the story not just by Hannah and William, but by the secondary characters at the same time..." -Lindsey Gray Author on Author Book Review
"I really enjoyed this, and Elise de Sallier is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I love a good bodice-ripper, and this reminded me very much of the series I enjoy by Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare and others. It’s well-written with interesting, fleshed-out characters the reader can feel for..." -Andrea (Mrs Aubergine) Goodreads Review
Also by Elise de Sallier:
A Forbidden Love: book one and two on SALE!
$0.99 Sale ends on the 6th of August and then the price will permanently drop to $2.99
A Forbidden Love: Book One
A Forbidden Love: Book Two
Praise for Innocence and Protection:
"I flew through BOTH books in The Forbidden Love series because they are that good!!" Kristen - Shelf Life
"The romance, intrigue, scoundrels, and miscommunications kept me enthralled from the first page to the last.... I applaud Elise de Sallier for once again giving us a novel to fall in love with." Lindsey Gray, Author on Author
"Ms. de Sallier writes a great plot and gifts us with love scenes that we can swoon over.
I truly enjoy a plot with steamy scenes that fit the story well. This book is a shining example of that!" Kathie, First Page to the Last