#Tea time with Robecca and #Lady Susanna Beckinworth née Lorican, from #Forever Winter

Will their love withstand the storm to come?

Sneak Peek from Forever Winter:

Oh, my. The air in her lungs froze as he teased and tasted her lips in a decadent, feather-soft kiss. She moaned into his mouth and closed her eyes.

“You are so beautiful.” He trailed his lips down her neck.

“Camden.” She gasped and gripped his broad shoulders for an anchor in the storm of bliss threatening to sweep her under. Spots dotted her vision like twinkling stars peeking through dark clouds. She blinked several times and nodded to the entryway. “We must control ourselves. Anyone could see.” The smirk crawling up his cheeks clenched something deep and primal inside her. She breathed harder and inched closer to his heaving chest.

“Let them. We are betrothed. Two people in love who are about to wed are expected to kiss.”

“Kiss, yes,” she whispered. “You, my lord, make love with your lips.” Heat flamed in her cheeks and surely reddened her face.

Camden laughed and trailed his fingers up her bare arm to the puffed sleeve. “Do I? You have never admitted that before.”

“There are some things you should not be privy to.”

“Really? I’m honored that my bride appreciates the way I kiss. If she didn’t, what kind of man would that make me?”

She stepped away and smacked his biceps. “There are eyes and ears everywhere, Camden. Especially today. I’m positive the servants are already gossiping that we are spending time together on the one day we should keep our distance. It is bad luck.” And since their chaperone had left them unaccompanied, she expected another servant to arrive any minute, courtesy of her mother.

Camden drew her back into his arms and brushed his lips across her hairline. “I make my own luck. We control our destiny, Susanna; no one else. Besides, you have nothing to worry about. The one activity we shared truly worth gossiping about will never reach the light of day.”

Meet Lady Susanna Beckinworth née Lorican, the heroine in Forever Winter.

Robecca: “Thank you so much, Lady Susanna Beckinworth née Lorican for taking tea with me. I do enjoy the rose garden on a perfect day. Well then, shall we start with the question everyone is dying to find out?

“How are things progressing since telling your story?”

Lady Susanna Beckinworth née Lorican: “Splendidly. My story took place all in one day—my wedding day—and everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. I’m still in shock over it. Every young woman of my acquaintance has dreamed of her wedding since she was little, but the reality of my wedding day was a nightmare. But now, knowing what I do, I wouldn’t change anything. Camden and I proved our love to each other and showed our friends and family that nothing will ever stand between us. Our deep bond set the foundation of our marriage, and if our horrible wedding day couldn’t destroy us, nothing will.”

Robecca: “Oh my, how exciting indeed! What do you love most about Lord Beckinworth?”

Lady Susanna Beckinworth née Lorican: “Oh, where to start? I’ve adored Camden since we were children. He’s eight years older than I am and the best friend of my older brothers. His parents and mine were great friends. Though he’d spent some on the Continent as some carefree rakes do, he returned home to England after his parents passed on and saved his crumbling family business from ruin. He’s now responsible, considerate, and appreciative of my bluestocking ideals. He respects me as a woman and his partner, and I couldn’t love him more for it.”

Robecca: “Quite the charm! But every lady reading the gossip pages wants to know what do you think his love language is?”

Lady Susanna Beckinworth née Lorican: “My, I can’t believe you asked that. *Susanna fans herself* Camden is a passionate man, and I’m not immune to his charms. Nor is he to mine. Though our story is of the sweet variety, Camden’s kisses have always made me swoon—as you’ll read in Forever Winter.”

Robecca: “What mundane task have you mastered?”

Lady Susanna Beckinworth née Lorican: “Camden owns and operates a cotton mill, and I’ve taken over the books. It’s an easy thing, really, since I had managed my father’s farm accounts for the past few years. I enjoy working with numbers, so I wouldn’t call the task mundane, but since the birth of my son, I don’t have as much time as I would like to delve through the books. Luckily, my assistant is a godsend. He’s handling the day-to-days while I oversee the monthly statements. Once my little boy grows older, I intend to take over the books in full.”

Lady Susanna Beckinworth née Lorican: “Thank you for the tea, Robecca, and the cookies are fabulous. We should definitely meet again for another chat.”

Robecca: “I couldn’t agree more! Lord Camden in Forever Winter is splendid!”

Synopsis

A perfect Christmas wedding, a snowstorm, and a shocking secret. What could go wrong?

Susanna Lorican must marry the man she loves before the truth is discovered, or face the gossip of the ton. With an unexpected snowstorm injuring the minister, her future hangs in the balance.

Viscount Camden Beckinworth vows to keep his bride safe, even if he must betray her confidence. When their love is put to the test, how will he uphold her honor without jeopardizing his own?

– Warning: this sweet, complete Regency romance novella features a brief scene where the heroine is assaulted.

– Second edition. Newly revised and edited.

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About the Author

Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through Daulton Publishing, The Wild Rose Press, and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats. 

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats. 

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Four reminders I’m practicing as an indie author

Over the last few weeks, I realized how important simple reminders are. With my routine and my family’s routine out of whack, I fell into that trap of telling myself I wasn’t doing enough when it came to my writing. This was especially so because I was preparing a new book for release.

  1. When I’m frustrated by the long process from writing to publication to earning, I remind myself there is more than one way to the top. 

Some authors achieve success (whatever that looks like to them) after publishing one book. Others in book five. Some, not until book twenty-two. The latter is not appealing but is closer to the reality for lots of indie authors. It goes to show that with persistence and patience, success is achievable. I remind myself that my way is the right way for me and my career.

  • I write to my tune.

When I decided to embark on a career in writing, I was overwhelmed by the multitude of writing advice about writing four, five, and ten books a year. And don’t get me started on rapid release and writing to market. It took time but I realized it was okay to do all or none of those things as long as I had a plan, or as you know from my other posts (Sustaining my writing during stressful times), goals that could be carried out from start to finish.

If there is one constant across the board it would be to keep writing. Write the next book. Write, edit, publish, repeat.

  • Leverage community.

Great communities have helped increase and improve my skills. Usually, during the summer, my in-person writing group takes a break. This summer three of us have committed to writing more, not less, holding each other accountable with weekly check-ins and critique exchanges.

  • Invest in me.

There are three main areas in which I invest in myself but everyone’s area of need will be different. Mine are:

  • Health – Without good health, I will struggle to keep pace. Anxiety and stress will set in. Good health means I get to keep doing what I love.
  • Family – I believe that a healthy work-family life balance is an extension of good health practices.
  • Career – There are lots of parts to invest in here: financial, craft, marketing, business management, etc. As an indie author, I may choose to outsource some of this but I believe it’s important to know what I want and have enough business sense to minimize my blunders.

Week 5

Small steps: Can be accomplished now.

Write daily (no matter the word count). Received book two back from editor and spent the last two weeks reviewing and started editing. 

Short term goals: Can be accomplished in one week.

Work on marketing twice per weekWorking book two cover which I’m hoping to reveal soon.

Long term goals: one month

Finish book 2In the middle of book two edits.

Dream: three months or more

Publish 1 story a month starting May – October

Publish 6 titles in six months

Works completed:

  1. The Captain’s Lady – first draft, edits, cover and formatting done. July release
  2. Champion of the Isles – first draft, edits, format and cover done. August release
  3. Loved by a Lady – first draft

What I’m listening to: 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better