They say never to write a cliffhanger in romance. So at the end of The Chief’s Maiden, because the fate of Toren’s new squire ‘Alfred’ is unknown, I braced for the backlash. Although not a main character, ‘Alfred’ (aka Lady Clara) appeared in enough scenes to make readers wonder what happened to her. And while I did receive questions about him/her, readers patiently waited for The Scot’s Secret to learn about Clara’s secret identity.
When Toren and Juliette bring Lady Clara to Dunmure in Scotland, the reader knows fireworks will fly as she squires for Toren’s younger brother Alex. But as Alex uncovers more and more of her past, and as passions flare, Alex and Clara are forced apart by the same reasons that forced her into the disguise.
When I began to write this fourth installment of the Border Series books, I’d already known about Clara’s past. Putting her in Alex’s care created an immediate conflict, but I’d underestimated the challenge of writing a love story with the heroine in disguise. A build-up of sexual tension throughout the book is a hallmark of the series, but suddenly I was unable to write such scenes with Clara still in disguise.
On the other hand, I fell in love with Alex whose inspiration was none other than the very handsome Chris Hemsworth. Every Border Series book begins with a Pinterest inspiration board, and this book inspiration was no different. You can even see the castle layout of Brockburg on the Pinterest page which helps me to envision characters moving from place to place throughout the story.
As always, The Scot’s Secret launched to a special release-week price, and today is its last day at $2.99. If you do pick it up, please let me know here, via social media and/or on Amazon what you think. The feedback I receive from readers has been tremendously helpful as future Border Series books are born.
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