|Author Moriah Densley|
Please welcome MoriahDensley! She is a historical and paranormal writer with a fabulous ability to capture the reader and evoke great emotion. I always anticipate her books. I love her writing and when I found out she had a novella out—I knew I must have her come and visit.
Please pull up a chair and something nice and hot to drink and come chat with us.
Moriah, This is your first Novella--was it hard to write?
Not at all. This unrepentant pantser was delighted to take two characters and just run with it for 20k words. That’s long enough for the hero & heroine to develop a relationship without having to juggle a complicated plot like we do in a full-length novel. I cranked that puppy out in about 5 days. Very liberating.
I can totally see you do this. I loved the novella you wrote—intense is what I’ll say.
Why thank you! Since I’m typically a dawdling writer, this was an Eye of The Tiger experience. You had me hooked…and teary-eyed first thing.
|Book 1 in the Rougemont Series.|
Tell us about the Novella.
Readers will recognize Mary Cavendish from Song for Sophia, #1 in the Rougemont Series. She knows what it’s like to be a sparrow among peacocks. She can’t sing, she’s not gorgeous, is a bit too plump, and even after a few London Seasons, her “knight in shining armor” still hasn’t made an appearance. Maybe she’s not dazzling like her sisters, but she is smart. And sassy.
And hysterical—loved her gumption.
She was fun to write. Being hungry made her grouchy and in no mood to put up with shenanigans - more on that in just a bit. Ha! I totally understand this. I’m quite a grouch when I am hungry.
She’s utterly unimpressed with Sir Wesley Darcy, the famous Shakespearean actor. (Don’t say he’s named after Mr. Darcy. He’ll tell you his family had the name centuries before Miss Austen graced the earth.) Sir Wesley isn’t sure what to do with Mary, but he’s definitely fascinated. Which is good—and oh, he sounded divine when I read him…they met in an unexpected way… (I am evil)
|Novella featuring Mary Cavendish|
Here’s the cover copy: Mary’s Christmas Knight
Could a rogue be her knight in shining armor?
Mary Cavendish’s corset is already too tight. All the lovely Christmas food is tempting her, and that’s bad news for her dream of attracting a “knight on a white charger” — not that volunteering at the parish hospital is how she expects to meet him. Enter a mysterious Christmas Eve patient, who is none other than the famous Shakespearean actor Sir Wesley Samuel Darcy. Mary finds him arrogant, too forward… and maddeningly handsome.
When Mary learns Sir Wesley has been invited to spend Christmas with her family at Rougemont, she vows to resist the charming London rogue. Wesley thinks finding the perfect present for Miss Cavendish will tempt her — she’s not as prim as she pretends to be. Mary turned down six proposals last Season, and she’s not about to give in to a rake. But if Mary can’t resist the sugarplums, how can she resist the dashing Sir Wesley?
I wonder—and you had me laughing and misty-eyed in this one. Well done!
*Blushing* I’m so flattered, thanks. Always had a soft spot for misfits as well as plenty of experience, so it’s very honest writing. Which does show and that is priceless.
You bet! Rougemont #2 The King of Threadneedle Street releases Dec. 1, and #3 Love Match is coming in April, so I think I’ll do another novella “2.5” in time for Valentine’s Day. That will be the rest of Mary and Wesley’s story.
I can hardly wait! I want to see more of Mary and Wesley. But it’s Book 2 & 3 I am looking forward to as well.
I’m excited too! #2 is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, but with a happy ending. And #3 has a heroine no one will see coming. You know I love misfit characters, but Katie rewrote the definition. Quite literally. I am excited for Katie’s story. You write the most amazing women.
How do you celebrate Christmas with your family and friends?
Ah, well, we’re a bit unruly. We throw a party where make someone be “Santa,” and we spend the next hour or so teasing him; pulling off his beard, grown adults sitting on his knee and wishing for scandalous Christmas gifts. The babies who sit on Santa’s lap usually cry, which makes us laugh harder and take more pictures. The annual white elephant gift party is also a bit hit — a framed picture of Chuck Norris has been circulating for years. Oh! And my parents have a hot chocolate machine they bought from a restaurant. We swill that stuff by the gallon. Watching The Muppet Christmas Carol is also an annual favorite.
It sounds like you have so much fun. I love the White Elephant Gift. Sounds riotous and joyous, hmm, I may have to invite myself one year.
Sure. And I’ll loan you the “Vote for Pedro” boxers I’ve been saving for the occasion. *Laughs* Perfect!
What is your favorite part of the Holidays leading up to Christmas?
I’m a working mother of four, so being honest, I’ll admit the weeks leading up to the holidays feel more like trying to beat the lit fuse of a bomb. Just the same, I do love holiday smells; evergreen, cinnamon, and Lysol (meaning my kitchen is clean, heh).You crack me up--! I love evergreen and cinnamon. Would you believe vinegar is a scent I think is clean as well (I know, weird.) But having four kids—yikes!
It’s mayhem. I admire your fortitude! *grin*
In your Novella, poor Mary is on a diet (boy can we all relate), but she loves good food (which I like). Tell us a recipe that is her favorite—and put in one of yours. (I’m always on the lookout!)
Mary Cavendish and her friend Alysia Villier (heroine of upcoming #2) once hid in a closet and ate this fudge:
· 3 cups Chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
· 1 can (14 oz.) Sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
· Dash salt
· 1 ½ teaspoons Vanilla extract
· In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt. Remove from heat, stir in nuts and vanilla. Spread evenly into aluminum foil-lined 8- or 9-inch square pan. Chill for 2 hours or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off foil and cut into squares. Store loosely covered at room temperature.
Decadent for sure! I am going to have to make this.
And here’s my Anti-Holiday Indulgence green smoothie:
· 1 cup Ice
· 10 raw whole Almonds
· ½ cup Yogurt, flavor of your choice
· 2 cups fresh Spinach with stems removed
· 1 cup fruit Nectar or “Naked” brand juice
· 1 cup Milk
· 2 cups assorted frozen Fruit of your choice
· Blend until almonds are pureed. Insert little paper umbrella and eat in front of space heater during winter months. A delicious green smoothie will keep you full for hours, increasing the chances you’ll resist the eggnog. Enjoy!
Actually this looks just as scrumptious to me. I like everything in the ingredients. Hmm, do you think I could drink this and eat fudge? *blinks*
Thank you for coming on the blog today, it is always a pleasure. There is a giveaway for one lucky commentator. Please put your email in the comments like so: name at gmail dot com. A winner will be chosen this weekend! Good luck!--Debbie Carney you are the winner! Congratulations!!
Moriah Densley sees nothing odd at all about keeping both a violin case and a range bag stuffed with pistols in the back seat of her car. They hold up the stack of books in the middle, of course. She enjoys writing about Victorians, assassins, and geeks. Her muses are summoned by the smell of chocolate, usually at odd hours of the night. By day her alter ego is your friendly neighborhood music teacher. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and four children.
Published in historical and paranormal romance, Moriah has a Master’s degree in music, is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart finalist, 2012 National Reader’s Choice Award “Best First Book” finalist, and 2012 National Reader’s Choice Award finalist in historical romance.
You can find her books on Amazon:
Song For Sophia (Book 1) <--I love this hero.
You can also find them at Eskape Press.
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