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Thu
Jul 3 2014 2:00pm

Welcome! Come Into the Best House Books in Romance Novels

Today we're delighted to welcome author Lauren Willig to Heroes and Heartbreakers. The heroine of Lauren's latest novel, That Summer, inherits a house in England, and it's through sorting through things in the house that she discovers a great and wonderful mystery, which she's determined to solve. She also—maybe—finds romance. Lauren is here to talk about the house books that inspired That Summer. Thanks, Lauren!

It’s a gray day. The rain is pattering down against your window. When suddenly, on your doorstep, arrives a letter. It’s come air mail, from a firm of solicitors in London, informing you that you’ve inherited a house from a great-aunt (or uncle, or step-parent, or cousin fifteen times removed) whom you never knew.

It might be a scam.

But then again… it might not.

I grew up on what I think of as “house books:" books in which the heroine inherits, house-sits, or otherwise inhabits a gloomy old house crammed with mysteries. These houses were frequently located in England (if the Gothics I devoured in my teens were to be believed, solicitors’ schedules were entirely taken up by sending letters to American legatees), but could also be in the American South, remote parts of Pennsylvania or New England, or atmospheric bits of the Continent, like Portugal or the South of France.
Some house books had elements of the paranormal; others were all about the atmospheric scenery and brooding heroes. They ran the gamut from ghost stories to tales of suspense to heart-warming small town antics. Having done a very scientific study of the books on my shelves, mostly involving lying prone on the sofa with a pile of books, and a hot cup of tea balanced on my stomach, I’ve decided that there are four major species of House Book, to wit:

[And YOU get a house. And YOU get a house...]

Mon
Apr 8 2013 9:45am

Author Lauren Willig on Romantic Timing

The Ashford Affair by Lauren WilligToday, we're pleased to welcome author Lauren Willig to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Lauren's book, The Ashford Affair, takes place during two different time periods and two different couples—with one shared secret. Today, we've asked her to talk about timing in romance, something that is crucial to getting to that Happy Ever After. Thanks, Lauren!

You know how they say in real estate that it’s all location, location, location? In romance, it never does to underestimate the importance of timing, timing, timing.

Timing works in mysterious ways. I have a good friend who is convinced that the only reason she managed to get together with her fiancé is because they started dating two weeks before she left the country for a year’s stint abroad. Twice shy, most of her relationships tended to end after a month or so. By the time she got back to the States, after twelve months of Skype and emails, she was already deeply committed, without being quite sure how it had happened. 

We all have these stories: the chance meeting, the timing that shouldn’t have worked, but did.  But what happens when the right people meet at the wrong time?

[Timing is everything...]

Wed
Sep 26 2012 1:00pm
Excerpt

The Ashford Affair: New Excerpt & Special Offer

Ashford Affair by Lauren WilligAs a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards—but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything. . . .

What follows is a potent story that spans generations and continents, bringing an Out of Africa feel to a Downton Abbey cast of unforgettable characters. From the inner circles of WWI-era British society to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the red-dirt hills of Kenya, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl.

Get a sneak peek of Lauren Willig's The Ashford Affair (available April 9, 2013) with an excerpt of the Prologue, and stay tuned at the end for the chance to receive 1 of 200 advance reader's copies of the book!

Prologue
Kenya, 1926

Addie's gloves were streaked with sweat and red dust. It wasn’t just her gloves. Looking down, she winced at the sight of her once pearl-colored suit, now turned gray and rust with smoke and dust. Even in the little light that managed to filter through the thick mosquito netting on the windows, the fabric was clearly beyond repair. The traveling outfit that had looked so smart in London had proved to be a poor choice for the trip from Mombasa.

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