Historical Romance Month continues this week on Nesie’s Place with the work of author Maureen Driscoll in the spotlight! Maureen shares her personal insights on books from two of her series, The Kellingtons and The Emersons. Also, THREE random commenters will win ebooks each day this week! Good times!
This is from the second series I did, about the Emerson family. The Kellingtons are rich. The Emersons start out poor and they remain that way through (most of) five books. That did not go over too well with some readers. And this book got the most hate, though it’s probably my favorite.
For me, it’s fun to think of the fantasy where the rich guy comes in, loves you truly and sweeps you off your feet while showering you with money (basically all the Kellington books, except Lizzie’s husband is also rich and titled). But for me, there’s something really romantic about loving someone despite the fact your life is still going to be a struggle. I went through two periods in my life (once after my divorce and the other when the recession hit), when I was hugely in debt. I was weeks away from having to move in with my mom in my 40s, when things finally started turning around. You don’t forget times like that when splurging on yourself might be getting a $2 Wet n Wild eyeliner. So I wrote a series where life was a struggle, but love was abundant.
In this book, James Emerson returns to England with his six-year-old daughter Anna in tow. She was the result of a liaison he’d had with a Native American woman. So not only are they facing poverty, but also the bigotry of society against a mixed-race child. But none of that matters when he meets Irene, the sister of the man who cheated him out of land in America.
There are two reasons this book gets hate. One is that I think everyone expected them to fall into a pot of money at the end, which did not happen. And the other is that book three starts with a huge jolt at the end of book two. But, again, it remains my favorite.
If you’ve ever been at a point when money was truly scarce, what was the small treat which brought you the most joy?
“Always True To Her (Emersons Book 2)”
Author: Maureen Driscoll
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency/Victorian
Release Date: August 22, 2014
ADVISORY FROM THE AUTHOR: This book contains explicit language of a sexual nature. If you don’t like explicit sex in your books, you won’t like this story. It’s also pretty light on the history. One story ends on a cliffhanger, though the main story is resolved. If you hate any type of cliffhanger — as many, many people apparently do — there’s nothing to see here and you may want to move on, though I appreciate your stopping by. However, if you like romance, humor and an ending that’s more realistic than most happily ever afters, there’s a chance you may like this book…
From the author of the Kellington series of Regency romances, comes the second book in the Emerson saga.
Lord James Emerson has returned to England intent on regaining the land that was stolen from him in America. He has come, with his daughter in tow, to confront the family of the man who cheated him out of his life’s savings. But he did not expect to meet the woman who steals his heart.
Miss Irene Wallace is certain her brother could not have acted so dishonorably. Yet it is hard to believe the man who loves his daughter so much is lying. She decides to work with Lord James to resolve the issue in the interest of justice. But instead, she finds herself falling in love with her brother’s enemy.
ALWAYS TRUE TO HER is a passionate Regency romance about the bonds of love and family.
Danielle Fishel calls Maureen Driscoll her “most favorite author of all things naughty and delicious.”
Maureen is a television writer based in Los Angeles whose credits include MADtv, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Nickelodeon’s BrainSurge. She was also a former recipient of a Walt Disney Studios screenwriting fellowship, where she wrote a romantic comedy based on her rather painful divorce. The script didn’t make it to the big screen, but it did teach her a few things about happily ever after.
Before moving to Hollywood, Maureen spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill. Her novel Dating George Clooney is a political satire inspired by those years.
She has written two Regency Romance series, one centered on the Kellington family and the other on the Emersons. She is launching a third in 2017 called the Jasmine Cottage series and has also written a time travel romance set in America in the 1920s called The Tycoon Murderer, to be released later this year. She can be found occasionally on Twitter at @MaureenDriscoll, slightly more frequently on Facebook at Maureen Driscoll Author and almost never on her blog at MaureenDriscollRomance.wordpress.com.