This summer I was lucky enough to have the chance to visit Israel, to stand by
Wall, to look out over the Sea of Galilee, to stand atop Masada, and to walk the
tunnels of the City of David. It was the experience of a lifetime, the chance
things I had read about and imagined for years.
To stand atop towering plateau of Masada, that ancient, impregnable, doomed
against a Roman siege, and look down at the ramp the relentless centurions built
the top, is to experience history. It is impossible to look at the millions of
dirt and not try to imagine all the work it took to move them, or the desperate
that met the builders. And it is impossible to walk the walls of the ancient
city and not
think of those who lived there in those last desperate days.
While I found Masada to be the most powerful place I visited, each place I went
with a feeling of awe and history. I was constantly picturing all the
had been there before me, imaging all the events I had heard about since the
of my childhood.
I will probably never write about that period of history, but it reminded me
how powerful location is, of how the past still echoes today. Itâ€™s been years
visited London (since before I was writing seriously) but I still vividly
those streets and feeling all the lives that had gone before me.
I think thatâ€™s why I became a writer, the desire to write down and share the
worlds and histories that wander through my head. I want to capture the
poignancy of each
individual moment and bring it to life.
When writing a story like SARAH'S SURRENDER, I try to capture the intense emotions and
that can happen in a single night and to place the reader firmly in the desired
and time. I work hard to imagine what it was like to be a woman in the Regency
many fewer choices open to me -- and so many more constraints.
SURRENDER, I created a heroine whoâ€™s had to struggle hard after the man she
sheâ€™d love forever lets her down in the worst way. Sheâ€™s left feeling like
something wrong with her, and nothing she does will ever make her world right
These feelings cause her to seem haughty and distant (in BOUND BY
in truth sheâ€™s anything but â€“ and when her true love returns, she must work to
courage to reach for a second chance.
Giving Sarah her second chance and once again visiting the Regency world that I
love was a
wonderful experience for me. And I hope youâ€™ll enjoy it, too, as you read just
Sarah is willing to go to grasp that chance.
Lavinia Kent never knew that most people donâ€™t make up stories in their
pass the time. She still has a hard time understanding how those who donâ€™t
doctorâ€™s waiting room or a grocery store line without another world to escape
Growing up in New York state and Wisconsin, Lavinia graduated from Wellesley
for reasons that are still not quite clear, also holds an MBA from Washington,
Georgetown University. Lavinia has remained in Washington ever since.
She lives under the gracious (and usually benign) rule of Erzsebet, the cat,
her husband, three children, one cockatiel, two rats, and Erzsebetâ€™s younger,
tomcat, otherwise known as The Golden Snitch.
As the mother of three, Lavinia finds â€śleisure timeâ€ť to be ever-elusive, but
when she is
not reading romance novels, she watches far too much HBO and reality television.
also be noted that she has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Buffy.
Lavinia is a two-term president of the Washington Romance Writers and is proud
to be a
four-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominee.
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In Lavinia Kentâ€™s scorching new eBook original novella, two wounded hearts
only the sweet release of temptations long denied can heal the pain of past
Five years ago, Miss Sarah Swilp had been deeply in love with Jonathan Perry,
son of an earl. But when Jonathan inherited his auntâ€™s lands and money, he
demanding Sarahâ€™s maidenhood and uttering those unforgettably cruel words: â€śYou
do know I
wonâ€™t marry you.â€ť She refused, of course, and that spoiled everything. Now, just
agreed to a marriage of convenience, Jonathan reappearsâ€”and after Sarah gets one
his lean, hard body, the embers of desire burst back into flame.
Over time, Jonathan has learned quite a bit about the art of pleasureâ€”though
ever given him so much joy as the husky timbre of Sarahâ€™s laugh. It had hurt to
but what other choice did he have? Perhaps heâ€™d been too afraid of ending up
brother, targeted by a woman seeking a title. Seeing her again, Jonathan canâ€™t
wondering what might have been if only Sarah had surrendered to red-hot lust.
judging by the wicked look in her eyes, it may not be too late to find out.
SARAH'S SURRENDER Sarahâ€™s Surrender is intended for mature audiences. Donâ€™t miss
of the next novel in the Bound and Determined series, RAVISHING RUBY.
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