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The Runaway Countess

runaway0813I’ve been so busy the last few weeks (trying to get ahead on the WIP, packing my 50 boxes of books for a move, taking care of a sick cat who has suddenly become very, very picky about his food….) that the beginning of September completely passed me by!  And with the beginning of September I had a new book release.  So I am talking about it today!  Better late than never, right???

 

Wed to wickedness 

In Society’s eyes, Hayden Fitzwalter, Earl of Ramsay and Jane Bancroft have the perfect marriage. But what can’t be seen are the secrets hidden behind closed doors. Believing Hayden will never renounce his dissolute ways, Jane flees to her family’s dilapidated estate in the country. 

Years later, Hayden now longs to win back the only woman who has ever touched his heart. But first he has to convince her that this rogue is ready to be tamed…. 

BANCROFTS OF BARTON PARK …Two sisters, two scandals, two sizzling love affairs

This story felt very risky to me when I was writing it.  I had never tried a “marriage in trouble” story before.  My stories have always followed the general romance outline–meeting (or re-meeting), liking or hating, getting to know each other, falling in love, marrying.  Maybe a villain or evil plot or two along the way!  This time there was no meeting/falling (though I show glimpses in flashbacks, another risky thing for me, but I really wanted to show how happy they were at first, and what went wrong).  This was a couple married in a time when marriage was nearly impossible to get out of, but who couldn’t bear to be together any longer.  They felt broken.  It almost broke MY heart, because I always want the best for my characters!!!  It’s hard for me to be mean to them, even when it’s for their own good….

Unlike many historical romances, the bulk of the book is not centered on the couple winning each other into matrimony but on the healing of a struggling marriage, the revelation of their pasts (particularly Hayden’s) and how difficult it is to change even when that change is fervently desired. Add the mystery and danger of a hidden treasure and a truly distasteful man and McCabe has created an enjoyable romance with a different focus than most…I am eagerly awaiting book two. –Fresh Fiction

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut honestly, Jane and Hayden needed to learn their lessons.  It’s a story that’s common even now–they married young, in the first flush of new passion, naive and impulsive.  Jane didn’t know how to be a countess; she had grown up in a ramshackle country house with an unconventional, scholarly family, taking care of her little sister Emma.  Hayden saw no need to give up his wild life just because he had a wife.  A few miscarriages drove them even further apart, until they had to separate.  But a few years later, they’ve both grown up a lot, and can see the enormity of what they’ve lost.

I admit it–I cried a bit when they started to get back together.  They were meant to be together, darn it!!  They just needed to figure that out…

Hayden and Jane were truly a couple who belonged together. They simply did not know how to handle a marriage. Jane tried to explain what she needed, but Hayden had only his parent’s example and could not understand. As a result, thw two must face the question is love enough? Find out in The Runaway Countess by Amanda McCabe. A little maturity and a lot of love can make a difference. Amanda McCabe has penned an amazing historical romance with just the right touch of suspense, some surprise revelations and a highly romantic ending. –Cataromance

It was also a risky story for me in that I wanted to try an Austen-esque setting.  Not in the style of Austen; I would never, ever be brave enough for that!!  But a small village, where everyone knows each other and small-seeming concerns become large, where family relationships are important, and the house is a character in itself.  (I wanted to go live at Barton Park, spend my days puttering in the garden and sewing by the fire…)  I ended up having lots of fun with it, though I missed my Gothic storms and poison plots.

RunningFromScandalCoverThe life of Barton Park continues in December, with Emma’s story, Running From Scandal.  She has to learn to grow up a bit, too–and might end up with a man she would never have dreamed of ever thinking about before, LOL.

The book is available on Amazon

And at eHarlequin

And my own website has excerpts and more info…

 

 

 

I apologize in advance, you are going to be hearing a lot from me in the next few months!  I have releases every month until the end of the year.  October brings the debut of my Elizabethan mystery series, written as Amanda Carmack, Murder at Hatfield House!  I am sooooo excited about these books.  November will bring a Christmas novella, A Very Tudor Christmas.  And December Emma’s book.  Whew!

In the meantime–do you like “marriage in trouble” stories?? What kind of dream house would you want, if you could choose any? (I am torn between a beach bungalow and an English country house.  Or a Paris apartment with a view of the Eiffel Tower…)  Comment for a chance to win a signed copy of  Countess!!!

 

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Angelina (Barbin) Jameson

I haven’t read very many ‘marriage in trouble’ books so the premise is still fresh to me. Love the idea of the setting as a small village.

I would like my main residence to be Burghley House in the UK and a summer house somewhere near the beach. (If I’m going to dream I might as well go big.)

Donna Cooper
Donna Cooper
9 years ago

I love period romances and yours sounds very interesting.

Shelley Munro
9 years ago

I love marriage in trouble stories and have recently written one 🙂
I think they’re great because the characters know each other well and the right buttons to push to get a dig in. There’s usually lots of great emotional baggage to delve into as well.

A Georgian property with bow windows and high ceilings, one with all the original features still intact. Might as well wish for the money to go with it because a place like that eats money! Ah, dreams…

Shelley Munro
9 years ago
Reply to  Shelley Munro

Oh, forgot to say all the best with your new release. Your future Elizabethan mystery has my name all over it!

Suzi Love
9 years ago

I look at real estate adds for country England all the time and pick my dream house…or rather…houses, because I’d live in any of them. I love them all.
Can’t wait to read your book.

Amanda McCabe
9 years ago

LOL! I also like to scan UK real estate ads, and dream about how I would decorate 🙂 I recently found a 17th century cottage I loved. (though I agree–we need to wish for the money to run these dream homes at the same time…)

Barbara Elness
Barbara Elness
9 years ago

An English country house would certainly fit my idea of a dream house. I think it would be nice to have something grand looking from the outside but with lots of homey comfortable rooms inside. I do like marriage in trouble stories, as well as second chance at love, so The Runaway Countess sounds like a story I’m going to enjoy.

Melody May
9 years ago

I think I would love to have a condo near the beach. Or a plantation style home with an amazing garden. Of course I need a gardener cause I have the black thumb of death.

Stefanie D
Stefanie D
9 years ago

I like marriage in trouble stories.
It is a dream of both my husband and I to move to a nice cottage in Scotland when we retire. I hope that’s a dream that’ll come true one day…

Maureen
Maureen
9 years ago

I do like marriage in trouble stories because there is already a relationship so the emotions seem authentic, even from the start of the story. I would definitely pick a house right on the beach for my dream house.

Jo's Daughter
Jo's Daughter
9 years ago

A nice big cottage in some beautiful green field, close to a sleepy village is my dream home.

Kim
Kim
9 years ago

I like marriage in trouble stories. You get to see the arc of the relationship & how the couple works through their problems. As for a dream home, something overlooking water would be nice.

Diane Gaston
Admin
9 years ago

Amanda! This book sounds terrific!
I’m looking forward to all your books.

Ella Quinn
9 years ago

You’re intrigued me. What an interesting premise. Off to download. Tweeted.

bn100
bn100
9 years ago

like those stories if they don’t involve cheating
house on the beach

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Sheila C
Sheila C
9 years ago

Every since I was in my 20’s, I wanted to tour England and if I had a gift from God, money falling from the sky, I would live there for ever. I have dozens of books on England, London, history of England, title etiquette, common words used in the regency period. I would love to live at a beach bungalow. Isolated somewhat, so I could start writing. I like marriage in trouble books, but only ones that go at a fast pace.

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