My Multi-Genre Runaway Release by Lucy Felthouse
The novella that I wrote as part of this blog tour, Love Through Time, ran away with itself and ended up crossing several genres as I was writing, hence the blog title. I’m not much of a plotter, so when I sat down to write I only had a very very basic outline of what I was going to write. I then tend to sit and write and see where my imagination takes me. While I was writing Love Through Time, my imagination took me to many places, which is why the resultant novella is a m/f paranormal contemporary erotic romance with historical elements! It’s not as crazy as it sounds, though, I promise.
Basically, the main storyline is set in the here and now with two main characters, and then there are ghostly elements, which also bring in the past. I can’t say much more than that without giving the game away, but let’s just say the tale involves a bittersweet romantic tale, as well as a budding romance with a yummy erotic scene!
It was definitely one of the most challenging pieces I’ve written, not only because of the length (I’ve only just started branching out into 10k+ work) but because of the amount of research that was necessary to make sure I was being accurate. I needed to find out more about the job of the main character and what it would involve, as well as checking several facts to do with the historical parts of the story – the last thing I wanted was to write something and find out it couldn’t possibly be correct! Nightmare!
Overall, Love Through Time was a really fun story to write and I found myself feeling emotions right along with the characters in the story; fear, worry and sadness – so that’s got to be a good sign, right? I just hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Westbury Manor is a stately home with a fascinating past, and when book conservator Emily Stone starts uncovering it, she’s startled by what she finds…
Emily arrives at Westbury Manor with a job to do. She’s to clean and conserve all of the books in their impressive library, preserving them for future generations. Not long into her stay at the house, she bumps into the night guard, George. She’d expected an old, balding guy with a comb over, so the hunky chap she actually meets is a very pleasant surprise. The introductions complete, George leaves Emily in peace to get on with her job. But when a falling photograph sets off a chain reaction of ghostly events, Emily and George are thrown together in order to find out who—or what—is causing them. Their investigation uncovers a tragic past, a lost love, and a stunning secret.
Emily received some strange looks and frowns from the people she passed as she walked across the graveled drive toward the front entrance of Westbury Hall. She could appreciate their confusion. It was closing time for the stately home, and the last of the visitors were being politely ushered out of the building, yet she was heading inside. She’d been invited. She had a job to do.
An elderly lady stood in the porch, smiling and nodding as she held the door open for those departing the hall. Most of them seemed in no hurry to leave, stopping to make comments to the woman at the door, thanking her for a lovely visit and so on. Emily waited patiently to the side, allowing the patrons to leave before attempting to enter. When the staff member—most likely a volunteer, Emily thought—caught sight of her, she gave her a polite nod of acknowledgment.
Finally, the last of Westbury Hall’s visitors moved out, leaving Emily free to enter. Climbing the single, stone step to the threshold, she took the hand already offered her.
Shaking Emily’s hand with a surprising firmness, the woman said, “You must be Miss Stone.” Her smart appearance and the intelligence in her eyes indicated that despite her age, she was far from past it. “I’m Mrs. Thompson, house supervisor.”
“I am,” Emily replied, dropping her hand back to her side, “but please, call me Emily. It’s lovely to meet you. So, house supervisor? Do you live on site?”
Indicating Emily should step inside the entrance hall, Mrs. Thompson proceeded to close and lock the porch and front doors of the house, securing them in.
“I do,” the older woman said, turning back to face Emily, “I have rooms in a separate building just off the back of this one. So you needn’t worry about me disturbing you.”
“Oh no,” Emily said, worried she’d inadvertently rubbed Mrs. Thompson the wrong way. “I didn’t mean that. I was just curious. You’re more than welcome to see me at work, Mrs. Thompson; although, I’m afraid you won’t see anything terribly exciting.”
Mrs. Thompson smiled now, the warmth reaching her eyes. Emily sighed silently with relief. She’d yet to see the extent of the work she had to do, but she’d been told it was no easy task, so she could be here for some time. The last thing she needed was to upset any of the staff.
“Oh, you’d be surprised, my dear. This is a fascinating old place. Of course, all these old houses have history, but Westbury Hall’s is particularly rich.”
Emily smiled. The woman’s enthusiasm was infectious. “Well then,” she replied, “I can’t wait to learn more about it. I hope you’ll feed me full of historical tidbits while I’m here?”
Mrs. Thompson gave an enigmatic smile. Then, startling Emily somewhat, she turned smartly on her heel and walked deeper into the house. “Come, my dear, I won’t hold you up any longer. I’ll show you to the library, where you’ll soon start uncovering Westbury’s illustrious history for yourself.”
Lucy is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story – so she did. It went down a storm and she’s never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance, Summerhouse Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour and Seducing the Myth. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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