It was in the winter of 2010, with the mists rolling across the fields and the night crawling through the woods surrounding her house in southwestern France, that her thoughts turned to write, and more specifically - vampires.
She wanted to write since a very young age and made several attempts as a teenager, but she could never finish anything. There in Dordogne, a few years later, it came very naturally. From that day, she has written ten novels and as many short stories. 2017 marks the year when she finally able to live your dream and write full time, and she doesn't want to waste a minute!
She has lived in rural France since 1998, a big shock for a girl who'd lived all her life outside London. She survived French plumbing, marauding cows, falling through rotten floorboards and three home births (while midwife sat downstairs chatting to talking to her other half and drinking red wine). Now she has three lovely daughters, four cats, a wild imagination and a very patient husband. She can't live without music, chocolate or English teabags.
Dreams of true love and happy ever afters
Dreams of love are all well and good, but all Prunella Chuffington-Smythe wants is to publish her novel. Marriage at the price of her independence is something she will not consider. Having tasted success writing under a false name in The Lady’s Weekly Review, her alter ego is attaining notoriety and fame and Prue rather likes it.
A Duty that must be endured
Robert Adolphus, The Duke of Bedwin, is in no hurry to marry, he’s done it once and repeating that disaster is the last thing he desires. Yet, an heir is a necessary evil for a duke and one he cannot shirk. A dark reputation precedes him though, his first wife may have died young, but the scandals the beautiful, vivacious and spiteful creature supplied the ton have not. A wife must be found. A wife who is neither beautiful or vivacious but sweet and dull, and certain to stay out of trouble.
Dared to do something drastic
The sudden interest of a certain dastardly duke is as bewildering as it is unwelcome. She’ll not throw her ambitions aside to marry a scoundrel just as her plans for self-sufficiency and freedom are coming to fruition. Surely showing the man she’s not actually the meek little wallflower he is looking for should be enough to put paid to his intentions? When Prue is dared by her friends to do something drastic, it seems the perfect opportunity to kill two birds.
However, Prue cannot help being intrigued by the rogue who has inspired so many of her romances. Ordinarily, he plays the part of a handsome rake, set on destroying her plucky heroine. But is he really the villain of the piece this time, or could he be the hero?
Finding out will be dangerous, but it just might inspire her greatest story yet.