Legacy of Darkness by Jane Godman

Legacy of DarknessLegacy of Darkness by Jane Godman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Legacy of Darkness is a Gothic romance from the Harlequin range. It is full of dark secrets, dramatic scenes and has a stunning setting on the rugged Cornish coast. A young Queen Victoria has just taken the throne of England. Uther Jago and his sister Demelza live with their nephew Earl Tynan. They oversee the running of Castle Athal or Tenebris as it is known in the family until Tynan comes of age.

Lucy Alleyne has recently lost her father and has returned to England from India where her father worked for The East India Company. Having used all her money to bring her father’s ashes home, Lucy has found a job as a ladies companion. She is quite shocked and surprised when Demelza rescues her and claims kinship, whisking her away to Cornwall to the family home.

Tenebris holds dark secrets and has been home to centuries of family members who lived with their own dark pasts. Now it hides one last member of the family who lives his own horror. But who should Lucy be most afraid of? Strong, sexy, sensual Uther whose eyes make her want to melt into them. Or Tynan who must be kept at a distance for her safety? And what are the haunting screams and noises which make Lucy lock her bedroom door each night?

This book delivers forbidden fruits from the Gothic period with twists and turns, set in a delightful and favourite part of England.

Legacy of Darkness is currently available as part of The Shivers Line Box set from HarlequinE, released in January and available until the end of March.

Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk


From April Legacy of Darkness will be available to purchase as a single title, and the box set will be disbanded.

The Sequel Echoes of Darkness will feature in the second Shivers box set available from April 2014.

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Jane will be our guest author on the blog tomorrow, come back and read more about her and her writing.

Guest Author Serena Fairfax

My guest today is Serena Fairfax, please join me in welcoming Serena to the blog and let’s find out more about her.


1) Where is your home town?

London is my home and no one sings its praises better than Adele in  “Hometown Glory.”  Listen and hum along to it.

2)   How long have you been writing? What inspired you to pen your first book? 

Off and on for years.  I’d read some Mills & Boons and  tried my hand at it. Well, I never cracked the M&B nut although STRANGE INHERITANCE and PAINT ME A DREAM  were published by Robert Hale Ltd in its now defunct Rainbow Romance line.

3)  Tell us a bit about your childhood in India, have you worked any of your experiences into your writing?

My father was an international businessman (I fantasised that this was his cover story and that he was really a secret agent). Wherever in the world he was posted, we followed. We spent many enjoyable years in India  and as my mother was curious and gregarious we had  lots of friends from all backgrounds. Some of the incidents in WHERE THE BULBUL SINGS such as the suicide and the acid attack sprang from real life episodes. Then I was sent to boarding school in England (loved it- midnight feasts in the dorm with, dare I say, more than the odd tipple smuggled in, and inspiring teachers) followed by University where I read law and then qualified as a lawyer, which is still the day job.

4)  You’ve written 4 romances, there are so many sub-categories in this genre today where would you place each of your romances?

STRANGE INHERITANCE, PAINT ME A DREAM, GOLDEN GROVE and WILFUL FATE  (all  50,000 words) are what I categorise as light contemporary romances with a happy ever after ending.  Where THE BULBUL SINGS is contemporary women’s fiction (over 100,000 words) with a romance theme but essentially a story of a woman from the minority Anglo-Indian community who reinvents herself. IN THE PINK (45,000 words) isn’t a romance  but an entertainment.

5)  “Where the Bulbul Sings” is set in an Anglo-Indian community, what is a Bulbul?

A bulbul is an Indian songbird or, more romantically, nightingale. Bulbuls perch in Africa, Asia and as far north as Japan. They have short necks, long tails, wings are rounded and short and they vary in length from 13cms to 29cms.  They are highly vocal. Some bulbuls are rather drab whilst others have colourful plumage. Most bulbuls are monogamous but the yellow whiskered greenbul is polygamous!

6) How does the title reflect the story?

Ah, that’s for the reader to determine!

7) You’ve written another book “In the Pink” it is described as a wry comedy, tell us a little about the book and where the idea for the storyline came from.

A friend’s brief involvement with an NGO (non-governmental organisation) triggered the storyline and of course, I pumped it up and invented a lot of incidents and characters including the delightful Dame Marjorie Sandringham.

8) You are part of the “Romantic Novelists Association”, why is this a good group for aspiring romance writers to join?

It embraces a range of writer from newbies, the successful and still struggling and is supportive and encouraging to all. But what would be even better is if it were to go the extra mile to welcome to the membership, talented indie authors who haven’t before been published by traditional houses, thereby ending the unjustified bias against them. The local chapter meetings are a fun place to exchange ideas and the speakers give valuable tips on hot topics.

9) As an Indie Author, what marketing tools have worked well for you?

Marketing is 90% of an indie author’s work and is a hard slog but one mustn’t blush unseen. I give talks, appear at romance book fests (I’m participating in the Festival of Romance which is being held in November), blogging, guest posting, being interviewed on other writer’s blogs and joining writers’ groups. One never knows where it will lead.

10) Tell us about your latest book. Do you have a planned publication date?

My latest offspring is an erotic romance. I hope I’ve pulled it off (no pun intended). It’s scheduled for release as an ebook in December 2013.

Thanks so much, Rosie.

where_the_bulbul_sings_180For a direct link to this book click here for Amazon.co.uk

My books are available as ebooks on Amazon (USA and UK), Smashwords and the IBookstore.

Serena’s links:

Website     http://www.serenafairfax.com/

Blog : http://www.serenafairfax.com/serena_fairfax_author_blog/

Email:        info@serenafairfax.com

LinkedIn      http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/serena-fairfax/4a/852/a67

Twitter:      http://klout.com/user/Sefairfax?n=tw&v=connect_twitter

Facebook     http://www.facebook.com/serenafairfax

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Thanks for being my guest today Serena, and Good Luck with the next book.

50 More Shades of Grey

I truly believe that not a week goes by when 50 Shades of Grey doesn’t get more publicity in some form or another in Britain, I’m not sure about the rest of the world? A run-away marketing success. Today the Mail on Sunday You Magazine has an article about writing your own erotic bestseller. There are the top ten rules for success, the opportunity to attend a writers workshop in london on the 6th November and finally your chance to enter a short story competition writing your own erotica piece. Winners will get their entry published by Black Lace Books as part of a forthcoming eBook collection. Just complete 4000 words and submit by 31st october. Visit you.co.uk for all T’s&C’s.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Go on take a chance, you only live once!