My newest release, Redemption for a Rogue, is the 4th installment in the Regimental Heroes series. It’s a Historical Victorian. All the stories in the series center on men who fought in the Crimean War where the Russians cut them down. I have tied in stanzas from the Charge of the Light Brigade poem. They are all struggling with the 1850’s version on Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after their return to upper crust society in England.
The Regimental Heroes. It was a war. It was a duty. It was not a choice. Now, the men have returned to England. Nothing has changed, but everything is different. Will they find love in the women strong enough to help them battle their inner demons?
In Redemption for a Rogue, Lord John Mitchell has dyslexia. His worst fear on returning from the war is that he is put in charge of the family’s estate. When his father dies unexpectedly, he has no choice.
I did research on what his handicap would have been called in 1855. Later, it was called Mirror Vision. In 1855, I think he would have simply been referred to as retarded. There were no explanations or cures, his father would have probably seen him as inferior.
I found it interesting to deal with modern day issues and place them in another time. People struggled with the same things we do for as long as humans existed, but how did they handle it?
The last things my series heroes would have wanted to admit were the problems they struggled with. In the second story in the series, Spencer starts a ‘card club’. This is a safe place for these young men to gather and discuss the demons that plague their nightmares.
Redemption for a Rogue blurb:
Told by everyone, including his father, he is slow-witted, Lord John Mitchell is willing to do almost anything to avoid helping run the family estate or care for his orphaned nephew. His lifelong battle learning to read and write has convinced him his father is right.
After the death of her husband in the Crimean War, Vivienne Ravenhill needs financial stability for her son and herself.
When Lord John’s father suddenly dies, he is thrown into taking on the estate and the family’s mill. Are John’s learning disabilities something he can overcome in order to handle this responsibility?
Will Vivienne find a place in his home…and his heart?
“I can’t do this,” John said barely above a whisper.
“My opinion differs, because I know you’re capable. You just need a little assistance. If I read the invoices, do you understand what needs to be done?”
“Then I will fill in the forms.”
“Are you an angel sent to watch over me?” The shadow of John’s beard and dark hair gave him an intensely masculine quality.
She swallowed. “No, I am merely the hired governess.”
“I feel you have become much more to Graeme and me then merely a governess.” As he watched her, a shiver ran up her spine. His gaze implied things. Erotic things men and women never spoke of and only shared behind bedchamber doors. “Everything seems to holds less importance, because right now, Vivienne, all I want in the world is to kiss you.”
It was the first time he’d said her name. When she began to contradict his statement, he pressed a finger to her lips and then replaced it with his mouth. He leaned forward in his chair to pull her close. Her breasts pressed against the hard planes of his chest. Vivienne knew it was wrong, but her heart sang from his caress. Gentle. Loving.
Jennifer Conner is a best-selling Northwest author who has twenty short stories on ebook and one full-length book in print. She writes in Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, and Erotica.
Christmas Chaos was in the Kindle sales top 50 ebooks and #2 in the Romance category.
Her novel Shot in the Dark was a finalist in the Emerald City Opener, Cleveland, and Toronto RWA contests.
Jennifer is an Associate Publisher for the indie e-book company Books to Go Now that resides in the Seattle area. BTGN pride themselves in helping new authors get their foot in the door with well-edited manuscripts, professional covers, and platforms uploads.
She live in a hundred year old house that she grew up in. Her semi-small town holds an interesting mix of resident hillbillies, yuppies and Navy Seals. And of course Seattle, only a few miles away, is the birthplace of Starbucks so coffee is always on the check list. She blows glass beads with a blow torch, (which relieves a lot of stress and people don’t bother you) and is a huge fan of my local soccer teams, the Seattle Sounders, and Kitsap Pumas. Boys in shorts! 🙂