The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Welcome historical romance writer, Samantha Holt...

Hi, Samantha! It's lovely to invite another UK author to guest on my site :) As I write for the US market , the majority of my guest are US writers so this feels kind of a different for me, lol! Love your cover, by the way...ready for the questions??

1)   When and why did you decide you wanted to be a published author?

Shortly after I finished my first book. I wrote it for myself, to keep myself occupied while my hubby was away and I thought it would be fun to share it. I never quite realized I’d take it up as a full time job!

2)   What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?

To read instructions thoroughly  - that was the best and worse thing because I felt like an idiot after messing up but it was a good learning experience.

3)   Favourite author/s?

Elizabeth Gaskell and most Harlequin authors. I’m a sucker for those books.

4)   What is your typical day?

Run around like a headless chicken doing housework, send kids to school, knuckle down to writing and hopefully get the chance to squeeze in a little siesta. Then it’s back to kids and housework until the evening when writing takes over once more.

5)   Share your blurb or short excerpt from your latest release with us.

Here’s a little sneaky peak at one of the tender moments between Jake and Isabel:

A silent sob welled in her throat and she couldn’t hold it back. Her         shoulders shook gently as the tears escaped but still he stood there.

Would he not just leave her? What an ungrateful fool she was.

His woodsy scent worked through her tears and she tensed as the bed ropes strained beneath her. Jake pushed his hand under the crook of her knees and her shoulders. Isabel opened her mouth to squeal as she found herself rolled into Jake’s arms. He lifted her with a gentleness that seemed so at odds with his broad chest.

6)   Who would you cast to play your hero & heroine in a movie?

Jake would need to be someone big and brooding. Maybe Joe Manganiello. I think he is absolutely perfect. For Isabel, maybe Scarlett Johansson. She’s feisty but she can also do subtle, like in The Girl with the Pearl Earring.

7)   Did you plan this book? Or write it as it came?

I rarely plan my books though I usually have a beginning, middle and end vaguely sketched out in my head. The ending on this one changed quite dramatically when I was close to finished.

8)   What surprised you the most when you became published?

That people actually wanted to buy and read my books! Still blows me away even now!

9)   Do you have a dedicated writing space? What does it look like?

Not yet! You’d think I’d have one by now but I just sit in ‘my spot’ on the sofa and tap away on my laptop. My wrists suffer for it so I’m trying to persuade my children they don’t need all their toys so I can turn half of the playroom into an office.

10)                   What’s next for you?

Borderland Beauty - Book 2 of The Borderland Legacy is finished and is in the hands of my publisher so I’m waiting on a release date for that and I’m just finishing up a fantasty novel - new territory for me as I’ve never written anything other than medieval. Eeek!

Borderland Bride (The Borderland Legacy)
by Samantha Holt
Historical Romance
Publisher: Jupiter Gardens Press
Release Date: March 21, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 50,000

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These are the borderlands, lass. We make our own rules here.

In the wilderness of 14th century Northumbria, Lady Isabel discovers just how dangerous the borderlands can be. With the loss of her voice and her hearing, there is little hope left for her. But when a brooding knight rescues her, she vows never to become a victim again and buries the secrets of her past in the hope that those hunting her will never find her in the borderlands.

Jake is astonished to come across the beautiful Isabel, near to death, on his brother’s lands. Bringing her back to his brother’s home, he finds himself longing for something more from the courageous woman, something that he thought he would never want again. Isabel works her way into his scarred heart and opens Jake up to loving once more. But will Isabel’s secrets destroy their bond? And with his charismatic brother, Dominic, charming her, does he even stand a chance?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.


“Isabel, what in God’s name are you doing?”

“I am returning to my father,” she told him breathlessly.

“You would see yourself in that monster’s hands? Why?”

“I cannot see Thornewall suffer for my sakes. And I cannot see you or Dominic harmed. Not for me.”

“We are grown men; will you not let us make these decisions ourselves? Thornewall is strong, we have endured worse.”

Isabel shook her head. “Nay, I will not see war brought to your door. If my father fails here, then he will turn his attention to your lands. They have not the strength of Thornewall, you have said as much yourself.”

Jake squeezed her arm until he saw her wince. Damn his brutish manners. He could not let her throw herself into the arms of a murderer for their sakes. “I can defend my lands, lass. I’ve done it before and I’ll gladly do it again.”

But she was right, Greycroft was ill prepared for a full-scale war and his own castle would not hold out long against a siege. It was likely he would die defending it.

“That is what I fear,” she said softly and Jake wondered if he had spoken aloud.

Her voice took on a desperate quality and she pulled against his grip. “Let me go, Jake, for I cannot allow you to place yourself in danger for me. Not for a woman that hurt you so.”

He considered her and saw the fear in her eyes - a fear that was not for herself, but for him, his brother, and all their people. How he could ever have thought her as wicked as his wife, he knew not. There was nothing in this lass but kindness. He gulped, fighting the words he would have to say. There was no other way.

“Isabel, you do not have to return.”

“I do, Jake!” She struggled again.

“Listen…” He grabbed at her other arm and pinned her still. “Listen, there is another way. Marry…”

She ceased her struggles and stared at him.

“Marry Dominic.”

Isabel blinked at him. “What?” she whispered.

“Marry Dominic. Your father would be a fool to say nay to such an allegiance. He is one of the richest men in England. There will be no war and you will be safe.”

Safe. He clung to the word, trying to ignore the ache in his heart. It didn’t matter, as long as she was safe. In spite of himself, he urged her to say nay, to confess her love for him, but he knew it could come to nothing. He had nothing to offer Lord Henry in return for her hand.

Isabel gaped at him. “Marry Dominic? But…did he decide this?”

“Nay.” He sighed. “‘Twas my idea.”

She gulped and her eyes misted with tears as she took a deep breath. Her composure regained, she shook her head in disbelief. “Why would you suggest such an idea?”

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About the Author
Samantha resides in Warwickshire, England with her twin girls and occasionally her husband, who works abroad. She admits that his long absences often help get the creative juices flowing. She's a romance addict and has been devouring all kinds of romance for as long as she can remember.

A huge history buff, Samantha likes to blend her love of the past with her love of romance and create thrilling and passionate tales set to medieval backdrops. She thinks there's nothing sexier than a rugged warrior and a feisty maiden falling head over heels for each other.

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  1. Thanks for having me, Rachel!

  2. Love the excerpt. Cant wait to read the book.