I had so much fun writing Fool for Love. It was one of my favorite writing experiences. I loved the characters (I mean, who wouldn’t love a protective cowboy with a heart of gold who just wants to be loved?) and I seriously love the world of Cold Springs, Montana. But the best part of writing this book was the way it brought two of the most popular romance worlds together. I had a ball bringing a titled British heroine from London together with a Montana cowboy.
There are so many really great novels that dive into the glittering world of British nobility. I love a good duke as much as the next girl. There’s something delicious about lords and ladies, old titles that have been passed down through generations, and ballroom drama. It’s such a romantic world. I grew up reading these kinds of romances right along all of the stories of daring pioneers and rugged frontiersmen. The thing that I think a lot of people forget is that these two eras—the titled splendor and the rugged adventure—happened simultaneously.
With Fool for Love, I wanted to explore that connection. So I started with a heroine who was a part of that long tradition of nobility. But Amelia is a heroine in distress. Her family was once great but has now fallen into scandal and obscurity. Her last hope of respectability was to take a position as a governess, a position far below her. That last hope was shattered when a faithless lover left her pregnant and alone.
Ah, that’s the other inspiration I had for this story. I wanted to start with my poor heroine in such dire straits that she would have to make a drastic choice in order to have her second chance. It was fun to play with a heroine who had already wrecked herself in the eyes of proper society. Amelia is a good person, though, and bad things happen to good people. I wanted to give her a chance to start over, to build a new life, the way I would wish that same chance on any woman who wants to change her stars and begin again.
Eric is also down to his last chance when the story starts. He helps Amelia because he knows that he doesn’t have much left to lose. It might seem harsh to plunge these poor characters into such tight spots, but nothing is more fun than watching people rise above their circumstances to take on the world.
So really, Fool for Love is about second chances. It’s about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps even when the world says you can’t or you shouldn’t, and going after your dreams anyhow. It’s something that I think we all can do if we’re given the right help and encouragement. My biggest hope is that anyone reading Amelia and Eric’s story who needs that extra push and that extra support can find it in these pages. It’s never too late to start reaching for your dreams and no one has ever fallen so far that they can’t take that first step on the road to a second chance.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Fool For Love
Eric Quinlan was born a cowboy and a rancher and intends to die a cowboy and a rancher. But when his ranch is in danger of failing, he travels to the wilds of London looking for a business deal to save it. What he finds there are stuffed shirts, odd manners, and a damsel in distress.
Amelia Elphick’s life is over. She may have been born a lady, but when she finds herself jilted by a lover who leaves her pregnant and refuses to marry her, she seems destined for a life on the streets. When her employer’s rough but handsome houseguest, Eric, offers to rescue her from ruin, she has no choice but to say yes, even if it means moving halfway around the world.
But Amelia finds herself saying yes to more than a ticket west. What starts with a harmless lie tangles Amelia and Eric in a web of desire and deceit that exposes passions and turns their worlds upside-down. Eric believes Amelia holds the key to saving his beloved ranch and giving him the family he always wanted, but can he save her from the demons of her past without losing himself in the process?
People do foolish things when they’re in love…
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn’t have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always have something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.
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