Nobody’s AngelWillow Park Romance # 1
By: Sarah Hegger
Releasing March 31st, 2015
In this evocative new series from author Sarah Hegger, a woman returns home after a long absence—and wonders if two wrongs really can make a right...
Nine years ago Lucy Flint ran away to Seattle, taking her friend's boyfriend and leaving her high school sweetheart without a word of explanation. Now she's back in Willow Park, Illinois, to help care for her ailing father—and it's no surprise that her ex, Dr. Richard Hunter, is still angry.
Still, she's a different Lucy now. Sober, wiser, ready to make amends to the long—make that very long—list of those she mistreated during her wild younger days. Falling for Richard all over again would mean wreaking havoc in both their lives and possibly squandering her opportunity for redemption. But here, in the place where everything went wrong, is the one person who always felt right, and a second-chance that could be the best mistake she ever made…
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Thank you so much for having me over today.
Although it’s my third book released, Nobody’s Angel, is like being a debutante all over again for me. She’s the first of my contemporary romances to be released. Having had many homes and career incarnations before I settled into writing, it’s no real surprise that I couldn’t confine myself to one genre. And considering I started my writing journey wanting to write Regency Romance, it all gets a bit confusing.
And what a gap between the genres I have—over 800 years, the other string to my bow being Medieval Romance.
Other than historical versus modern setting, and the research involved, the biggest adjustment is language, the wonderful freedom of words that opens up to you in contemporary. So many of the words we take for granted in our everyday speech, simply didn’t exist in the middle ages. It’s particularly hard to get a good swear going in England, 1217. Expressions we use freely today often refer to things not in existence in that period. Nobody in a medieval book can radiate anything—love, laughter, good humor, rage. They also can’t be electrified into action or rocket out of their seat. They can’t tune in, turn on or step up. Mostly, I think I drove the copy editor nuts as he painstakingly put all the contractions into the contemporary work (thanks, Gary, sorry for the hair tearing).
Research is a bit easier in contemporary. All hail the Internet and the wealth of information right at our fingertips. Of course, there is a wee bit of sifting to be done, but it’s all there. And if you can’t find it online, you can always get your hands on a real live person who can give you their experience. I don’t know any 800 year olds to do the same for medieval.
Writing Nobody’s Angel was a labor of love from start to finish. She was first written about four years ago, when my husband dared me to write contemporary. I’m a total plotter and I don’t write Chapter One before I have the entire book planned out. This one took on a life of it’s own from the first time I ‘met’ the character of Lucy Flint. Of course, she’s gone up on the chopping board several times, had a lot of tweaks and changes, but she will always have a special place in my heart—don’t tell the other characters I said so.
Nobody’s Angel is the first in the Willow Park Romance series. Her stablemates – Nobody’s Fool and Nobody’s Princess are scheduled for release on August 25, 2015, and March, 2016 (respectively). I promise there’s a little taste of Lucy and Richard in both of them.
I hope you get as much out of sharing Lucy’s journey as I did writing it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globe-trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
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