Gail, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your series.
Lord of Her Heart, Book One in the Tales of Little Macclow series
Genre: “sweet” Regency Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Gail Eastwood launches a new Regency series with Lord of Her Heart
An unexpected return. A new risk for old friends.
As Little Macclow prepares to celebrate May Day, Tom Hepston’s arrival stirs expectations and speculation in the Derbyshire village. Tom left fourteen years ago. Now he is back, but he hasn’t come willingly and he has no plans to stay. He believes the physical and mental wounds from the naval career he has left behind have made him a madman no woman could–or should–love. Can he leave again before everyone sees the broken man he has become?
Sally Royden’s young heart broke when Tom left the first time. After learning not to hope for his return, she now leads a satisfying life caring for her sister and serving as the village seamstress. She’s shocked to find him standing in her parlor. Tom’s experiences have changed him. Dare she hope for renewed friendship? Or even love? Or will her heart be broken twice–by the same man? In Little Macclow, love seems to have a power all of its own.
Note: Part of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project and other non-profit organizations that support those fighting the challenges of PTSD.
Which book is this in the series?
I’ve titled Lord of Her Heart as Book One in my series, even though it’s not the first book I wrote in it. The book that is “second” in the series (now) was written as a stand-alone originally, my first-ever “Christmas” book, Lord of Misrule. But readers fell in love with my village setting, and wanted a series. And then I realized, of course, that there were a bunch more stories to tell! Lord of Her Heart takes place eight months prior to Lord of Misrule, so it seemed to be the starting point.
How many books do you plan for the series?
At present it looks like seven stories altogether, although a couple of those may be novellas rather than full-length books. There may be a short story or two to throw in as well.
How many books are completed?
Only the first two are out. I’m working on Book Three right now.
What characters are the main stars in your series?
Each book picks up the romance of different people connected to the village and stands as a complete story, but the characters overlap. For instance, the first book tells the romance story of Sally Royden, the village seamstress, while the second book’s heroine is her best friend, Cassie Tamworth, the daughter of Little Macclow’s vicar. But Sally’s younger sister Ellen, who works at the village inn, will get her own story later on, and so will some of the other young people you meet in the earlier books. A timeline links the stories. Readers have also asked for the story of the local squire and his wife, an older couple who figure in all the stories as they are central to life in Little Macclow. Their romance will be a prequel, eventually.
What is the overall theme in this series?
Little Macclow is a tiny, special, tucked-away place where Love seems to have some mysterious power –it may be magic or it might just be the way things happen there. I leave that up to the reader to decide. But the power of love is the grand theme. After all, it’s a romance series! J
Please list the series titles below, in any order you prefer.
1 –Lord of Her Heart
2 –Lord of Misrule
Not out yet (working titles, not final)
3. –A Little Macclow Wedding
4. –His Lady to Love
5. –A Stranger in Little Macclow
6. –The London Visitor
7. –Lady Anne’s Choice
What did you like best about writing this series?
I fall more in love with the village and its people the more I write about them. But it is also great fun to see how circumstance (or is it magic? Or just the power of Love?) can interfere (or assist) with everyone’s plans and intentions. I’m also enjoying the challenge of writing a series mostly about the common folks instead of the aristocracy and showing that they don’t have to have wealth or titles in order to still find their happy endings.
What other books (not in this series, have you written?)
I wrote seven traditional Regency romances back in the days of the old Signet/NAL Regency line. They were well-received, won some accolades and awards, but I had to take a sixteen-year break in my writing career due to a combination of family health crises with my mother, my husband and one of my sons. Ebooks were invented and the whole book world really changed during that time. I started my re-entry slowly, first re-editing and re-issuing some of my old backlist (and three are still with Penguin, unrevised). The Little Macclow books are my first new ones. Lord of Misrule was a finalist for the 2019 Maggie Award for Best Historical Romance, which really boosted my confidence. It’s kind of scary to come back after such a long break. Writing, like any skill, takes practice!
Where can we find links for all your books?
My website (gaileastwoodauthor.com), of course, has links and information about all of my books, plus newsletter sign-up, etc.
My author page at Amazon should have all the books, as well: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KDU86M
Where to buy Lord Of Her Heart
Amazon (Kindle) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08F3QFNYH
Amazon (print) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DT1FV1H
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Award-winning author Gail Eastwood started writing stories as soon as she learned to string words together on paper, and blames Beatrix Potter and A.A. Milne for making her a devoted Anglophile at a very early age. After detours into journalism and rare books, she finally found her path writing Signet Regencies acclaimed for their emotional depth and innovative plots. Twice nominated for RomanticTimes Magazine’s Career Achievement award, a Golden Leaf winner and twice a Holt Medallion finalist, Gail had to put writing on hold to deal with family health issues. But now she’s back doing what she loves best and offering readers a new, heart-warming Regency series set in a small village possibly touched by magic (or it is just the power of Love?), Tales of Little Macclow.
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