The Earl and the Mud-Covered Maiden: A House of Hale Story: Book One by
Sophy is covered in mud by a distracted curricle driver. Then he hides his real name from her. And that’s only the beginning of their problems.
When rain-soaked Sophy Hawthorne is splashed with mud in a country lane by a handsome stranger driving much too fast, she’s affronted but attracted at the same time. The same goes for him. But to win her hand he has to employ not altogether straight-forward stratagems. And if the beginning is inauspicious, a secret revealed on their wedding day is worse.
This is a classic, clean Regency story of lovers caught in a twenty-year old mystery that for the sake of the family name, they must untangle.
The Earl and the Mud-Covered Maiden is the first book in the House of Hale Trilogy, introducing characters you will love to follow as they set out on their rocky path together.
You can sign up for a free short story or listen to the author read the first chapter of her novels on her website: http://romancenovelsbyglrobinson.com.
GL Robinson was born in Portsmouth, England and was educated in a convent boarding school as her father worked in Africa. She graduated from University College London in the late 60’s and when Britain joined the Common Market (as it was then), moved to Brussels (Belgium) to work. She married an American in 1974 and they lived in Brussels and Bonn (Germany) before moving to upstate New York with their three children, where she has been ever since. She always says she never had a baby in English!
She retired from being a French professor and put her energies into running a small antiques (read: pretty junk) business. Then her dear sister died unexpectedly in 2018 and, inspired by the memory of the times they had spent together giggling under the covers after lights out in the convent reading historical romances, she began to write. She has written a number of Regency Romances, a contemporary
romance (still in the editing phase!) and two children’s travel books. Her first Regency was published in November 2019. Since then, she has published two more and a fourth, the first in a new series, is due out at the end of August.
Apart from writing, she still dabbles in her junk and likes her garden, cooking, reading and having tea parties with her seven grandchildren.
Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey, please?
I started writing in 2018 after the unexpected death of my sister, who I was very close to, in spite of living continents apart. I went the usual query route but waited ages and got no traction, as they say. I thought if that carried on I could be dead before anything happened, so I decided to self-publish. I’m so glad I did. It was a bit of a learning process but I love the control you have over your books and unless you’re a famous author I believe you earn more.
How do you decide who to dedicate your books too?
All my books are dedicated to my sister. She sits on my shoulder as I write!
What was the inspiration behind your latest release?
The day after my sister’s funeral I sat up in bed with the whole story in my head. I’d never even thought about writing, so I’m sure it was her. We used to read Georgette Heyer under the cover in the convent, and they were a lifelong passion for both of us. I went on to write three more novels in 2018/9 and published those before going back to the first one, which turned into a trilogy. The first book is now out: The Earl and The Mud-Covered Maiden. The title was chosen by my readers!
Do you find it hard to let your characters go when you finish writing the book
No, because I’m usually thinking about the next one!
What was your favourite read of 2019?
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. A fabulous writer!
Who is your favourite author?
Boring answer, I’m afraid – Jane Austen and, of course, Georgette Heyer.
Was there a point in your life that a book helped you get through, if so which one?
Not reading but writing, for sure. Writing my first book was definitely part of the grieving process after my sister died.
Is there anyone that you would like to mention and thank for their support of your writing?
Best-selling Romance writer Audrey Harrison was very helpful and encouraging to me in the beginning. Thank you, Audrey.
If you had the power to give everyone in the world one book, what would it be and why?
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. The messages about prejudice, both racial and against the handicapped, are more needed now than ever.
What are you working on now?
A split time-line novel, beginning in Paris in 1793 and ending in London in 1815. It’s a new departure for me, and I’m loving it!
Lastly, do you have any questions for your readers?
Yes, why do you read? Is it to escape, just to relax or for information? Or for some other reason entirely? How could I help you achieve your goals in my writing?
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