If you are a fan of historic novels, I can highly recommend Jane’s books to you. There is plenty of romance and passion, but also a great deal of deceit and scandal. As part of the blog tour for The Tainted Love of a Captain, Jane has written a short piece on the setting of her latest book. Be sure to check out the other blogs on this tour for more exclusive content (I will add the blog tour banner at the end of this post).

The Tainted Love of a Captain: A great research break in Brighton by Jane Lark

I went to Brighton in the autumn of 2015 because if I can l like to go to the places where I am setting a book. But you can imagine the Brighton of today is very different to the Brighton of the 1800s so it took a lot of imagination to try to picture the scene years before as we walked along the seafront looking up at the illuminated pier and entertainments.

We ate, we being my husband and me, at the fish and liquor bar on the front, and looked out watching the sun set and listening to the sea at high tide as it washed up over the shingle stirring the pebbles. It made me think of the sounds of Brighton in the 1800s, the sea would be the same, the noise of people would be the same. Add carriages then and remove music. Yet perhaps someone might be calling out to sell something, or whistling. Gradually the imagination paints a different picture on a setting.

We walked up into the town to visit the one place that I knew was there without much research at all, The Royal Pavilion. Now there is something that is very easy to view aristocratic Regency life in, it is as pompous as ever; it’s like walking through the Harry Potter sets, only these rooms were lived in and used in real life. There are giant life-like dragons holding up the chandeliers with their claws, and serpents swooping over the windows, holding the fabric of the cornices. The whole place is designed to impress and amuse. By the time of my characters though the days of entertaining at the Pavilion were over so you will only see the outside of The Royal Pavilion in the book.

Another real setting that appears in the story is the Lanes in Brighton, to be honest I am not sure they would have been called that in Harry’s day but sometimes it’s better to use the words that people know today rather than confuse the reader. But the Lanes are a part of Brighton that would have been the same in the 1800s, a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets with bow windowed shop fronts. So, it was one place I could describe now as then.

If you ever go to Brighton, the shopping in the Lanes is great, it’s full of quirky, jewellery and antique shops, and all the above places are definitely worth a visit.

About the book

The sounds and scents of the Crimean War are strangling Harry Marlow, shutting him off and silently smothering his soul. But he is a soldier and that is his life, and he can see nothing else besides that. So why should he care when a woman watches him? His life is not one to share with a woman, other than for a few moments in his bed.

When a woman is already drowning so deeply in sin she is without any fear of judgement – what can it matter if she chooses to begin a new affair? It is like escape to choose her own man and Captain Marlow is the perfect candidate for a dalliance. All she has to do is obtain an introduction…

I am kicking off the blog tour for Teresa F. Morgan’s newest release, Meet Me at Wisteria Cottage, today. As part of the blog tour stop, Teresa has kindly written a short piece about her writing process.

My writing process by Teresa F. Morgan

I suppose I’m a bit of a seats of pants writer. I’m not great at plotting, I tend to find my best ideas come to me as I type.  I know A needs to get B etc. And I know what certain scenes I want in the storyline, but the rest really does flow from my head, down my body and out my fingertips. I have to type too. I can’t write the story, only jotting down notes. But even then, I like to put my notes into OneNote. The more I write, the more characters develop too, so I find myself going back through the novel to edit these titbits in. 

 Unfortunately I can only write part time, as I work Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, so I’m left three days midweek to crack on with the writing. If real life doesn’t get in the way too much, I make sure I write these days. 

I have from about 9am until 3pm while the boys are at school. I can’t write for a whole six hours – it would cripple me (I suffer with RSI – repetitive strain injury) – and there is housework (boo!) and a budgie, Rio to attend. 

A lot of writers give the advice of writing 1000 words a day. I just can’t do that, especially because of the days I’ve worked plus at weekends I want to make sure I enjoy life. It’s where we get our inspirations from after all. Living is research! 

Therefore, I’ve set myself a target of 3000 words a week. This is doable for me, and I’ve worked out that a 90,000 word novel (which is approximately what I write) should take me 30 weeks to generate a first draft. So that’s my aim! Some weeks I’m getting more than 3000 words, so it’s all a bonus. 

If I put too much pressure on myself I’ll make myself miserable and stressed about the day to day stuff. I want to aim to get a book written a year, and this word count target makes it achievable.

About Meet Me at Wisteria Cottage

After her house is set on fire and her love life is left in tatters, Maddy Hart can’t believe her luck when a friend offers her the temporary haven of Wisteria Cottage. Overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Cornish coast, the fresh air feels like a fresh start for her and her broken heart.

Peeking out of the cosy cottage windows, Maddy’ssurprised to see her gorgeous but insufferable neighbour Harry Tudor has been employed to landscape the garden. But as the wisteria winding its way around the cottage begins to bloom, an unlikely friendship starts to blossom…

About Teresa F. Morgan

Teresa F Morgan lives in sunny Weston-super-Maretrying to hold onto her Surrey accent where she originates from.

For years she persevered with boring jobs, until her two boys (and a budgie called Rio) joined her nest. In an attempt to find something to work around them, and to ensure she never endured full time boredom again, Teresa found writing.

Family holidays in Cornwall have lead to the scenic Cornish coastline and the city of Bristol being the back drop for Teresa’s novels.

She’s at her happiest baking cakes, putting proper home cooked dinners on the table (whether the kids eat them or not), reading a good romance, or sitting at her PC emptying herthoughts onto the screen.

Teresa loves writing contemporary romance, stories with a touch of escapism and creating heroes readers will fall in love with.

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http://www.teresamorgan.co.uk/

Make sure you check out the other stops on this tour for more exclusive content from Teresa. 

Welcome back to Talk of the Town, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us.  Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

TALK OF THE TOWN is sponsored by Black and White Publishing who kindly support a monthly giveaway. Everyone who tweets with the hashtag #ToTT will be entered into this giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.   The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing. If you are sharing my weekly post please include @bwpublishing if possible. Thank you :-).

Showcase book of the month: The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days by Juliet Conlin.

Welcome back to Talk of the Town, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us.  Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

TALK OF THE TOWN is sponsored by Black and White Publishing who kindly support a monthly giveaway. Everyone who tweets with the hashtag #ToTT will be entered into this giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.   The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing. If you are sharing my weekly post please include @bwpublishing if possible. Thank you :-). January’s winner is Suzie (@suzannawriter). Congratualtions!!

Showcase book of the month: The Last Day I Saw Her by Lucie Lawrie.

Welcome back to Talk of the Town, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us.  Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

For this week’s TALK OF THE TOWN, I am hosting a giveaway to win a copy of The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to be reading this novel. I’ve read Alexandra’s debut last year and was immediately drawn in. It’s definitely one of these books that is not easily forgotten. I really hope that The Good Daughter will live up to my high expectations. Thanks to Avon, I have a spare copy to give away to one lucky person. To be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is follow the Rafflecopter link. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

TALK OF THE TOWN is sponsored by Black and White Publishing who kindly support a monthly giveaway. Everyone who tweets with the hashtag #ToTT will be entered into this giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.   The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing. If you are sharing my weekly post please include @bwpublishing if possible. Thank you :-). January’s winner is Suzie (@suzannawriter). Congratualtions!!

Showcase book of the month: The Last Day I Saw Her by Lucie Lawrie.


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