Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince by Jennifer Moore – Guest Post & Giveaway

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miss burtonMiss Burton Unmasks a Prince

1812 Southern belle Meg Burton is her parents last hope of avoiding financial ruin, and a distant cousin’s kind gesture seems an ideal solution: He will sponsor Meg for a London Season. The pursuit of a wealthy husband was not exactly how the bookish young woman had envisioned first trip abroad after all, what does a girl from Charleston, South Carolina, know about being a lady? Amidst the stunning gowns and extravagant balls of the ton, Meg feels like an imposter. Thankfully, she has one friend who knows her true self Carlo, handsome stable hand. Despite their difference in station, love blossoms between the unlikely pair, and Meg is sure of one thing: She wants nothing to do with the insufferable European aristocracy.
Prince Rodrigo de Talavera has lost everything to Napoleon. Jaded by war, he has become bitter and miserable until he meets Meg, an American woman whose eccentric schemes and passion for life remind him what it is to laugh and to love. If only she knew him for himself and not as Carlo the stable hand. With the shadow of deception looming over their happy acquaintance and the dangers of war drawing evermore near, can Meg and Rodrigo find the courage to put aside their pretenses and discover if they can beloved as they truly are?


Jenny MooreAuthor Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore is a Passionate reader and writer of all things romance, helping her find balance with the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family. You can learn more about her at authorjmoore.com. The author’s first book, Becoming Lady Lockwood, is a regency romance centered on the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s.


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Guest Post
When people come to a signing, or hear that I’m a writer there are three questions that they often ask.
Where do you get your ideas?
 Honestly, there is no great answer for this. I hear people say that their characters talk to them, or that an idea comes to them in a dream. This hasn’t ever happened to me. And frankly, I’m a little jealous. For me, it takes a lot of thinking and trial and error to put a story together. And every part of it is calculated for a purpose. For example, in Becoming Lady Lockwood, the character Riley the cabin boy was specifically included in the story to show a softer side of Captain Drake. In Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince, I thought for a long time about Rodrigo and how he must feel with his parents captured, and him hiding from the French in England. I imagined he would be frustrated out of his mind, and angry and depressed. And I thought what kind of a woman would help him? Who would be his perfect match? It couldn’t be a typical British debutante. He needs someone happy, and someone who’s not trying to impress him, but befriend him, and that’s where the idea for Meg the American came from. She didn’t care about his title, and she’s fun and smart. Just what he needs. So, no magic in the idea department. A lot of planning to hit plot points and character development.
When do you find time to write?
 This question is usually asked by a mom like me. I know, it’s hard for moms to find time to do anything. There’s a lot of sacrifice. I hardly ever watch TV. I don’t spend hours at the mall, or go to lunch very often. I rarely have time to volunteer at my kids’ schools, and I miss all sorts of things. I have to look at writing like a job and put in a number of hours every day. I try to do at least 4 hours a day. Or 2000 words. Whichever comes first. I’m in a cycle where there is usually one book I’m promoting, one I’m writing, and one I’m editing. That means organizing my time, and also snatching hours wherever I can find them. I write often in the car at soccer practice, or late at night, or early in the morning.
Now that my kids are all in school, it’s a little easier, but there’s still a house to run, and if I don’t make writing a priority, it gets shuffled down to the bottom of the stack.
What’s your favorite book?
 Honestly, this question makes me panic. I read a lot. Usually about 5 books a week, and at different times in my life, certain books have affected me profoundly. I love Walking Drum, Pride and Prejudice, Waterloo, Count of Monte Christo, Sharpe’s Tiger, Night Circus, The Bean Trees, Reforming Lord Ragsdale, Eyes of the Dragon. Those are just a few that I thought of off the top of my head. But, I don’t have a favorite book. I seriously have hundreds of them. Books are such a personal experience. Words touch my heart. Sometimes in ways I can’t explain and there’s no way I could choose one.
So, there are the rambly, rather vague answers to questions I hear and think about a lot. And so if you ask me and I get a weird deer-in-the-headlights stare, this is why. A lot of things about writing–or any art–you just can’t explain with a concise, satisfying answer. Because I don’t even understand, myself.
How’s that?



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  1. sounds like a lovely story

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