Welcome to Wednesday Writers. Today’s guest is 2018 Golden Heart ® Finalist author Jeanine Englert. She’s going to be telling us about her sweet, historical romantic suspense debut novel, Lovely Digits. I have to admit this title intrigued me. Reading the background on her heroine was even more intriguing. Welcome, Jeanine!
Embrace the Unexpected
By Jeanine Englert
Sometimes you just need permission to allow that crazy idea, the one you think no one will understand, free. That’s what happened to me at a Georgia Romance Writers meeting back in January of 2016. I’d been kicking around the idea of writing a book about a layer out of the dead, the Victorian equivalent to a modern day mortician. But I wanted my heroine to not be the old decrepit widow living alone in the woods I’d seen in other novels. I wanted her to be young, vibrant, and independent. But. . . I was terrified to write her that way.
Then, Stephanie Bond, one of our speakers at that meeting back in 2016 said exactly what I needed to hear. She encouraged us to turn the expected into the unexpected and to not be afraid to twist characters, their worlds, and their motivations into new and unusual stories that moved readers. Inspired and fueled by her words, I came home and drafted the first pages of what has now become my first published novel released on this very day, Lovely Digits. Embracing the unexpected led me to one of the most exciting moments of my career and my life as I hope it will for you.
by Jeanine Englert
When two murders strike the sleepy Victorian town of Clun, England, an unlikely partnership forms. But can the killer be found before there is a third?
Lovely Digits is the town oddity…
But quirky spinster Lucy Wycliffe prefers to ignore gossip and embrace her position as the town’s layer out of the dead, despite how her parents’ deaths thrust her into such unlikely work. Lovely Digits, as she’s known to the local townspeople, no longer dreams of marriage, but takes pride in providing dignity to the dead. Desperate to hold on to her family’s cottage and support her widowed sister and young niece, an unexpected offer of employment as assistant to the constable arrives at the perfect time.
Former sailor John Brodie is the mysterious new constable…
But John Brodie is far from a stranger to Clun or the events of its past. Accepting the position as constable in the small town is a double edged sword meant to heal his past and redeem his future, but falling for the beautiful and intelligent Lucy Wycliffe was never part of his plan. As the killer closes in, will John reveal his secret and risk losing everything to save Lucy’s life?
A knocking on the cottage door above stairs startled Lucy, and she poked her finger with the thick sewing needle she held.
“Thistles,” she cursed, pressing her apron to her bleeding thumb. Evidently, repairing the tear at the hem of Becca’s dress would have to wait.
Who would be calling at such an early hour? It was hardly half past nine.
“Enter,” she called up from her root cellar.
She shuddered as the door squeaked open above her. She should oil the blasted hinges on the ancient door, but who had time for such nonsense? Her finger throbbed, but the blood had stopped. Shaking it in the air, she caught sight of the pale female form on her prepping table.
What am I complaining of?
Poor Becca. Lucy swallowed hard. Covering and repairing the girl’s wounds would prove difficult, but she’d try. Becca was her friend. Had been her friend.
“I hear if I need a body prepped, you are the person to see.” A deep rich baritone boomed against the cottage rafters.
The man’s neatly clipped tones screamed city. Londoner, most likely. What would he want here in Shropshire? Nothing of much import ever happened here.
Want to read more? You can find Lovely Digits at Amazon
About the Author:
Jeanine Englert is a teacher by day and writer by night. After years of writing in secret (despite having a master’s degree in writing), she joined Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers in 2013 and has been an active member ever since. She writes Scottish Highland historicals and historical romantic suspense novels. When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved pups, and of course mysteries with other readers on Twitter @JeanineWrites, Facebook, or at her website www.jeaninewrites.com.
Her debut novel, Lovely Digits, was released in June of 2019 by Soul Mate Publishing. It is a Victorian romantic suspense that won the 2017 Daphne du Maurier Award and was named a 2018 Golden Heart ® Finalist for best unpublished romantic suspense.
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