Guest Post & Excerpt The Highwayman's Bride by Jane Beckehnham

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


England, 1813
Forced into a marriage . . .

Compelled by her uncle to marry a man who has a predilection for violence, Tess Stanhope resorts to a ploy from her favorite novels to fund an escape—highway robbery. But her attempt is botched by a maddening, handsome rogue named Aiden.

Driven by revenge . . .

Aiden Masters, the Earl of Charnley, is hell-bent on avenging his sister’s brutal treatment at the hands of the criminal Florian Nash. He single-mindedly seeks vengeance at the expense of all else—even by furtively roaming the highways at night.  

Blackmailed for love . . .

At a London party Tess meets up with Aiden once again and blackmails him...marry her or she’ll divulge to society his clandestine life as a highwayman. She desires a marriage in name only—but the more time they spend fighting their desire, the closer they come giving in.

“Stand and deliver.” Those three words made it all real, and the fantasy dissolved. Loosening her hold on the reins, she wrapped her free hand over the one holding the pistol and tried to steady it.
“Do as he says,” called a decisive voice, the icy tone echoing from the veil of darkness.
 “What!” Her gaze switched momentarily to the other side of the copse as a rider and horse drew up alongside her. He brandished a pistol towards the carriage. Shock and fear ran in rivulets down her spine. She wanted to flee. Hide. But it was too late, and there was no going back.
 Tess swallowed back her fear. “Who are you? What are you doing here?”
“Steady your pistol lad, or you’ll be dead in seconds.
Lad? Lad? He talked to her.
“Don’t you want to share your takings?”
“Exactly.” She flicked her pistol toward the carriage driver, making sure he understood she meant business. “Hurry up.”
“Don’t shoot, don’t shoot. We’re simple folk with no money,” came a cultured voice. The carriage door slammed back and splintered.
“Don’t make them like they used to,” remarked the man on the horse beside her.
Her mouth pursed. “Go away.” 
“No.” The ragged cloth tied across his mouth and nose muffled his voice. “Unless you want to get yourself killed, that is. These roads can be dangerous.”
Tess eyed him, and even in the dim moonlight witnessed a surprising twinkle in his eyes. “So why are you here? Should you not be tucked up safe and sound in your bed?”
“You need me.”

 Guest Post

Finding Your Voice: Writing in First Person (or Third)….

When someone asked me all those years ago when I was a newbie writer about finding my voice as a writer, I mostly likely looked at the with a rather blank stare.
For the beginning writer there is so much to learn, and voice seems so elusive. I mean we like certain authors because of their voices, but do we sound like them.  Probably not. It’s a bit like our speaking voice. People tell me I sound like my sister, but there are differences.  So no two people are totally the same. 
I   can want to write /sound like Sandra Hill and her wonderfully humor-filled characters, or the write the depth of character like Sophia James, but not possible. I write like me.
So what is voice?
Voice to me is the way I construct my sentences, the mixture of short and long, the way I have my characters speak to each other.  Writing historical has some limitations in voice. Our characters cannot sound too modern and their actions will be restricted because of the culture of the day, and thus constrict our voice a bit too.  (of course this is just my opinion LOL)
So how does one find their own writing voice and style?
I think it is the age old advice writers are given often.  Read. Read as much as you like and across the genres.  This way you will gather an innate sense of style of the compilation of language.  For example I have not lived in the Regency period and yet through years of reading somehow I have absorbed the tone of the times and it comes naturally within writing.  I’m not saying that you still don’t have to research the langue of the times, make sure the words you use were in fact used in those times, because you do need to research the language.  And of course there are regional dialects so the language your characters speak can be a research project in itself.
But your voice is yours alone, and is made up of what you have read over the years, your characters time period, situation and their own personal character and backstory, and also don’t forget all of the above that relates to you too.
So your voice is definitely yours alone.  There’s no magic formula to create one. It’s an ongoing process as you progress as a writer over the years.  What you learn and how you use it to advance your skills.

So go write, go read, and then read and write some more.

Happy holidays and reading and writing!
Jane Beckenham

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Multi-published author Jane Beckenham discovered dreams and hope, stories that inspired in her a love of romance and happy ever after.  Years later, after a blind date, Jane found her own true love and married him eleven months later.

Life has been a series of  ‘dreams’ for Jane.  Dreaming of learning to walk again after spending years in hospital. Dreaming of raising a family and subsequently flying to Russia to bring home her two adopted daughters. And of course, dreaming of writing.

Writing has become Jane’s addiction - and it sure beats housework.

Visit Jane’s web site www.janebeckenham.com
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