Today we welcome author Jill Hughey and her book "VAIN".
An amazing historical romance set in Charlemagne's empire in the 830s.
And the third installment in the "Evolution Series"
The first book, Unbidden, begins in 831 when Louis has just regained his throne. That turmoil sets the stage for the relationship between David and Rochelle.In Redeemed, the villain of the first story, Doeg, who is also David’s brother, strives to become a more principled man. He seeks a wife only for her housekeeping skills, but the quiet widow he chooses wants more in return than he ever expected to give.
Vain is set in 839. The male lead is David’s best friend, Theophilus (usually shortened to Theo). He is a nobleman in the thick of the political intrigue. He finds himself responsible for a very talented female tailor. They discover a mutual interest in fine cloth and interesting garments, while trying to ignore a physical attraction that neither intends to act on.
Readers may have noticed that each one-word title describes the hero. I know titles can be hard for authors to choose, but these were easy.
Tell us more about the main characters in the new book.Theo is vain, obviously, and if I was very brave I would describe him as a medieval metrosexual, but my husband assures me that that would just confuse readers. What I mean by metrosexual, though, is that he cares very much about his appearance. He gives attention to details like his hair, beard, and clothing. When he meets Lily, whose greatest pleasure is designing unique tunics, he finds a companion who shares a passion he never expected anyone else to really understand.
For her part, Lily does not aspire to become anything more to him than a tailor, and is shocked by the companionship they share and the physical attraction that starts to build.
I’ll digress a bit here by saying that I spend a great deal of time on character development. Nothing irks me more than characters acting in ways that make no sense based on what we’ve been told about them. My romances build slowly because I need to understand the appeal between the man and woman. I also do not make any character perfect.
It sounds like you are pretty detailed with your characters. What about setting?
Setting is a little harder, especially in a story occurring almost 1,200 years ago. There are very few buildings still standing from that period, and most of them are the grand ones, not really representative of what commoners would experience. I rely heavily on resource materials so I can be accurate about what the surroundings and conditions would be like. Travel was slow and tedious. Farming was inefficient, and nearly half the grain yield had to be set aside for seed. Most people tolerated a subsistence lifestyle, with only a few merchants , the nobility and clergy surviving separate from agriculture.
Religion was important, with the church even telling people what days they could share marital relations. I didn’t even try to tackle that in my books. It would have taken ten pages to make our modern society understand such a concept, and then I would have had to check a calendar to see if my happy couple was allowed to hook up each day. That is a level of timeline plotting I don’t aspire to!
What comes next?I am writing two short stories to augment the Evolution Series. In those, I’m going to give some servants their happy endings too. We’ll get a little glimpse into their lifestyles while visiting David and Theo’s homes again.
You can find Vain on most online book vendors, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
If readers want to keep up with my projects, I can be found on my blog, on Facebook, or on Twitter @jillhughey.
Thank you for inviting me to visit you, and thanks for your support of indie authors!
Release Date: March 14, 2013.
Genre: Romance, historical, medieval
Formats: Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, iTunes, Kobo
GIVEAWAY:Tour Wide Giveaways:
3 winners: - Paperback Copy (U.S only)
- E-copy (International)
- $15 Amazon Gift Card (U.S/International)
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