Welcome to the Drawing Room

Hello! I assume you are here desiring an audience with Lord Heartless? He is out at the moment but I anticipate his return at any time. Until then, find a comfortable chair, settle in, and enjoy a spot of tea. Browse through the available reading material, learn what you can of the heartless duke, and decide if you really want to meet him. Please leave your calling card in the form of a comment.

It was lovely to see you! Please stop by again.

***Please BEWARE*** If you have yet to read Heartless, certain aspects of the story may be inadvertently spoiled for you here. Please take care while exploring.

Friday, April 8, 2011

~Character Intros~ Our...Hero?

The Duke of Derringer first makes his appearance in Deception.* As one of a group of young men who've known each other since Eton, he is the one who is capable of almost anything. He does only that which benefits himself; rarely does he think of others. He is ruthless and dangerous, earning the moniker Lord Heartless.

As far as physical appearance goes, he is tall and dark with overly long hair and a morbid habit of dressing all in black. This alone may not make him stand out too much, as Regency evening dress was often black. However, his cravats, gloves, linen—all of which are usually light colored—are also black. All his animals are black as are his carriages. 

Heartless tells the story of this man, a man whose past is wrapped in mystery, deceit, murder, and intrigue. From an early age, he learned to listen, calculate, and use everything to his personal advantage.

The rumor mill thrives on the tales of his heartless exploits, tales of murder, duels, mistresses, and anything else anyone could possibly blame on him. But rumors are often wrong, even if based in truth. A dangerous reputation, however, comes with certain advantages, advantages that Derringer is more than willing to use.

After a brief glimpse into Derringer's unfortunate childhood, our tale opens with a meeting between the heartless duke and his solicitor.** It is there that he learns he will lose his money unless he marries within five days.***

In his determination to marry the first—maybe the second—woman he meets, Leandra Harcourt makes his acquaintance.

*Available now from TreasureLine Publishing.
**Click EXCERPT at the top of the page to read this particular scene.
***I took a couple liberties with this part of the story. OK, not exactly liberties. I misunderstood all the details of the special license. In Regency England, a special license could only be obtained from the Archbishop of Canterbury, located in Doctor's Commons, London. The waiting period was typically seven days. Even Lord Byron had to wait seven days. In reality, duke or not, Derringer would have had to wait seven days also.


JennL said...

An audience, oh yes please. Is this truly the picture in your head of The Duke of Derringer? Funny how we get certain pictures in our heads when envisioning a character in a book, my vision was more rugged. Yours is quite handsome also. FYI :o)

Rachel Rossano said...

He sounds like a character I would like to observe on the page. :) Especially when if I got to be in his head. I am looking forward to encountering him on the page someday. :)

Jaimey Grant said...

JennL, I know what you mean, and yes, Derringer isn't exactly like this. This model, however, bears an uncanny resemblance to the man in my head and his expressions (in these two pics, at least) are spot on.

Oh Rachel, Derringer has had more than his fair share of the limelight already. He has a few scenes in Deception, two of which are posted on this blog. Sometime in the next couple weeks, I'll be asking for beta readers for Heartless, in preparation for its revamp and re-release. Volunteers will get a free e-copy of the book to pick apart and criticize. ;o)

Thank you both for stopping by!