Suitors and Sabotage
by Cindy Anstey
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Two young people must hide their true feelings for each other while figuring out who means them harm in this cheeky Regency romance from the author of Love, Lies and Spies and Duels & Deception.
Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.
Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother’s intended.
But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of “accidents,” it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .
In Suitors and Sabotage, author Cindy Anstey delivers another witty young adult historical fiction novel that is the perfect mix of sweetly romantic and action-packed.
Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby.
She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.
Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.
10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before
Being published is a dream come true, a fantastic and rewarding experience. There are, however, a few things about being an author that I did not know before my first book was published.
- A launch means standing in front of people—namely strangers—and talking about your book in some semi-articulate form.
- Editors are extremely helpful and almost as excited about your book as you are.
- Covers are never what you envision them to be; they are better!
- Titles are often changed. As an example: I had originally called Suitors and Sabotage, A Lesson in Manors. I much prefer the new title.
- While you might find it difficult to hone your story to a succinct paragraph, editors are amazing at it!
- Revisions aren’t drudgery, quite the opposite. Revisions allow you to cut out the superfluous and make the story concise and accessible.
- Research and fact checking are part of a never-ending process when writing an historical novel. It follows you through the revisions and into the copy edits.
- Having an on-line presence is advisable for a YA author. I’m on Twitter and Facebook and have a website.
- While writing is a solitary profession, you soon realize the value of fellowship with other writers. It’s beneficial to join a writing group for support and to help maintain sanity.
- The definition of success changes; it’s elusive. First, completing the first book is enough, then getting it published. Then two books is the definition of success, or perhaps five. It continues to escalate.