Title: Mine, Forever and Always
Author: Tammy L. Bailey
Published: March 17th, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Content Warning: Some kissing and intimate scenes but no sex.
Recommended Age: 18+
Synopsis: Just shy of fifteen years old, and during a fake and impromptu wedding ceremony, Lily Scott married her best friend’s brother, Henry Dalton.
It seemed harmless enough until he leaned in and whispered to her his true feelings, amorous words she has been unable to forget: Now you’re mine, forever and always.
Unfortunately, growing up pulls them apart and transforms Henry into a pompous scoundrel. When they meet again at a house party hosted by Henry’s sister, will Henry remember his once faithful promise to Lily?
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About the Author:
I’m a LEO wife, mother, and third-generation veteran.
I have been writing for thirteen years. My debut novel, LORD BACHELOR, earned second place in The Heart of Excellence, Reader’s Choice Award in 2016. This novel was also featured in InD’tale Magazine for receiving a Crowned Heart Review (4.5 stars). Although I enjoy the contemporary romance genre, my first love is historical romance. There’s just something about a man in a pair of Hessian boots.
When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my husband and two boys, ages 13 and 11. Without their sacrifice and understanding, I would have never been able to pursue my passion of writing or my accomplishment of becoming a published author.
No matter what I write and read, there ALWAYS has to be a happy ending.
Excerpt from Mine, Forever and Always by Tammy L. Bailey
“Did you write the letter?”
Lily jumped and spread her gloved hand over her chest. Her heart thumped against her palm as she rotated around to face her friend. “Yes,” she answered, leaving out the fact that it no longer remained in her possession. “It’s…written.”
Jane clapped her hands like a child. “I’m sure it’s perfect, but I’ll read it later when Aunt Sophia has fallen asleep,” she whispered.
Lily glanced over at the gray-haired woman, her head bobbing one way and then the next, against a red and gold striped mahogany-framed couch. Aunt Sophia remained the preferred relative above everyone else because she always fell asleep during her sole occupation as a chaperone.
“For now, I’m trying to discover what possessed my brother to ask me to invite Miss Appleton,” Jane said, all the while smiling in their direction. “They are not together, but I do believe he chooses to associate with the most disagreeable women on purpose, just to vex me.”
Lily tried to avoid glancing in Henry’s direction by instead sending her friend a sympathetic smile. She’d always remembered Jane as being outspoken and determined. With a much larger dowry than Lily, she attracted her fair share of suitors, all of whom she tried to deflect with her infamous “parlor games.” That is until Jane had suddenly and surprisingly realized her unrecoverable love for Mr. Waverley.
“I cannot begin to speculate about Henry’s many cordial affairs,” Jane continued, fanning her face in disgust. “Do you know that Miss Appleton is rumored to have been engaged five months ago, but the wedding was called off because of something the groom discovered but did not disclose?”
Lily pressed her lips together. While her heart had remained steadfast and loyal to Jane’s brother, he’d veered off onto a path of open debauchery. Sometime between their quiet walks in the garden, a lovely pretend wedding day, and this moment, he’d become a man she hardly recognized. What had happened to the young boy who had reached for her hand when he thought her unhappy or hurt? Perhaps she might address him as Mr. Daltrey, next time.
“Oh, good. Look, Henry’s unlatched himself from Miss Appleton and is now speaking to Mr. Waverley. I shall introduce you to him.”
Lily shook her head. “But I had hoped to have some punch.” She needed something to steady her nerves, a place to think on how to retrieve the letter. Since seeing Henry again, her heart hadn’t slowed its pace, and her hands had yet to stop shaking. Of course, when she turned away, Jane grasped one of her trembling hands, hauling her toward where Mr. Waverley and Henry stood talking, a glass of brandy in their right hands.
What was the inspiration for your story?
My first love is historical romance, and I wanted to write something that was short and sweet. When I started writing: Mine Forever and Always, Henry was my main inspiration. I was drawn in by the idea of a ‘love’ letter gone astray and a woman (Henry’s sister) whose sole purpose in life is to play matchmaker.
What kept you going throughout the writing process?
The characters. My books are mainly character driven where there is a lot of dialog and quick banter. Once I have an idea of the story, my favorite part is putting the characters together and seeing how they react to each other. It’s sort of like playing Barbie’s…with the imagination.
Who is your most meaningful character and why?
I’d like to say Lily and Henry are the most meaningful characters; however, Henry’s sister, Jane, influences the direction of the story. Her planning and scheming really bring Lily and Henry together again. She does have some help, but I won’t divulge who her conspirator is…you’ll need to read the book.
Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?
I don’t usually write a second part to the book, but I’ve had some reviewers ask about the future of Jane and Henry’s best friend, Mr. Waverly. I’m certainly thinking of a way to bring them together, whether conventional or unconventional. For Jane, the man she meets/marries will need to be extraordinary. Her expectations are quite high, after all.
How has this story touched your life?
This is my first Independent project. I created the cover and had the final say on the blurb. I believe this has helped me understand the publishing process more. Although I’m not sure if I’ll publish more independent books, this was a great experience for me.
What motivated you to start writing?
I believe I’ve always wanted to create stories. From a very young age, I wanted to be part of creating movies and television shows. Of course, reality always has a way of intervening. I joined the military and started a family before I thought about ‘creating’ again. It wasn’t until I watched Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth that I wanted to set down and dive into writing a book. My first project was a historical romance called, In the Arms of a Gentleman. I’m not sure if I’ll ever publish it, but I had so much fun writing the story, I just kept going. The rest is…as they say…history.
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