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Annette “Malachite” Blair
In the nineties, I traveled with a friend to St. Albans, England, with a plot idea and two possible blurbs for Unforgettable Rogue, book two of The Rogues Club Series. But, I needed plenty of details.
St. Albans in Hertfordshire England sits on the property that was once the Roman city of Verulamium, the second-largest town in Roman Britain after Londinium. I fell in love with the area and was blown away by its history. I found myself touching any Roman wall I walked beside, trying to grasp the amount of time each had been standing, and I imagined the Romans who built it. Yes, I fleshed out a Regency Historical in a Roman City, and what fun I had doing it.
We stayed at Watling House on King Harry Lane, a home belonging to the Order of Brothers I worked for. One Roman wall section stood behind Watling house and led us on a historical walk into town. On the way, we passed a Roman amphitheater, which did not make it into the book but thrilled us nonetheless. I set the childhood homes of Alexandra and Bryce on a hilltop on either side of Devil’s Dyke, a Roman fortification where my hero and heroine played as children. Roman walls also play a role, because I imagined that Regency children would have climbed them. The clock tower in the market square of old St. Albans also makes an appearance.
When the Brothers had the foundation dug for St. Columba’s College, a Roman bust was found. We saw it at the Verulamium Museum, and it, along with other Roman treasures that caught my imagination, became key elements in Unforgettable Rogue. Part of the past, the present, even the resolution.
What were the blurbs I originally had in mind? “Dead rogue stops wife’s wedding to another,” and “Beauty and the Beast trade places.” In the end, both scenarios played into the story. The fact is, Unforgettable Rogue is my bestselling book, and I’m sure the Roman details are a big part of the reason. Though by giving away Undeniable Rogue and Sea Scoundrel for free, it’s hard to tell whether they might have outsold Unforgettable. You tell me. Reviews are appreciated.
Meanwhile, you’ll be glad to know that I’m working on Rogue 5, Hunter Elijah’s story, and after that, Rogue 6, Myles Quartermaine’s story, both to be released this year.
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