Monday, October 8, 2012

A Lady in the Making by Susan Page Davis Ends October 15th

Susan Page Davis is the author of thirty published novels in the historical romance, mystery, and romantic suspense genres, including The Ladies' Shooting Club series and American Heroes series. She and her husband Jim, an editor, live in Kentucky with their two youngest children.


Research is one of the more fascinating components of writing a book. Usually in the research phase I learn a lot of new things that I hadn’t thought of before. Sometimes I find so much interesting material that I know I’ll have to leave a lot of it out of the story, and I have to pick the most riveting things and use those.
          One area I was shaky on and needed to research for this series was primogeniture, the system by which British titles and entailed estates are passed on to the eldest son or closest male heir. I thought I knew how that worked, but I wanted to be sure, so I contacted a couple of experts in the U.K. Oh, man, was I ever wrong!
          In my story, I had a case where a young man (David Stone) did not expect to inherit his father’s title of earl because he had two older brothers. One of them was married and had a child (a girl as it turned out, but David figured more would come along). He decided to leave home and seek his fortune in America. The story opens twenty years later, in the first book of the series, The Lady’s Maid. It’s 1855. His oldest brother has just died—and his daughter Anne was his only child. The middle brother was killed in the Crimean War. David, however, knows none of this, having moved around and failed to keep in touch with his family for the last ten years. His niece, Lady Anne Stone, sets out to find him.
          So the question arises, what will happen if Anne never finds him? Will the estate and title go to another family member—say, a cousin? That’s what I thought, but I was wrong.
          In order for a distant relative to claim the title, he would have to produce proof that David Stone was dead, and that he had no living male heirs. If that never happened, the title would go dormant. There would be no more earls of Stoneford.
          Wow. At first I thought my story was ruined. Where was the motive to make sure David Stone never turned up? Even if the villain made certain David stayed “lost,” he could never inherit.
          After I’d thought about it for a while, I realized that this actually made the story better. The villain had to produce proof of David’s death, which meant David had to die (if you’re of the same opinion as the villain). He couldn’t just die out in the wilderness of the Oregon Territory, either. An official death certificate was vital. And if David had sons, that would complicate things even worse. So the villain’s job got harder, which meant more conflict than I’d expected. I LOVE it!
          I hope you enjoy this series. I also hope you’re surprised when the villain is revealed. We’re giving away a copy of A Lady in the Making here, and I also give away books on my Website every month. After you comment here, hop over to www.susanpagedavis.com and use the contest form on the left side of my home page. If your name is drawn, you can pick the book you want.
          Have a wonderful reading day!
Susan Page Davis     


A Lady in the Making
Millie Evans has changed, choosing to leave rather than join an outlaw gang with her brother. Hoping for a new future, she boards a stagecoach and finds that one of the passengers is David Stone—a man she and her brother once tried to swindle. As she tries to convince David she’s different now, her brother’s gang holds up the stagecoach. Fighting beside David goes a long way to softening his heart, but he’s still not convinced. Someone is trying to keep him from reaching England to claim his inheritance. Is Millie involved? Millie must trust God to show David the truth, but will he see before it’s too late?



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42 comments:

  1. I always enjoy Susan's books. From the review it sounds like A Lady in the Making will be another one I want to be sure to read.

    I am a subscriber.

    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  2. I loved the first book in this series, but haven't gotten my hands on book 2 yet. Would love to have number 3 to complete the series after I got a copy of number 2=)

    Patty
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    1. Hey Patty. So glad you liked the first book of he series. Good luck!

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  3. I also follow your blog via feedburner, forgot to add that!

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. This book looks great!! Would love to win!

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  5. I follow via feed burner.

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  6. I would really like this book, I have it on my wish list. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Your welcome, Wendy. Thanks for coming by. Good luck!

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  7. I am a subscriber and follow by GFC and Networked Blogs.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. Wow. Thanks for the reminder about researching--even the things we think we know.

    I am a follower.

    Ginger
    ginger dot solomon at gmail dot com

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  9. I would love to win this book and follower with feedburner.. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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    1. Hey Maxie! Thanks for being a follower. good luck!

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  10. I already follow your blog - how I got here today. I am also a follower of Susan's and have reviewed some of her books. I would love to read this so please enter me to win.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hey! Glad you're a follower of both our blogs! good luck!

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  11. A Lady in the Making sounds like a great story, I love Susan's books! Please add me.
    I'm a follower.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Merry. I love the title of this book! Throwing your name in the hat. Good luck.

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  12. I follow your blog with Feedburner.
    This is a great series by Susan. I'd love to win a copy of A Lady in the Making. It was interesting to hear more of the background that went into writing the book.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. GReat! thanks for being a FB follower. Good luck on winning. Don't you love the cover?

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  13. I have the first two books on my to read list and would love to complete my collection. It's is so neat that Susan live in Kentucky. I do too. I am a follower.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Jan! Love your email addy! Thanks for following! Good luck!

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  14. Thanks everybody! It's great to see some familiar names here, as well as some new ones. Patty, I know how frustrating it is to start a series and not be able to get a particular book. If you haven't done so yet, you might want to stop by my website and enter the monthly drawing there--the winners choose whichever of my books they want. I draw names near the end of each month at www.susanpagedavis.com. And if the winner here on Debbie's blog would prefer a different book in this series, I would be willing to substitute for you.

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  15. thanks for the chance to read susan's latest novel

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hey Karen, Thanks for stopping by. Good luck on winning!

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  16. OOO I've been REALLY wanting to read this! Please enter me!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo[DOT]com

    Exodus 14:14

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    1. Hey Amada. I'm throwing your name in the hat now! Thanks for coming by!

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  17. Sounds like a great read and I'd love to get my hands on a copy! I follow via Feedburner.

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hey Liz. YOu can always count on a good read with Susan! Good luck. And thanks for following my blog!

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  18. Hi, everyone! I just put in a full day of working on my next book and then helping my two teens decide what they want to take next semester. Oh, to be 18 again. Or even 19. Ha! I am learning how much things have changed since I was in college, and that always makes me think how much things have changed since the world we read about in historical novels. My characters in this book visit The Dalles, Oregon, a city I have visited several times, but way back when it was a very small settlement on the riverbank and havd a fort. Things are very different there now! I hope you enjoy Millie's wild ride across the continent.

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  19. I am a follower on feedburner. I love books by Susan and I would love to win this book. I am sure it is a fantastic read!

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    1. Hey Deanna, thanks for following me on feedburner. Goodluck on winning!

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  20. Tis is an author I know. Maybe I already entered this since I am on this blog feed. Either way here I am.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. LOL! Yes here you are and I'm glad you're here! Thanks for coming by and good luck.

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  21. This sounds like a fun story! I already follow by feedburner, but also did google connect. shopgirl152nykiki@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for being a follower, Veronica. And thanks for doing the google connect too! Throwing your name into the hat! goodluck.

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  22. Hi. Would enjoy reading this book. Is this the 3rd? I will definately have to get the other two. Please enter me and I follow through feedburner.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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  23. I enjoyed reading about the experience Susan had doing research for this series!

    Jes
    jswaks at gmail dot com

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  24. This a fantastic series!! You'll all love reading Susan's great work.

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