Reviews for Adam & Sheila
Brenda Marshall, History Buff
"This is a captivating read, start to finish. Not your usual fare in Regency, but much more. Having read Ms. White's other two books in this series, I was impressed yet again that she tells a wonderful story, and keeps to the proper titles, etc.
Her Regency cant is spot-on and her characters are marvelous. From seriously pompous to seriously frivolous, a little barmy to absolutely insane, the sweet and the bitter, or the sweet-to-bitter, these characters leap off the page.
A fantastic voice in Regency. Two thumbs up!"
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An excerpt from Adam & Sheila
About Diane Davis White
Diane Davis White writes historical, contemporary and fanciful stories filled with romance, and the occasional bit of whimsical fantasy. Diane creates her own book covers and book videos.
She loves to hear from her readers, and can be contacted at:
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Other books by Diane Davis White
The Tartan Cowboy Series
The Cowboy Wore Tartan - Now available on Kindle and Nook
Other books in this series coming soon!
The Cowboy Wore a Kilt * The Cowboy played Bagpipes
The Cowboy Wore Plaid * Chickasaw Scotsman
The Lakota Moon Series:
Moon of the Falling Leaves - Swift Eagle's Story
Moon of Ripening - Thunder Heart's Story
Moon of Hard Winter - John Six Feathers' Story [now in print!]
Moon of Tender Grass - Blue Crow's Story [Coming soon!]
In 2012 and 2013:
Chickasaw Sunrise - 4 book series * Cherokee Sunset - 4 book series
People of the Plains - 4 book series * Navajo Spirit - 3 book series
Love Vine: A Regency Series:
The Silent Love - December 2011
The Curious Heart
Adam and Sheila
Mercy in Spring - June 2013
Diane's books are in print as well as on Kindle and Nook
An Interview with Diane Davis White
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Diane, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Adam and Sheila and it's the third in your Love Vine Regency series. First, where did the idea for the series originate?
DDW: Always a pleasure to be here. In answer to your question, this didn't begin as a series. It began as a few paragraphs to prove to a friend of mine that I could write a sex scene for a virgin and a rake without words, in total darkness, and they be strangers. She was so impressed, she said I should write the book around it, so I did. The result was The Silent Love.
HH: Tell us about the first two books in the series?
DDW: As mentioned above, The Silent Love was the first book in the series, a dramatic encounter between strangers, initiated by a peer who is desperate for an heir. I loved writing this book and it seemed every word just flew off my fingertips as I typed. The success of The Silent Love led me to begin yet another book as I was writing it. A Curious Heart is a light-hearted romp with three couples involved, driven by the etiquette involved in Regency England and the strictures imposed on courting couples.
HH: How does Adam and Sheila continue it?
DDW: Adam and Sheila was originally called The Child Bride and was almost picked up by Harlequin, but 'almost' doesn't count. This was the first complete novel I ever wrote. When the first two books did well, I was encouraged and pulled it out and dusted it off. I renamed it, rewrote sections to fit today's market and launched it with a wing and a prayer. It involves the arranged marriage of a couple who have an age variance that implies there will be nothing in common between them. That turns out to be not so. There are some interesting secondary charters as well, that give this book an upstairs/downstairs feel.
HH: What do you like about Sheila and what's her greatest strength?
DDW: Sheila, though young and untried, is very mature. Her gentle nature, coupled with a quick mind and an empathetic outlook gives her the kind of strength a woman of her position needs.
HH: What do you like best about Adam and what makes him different than most heroes?
DDW: Adam is an enigma. When I started writing him, he was ornery, self-centered and downright pompous. I didn't like him much, so in my rewrites I gave him better traits, such as tenderness and helped him grow as a man, giving over his stiff demeanor and relaxing more. I think watching him grow from an alpha male with nothing on his mind but duty, to an alpha male with a sympathetic and even romantic view on life was the best part of my writing here.
HH: What sort of research was required to bring this story so convincingly to life?
DDW: I have so many books on the Regency era, and have read so many of them, it's a matter of sketching out the story, then researching the area I'm using, the types of vehicles, clothing, etc. that it's a never ending process, actually. I'm still researching for a book I have in mind.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
DDW: I'm working on the 4th book in my Lakota Moon Series, Moon of Tender Grass, as well as the 4th book in the Love Vine Series, untitled as yet. In the near future I have several more series planned.
HH: What are you looking forward to most in the rest of 2012?
DDW: The Holidays will probably take up much of my time, but I will still take time to research and write. Christmas is my favorite time of year.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
DDW: I'm reading The Pain Scale by Tyler Dilts. A murder mystery that is pretty darn good. I don't always read the genre I write in. Life demands variety in all things.
HH: Do you have a writing hero and if so, who would it be?
DDW: James Michener, believe it or not, has always been my idea of a great writer. His rival for number one literary hero is Thomas Wolfe. But, if you are asking who do I model my heroes after? Well, that would be my late husband, Boyd. He was the epitome of the romantic alpha male. Sigh...
HH: Thank you!