Today I’m delighted to welcome Eve Devon to One More Page to talk about the settings for her new novel, It’s In His Kiss. Eve Devon writes sexy heroes, sassy heroines and happy ever afters…
She grew up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela which gave her a taste for adventure and her love for romances began when her mother gave her a romance book in a desperate attempt to keep me quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals!
Eve worked in a library until she realised she was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She lives in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with her very own sexy hero husband! Welcome Eve!
The setting for It’s In His Kiss is a fictional Surrey town called Heathstead.
Heathstead first entered my imagination when I was writing Her Best Laid Plans (the first book to feature the King siblings). I needed a place where a large house/country estate wouldn’t look out of place but that was also within commutable distance to London where the family business headquarters were.
Before I knew it, Heathstead – a thriving village, popped almost fully-formed, onto the page. With street layout and buildings borrowed from many places I’ve visited throughout England, I suppose it has that quintessential English village look…with a little Chelsea/Kensington thrown in to update the chocolate-box look! In my head, beautiful old brick buildings retain their character but now there’s also contemporary signage over the doors of boutiques, hairdressers, convenience stores, café’s, pubs and post office. And, somehow, whenever we visit Heathstead, it’s always on one of those perfect clear summer days that show the place off at its best!
Sometimes I have to remind myself the place only exists in three books, Her Best Laid Plans, The Love List and my new release, It’s In His Kiss, because with each book, Heathstead has grown, taken on more character and become more important to the stories. But it’s in It’s In His Kiss, where the village, and in particular, the King Estate, becomes almost a character in its own right.
I imagined the King estate to be a little bit like the very gorgeous Titsey Place: http://www.titsey.org/ www.gardenvisit.com
The King estate in the books is a stately home with sweeping gardens, a long gravel drive and a beautiful lake.
Sephy King has lived on the King estate all her life. Now twenty-five, along with her five-year-old daughter, Daisy, she resides in the new purpose-built flat, over the block of garages, behind the main house.
There’s a scene in It’s In His Kiss where Sephy leaves her catwalk show at the main house, walks along the gravel drive, and down to the lake to meet Luke. And it’s in this scene where, under a beautiful hand-crafted gazebo, strung with thousands of fairy lights, we start to discover just how important the King estate is to Sephy.
Yes, it’s the place where she dreams her dreams and makes her plans, but it’s also so much more…
It’s In His Kiss is out now in ebook formats: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/books/its-in-his-kiss
Who do you turn to when things go wrong?
Your best friend. Obviously.
Sephy King’s worked flat-out to make her new lingerie business a success, only there’s a tiny snag – the marketing photos for the launch party are a disaster.
Luke Jackson will help her, won’t he? They just need to strip off, model gorgeous, sexy underwear together and take more photos! So what if the stunning body he’s been hiding makes Sephy’s eyes pop out? And when he holds her, she suddenly wishes they were in her bedroom…alone? He’s her best friend.
Then Luke asks Sephy for a return favour: to pose as his fake fiancée to get his parents temporarily off his back. It’s a risky strategy – but she’s sure she can pull it off.
Until he kisses her…
It’s In His Kiss is a standalone novel, but if your curiosity is spiked by the other Kings, Sephy’s brother, Jared King’s standalone story is Her Best Laid Plans and Sephy’s sister, Nora King’s standalone story is The Love List
Find out more about Eve and her novels at: http://www.evedevon.com/