The Girl With Flaming Hair

Sophie is plagued by the shadows of the past…

While driving his curricle, Rufus Solgrave, Earl of Luxton comes across Sophie Clifford lying unconscious in the road, having fallen from her horse.

Not too far from home, he takes her back to Ashby, his country seat, leaving her in the care of his mother, Elizabeth, Countess of Luxton, and his sister, Lydia. Under their kindly supervision, Sophie soon begins to recover.

Upon discovering that Sophie has never mixed with London society, Elizabeth invites her to accompany the family to town for Lydia’s come-out. Unhappy with her homelife and eager to sample the delights of the season, Sophie accepts.

However, her enjoyment is marred when talk of an old scandal surrounding her birth resurfaces. What’s more, her devious stepbrother, Francis Follet, has followed her to London, intent on making her his bride.

Sensing Sophie’s distress, Rufus steps in to protect her from Francis’s unwelcome advances.

And although neither Rufus nor Sophie are yet thinking of marriage, both soon begin to wonder whether their comfortable friendship could blossom into something warmer…

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Author Q&A

What is the first book that made you cry?

The answer to this question is lost in the mists of time, there have been so many. On a personal level I feel I have failed my readers if they don’t reach for the tissue box at least once. It might be a happy moment, a sad one, even something poignant, but if I can’t touch people’s emotions then I’ve let myself down and I’ve let my readers down.


How do you choose your book covers?

I’m extraordinarily lucky that this is done for me by my publishers, Sapere Books. I believe they have built quite a reputation in this department. Whatever the genre, their covers are always stunning. It’s a skill to present something that gives potential readers a true idea of what to expect and it’s one they certainly seem to have mastered.


Would you ever write under a pseudonym?

Only if I had to. I know that some publishers prefer one genre, one name, another genre, another name. But what author doesn’t want to see their own name on the cover of their book. I guess only time will tell, when and if I write something completely different. I certainly wouldn’t refuse if it was a bar to publication.


Do you listen to music when writing?

I find any noise a distraction when I’m writing. If music is playing then I have to hum or sing along. While, like most women, I’m pretty good at multi-tasking, this isn’t the case when my whole focus needs to be on the story I’m trying to create.


When did you write your first book?

My first book, Safe Harbour, was a contemporary romance and was written in 2013 and published in 2014. It followed five or six years of writing short storiem,js, a wonderful way of learning my craft, even though the two disciplines are quite different. Another two contemporaries were published before I turned my hand to historical romance set in the early nineteenth century.


What is your favorite genre to read?

There are two. I have a deep-seated love of romantic novels set in England’s Regency, something which ultimately led me to write my own, but I also love reading cosy crime. I couldn’t possibly count the number of hours’ entertainment I’ve had from both.


What’s one movie you like recommending to others?

The Princess Bride. Released in 1987, it wasn’t a huge box office success but has since become a cult movie. Described as a fantasy adventure comedy film, this is one of my most watched films. It’s a hugely satisfying film with an amazing cast. If you’re looking for a bit of escapism and a good laugh this is one to go for.


How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?

My first draft is usual completed in four to five months and my first edit will have taken place during the course of writing as I always go back to the previous day’s work to get me back into the ‘mood’. Naturally there will be things that very obviously need amending and I can’t move on until I’ve done so. I don’t allow myself to get hung up though or I’d never finish.


If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?

I wouldn’t own it, it would own me! I’m a bit silly about animals which may sound strange from someone who doesn’t actually live with any at the moment. That is due to circumstance and I still dreadfully miss my two dogs and cat. Strangely enough I’m finding this a really difficult question to answer. In another life I’d love to have been a vet. I guess, if I have to give a definitive reply, it would be one who needed me.


What’s one thing you’d like to say to your readers?

Thank you for reading my book. I hope it has given you pleasure and ultimately a feeling of satisfaction. If it has, I’ve done my job.


What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?

Newt Scamander (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). Anyone who loves animals the way he does is top of my tree. Just imagine all those fantastic beasts he’d be able to introduce me to and the amazing adventures we’d have.

Author Bio


Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.

 You can find out more about Natalie on Twitter @NatKleinman, Facebook /NatalieKleinmanAuthor or on her Website


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