New Novel From J.A. Beard

J.A.’s got a great new title out!



Helena Preston, the eldest daughter of a Bedfordshire gentleman, would rather risk spinsterhood than marry a man unwilling to accept her for who she is, much to the consternation of her mother and sister. She feels marrying an ugly or poor husband would be a mere inconvenience; marrying an irritable fool would be a genuine tragedy. Intrigued more with books and scholarship than finding a husband, the young woman has yet to attract any interest from eligible bachelors.

Joseph Morgan is a scholar who studies spiritus, the rare ability to imbue life into objects. With his arrival, Helena finds herself in the delightful position of having the attention of a handsome, educated gentleman of status, but she begins to worry Mr. Morgan is more interested in seduction than marriage. Soon after meeting the scholar, an unfortunate encounter with a sinister highwayman ends in rescue by the stoic and handsome Captain Thomas Southward.

As bothersome as juggling the attention of two potential suitors can be, Helena is still the target of a criminal. When evidence suggests her assailant is a wooden man created by spiritus, Mr. Morgan falls under suspicion. Unfortunately, she can think of no polite way to accuse a gentleman of sending a pile of animated wood to kill her.

J.A. was also kind enough to answer a few interview questions.

1) Why did you decide to write in this genre?

As I enjoy both Regency romance and paranormal books, it just seemed a natural combination.

2) Best and worst writing tip you’ve learned?

The best tip I’ve heard is to just keep writing, no matter what. One can always edit later, but if they get stuck on trying to produce the perfect prose on the first draft, they’ll end up paralyzed, and nothing will get done.

The worst tip I’ve heard is to write what is popular. Now, it’s not that an author should purposefully try to write something no one wants to read, but you can’t trends chase. For one thing, the trend may be cooling down by the time you finish your book. In addition, if you don’t normally consume a genre or if you don’t like a genre, it will usually come across in your writing. Write what you enjoy, and the rest will come naturally.

3) Can you tell us a little about your next project?

My next project is more pure fantasy novel called MIND CRAFTER. The book concerns a scholarly mage who gets caught up in a conspiracy by a religious cult to undermine her empire while simultaneously probing into secrets that the government and her empress would rather not come out.

4) If you could do one thing over again in regards to writing, what would it be?

I would have involved myself in independent publishing sooner.

5) Who is your biggest supporter?

My wife, by far.

6) Outline or panster?

Well, kind of both. That is to say I don’t formally outline my books, but I do mentally plot them out, and so I have a general idea of where every book and even series should be going when I start writing. Individual scenes may appear or disappear. In addition, I’m not married to content, so a lot of things may shift during editing.



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