Brothers of Baird’s Cove: Renegade by Caroline Lee is a Reconstruction Era Southern romance with equal helpings of sweet tea and tart lemon cakes. This first book in the Brothers of Baird’s Cove series follows a charismatic smuggler with authority issues who accidentally falls for a plantation owner’s daughter—and oh, the spicy romance, charming dialogue, and thrilling, heart stopping danger! This book has it all. If you’re a fan of Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster Series, you’ll swoon for the Brothers of Baird’s Cove.
Title: Brothers of Baird’s Cove: Renegade
Author: Caroline Lee
Series: Brothers of Baird’s Cove
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Print Length: 90K
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 978-1515029274
Digital ISBN: B011DSA9BW
Smuggling gave him the freedom he needed…
To no one’s surprise, McKee Baird never fought in the War Between the States. His fiercely independent nature made it impossible for him to take orders, and his close friendship with a black man stopped him from fighting for his father’s South. But he’s found his own way to rebel against the new government the United States has imposed on him… and right now, the only thing standing in the way of his smuggling business is the intriguingly uninhibited Becks Middleton.
Their chance meeting gave her the excitement she’d been craving…
Becks has a life of freedom away from Charleston society’s rules. So of course she can’t help but be drawn to the stimulating renegade her mother invites to visit Beckett Plantation, even if she doesn’t approve of his profession. When the opportunity to seduce Mac arises, Becks takes that chance, planning on one night of passion before the dangerous smuggler leaves. But when she accidentally becomes part of his schemes, she can’t reveal the truth without risking his freedom. Joining him on his ship, Becks will face not just her growing love for Mac but a confrontation with authorities that will threaten their very lives.
Can the two of them reconcile their differences before their future is stolen away? Find out more at: Amazon
Excerpt from Brothers of Baird’s Cove: Renegade:
“Why are you here, Mr. Baird?” Becks took a step back. Anything to put more distance between them, afraid of losing her reason again.
“You called me Mac before.” He was apparently fascinated by the portrait on the landing, judging from how carefully he studied it. “I liked it.” “It doesn’t seem proper.”
“Are you always proper, Becks?”
She swallowed, her throat suddenly dry at the sound of her name on those lips. “I confess…” She looked down at her hands, now clasped in front of her. “I’m not.”
“Really?” She heard the lightness in his tone, and glanced back up to see him smiling at her. Oh God, that smile. She had to look away. “I had no idea.”
“Teasing isn’t very gentlemanly, Mr. Baird.”
“And I wasn’t teasing you. I was remembering the last time I got to catch you.”
He would have to bring that up again, wouldn’t he? “Again, not very gentlemanly.”
“Bringing it up.”
“Well, you’ll find that I’m as improper as you are.” She sucked in her breath at that, wondering what he meant. But he clarified, to her relief and secret disappointment. “I haven’t been accused of being a gentleman in long time.”
“Really?” Becks didn’t bother hiding her surprise. He was dressed like a gentleman, and had been taking tea with her mother like a gentleman. In fact, if she hadn’t seen him barefoot and muddy on the bank of her river, she would have guessed he was a Charleston planter… albeit one without a barber.
“Really.” He smiled again, and she liked the way his face creased. His smiles were sudden and over quickly, but the lines around his mouth and at the corners of his eyes told her they were frequent.
Lord have mercy, what had they been talking about? Oh yes… “Well, do you think you could at least try?”
“To be improper?”
“To be a gentleman.”
He gave a little mocking bow. “For such a proper young lady, I’m sure I could make an attempt to remember how.”
About Caroline Lee:
Caroline Lee is what George R.R. Martin once described as a “gardener author”; she delights in creating interesting and lovable characters, and allowing them to lead their own stories. Often they draw the story along to completely unexpected–and wonderful!–places. She considers a story a success if she can re-read it and sigh dreamily… and she wishes the same for you.
A love of historical romance prompted Caroline to pursue her degrees in social history; her Master’s Degree is in Comparative World History, which is the study of themes across history (for instance, ‘domestication of animals throughout the world,’ or ‘childhood through history’). Her theme? You guessed it: Marriage throughout world history. Her favorite focus was periods of history that brought two disparate peoples together to marry, like marriage in the Levant during the Kingdom of Jerusalem, or marriage between convicts in colonial New South Wales. She hopes that she’s able to bring this love of history– and this history of love– to her novels.
Caroline is living her own little Happily Ever After with her husband and sons in North Carolina.
Caroline generously agreed to an interview today so I took full advantage (rubs hands in glee)
Do you outline your books or wing it? Describe your process.
I found a quotation from George R.R. Martin once that described the two different kinds of authors as “Architect Authors” (those who design every aspect of the project before they begin to ‘”build”), and “Gardener Authors” (those that plant the seeds of the story, “water” it, and watch it grow). I’m definitely the latter. I start a story with a clear idea of the characters, the setting, and what I want the main conflict and climax to be… but I rely on the characters to get me there. I’ve discovered lately, though, that I have to have some kind of outline, or I’ll end up with a book that’s 200,000 words long. Sometime the characters just have minds of their own. 😉
How do you decide on setting?
Often the setting is the first thing that pops into my mind! In fact, I tend to come up with a scene in my mind, and then build the entire story around it. Usually it’s the first scene in the book, but not always. For instance, in Renegade, I had this image of a first kiss scene, where they’re in a rowboat on a salt water river with the marshes all around, while it’s raining. It’s almost magical, the sound of rain on water, and so very primal. I wanted to write that scene, but then I had to figure out what kind of characters would be in a scene like that. What kind of heroine would be the type of woman to go for a row in the rain? What kind of hero would appreciate that kind of woman? And how in the world would I get them in a situation where they’d have a first kiss in a rowboat? So that’s it: in order to write that scene, I had to create characters, backstory, and a conceivable plot to make it happen. And that’s how Renegade was born.
What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I write historical romance, because I’m a social historian. Social history is the study of the kinds of lives people would’ve led, rather than the events that are strung together to make “history.” Historical fiction is applied social history, because it’s basically extrapolated history. And in my completely biased opinion, historical romance is the best kind of historical fiction… because it always end Happily Ever After. Not all historical fiction—or history!—ends happily, but I know my characters will live long, healthy, happy lives together.
What is your favorite part of writing?
When my characters do something unexpected. I love writing dialogue, and I think it’s the most fun to write. But it’s also really useful at building characters, and often one of characters will turn out to have a surprise trait or backstory I hadn’t planned, because of something that pops out during a conversation. In Renegade, I’d planned on Becks and her mother to have a sort of partnership, since they’re so much alike and have a mutual goal of keeping their plantation home running. But shortly after the smugglers shows up on their property, the two of them have a conversation where they realize that they’ve been keeping secrets from each other, and that perhaps they’re not quite as in tune as I’d imagined. I hadn’t planned that, until I wrote it. Their relationship turned out to be much more like mine with my mother; loving, but exasperating at times. And more realistic that it’d originally been.
What is your least favorite part of writing?
Writing the “filler” scenes; the scenes where I have to communicate that time has passed, and this is what’s been happening. I really just want to get to that next scene where the characters interact, where I can have some fun dialogue. But we’ve got to get through the “filler” scenes first.
Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?
I edit as I write, sentence by sentence. I’m no good at going back and re-writing a paragraph or a scene after it’s on the screen; once it’s on there, it’s set in my mind, and I have a hard time conceiving of how it could change. I rely on my beta readers, critique partner and editor to tell me what needs changing, and usually how it needs to change. Thank goodness for them!
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?
I can’t claim it’s the strangest thing I’ve done in the name of research, but I watched a lot of videos of revolvers firing under water for the climax of Renegade. I probably got on a few watch lists somewhere with that browser history! I also pulled out a replica early pistol that I keep in my costume closet and made my husband act out the final “grappling” scene with me, so I could figure out how the revolver would’ve discharged. But don’t worry; no husbands were hurt in the writing of this book. 😉
E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?
Most of my audience reads my books on their Kindles, but I don’t have a preference for my own reading. Or rather, I see the benefits for both. I love having a paperback copy of my favorite books, that I can fold back and beat up (I’m not a gentle reader), but I love love the immediate gratification of e-books. If I want to read that book, I press “buy” and bam! I can start reading right away. And I can carry a million books at once. I really like that feature. And I can even put my Kindle in its waterproof case and climb in the bath with it!
Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?
I’ve been on Facebook since the early months, back when you had to have an .edu address to get on it. So it was an obvious platform when I began to build my author brand. And once I found out that I could link my Facebook and my Twitter? Whoooo, that was helpful! I really like that I can interact directly with fans and other authors, about things that aren’t just related to writing or my books. I have to force myself to blog though; my goal is one entry a month, for goodness’ sakes! Those blog posts are usually history posts about something really cool I just researched, that were too long to put on my Facebook author page.
What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?
I read historical romance and scifi with cool heroines (and anything by Terry Pratchett!). Since meeting so many different authors, I’ve been reading different genres of romance (contemporary, paranormal, etc.), but I still love historical the best. I’m reading all the time, and I’m writing all the time, but I do find that I can write better if I’m re-reading an old favorite. If it’s a new-to-me book, I’m way more focused on finding out what happens next in that book, rather than finding out what happens next in my book!
Thank you so much for hosting me and asking such interesting questions! These were really fun to think about and answer. I had a great time!
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