Today we are celebrating the Book Birthday for Sofie Darling’s latest release, Her Midnight Sin from SoulMate Publishing. Join me in welcoming Sofie to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart!
We Asked and Sofie Answered
Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?
Without hesitation, I would become my heroine, Lady Calpurnia Radclyffe. Life hasn’t always been easy for Callie, but she always fights through the hard times with her determination and grit to do her duty by those she’s sworn to protect. I love that Callie can be both tough as nails and soft without seeing it as weakness. And she makes a mean apple brandy. 🙂
Q2: What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?
World-weary Captain John Nylander and feisty Lady Calpurnia Radclyffe vie against each other to win a Devon country estate. But at its heart, this story is about two people who crave family and belonging, acceptance and love.
Q3: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?
When I couldn’t not write the novels I wanted to read any longer and committed to going back to university to pursue my dream. I was a late-bloomer. 🙂
Speed Round (just to get to know you better):
- Coffee, tea, or other? Tea
- Music preference? I’m a music omnivore. I can’t pick! But for Her Midnight Sin, the song inspiration was “Diamonds” by Rihanna.
- Favorite movie? The Philadelphia Story
- Dog, cat, or other? Dog
- Favorite author? Jude Morgan. Passion is one of the best historical novels ever written. (Dramatic statement, I know, but I stand behind it!)
About the Book
Like a vengeful Norse god, Captain John Nylander has come from the sea to steal the only home that Callie has ever known. And that might not be all he’s after.
Can a Viking…
Orphaned as a child, Nylander has never known a real home. Now he is ready to leave the dangers of his past behind and put down the roots he has always longed for. The only thing standing in his way is a lanky aristocratic lady who is more at home on the farm than in the ballroom. And she has secrets…
And a Viscountess…
Callie, the Dowager Viscountess St. Alban, has poured all her energy into making Wyldcombe Grange her home. Managing an estate is not what she dreamed of, but her late husband’s rejection made it clear that love and a family would never be hers. Now she may lose even that to the sinfully handsome Captain. But Nylander is making her dream again…
Turn passion into love?
Nylander inspires a recklessness in Callie that she can’t control. Soon she finds herself conspiring with pirates and contemplating midnight trysts with the very Viking who has turned her life upside down. For Nylander, being with Callie embodies everything he’s always wanted—home. As midnight strikes, will all their secret, sinful dreams come true?
Read an Excerpt
His voice was deep enough to shake the foundations of this mansion loose. Certainly deep enough to rattle Callie, her breath shallow and her mouth dry. She rose to a stand by slow increments and stood so silent and so still that she imagined she might be forgotten. Then the captain’s gaze met hers over St. Alban’s shoulder, and all hope was lost. His eyes narrowed in question, and she lifted a single, imperious eyebrow in response. The Grange knew that eyebrow well, and she sensed it was her best defense against this man in this moment.
Before her stood the man who would never be her friend. He was her rival . . . her enemy. Soft gaslight caught the golden strands of his unfashionably long, slightly unkempt hair and the glint of clear blue sky in his eye. For all his modern English attire, the man could have been a Viking, a Norse god even, from the tales of yore come to life. All he lacked was a shield in one hand and a hammer in the other.
Callie’s breath had no choice but to catch in her chest. Her enemy was imposing, yes, but did he also have to be so blasted, devastatingly . . . god-like?
This third book in the series is just as entertaining as the first two and highly recommended for fans of Regency romance.
Author Sofie Darling expertly crafts two engaging main characters. Callie and Nylander both have issues with self-esteem and are, as you would expect, more alike than they think.
All Callie wants is to be left to further restore her home. All Nylander wants is a home. It sounds like it should be an easy fix. After all, Callie’s already endured one love-less marriage, why not another? It’s not that simple, and that’s where the real story begins … and the fun.
The supporting characters are well thought out and add to the story without detracting from the main relationship. As well, I loved Callie’s independent spirit. And, of course, it didn’t hurt to think of Nylander as a Norse God … given Thor is my favorite!
About the Author
Sofie Darling is an award-winning author of historical romance. Her debut novel, THREE LESSONS IN SEDUCTION, won the Writers’ League of Texas’ Manuscript Contest in the Romance Category in 2016.
She spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized she simply had to write the books she loved, she finished her English degree and embarked on her writing career.
When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco.
It’s been my pleasure hosting Sofie for her “Book Birthday”. Please come back again soon!