Saturday, October 22, 2016

Confessions from Harmony Williams of How to Play the Game of Love

Confession Time: What I’d Do if I Travelled Back in Time to Regency England
By Harmony Williams

Less than an hour away from where I live resides a tourist attraction called Upper Canada Village. In this little “town”, you can stroll the streets, ask the period-garb-clad employees questions, witness the way settlers of Upper Canada might have performed their daily chores, and view exhibits of the other aspects of their lives. I love it but, let’s face it, visiting a museum or exhibit is not the same as travelling into the past.

I live most of my life dreaming of what my life would be like if I’d only been born two hundred years earlier. I walk my characters through the streets of a city I’d love to have seen with my own eyes. Most of the time, you’ll find me curled up with a book, falling in love with a fictional character.

Sometimes that character isn’t so fictional, but is long dead. I’ve been carrying around a volume of Lord Byron’s poetry and sighing over his verses since high school. It’s the one book I always make sure I pack when I go on a trip, and the one poet whose poems I have memorized.

32182142If I travelled back in time to Regency England, I would marry George Gordon, Lord Byron. I know he was a rake and an egotist, but aren’t all the best heroes in regency romances? I would find Lord Byron, and I would make him marry me and write poetry for me.

I’m a geek and an introvert. I’m socially awkward, and when it comes to romance I hardly ever feel sexy or alluring. But one thing I do know how to do is to make things happen when I put my mind to it. I spend most of my life setting my sights on a nearly-impossible goal and then doing everything in my power to make it happen. So I assure you, when it comes to this one, you can take my word on the fact that one way or another, I would marry the creator of the beautiful poetry that moves me.

I’m pretty sure that, with a goal like that, I would fit right in with the marriage-minded young debutantes of the era. I could even pretend to be demure and ladylike -- my shyness would work in my favor, for once! And it wouldn’t matter that I have two left feet, because Lord Byron had a club foot and would have trouble dancing, anyway.

The more I think about this, the more it sounds like a brilliant plan. The one crimp in this plot is the fact that I was born two hundred years too late… I guess my next project should involve building a time machine, shouldn’t it?

…or I could write another book. Come to think about it, writing another book sounds like the better deal. I have too many book ideas to ever finish them all, as it is!

But ladies, hands off. Lord Byron is still (hypothetically) mine.

32603605How to Play the Game of Love 
(Ladies of Passion #1)
by Harmony Williams
Published October 17th 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Select Historical)
ISBN 163375801X
When Miss Rose Wellesley’s father threatens an arranged marriage, she knows she'd better settle on a choice quickly or end up having no say in who she marries. Fortunately, she's garnered a rare invitation to Lady Dunlop's "Week of Love" house party, an annual affair notorious for matchmaking. Her plans to expedite a proposal would go smoothly if not for the brash younger sister she must chaperone, her outspoken, disagreeable best friend, and the bullish Lord Hartfell who seems determined to dog her every step.

Lord Hartfell embodies every last thing Rose dislikes in a man. He’s domineering, tenacious, argumentative, and a little too casual with his nudity for her tastes. Worst of all, Rose can't seem to get him—or his kisses—out of her mind.

Rose is determined to find a more appropriate husband, even if her heart disagrees with how unsuitable the stubborn lord is…

About the Author:
Harmony Williams spends more time between the pages of a book than she does out of the house. She loves witty banter, irresistible heroes and heroines unafraid to go toe to toe with them, all of which you can find in her latest release How to Play the Game of Love. Visit her online at or geek out with her about books on Twitter at @harmony_writes.

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