Look what’s coming soon! The Summer House by RJ Scott will be released on 29th May 2015. It’s the first story in the new An English Hearts Story series. Read below as RJ talks about ‘The Slaughters’ and there’s also a giveaway.
Ashby Sebastian Sterling-Haynes has had a lot of boyfriends, but he’s never found the one.
The only person he can form an attachment to is his fourteen year old niece, and even that is in jeopardy when babysitting her cat goes all kinds of wrong.
Veterinarian, Connor Lawson is much happier working with animals than with people. He has deliberately returned home and to the Summer House he recalled from childhood holidays for peace and quiet and the chance to heal from wounds no one would ever see.
When his next door neighbor comes into the practice with a cat that has been in a fight he hides in his office because this Ashby guy is all kinds of dangerous. Too hot, too rich, too titled, and way too sexy for his own good.
Can two men who refuse to believe in love ever learn that love is the easy part of the journey to forever?
GUEST POST: “The Slaughters”
Possibly the weirdest name places in England (although we have some wonderful place names to choose from) Upper and Lower Slaughter are also two of the most picturesque places in the Cotswolds.
So where did the weird names come from? Given the history of this island I thought it was the site of some kind of battle or something. I was wrong.
The name of *Slaughter* derives from ‘miry place’. The link is the tiny River Eye, tributary to the nearby river Windrush.
Lower Slaughter is stunning, a proper English village, cricket on the field kind of place. The River Eye runs through both Upper and Lower Slaughter. There is a 19th-century water mill in Lower Slaughter, a ford where the river widens in the village and small stone footbridges join the two sides of the community. People have lived in Lower Slaughter for over 1000 years. The Domesday Book entry has the village name as “Sclostre”. Upper Slaughter is quieter and that is where the church is that I am basing the church in my new book on.
The thankful villages
I didn’t know this: “…Upper Slaughter was identified by author Arthur Mee as one of 32 Thankful Villages, (although more recent work suggests a total of 52) … This term referred to the small number of villages in England and Wales which had lost no men in World War I, and was popularised by Mee in the 1930s. In Enchanted Land (1936), the introductory volume to “The King’s England” series of guides, he wrote “that a Thankful Village was one which had lost no men in the Great War because all those who left to serve came home again.” Although the village was subject to an air raid, it also lost no men in World War II, an honour held by only 14 villages, collectively known as the Doubly Thankful Villages…” That is so interesting.
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RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
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