independent heiress Winifred de la Coeur has never wanted to live according to
someone else’s rules—but even she didn’t plan on falling in love with a bank
Winifred is a wealthy, nontraditional beauty who bridles against the strict rules and conventions of Victorian London society. When she gets caught up in the chaos of a bungled bank robbery, she is thrust unwillingly into an encounter with Court Furor, a reluctant getaway driver and prizefighter. In the bitter cold of a bleak London winter, sparks fly.
Winifred and Court are two misfits in their own circumscribed worlds—the fashionable beau monde with its rigorously upheld rules, and the gritty demimonde, where survival often means life-or-death choices.
Despite their conflicting backgrounds, they fall desperately in love while acknowledging the impossibility of remaining together. Returning to their own worlds, they try to make peace with their lives until a moment of unrestrained honesty and defiance threatens to topple the deceptions that they have carefully constructed to protect each other.
A story of the overlapping entanglements of Victorian London’s social classes, the strength of family bonds and true friendship, and the power of love to heal a broken spirit.
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(Stuff you may or may not already know!)
This is so difficult! I’d much rather write about my characters because I’m a stay-at-home sort of person (O.K., I’m a hermit!), but I’ll try.
I’m the singer in the indie band Mister Felix http://www.misterfelix.com/index.html. We perform lots of oldies and covers, but I write our originals, such as the ones featured on the website and its videos. The guitarist, Robert, and I have had a musical partnership for years. I also sing with another group and am learning to play mountain dulcimer for it.
My last couple of years in college, I took as many drama classes as I could. It was a wonderful experience working in the costume shop and as a dresser, being in an improv troop, and acting in the student-run “lab theater.” My specialties were walk-on roles. I particularly enjoyed playing a werewolf. I was also cast as Carter in Uncommon Women.
M. C. really stands for More Caffeine. I love coffee, though it’s getting so it doesn’t love me! I need to get a REALLY big cup so that I can truthfully say I’ve cut back to one a day. Actually, my last job was working in a friend’s coffee mug factory. I wrote a jingle for him, got to run a drill press, and did some welding.
My favorite sport is walking my dog. After an hour of it, I can sit down with him without guilt (and that extra big cup of coffee). Actually, even before our four-footed personal trainer came into our lives, I tried to walk every day, not only for health but because it’s when I ruminate about whatever I’m writing. It’s a lovely way to slow down and watch the seasons change up close.
Ian McKellen once stood on my hair. He was doing a one-man Shakespeare show and asked for volunteers to join him onstage. It must have been for a battle scene because he whispered to all of us to “drop dead” at his signal. When we did, my barrette popped open and my hair spilled out. He stepped backward and pinned it with his heel. Twist, twist—he stepped backward, closer! I must’ve tugged his pants leg or waved desperately because the audience laughed. My comedic debut!
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M. C. Bunn
M. C. Bunn grew up in a house full of books, history, and music. “Daddy was a master storyteller. The past was another world, but one that seemed familiar because of him. He read aloud at the table, classics or whatever historical subject interested him. His idea of bedtime stories were passages from Dickens, Twain, and Stevenson. Mama told me I could write whatever I wanted. She put a dictionary in my hands and let me use her typewriter, or watch I, Claudius and Shoulder to Shoulder when they first aired on Masterpiece Theatre. She was the realist. He was the romantic. They were a great team.”
Where Your Treasure Is,
When M. C. Bunn is not writing, she’s researching or reading. Her idea of a well-appointed room includes multiple bookshelves, a full pot of coffee, and a place to lie down with a big, old book. To further feed her soul, she and her husband take long walks with their dog, Emeril in North Carolina’s woods, or she makes music with friends.
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