Aubrey McKnight writes the Ladies of the Abberly Theater series for Boroughs Publishing Group, with a new release coming soon: A Family for Christmas: An Abberly Theater Christmas Story.
Romance. In a vaudeville type theater in Victorian London, no less. I’m not sure how I came up with the idea. At the time I was working on a Victorian mystery, and had hit a particularly uncrackable writer’s block. So I set that manuscript aside and began to consider a complete rewrite or perhaps just let it stew for a while. I chose the latter. I hate plotting. I hate rewrites even more.
However, I knew I needed to keep my writing focus going during the break, so my critique partner (Lark Eden aka Quinn Langston) suggested I try writing a short story. Something more than a magazine article, but not a full blown novel. Something to keep my mind working and my hands busy typing (and out of the cookie jar) while the mystery worked itself out. My critique partner and I do that; dare and push each other. A lot.
Iphigenia and the Showman was the first book in the Ladies of the Abberly Theater series. A female magician and the theater owner who makes her a star. It’s in Iphigenia that we meet seamstress and former stage performer, Madelyn LeCavalier, one of the characters around which A Family for Christmas centers. At the height of her popularity, Madelyn (featured in book 2: Maddy and the Gambler) was attacked by a zealous fan. The attack left her profoundly disfigured and unable to bear children.
In A Family for Christmas, Madelyn is dealing with her friends, Iphigenia and Calliope (featured in book 3: Calliope and the Viscount) starting families. She knows her husband, Will, would make a wonderful father and mourns the fact she won’t be able to give him children of their own. Enter two homeless, motherless children, Thomas and his sister Annie. Madelyn has never considered adoption, much less discussed it with her husband, but these children need a home and Will is ready to be a father. Everything is wonderful…until their abusive biological father, who had abandoned them just before their mother died, returns from sea. He wants them back, if only to have someone to fetch bottles and take out his anger on. Will he take the children away from the only security they’ve known since their mother died? Or can Madelyn and Will convince a judge to allow them to keep the children safe from harm?
A Family for Christmas is coming soon from Boroughs Publishing Group. The other Ladies of the Abberly Theater stories are available at www.boroughspublishinggroup.com, or at Amazon.com for 99 cents.
Aubrey McKnight gave up the glamorous life of a lab rat to do what she’d wanted to do almost since she learned to read: tell stories. By day, she’s a mild mannered mom, but at night she wields a merciless pen, er, keyboard. She enjoys cooking, hockey, and shoving people together only to tear them apart again. She’s lived all over the U.S., and currently resides in Texas with her wonderful husband, their annoyingly smart daughter, and a lovable if lazy St. Bernard named Bongo.
Her first historical series, Ladies of the Abberly Theater, is published through Boroughs Publishing Group. You can contact Aubrey at www.aubreymcknight.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Twitter @aubreymauthor. She loves to hear from her readers.