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Midnight Caller by Haley Whitehall
What inspired you to write Midnight Caller? Since the release of my steamy historical romance (book1 in the Moonlight Romance series) that has been a question I have gotten a lot.
It seems all story ideas start out innocent and then they either turn darker or more recently hotter. Midnight Caller was no different. It is my first historical romance. I am a historical fiction author and love scouring old diaries, newspapers, and history books for a nugget of information that could spark my next book.
I had done a lot of research about steamboats for my historical novel Living Half Free. I learned all about how a steamboat operated and the many different jobs it took to run a steamboat from waiter to fireman. It was during this research I came across the historical account of white women from Louisville, Kentucky willing to make “a connection” with African American steamboat workers.
The account I read involved the prominent women of the Ward family paying the steward aboard the steamboat five dollars to sleep with them in their stateroom. While there is something to be said about a refined man, as stewards were, I much prefer the rough and rugged type.
My writing partner Eva Lefoy started teasing me about the roustabouts working on the steamboats. They were tall and muscular, often worked shirtless sweat drenching their rock hard bodies… needless to say that got me excited and Frederick was born.
After Frederick was emancipated he continues to work on the Comet as a roustabout and moonlights as a prostitute trying to save up money to buy some land. He doesn’t want to spend the rest of his life on the water. At twenty-five he is getting to that age he wants to find a wife and settle down. He thought he’d never fall for any of the white women he serviced. They were mostly old widows … but Emma was different.
At first sight he knows he’ll have the privilege of sleeping with an angel. She was petite with a generous bosom, a charming smile and dazzling hazel eyes. He is going to enjoy servicing her, but realizes his heart was in trouble.
Writing Midnight Caller was a lot of fun. I’m a historical romance convert and am in the process of writing more. I have finished book two in the Moonlight Romance series Midnight Heat which follows Frederick’s brother, George, after he strikes out on his own. Who knew history could be so hot!
Here is a little more info about Midnight Caller.
When Emma Bennett’s husband dies in a carriage accident in 1865, she is released from her loveless, controlling marriage. Now she has a chance to find happiness and raise a family. But before she begins courting again she wants to experience her freedom. At the advice of the leading socialite in town, she takes a black lover to fulfill her sexual needs. His raw, masculine power awakens feelings she didn’t know existed. After the first touch she craves more.
Frederick works as a roustabout by day and moonlights as a prostitute. He knows better than to fall in love with his white client, but Emma enchants him the first time he calls on her. To keep them both safe, he works hard to put up barriers. Unfortunately, he can’t protect Emma from the slimy Mr. Hawthorne, who wants her as his bride. Frederick vows to keep her safe even if his forbidden love costs him his life.
Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historicals set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy. Visit Haley’s website at http://haleywhitehall.com.
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