From This Moment
Romulus White has tried for years to hire illustrator Stella West for his renowned scientific magazine. She is the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry.
But Stella abruptly quit the art world and moved to Boston with a single purpose: to solve the mysterious death of her beloved sister. Romulus, a man with connections to high society and every important power circle in the city, could be her most valuable ally.
Sparks fly the instant Stella and Romulus join forces, and Romulus soon realizes the strong-willed and charismatic Stella could disrupt his hard-won independence. Can they continue to help each other when their efforts draw the wrong kind of attention from the powers-that-be and put all they’ve worked for at risk?
Introducing Romulus White
Brief physical description
As you can see from the picture, I am tall, dark, and handsome. I’m lucky to have been born with good looks and an abundance of natural charm, as it hides a world of insecurity. Not that I’d let anyone see behind the curtain to learn that, but you did ask….
I’ve been told I look exactly like Rupert Everett from the 1999 movie An Ideal Husband.
Strengths and weaknesses
Strengths? I publish the world’s most prestigious science magazine, and that tends to open a lot of doors for me. I am a voracious social animal, and love the chance to hobnob with Boston’s intellectual and scientific community. As for weaknesses, they are surely too many to innumerate, but my mother would say my chief failing is squiring too many women about town and refusing to settle down. I have announced that I will marry when I am forty, which means I’ve got eight more years of blissful bachelorhood to savour.
Quirk (if any)
Well, you’ve already seen that my name is ‘Romulus’ and that is burden enough for any man to lug about his entire life. I’m afraid I was born during my mother’s fascination with Roman history, so I was saddled with the name of Rome’s founder. I’m grateful I wasn’t born during her medieval phase or I’d have been named Beowulf, so it could be worse.
Background to the story
My early story was told in the novella Summer of Dreams, which is free, by the way. http://amzn.to/1U2yter As a writer myself, I find it appalling that Elizabeth Camden is giving her work away for free, but that’s not my main gripe about the novella. What annoys me is that she exposed all my weaknesses to the world. Yes, yes…I am handsome and charming…but it is all a façade covering up howling insecurity and my biggest fear is that someday the rest of the world will realize it. I got kicked to the curb in Summer of Dreams and was reduced to snivelling idiocy. Mercifully, From this Moment picks up ten years later when I am at the top of my game. As the editor of Scientific World, I count the nation’s leading inventors as close friends and have built a fantastic reputation both for myself and my magazine. The only thing that is driving me insane is that I can’t hire Stella West to do the colour illustrations for Scientific World. I’ve never met the woman because she lives in London and I live in Boston…but we’ve been carrying on an outrageous correspondence for the past four years. I’ve offered her my firstborn child if she will only come work for me, but she continues to resist. Rumour has it she is moving to Boston, and I await her arrival with expectation. I suspect we will either get along famously or want to kill each other on sight.
Your inspiration for the character
Elizabeth Camden here. When I wrote Summer of Dreams I intended for Romulus to be only a secondary character. Despite my best efforts, he tended to steal every scene he appeared in, and I figured he was worthy of leading man status in the follow-up novel. From this Moment is about how a committed bachelor falls hard for a woman who works for his magazine. Little does he know when he hires Stella that their alliance will cost him dearly.
Summer of Dreams is a prequel novella that takes place ten years before the main story, and features the same cast of characters. I loved having a chance to show my main characters in college….with all the exuberant hope and reckless choices young people sometimes make. Checking in on them ten years later allowed me to develop some terrific storylines about love and enduring friendships. I hope you download Summer of Dreams (free, remember!) and if you like it you can check in on Romulus, Clyde, and Evelyn all grown up in From this Moment. Both stories read perfectly well as stand-alones, but if you’ve got an e-reader I hope you pick up Summer of Dreams, too!