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Monday, February 3, 2014

Blog Tour: Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman by Wareeze Woodson (Guest Post)

Buried Under Romance welcomes Wareeze Woodson here to talk about the inspiration beyond Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman

**Wareeze will be awarding one eBook to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour, and one $50 GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

About the Book: 
Recently widowed Lady Laurel Laningham flees Landings to escape her untenable position. Alone now and at the mercy of her sister-in-law, she decides to nestle under her aunt’s wings for a spell. To add to her burdens, her young son’s new guardian, Lord Adron Gladrey, has announced his intentions to take complete charge of his ward. The killer is stalking her and a devious jewel thief is stealing the family jewels. Can she convince her son’s guardian she is not a dangerous lunatic and is perfectly capable of raising her son or will he always consider her untrustworthy as a mother to his ward? Will his stubborn blindness send her straight into the path of the murderer, or will he relent in time to save her from following her husband into the grave?

Buy Link:  Amazon 

Wareeze's inspiration:
The Inspiration for my book Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman

My mother always said there was no point in throwing up one’s hands, fainting and falling back in it. She always said faint, but I got the drift. I admire tenacity a great deal.

I watched a news report several years ago where a woman dug through the garbage to feed her children. When asked why she didn’t ask for help, she replied she feared her children would be taken from her. She did what she could for the moment. I remembered the incident for years. The seed fell on fertile ground and grew for years.  This fragment erupted into a story of conflict and love.

As in our day, money equals power and justice is blind. Back in the eighteen hundreds women were easily managed (naturally) without the sense to handle financial affairs. Many gentlemen of the era thought their feather-headed little pea-goose of a wife or daughter could hardly manage to come in out of the rain.  She might have wealth, but she had little rights. Unless her family set up a special arrangement, her wealth went into the husband’s keeping to administer as he willed.

Women had few rights where their off-spring were concerned. I’m speaking of the upper class. Not many worried about children of the lower class, starving on the street, stealing and such to stay alive.

Wealthy children usually had a guardian appointed by the father. Thus enters the hero (the jerk). The guardian, thinking to do the proper thing by his ward, decided to take the child into his care. I wanted a heroine that would fight for her child, even to the death if necessary.

 Lady Laurel Laningham is just such a person. She fights Lord Adron Gladrey every step of the way to love.

Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Each rotation of the hired coach’s wheels whispered the word. Laurel cradled her sleeping two-year-old son, the new Lord Laningham, as a heady sense of satisfaction curved her lips. She didn’t even mind the slight musty odor pervading the vehicle, although she leaned over and raised the window cover for a breath of fresh air. With a sigh she settled back against the seat. At least for a while, Rhonda’s constant complaints would no longer ring in her ears and for that she was devoutly thankful.

Out of nowhere, a rider flashed by the coach window and her startled gaze locked with his brief glance. Although she’d caught only a glimpse of the stranger, in that instant his intense, deep-brown eyes mocked her and unease shivered down her spine. She stared after him for a second before instinctively gathering her child closer. Laurel planted a kiss on his blonde curls, drawing reassurance from the nearness of his warm little body. As long as she had Jamie nothing else mattered. Her son must remain safe.

Everything happened at once. The coach lunged to the right and scraped against the bushes beside the road, sending a shower of droplets splashing inside the window. Her book and Jamie’s wooden horse thumped to the floor. The racket of brakes screeching shrilled in her ears as the vehicle rattled and lurched out of control.

“Jamie,” she cried.
About the Author:
I am a native Texan and still live in the Houston area. I married by high school sweetheart, and after raising 4 children, they blessed up with 8 grandchildren. AND after all these years, we still love each other. True romance is happy ever after.

Twitter:  @wareeze

**Wareeze will be awarding one eBook to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour, and one $50 GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.


  1. Thanks for allowing my book to appear on your very popular blog. I enjoy letting the readers learn a little more about me and why I wrote the book. I appreciate the opportunity. I'll be here most of the day for any questions you might have.

    1. Thanks for your lovely guest post! I've been busy at work so only checking in now at lunch time. :)

  2. I love the sound of your book and the tough problems that people have to face. I agree it was a hard time for women back then and I think even the women of today will see things they still struggle with. Great luck with your sales.

  3. Sounds like a good read. I have added the book to my read list.

  4. Thanks ladies for stopping by and for your comments.

  5. I am really going to enjoy this book. I love the sound of the story.

  6. Interesting inspiration

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  7. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.




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