by Leigh T. Moore
Series: Cheveux Roux #1
Published: November 11th 2012
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: New Adult / Romance
Trapped in the underground theater world of 1890s New Orleans, Hale Ferrer has only one goal: escape. But not without Teeny, the orphan-girl she rescued from the streets and promised to protect.
Freddie Lovel, Hale's wealthy Parisian suitor, seems to be the easy solution. If only his touch could arouse her interest like Beau's, the penniless stagehand who captures her heart.
Denying her fears, Hale is poised to choose love until an evil lurking in their cabaret-home launches a chain of events that could cost her everything.
Light historical/theater romance
Searching for a Dream Lover
By Leigh Talbert Moore
Thanks for having me here today!
Like most writers, I use pictures for inspiration. I have a board on Pinterest called “Inspiration” where I dump photos that give me ideas.
For characters, I’m way less concerned Who the person is rather than the moment of the photo—the expression on the person’s face that makes me wonder what he or she is thinking…
Now True Confession time: When I wrote my new book Rouge, I had nothing like this for Beau. It was terrible!
He’s the primary male love interest, and he was just sort of this faceless blur in my head.
OK, I knew he was tall. I knew he had dark blue eyes—like a Louisiana Iris flower I’d seen on a stained glass lamp (that becomes part of the story). I knew he had a great smile and medium-brown hair. I knew he was muscular from working on a farm in Ascension (reow!) …
I gave him an intentionally over-the-top Old South name: Beauregard Faire. But everyone calls him “Beau” for short. (Also intentional, since “beau” also meant “boyfriend.”)
He’s 17 years old, and he sets out with a small inheritance from his dead father (killed in the “War of Northern Aggression”) looking for adventure, not romance. He’s Mr. Wine, women, and song.
Mishandling his money lands him broke, working in a cabaret-slash-(secret) bordello as a stage-hand, where he meets the star of the show, Hale, our main character who’s also 17.
Naturally he falls in love with her. Who wouldn't? I always knew what she looked like—long brown hair, hazel eyes, petite, slightly olive-complected thanks to her runaway Creole father.
I always knew what Roland, the ringleader of this little circus, looked like. The chain-smoking, piano-playing, velvet-coat-wearing, abuse-hiding composer, who was our leading lady's first kiss (and her first love) was always clear in my head.
I always knew what Teeny looked like—the little orphan who Hale loves, who drives Hale crazy, and who Hale will do anything to protect. But no Beau.
I knew he was innocent, fresh-faced, frustrated, and surprised by his inability to control the object of his affection (Hale).
He saves her life, he knows she has feelings for him, but she has her mind set on marrying a rich Parisian and moving to the richest street in the City of
, with her little copper-headed waif
safely in tow. Lights
The signature dialogue between Hale and Beau, when he discovers they’re the same age, goes like this:
Beau: “Why you're just a kid like me.”
Hale: “I have never been a kid like you.”
sigh. Those two.
He gets his poor heart ripped out and handed back to him by her. He even sheds a few tears of which he’s horribly ashamed, but don’t think less of him. He’s learning…
Then on day my Entertainment Weekly arrived, and as I was flipping through the pages, I nearly dropped it on the floor. There he was! And it all clicked in place.
I didn’t know who the actor was, but instantly I was able to fill in the blanks. Ladies and gents, Beauregard Faire of Ascension~
And I hope you all enjoy reading about him!
(Note: The ladies at “Smardy Pants Book Blog” also did a dream cast, which is also very good—check it out)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a freelance editor when time permits, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of YA and new adult romance (really any great love story), a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.
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