Calisa Rhose presents Daisy Banks with A Gentleman’s Folly


I’m pleased to introduce sister Lyrical Press author, Daisy Banks. She’s taking over the ranch to tell us about her writing and share her book A Gentelman’s Folly, published by Liquid Silver Books.

I leave the round pen to you, my dear. 🙂

Thanks for having me at the Ranch. It makes a break from where I usually work.

My writing environment is basically the place where I think I will be warmest in winter and coolest in summer. The kitchen seems to work best in all seasons.

This is where I work to try to create my stories, to check over them and polish them prior to submission, and if they are accepted where I do edits and make decisions about art work. This is also where I devise blog posts like this one and those that go on my own blog.

My kitchen is small by USA standards but does have the added interest of stained glass windows. I can’t see out and don’t get distracted by what is going on outside.

That’s an unusual way to keep focused, Daisy. I stay distracted by windows all around my house. 🙂

I often listen to music as I am working, most often classical and sometimes that helps with creating the atmosphere to write a scene in a story. The dance scene in my story A Gentleman’s Folly, published by Liquid Silver Books, tripped along to the sounds of lovely Mozart. The fragrance the heroine wears is one based on some historical research and a one essence I have for my little oil burner. Somehow these things all come together to help me write the images in my mind. I have to say I must thank Pinterest for helping me with images that my though process sometimes left blurry. Mid 18th century fashions are something to behold and I was glad to look at other peoples boards as I worked on my story and made a board to go with it.  The images helped me with my thirty day blog too. There was so much to share with everyone about this story and though I wasn’t sure when I began the blog spots if I could complete thirty days I didn’t run out of material.

It’s been grand to visit and share a little more with everyone about how I work and about my latest story.  A Gentleman’s Folly.

Thanks for sharing a part of your creative process! Did you bring a sample of the book for us?


Tag line: A marriage of convenience brings unexpected consequences: love, betrayal, and a hope for happiness.


Katherine waved farewell to Chloe, Mr. Knox, who gawped open-mouthed at his busy churchyard and didn’t respond to her, and a stern-faced Sir Francis, who glowered toward her husband. The coachman stowed her valise with a thump, and Charles half stumbled up into the coach. He gave a small laugh as he fumbled before he managed to yank the door closed and then sat with a grin.

Despite the reek from his wine-soaked coat, she stood and tugged the window up to shut out the yowls from the swarm crowding about.

The coach lurched forward, and her stomach churned. Leverret lounged opposite her. Eyes closed, he nodded with his hat and white wig askew. Before they’d gone a half-mile and lost the most persistent yells of those following, his head lolled, and jaw slack, he slept.

She took the slender wedding band from her finger and bit it. The sharp metallic taste proved it brass, not gold. Vaguely disappointed, she shook her head. She could have been touched he’d bothered with such a trifle had it been genuine, but the ring was a mere part of the sham and meant nothing to either of them. She searched in her petticoats for one of her pockets and dropped the offending item inside, took out her small vinaigrette, and sniffed. The soothing vapor brought back memories of more pleasant moments.

Leverret gave a loud, expansive snore.

This would be the last disgraceful day of his conniving she’d endure.

Folding her hands on her ribbon-trimmed stomacher, she rested her head against the thinly padded seat back and closed her eyes as the coach lurched and bounced along. Her bridal morn had not been the sort most women would dream possible. But, no matter how ridiculous, the morning’s indignity brought her a step closer to a fortune, enough to make her quite independent for life.

“Brass ring indeed, Charles Henry Leverret. I’ll turn you into a man of some merit before I’m done with you.”


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Author Bio:

Daisy Banks is from the Black Country, the heartlands of the Midlands in the UK. She is proud to count as her ancestors the people who lived in the narrow, blue-brick paved streets, who delved for coal or worked metal. Daisy is married and now her boys are adults she spends time writing romance. Daisy loves traditional romantic songs and ballads, is interested in art and architecture, enjoys travel, and occasionally cooks a meal that doesn’t stick to the pan.

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What a great excerpt, Daisy and a truly beautiful cover! I’m glad you came by to visit and hope you will again. 😀


About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), and I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 10/15/2013, in Blog Tour, guest blogging, Pen of the Dreamer, Promotion, Tuesday Round Up and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. I hadn’t noticed the mask eye/cheek until you mentioned it, Liza. 🙂

    What a great day, Daisy. Your post will be up for a few days so feel free to continue on here. 😀


  2. You paint a very cosy picture Daisy. The kitchen is where it is all at isn’t it, so handy for the ever needed cups of tea! I love your art work and wish you great success!!!


    • Many thanks, Layne. Yes, the kitchen is where everything pretty much happens and the best bit now the temperatures are dropping, it’s warm.


  3. Daisy, I love that you write to music. I do, too and find the words distract me, so I go with classical, new age or Asian influenced. Plus I’m about to lose all the leaves on the tree outside my office (it’s fall afterall), so I’ve moved my desk far away from the window to eliminate that distraction. A Gentleman’s Folly sounds like an awesome book.


    • Hi Gemma, yes the leaves will soon be gone. I like new age music and asian influenced instrumentals as well. I think they help focus my mind. Thanks for commenting.


  4. Looks like a great read! Love the cover art.


  5. I love the book cover and the story between the pages is very exciting and emotionally charged. I can’t wait for the next Daisy Banks story.


  6. Books sounds very interesting. Will her husband improve? or will she find someone else. I also really like the cover. If you notice, the mask appears to have an eye, but it’s actually the shadow check of the lady. Very cool detail.


    • Thanks, Liza, I agree the mask is amazing. The whole detail of the cover art is beautiful. I was stunned when I first saw it because the image of the girl is the Katherine I wrote. Amazing. The artist Lynn Taylor, she took my thoughts and made something that is very beautiful.
      Now, as to the husband. What a leading question you ask. I’m not saying if Kitty finds someone else or not. Perhaps she deserves to.


  7. With autumn nights drawing in you painted a snug picture of your writing area. Best thing about being in or near the kitchen is access to the coffee.

    Lovely excerpt Daisy, I haven’t seen this one before but I just know he’s going to get his comeuppance.


  8. Great excerpt, Daisy! I love how you bring the past so vividly to life with your writing.

    Your kitchen sounds like a snug and lovely writing spot, perfect for creating 🙂


    • Thanks Mae Clair. Yes, you could say the kitchen is snug, its certainly small. Only problem is I am so close to the coffee and biscuits. Will power is not my strong point when chocie biscuits are concerned.


  9. Thanks for being here Daisy! I always listen to music while writing. Nice post about your writing spaces. 🙂


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