Update and Feather sale

Gracious, look at the time! It’s half past the end of summer, isn’t it? Tempus fugit, or so they say.

If you follow my blog, such as it is, you’re probably reading this hoping for a new release. Alas, the Work In Progress is still in progress. I’ve also begun a novella that will fall in time between the two novels. But as for a release date for either, that is still very much TBD.

So what was I doing all summer? Oh, a little this, a little that. For instance, I spent my Fourth of July in the hospital having my gallbladder removed. That was a bit of a surprise but it all went well. And I’ve quite recovered from the surgery itself, but in the aftermath and recovery, I lost a lot of strength and stamina and am having to rebuild that. I’m going to the gym five times a week and trying to reach a point where simple errands don’t feel like mountain climbing.

So! I have no new releases on the horizon. Therefore, in a pathetically transparent attempt to get my name back in lights (or an increase in book sales at the very least), I’m putting A Feather To Fly With on sale.

Yes! Starting tomorrow and for one week only, Feather will be available for the low low price of only 99 cents! Mark your calendars! Tell all your friends!

And now as a reward for reading this blog post, here is a nice picture of Jazzy:

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So… what’s next?

So, A Feather To Fly With has had a successful launch and I’m currently working on a sequel.

Remember Peter Barton? In Feather he was the actor passing as a gentleman (all in furtherance of Cleo’s cunning scheme). Well, he’s getting his own book now. It’s several years after the events of Feather, and Peter is still in London and still successfully passing as a gentleman. He’ll soon be having his own romance and his own adventure.

And hilarity, it’s safe to say, will ensue.

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A Feather To Fly With now published and available for purchase!

Yes – at long last, here it is!

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“In Regency England, a young lady makes her fortune by marrying it. But Cleo Cooper has come to London with a different idea – she’s going to make her fortune by stealing it. Raised abroad by unconventional parents, Cleo has no use for the rules and strictures of the ton. She’ll pretend to fit in, but she has a secret scheme.

Arthur Ramsey, Duke of Winton, is in the market for a wife. He imagines a sweet, conformable young lady who will gracefully fill the role of Duchess, secure the succession with an heir, and not interfere with his scientific pursuits. That’s what he’s looking for – but what he finds is Cleo.”

(To repeat what I’ve said before, this is a traditional Regency. No sex, no vampires, no time travel. Humor in Regency high life.)

You can purchase A Feather to Fly With at Amazon

Or at Smashwords

Or at Barnes & Noble

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Publication Date! Plus snow. Plus dream.

Mark your calendars, Feather is coming! Yes, A Feather To Fly With will be published February 24th. Final proof, final tweaks, final formats, the end is in sight!

It’s a good thing I’ve had plenty to do around the house, because I haven’t left it except to shovel the walk and take out the dog since last Wednesday. Here in the east, we’re still digging out from what the Weather Channel calls Winter Storm Pax. (The Capital Weather Gang over at the Post calls it Snochi.) Today I’m going to attempt to get the car down the driveway – wish me luck.

We’ve had quite a few snows this year, but this was the first one deep enough to require shoveling. So I got out the old shovel and went to work, and I suddenly remembered a dream I had a few years ago. Bear with me, and I will share it with you.

I dreamed that Hogwarts had just started a new program – Adult Continuing Education! And a friend and I both got our Hogwarts letters; we were accepted to Hogwarts ACE! Well, as you can imagine, we were pretty excited.

We went down to Daigon Alley to get our school supplies. (And in a touch of verisimilitude, the regular Hogwarts students rather rolled their eyes at all these middle-aged frumps roaming the Alley clutching their Hogwarts letters and buying cauldrons and all that what-not.)

We got our supplies and then went to the broom shop, just to look. Of course, all the kids were oohing and ahhing over the Nimbuses and the Firebolts, but I murmured to my friend something I’d always thought about those brooms – “they look so uncomfortable!”

The sales clerk overheard that and said, “They are uncomfortable. The kids like them, but adults will want a more comfortable ride.” She took us to the back wall, and showed us a fine selection of — SNOW SHOVELS! (See how we got here from the sidewalk shoveling?)

With the magical snow shovels, you sit in the shovel part, and hold onto the handle. Doesn’t that make more sense? I tried one out and zoomed around the shop. It was obviously going to take some practice, but how much more comfy that balancing all your weight onto what the yoga instructors call your ‘sit bones’ on a broom handle!

I’ll leave you with this fine picture of Jazzy in the snow. You may, if you feel so inclined, imagine that I’m zooming about overhead on my magical snow shovel.

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Getting Excited? Cover art and blurb preview!

We inch closer to publication, and the excitement mounts! I think we’ve finally nailed down the cover and the blurb, so take a look.

First, here’s the cover:

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The artwork is Henri Francois Mulard’s Portrait of a Lady, circa 1810. When I saw this portrait, I was struck by its resemblance to my mental image of my heroine Cleo.

And who is Cleo? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out, but the blurb gives a few clues:

“In Regency England, a young lady makes her fortune by marrying it. But Cleo Cooper has come to London with a different idea – she’s going to make her fortune by stealing it. Raised abroad by unconventional parents, Cleo has no use for the rules and strictures of the ton. She’ll pretend to fit in, but she has a secret scheme.

Arthur Ramsey, Duke of Winton, is in the market for a wife. He imagines a sweet, conformable young lady who will gracefully fill the role of Duchess, secure the succession with an heir, and not interfere with his scientific pursuits. That’s what he’s looking for – but what he finds is Cleo.”

Sound like fun? So where are we at? A few more text tweaks and then on to formatting for publication! I’m looking at mid-February at the latest.

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Here’s a preview of my upcoming Regency, A Feather To Fly With

Do you like traditional Regency romance? (Traditional? What does that mean? It means no sex scenes, no vampires, no time travel. But plenty of noble titles, Almack’s, ballrooms, and humor.) Then check out the first chapter of my upcoming traditional Regency, A Feather To Fly With:

 

A Feather To Fly With, Chapter One

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Catching up

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? And I have some achievements to tell you about.

First, since I know what my public likes, let’s start with a recent Jazzy picture:

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Here she is just back from the groomer. (Later that day she did some digging in the yard, but let’s just pass quietly over that.)

In the fall, we took a puppy obedience class. It was a bit of shock to go from a dog with nine years of training to a puppy (bouncy!) with zero years of training, but we both learned a lot. We do little training sessions around the house now, hope to be all impressive for the next class in the spring.

I got Jazzy a dog harness to ride in the back seat, so here is a growth series for you.

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She’s very good about it. I told her when I first put the harness on and she was so baffled about it that she’d love car rides, and it’s true.

In other news, remember that Regency romance novel I’ve been going on about for (ulp!) over a year now? It’s DONE! Well, not done done, but I actually got to the end of the story, and am now in edits. And my Art Department (waves to Jane) is hard at work on the cover art.

So mark your calendars, early in 2014 (January, I hope) look for the release of A Feather To Fly With.

And I’ve started work on a sequel!

Isn’t that exciting? I’m like a pup with a new stick!

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