Monday, September 21, 2015

Brainstorming Class

Normally, at this time of year, I would offer my 6 week Book In A Week class. Instead, I'm going to offer a two week brainstorming class.


Class: Brainstorming (From the Inside Out)
Dates: October 4, 2015 to October 16, 2015
Cost: $40
Deadline to sign up: October 2, 2015 (though I may allow last minute additions if there is space in the class)
How it all works: All lessons, answers, etc. are sent via email so class members may read and respond at their convenience.
Class size is limited!

Are you ready to start a new project or stuck on a current one? Would you love to have help brainstorming? Would you love to think about things in a new way, with questions you may not have heard before?

This class is designed to help you get a jump start on things. It's designed to use the fluid way our brains naturally work. We may write linearly but our brains tend to brainstorm nonlinearly. Writing is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle but first we have to create the jigsaw puzzle pieces--and this class is designed to help you do just that! The focus is on how you can create a book that satisfies both your creative soul and will also delight agents, editors and readers.

If interested, email me at: with the title of this class in the header and let me know whether you prefer to pay via check or Paypal. If you email me and do not get a response within 24 hours, please, please, please email me again because sometimes things do disappear into cyberspace.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

His Lordship Takes A Tumble

When I wrote the Langford series (The Reckless Barrister, The Wily Wastrel and The Sentimental Soldier), I told the stories of the 3 younger brothers in the Langford family but I always wanted to also tell the story of the oldest brother and his wife: Athenia and Lord Darton. Now I have the chance to do so in His Lordship Takes A Tumble--a traditional (sweet) Regency.

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George, Lord Darton needs a bride of utter propriety. Athenia needs a husband because of her own folly. Circumstances throw them together and need drives this marriage of convenience. And yet, when it’s least expected, the two discover love isn’t so impossible, after all—and Lord Darton’s brothers discover how badly they’ve misjudged their eldest brother and his wife, all these years.

One could say it's propriety meets utter folly. Here is a taste of HLTT:

. . . Athenia looked at each of them in turn. “What I say must never leave this room. No one outside this group must ever know the truth. Everyone else must continue to believe George and I are the prim and priggish couple we are accounted to be. Do I have your word?”
Only when each of the brothers and their wives had given it did she go on. She had a faraway look in her eyes as she said, “Your brother, Lord Darton, believed the only way to retrieve the family reputation was to marry a young lady of unexceptionable background, breeding and behavior. It was the only way he could think to guarantee that as you grew older, each of you would be accepted and have a future among the ton. It’s why he has always been so strict about your behavior. He worried that otherwise you might be tarred with the same brush as your parents. The only solution, he felt, was to marry and marry well and marry as quickly as he could.”
She paused. Yes, they began to look properly chastened as her words sank in. With a tiny spark of satisfaction, she went on, her voice softening as she did so. 
“As you know, he meant to marry Lord Carrington’s daughter. Indeed, I think he was more than half in love with her. It was only when he asked for her hand in marriage that he found out how bad things really were. I do believe the harshness of that refusal sent him into a kind of shock. The rest of what followed was a result of my folly. Yes, folly. I know you find that difficult to believe, but it is precisely because I was so foolish, and because of what it cost both of us, that I understand why your brother has been so adamant, over the years, about how we must behave and the risk to all of you if he could not curb your follies! Looking back, I still cannot believe how foolish and naive I was and even a lifetime will not suffice for me to repay your brother’s kindness in rescuing me.”  
She paused, took a deep breath and said, “This is how it all began.” . . .