I recently had the pleasure of reading a fantastic contemporary romance novel, Recipe for Redemption, by Anna J. Stewart. Anna’s writing style is so compulsively readable, and her characters so vividly drawn, that I absolutely had to read this in one sitting.
And Anna’s got a new book coming out in May, which I’m super-excited to read. Check out this stunning cover!
To learn more about Anna and her other books, click here.
If you’ve been following my blog you know I’m a big Jane Austen fan. And so when this hilarious graphic floated across my Twitter feed, I pounced on it so I could share it with you here. The brilliant mind behind it is Mark Brownlow. More about him and his work here.
I like this word a lot; it’s a fun way to illuminate a character’s hostility.
I used it in You May Kiss the Bride, in a scene during which my protagonists, Livia Stuart and Gabriel Penhallow, are discussing his high-handed decision that theirs is to be a marriage in name only. Livia says:
“You’re supposed to be marrying in order to—how did your grandmother put it in her letter to Lady Glanville?—oh yes, to ensure the succession. How will you do that now, I wonder?”
He took his time responding, for he was analyzing her tone. It wasn’t one he heard often. It was—impudence. Brazen impudence. If he had hackles, he thought, they’d be rising right now. Coolly he said, “That’s my problem, isn’t it, Miss Stuart? Not yours.”
This scene takes place in Chapter 5, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here.
So happy to share with you these kind words of praise from a fellow writer I admire so much — the wildly talented Lenora Bell, author of the acclaimed How the Duke Was Won and If I Only Had a Duke. Here’s what Lenora has to say about my own You May Kiss the Bride:
I’m super-excited to read Lenora’s third book in the Disgraceful Dukes series, Blame It on the Duke, which releases April 17th (soon!). More about Lenora here.
In our house, it’s one of the hap-hap-happiest times of the year. :)
. . . I thought you might also like to see my Facebook header. It’s a bit more informative and (if I may say so myself) just as pretty. Especially with that incendiary closeup of my protagonists in You May Kiss the Bride, Gabriel and Livia.
If you’re on Facebook, please look me up! It’s one of my hangouts. :)
I thought you might like to see my Twitter header. It has one of my all-time favorite quotes on it. (An especially apt one for a romance writer.)
Also, I love the font, even though the commas look sort of like jumbo cashews.
Are you on Twitter also? Let’s connect!
Hahaha, this is my current favorite thing.
I adore this! Besides inspiring a wish to travel the length and breadth of England, it also makes me want to reread some of my longtime favorites. My only objection is that poor Jane Austen looks a little demented, and Charles Dickens seems to be gazing at her in concern.