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.
. . . 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. :)
An excellent word for a writer of historical romance, especially if you’re writing books set in an era during which one’s reputation is everything.
I utilized it in You May Kiss the Bride, which takes place in 1811, in the scene in which my protagonists, Livia and Gabriel, have been discovered in a rather scandalous situation. Things are heating up among the various characters, and Livia’s uncle crudely says to Gabriel’s grandmother:
“Isn’t it obvious your grandson has been dallying with her? He’s compromised her—we’re all witnesses to it!—and he’ll have to pay the piper.”
Scornfully the old lady said: “If you are suggesting financial remuneration—”
“Dallying?” Cecily cried. “Oh, Mr. Penhallow!”
“Money, ma’am?” Uncle Charles’s face was a livid scarlet. “He’s got to do the honorable thing and marry her! I won’t have the family reputation besmirched!”
This snippet appears in Chapter 3, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here. And if you’d like to preorder You May Kiss the Bride, which releases on March 28 (soon!), click here for ordering info for print, ebook, and audio formats.
This lovely Goodreads giveaway, hosted by Avon Books, ends tomorrow. Have you entered yet? If not, click here!
Avon Books is hosting another Goodreads giveaway for You May Kiss the Bride! Ten advance reader copies are up for grabs. Click here for more info, and to enter. Good luck!
Bookish has named You May Kiss the Bride one of its spring 2017’s “must-read” romances! (With the clever tagline “I now pronounce you reader and book.”)
So many fab books. More titles for my TBR list!
Click here to read all about it.
I love audiobooks, so I’m thrilled that You May Kiss the Bride is being released (soon! March 28th!) in audio as well as in print and ebook editions. Want to hear a sample on SoundCloud? Click here.
Another benefit of an audio release is that the cover image can show more of that gorgeous background! Here’s the print/ebook cover so you can see what I mean:
Interested in preordering You May Kiss the Bride? Click here.
If you’d like to read Chapter 1, click here.
And finally, next week Avon Books is hosting a Goodreads giveaway of 10 print advance reader copies! I’ll let you know when the giveaway opens for entries.