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Meet Mr. Pressley!

Writing is a curious (and often mysterious) process. It wasn’t till I saw the galleys for The Worst Duke in the World that I suddenly realized that one of my favorite secondary characters, the charming vicar Mr. Pressley, was inspired — both in temperament and in appearance — by this delightful fella.

Photo: Grantchester star James Norton

Do you recognize him?

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“Yours is the light . . .”

Thinking of this beautiful quote as I write today.Graphic: "Yours is the light" by E.E. Cummings

My hero has absolutely no idea that soon he’ll be feeling this way about my heroine . . .

 

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Tropes, glorious tropes!

As both a reader and a writer, I’m kind of obsessed with tropes. What about you? Do you have a favorite? Or favorites?

Graphic: romance novel tropes

via Boobies & Noobies on Twitter

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“What is your androgynous nom de plume?”

You’re a daring Regency lady who writes books. However, for various reasons you need to keep your identity a secret — the ton being what it is, always looking for scandal. What pen name will you choose? Here’s a handy helper!

Graphic: "What is your androgynous nom de plume?"

via Chawton House on Twitter

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Ooh la la!

In the next chapter I’m going to write, my heroine will be wearing a gown rather like this one . . . as she swans about a luxurious gaming hell in Regency-era London. I can hardly wait to write it. :)

Photo: 1830s evening gown

via @whatgrandmawore on Twitter

It’s the sixth book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, by the way. Would you like to save it on Goodreads? Click here.

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And the winner is . . .

The other day I asked for input in naming a character in the book I’m currently writing, and got so many helpful replies! The choices were Frederick, Walter, Simon and Edward, and the #1 name for my icky smarmy duke is . . .

Graphic: Frederick! Via LisaBerne.com

 

Close behind was Simon, with Walter a distant third, and Edward garnering the fewest votes of all.

Just so you know . . . the icky Frederick is *not* my hero! He’s a secondary character who will of course come by his just desserts. :)

My warmest thanks to all who helped out!

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Which name?

I’m looking for input! A character in the book I’m currently writing — the sixth in my Penhallow Dynasty series — needs a good first name. He’s an icky smarmy duke (but don’t worry, he’ll get what’s coming to him). What is your #1 choice?

Graphic: Which name? Via Lisa.Berne.com

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New book in progress . . .

. . . The start of the sixth book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, in fact. Starring someone you’ll have met in The Bride Takes a Groom and Engaged to the EarlCan you guess who it is? ;)

Photo: "New book in progress," via Lisa Berne

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Inspiration!

In case you missed it from my recent newsletter: I’m envisioning the hero of the book I’m currently writing — The Worst Duke in the World — looking like a combination of these two delightful fellas.

Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis in Last of the MohicansPhoto: Simon Woods in Pride and Prejudice

I do hope you approve. ;)

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Do you want to write for Avon Books?

My wonderful publisher is open for submissions! They say: “We’re currently seeking writers of all gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, national origin and ability. #OwnVoices highly encouraged. Submissions window is between 7/22 and 9/15. You do not need an agent!”

Graphic: "Do you want to write for Avon Books?"

Click here for more info. And please spread the word about this amazing opportunity!

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