A few days ago, I was skimming through some random Regency Romance titles, when I stumbled upon this delicious gem of inspiration.
One quick Google search later and this sexy hunk had a name—Paul Marron! I’ve heard his name before—my bestie, Jennifer Haymore, has had him on several of her Grand Central covers, but I had no idea how versatile he was!
I borrowed this collage from the Realms On Our Bookshelves blog:
He can be anything you want–a vampire, a Highlander (in a kilt—yum!), a sword-wielding warrior, a mercenary…and in every scenario, he’s shirtless and glistening. Yeah. That’s inspiration. You’re welcome.
Brenna Aubrey, author extraordinaire, inspired me to do a post about my writer’s library. Her library is much more impressive than mine, but I love seeing authors’ spaces, so I thought I’d share it anyway.
This is the shelf in its entirety, mostly. There’s one more shelf above with a few research books—one of my favorites, Courtesans by Katie Hickman is up there. You’ll notice my little library is almost entirely bereft of how-to books (if you have spidey-vision and can read the impossibly small titles), and that’s because my right brain rebels against them. I can’t read one for the life of me. My good friend and fellow author, Cheryl Holt, has always told me the best way to learn the craft is to write a book, edit it, then write another one, and so on. Practice and repetition is the key.
I am a sucker for research books, though. I have some on Greek mythology, Egyptian mythology, life in the middle ages, and courtesans in Regency England. One of my other favorites is What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool. I’ve heard you have to be careful with that one, though, as it tends to intermix Regency and Victorian facts. I haven’t come across that, but I always double-check my facts anyway (or try to, to the very best of my ability).
The very top shelf is where my treasured romance books are housed. I recently culled this shelf, so it’s looking a little sparse at the moment, but some fixtures on my shelf are: A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore—Jen is my crit partner and a good friend, and this was her debut novel, so it has a special place of honor on The Shelf. Also up there are several Cheryl Holt novels, Vicky Dreiling, Sophia Nash, Tessa Dare and countless others, mostly Regencies, though I am a fantasy and paranormal nut too. These are my how-to books. These are the books I turn to when I ask myself “How is a good romance written?”
So that’s it! My little writerly library!
Good news! The second novella is done and ready to send to my agent! Woot! And I just found out the first novella, The Accidental Countess, will be released June 2013! So keep your eye out for that.
And Jennifer Haymore is giving away copies of A Season of Seduction over at her blog! Fun all around and just in time for Xmas!
Welp, the second novella has been sent off to my amazing cp, Brenna Aubrey, for a thorough thrashing, er, I mean critique. Once I’ve gotten her comments back and I’ve made the necessary changes, it’ll go to my other, equally amazing cp, Jennifer Haymore. Once her comments come back, I’ll make more changes, and by then the novella might, maybe, possibly be ready to send to my agent, who will most likely make more comments. Then it will go to my editor, who will send me editorial notes.
It takes a village, people! This writing business isn’t for the faint of heart.