To paraphrase Melanie in “Gone With the Wind,” the happiest days are when terrific new covers come in. So last Monday, when my editor emailed me the just-released cover for my upcoming February 2011 release, SOCIETY’S MOST DISREPUTABLE GENTLEMAN, was a wonderful day indeed! Check out the gorgeous cover and book description of this, the story of Greville Anders, brother of heroine Joanna from FROM WAIF TO GENTLEMAN’S WIFE, on the Bookshelf page.
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After having abandoned updates on this page for a shamefully long time (in her defense, Julia points to the many blogs she’s been writing over the last six weeks to promote the release of SMUGGLER,) she is happy to check in with some great news. Greville’s book has a title (SOCIETY’S MOST DISREPUTABLE GENTLEMAN) and a January 2011 release date. One of her favorite all-time books, WICKED WAGER, will be released for the first time in the UK in November with a lovely new cover. And A MOST UNCONVENTIONAL MATCH was just released again in the UK with a different cover that looks like an “outtake” of the original cover art, only much brighter. (Images of both to be posted on the Bookshelf page shortly.)
In the meantime, after the usual disruption for the end of summer and beginning of school, Julia is diving back into the writing of the first book of the Ransleigh Rogues series. Caro and Max are still tiptoeing around each other, but events are soon going to spiral out of their control.
Don’t you love it when that happens?
Julia’s just sent off the rewrites of Greville’s book (he’s the brother of heroine Joanna in WAIF, the disgraced estate manager who gets himself knocked over the head and wakes up on a prison hulk, about to become the newest crew member of the HMS “The Illustrious.”) While awaiting word back from her editor, she’s toying with the possibility of a new series about four cousins who go off to fight with Wellington, have their lives changed in unimaginable ways, and find new goals and lives with the help of one special lady. The proposal was called “The Ransleigh Rogues.” Keep your fingers crossed that the eds like this one!
After funerals, illness, snowstorms, power outages…The Book That Would Not End, Greville’s book, is finally done and submitted to my editor. Drum roll signifyng relief, please! This book is the story of the brother of WAIF’s heroine, Joanna Anders Merrill. When we last hear of Greville in WAIF, he’s been abducted by the venal estate agent Barksdale, beaten and sold to a press gang. In Greville’s book (which I’m calling The Sailor and the Baron’s Daughter,) after the intervention of their noble cousin The Marquess of Englemere (Nicky from THE WEDDING GAMBLE) Greville has been rescued from service as a common seaman and, wounded after an action against pirates off the coast of Africa, sent back to the Coastal Brigade while the Admiralty settles the matter of his future. Also at Nicky’s intervention, he’s been invited to reside with Ned’s friend Lord Bronning, whose lovely daughter Amanda rejected Ned’s tentative courtship in WAIF.
Amanda is astonished and outraged when this grimy, wounded sailor limps over her father’s entry. What could Papa have been thinking, to have agreed to house such a specimen? Greville, a man whom eight months at sea at the bottom of the social ladder have given an entirely new perspective on life and his place in it, tends to agree with her opinion.
Amanda can’t wait to get to London to begin her Season and fulfill her life-long dream of making a brilliant match and becoming a political hostess to rival the fabled Duchess of Devonshire. Greville can’t wait to recover and try to figure out what he’s going to do with his life. It seems they have nothing at all in common…until an attraction they just can’t master and a danger to family and home throw the two together.
I’m waiting to see what my editor will think of Greville. There will surely be revisions. Then it’s on to the next project, another matter for which I’m awaiting my editor’s decision. It could be the first book in what I’m calling the Brotherhood of Badajos, the story of four soldiers who band together to survive the storming of that fortress city and pledge a lifelong friendship. Or something else. More on that later.
The holidays were both joyous and difficult as I was faced with the loss of my mom the Friday before Christmas. She was my hero and inspiration and will be sorely missed. (For a tribute to Mom and Inspiring Women everywhere, see my January 20 blog at Access Romance, http://www.accessromance.com/blog/) I’m also still wrestling with the last few scenes of Greville’s book, its completion long-delayed by events such as that bit of unexpected out-of-town travel. Only a few scenes left now, so I’m hoping to finish the first draft SOON!