Julia is delighted to have the draft of Alastair’s book sitting on her editor’s desk (from whence it will probably return shortly with the usual polite request for revisions.) In the meantime, she’s working away on the story of the last cousin, Dom, who returns to England after being gravely injured at Waterloo. The sportsman of sportsmen who can no longer hunt, shoot or drive, Dom must reinvent his life. Fortunately, a colonel’s daughter with orphans in tow is about to give him a new direction in life!
Posts Tagged ‘Ransleigh Rogues’
There will probably be rewrites in her future, but for now, Julia is enjoying having the second Ransleigh Rogue cousin book completed. For pictures of Will and Elodie’s world, check her Pinterest boards. (A board for Max and Caro will be up, soon, as well!)
I’m happy and relieved to receive word from my editor that Max and Caroline’s book has been accepted and put into the system for release. No date for that, or hint of a title for the book (or, for that matter, for the series itself; it may end up eventually being called something other than “Ransleigh Rogues.”) Now on to finishing the Undone that will accompany Max’s book, the story of Caroline’s cousin Elizabeth. After that, I’ll start work on Book 2 of the Rogues, which will feature Max’s black sheep cousin Will, illegitimate son of Max’s uncle, the earl’s brother. Returning after serving with the occupation forces in Paris following Waterloo, he’s outraged that Max’s brilliant diplomatic career was destroyed at the Congress of Vienna. Vowing to find the woman responsible and drag her back to testify and exonerate Max, Will sets off for Vienna. But Elodie Lefevre turns out to be not at all like the callous femme fatale he was anticipating.
The draft is done and by the end of the weekend, Max, first of the Ransleigh Rogue cousins, should see the draft of his book winging its digital way to my editor. As always when finishing a book, there’s a sense of wonder in how the story and the character migrated from its first glimmerings in my mind, with Max and Caro ending up together (as always envisioned) but after traveling down ways NOT envisioned. In fact, Max wandered so far that one of his Rogue cousins not only got his name changed (from Rex to Will) but also has a new heroine…the woman who betrayed Max at the Congress of Vienna.
Although I want to move immediately into writing the Undone that should accompany Max’s book (featuring Caro’s cousin Elizabeth, a disillusioned widow who married the rake with whom she fell madly in love and came to bitterly regret it) there will still be time for holiday rejoicing. I’m looking forward to spending Christmas in Mississippi at the the new home of my oldest son and his bride, then returning home where ALL my children and their significant others will join us for New Years. Hmm…should have built a bigger house!
Then there’s the great holiday giveaway ongoing with the Harlequin Historical Authors Advent Calendar contest. The event will visit here on Sunday, December 19. All you must do to be entered for my individual prize of a $50 Amazon gift certificate and the grand prize of a Kindle 3G is to post a comment here, on the news/blog page.
Happy Holidays to all!
I didn’t quite make it for November, but I’m finally closing in on the end of the first Ransleigh Rogues book, featuring Magnificant Max. Five more scenes to go…and then some polishing (okay, alot of polishing) before sending it off to my editor as an early Christmas present to me. During the writing process, I discovered that one of the other rogues, Max’s cousin, originally named “Rex,” actually must be “Will”…and his heroine won’t be who I thought she was either. In the meantime, Max ended up doing some things for Caro that I hadn’t anticipated, while the interplay between them was hotter than I’d first imagined it. That’s a rogue for you, always surprising you with the unexpected!
Next up, an Undone.
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?
If the gentle reader wonders why Julia has neglected to provide much news of late, please look at the extensive list of blogs to which she has and will contribute this summer as part of the promotion for the REGENCY SILK & SCANDAL miniseries, including her Book 3, THE SMUGGLER AND THE SOCIETY BRIDE. You may find her Words of Wisdom (or at least commentary) posted at the Pink Heart Society; e-harlequin’s Community “Regency Silk & Scandal” Authors’ blog; the UK Historical Romance Authors; the Summer of Love; RomCon; Cataromance and Mysteries and Margaritas; dates and urls are listed below.
In the meantime, while working on the first book of her new Ransleigh Rogue series (see the Bookshelf page for details) she is preparing for Romance Writers of America’s annual National Conference, being held this year from July 28-August 1 in Orlando, right next to Epcot at the Swan & Dolphin hotels. She’ll be participating in a workshop entitled “Dressed for Historical Success,” for which Jeannie Linn, new Harlequin Historical author of Golden Heart winner BUTTERFLY SWORDS, created a wonderfully amusing video:
View it and enjoy!
Yes, school (in Texas, at least) is winding to a close and summer is just a cold drink by a warm pool on a hot day away. Where does the time go?
This May, it’s mainly gone to keeping up with blog comments about the free online read “Seduced by the Dark Stranger, ” a prequel to the upcoming REGENCY SILK & SCANDAL miniseries that’s been running all month at eharlequin.com (http://www.eharlequin.com/article.html?articleId=1460) and with the RS&S authors’ blog at eharlequin’s Community. (http://community.eharlequin.com/content/regency-silk-and-scandal) As RS&S begins next month with Louise Allen’s The Lord and the Wayward Lady, there will be lots more blogs, both at eharlequin and elsewhere, as you can see from the entries on this page.
I’m looking forward to the release of my contribution to the miniseries, Book 3, THE SMUGGLER AND THE SOCIETY BRIDE, which will be out in August. Gabe Hawksworth is a roguish, free-spirited hero after my own heart, as is never-intended-to-break-the-rules-but-it-just-happens heroine Honoria. And I absolutely LOVED researching the county of Cornwall, with its beautiful misty coasts and mysterious history of smuggling.
I’m also eagerly anticipating the summer to charge forward on my next project, the Ransleigh Rogues, four childhood friends and cousins from radically different backgrounds whose lives are changed by war, heartbreak and scandal. Of course, four such strong-minded men need equally strong-minded ladies to straighten them out!
The first story features “Magnificent Max” Ransleigh, unofficial leader of the group, a charismatic man said to be able to persuade any man and charm any lady…until scandal at the Congress of Vienna soils his reputation and ruins his hopes for a brilliant diplomatic career. Exiled from polite society and shunned even by his family, he seems an unlikely savior for a well-bred young lady. Except that Miss Caroline Denby doesn’t want to be saved…she wants to be ruined. Why not, she argues, use his bad reputation to do her this one small favor?
More on Max and Caroline later!