Surprise! A French Edition and a Manga!

Harlequin authors don’t always know in advance when their books are released in foreign markets. For some of us this is frustratingly irritating, but, me? I love the surprise.

The foreign editions mostly just show up in the mail. A package appears and it is like Christmas. Last week I received a double surprise. This foreign edition was called La Rose De L’Opera. French!

I’ve only had one other French edition of my books, although this is no surprise. Because I often have heroes who are soldiers in the Napoleonic War, I’m often casting France as the enemy. Well, not really France, because I love France, but Napoleon is the enemy and, to a Frenchman, that might not be much of a difference.

La Rose De L’Opera is the French translation of Innocence and Impropriety, a book that has been translated into several other languages, sold world-wide, and really doesn’t deal with the Napoleonic War. I would never have guessed this book would have such an appeal, though.

In 2012, it was even translated into a Japanese Manga and I blogged about it at the time. And again when it was released for the UK market.

Another recent surprise was happening upon a second book of mine released as a manga. The fabulous Hiroko Miura illustrated and adapted The Vanishing Viscountess to Japanese manga and Harlequin Comics has released an ebook English version.

The manga versions come in two volumes, so you have to buy both to read the full story.


Volume 1
Volume 2

Copies of the Japanese manga of The Vanishing Viscountess have not yet reached my door, so I still have that surprise coming. Who knows when it will arrive?

What Shall I Do Next?

I finished my last book and am on a little hiatus before starting another. I have a little bit of time to think about this. At this point I am completely open to my next story.

Should it be a series?

I like doing series. In fact, I have already outlined a possible series, a Regency Paranormal featuring what I like to call “real” paranormal–premonitions, ghosts, healing, mind-reading. Things like that.

On the other hand, my editor said readers love books about governesses, so, with the help of my friend, Darlene Gardner, I came up with an idea of a lady who takes the place of a governess in order to escape an unwanted marriage. I could like writing that book.

Then today my friend Julie suggested I adapt my first effort at book writing, a contemporary romantic suspense, into a Regency. That’s an intriguing idea, too.

This week I also received my copies of the French version of Innocence and Impropriety, called La Rose De L’opera, about the romance between a marquess’s secretary and a Vauxhall singer. This book just keeps being re-released, once as a Japanese  manga. Maybe I should try a similar story.

Decisions. Decisions.

Any votes?

The Sculptures of Chatsworth

I’m missing England again and remembering Kristine Hughes Patrone‘s and my three days at Chatsworth.

William Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire and Georgiana’s son, was a great collector of art. He prized classical sculpture, but most of the pieces had already been snapped up by the wealthy aristocracy years before. So the Duke commissioned contemporary sculptors to create statues in the classical style. These and other 19th century sculptures comprise the Statue Gallery at Chatsworth.

Here’s a peek:

And the beautiful Veiled Vestal Virgin by Raffaelle Monti, 1846

I want to go back and see it all again!


Is February  too late for a New Year’s resolution?

I am resolving to resume my Thursday blogging. I went on a long hiatus, but I resolve to do better.

I plan to continue sharing interesting Regency research items, writing news, and snippets from my travels and everyday life.

This year, on March 21, the fourth book in my Scandalous Summerfields series, Bound By Their Secret Passion, will be released, telling Lorene and Dell’s story. I must admit I’m a little sad to see this series come to an end.

I’ve also been involved in a special project for Harlequin Historical. More on that in later days!

I’m also planning to join my friend, Kristine Hughes Patrone, of Number One London Tours,  on one of the fantastic tours she has planned for 2017.

Here’s the list:

The Regency Tour
including tours of Regency London, Brighton, the Royal Pavilion, Polesden Lacey, the Regency Townhouse and Buckingham Palace.

The 1815 Tour: London to Waterloo
First the sights and experiences of Regency London, including Apsley House, Wellington’s London home, and a special 1815 tour of the V&A. Then on to Brussels and Waterloo with acclaimed author Ian Fletcher.

A Week At the Lake
Tours of the country houses of the Lake District. Cruises on two of the lakes. Even a steam railroad journey.

The Queen Victoria Tour
Tours of Victorian London, Brighton and Windsor to see Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, the Royal Pavilion, Windsor Castle, Osborne House, Frogmore House, and more.

A Stay In The Cotswolds
Tours of Blenheim Palace, Sizencote House and Sudeley Castle. Visits to Stratford Upon Avon, Winchcombe and Stow on Wold, Oxford and Highgrove.

The Country House Tour
Visits to Wentworth Woodhouse, Sutton Scarsdale, Sudbury Hall, Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall, Hardwicke Hall, Haddon Hall, Chatsworth House and Tatton Park.
And more.

The Scottish Castles Tour
Visits to Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood House, Inverary Castle, Glamis Castle, Blair Castle and Stirling Castle, an afternoon cruise on Loch Lomond, shopping
at the House of Bruar. And more.

Don’t they all sound fabulous?

I’m not sure which one I’m going on (or which two!) but I’m definitely going!

Which one would you pick?

Release Day!

Bound By A Scandalous Secret is released today!

Genna’s story begins in the Christmas season of 1815 and ends at Christmas 1816. The gifts Genna and Ross share on that first Christmas are meaningful, but not valuable.

When I strive to give gifts, I always hope to make them meaningful, but I’m rarely successful, so I was pleased I could make Genna and Ross’s gifts so.

You know, books make great Christmas gifts. Feel free to give a friend or relative Bound By A Scandalous Secret.  Or treat yourself!

In many ways, this book is about giving and expecting nothing in return. That’s pretty much the essence of love, isn’t it?

Preston Manor

While Kristine Hughes Patrone and I were in Brighton this past May, we visited Preston Manor, a near-by historic house dating back to the 13th century, but rebuilt in the 1700s and the early 1900s. The house was restored to this latest incarnation, the Edwardian period.

It was interesting for many reasons. For one, from the outside it reminded us of a shabby New Jersey Banquet Hall.

Unlike the Great Houses we had seen on the trip–Chatsworth, Kedelston Hall, the Pavillion, Apsley House–Preston Manor was a more ordinary house, the sort of house gentry might live in. One could easily imagine a family living in this house.
Lady’s bedroom
Maid’s room
Instead of fine art, Preston Manor had items of lesser value and lots of collections.
Of figurines
Chinese Buddhist lions
Even paintings of pet dogs
While we were visited, there was a special exhibition on witchcraft and on Doreen Valiente, the mother of modern witchcraft who had lived nearby.
Preston Manor was also said to be the most haunted house in Brighton, featuring a white lady, disembodied heads and hands, and lights turning on and off. Luckily we did not experience any ghostly phenomenon, just some school children learning about life in the early 1900s by making food in the kitchen.
It was another lovely England experience!

New Books!

Pre-order for Bound By A Scandalous Secret, Book 3 of the Scandalous Summerfields, is available now. The paperback is released November 22; the Ebook is December 1.

Bound By Their Secret Passion is the title of Book 4 of the Scandalous Summerfields. The final book in the series–Lorene’s story– is coming in 2017.