Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Noblemen had access to very stable and established banks in London like Coutts, the Bank of London and Childs. But others who didn't have the means to travel to London to bank, relied on county or provincial banks. These banks weren't regulated and often went bankrupt. The bank managers in these cases often used the money put in the banks to back investments and if those investments didn't pay off, funds were lost and not replaced.
To read more about banking options, check out this link: http://www.books.google.com/books?isbn=0521893739
Sunday, December 28, 2008
The Eastern Question focused on what the west was going to do about an unstable eastern European arena plus and unstable Turkey in the face an empire minded Russia. The balance of power in Europe made this an important consideration in order to avoid another Napoleon. Also, it was important because the Eastern theatre represented a huge economic opportunity as well as the avenue for lucrative trade routes into Asia Minor and India.
Britain's largest concern was figuring out how to protect their access to the Dardanelle Straits in Turkey. Valerian is heavily involved in this effort during his years abroad.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
The uprising found some success and spread to neighboring areas but ultimately was squashed by the Ottomans. Valerian was involved in the rebellion and several references are made to this event in the second half of the book.
Apparently, not much is known about the uprising, which makes it perfect for the story. If you to read more about Negush uprising, check out this link: http://makenews.com/html/articles/stefov/stefov144.html
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Bickford did exist, he did craft this fuse and did design his own production line for mass producing that fuse in the 1830s. If you're interested in reading about this piece of Cornish mining history, try this link:
Monday, December 22, 2008
Trist House is located in Veryan, very close to Truro and it was indeed renovated at that time by Samuel Trist, who wanted to improve the lands. Many of the items mentioned in the chapter as being 'plans in progress' for the landscaping did actually come to pass. Estimates guess that 1,000 pounds were spent on the landscaping renovations.
If you want to read more about Trist House, try this short but informative link
Have a great day and stay warm!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Also of interest is the history of the palm in Britain. I took a little liberty here. The Chusan Palm doesn't show up in Britain until 1849 thanks to the efforts of Robert Fortune who brings some seeds to Victoria and Albert for planting in the gardens at Kew. I decided Valerian would beat him to it, after all, the Chusan or fan palm was popular in Italian gardens and it was becoming a common practice for British citizens abroad to bring home exotic items. It is generally held that as the British Empire expanded, more and more exotic items found their way to Britain. If you'd like to read more about the spread of the Chusan palm to Britain, this website proved helpful.
Finally, the reference that Valerian is in Italy gave me the idea for the Undone Short, "Pleasured By the English Spy," due out later in spring 2009 (although it's obviously a prequel to the Viscount Claims His Bride since it focuses on Valerian's years abroad). When is Val in Italy? For the marriage of his friend (the Hero in Pleasured by the English Spy) Andrew Truesdale. I think it's fun to read the Undone Short and say "hey, I bet that's when Valerian picks up the palm!
Today, Italy is one of Europe's primary growing places for the Chusan palm. Hope you enjoyed this foray into horticulture!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here's day 1: The geography and weather of Cornwall. I'm in the Seattle area and we've been doused with a beautiful round of snow that has the kids out early for Christmas break. They've been out for three days now and the roads have been far too slick to drive on and it's been extra cold. BUT, Cornwall is actually a bit more temperate than Seattle or most of England during the winter months. Spring comes much earlier to the Cornwall region and fall sticks around a bit longer than it does in other parts of England. (That's not to say Cornwall doesn't get cold, because it certainly does) In the book on p. 90-92 there's a fun scene where Valerian makes a wager about the weather. If you want to read more about the weather and unique geography of Cornwall, check out this link. http://www.weathernotebook.org/transcripts/2000/12/4.html
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Stars! ~~~ Ms Scott had me enchanted with this story right from the opening scene!
Pickpocket Countess by Bronwyn Scott
Harlequin Historical # 899 – March 2008
Ah, I love this cover! ~~~ So much so I had to make it larger than I normally post! ~~~ What do you think? ~~~ Wouldn’t you just love to be that Pickpocket?
It’s 1831 and the Industrial Revolution is picking up speed in England, bringing with it unrest amongst the working class. Brandon Wycroft the fifth Earl of Stockport needs to build a textile mill in order to protect his earldom’s financial future. His plan is to set precedent with a safe mill, one that doesn’t employ children and the workers receive a decent day’s wage. But there is opposition to the mill, and the men who have signed up to invest have found their homes burglarized. “The Cat” of Manchester is quickly becoming notorious for his escapades leaving no house of distinction untouched, except for the Earls. But that’s not exactly true. The Earl hasn’t been untouched by “The Cat”, in fact, he’s been thoroughly touched! He’d caught the devil in the act, and to his amazement “The Cat” is not a HE, she’s a SHE! And with one startling and oh so arousing kiss, the Earl finds himself in a predicament; does he hunt and jail the thief or does he bed and wed the temptress!
Ms Scott had me enchanted with this story right from the opening scene! Awesome beginning that created a very sensual fun tone to the book. Brandon is a good man, trying hard to do good for those under his protection as Earl. He’s frustrated that his political efforts haven’t done more but he continues to fight for the people. When he learns that “The Cat” is indeed a living Robin Hood taking only what can be used to help the disadvantaged, he feels humbled. The Cat, Nora, is sassy and very smart, she’s Brandon equal all the way. She recognizes immediately the danger he’s in, esp. if the fact that he’s aided her should come out. With ruthless greedy men out to stop “The Cat”, both Nora and Brandon have to face challenging questions about just how far they will go to save the other. The heat between them just jumps off the pages, and I adored both Nora’s and Brandon’s most wicked thoughts! Very well done, and I do hope that Ms. Scott’s next book will be about Brandon’s best friend and ally Jack and Brandon’s wild child sister Dulci. If so, I’m looking forward to another “romp” of a good time!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Halloween, Oct. 31, blogging at Greyhaus Literary Agency on writing Dark Moments and Darker Heroes.
Nov. 2 Risky Regencies
Nov. 3 Romance Bandits "Battle of the Heroes"
Nov. 7th UK Regency Readers Blog
Nov. 11 Romance Vagabonds
We'll also be at eharlequin and at the Good the Bad and the Unread with dates to be announced. As soon as I get jpg files for the covers I'll get them posted. Right now I only have them in adobe and can't upload them here.
All my best,
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Bright yellow tones of the Viscount Claims His Bride look great to me. The book comes out Jan. 1 and I am hoping people love it because I think it's a very sophisticated story and I absolutely adore it. My son looked at the cover and said "It's yellow because of the scene in the yellow ballroom and because she wears yellow dresses a couple times in the story." Wow, what a memory. Of course he's nine and I don't read the steamy parts to him. I also liked that the cover got the hair color right. Philippa is auburned haired and Valerian's hair is very dark. I also love that this guy looks hot.
Stay tuned for more information.
Friday, September 19, 2008
September 19, 2008 12:16 PM EDT (Updated: September 19, 2008 12:32 PM EDT) views: 29 rating: 10/10 (9 votes) comments: 26
In Bronwyn Scott’s hot, new Regency novel, Notorious Rake, Innocent Lady, we have one beautiful young maiden, Julia Prentiss, aged 19, who discovers that her aunt and uncle have signed her over in marriage to one wealthy but odious, old, wrinkled merchant, Mortimer Oswalt.
Notorious Rake, Innocent Lady by Bronwyn Scott, Harlequin Historicals. The Harlequin Historicals series is edited out of London.
Julia is outraged because her uncle is a Viscount in the House of Lords, and he has sold her as if she were a common animal to the highest bidder: Oswalt, a mere merchant, a man beneath Julia’s station -- the niece of a Viscount. In no uncertain way does Julia want this arranged, forced marriage, and she cites the new English law that forbids marriage under duress, but this line of reasoning falls on the deaf ears of her aunt and uncle.
Seems that Oswalt’s previous wife failed to bear a son for Oswalt, and Oswalt, ridden with illness but charmed by the beautiful Julia, is certain that her youth would bring him the male heir he needs before he turns sixty years of age. Provided, of course, that Oswalt’s personal physician certifies Julia as an intact maiden.
Julia is shocked to her core when her uncle agrees to the fifteen thousand pounds in payment for her – five thousand now – and ten thousand pounds after Oswalt’s physician certifies her purity. An additional five thousand after the birth of their child.
Julia declines Oswalt’s offer as respectfully as she can. But Oswalt leaps to the occasion to inform her that beauty such as hers is an asset, an asset that her uncle very much needs. And that this asset does not come without a price.
Again shocked to learn that her uncle is destitute, Julia steadfastly refuses to marry this worthless, vile, old man (of obviously base intent) whom she does not love and to whom a marriage would be a “certain lingering death.”
What does Julia do? After quickly surveying various options and discarding them just as quickly, she seeks out the most famous rake in all of London society, for one task and one task only: to deflower her so that Oswalt will no longer want her. In so doing, she believes she will escape her fate and her marriage to Oswalt.
Of course, life is never as easy as we imagine it to be.
Julia enters a famous gambling hell where she knows notorious rake Paine Ramsden not only frequents, but also owns.
Ramsden sees Julia.
Here is an excerpt from the book:
The girl was stunning. One look at her generous invitation of a mouth, and his mind was awash with images of bedding her, of stripping her out of the turquoise silk that hugged her curves exquisitely…
He gave her one of his rare smiles, and offered his arm, drawing her inside. He felt her gloved hand tense where it lay on the sleeve of his linen shirt as she took in the surroundings and he saw the place through her eyes while they wended through the tables; the smell of stale smoke mingled with alcohol and unwashed sweat; the worn garb of the patrons, the faded upholstered chairs and scarred tables.
…’Can I get you a drink? I have ratafia or sherry.’ She shook her head and Paine shrugged, fixing a brandy to give himself something to do….
She did not speak and Paine felt obliged to fill in the lengthening silence. ‘Since we have not met, let me introduce myself. I am Paine Ramsden. However, you already know that. I feel distinctly at a disadvantage, for I have no idea who you might be.’
‘I am Julia Prentiss. I thank you for agreeing to see me.’ …
‘This is a rather unusual time of evening for a business appointment. I must admit I am quite curious as to why you’re here.’ …
… ‘I need you to ruin me.’ The words came out in a rush; a light blush colored her flawless alabaster cheeks...
Julia's and Ramsden's escapades lead them on a journey in which they must flee the ever tightening clutches of the scheming Oswalt, who seems determined to ruin Julia's uncle, and for him to profit handsomely by such ruination, with Julia a victim of his base intents and selfish scheming.
The prose is saturated with luscious details, apt characterizations, witty dialogue and the romantic and sexual tensions one would expect in a first-rate Regency romance.
There is so much more to tell, but that would spoil the fun for everyone.
My Rating: A+
I so thoroughly enjoyed this fine Regency historical by Bronwyn Scott, who is also a communications instructor in Washington State. You can visit her on her websites http://www.bronwynnscott.com/ and http://www.nikkipoppen.com/
I adore Nikki’s fine writing style. It is both sophisticated and accessible, a rare feat to achieve.
She has another fine Regency out, "The Pickpocket Countess" that I will soon be reviewing.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
This was a good, easy read, well-written and well-paced. Coming January 2009 to Mills & Boon Historical.
--review by Vicki So, proofreader."
Monday, August 25, 2008
This November, "Libertine Lord, Pickpocket Miss" will be released as an e-book with Harlequin. Readers will be able to download the story to their computers, Kindles etc. Stay posted here for easy links, which I'll put up as soon as I have them. I am so excited about this project. Harlequin is branching out into short e-book historicals with some spice to them . Libertine Lord is one of the first four "undone shorts" to debut for the historical line. Be sure to check out the other three debuts also available in November from Ammanda McCabe, Nicola Cornick and Michelle Willingham. I will be posting their covers and titles as all that becomes available. I know you'll like the stories!
Available January 1, 2009 in time to kick off the New Year right, is "The Viscount Claims His Bride." I love this story much! Valerian and Phillippa are characters you'll adore. The Jan. 1 release date fits the story perfectly since there's a scene early in the book that takes place at a New Year's ball and the hero makes a private resolution. This book is already available for pre-sale on Amazon.
As we get closer to November and January, I have some special items I'll be posting on the website to get us all excited about the two books. Until then, I'll be working on Wild Hearts.
In the meanwhile, I've put together a list of books to help readers catch up on what's already out there and what's coming so readers can keep it all straight.
The Ramsden Brother series (for lack of an official title)
"Notorious Rake, Innocent Lady" released May 2008: this is Paine Ramsden and Julia Prentiss's story. It's the 'first' in the series although the books don't have to be read in order. You can still get this book on Amazon or through the Harlequin website.
"The Earl's Forbidden Ward" releasing springish of 2009 is my best guess. This is Peyton Ramsden's story.
"Wild Hearts" this is currently being written and this is the working title. It will probably get an official title from Harlequin later. This is Crispin's story.
There's also an on line read with Harlequin entitled "The Seduction of Grayson Prentiss" that was first issued as a daily read in April 2009. It's about Julia Prentiss's cousin. You can still read the story by following the link on the August 2nd blog.
There is a follow up book to Pickpocket Countess that features Jack, Viscount Wainsbridge, who was a fun secondary character. He gets his own story with Dulci, the hero's sister. The working title for it is Kingdom of Hearts but we won't see that hit the shelves until 2010.
There is also a follow up book to "The Viscount Claims His Bride" which focuses on two secondary characters Beldon and Lilya. The working title for it is "A Diamond of the First Water" but of course I expect that to change. And again, the release date for this will probably be a 2010 time.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I do have to show you all the newest cover though. This is for Newport Summer. I was so excited when Faith sent this one to me right after nationals.
I have to say, I have really gotten into this Victorian period of time. You just can't help being a romantic in this time period.
Obviously, you understand this book is set in the wonderful city of Newport. This is essentially the American version of "the season." The Astor's rule the land and only the rich get to play. Well, not just the rich but you get the idea.
Up next on the writing front? I have proposals for Mills and Boon that will be in London on the 25th of September and then off to write Crispin's story for Harlequin. For those of you that were begging for the brother's stories, this will be for you.
Also, keep an eye out for the new Undone E-Books by Harlequin. Make sure to stay on line for this great new venture. Due to the rise of popularity of the e-books and the sexy novels, the historical editors are now jumping on board. Beginning in November, Undone Historicals will be available in an e-book format. So, for those of you that loved Grayson Prentiss's Seduction you will just love this next one. Check it out at www.eharlequin.com.
I'd love to hear from you. Stay in touch and make sure to visit both of my websites:
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I am home from a great four days in San Francisco. I had a super time meeting people and hearing about all the latest trends in romance. I also picked up books from some of my favorite authors; Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens to name a couple. There's so much to share about the conference, so I'll just pick a few highlights.
Wednesday night was the literacy book signing for the American literacy project. I sat next to Amanda Scott and signed copies of Notorious Rake, Innocent Lady. It's such a thrilling evening to see the grand ballroom filled with rows and rows of authors. I loved being part of it. I liked talking to people who would come over and say 'I loved the cover of pickpocket countess.' or "You have the best covers." Lucy Gilmour from Harlequin made my night by coming over to say hi.
Thursday started with the Hussies breakfast--I loved this so much. I got to meet everyone from the website and put faces with names. This was followed by the Harlequin meet and greet where I got to meet all the editors. Followed by the Harlequin historical tea at a cute tack and tea shop. We had a delicious tea with little sandwiches and scones and a few of us scandalized Sally by admitting that we microwave hot water for tea and just pop a tea bag in a tea cup, foregoing the pot-brewing experience altogether.
Thursday evening, I went with Scott to the FFand P (that's futuristic, fantasy and paranormal) chapter event. They served a delicious oriental themed dinner and I won an Amazon gift card in the drawings! Afterwards, we moved on to the RWA on line chapter party where we played hilarious games. It was so much fun!
Friday was a bit slower. I was able to hit a few book signings (which is one of my favorite things to do at the conference). At 8:30 I started out at the early part of the Harlequin spotlight and moved at 9:00 to the Harlequin focus group meeting, and then to lunch with Julie Rowe, who won the Brenda Novak auction lunch with me. I wrote in the hotel room that afternoon before hitting the harlequin book signing and the Berkeley book signing, the Avalon spotlight. Then it was on to parties!
Our first stop was the Avalon party where we got to spend time with Faith Black my editor over there. She'd just seen the cover for Newport Summer which comes out (ironically) in December-Januaryish. She says it's beautiful. I can hardly wait to see it. I'll post a picture here as soon as I get it. Erin Cartwright showed up with her darling little girl and we all had so much fun watching her dance and charm all of us. The Avalon writers were so nice and I finally got to meet Holly Jacobs who also writes for Harlequin and Avalon.
The Harlequin party was at the Four Seasons down the street and was a perfect way to cap off our conference. The ball room was beautifully decorated. There was even a Golden Gate Bridge in it! I thought the three-tiered chocolate fountain was a huge hit too.
We flew home on Saturday. We couldn't stay for the awards ceremony due to committments at home, but we had a great time . Now it's back to real life. Catie has horse camp this week and we're off to Bend for the last swim meet of the season on Thursday. Then it's just one more week of summer quarter work at the college and I'll get a few weeks off to catch up on some writing work. Stay tuned!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Here's the gang with the great editors from Mills and Boon!
Here I am with Michele Young.
I just wanted to share these pictures with you.
I also wanted to let all of you know that my wonderful editor emailed this morning and wants to add three more of my books to their line up. That's right, the brothers will get their stories told.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sorry for the delay in getting back online, but things have been really hectic around here with the writing thing.
I finished the online historical for Harlequin. Right now it is called Seduction in Venice but we'll have to wait and see. This one will be out in November with the launch of the new Historical E-Books! This one is REALLY hot and brings in some of the great characters from the current series. Valerian is making an appearance in this one. I set this one in Vienna and that city can only mean hot romance.
I'm currently working on the second book in the Avalon Series. The first one NEWPORT SUMMER will be out this winter. This second should be done (hopefully) by the end of the week. It all depends on how much time I get to write between packing for RWA Nationals and the events going on at nationals.
I do want to remind all of you to make sure and see me at the Literacy Signing on Wednesday night. I'll be signing both Pickpocket Countess and Notorious Rake, Innocent Lady. This would be a great time to find out about the upcoming books The Viscount Claims his Bride and The Earl's Forbidden Ward.
I have to say, there are some great things going on in the Harlequin Historical house. The stories I've seen lately have been outright amazing. The editorial team is really doing a great job with the outstanding line-up of authors they have. Make sure to stay in touch with Harlequin Historicals. You don't want to miss out on the new and exciting changes. Also, check out the Harlequin Historical authors blog. http://harlequinhistoricalauthors.blogspot.com/ This way you can stay in contact with all of your favorite authors.
Well, I have to get back to writing and packing. Make sure to visit me on my websites or log in here and say hi. I'd love to hear from all of you.
All the best,
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Anyway, just wanted to say that I am done with the edits of THE VISCOUNT CLAIMS HIS BRIDE and dang, I'm a great writer. O.K. that is my ego talking here but dang, it is good.
I simply forgot how HOT the hero is in this one. Ladies, you need to watch out for this guy. Valerian is one guy that will keep you dreaming very yummy thoughts at night.
Now, I'm off to work and to later type up the comments for my editor (They are on their way soon Joanne!).
Monday, June 30, 2008
In November, I will be released with 4 other authors for the new E-Book line. That was exciting. What was more exciting is that one of my best friends (and we also share the same agent) got a slot as well.
Now, here was the twist that made this weekend totally psychotic. I was all ready to take this weekend and really spend time on the next book for my Avalon series (a Nikki Poppen book). This new book for Harlequin has a deadline of Aug. 1, so the Avalon book slid to the side and I got to writing. Add to the fact that my husband got sick with not just strept throat but a viral infection on top of that and the house was in chaos. We shipped the kids off to gradma's, I banned my husband to the guest bedroom and I took off writing.
Final outcome! Book is finished. Of course there is the round of editing but it is done.
SEDUCTION IN VIENNA!
I am soooooo excited.
Oh, and did I forget to mention that the day all of the sickness and chaos started, the mail showed up with a lovely package from London. That's right, the edits for THE VISCOUNT CLAIMS HIS BRIDE showed up to be completed.
Ahhhh, life is fun.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
For those of you that read Grayson Prentiss's Seduction, you will love this new story. This one is set in the Balkan's with a REALLY HOT HERO!
This week has also been great with another invitation. I'll be sitting on one of the Harlequin Author Panels in San Francisco. Make sure to stop by and say hi.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Up until this point, I have been trying to wrap up my work at the college for Spring quarter and start thinking about Summer quarter. Yep, I continue to teach throughout the summer. The nice thing though, is I do wrap up the teaching each day by noon.
This new series for Avalon (written under my real name) is a Victorian series. I have been really fascinated by the early Victorian period in the US, especially with the lives of the people who would frequent Newport for their version of the season. You know, the Astors and their friends.
This new one will be based out of San Francisco, New York and London. I'm loving this as it gives me a chance to really dive back into some great research.
I'll keep you posted and for those of you coming to San Francisco, I'll see you there.
Monday, June 2, 2008
So, this weekend I sat down to make a plan. On tap next is Book 2 of the new Victorian series I am writing for Avalon. Really excited about this one since I get to explore some new historical territory including Victorian San Francicso. Hmmmm, research this summer?
Then it is back to Harlequin for a couple more projects with my favorite characters. Yes, Crispin is getting his own story as well as Jack and Dulci, and Beldon and Lilya.
I guess, if there was one thing I would recommend to any new writer, it would be to have a plan. Know where you are going to and how you are going to get there. I know I have to when I balance my work schedule and my family life. Still, it is possible.
Let me know how you balance your life? If you are a writer, where are you heading to and how do you plan on getting there?
Friday, May 23, 2008
This coming writing year will include finishing up the Ramsden brothers' series at Harlequin. Paine, who's featured in Notorious Rake has two older, sexy brothers who will be getting their own stories. The brother of the heroine in "The Viscount Claims his Bride" will be a getting his own appearance in his own book and the witty, charismatic Jack from Pickpocket Countess will be getting his own book too.
Over at Avalon, I am excited to announce a new three book deal that will all be Victorian Era romances. This will lead off with Newport Summer at the top of 2009 and will be followed by "The Madcap" and "The Carlton Club Caper."
So, plans are in motion and there's plenty to write these days. Right now, I am finishing the last two synopses for Jack and Ramsden Brother #3 (Crispin). Stay tuned for more. In the meanwhile, if you can't wait, check out the historical e-story short "The Seduction of Grayson Prentiss" on the harlequin site. It was the featured historical April read but it's in the archives for anyone who needs to catch up.
All my best. Stay tuned.