regency, research

A Writer’s Snow Days

We’ve had this strange weather in Texas, closing down schools for four straight days! My area has been covered in white ice…not snow…but ice. People, Texans do NOT know how to drive or even function properly with any white covering the ground. Seriously, it is like the world has shut down.

So what have I done? I haven’t written anything, except for blog posts. I have, however, been researching for my next story. I have read some Regency books and historical books, and I have watched some luscious Regency movies. Jane Austen, anyone? Yes, indeed. All in the name of research.

It has been heaven to be a slug on the couch, with either a book or Kindle in hand. I have the remote nearby to watch movies when my eyes tire of the printed page. What a great week it has been, despite my little world  coming to a stop around me.

So tell me, how do YOU spend your snow days?

I leave you with a cartoon page of how my teens are faring this week:

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The Silent Governess Book Giveaway

The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen is a Regency read, with the flavor of the era perfectly woven in. The heroine, Olivia Keene flees from a bad situation at home, only to be thrown into prison for trespassing on private property. Lord Bradley of Brightwell Court frees her from prison, but insists she work as a nursemaid to his niece and nephew for three months, hoping to find out what she knows about his “secret”. (She overheard a conversation while trespassing.) Both have secrets to keep hidden, yet as things unravel, they must learn to trust one another as the past threatens the future.

I loved the historical details in this book, with the propriety of the Regency era and the way of life it entails. The plot of intricate and well planned and kept me turning the page. As an avid romance reader, I was disappointed in how little romance factored in, but had I known before hand, I’m sure I would have been okay. There was some romance, but not much of it and it really didn’t develop well until the last part of the book. Having said that, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to those who love a good plot with great historical flavor.

BACK COVER: Olivia Keene is fleeing her own secret. She never intended to overhear his. But now that she has, what is Lord Bradley to do with her? He cannot let her go, for were the truth to get out, he would lose everything–his reputation, his inheritance, his very home.

He gives Miss Keene little choice but to accept a post at Brightwell Court, where he can make certain she does not spread what she heard. Keeping an eye on the young woman as she cares for the children, he finds himself drawn to her, even as he struggles against the growing attraction. The clever Miss Keene is definitely hiding something.
Moving, mysterious and romantic, The Silent Governess takes readers inside the intriguing life of a nineteenth-century governess in an English manor house where all is not as it appears.

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Silent Governess, please leave a comment with your spam free email addy (sherrinda(at)gmail(dot)com). I will draw a winner Sunday evening, May 9, using a random generator. 
NOTE: The drawing is open to residents of the U.S. due to various laws. The winner is responsible for eligibility and meeting the rules of their state. No fees were required to enter this drawing, and the blog owner did not receive any compensation for the above recommendation. The book was given to me by the publisher for review.


Era Hopping

I’ve been thinking about the direction I want my new story to go. I’ve got a good premise, which could become a series. The thing is, it is not going to be a medieval. Now I love the medieval era…the chivalry, the hunky heroes with their broadswords, but from what I hear, medieval is really not publishable right now. So I’m thinking a different era….or two.

I originally thought contemporary would fit best, but I’ve toyed with the possibility of the Regency era. I love Regency–alway have. I have read Regency books since I was in high school. Have you ever heard of Barbara Cartland? Yep, I cut my Regency teeth on her books. I’ve scoured the library for all the Regency books and have read ALL of the Signet and Zebra paperback line, which are a relatively clean read, as opposed to some of the thicker bound Regencies. I love the propriety, the balls, the dresses, the waltz, walks in Hyde Park, and the class system–especially when love crosess the class line, making the “class rules” null and void.

It’s been interesting trying to insert my originally contemporary premise into a historical setting. I’ve had to do some tweaking, of course, but I think it may work. I think. It is an exciting prospect, to be sure.

Have any of you writers out there changed the era or setting for your story premise? Was it easy? Difficult?
Have any of you ever read Regency? Like it? Hate it? Inquiring minds want to know.