Archive for September, 2008

Updates– or More New Toys

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

And we have updates!

New to the website are:

Outtakes from Crimson Rose

— a Who’s Who of the major Pink Carnation character so far (which you can also link to from their Family Tree entries)

— and a new Contest, for cover flats of The Seduction of the Crimson Rose and advance copies of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

As a brief sample, here is my favorite outtake from Crimson Rose. In fact, these are the first paragraphs I wrote when I began working on Crimson. Since both Mary and Vaughn tend to command the public eye, I originally intended to begin each chapter with letter and newspaper excerpts talking about their doings. This excerpt below consists of two letters from Miss Lucy Ponsonby which were originally meant to head up Chapter One, one about Mary, the other to Mary:

“…of all things the most wonderful! I nearly Burst with Laughter when I heard the news. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t had it from Percy, who saw them together—Letty and Lord Pinchingdale, that is—with his own two eyes! It’s a pity Letty caught him (such a freckled little thing!), but I can much better stomach her as Lady Pinchingdale than our Miss Mary…. If you were Mary, wouldn’t you simply Expire of Shame? Balked at the altar by her sister! Perhaps now she won’t be so high in the instep….”

— From Miss Lucy Ponsonby to Miss Myrtia Debenham, 2 July, 1803

“My dearest Mary, I want you to know that all my best wishes are with you in this Most Trying time. I think it absolutely appalling the way Letty behaved, and I cannot understand Lord Pinchingdale at all. He always seemed so devoted. But then Men are such Fickle Creatures, unlike the True Friendship to be found between women. With all the fond and outraged outpourings of my Deepest Heart, I remain your most loving, most loyal LUCY.”

— From Miss Lucy Ponsonby to Miss Mary Alsworthy, 3 July, 1803

Hope you enjoy!

I Have a New Toy

Friday, September 12th, 2008

It’s called Storycasting, and it lets you pick actors and actresses to play the characters in your favorite books, and then compare and share your picks with your friends.

As we’ve discussed on this site before, I’m very bad at this sort of thing. My characters, in my head, are just my characters. I always have a very hard time finding actors and actresses to match them, and when I do, they’re usually the more obscure sort of British thespian who no-one else knows about and whose names I cant remember anyway. Except for Sean Bean. One always remembers Sean Bean.

[On that note, I found the perfect Penelope– heroine of Book VI– this past summer while watching Masterpiece Mystery, and, of course, I haven’t the foggiest recollection who it was. All I can tell you was that she played the anti-heroine in one of the Inspector Lewis mysteries– and she looked like Penelope].

At any rate, all four of the current Pink books are up on the site, so now there’s a concrete venue for playing the casting game. And even though I’m awful at it myself, I love seeing who everyone else picks!

On Libertines and Spies

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Hi, again!

For those who are interested, there’s a fascinating discussion of the Libertine Hero up on History Hoydens, courtesy of one of my favorite authors, Tracy Grant. Since my own libertine hero made his way into print last year (Lord Vaughn in Crimson Rose), this is a topic particularly dear to my heart. I had a go at sharing my thoughts on this in the comments section, and I’m curious to hear yours, either here or there.

If you scroll down a wee bit on the same page, I posted on the real life antecedents of flowery spies earlier this month.

While I’m at it, tomorrow morning, you’ll find a post from me on Access Romance about one of my favorite– and most controversial– historical romances: Georgette Heyer’s A Civil Contract.

The things I do to avoid working on Book VI!

A Brief Pink Carnation Refresher

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Hi, all!

Sorry for the long disappearance. August, you know. Now that the air is crisping up (and I’m properly caffeinated with pumpkin spice lattes) you should be hearing more from me. There’ll be real updates coming soon (outtakes from Crimson Rose and a new contest), but in the meantime, I’ve had many queries as to how Charlotte fits into the Pink Carnation schema.

So without further ado….

    A Quick Recap of Who’s Who

    In Which We Briefly Recall Who is Related to Whom

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation:

Miss Amy Balcourt—first cousin of the Pink Carnation

Lord Richard Selwick—the masked man known as the Purple Gentian

The Masque of the Black Tulip:

Lady Henrietta Selwick—Richard’s younger sister

The Honorable Mr. Miles Dorrington—Richard’s best friend and War Office contact

The Deception of the Emerald Ring:

Miss Letty Alsworthy—younger sister of reigning beauty, Miss Mary Alsworthy

Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe—Richard’s second-in-command (and second best friend)

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose:

Miss Mary Alsworthy—once beloved of Geoff, older sister of Letty (see Emerald Ring)

Sebastian, Lord Vaughn—rake, rogue, sometime suitor of Henrietta

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine:

Lady Charlotte Lansdowne—Henrietta’s best friend (see Black Tulip)

Robert Lansdowne, Duke of Dovedale—Charlotte’s long-lost cousin

I hope this helps as a quick reference guide! Longer character recaps will shortly be making their way onto the site….

Happy September!