It's the season of fireworks and moustaches!
Odd to see the facial hair springing up on male faces. It gives them a
good excuse not to shave for the month. Personally I'm not a fan of the
huge Ozarks-style beard. It just looks odd, but some people can carry a
beard better than others.
I'm rabbitting, because I'm writing. When I'm in writing mode, things go
off in all directions. I lose focus on everything except the book I'm
writing, which annoys my family no end. Fellow writer friends totally
understand, though. Which is a good thing.
I'm writing the final book in The Shaws series. Final, because there are
no more family members to write about. I've written them all, now. I've
submitted a new series to Kensington, though, which I'm excited about.
It's far too early to tell you much, but it will feature a character
you'll have met before.
also got a book in progress about one of my ancestors, Hester Bateman.
She was a remarkable woman. Widowed at an early age, she was left with
two young sons and a silversmithing business, which was left to her, not
to her sons, although they did go into the business when they grew up.
She brought silverware to the masses by using new technology. So instead
of keeping the existing business on an even keel until her sons grew
up, she took a huge risk and entered a new market. It paid off. She
wasn't a designer as such, but silverware with her maker's mark fetches
huge money today. It's a pity we don't have any!
That's what I mean when I say that if you write history, you don't
actually have to make anything up. The history of the eighteenth century
is full of remarkable women, who achieved a lot in their time. I don't
write biography, so I use these people as inspiration, and write their
stories from that. Hester, for instance, never remarried, but my heroine
That's some of Hester's work above. Isn't it gorgeous?
I haven't heard from anyone about work I've sent. Not yet, anyway, but I'll be sure to let you know when I do.
I have two series left from Samhain and Ellora's cave, and a few
stragglers, one-offs and the like. I'm planning to release the Richard
and Rose series early next year. Brand new covers, but the same Richard
and Rose goodness!
Did you get to Goodreads to download the Sinless giveaway? You still have time, it doesn't close until the 11th November.