How I Accidentally Wrote a Regency Novella

Okay, laugh, but it’s true. My Regency Novella Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe, was a total accident. This story is also a testament to how some little spec of an idea can spin into a huge idea, so don’t discount any of them!

Here’s how it all went down…

My writing friend Heather and I were chatting one day about how we love Regency Romances and wouldn’t it be fun to write one of our own? Then we cooked up a brilliant little plan.

Wait. Back up. A little background on us first. I am primarily a Contemporary Romance gal. I write this sweet little New Adult series, Sweet Dreams, all about music people. If I’m not writing that, I’m writing Horror. Heather on the other hand is primarily a Science Fiction writer and has a YA zombie series called Plague Masters. We’ve tried to write stories together, but it never works. Whether it’s because we both have to be in charge, or the fact that she’s a plotter and I’m a pantser, I’m not sure. Give us a list of items and we will have totally polar opposite ideas on how to write them into a story. It just doesn’t work.

So back to the brilliant plan. We’d each create a character that the other “finds” in their story. There were multiple parts to this plan because, well, we’re nothing if not elaborate.

We decided the character we created for the each other would be found having no memory—the old amnesia trope. We also decided one of us would write a man and the other a woman so we wouldn’t both be planning the same character. Next, we gave each other a little time to create the character in full. Where they came from, who they were running from, etc… But we kept it from one another. Then…just to torture ourselves, we would reveal the character slowly to one another as we wrote.

First, I got a character sheet with just a description of the girl and how she was found. Enter, the little lost doe, blonde haired, ghostly white, wearing only a nightgown. After a few pages of finding her, I asked for the second clue. Second, I was given an item she carried with her. Some sort of clue of where she was from. Insert a pair of men’s spectacles. Third, Heather gave me a person that came looking for her. Enter, the evil step-mother. And finally, the last piece of the puzzle, a full character sheet with name, where she came from, why she was running, etc… Once we got all the clues and sewed it up, we’d have nice little short stories (3,000-5,000 words) we could package together in a mini eBook. Or so we thought. Best laid plans and all that.

So I begin writing my story about Lord Harrington sitting up in his Northern estate, brooding over something, his Lost Doe arrives, and my inspiration carries me away on a fast moving locomotive! 30,000 words later, my Lord has discovered the truth about his little Lost Doe, and a novella is born.

And THAT is how I accidentally wrote a Regency Novella.

It was loads of fun and I’d love to do it again, but first Heather and I have to decide on another theme. That could take years!

Ruined Reputations Sneak Peek

A great excerpt from my friend Lela Bay’s upcoming book!

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When you read a period romance, and a young, impressionable girl is led astray, don’t you just wish someone with sense had seen it happening and stepped in? That’s the premise behind my upcoming novel, Ruined Reputations.

Of course, saving someone from their own bad behavior is more demanding — and entertaining — than anyone with such good sense could ever expect.

Since the back cover blurb is still being finalized, I’m going to be sneaky and release one of my favorite passages, which also tells a lot about the story. I’ll set the scene.

The heroine, Eleanor, discovers impetuous young Bitsy DeMontrey at an inn eloping with her French tutor. Rather than allow the girl to destroy her future, proper Eleanor takes responsibility for her.

Headstrong, Bitsy is unwilling to confess where she’s from and resists all Eleanor’s efforts to help. Eleanor is relieved when Mr. Stinson appears in pursuit. They dance…

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Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe, only one more day! #ilovemrgrumpy

I’m excited to announce
Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe
is now only 99 cents on Kindle!
Get this special for only one week.
Feb 7th- Feb 14th

LHLDNewFrontLord Alexander Harrington’s life is rather tame until a shoeless, coatless waif is found wandering his estate with no memory of who she is. Despite his stoicism, Lord Harrington finds himself drawn to the lost girl who he compares to a scared doe. Caring for her illness despite speculation of her mental state, he develops feelings for her.

Is she an escaped lunatic, or simply a lost woman desperately in need of his help? A revelation about his own family’s history with the mental asylum down the road causes him to question his feelings. When a massive fire breaks out on estate grounds, will he lose her forever?

#ilovemrgrumpy

Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe, 99 cents on Kindle! #ilovemrgrumpy

I’m excited to announce
Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe
is now only 99 cents on Kindle!
Get this special for only one week.
Feb 7th- Feb 14th

LHLDNewFrontLord Alexander Harrington’s life is rather tame until a shoeless, coatless waif is found wandering his estate with no memory of who she is. Despite his stoicism, Lord Harrington finds himself drawn to the lost girl who he compares to a scared doe. Caring for her illness despite speculation of her mental state, he develops feelings for her.

Is she an escaped lunatic, or simply a lost woman desperately in need of his help? A revelation about his own family’s history with the mental asylum down the road causes him to question his feelings. When a massive fire breaks out on estate grounds, will he lose her forever?

#ilovemrgrumpy

Meant to Be…MINE

mine2Meant to Be…MINE is a cute book with two new short stories to enjoy.
One is from my contemporary series, Sweet Dreams.
The second is from a new voice in Regency Romance, Lela Bay.
Only .99 cents

Love Notes 1: Meant to Be…MINE

Ah love… Love is grand. It’s sometimes painful, blissful, or a feeling that tears us apart. It’s often unexpected or unplanned. When it’s true, it forgives. Some say, “All we need is love.” Others say Down with Love!

Whatever your experience with love, we here at Meant to Be Press wish you success in love. In this book, we bring you two stories to inspire love.

“That Feeling” by Emmy Z. Madrigal is of the unexpected type. In this modern tale, rock front man Greg Stang, falls in love at first sight (or is that first hear?) when he overhears the melancholy piano playing of the hauntingly beautiful Raven. Will she return his affections? Or is he just another guy blindly following her?

“The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons” by Lela Bay is of the unplanned variety. In this Regency tale, Emmaline is taken by Mr. Aaron’s good looks and peculiar interests, but it appears like he’s after her cousin. Beautiful Catherine Connersfield is the more sensible choice, but will she have him? More to the point, will Emmaline stand by and let her?

As a bonus, if you’re searching for stories to love, get to know the characters of some of our other Meant to Be authors in the 21 Questions section of this book.

Whether you are in love with your soulmate or still searching, we hope these stories inspire hope, imagination, and love.

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Emmy’s modern love stories, with a ♪ MUSICAL ♪ twist.

Most of you know me for the Regency novel Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe, but if your interests also run to modern romance, you might be interested in my series, Sweet Dreams.

The Sweet Dreams Series contains three print works, now for sale on Amazon, and four complete audiobooks on podcast, with the 5th scheduled to finish this year. Sweet Dreams features musical-minded high school senior, Victoria Knox who runs into her soulmate one fabulous Christmas Day.

What makes Sweet Dreams different from all the romances out there? Well, several things.

sweetdreamsbignew1. The first book is only 99 cents

If you are wondering if you will like this series, the first Kindle book Sweet Dreams  is only 99 cents, not $5.99 like most novels. Not much to bargain for the chance that you will love it. Check it out, see if it’s your thing.

starstruck2. The first 4.5 books are on free audio-casts you can listen to now.

Starting with Sweet DreamsI have podcasted the first 4.5 books for your listening pleasure. With no cost to you, this is an easy way to see if you will fall in love with the characters as so many have in the past. To listen, just go to SweetDreamsNovel.com and click on the book you would like to listen to. You can listen from the site, or download all the episodes on iTunes.

Chapter one is right here if you’d like to give it a try:
Sweet Dreams, Chapter 1:

rjfrontcover3. You can depend on more books in the series.

With the first three books in print, as well as the companion piece Robert Malloy’s Journal, you can depend on the fact there will be more to read and listen to in the future. And if you can’t wait for print, you can listen to your heart’s content to the most up-to-date audio at SweetDreamsNovel.com

omtbetter4. The most musically-inspired Romance series in podcast and print.

As the first ever fiction Romance-centered podcast, Sweet Dreams is still attracting music-addicts from around the globe. Beginning in 2008, I was the only one doing an on-going romance fiction podcast. Since then, I have added 4 books, with the most recent being #5, One More Try. I plan to continue this series and launch a spin-off in the coming years.

5. Real issues and experiences. Good and bad.

tlsmallSince I began writing these in high school, they reflect the hopes and dreams of young adults with real-world situations. I didn’t hold anything back. As an adult, I’ve tried to keep the optimism of that young adult mind while bringing the fiction more up-to-date. Is some of the “star-studdedness” unrealistic? Sure. As a teen you dream of such things, but I strive to play out day-to-day situations as real as possible. I believe the relationships of young adults, what they deal with, and what trouble they can get into is real and should be played out how it happens, not with PG-13 blinders on. I feature pre-marital monogamous love and also non-monogamous situations. I deal with rape, drugs, and gang fights. I want my characters to explore the dangers and pleasures of their budding emotions.

 

21 Questions with Character: Lord Harrington

Lord Harrington answers 21 questions with Meant to Be Press.

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cropped-mtb3Lord Harrington is the lead male in Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe. Affectionately called “Mr. Grumpy” by those who know him best, he is the owner of a massive estate in Northern England.

  1. What is your favorite drink?
    Brandy
  2. What is your usual breakfast?
    Turtulong, marmalade, tea
  3. What is your favorite holiday like?
    A quiet one, spent at home with just family.
  4. What is your favorite feast?
    Venison, asparagus, rarebit, port
  5. What is your favorite animal?
    My horse
  6. What is your favorite thing you own?
    Denwood, my estate. I’ve worked hard to bring it back from ruin.
  7. What is your favorite city?
    London, I suppose, but that’s not saying much.
  8. What is the best thing about London?
    Leaving it.
  9. What is the worst thing about London?
    The smell.
  10. What is the biggest difference between London and Denwood?
    The crowds.
  11. Where would you like to travel?
    Not keen on travelling. Being…

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