|Hello to everyone,
What Happens in the Ballroom is finally in stores! I should also mention that when my last newsletter said I’d used the Regency Name generator for “Verity’s book,” I really meant Eliza’s book. Brain blip! They come fast and furious toward the end of my writing a book, because I can’t hold everything in my head at once. Harrumph.
Anyway, for those who’ve already read Eliza’s book, you may notice that music permeates it. When I was young, I planned to have either a career in music or one as a writer. I used to sing a lot. It was how I entertained myself on long car rides as a child. As a teen, I was in six different musical groups and played guitar (badly). Singing as a main activity lasted until I minored in Voice one year in college. I did well and got great grades, but I hated practicing, and when I took a hard look at my fellow voice students, I knew they had better voices. That year I left singing as a possible profession. It didn’t change my love of music (my husband and I listen to music everywhere all the time, and I still sing to my son), but that’s when I began focusing on writing. Eliza is the only heroine I’ve ever had that harkens back to my singing days. So she has a special place in my heart.
And yes, I wrote the cheesy songs in the book. They’re sung to the tune of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” which popped into my head when I was writing the words to the first song.
Anyway, I hope you like my little songstress Eliza, and that this spring holds lots of music (and books) for you!
What Style of Music Are You?
In honor of the musically inclined heroine of What Happens in the Ballroom, I put together this fun quiz determining what style of music you are. What about you? Are you a little bit country? A little bit rock and roll? Or maybe you're classical music like Eliza. Take the quiz and find out!
What Lord Foxstead Wants, Lord Foxstead Gets…
When Lord Foxstead wanted something—like the help of Elegant Occasions—he could be formidable. But this former rakehell turned war hero also wants the impossible—his late best friend’s widow, Eliza Pierce, in his bed. Read all about it now in What Happens in the Ballroom!
Need to catch up with the series? Pick up a copy of fashionista Diana Harper’s book, A Duke for Diana, the first in the Designing Debutantes series, at your favorite book retailer.
If you haven’t heard of a harp-lute, that’s because it was invented by Edward Light in 1795 and was briefly a sort of fad among young ladies in the Regency. Regency ladies liked it because they could accompany their singing with it. Once the piano replaced it as the instrument of choice for that, the harp-lute fell out of favor. There is still interest in it as part of the development of the guitar, though, and you can find a host of images here. Here’s an image of one in the Metropolitan Museum.
Exclusive Book Giveaway for YOU!
Since April is Scottish heritage month, I’m giving newsletter subscribers only (that’s you!) a chance to win an autographed book from my School for Heiresses series—Beware a Scot’s Revenge. Fill out this form before April 17 for a chance to win. Good luck, lads and lasses!
Congratulations to Onyinye E. of Sacramento, CA, for winning March’s giveaway featuring a signed copy of A Duke for Diana.
Double your chances of winning Beware a Scot’s Revenge (plus a $10 bookstore gift card) by entering the April giveaway on my website. Good luck!