A rose by any other name…

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Pen names. They’re a tricky business, in my opinion. Should I use one? If yes, how do I choose a name? When I began publishing my work with Meryton Press, I chose to use my own name, Brigid Huey. The way Janet Taylor makes my name look on the covers she designs is magical, and it’s still thrilling to see my name on a book cover.

The thing is, I write across a variety of genres. All romance, because I adore romance. But my latest work is set in the future and features technology, explosions, and evil villains; it’s a work that is vastly different from my Meryton Press work.

And so, Molly Magennis was born. Who is she, and what does she write? Molly Magennis is a bit more mysterious than Brigid Huey. She might be a tad younger, in spirit at least. She retains the power of her matriarchal heritage (watch out for those Magennis women) and artfully wields her pen to create worlds of fantasy, adventure, and romance, always romance.

Check her out at mollymagennis.com. There’s even a newsletter you can sign up for!

xx

Fidelity Update

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Fidelity is currently in the editing phase! I am so excited to be working with Sarah at Lopt & Croft Editing. We’ve been hard at work polishing my story, and it’s almost ready to go.

The editing process is always bittersweet. There is inevitably some part that needs to go, even though you love it. Fidelity originally had two epilogues. Yep, two. Hey, I figured if Eloisa James could do it, so could I! Except that *ahem* I am not Eloisa James.

My original goal was to have Fidelity published by the end of 2021. But then there was moving, and a new job, and pandemic stuff. So the new timeline is Spring of 2022!

Music to Write By – New Finds

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Every once and a while a song will come up on Spotify that makes me reach for my phone and click that little heart button. I’ve got two new favorites today. Listening to them makes me realize how much I love two seemingly incongruous things in music: lush, sweeping violins, and minimalism.

First, the sweeping. This piece is called My Love and… and is from the Netlfix series The King Eternal Monarch and was composed by Park Jung-Hwan.

I just…I love it so much! It’s just sooo gooood. So sweepy and romantic.

And now for the minimalism. Okay, music folx may criticize me here cause I’m using the term minimalism, and I’m not entirely sure that I have that right. I love this piece just as much as the sweeping lushness of My Love and… even though it’s totally different.

Threads by Vanbur is so simple, but it catches my mind every time and fills it with images. Which for a writer, is pretty much what you want.

Take care, dear readers. xx

A Hidden Gem

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Oh, hello 2022. I was too busy getting over Covid to notice your entrance. I was very lucky and had a mild breakthrough case that did no worse than rob me of my sense of smell and confine me to bed for a day or two.

I’m on the mend now, but I just had to share a lovely discovery I made while convalescing. In Love and War is a Hallmark movie (stay with me) that follows the story of a young Brit in Italy near the end of World War II.

There is adventure, intrigue, and of course romance. It’s a fairly realistic depiction of Italy towards the end of the war without being unbelievably depressing. Callum Blue is adorable and the Italian countryside is gorgeous. Plus, it’s based on a true story!

So, if you need a sweet romantic movie to watch, I highly recommend In Love and War. Go Hallmark, go.

It’s Release Day!

My latest novella, Spies of Our Acquaintance, is now available! I am so excited to share my latest Jane Austen variation with the world!

Spies of Our Acquaintance is part of the Skirmish and Scandal Series published by Meryton Press. This series is a grouping of stand-alone novellas united by the theme of scandals and skirmishes. I’m honored to be a part of this series, as it includes some of the greatest authors of the Austenesque genre.

I cannot believe this is my third book release! Thank you all for your love and support!

New York

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My latest Work In Progress, which I’m calling The Guardians Trilogy for now, is set in New York. Well, a good chunk of it is anyway. My parents are both from New York, and I lived in Jersey until I was six. We frequently visited my grandmother in Jackson Heights.

Even so, I feel as if I barely know this city that is so important to my personal family history. Yes, I’ve been to the top of the Empire State Building and The Statue of Liberty, but as I began to write my story, I realized I didn’t know New York very well at all.

I’ve never had much of a desire to go back, until now. I’ve done extensive research on neighborhoods, burrows, historic landmarks, and Central Park. Now I have an itching to see them with my own eyes.

Living in the Midwest, I’m as far from the hustle of city life as can be. I wonder sometimes how I would handle moving among the crowds, navigating the subway system, or–dear God–driving in the city.

My kids are still too small to travel to such a busy place with ease. They would love it, I’m sure, but I would not be able to relax. Especially as one of my kids has a tendency to wander off! But I decided, once these books are finished, published, and world famous (just kidding), I’ll plan a trip and we’ll see all the sights mentioned in the books.

Especially the Chrysler Building and Gapstow Bridge, two very important places 😉

Spies of Our Acquaintance

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Final edits for Spies of Our Acquaintance have been submitted! This novella is part of the Meryton Press Skirmishes and Scandal series.

Here’s a little book teaser for you:

When Mr Darcy apologizes for insulting her at the Meryton Assembly, Elizabeth Bennet begins to see another side to the gentleman she had sworn to hate forever. As their acquaintance begins to grow into friendship, Elizabeth finds herself intrigued by this man from Derbyshire.

For his part, Darcy cannot seem to get Miss Elizabeth Bennet out of his head. When Mr Wickham—a villain from Darcy’s past—shows up in Meryton, Darcy is resolved to warn Elizabeth. However, Wickham turns out to be involved in a plot to undermine British relations with Russia, and Darcy and Elizabeth find themselves captured by a Russian spy.

With reputations and hearts on the line, they must work together to find a way to escape. Just what will the true consequences of their adventure be?

Now it’s on to cover design!

Music To Write By – Guardians II

I’m sitting on my deck this lovely spring afternoon, wondering where April went. Tempus fugit.

A few weeks ago, I found myself completely stuck on my latest WIP. Guardians is a young adult fantasy romance, and it’s only in the beginning stages. I mean, I’m 40,000 words in, and I have no idea how it ends. So after taking a week or two to work on other things, I came back to Guardians with fresh eyes, and a refreshed playlist.

Sometimes all it takes is a song.

In this latest installment of Music to Write By, I’m sharing an artist whose work could pretty much be the soundtrack to Guardians. Ruelle is a singer-songwriter whose music has been used all over the shop. Her work is sweeping, cinematic, and dramatic. Perfect for writing young adult romance. Here I’m sharing “The Other Side.”

I just love it. I listen to it so often my kids have the words memorized.

My musical sources are often soundtracks from films. The Marvel Universe is an excellent place to find inspiring tracks. Here’s one of my favorites:

It’s called “Bridge and Love’s Burning” from the Spider-Man Far From Home Soundtrack. I mean, is this not just fun and sweet? Perfection. Thank you very much, Michael Giacchino.

That’s it from my corner of the woods. Back soon with more music.

Take care, lovely readers.