New York

Photo by Louis on Pexels.com

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

A close-up of an old-fashioned typewriter displays the words "rewrite...edit...rewrite...edit...rewrite"
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com

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!

Interrupted Plans – Publication Day!

The picture is of the cover of Brigid Huey's new book, Interrupted Plans. A painting of a lady in a long pink and green gown sitting on a bench is set on a peach background. The lady is looking out onto some trees with a pensive look.

Can we just take a moment to adore this cover art? Thank you so very much to Janet Taylor who designed the cover for Interrupted Plans! This painting is by Armand Point, the gentleman who painted Reminiscing by the Pond, the painting that serves as the cover for A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods.

Interrupted Plans is now available on Amazon in ebook or paperback format!

Let’s have a look at the back cover, too!

The picture is of the full spread of the book jacket for Interrupted Plans. The front cover has a woman in a pink and green dress with the author's name and book title. The back of the cover includes a few paragraphs about the book and a picture of an old-fashioned carriage.

Suppose Elizabeth Bennet never visited Pemberley…

It is October of 1812. Elizabeth Bennet and her family have seen dramatic changes in the past few months—none of them welcome. Her sister Jane needs a fresh start, and Elizabeth is no less eager to leave behind the pain and confusion of not accepting Mr. Darcy’s proposal.

Fitzwilliam Darcy has not seen Elizabeth since he offered for her—and she adamantly refused him. When she appears in London, he is determined to gain her friendship and make amends. When a carriage mishap throws them together, Darcy does all he can to demonstrate his changed behavior.

Though their renewed acquaintance seems to be growing into a genuine friendship, a family secret constrains Elizabeth. As she falls deeper in love with the man she rejected, does she dare tell him the truth?

Thank you to everyone who helped make this book possible. I hope you all enjoy!

On Reviews

Me (not really) reading reviews…

I couldn’t resist this picture. It’s like a fancy version of me. It’s not me, but it could be a picture of me as I read reviews. It’s so nerve wracking! Whenever I check on the Amazon or Goodreads pages, I take a deep breath. “Please don’t let them hate it.”

My Mr. Tilney just looks at me funny. “Haven’t people already said they like it?”

Yes. But…what if everyone else hates it?

Then yesterday, while reading a fair review with just criticisms, I realized how helpful reviews could be. For one thing, thoughtful comments from people that have read my work are like golden pearls of information. Learning what my readers liked and disliked will only help me be a better writer. I’ve already been inspired by one reviewer to write a sequel of sorts to A Chance Encounter.

So I decided to write this post for myself. That way, when reading reviews freaks me out, I’ll just bring this up and talk myself down.

Blog Tour Dates & Stops!

Here is the official schedule for my blog tour. What is a blog tour? I hear you ask. I shall tell you. A group of talented and generous ladies have welcomed me onto their blogs to share something about either myself, or my new book. At each stop, a fun tidbit, interview, vignette, or review will be shared.

How do I follow along?

I will be posting links all over the shop. But if you happen to miss those, just Google the name of the blog and you’ll find the post! There’s also chances to win a copy of my e-book!

September 9th!!

The blog tour starts TODAY! So head on over to So Little Time… and check out the first stop on my blog tour!!

Blog Tour

Coming soon!

The dates and stops for my blog tour are all set and ready! The tour will begin on September 9, and run until September 21. There will be excerpts from my novel, brand new vignettes, reviews, and giveaways! There will also be a character interview, and an interview with yours truly! I’m so excited for all the fun to start!

The blogs, the dates

I am so honored to have so many talented bloggers hosting me in September. First up is So little time… Candy will be hosting me on September 9. I will post a link to each stop on my Facebook page. That way, you don’t have to keep track!

Remember, there will be lots of giveaways! Please join me as I tour my way around the Austenesque world!

Acceptance

Photo by Wendy van Zyl on Pexels.com

Dreams

I’ve been writing since I was a child, and though I have had a few pieces published in some form or another, I had not yet achieved my dream of seeing one of my longer works published. Well, that changed recently, and I find that my mind and heart are still trying to catch up.

Enter Meryton Press

I wrote a piece of romantic fiction, a Pride and Prejudice variation called A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods. It was fun to write, and I quite liked the story, so I decided to try and publish it. Feeling like I had little to lose, I submitted the work to Meryton Press. You may imagine my surprise at receiving an email from them, asking for more of the work.

With my heart in my throat, I sent on the entire manuscript. When the positive response came, informing me that the editors at Meryton Press liked my work, and wished to publish it, I was thrilled. Okay, I cried. Yep, I actually started crying right there at my kitchen table.

And now…

That was a month or so ago. Since then, I’ve been working with the lovely folks at Meryton Press to edit and refine the manuscript. The whole experience has been so informative and more fun than I imagined! I can’t wait to share more details about the process. For now, I can tell you that we are in the midst of editing, and I’m enjoying every moment.