Romantic Novels and Working Class Characters

A writer friend of mine commented once that it is difficult to have romance when you don't know where your next meal is coming from. Certainly,it's true that I haven’t come across many love stories – let alone love stories that can be defined according to the current definition of ‘romance’  -- which are set … Continue reading Romantic Novels and Working Class Characters

‘The Villainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns’ is free on Amazon today and tomorrow

  As above, my Gothic Historical darkly comic tale of a family curse 'The Vilainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns' is free on Amazon today, 5 September, and tomorrow. It features the eponymous wild, fortune hunting viscount, a sensible but warm hearted heroine, a family curse and of course, a  haunted castle with … Continue reading ‘The Villainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns’ is free on Amazon today and tomorrow

‘The Viking’ by Eddison Marshall: One of the Few Cases Where I Prefer the Film Version

I seem to be making a habit out of disliking one or both of the main characters in the books I've read recently: I couldn't stand the love interest in 'Jamaica Inn' and couldn't stand the female protagonist of 'Frenchman's Creek' and thought that the love interest was her (boring) anima. In this one, I … Continue reading ‘The Viking’ by Eddison Marshall: One of the Few Cases Where I Prefer the Film Version

Writing 150 Novels with Different Versions of the Same Plot

I ordered a copy of Balzac’s ‘The Black Sheep’ (in translation, naturally; my French isn’t up to that!) from an online bookstore, and it didn’t turn up, so I have been thrown back on what unread books I have to hand... I am dismayed about the price of second hand paperbacks online. Before the pandemic, … Continue reading Writing 150 Novels with Different Versions of the Same Plot

Review of ‘Frenchman’s Creek’ by Daphne du Maurier: Not Up to Her Usual Standard With an Obnoxious Heroine and an Animus for a Hero

I have read several books by Daphne du Maurier and have admired her writing style, her evocative descriptions, her clever plotting, clarity of vision and her exploration of the darker passions. ‘Jamaica Inn’ was less of a favourite with me, as I didn’t take to the male lead Jem Merlin. For all that, I liked … Continue reading Review of ‘Frenchman’s Creek’ by Daphne du Maurier: Not Up to Her Usual Standard With an Obnoxious Heroine and an Animus for a Hero

Escapism for Troubled Times: Bargain ebooks ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ on sale for 0.99 on Amazon from 7 November 2020

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AOA4FN4 My novel, ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ , is on sale for 0.99 on Amazon here. From Kobo From here From Nookbooks From here You can get it with Reader sets price from Smashwords From here When writing this, I thought: 'Why ever not have a vampire love story full of humour, and why not … Continue reading Escapism for Troubled Times: Bargain ebooks ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ on sale for 0.99 on Amazon from 7 November 2020

Servant Heroes in Historical Romance: A Rarity Compared to Servant Heroines

It is interesting that one of the unwritten rules of historical romance is that the hero must never be a working class man, let alone a manservant. This is the more intriguing, because a fair amount of heroines are maidservants. Of course, in that, they follow the steps of the heroine of one of the … Continue reading Servant Heroes in Historical Romance: A Rarity Compared to Servant Heroines

More Comedy for Testing Times: An Extract from ‘Ravensdale’ (Now Free on Amazon ): Morpeth the Thief Taker, on the Trail of Reynaud Ravensdale, Calls in to Question the Landlord of the ‘The Huntsman’.

“If this ain’t a Bow Street Runner or some other thief taker, then I’m a Dutchwoman,” Kate told Suki, as they watched the short, stocky, dapper man came up to the Inn door. “Good morning, Sir. What will you have?” They knew he was staying with their rivals in The King’s Justice up the road. … Continue reading More Comedy for Testing Times: An Extract from ‘Ravensdale’ (Now Free on Amazon ): Morpeth the Thief Taker, on the Trail of Reynaud Ravensdale, Calls in to Question the Landlord of the ‘The Huntsman’.

Interview of Emile Dubois (The Eponymous ‘That Scoundrel Emile Dubois’) By Laura Lee

  Here's an interview with one Émile Dubios... Laura Lee: Come in. Sit down. Would you like something to drink? Émile Dubois: Thank you, Madame. The red wine for a certainty. Georges – my right hand man, you know, though some might spread the rumour that he was my companion in crime – organized this … Continue reading Interview of Emile Dubois (The Eponymous ‘That Scoundrel Emile Dubois’) By Laura Lee

A Little Escapism for the Good of the Morale…

  Sometimes, when life is stark, the only thing for me is one of Shakespeare’s plays: I suppose it is those 'universal themes' that bring things back into perspective. But sometimes, conversely, I feel like reading some escapist nonsense.  Intentional comedy or often, ridiculous melodramatic stories which can make for wonderful unintentional comedic scenes, and … Continue reading A Little Escapism for the Good of the Morale…