I should probably stop freaking out over this but,
I FINALLY DID IT!!!!
The Bewitching Hour and The Devil’s Own Luck are Regency Romances. If you’re not familiar with the Regency Era in England (1811-1820) just know that society was expected to offer tea to everyone of quality who came to visit, a man could lose his entire fortune in a single card game and it was okay to stiff one’s tailor or bootmaker but if some unlucky gambler couldn’t pay his vowels (IOU’s) he either left the country or ate his pistol, foxed meant drunk, leg-shackled meant getting married, stews were the slums and working for a living was considered crass.
The heroes are always tall, easy on the eyes, incredible lovers, drink Brandy every chance they get, ride, fence and shoot, have often fought bravely in the Napoleonic War but don’t have the ability to dress themselves without the help of a valet. The heroines are attractive, strong-willed, intelligent, virginal (until the hero gets ahold of them) young ladies who wear muslin gowns and also don’t have the ability to dress themselves without a servant’s help.
My characters are stubborn and didn’t always behave, but I had a lot of fun writing both books. There’s blackmail, arson, and amnesia, a horde of irritating little dogs, true love threatened by evil-doers and enough sex to encourage my husband to read both books all the way through. They should both be out in trade paperbacks in a few months.
Now, I need to stop jumping up and down, stop checking my stats every fifteen minutes to see how many books have sold, and get to work on my next book.
See you on Thursday!!!