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Lovely reader review!

I love hearing from readers, and yesterday I received the most wonderful note from a reader.

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Helen wrote:

Donna:
 
I am reading and loving The Curse of the Gypsy.  I am torn between needing to know how it will end with Tony and Anne, and not wanting it to end because I am enjoying it so very much.  Hope to see some Lady Anne books in the future.  Your characters are so engaging and your language is so very elegant.  It is a real pleasure to read your books.  Many thanks.  Helen
 
PS  I have been hitting the dictionary and my wordpower increases by the day. 
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She makes me chuckle… she previously wrote to me that while reading my Lady Anne books she was getting to use the Dictionary function on her Kindle, as she often did when reading Anne Perry novels… and I told her how humbled I was to be mentioned in the same sentence with Anne Perry, who writes the wonderful Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels.
Thanks, Helen, for making my day!
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Lady Anne Books 2 & 3 – Now Available!

At long last, books 2 & 3 of the Lady Anne saga are now available as ebooks for the fabulous price of just $3.99 each!

I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time, and I am so proud and happy with these books, both for the content – this is some of the best work I have done – and the covers, which are exactly what I wanted from the beginning.

Both books are now available: see my website, http://www.donnaleasimpson.com for links where they can be purchased online!

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Lady Anne… the story continues!

Great news, to all who have been inquiring. The wait is over for the next Lady Anne book… almost.

Book 2 of the Lady Anne saga, now entitled Revenge of the Barbary Ghost: A Lady Anne Mystery, will be out from Beyond the Page Publishing on or before January 27th, 2012, and Book 3, now called Curse of the Gypsy: A Lady Anne Mystery, will be out February 13th, 2012!

I’ll have more information soon on blog tour stops and availability!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the Inspiration Gallery for the Damask background I am now using on this blog!

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Getting your Words Worth

No, this post is not about the poet, William Wordsworth.

As I wrote Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, I became fascinated by how many words were either much more modern than I had suspected, or which modern-sounding words have old origins. So I decided I would document my word searches, and talk about the origins of the words that I either found I could use, or was forced to discard.

For instance… would you, in a historical novel that takes place in 1786, use the phrase ‘tongue tied’? I had severe doubts about this, and not because it is a cliche. I suppose it could be damned as that, but I was curious, how old is the phrase?

This is what I found out: Shakespeare used it in Sonnet LXXXV

It must have been current to him, and likely older, so I used it! Hey, if it’s good enough for Willy, it’s good enough for me. No jokes, folks!

So here it is, in its proper usage:

Sonnet LXXXV

William Shakespeare

My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still,
While comments of your praise, richly compiled,
Reserve their character with golden quill
And precious phrase by all the Muses filed.
I think good thoughts whilst others write good words,
And like unletter’d clerk still cry ‘Amen’
To every hymn that able spirit affords
In polish’d form of well-refined pen.
Hearing you praised, I say ”Tis so, ’tis true,’
And to the most of praise add something more;
But that is in my thought, whose love to you,
Though words come hindmost, holds his rank before.
Then others for the breath of words respect,
Me for my dumb thoughts, speaking in effect.

I’ll have lots more to add to my Words Worth feature, so if you’re interested in words through time, stay tuned! I, too, ‘think good thoughts whilst others write good words’.

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I’m of two minds.

This is the strangest time for me… I am deep in the final rewrite of Lady Anne Book Three – The Gypsy Curse, and heavily into promotional necessities for Lady Anne Book One – Howl in the Dark.

I keep getting confused, because I am, of necessity, going back and forth, promo, guest blogs, answering email, etcetera.

Then delving back into gypsies, and Kent, and tying up loose ends.

Argh! I am writer, hear me whimper.

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Countdown to ‘P’ day.

‘P’ day is coming!

‘P’ day is Publication day for Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, my April first release from Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Already, it’s getting great reviews. Publishers Weekly (the publishing  industry bible) says: “Simpson (Awaiting the Moon) launches her Lady Anne historical mystery series with flair…”

As we get closer to  ‘P’ day, I’m going to have lots of news… many blogs I’m guesting on, features, my NEW website (we’re almost there!) and more fun stuff!

So it is P Minus 25, as of today.

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