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Miss Truelove Beckons is coming!!

Next week, just in time for Valentine’s Day, in partnership with Beyond the Page Publishing, I am bringing out Miss Truelove Beckons, one of my absolute favorite Regency Classics that I wrote during my time with Kensington Zebra.

TrueloveMedThis book deals with a hero suffering from nightmares, what we now recognize as PTSD. It was inspired by the men and woman who have to deal with the lingering memories of the horrors of war, and was dedicated to my father, a WWII veteran, but it is so much more than that. It’s a tender love story between a wounded war veteran and a country miss. I do so hope you like it!

I’m very pleased to reveal here the cover!

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Anything Pinteresting?

Ghost_CurseIt’s been such a long time since I connected with romance readers. I do apologize. But see, there’s this other gal who’s been demanding a lot from me. Her name is Victoria Hamilton, and she is me, too.

I now write cozy mysteries as Victoria Hamilton, and have three series. But lately I’ve been publishing my back list with the wonderful folks at Beyond The Page. I’m so excited about the work they do, and what we’re bringing out next. If all goes as planned The Matchmaker’s Christmas will be next out, and it is one of my favorite Regencies that I’ve written. More about that another day.

But lately I have gotten into Pinterest, and crated boards for all of my romance series, as well as my cozy mystery series. I find the Pinterest boards great inspiration. It’s made me want to finish Book 4 of the Awaiting series and write more Lady Anne books. I’m even contemplating more Regency romances! I loved writing them; it was one of the loveliest periods of my life, that sense of new opportunity as I finally realized my lifelong dream and became a published author.

 

Here are my three romance boards:

Regency Romances by Donna Lea Simpson

Lady Anne Historical Mysteries

Awaiting Werewolf Series

I certainly hope to blog once in a while here, and I will be back with more about my latest publishing ventures!!

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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!

http://theinspirationgallery.com/

 

 

 

 

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Speaking of Audiobooks column – Love and Scandal

Hey, all… just thought I’d give a heads up… Vicky Hensley at Speaking of Audiobooks, an All About Romance blog column, has done a great interview with me concerning the audio version of Love and Scandal.

It was great fun. Thanks, Vicky!

Speaking of Audiobooks column: http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=6428

Audible.com logoLove and Scandal Audiobook is available at Audible.com: http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B0040HOP2S&qid=1305550924&sr=1-1

You can listen to a sample, so you can hear what I mean about Charlotte Parry – the narrator – and her lovely voice!

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Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre and Love & Scandal

Love & Scandal coverI was forcibly reminded this week of why I wrote Love & Scandal.

I am currently reading ‘Unquiet Soul‘, a fascinating biography of Charlotte Bronte, and remembered how the idea for Love & Scandal started.

When Charlotte Bronte wrote and published Jane Eyre, it became a huge hit immediately. It was overwhelmingly popular, but controversial, too. It was dark, and sexy, and melodramatic, and had a lot to say about a woman’s right to independence, and her equality of intelligence and depth of soul. George Lewes was fascinated by the book, as was Thackeray. Both praised the author, even while they had criticisms. Though Jane Eyre was published as if written by a man – even her publisher was supposed to think that – many speculated on the gender of the author.

A couple of years ago I was also reading about Charlotte Bronte. What if, I thought… what if someone else, a man, had claimed to be Currer Bell? As retiring at Charlotte was, she still had a true writer’s powerful ego. Would she not have charged off to London in search of the devilish gent who had presumed to pretend authorship of her master work, if her publisher offered her no aid to contradict such a falsehood? I think she would have.

At the Audible.com page for the audio version of Love & Scandal, one reviewer had this criticism: “This book is a classic case of an author trying to (sic) hard to please: Please their editor, their supposed fan base and even, no doubt, their misplaced desire to produce “something more then (sic) just the ordinary romance.” The mere fact that she felt the need to have almost every living author of the time make multiple appearances I think proves both points. I was very disappointed, and yet I think the author does have talent, it was just hidden behind the show she put on here.”

I understand where the reviewer was coming from; I have Trollope, Mrs. Gaskell, George Lewes and the future ‘George Eliot’, Maryann Evans, in the novel. But it was not out of some desire to produce ‘something more then (sic) just the ordinary romance’.  Perhaps I didn’t express it in a way that made it clear to the listener/reader, but my choices were made deliberately to explore the outcome had this ‘what if’ scenario happened to Charlotte.

I make no claims that she would have fallen in the sexual sense Collette does in Love & Scandal. But Charlotte had such a deeply passionate nature that if she had ever been met with someone who wanted her so badly, as Charles wants ColletUnquiet Soul coverte, you never do know. Charlotte’s one great love, for her Belgian teacher Monsieur Heger, was so all-consuming, I can’t help but believe she may have succumbed, had physical love been offered.

I was reminded of this as I read Margot Peter’s ‘Unquiet Soul’ a fascinating, if flawed (I think the author makes unfounded assumptions of the Bronte sisters’ internal, unexpressed feelings) biography. We’ll never know what would have happened had Charlotte gone to London in that first fiery furor over Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights (some folks thought the two ‘Bell brothers’, Currer and Ellis, were one and the same writer), but it was so much fun to speculate in my flawed, but hopefully interesting dive into the Victorian literary scene.

So… it is fascinating to look back and remember, for an author, where the ideas for a book came from!

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