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Fun Site of the Day!

I found this great website that I think anyone who writes or reads Regency romances would enjoy. I was looking for female names that would be proper to use in a Regency-set historical (that gives you a hint of what I’m doing right now… coming up with a proposal for a Regency-set romance trilogy) and found the Regency Name Generator!

Now I’ve seen lots of name generators for everyone from elves to vampires, but this one is kinda cool. Check out some of the other links for the Regency Story Generator, too! Lots of fun.

http://www.ugoi.net/nonsense/name.html

and

http://www.ugoi.net/nonsense/plot.html

Just click on the ‘Generate’ button!!

Have fun!

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Finding my Feet

It’s been a long month.  I had in quick succession, the release of Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, finishing touches on Lady Anne and the Gypsy Curse (Book Three) and copy edit corrections on Lady Anne and the Ghost’s Revenge (Book Two).

All. At. Once.

And at the same time 25 (twenty-five) blogs to contribute to.

Whew… so I’m just beginning to catch my breath.

I want to say to readers… I am planning some exciting giveaways in the next while, things available only to my newsletter subscribers, so to be included, go to my website – http://www.donnaleasimpson.com – and sign up for my newsletter.

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What Kind of Regency Heroine are YOU?

I just had to share this fun quiz on a holiday…

What kind of Regency heroine are you?

http://www.quizilla.com/quizzes/724203/the-regency-romance-quiz-what-kind-of-romance-heroine-are-you

My result says this:  Oh dear, you are Bookish, aren’t you? You are a highly intelligent and witty bluestocking, whose beauty is hidden behind spectacles. Your dress sense is eccentric and a little unfashionable, and you consider yourself plain. You have very little use for men, who find your knowledge of Shakespeare, interest in politics and forthright speech formidable. You are undoubtedly well-off. The only reason for your presence in a novel of this kind (which, I might add, you would not dream of reading, although you have occasionally enjoyed the works of Miss Austen), is your mother, who is absolutely determined that you will make a good marriage. Rather than defying her directly, you are quietly subversive, dancing with anyone who asks you, but making no attempt to hide your intellectual interests. The only person who can get past your facade is the man who is witty enough to spar with you, and be amused at your blatant attempts to scare your suitors away. While you will, no doubt, subject him to a gruelling cross-examination to find out whether his respect for your intelligence is real or mere flattery, you may be sure that he is your match, and that you, he AND your mother will all live happily ever after.”

Fun!!!

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Cupid

Okay, so I have a new favorite show. Have you watched Cupid yet? It airs on ABC Tuesday nights at 10 pm and stars Bobby Cannavale as Cupid and Sarah Paulson as  Dr. Claire McCrae. Now, I thought I remembered a previous incarnation of this show, and it turns out I was right. The original starred Jeremy Piven of Entourage fame.

It is a cute premise; Cupid is sent to earth, banished from Mt. Olympus, and has to make 100 matches without his bow and arrow before he’s allowed back. But is ‘Trevor Pierce’  really Cupid, or just repressing emotional problems? That, of course, is what Dr. McCrae thinks.

But last night’s episode, Live and Let Spy, brought to mind one romance fiction trope I particularly like, but didn’t realize until I saw it last night; the misanthrope who is won by a woman of some naivete, but much character.

I really enjoyed last night’s episode, which featured a burned-out ex-cop PI who finds love with a poor-little-rich-girl with a social conscience. That sounds kind of lame, but it worked!

Give it a try! Good romantic TV shows are few and far between.

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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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A NEW fun place for BookBloggers!!

This is one cool place… a social network devoted to readers, writers, publishing industry types, and those who blog about books!

Come up and see me sometime!!

http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/DonnaLeaSimpson

This is one cool place… finally a book group that allows you to personalize the page!

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Mrs Giggles does not wuv me!

My most recent review was a bottom spanking by Mrs. Giggles, well-known for her scathing tone. She read Awaiting the Night (Not ‘Awaken the Night’, as her Update page calls it, though, hmm, I kind of like Awaken the Night) and her did not wuv it!

However, I do have a sense of humour and proportion. One review, one reviewer’s perspective on a two-year-old book read out of sequence from a series.

For those who would like to read my ‘bottom warming’ by Mrs. G., here is the url!

http://www.mrsgiggles.com/books/simpson_night.html

Have fun, and, as I do, laugh. (The heroes of the Awaiting series are a little ’emo’, aren’t they? But it is a Gothic series, after all.)

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I’m baa-aack!

This is a sticky post, one talking about my publishing life… so if you are here to learn about what is current, read on! Continue reading

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Laurie Gold of AAR – Barnes & Noble Star!!!

Hey, all this is too cool

Check out ‘Book Obsessed’, a new Barnes & Noble offering.  It features video interviews of readers, and the very first is Laurie Gold, webmistress extraordinaire of All About Romance, the very best romance review and forum site on the internet.

On a personal note, I think I spotted (woo-hoo) my own very first Regency novel on Laurie’s shelf; Lord St. Claire’s Angel is at 37 seconds.  I think.  Not positive ’cause it’s a little blurry!

So, Click Here and watch the video, shot in Laurie’s Texas home!

Congrats, Laurie!

And check back; they are going to have weekly videos with other book fans of all genres!

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Imagery

Wolf in the Snow

Photo Credit: ‘tomtown’ at stock.xchng

I’m a very visual person. Great photography and art stimulates my senses like nothing else. And yet, as a writer I struggle with creating, using words, a picture that does justice to what I’m visualizing in my head.

I don’t think any writer is ever satisfied with their own work, and perhaps that’s as it should be. We’re always striving, never arriving. Would there be any point otherwise? Continue reading

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