What a Doll!

On January 10 our Risky Regencies guest will be my friend and debut author, Christine Trent. Christine marked the New Year by finding her book on the Barnes and Noble shelves for the first time ever!

I’ve been waiting for this book ever since Christine answered my question “What are you writing” with, “I’m writing a historical about a dollmaker who makes dolls for Marie Antoinette.” I just knew that she would sell that book and here she is in her local Barnes and Noble holding the book in her very own hands.

The Queen’s Dollmaker is receiving great reviews, including 4 stars from RTBook Reviews. I don’t want to say more because we’ll hear all about it from Christine herself on Sunday, Jan 10.

I finished the very extensive and coming right around the holidays revisions for Book 2 in my Soldiers Trilogy last night at 1 am and am too brain-dead to think of a wonderfully creative blog post. (You’ll get that from Carolyn, I’m sure!) I thought I’d just show you a doll.

Years ago, my friend Helen transformed this Barbie doll into a Regency lady to promote my second book, The Wagering Widow. The doll was part of a raffle basket we made up for that year’s Washington Romance Writers Retreat. The trouble was, I loved the doll so much that I stuffed all my raffle tickets into the bag. As a result, I won my own raffle basket!

And, guess what? The Wagering Widow is being re-released by Mills & Boon in February as one of their Regency High Society Affairs series. The Wagering Widow is paired with Georgina Devon’s An Unconventional Widow in a two-in-one volume and is available for pre-order at Book Depository where shipping is free!

The Wagering Widow, by the way, was the one book I’ve written that needed no revisions at all. None. I’m just saying….

Anyway….for me this week will be catching up on all the things I’ve neglected during the holidays and my frantic revisions.

What’s up for you this week?

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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12 years ago

That doll is AWESOME!! I want one.

12 years ago

Good for Christine! How exciting.

Wow. No revisions? I didn’t know that was possible. Cool. It was a great book! I love that you stuffed the raffle so you could have the doll! It’s very pretty.

Doing this week? Remembering what it’s like to work a regular week again, after two weeks of extra days off.

Elena Greene
12 years ago

My kids would love that doll!

As to this week, trying to catch up after holidays. My oldest and I both had colds and I got way behind. What does it say when you are happy to clean bathrooms????

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Sorry, Carolyn, that doll is one-of-a-kind!

Work!!! Judy, this is the first day I haven’t had to work and I’ve been busy all day!

Happy to clean bathrooms, Elena? That must have been some cold.

Christine Trent
12 years ago

Thanks for the kind advance posting about me, Diane.

For those who love the Regency-dressed Barbie, may I recommend that you attend any of the hundreds of doll shows that go on across the country each year? You would not believe the number of talent artisans that can take a plain ol’ Barbie and turn her into an exquisite work of art. I admire the talent needed to do such detailed work.

Louisa Cornell
12 years ago

I have been looking forward to this book as well! My great aunt made and dressed porcelain dolls for years. When she passed at the age of 93 I inherited three of the dolls she made. They are exquisite and I treasure them. She taught me how to tat and how to quilt, but I never got around to learning the doll-making. I wish I had! I’m getting ready to start my fourth book while revising my third book.

And most of all I am trying to stay warm as the high today in the Deep South was 27 degrees! OUCH!

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

I’d love to attend a doll show, Christine. They must come to this area, I’m sure.

O Doggie One, I’d love to see your great aunt’s dolls. What a lovely hobby to have.

Keira Soleore
12 years ago

Congratulations on WAGERING WIDOW finding new life. The doll’s so cute. No wonder you were tempted!