Risky Regencies

Miscellany Tuesday

I’m in the midst of packing for a few days away (yay!), so this will be a bit of a jumbled/housekeep-y sort of post…

First of all, on Saturday at 2:00 I’ll be doing a booksigning at the Uptown Borders in Albuquerque (2240 Q Street NE) along with authors Celeste Bradley (who was our guest here at Riskies just a few weeks ago!) and Sarah Storme. If you’re in the area come by and say hi! I’ll be wearing my Laurel and Amanda hats, signing copies of Countess of Scandal and To Catch a Rogue (which has a nice new review here! And I also spotted copies in my local Wal Mart last week…). Also on the 10th I’ll be guest blogging at the Pink Heart Society.

If you’re in the UK, I have a release there this month as well! A Sinful Alliance, set at the Court of Henry VIII, is out in the Super Historicals line, and can be ordered here. (I actually like the cover better in this close-up view!)

And I have two new re-issue covers from Signet! Rogue Grooms will be out in June, and Improper Ladies doesn’t yet have a firm release date, but I do love the heroine’s hair!

What else I’ve been thinking about this week: dresses! I went shopping last weekend to find some clothes for the RWA conference this summer. I found a couple of cute little cocktail-type dresses (on sale!) for publisher’s parties and things like that, but couldn’t find just the right thing for the awards ceremony (except for one dress that cost about 3 times more than I wanted to spend). I was whining to my mother about it, and she said “Why don’t you wear one of the fifty or so dresses you have hanging in your closet?” Because that would be no fun, of course! (She also refused to make me a new gown on the grounds that she is still working on my costume for the Beau Monde Soiree. Modistes these days! LOL). But I did start sorting through my closets and found a dress that would work perfectly and which hasn’t seen the light of day in a billion years because it happens to be my gown from the senior prom. (Quick note: this is a very classic ballgown-style dress, with an off-the-shoulder black velvet bodice and big black satin skirt, not an early-90s shiny monstrosity with giant sleeves!). The problem–it will only zip up to just below my shoulder blades. So it is now in my mother’s sewing room getting surgery performed on its seams. Stay tuned…

What else I’m thinking about–books that come out in a series. As you know, my “Muses” books are coming out in April, May, and June, and while I’m very happy about this it’s posed a bit of a “doing promo” confusion. I asked Nicola Cornick (whose new trilogy is coming out in consecutive months at the end of this year. I’m so excited about this!) and Michelle Willingham (whose “Accidental” books just came out in two consecutive months) how to let people know about these books without boring them to death. I am still pondering this, but I have to say as a reader I do love this practice of a series coming out close together. I tend to avoid the Massive Series (where there are approximately 253 relatives who all need their own stories) because I am very easily confused and then spend the whole book trying desperately to remember what happened in the previous books. But I love series of 3 or 4 books, because it feels like there’s more time for a whole world to be built and explored. When the books come out months apart, I tend to collect them all before I start reading (to avoid that confusion) so it’s nice to get them quickly.

I was also thinking about this as I watched Vampire Diaries last week. (Yes, I know, another CW show I have grown obsessed with! I have a problem…). This show recently went on a hiatus of more than a month after a slam-bang episode where many plot threads came together. The vampire tomb was opened at last–and Catherine wasn’t in it!!! Stefan almost got trapped in the tomb, and Elena’s brother almost got killed! Bonnie’s grandmother died from opening the tomb! Elena felt sorry for Damon, who actually looked a bit sympathetic for once, having lost his one true love! But then there were no shows for weeks, and when I watched the new episode last week I had completely lost the thread of the plot and had no clue what was going on or who half the characters were who were running around doing–well, not much of anything. I think jumping right back into the series without even showing us a re-run of the tomb-opening episode was a mistake.

Also, the two new episodes have kind of been–dull (despite numerous near-stakings). The spectacle of a drunken, lovelorn Damon in a bachelor auction was hilarious, as was the thought of going on a double-date with your high school friends and a 150 year old vampire boyfriend, but other than that it feels like things have stalled a bit. One of the things I’ve liked about Vampire Diaries is that each episode has something important or unexpected happen and the story leaps forward accordingly. I also like how the characters are actually rather complex (for a CW show anyway) and don’t always act in the ways we expect. So I hope things pick up next week. But I have learned an important lesson from this show–keep the series moving, don’t confuse readers with big info dumps and unfamiliar characters popping up all over (especially when the characters who are already there are interesting enough!), do the unexpected whenever possible, and it’s great when the bad-boy hero is undone by an even badder girl.

So watching TV is not wasted time after all! It’s Very Important Research.

What are you thinking about this week? Are you going to RWA and if so do you have your clothes all planned? What did you wear to your prom? And what’s your favorite TV show right now–have you learned anything important from watching it? (So many questions today!)

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Jane Austen
12 years ago

I only went to two of my proms. My senior prom I had a bunch of guys over to my house and we watched Hitchcock movies all night long. Way better than prom and I had six dates instead of one.

My sophomore prom I wore this cream dress with hot pink tulips. Very pretty. I cut it up and turned it into a skirt after prom. My junior prom dress was this beautiful empire waisted deal with a square neckline and a slight chiffon train. It was periwinkle. I want to get married in it, but will never fit into a size eight again! Ha

My favorite TV show comes back this Sunday…Army Wives. Have I mentioned I’m a sucker for men in uniform? I believe I have because I LOVE Wentworth and everyone knows that. The one episode last year when the big strong manly army man Frank cried over his wife leaving was heartbreaking. So well done. I’m glad they got back together and it’s nice to see how their relationship has changed.

Jane Holland
12 years ago

Being stoutly English, I didn’t have a ‘prom’. Though I memorably went to a teenage disco once dressed as Adam Ant, an eighties singer on whom I had a tremendous crush. Had my first kiss there, in the girls’ bathroom. I was wearing a military-style jacket, black jeans, boots, and white stripes across my face. But I guess that boy at least thought I looked sexy!!

I only watch TV to keep my husband company, though I do watch films alone occasionally. I like HOUSE at the moment, but then, the lead actor is English, lol.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
12 years ago

I have to disagree with you about the Vampire Diaries. I thought they did re-run the episodes where they opened the tomb. And I liked that we were learning more about all the vampires who got out, like the really evil one. Although I’m still trying to figure out why no one has an accent even though the show is set in VA, and how one of the vampires is Asian. I like Matt’s mom being a crazy, irresponsible slut and the idea that Jeremy wants to be turned, and the revelations about Elena’s mother. My biggest problem is that the writers aren’t sure whether Damian is tortured or just plain evil.

Oh, and I wore simple black cocktail dresses to my prom. I wish I still had those dresses.

Kim in Hawaii
12 years ago

For RWA, I am bringing several Aloha shirts to wear during the day … just so everyone knows my home chapter! I suggested it to Jill Marie Landis is also attending RWA and lives on Kauai.

For TV viewing, I am excited for the return of The Tudors. While it is inaccurate, it is a sensual treat with the costumes, music, and accents! I prefer Henry Cavill (Duke of Suffolk) to Jonathan Rhys Myers (King Henry). I find it ironic that I, a military spouse, watch the The Tudors while Jane Austen, the British writer, watches Army Wives (which is also inaccurate).

Back to Jill Marie Landis, she hopped over to Oahu this weekend to speak to RWA’s Aloha Chapter. During lunch, she shared some funny stories about roaming roosters and cabana boys during the RWA National Convention in Hawaii fifteen years ago. I will try to convince one of the Bandits to post the stories in a future blog.

Jane Austen
12 years ago

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Amanda McCabe
12 years ago

Jane Austen, that periwinkle dress sounds fabulous! Maybe you could have a copy made when you need it? I often wish my mother had kept her prom dress, it was very Regency, yellow muslin with a high waist and puffed sleeves. She even had a Regency hair-do, with upswept curls entwined with ribbons. I could easily wear that dress to a Regency ball (if I was as skinny as she was, which I am not!)

Amanda McCabe
12 years ago

“how one of the vampires is Asian. I like Matt’s mom being a crazy, irresponsible slut and the idea that Jeremy wants to be turned, and the revelations about Elena’s mother”

I wonder how an Asian vampire came to be in VA too (and especially how she isn’t commented on in the flashback episodes!), and why absolutely no one has a Southern accent even though it’s supposed to be a VERY Southern town! And Matt’s mom sure has a lot of nerve criticizing Caroline after the way she behaves, LOL.

Kim, I also love Henry Cavill! he’s far more attractive in the Renaissance clothes than JRM, IMO. I’m way behind on The Tudors though, having just started on season 3 (via Netflix)

Keira Soleore
12 years ago

That you can almost completely fit into your prom dress is quite a feat!

I’m having such a hard time keeping track of all these books you have coming out, despite you know visiting your website and knowing the dates are up there. I do wish you’d do a bit more promo, m’dear, when your books get released.

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Amanda McCabe
12 years ago

If I did any more promo I would have no time to write and my head would explode 🙂

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

It would be really cool if I could lose enough weight to fit into my wedding dress again (not bloody likely) because it is totally a Regency dress.

To my proms I wore a pink dress, the same one my older sister wore.

For RWA, I can hardly wait to see Kim and her Hawaiian shirts. I’m going to recycle my old conference clothes for myself, though. Everybody pretend not to remember that I wore that dress before. All those dresses.

But, Amanda, I just gotta say that your list of books is VERY IMPRESSIVE! Way to go!!! And not a bad cover on any of them.

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librarypat
12 years ago

I’m with you on book series. I too buy all the books in a series before reading them. I like to be able to read them straight through so the characters and story arc stay fresh in my mind. Having the books come out close together is great. I have one authors series I am following who does one book a year and stops in the middle of something every time. I started the series before realizing how long it would be between books.

Prom dress – I wore my aunt’s dress. Don’t know how old it was, but she was already married with several children by the time of my prom. It was pale blue and white with a sweetheart neckline and lots of crinolines.

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