It turns out with the changes in writeon, one of the easiest ways to push excerpts out there, like for my latest book is to use a direct link to it.
The first draft is about 90% complete. I’ve finally settled on a reasonable title, “The Curious Profession of Dr. Craven” and am beginning the long process of editing, publicizing and all that rot.
It’s a sweet romance, set in 1810 so I guess it’s a regency romance, and it’s more than a bit Gothic. It starts with the heroine waking up after she’s been buried alive, had her body stolen from the crypt and taken to an anatomist. The trauma has left her memory somewhere else, and she slowly recovers. Once that happens, a complicated story ensues involving fake identities, false French Dukes at Almack’s and various subterfuges until it all works out in the end and they figuratively ride of into the sunset together. Or at least to the vicar’s to post the Bann’s.
“And yet she lives” or what ever I’ll call it is approaching completion (43000 words, complete story line, just needs some backfill and editing). So I’ve been sketching the next.
Since I’m thinking about submitting it as a short story, I’m not about to “screw the pooch” (astronaut speak for making a terrible mistake, as in “I just screwed the pooch, Kaboom”) by prereleasing it.
However I can put up a few hints.
Steorrum is the dative plural of star. It means “To the Stars” Great idea for a title.
Orc means ghoul. Yes, Tolkien borrowed it.
Eorl (Earl) means a brave man.
Were is just any old man. So now you know where Werewolfe comes from (except wolf was probably not wolf).
I’m thinking of a space opera starting with the recruitment of a Saxon warrior as a mercenary. He’s needed on a mission where blasters wouldn’t work. Complications ensue. I’m toying with him returning in modern England, which could be even more fun.
While I’m still debating with myself how much to put here, I’m happy to put a teaser. The book I’m working on right now is “A Dark Place.” It’s an experiment at writing a Gothic romance in the spirit of works like “the Castle of Udolpho” with skeletons and all that rubbish.
It starts with a grave robbing, and the heroine waking up shortly before she’s anatomized. She remembers almost nothing of her former life, and the doctor who was about to dissect her is the classic combination of stud and mystery. (Although he is careful to follow the conventions. In Regency times holding hands without gloves before marriage was a serious event.) Via a complicated set of twistings and turnings, including being an abortive wedding with someone else, they finally hitch up.
I’ve had difficulties with scrivener keeping things I wanted to change. Decorrecting spellings and various mysterious ghostly happenings. I want those in the plot, not the word-processor. So while it’s great for laying out the plot, I’ve reverted to doing the actual writing with LibreOffice.
This is from
which is a download site. I’m glad lots of people download it there, but I wish they did a better job on the plot summary. (Though it would be nicer if you went directly to smashwords for it.)
Within this love that was nice the youthful very and trusting heroine has existed all her existence within the remote Penyclawdd home in the Dark Mountains’ fringe and about the edge between Wales. Her youth house that was precious is required on the remote relative. Chief Timber, the relative, was invalided following a devastating fight from the military in Italy. He gets to the property together with eacute & his fianc;elizabeth, Linda, in pull. Despite their finest attempts towards the opposite, the Chief and also Cecelia end up drawn to one another. The Chief, Linda and Cecelia travel in wish of discovering Cecelia a spouse to Bathtub. Although there Linda elopes and satisfies by having an old fire. Thinking her steps ruined #039 & the Chief;s greatest probabilities at joy, Cecelia flees to reside together with her cousin. Swansea is lived someplace near by the cousin, and also the book’s rest chronicles the Captain s misadventures and initiatives as he does his better to discover and get the love of his existence.
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