I have just received A Country Masquerade, the second in the Uncommon Lords and Ladies series, back from my editor and am neck deep in wording changes. This edit means having etymology, dictionary, and thesaurus sites open, as well as Google for extra references and my copy of What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew handy. Where I’ve been caught by a word I didn’t check, I must find a substitute that doesn’t compound the problem and introduce something equally out of period, or even more modern.
At the same time, I’m happily outlining the third in the series which I will be starting (and maybe finishing) the rough draft of for the National Novel Writing Month this year (in 11 days).
Which leads me to what I wanted to share with you.
First, let me say that having a series which follows a loosely connected group of people is an interesting experiment for me. Unlike a series focused on a single character, anyone has potential for a sequel, and they’re happy to volunteer by giving off hints I’m looking forward to exploring. This is especially true in A Country Masquerade where you’ll meet quite a collection of women who have yet to find their match. I hope you enjoy them even half as much as I have once you have the chance to read it.
I’m working on a character tree that will line up who is who and help me insert little “where are they now” treats in the later books, but that is for my process. I’ve also put together a Pinterest board where I’ve started collecting fun resources I’ve found about clothing, furniture, definitions, and more related to the Georgian and Regency Eras. You can explore it here: http://www.pinterest.com/marfisk/uncommon-lords-and-ladies/
I also have a Pinterest board for The Steamship Chronicles and several other topics if you want to explore.
And now let me offer another treat. I mentioned a bit ago that Beneath the Mask, the story that started this whole adventure, is now available in audio. To give you a taste of what it’s like, here are the prologue and first chapter for you to enjoy.