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Lynn Shurr - News and Notes

        May has arrived in Louisiana, the start of our long, hot summer really, when people do their reading at the beach or in their air-conditioned homes. I doubt I'll have a summer release as both Dream for a Sinner and Perfection, now retitled The Perfect Daughter, are currently in line edits. Then come the galleys to be proofed and a cover to create. Afterwards, these books get in line for publication which is often months long with many books ahead. I suspect both will come out in winter, also prime reading time when it is too cold to go outside.

        Meanwhile, satisfy your book cravings with The Heart of a Sinner and Lady Flora's Rescue, the historical saga, both of which came out early in the year to excellent reviews and fairly good sales.

        I am in hiatus right now waiting on those galleys to arrive. It is usually just my luck that they will come in on the same week. It's my last chance to catch any small errors, so each word must be read on every page. Much as I love writing my stories, I have to say the last step is tedious.

        I am filling the time doing research on The Aussie Sinner. So far I've written the title page. Since the hero plays Australia Rules Football which bears little resemblance to American Rules, I must choose a position for him to play. How about Ruckman, the guy who jumps for possession of the ball after the umpire smashes it against the ground? Unless you are Australian, you have no idea what that entails. Me, too, but I will learn. This one might take a while to write, so be patient for the next Sinners book. The third of the Longleigh Chronicles which start with Lady Flora is almost ready for submission as a possible spring release if accepted.

        Lest you think I will spend all summer working, be assured that in August, I am on my way to the Galapagos Islands on another great adventure. Cant' wait to commune with tortoises and iguanas. Have a wonderful summer!



Perfection (71,000 words): Lady Thalia Longleigh is know to be perfection personified. Unfortunately, the only man she finds intriguing in the scar-faced Earl of Danelagh who finds perfection oh so boring. With the help of her mother, Thalia seeks to capture his attention - literally. But once she masters him, Thalia decides she might value another year of freedom from marriage more. It is up to Danelagh to convince her otherwise. Another of the Longleigh Chronicles. SOLD!

Daughter of the Rainbow (72,000 words): Iris Longleigh, shy second daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Bellevue, wants nothing more than to left in seclusion to paint. Amateur portrait artist, Lord Valls, is summoned to paint her prior to her coming out. If only Valls weren't arrogant and uninterested in women, he would be her perfect match. When he paints a scandalous picture of Iris unbeknownst to her, the Duke will see they marry no matter what the young man's excuses. Iris gets more in a husband than she could ever foresee. Another Longleigh Chronicle Regency.

The Greatest Prize (70,000 words): Joshua Longleigh jilts the woman he has long been expected to marry by telling her she cannot compete with the women of London, one of whom he is courting, the nonpareil of The Season. Instead of bursting into tears, Kate Morely bets him that she can land the greatest male prize, Viscount Astin. And the game begins. Just as Astin is about to offer for Kate, she vanishes, the victim of a rival. Joshua will not accept that Kate is dead and he might have lost the woman who is truly the greatest prize.

Lion in the Heather (85,800 words). Enthralled by Scottish lore after reading Waverley, Lady Euphemia Longleigh, the Duke of Bellevue's most biddable daughter, leaps into the arms of a Highland laird who seems to have stepped from the pages of the book. With her father and brother in hot pursuit, Phemie aids her abductor in her own kidnapping until she can convince him they must be wed. Another humorous Longleigh Chronicle.

Of Turtles and Doves (97,310 words): In Regency England, Jason Longleigh, third son of the Duke and Duchess of Bellevue craves turtle soup. When he attempts to get some, he is waylaid by a young American woman crusading against the killing of turtles. Despite her crazy notions, he is smitten. Unfortunately, little Miranda comes with a venal father and an easily insulted brother. Nevertheless, he takes the Clary family and two rescued Galapagos tortoises home to meet his own very eccentric family, including his sharp-tongued sister, Pandora. When the young couple appears to elope, a chase across England and over the ocean to America ensues. Sense and Sensibility with a touch of The Tempest.

Lady Flora's Rescue (107,000 words): Last of the Mohicans with a humorous twist. Lady Flora will follow the man she adores anywhere to gain his regard-across the ocean and into the wilderness. Pearce Longleigh, Viscount Laughlin, resists knowing he cannot take this seemingly fragile woman to live among the Shawnee as he flees his responsibilities as a lord in order to return to his mother's people. The opening saga of the Longleigh Chronicles. SOLD!

The Earl’s Ugly Mistress (89,000 words): Blinded at Waterloo, the Earl of Edgemont takes out his bitterness on those around him. When he insults a spinster he has been stuck with for the evening, she insults him back and insists he can learn to live normally again. He dares her to show him how—and she does, falling in love with the handsome earl as she gives him lessons. But will he still love her when his sight returns, and he sees how very plain she is? The match-making Duchess of Bellevue is determined to bring them together. Part of the Longleigh Chronicles above.

The Double Dilemma (65,185 words): The Duchess of Bellevue's twin daughters insist they must marry twins presenting a difficult dilemma for the matchmaking Lady Flora. Her son, James, provides a solution having encountered a mysterious pair who live in a secluded castle. Devotees of gothic novels, the twins are thrilled and ready to take on the adventure of meeting the men of their dreams. Another lively and humorous Longleigh Chronicle.


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