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Lynn Shurr - Works in Progress

     Let's just say 2018 did not start out well for me. My Regency novel was accepted for publication, but since my long time editor had retired, I was assigned to a new one. Right from the beginning, we didn't see eye to eye on the project which I wanted to be a light, fast, funny read, and she wanted something deeply emotional. After huge edits on every page, I finally withdrew from the project, something I've never done before and hope never to do again. I might see about getting the prequel, an eighteenth century novel, published with a different press. I am not sure I will ever return to the Regency series. 

     My excitement about having two of my books go audio has waned considerably. The first, Goals for a Sinner, came out done by a woman who merely read the book and did not do any voices, hence some confusion when two people are bantering. I lost half an Amazon star to poor reviews and so, it actually damaged the book and the series.  The second, Mardi Gras Madness, had so many delays and errors that it still isn't out, though in the end I think this narrator is better than the other. Producing and editing these versions takes tons of a writer's time. I am not sure I will do any more.

     Once all these crises were handled, I finally returned to finishing The Heart of a Sinner, the fifth in the Sinner's Legacy series.  I've recently sent it off for consideration and have requested a new editor with some trepidation.  This is Annie Billodeaux's story.  As a NICU nurse, she finds herself caring for the very premature infant of the Sinners' new running back, Matt Keaton. Matt's wife died in a tragic accident and only the baby could be saved.  Annie teaches Matt how to care for his child and comes to love them both more deeply than she should. Once the child leaves the hospital, will she and Matt be able to sustain a relationship?  I do hope this book will come out in the fall.

     Meanwhile, I am looking at hip surgery in the near future, not exactly planned and sure to throw a wrench into my writing for at least six weeks. Here's wishing that the second half of the year will be far better than the first. Lots of good beach reading in my back list though. Try one you haven't read yet and drop me a review.

 

THE LONGLEIGH CHRONICLES

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.

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.

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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