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Lynn Shurr - Works in Progress

     As predicted, the holidays, my travels, and two unexpected illnesses brought my productivity as a writer to a crawl.  Heart of a Sinner grew very slowly from one-quarter finished to half-finished and is still lagging much like the NICU baby I am writing about in this one.  Fortunately, other titles in the publishing queue moved forward without much help from me.

     A Place Apart came out on November first and Putty in Her Hands is due to be released on January 29th. The first title was inspired by a trip to Maine I made several years ago and a bit of folk lore about a hermit living on one of the small, rocky isles that I heard there.  Putty evolved from a lecture about the restoration of plaster walls given by a young woman devoted to her trade at Shadows-on-the-Teche, the National Trust property where I volunteer.  Who could image that plaster could be so interesting? The conflict between Julia who wants to save an old hotel and Remy who wants to tear it down for condos is pretty interesting, too. It's a single title but has cameos by some of your favorite characters, Jane and Merlin of Trashy Affair, Jon and Celine of Taste of Bayou Water, and Miss Lolly and Miss Maxie who seem intrude into a lot of my books.

     I've also submitted the first of the Longleigh Chronicles, Regency-set romances featuring a Duke and Duchess attempting to happily marry off their ten unruly children.  in the first, Perfection, their absolutely perfect daughter craves only the man who finds perfection boring.  This is a departure for me from my contemporaries, but so much fun to write.  Wish me luck in finding a publisher as eight of them are already finished!

     I do dislike winter as it keeps me at home.  Maybe, I will get more writing done in January and February.  Meanwhile curl up by the fire with any of my books for a cold weather diversion.  Drop a review on the new titles if you have time to read them.  That would be greatly appreciated.



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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