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Lynn Shurr - Works in Progress

                   After what I call the Regency Debacle, I decided to submit the prequel, Lady Flora's Rescue, to another press. The editor happily accepted it, describing the tale as a "lovely romp of a story". This is an eighteenth century romantic saga that I call Last of the Mohicans with a humorous twist. Editing is already completed and the book is due to come out in January, 2019, though I hope sooner.

                   Meanwhile, the latest Sinners book was submitted for publication and accepted. If I survive the edits this time with another new editor, The Heart of a Sinner will probably debut in early 2019. No date or cover yet. First edits went well, but we are about to start second edits, and I admit I am tensing up again as this publisher seems to want me to change my style of writing from fun and fast to deep. I must confess I have never considered anything I wrote deep, merely entertaining with good characters and plots that carry the reader along to the end. We'll see how it goes. Keep an eye out for Annie Billodeaux's story next year. I am also at work on Trinity's story, Dream for a Sinner.

                   The recorded version of Mardi Gras Madness is now now finally available, way past its original due date which was supposed to be during Mardi Gras of course. The narrator did a decent job despite her many delays. If you want to listen to something about Mardi Gras in the heat of summer, give it a try. It is free with an Audible trial if you haven't already sampled their wares.

                   As it turns out, I won't be having that hip replacement after all, but my trip to Australia in November is still on! No matter how the publishing world spins, that is something to look forward to, and I hope to get another Sinners book out of it entitled The Aussie Sinner. This is a place I've always wanted to visit and thought I should go before writing about that country. Nope, I don't get to write it off my taxes but wish I could. I'll get to have summer twice since November is the start of theirs. Enjoy the rest of yours.

 

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. 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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