Appetiser – first three paragraphs of Regency Masquerade

Cool grey eyes summed up the situation ahead in one glance.  A tall man in black evening dress stood in the narrow street, fending off what looked like two – no three, footpads.  His drawn sword was keeping them at bay for the present, but for how much longer?  Even as he stood there, two of the footpads started working together to engage the sword with their sticks, while the third angled in to strike a blow at their victim.  The watcher could hear the tall man gasping for air as his sword flashed furiously, trying to defend himself from three sides at once.

Rather reluctantly, the watcher realised he would have to go to the aid of the man under attack.  Moving quickly once he had reached that decision, he drew a small silver pistol from his right hand coat pocket and levelled it carefully at the nearest assailant.  The sudden explosion startled all four men and the nearest footpad clapped a hand to his arm, blood spurting between his fingers.  Four heads swivelled wildly seeking to discover the source of the attack and he shouted excitedly, “Quick after them, Jack, we’ll see some sport tonight!”  In a flash, the would-be robbers deserted their prey and fled down the street.

The watcher waited a minute then stepped out of the shadows and towards the other man who stood still, holding his sword and breathing heavily.

We Get Stacks and Stacks of Letters…The Expense of Mail During the Regency Period

Every Woman Dreams...

imagesOn the Perry Como Show, the chorus customarily sang: “Letters, we get letters. We get stacks and stacks of letters.” However, during the Regency Period, the mail was expensive. MPs were the only ones who had a “free” ride for the mail delivery. Until 1840, MPs could “frank” their own letters.

In Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, Edmund tells Fanny to have a friend or relative who was an MP to frank the letter for her and, therefore, save the Price family from the cost of the letter. “As your uncle will frank it, it will cost William nothing.”

Postage was based on the number of miles the letter traveled from point A to point B. Recipients paid, rather than the sender of the letter. These were the going rates for a single page: fourpence for the first fifteen miles, eightpence for eighty miles, etc., etc., up to seventeen…

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Winner of Regency Masquerade Blurb contest!

Congratulations and thanks to EJ Kellan!

“It is a time of grace and etiquette, and women did not stray from custom, but for Frances Metcalf, pulling off the unthinkable is what makes her so extraordinary.


After the sudden death of her father, Frances is the cunning and resourceful risk taker who arrives in London with questions about her past. As a gamester’s daughter she knows she won’t get very far as a woman, but as a man … Peter Francis has the whole world at her feet.


When she delivers Lord Carleton from a dangerous encounter, he is grateful and she is drawn to the gentleman’s nobility and charm. That is, until he stumbles, in the literal sense, over Peter Francis’ alternate identity and raises questions of his own about his new acquaintance.


Caught between trust and deceit, a scandalous truth begins to unfold. Ladylike or not, when the instinct to survive becomes key, an outpouring of deception, lies, and betrayal is certain to follow.


Will this heroine’s past cost her a chance at love?


It’s anyone’s guess who will survive this game of ‘Regency Masquerade’.”

I’ll Protect You

Sounds interesting!

Demelza Carlton's Place

Ever want to try something different? A change of position or perspective?

Infiltrator Draft Cover low resI try to write a story or scene from the most appropriate perspective. Sometimes, that means it’s told from a disinterested observer and not the protagonist at all. In my Ocean’s Gift series, Vanessa is one of the main characters, yet she tells you very little of the story. There’s an incident with a hammerhead shark in Ocean’s Infiltrator where I chose to write that scene from her point of view – but it was a tough decision whether to use her or Joe Fisher.

For those who don’t know Joe (and those who do and want more of him), I figured I’d share the chapter I didn’t use – Joe’s perspective of the hammerhead incident. This scene is in Ocean’s Infiltrator, but it reads very differently when related by Joe:

I’ll Protect You

“Watch this, Daddy!”…

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