Today is a “start the next ms” day. For me, it’s always an exciting time. Often, I have a synopsis that will be a road guide to the book, even though sometimes it’s necessary to do a bit off-road traveling.
But today is extra special. I’m returning to the Regency romantic mystery series about Lady Priscilla Flanders and Sir Neville Hathaway. I haven’t written a story about them since Zebra folded its Regency line a couple of years ago. My editor had asked for more books with these two characters before the life support was cut off for the line. Fortunately ImaJinn Books has started a new Regency line — Marry Me, Millie will be released by them in the next month as the launch book for the line (that’s the last book in The Dunsworthy Brides trilogy for those of you keeping track <g>). I am contracted to do three books in the Priscilla and Neville series for ImaJinn.
So today I begin Gentleman’s Master. As soon as I touched the keys, their voices came back to life in my mind. Neville’s often off-kilter sense of humor and his absurd way at looking at the ton’s absurd ways. Priscilla’s determination to be a proper lady and bring up her children as her late husband would have wanted — but she never quite lives up to Aunt Cordelia’s expectations. And then the pesky issue of corpses that just seem to show up wherever they go, leading Priscilla and Neville to remark that they soon will not be invited anywhere by anyone.
Now I’m off to spend time with my characters and see what bodies, red herrings, and surprises (often as much a surprise to me as to them) await them in the weeks to come. Days like this are the reason that writing is an addiction — it is just so much fun! Lots of hard work ahead on the book, but today will be fun!
Happy Halloween today and to those of you who celebrate Samhain, have a glorious celebration.