Posts Tagged ‘The Next Historical’

Progress Report

Monday, March 31st, 2014

I’ve been radio silent about the writing, but it isn’t because I haven’t been writing. I’ve been doing a lot of writing with the internet turned off which makes it harder to hop online to talk about the writing. I’ve also been going so long without quite enough sleep that I’ve had to enforce a stop writing time. No more making up deficits by cutting into the sleep. For a series of reasons, I have gone too long — months — with no opportunity to catch up and normalize.

Currently, I’m doing a read through of A Notorious Ruin, which is the title I’ve settled on for the first of the sequels to Lord Ruin. It’s Lucy and Thrale’s story, and at last, I am not weeping with despair over the fractured bits of story, sleep and time deprived (as much) because of the the day job, or otherwise (as) discombobulated with what life has been throwing my way.

After this read through, A Notorious Ruin goes out for beta and edits.

I like the story. In fact, I’m loving it.


Progress Report – The Next Historical

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Lucy and Thrale still do not have a title.

But here is a link to the current Chapter 1.


So, Carolyn, Whatcha Been Up To? A SECRET Project?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Oh, hey! Good question!

Petting the cat. That’s one thing. Also petting the dogs. Important.

I sprained my ankle pretty badly right before Thanksgiving and spent a week barely able to walk and completely unable to drive. My son was home from college and it was a challenge to find someone to drive me to pick him up and return him to the bus to get to San Francisco and back to get here from/to school. I can drive and walk now, but my ankle is still bruised (so colorful!) and quite sore. Ouch. That should conclude the pity part of this post.

Oh, except for this: I have been unable to wear my normal totally cute shoes on my injured foot because 1) swelling 2) pain 3) my brace would destroy the shoe. I thought I’d cleverly put the right-foot half of my go-to pair of around-the-house shoes (well, everywhere shoes but whatever) out of the big dog’s reach. I was wrong. She retrieved my shoe from the bag where I had hidden it from her and chewed it to bits.

Wah!!! On the other hand, I can still wear the left one.

Writing News

1. Lucy and Thrale (The Next Historical) are coming along. I actually think I finally have a 1st chapter worth posting. I’m in the final phases of having something to send to editing. I’m close…

2. My secret project is about ready… I’m waiting on final covers and a few final edits before I prep the final files. Yes, covers. The name is “Whispers” and you can learn about it here.

3. I have some other news that’s good for me (and readers!) that I’ll only hint at. I want the paperwork in hand before I say anything for sure.


Still writing plus Tattoos you could Win!

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

I have been working on Lucy and Thrale. I thought I had a solid enough chapter 1 to post, but I just changed it to a different chapter so it’ll be a bit before I post a chapter 1. The day job is….taking a lot of my evenings. I wish that were not the case but it is.

That said, I have a giveaway! I have 5 tins of 22 Jane Austen temporary tattoos. I am giving away one at my facebook author page and one here. I’ll also do a giveaway at the Risky Regencies and on twitter. Are you following me on twitter? (@cjewel) Have you liked my FB Author Page?.

Here’s a photo of the back of the tin so you can see the tattoos. I am so tempted to get an actual tattoo that says Imprudent.

Photo of back of tin of 22 temporary Jane Austen related tatoos

Temporary Tatoos


Void where prohibited. Must be 18 to enter. No purchase necessary. You are not required to follow me on twitter or like my FB page or anything. Winner chosen at random via a wordpress plug in that selects a random winner. Contest closes at midnight Pacific on Tuesday November 26th, 2013 so comment by the deadline. International OK.

How to Enter

To enter, leave a comment on this post in which you tell me your favorite flower and maybe a word or two about why. For example, one of my favorite roses is the Honey Dijon. It’s a lovely bronze rose that loves foggy weather.



Update! What’s UP!

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Yes, I am still working on Lucy and Thrale. Sad fact: several nights recently of day job going all night. Literally.  I’m close but not done.

In good news, things are going very well, actually. I like they way the story is shaping up. I still don’t have even a working title yet. I’m mulling over several possibilities.


Writing and Stuff!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

I’ve been working away on The Next Historical (Lucy and Thrale). I recently deleted nearly 10 pages (to be expected) and I’m now writing a different chapter. I’ve made back about half the word count I lost. I know I shouldn’t obsess over it, but I do. I’m better off with 2000 fewer words than 2000 more words that don’t work.

In other news, when I went running today, I was listening to Jude Devereaux’s RWA workshop. My only complaint? The workshop started with the usual statement about “recording, etc, and always repeat the question.” The moderator even said “I think we all know that…”

Here’s how the first question to Jude Devereaux went:

JD: Any questions? Yes?

Recording: silence
More silence.
More silence.
Some shuffling.
More silence.

JD: Yes.

Most of the questions were nothing but silence, and the answers were not always clear as to context. Very disappointing. It was far, far too close to the end before someone finally got around to urging repetition of the question.

Yeah. There needs to be a big RWA presenter and moderator class where everyone has to listen to this sort of thing on the recording. Lots of moderators and presenters make light of the announcement and request, and way too many moderators and presenters do not remember to repeat the question.


However, it’s still a workshop WELL worth listening to. She’s been in the business a long time and she related a story about how, way back, an editor told her that there was a problem with her book because the hero did not rape anyone. How, this editor asked, was anyone to know that the hero was virile if he didn’t rape anyone? And Ms. Deveraux’s answer to that was that she’d have to find someone else to publish her book because she wasn’t going to have her hero rape anyone. She was after that widely considered a difficult author.

And this, people, is how insidious and pervasive the “rapetastic” hero was. We are all still dealing with the consequences of centuries of believing this was how male virility was defined, and how women were to behave. This idea that Romance authors weren’t being pressured to write heroes who raped is just nuts. I lurk on an Academic list where this subject continually pops up and there’s always this naive belief that writers aren’t pressured to make changes they rather not. It seems like no matter now many authors (and there are a few on the list) say this happened then and happens now, there’s a rather willful refusal to accept that as possible.

When there’s money involved, the people with the money have the power to impose their views, and for that reason, outdated views die a long, slow death in the media. The Jude Devereauxs are few and far between. I don’t know at the time how much market clout she had. Obviously, not enough to avoid having the complaint made, and not enough to avoid being thought of as difficult for refusing. But enough that the book was published without rape.

So, thank you, Jude Devereaux, for saying no, and making the refusal heard.

Worth a listen.


Progress Report

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

I have been busy writing. I wish there was a way to make that sound thrilling.


Keyboard in hand, I have been fighting …

That sounds violent. I’m not a violent person.


My fingers are nearly worn to the bone…

Nope. That sounds like my mother.

How about:

My brain is asploding from the words!

Too hipster. (P.S. I’m wearing black jeans.)

I stared out the window for a really long time. I think I saw a tree grow.

Actually, I have been writing. That’s all I’ve got.


Checking In – Lord Ruin Sequel

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

I’m checking in from deep in the writing cave. I’m working on The Next Historical, which is, at long last, the first of the Lord Ruin sequels. It’s Lucy and Thrale’s story. My target date for having an MS ready to send to Beta readers and my editor is October. Deadlines push me, and things are going about as well as writing ever goes.

I don’t know that I ever mentioned that I have decided to call the series The Sinclair Sisters series. I’m closing in on some title ideas as I write, which means, actually, that the story is coming together.

For those of you new to me, my historical romance, Lord Ruin, which had a limited life in print, has been enduringly popular among readers. I’d always wanted to write about all the Sinclair sisters, but for a number of reasons, legal and professional, this was not possible until my rights to the book reverted to me. And now I’m doing that.

I am so grateful to all the readers who’ve emailed me over the years about this book and the sequels. Each of those emails has been a
reminder that it’s readers who matter and that publishers are often wrong about what books to get into the hands of readers.

Chances are high that I’ll be mostly absent on most of the social media places. Because I’m writing. About Lucy and Thrale.

Back to it.


News! Catching Up! Stuff!!!

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Titles Triumph

The book formerly known as The Next Historical is now officially titled Not Wicked Enough. I proposed that title myself, even though all along the working title was Infamous. The historical to follow, now officially The Next Historical, will be titled Not Proper Enough so it was only TNH for like a nanosecond. I also thought of that title. I am on a roll! Also, I have seen some proposed cover art and it’s luscious. Oh, my.

Digital Stuff

Although you are totally free to download the pdf of Future Tense, it’s also now officially available for eReaders such as Kindle and Nook. I am at the mercy of Smashwords for other vendors, but if you’d rather not wait for the story to show up at those vendors you can get the desired format from Smashwords. The link above will take you where you need to go. So far, there’s no way for an author to self-pub a title and set the price to 0. I did set it at the minimum (0.99) But you get cover art with that.


The Fork is Out!

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Fork against a blue sky with white clouds

The Fork

Stick a fork in it, baby. The Next Historical is D.O.N.E. Mailed to my editor and agent.

Off to collapse.