Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Da Da Da Bump Da Bum! Introducing A VERY PLAIN YOUNG MAN

Check out this handsome fella!

I am pleased to announce the impending arrival of A Very Plain Young Man, the second in my series of traditional Regency romances, The Hapgoods of Bramleigh.

If you caught the first book in the series The Naturalist, you might remember heroine Alice had an older sister Elfrida, and hero Joseph had an older brother Frederick. There's the hint of an interaction between these two elder siblings in the epilogue of The Naturalist, and now it's time for the full-blown story!

My cover designer and I had our usual to-doing and back-and-forthing, with this delightful result, which captures not only Frederick's most inappropriate handsomeness, but also his and Elfrida's mutual interest in embroidery. So pleased with the result.

Details will follow, but I've got two launch events planned so far:

Thursday, May 29 (evening) will be the likely Regency dance party version

and

Saturday, June 28 (also in the evening) will be the University Book Store Bellevue book signing, promoting both books in the series.

Mark your calendar for one or the other, and in the meantime, here's the back cover blurb:

Miss Elfrida Hapgood is the most beautiful of the Hapgood sisters, as well as the most practical. If she must marry eventually, she intends to choose a husband not with her eyes, nor even with her heart, but with her common sense. He must be respectable and steady--not given to gambling or wenching or idling like her scapegrace uncles. So naturally, Frederick Tierney, the rakish brother of her new brother-in-law, will never do. Not only is his chequered past not entirely in the past, but he is too handsome for his own good and takes delight in unsettling her. But when another offer comes her way which meets all of her supposed requirements, Elfrida finds choosing duty over desire not as simple as she imagined.

8 comments:

  1. Huzzah Christina. Can't wait. Asking for Sat June 28th off. I'll see if I can round up a posse.

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    1. Oh, would love to see you there! But one of these days I'll get you dancing... Ha ha.

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  2. Beautiful cover!! So happy for you! Can't wait to read more of these great characters!

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    1. I'm excited too! And you will certainly be reading more about the beleaguered Hapgoods because I value your opinion. :)

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  3. I just wondering when book 2 would be out. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you, dear J. Grace. If you are local, let me know, and you can come dance with us!

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