Sunday, April 26, 2015

Summary Sunday

This was the week I finally decided I've learned enough about my characters and backstory (after 11 and a half chapters) that I now know where the story was actually supposed to begin. So on Thursday, I went "back to the beginning" and started all over again with Chapter 1 of Courting Cassandry. I'm not really starting over completely from scratch. I'll be keeping a lot of the work I've already done, probably moving it around a bit. But just so you'll know, Thursday's and Friday's sentences are from my new C1.

Here's another mini-cast of characters for those who don't remember who's who from last week.

Cassandry: my 40-something year old heroine
Egelina: Cassandry's teenaged daughter
Gerolt: my 50-something year old hero
Aveline: Gerolt's late wife
Rauffe: Gerolt's teenaged son (betrothed to Egelina)

Monday: Cassandry knew she had been too gentle, wishing not to stain the memory of a father who had loved his daughter. But Egelina had to be warned.

Tuesday: But all the love Gerolt had poured into his lands, and then into his children, had not completely filled the empty crack in his heart that Aveline and Cassandry between them had cleft there.

Wednesday: (Egelina referring to Rauffe): “He is hound mad.”

Thursday: Gerolt removed the round cap he wore and ran a hand through his hair, pretending to smooth it down, but in fact trying to discern again the ratio of coarsened grey to the softer brown.


Friday: He cast about almost wildly for some way to rescind the words he had just spoken. Once Egelina and Rauffe were wed, Church law would forbid any union between their parents-by-marriage. Gerolt would lose Cassandry forever . . .

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Summary Sunday

A sprinkling of new sentences from my writing sessions on Courting Cassandry this week. Here's a character list to help you keep everyone straight:

Cassandry - my heroine, a 41 year-old widow
Antony - Cassandry's late husband (Monday's sentence is from a flashback)
Gerolt - my hero, a 50 year-old widower
Samson - Gerolt's best friend (also a widower)
Egelina - Cassandry's 14 year-old daughter
Rauffe - Gerolt's 15 year-old son

Monday: Cassandry traced out the first few words Antony dictated with a shaking hand, then stopped and exclaimed, “I will not write that. It makes me sound as guilty as he!”

Tuesday: She picked up the quill— Gerolt would know something was wrong if her words wobbled about like drunken men.

Wednesday: The devil take Sir Samson, she swore silently. If only it had done so years ago.

Thursday: Gerolt said, very soft and very level, “Do I need to remind you that the Lady Egelina is betrothed to my son?”


Friday: Rauffe was the only husband for her daughter Cassandry could be sure of, because she was sure of Gerolt.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Lady and the Minstrel has a Pinterest Board!

Did you know The Lady and the Minstrel has a Pinterest Board? Here are just a few pictures that you can find there.



Some medieval minstrels playing my hero, Robert's, favorite instrument, the lute




A painting that reminds me of my heroine, Marguerite, embroidering while she waits for Robert to return to her from King John's wars in France




What happened to King John's nephew, Prince Arthur? The truth remains a mystery, but this painting speculates on one possible foul ending for the unfortunate boy.


Visit my Pinterest board for The Lady and the Minstrel to see more "pins" like these to help you "see" the story when you read it!

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Summary Sunday

I'm still working my way through the first draft of Courting Cassandry, my next Hearts in Autumn romance. I rarely succeed in sticking to an outline, and that is proving to be the case for CC, as well as all my previous books. I think I have a loose idea of where I want the story to go, but I'm already encountering some twists and turns with my characters that I wasn't expecting. Only more time will tell where these new characters are planning to take me.

In the meantime, here is a sampling of new sentences from Courting Cassandry this week.

Monday: (Gerolt, comparing his late wife, Aveline, to the heroine, Cassandry): Aveline had fluttered and hovered around Rauffe in his illnesses, but Gerolt had never once seen her embrace the boy as Cassandry was doing now.

Tuesday: (Cassandry is still having trouble with her teenaged daughter, Egelina): Having flung this cryptic remark at Cassandry, Egelina left her mother standing with utter befuddlement in her face, crossed the hall stiffly to the staircase, then ascended them at an undignified run, leaving a sob floating on the air in her wake.

Wednesday: How could he know? Of course he could not! And yet a quivering, wounded corner of her could not forgive him for not knowing anyway.

Thursday: She did not want to answer questions about her marriage, but she had been too careless during their dance, and she knew Gerolt had sniffed trouble there, as keenly as a hound sniffed out a fox.


Friday: (Teenaged Egelina to her mother, Cassandry): “I knew you were insensitive and unfeeling, Mamma, but I did not know you were also a hypocrite.”

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Winner! Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

Congratulations to Lisa R,winner of the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop on JDP NEWS! Lisa has won a copy of my new romantic historical novel, The Lady and the Minstrel!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Summary Sunday

I'm going on a trip this week to visit my sister, so I probably won't get a chance to share a sentence sampler with you again for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these snippets from my work-in-progress, Courting Cassandry!

Monday: Gerolt to Cassandry concerning his son, Rauffe: “Aveline always knew how to care for him. I have been lost to know how to deal with him without her.”

Tuesday: Cassandry gazed down the path that led to the fountain, perhaps as surprised as he was that Rauffe and Egelina had not fled back to join their parents.

Wednesday: “Really, Cassandry, it has been over twenty years,” Sir Samson protested. “I never thought you so vindictive as to hold a grudge for half the span of your life.”

Thursday: Antony had cut her off from the world, and with it all news of the people she once had loved, after Sir Samson’s “game.”


Saturday: You were not only my guardian, but my closest friend. Even my love for Antony could not fill the loss in my life when I left you, and then when he made me sever my last connection with you—For a moment, Cassandry felt again the wrenching void of that blow.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, sponsored by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Author Cindy Thomas!



Here at JDP NEWS I'm giving away a copy of my new medieval romantic historical, The Lady and the Minstrel (winner's choice, mobi/Kindle, epub/Nook/iBook/Kobo, PDF, or print) plus a $5.00 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card.



A forbidden love and a past they can’t leave behind . . .

In King John's England, Robert Marcel chafes against the law that holds him bound as a villein on his lord’s manor. He tries to make a daring escape and is nearly caught by his cruel master, but a young girl helps him slip away.

Years pass and Robert takes up trade as a minstrel. Invited to play at a banquet for the notorious Earl of Saxton, he is stunned to come face to face with the girl he’s never forgotten—now Lady Marguerite of Winbourne, betrothed to the earl. Her status as a noblewoman puts her completely out of Robert’s reach, but he knows they are meant to be together. He vows to make her his wife no matter what the cost.

Lady Marguerite has often thought of the young man she helped escape. Her tender feelings for him quickly turn into much more when they are brought back into each other’s lives. She longs to be free to marry Robert, the man she loves, but that will require her to sacrifice all she holds dear.

They are tested at every turn by those bent on driving them apart and destroying what they have found together. Can their love truly conquer all?

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