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The Next Big Thing blog hop

Our friend Alica Mckenna Johnson – the author of the charming blog, Comic Con Queen Trapped on Planet Zero – tagged us in the Next Big Thing blog hop. The point of which is to tell readers about your latest work in progress or what you have coming up next, and to introduce you to other writers your favorite blogger knows and loves.

It’s gonna be fun. You’ll see.

1- What is the working title of your book?Lady Belling’s Secret.

2- Where did the idea for the book come from? Ah, well, I’d been reading devouring the Julia Quinn catalog and thought, hey, I can write one of those. Besides, I was tired of never finishing anything. Or being excited about anything I’d written. THIS I’m super excited about. It’s also notable that it’s the first of a trilogy (there may be a fourth book. We’ll see) Book 2, Miss Goldsleigh’s Secret, will come out in the beginning of 2013. The third, The Duke of Morewether’s Secret, is coming along nicely.

3- What genre does your book fall under? Technically it’s historical romance but I call it Regency Romantic Comedy.

4- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in the movie rendition: Oh, this is so easy. Isla Fisher as Francesca. Carter Oosterhouse as Thomas. Gabriel Aubry (before the beat down) as Lord Dalton.

4- How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The first draft was eleven months. I started it on Halloween  and decided it was done in September the following year. I was a complete idiot. This book has been torn apart and  completely rewritten no less than three times. Besides the character’s names and the Happily Ever After, this final product has very little resemblance to the original work.

5- What other books would you compare your story too within this genre? If you like Julia Quinn or Celeste Bradley you’ll like mine. Remember – comedy, romance, comedy.

6- Who or what inspired you to write this book? I’d like to throw my Sister Ava under this bus but really, the blame can be leveled on Julia Quinn.

7- What else about your book might pique the readers interest? I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to the book. Follow the jump.

Here’s the blurb from the back of my book 

Francesca Bellings is torn between two worlds—her past infatuation with her brother’s best friend and her future obligations. She never intended to end up in the bed of her longtime crush, Thomas Wallingham, but that’s exactly where she finds herself.

Unfortunately, mail is slow during a war. She thought he knew everything. He had never suspected.

Thomas has always wanted to be a part of the Bellings family but he was too foolish to grab the chance when she threw herself at him before. Instead, he ran off to war.  Emboldened by his new-found appreciation for a grown-up Francesca, he finds that dream is within his reach.

If she thinks he’s running away this time, she has no idea what she’s in for.

In order to pay it forward, here are some of the authors we know and love. Check out what they’re working on. You won’t be sorry.

Jaycee Delorenzo

Ed Hoornaert

Cynthia Garner

Tara Simone

Vicky Loebel – Vicky’s book is free through 11/29. It’s fabulously sarcastic. You know how I love sarcasm.

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