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I'VE STARTED A NEW BOOK WITH OLD FRIENDS

Do you like to meet old (fictional) friends in new books? I hope so, as the new project Jim and I had begun to brainstorm just before his accident features Fox Barlow as the hero. Those of you who read YANKEE EARL might remember the hero's quarter Shawnee brother. A boy of around twelve at the time of that story, Fox has grown up by 1829. Around London he is known as the infamous SHAWNEE LORD, wastrel, scapegrace and all around bad boy who sets the Ton on its ear with his scandalous exploits. So, of course, Jason and Rachel and the scheming old Marquess of Cargrave all make appearances. If you also happen to have read WICKED ANGEL, Alex and Joss Blackthorne are there. From WANTON ANGEL, I reintroduce Beth and Derrick, which leads me to the new heroine, Catherine Caruthers, daughter of the current Baron Rushcroft. Being a Caruthers, Catherine is cousin to Beth who influences her from girlhood to follow her dream. But Cat's dream is as unconventional as Beth's had been, if not more so. Cat wants to design sailing ships, to work in a man's world, a place that has only recently come to tolerate titled gentlemen working for a living. The very thought of aristocratic females doing so is absurdly off-putting.

When Catherine and Fox meet in the opening scene, all does not go smoothly. Check the Upcoming page for an excerpt. She prefers being called Catherine. After all, she was named for a great empress, but Fox immediately calls her Cat because she has rescued a large orange tomcat, who will figure in several comedic scenes with Rachel and Beth's old dogs. (Even critters get to make cameo appearances in my books.) Both Fox and Catherine are outsiders in the very proper world that bridges the time between the end of the Regency and start of the Victorian era. He has been given a university education, an estate and a great deal of money by the old marquess. But even Cargrave cannot buy Fox social acceptance. He is an American who also happens to be part red Indian. Catherine's love of ship designing makes her an oddity among all the simpering belles on the marriage mart. A fire-haired beauty, Cat has squandered her first season by spurning all suitors. She would prefer to be an ape leader for she knows that marriage would bring an end to her work at the Blackthorne Shipyards.

Fox's family is determined to see him wed and settle down while Catherine's has simply thrown up their hands in despair because she received an inheritance which makes her financially independent. But when Rachel and Beth see the sparks fly between Fox and Cat, they decide to play matchmaker, throwing the unwilling pair together at every opportunity. Then Catherine decides on a bold ploy. I hope you will enjoy laughter and sizzling sexual tension as this most unconventional young couple prepare to do battle with the world around them.

In his lifetime, Jim was a sailor in the U.S. Navy where he earned a brown belt in judo from an instructor trained at Kodokan in Japan. In civilian life, Jim held many jobs while working his way through three universities to earn his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature. Among these jobs were teaching judo, tending bar and driving a cab. But his greatest love was always teaching. Jim was never an easy grader, but his university classes were always full. He was, as many colleagues and even more students said, "a rock star in the classroom."

I have taken my memorial home page about Jim and placed it on the Newsletter page as his last entry. If you did not have a chance to read it, it will remain there, along with all his many past newsletters as a tribute to a life well lived.

Because it's spring, check my latest recipe for Penne Pasta with Saffron on the Recipe page. Have happy reading and a beautiful spring. I sincerely hope this year will be better than the last one for all.

Wishing you warm sunshine.

 

Happy reading,

 



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