Greetings from the Indian Ocean!
It’s Saturday, which means it’s writer’s inspiration day. So as I lounge under the canopy that Captain Frye constructed for me and Penny on the quarterdeck and we sail ever westward, stopping at ports to trade pearls here and there for barrels of exotic spices and bricks of tea, I am reminded of the inspirations for my novel In the Arms of a Marquess (which SHAMELESS PROMOTION ALERT is now on sale at Amazon for $2.99 on Kindle). Authors are never supposed to tell you their favorite novels they’ve written (I have no idea why), and I’m actually not sure I have one out of my own. But I do have a very soft spot in my heart for Ben and Tavy’s love story, which was in my heart and head for many, many years before I finally wrote it. So today, since our ship is in the region, I give you three of the inspirations for that book:
The heroine of Marquess, Octavia Pierce, goes by the nickname Tavy. Not a coincidence.
In the novella I’m currently writing on board ship, there also just so happens to be the faintest whiff of the British Empire at sea, which is central to the story in In the Arms of a Marquess. (More news on that novella to come!)
And now for your Penny and Captain Frye update:
There has been progress … of the intimate sort! From a distance I witnessed a starlit stroll on the deck at midnight during which two silhouettes briefly became one, followed by the silhouette in skirts running away. I have no idea why Penny is such a ninny. But they’re back to casting each other longing, slightly confused glances across deck. We shall see… We shall see…
That’s all I can fit on the page this time, lovelies. I wish you well and will see you soon. Until then, happy romance and adventure!