Welcome to the preview of my book, Naughty by Nature. NBN is the third book in my Carlisle series, and features Lord Ramscar and Patience Farnaly. I hope you enjoy reading with me each day and I look forward to any comments or questions you may have about the book or the series.
I just wanted to say that I am truly enjoying this week's read. I am very curious about the fire that claimed the life of most of their family and what is going to happen next. Will she ever come out of her shell and take a step out of the door or will she be an oldmaid and what is her brother going to do about it!!!
I am looking into your previous books to this series.
I'm enjoying this week's introduction to your book. I'm wondering how much research you had to do to feel comfortable writing about English society and customs in this time period? As a reader, I find that the little details often make the story more interesting, but as a writer, they really can complicate things!
Great question, Linda! For me, research is one of my favorite aspects of writing. After penning nine Regency historicals, I certainly have the "basics" down. However, research is very much part of my writing process. If I have time, I'll dedicate a few months solely to research. If I'm on a tight deadline, then I'm writing and working on research in tandem. I also make a point of exploring new-to-me subjects in my books, so I'm always learning something new about the period that I love.
I'm intrigued by the plot of this week's read, but have to ask you about the names of your characters. Since your bio says you have English ancestry, are you finding your names within that ancestry, are you doing research to come up with the names, or are you making them up? They are not what I would call "typical" historical romance names, and I am finding them a little distracting. I'll be interested to read your reply.
Thanks for asking, Alison. I do like unusual names. Of course, what works for one reader, might annoy another, so I do try to keep that in mind when I'm selecting a name.
Over the years, I've worked in a few family names, but most of the surnames in my books were found in old parish records. Some of these names go back to the 1600s, and yes, the spelling can get pretty creative:) The only names that I invent are names for country houses, taverns, inns, etc.
An author always likes to hear when s/he has "hooked" a reader! Thanks, you've made my day:)
Each of the Carlisle books can be read as a stand alone. Wicked Under the Covers and Sinful Between the Sheets are sister/brother stories, so the connection between the two books is stronger. Although some of the earlier characters do make minor appearances in NBN, the story doesn't focus on the Carlisle family.
Barbara, one of my favorite reads each week is the Romance selection. I am really enjoying your period romance and look forward to finding out what Patience saw when she opened that door. Will this book be clear without reading the previous ones in this series? I will try to read the other ones as well, but was interested to see if they were all linked by some plot, etc.
The earlier books will give you additional back story on some of the minor characters in this book. However, NBN can be read as a stand alone. When I plotted Ramscar's story, I realized he wasn't big on sharing his personal life with others, including his friends, so the book ended up being less series driven than the other two.