Lady Charlotte – It Begins

TenBellsHere I go again, creating new characters.  meet the following:

Charlotte Rutherford – Widowed, but her reputation is scandalous

Godwin Fitzgerald – Charlotte’s cousin

Lord Albert Beckett – Her eventual love interest

What’s it all about?  Well, I do have a smashing synopsis written already, but I’m keeping it under wraps for a few reasons. Let’s just say that Charlotte and Albert will be in a definite hate/love relationship, sparring with one another, in rather humorous settings.

Already, I’m digging into a few research items revolving around:

  • A famous pub in 1890 Whitechapel.  How about The Ten Bells where two of Jack the Ripper’s victims apparently frequented?
  • I’m also reading about the West End risque theatres.

Stay tuned as I add more information about Charlotte’s wardrobe and the habits of good society.

I’m starting Chapter 5 and have written 10,419 toward my 50,000-word goal.


Lady Grace Print & Audio

Lady Grace is pending release in print, and I’ve posted auditions for audio. The print should be up for sale in the next few weeks, and the audio within six weeks once I commission a narrator.

In the meantime, I’ve already written the synopsis of Lady Charlotte, but I’ll keep that under wraps!  Stay tuned as I start writing a light-hearted and humorous story between a fallen woman and upright man.


What’s Next?

First off, I’ve been a tad bit upset that Amazon is not carrying my print version of Lady Isabella except to offer it through third-party sellers at a higher price.  When they do that, I don’t get a dime and readers get stiffed paying more.  I’m working with my printer, Lightning Source, to try and determine why this is happening to all of my print books. I’ve yet to put Lady Grace in print but am working on it.

The consensus seems to be that unless independent authors also use Amazon’s print service called CreateSpace, the big A is going to make it difficult for independent authors to see their print versions of books for sale on Amazon.  Don’t get me started on Amazon’s bid for world domination!  I use them as much as anyone else to order everything from vitamins to bras.  However, when they prevent me from selling books unless I use their print service, that’s where our relationship goes sour.

To rectify the problem I will need to spend hours of work republishing all of my books — yes all of my books — on the CreateSpace platform.  That includes my books as Vicki Hopkins and Nora Covington.  It will be a huge amount of time and effort to do so.

In spite of the conundrum, I don’t plan on walking away from writing book three – Lady Charlotte.  My goal is a December release, and I plan to make it!

In the meantime, happy reading.  Wish me happy formatting!

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Arrive in Belgium to Commemorate 100 years since Passchendaele

The war to end all wars but it did not. Lest we forget.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join thousands of relatives of those who fought at the Battle of Passchendaele in a gathering which marks 100 years since it began.

Source: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Belgium to commemorate 100 years since Passchendaele