(Props--and an extra entry in the incredible rose painting giveaway(a $300 value--pics to follow)--to those who know from which seasonally appropriate musical I stole my post title. An additional point to those who know the actual song title. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
As yesterday’s blog reviewer pointed out, sequels in romances just aren’t done. At least, not with both the same hero and heroine. Often you get the same heroine who has learned that her hero was in all actuality, a villain, and off she is on a new adventure with a new guy. In fact, when it was first suggested to me (by Becky) that I write a sequel I was pretty adamantly against it. However, it didn't take me long to warm up to the idea. Once I decided I was going to do it and came up with an idea, my editor said “We don’t do sequels”. Well, of course they don’t. They just aren’t done.
However, once I told her how I was going to do it, she said “try it” and I did. And now it’s a book. I think I made it work, too, and I have to say, I’m proud of myself for being a bit of a trail blazer.
Of course this brought up a hairy dilemma. A decision that needed to be made and rather quickly. A matter of such importance that I gave it much brain space and might have even asked for advice on FB with regards to the direction I should go. In short, what charm should I choose for my charm bracelet to represent a sequel to a first time novel?
Some of you might have read my Mormon Women: Who We Are post in which I share my charm bracelet and how I use it to preserve my personal history (among other ways—another is to write about your life, put it in a book and call it fiction. JK. Sort of). You can read about it HERE, but for the rest of you, let’s just say that I bought a charm of a rose to represent Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind. I could have chosen a book but there’s just something about roses I can’t resist.
When it came time to look for a charm for the sequel, I was at a bit of a loss. One good friend suggested a hot air balloon, an idea I loved for reasons obvious to none but those of us who have read the book, but I didn’t love any of the hot air balloon charms I found. I looked at wedding dress charms (for obvious reasons for anyone who has seen the cover of my book) and wedding cakes (tho there is none to speak of in the book) and even more books. Finally, I chose this (below) for reasons that should be obvious to anyone who has had the tolerance to read this far. I suppose I should have looked for one that sported two roses but I love the idea of the wedding bouquet (which was how it was advertised). In short, a perfect fit in every way.
Now we come to today’s reviewer, Rachel, a lovely woman whose complexion makes me think of an English rose every time I see her face on her blog. She’s a delightful blogger who writes about her observations of her home and surrounding areas in England. I had the privilege of reviewing her new novel just a few weeks ago, Here. Click HERE for Rachel's take on Miss Delacourt Has Her Day. (Hint, that sequel thing comes up again. Plus, some observations that come from a truly British perspective. Love it! Thanks Rachel!)
Don't forget the giveaways! This week's giveaway (tho it will run all month long) is so great! An original painting of a rose, inspired by Miss D, by Jana Parkin, a $300 value! See the sidebar for the links to all the giveaway rules. You can win a copy of Miss Delacourt Has Her Day by entering the Goodreads giveaway or the LDSpublisher giveaway--see sidebar for details. And have a great day!