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The Anthorpe Bride-One

The Anthrope Bride


It did not take me long to discover what had sent Gideon to his bed. I had been filled with an unexplainable dread for weeks, jumping at shadows, seeing things out of the corner of my eye. Even the dreams, which had finally ceased to plague me, were back with a vengeance. Now I understood why.
In bold type the headline of the society page read, ANTHORPE HEIR TO WED. The Colonies might have declared their independence, but they still seemed fascinated by all the Lords and Ladies they had rejected. It was a lucky thing for me that they were. I had made my living these past fifteen years as I had hoped from my typewriter, tapping out tales that would have made Catherine Morland shiver with delight.

My work, though it would scarcely grant me the immortality of Shakespeare, had given me the independence that I had always craved. One of the consequences of that I suppose is that Gideon and I had never wed, but we were bound together as tightly as any couple who had ever taken vows.
I picked up Gideon’s carefully folded copy of the paper and looked at it again. This time the smaller title underneath the headline caught my eye, WILL HE ESCAPE THE CURSE? It was disconcerting to see the very question that had haunted us both there in print. I scanned the article for more information, but it was sadly lacking in anything but sensationalist speculation. Still, I gathered a few bits and pieces. The unfortunate creature’s name was Sophia Granville. The only address given was a hotel on the edge of what was considered the respectable part of Kensington, though I am sure the paper’s American readership would have no knowledge of that fact.

After tending to Gideon I scoured the streets in search of other newspapers. While the other papers did mention Jasper’s upcoming nuptials, none of them provided what I was really seeking-a picture of the bride.

I had always avoided telling the tale that inspired all the others, but I knew it was the only way that I could do what I had to do. Hoping it was not to late in the day, I went to the offices of the editor who was kind enough to publish some of my early work.
Fortunately, Mr. Dunkirk was able to see me.
“Do you think your readers would be interested in a first person insider account of the Anthorpe wedding?”
“You can do that?”
“I used to work for the family.”
Dunkirk’s eyebrows shot up and he reached for his ledger.
I hoped Gideon would forgive me, but someone had to warn the bride and I was the only one who could.

Serial Flash Fiction 2 begins August 2

As I said earlier this month, I am going to try and bring this blog back to what it was originally intended to be.

So beginning August 2nd. The sequel to The Last Governess begins.

It is called The Anthorpe Bride.

It will be 12 chapters published Monday, Wednesday, Friday until it is finished. Following the rules used for Governess each chapter will be 500 words or less.

If you wish to read or hopefully re-read The Last Governess, you can find it in the July archive for 2009. Or you can drop me a line with contact information and I’ll send you the pdf file.

See you back here on Monday. Happy reading

Teaser Tuesday

Today’s Teaser Tuesday is a little different. Last year I decided that I would keep a list of the books I read in one year.

So here is the July 18, 2009-July 18, 2010

The Wordy Shipmates
Never Tell A Lie
The Affinity Bridge
The Short Life and Mysterious Death of Amy Zoe Mason
The Bell at Sealey Head
The Thirteeth Tale
Thursday Next: First Among Sequels
The Magician’s Elephant
Into the Wild
The Gates
Thessally: Witch For Hire
Duchess of Death
Fables :Storybook Love
Girl Genius Omnibus
A Proper Education for Girls
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen
Matchless: A Christmas Story
The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot
Odd and the Frost Giants
Her Fearful Symmetry
The Ghost
Garden Spells
Shutter Island
Last Words by George Carlin
The Alchemy of Murder
The Kalahari Typing School for Men
The Dream of Perpetual Motion
The Posioner’s Handbook
Full Dark House
Talking About Detective Fiction
The Man in the Picture
The Prince of the Mist
Murder on the Orient Express
Enchanted Glass

I Bet You Didn’t Know the Year Actually Starts in July

I’ve never been really good at New Year’s resolutions. I don’t think I’ve ever kept one, at least not that I can remember. So two years ago I did something different. I decided that it works better for me if the year begins on my birthday. July is a slower time of year and taking stock on my birthday just makes more sense to me on a lot of levels.

In taking stock of last year I accomplished quite a bit on my goals. I have been published(and yes I think it counts if they are internet based) even if the mainstream doesn’t see it that way. 4 pieces isn’t bad for the first year I think.

A lot of you know that this blog was started so that I could participate in the SC4 challenge. Write a serial flash fiction novel in 12 parts. I was chosen as one of the five winners and was published. Declaration Editing has since closed its doors. However, I really enjoyed writing The Last Governess, so I have decided that I’m going to do it again. I also felt that there was more story to tell for some of the characters from The Last Governess. So starting August 1, 2010 I will be producing my second serial flash fiction novel. The schedule will be the same as last time, Chapters will appear on Monday, Wednesday and Friday by 10 am.
Keep checking back here for the soon be announced title and teaser blurb. If you wish to read The Last Governess you can find it in the July archive here or I can send you the pdf if you contact me.

In addition Teaser Tuesdays and Fringe Thursdays will continue. I started this blog to help me concentrate on my fiction and I feel that’s what I need to get back to.

So that’s the future here as far as I can see it.

This year’s goal is to make some actual coin from my fiction. I’m not sure if that will be through traditional markets or trying to sell e-books, getting an agent or who knows what, but that’s what I’m going to shoot for now. Notice I said coin. I’m not expecting to be JK Rowling or Nora Roberts. Maybe that’s down the road but for now, I’d settle for 99 cents.

So thanks for sticking with me through this first year while I tried to figure out what this whole blogging thing was. Hey, I figured out how to make links. I’m so proud. I hope it will be so much better this year.

See you tomorrow for Teaser Tuesday in which we will discover if I made it to another goal I had last year.
See you then.

A Return and A Steampunk List

I don’t even want to think how long it has been since I’ve posted here. All I can say is that life got in my way. Car repairs, High School graduation, Money woes(see Car Repairs). But I’m back and for anyone that reads after all this time, I am grateful.

I was recently asked by several people what Steampunk I would recommend.

Here’s my list with links and comments.

The Affinity Bridge by George Mann
This book has everything a Steampunk fan is looking for: Zombies, Conspiracy, Victoriana, Two strong leads, Dirigibles, and a really twisty ending that promises so much more.

Soulless and Changless
These are the first two books in Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate Series. The third Blameless will be out in the Fall.
This series has redeemed Vampires and Werewolves from their new low in that series that shall not be mentioned. Add wit, charm and a dirigible or two and you have an Alexia Tarabotti novel. She is without a doubt the strongest, funniest heroine in this reborn genre.
As an Added bonus there is Gail’s website which is a delight in and of itself.

The book that many people believe started this genre way back in 1991, The Difference Engine

Cherie Priest just won the Locus for Boneshaker which transforms old Seattle into a steampunk nightmare. Zombies galore. And more to come. To get a better idea of Cherie’s plans for future steampunk novels check out The Clockwork Century where you can also read free chapters and find a lot of cool links. Also check out Cheri’s blog. It offers quite an insight on what being a working author is as well as being a lot of fun.

If you are looking for a creepy slice of the steampunk pie try The Somnambulistby Jonathan Barnes. Read the first chapter and tell me its not a great beginning for a Dr. Who episode.

I’ve just started reading one of the most talked about books of the year, The Windup Girl. I’m only a few pages in so I can’t say a lot, but the beginning reminds me very much of the tone of Blade Runner. If you want more of a taste of his fiction before you buy, check out his blog, Windup Stories or a free story up right now on Tor.

You can find my Teaser Tuesdays for Souless, Changeless, Boneshaker here in old entries.


Fringe Thursday-Tonight’s Menu

I can’t believe that this is the final episode of Season 2!
A summer without Olivia, Peter and Walter. Oh an Astrid and Ella-less summer.
How will we survive without Megan and Jennifer’s excellent podcasty goodness?
Whatever shall we do?

But first tonight’s menu: (there is still time to run to the store)

You could have started the morning with some Strawberry Flavored Death(aka Poptarts). My son said, “No they freak Walter out. Thank you Walter for breaking his PT addiction)

Lunch: Cheesesteaks with Extra Provolone.

Dinner: At my house we are having:
Super scrambled eggs with cheese, onion and tomato
Blueberry pancakes
Root beer

For desert we probably should have pecan pie, but instead we are having a diet cocoa cola cake, I think Walter would appreciate the chemistry of it.

I did not invent this cake. I discovered it on John Scalzi’s website whatever.

So here it is. Totally vegan and impresses every kid I show it to.

Diet Coke Cake

1 pkg. of cake mix, I prefer chocolate in all its variations
1 can of diet coke, coke zero has been the best so far

Put cake mix in a bowl
Add one can of diet coke
After preparing the pan, pour batter into pan. Cook according to package directions.
Remove from oven. Cool, Frost and eat.

The first evening there is a distinctive Coke flavor, but that disappears after the first day.

It’s yummy and vegan if you’re into that sort of thing.

Can’t wait for 9 pm est.

Never fear faithful Fringers, Fringe Thursday’s will continue.

What can you expect to see here this summer.
Here’s a few of the things I’m planning.

Hopefully a Fringe music video made by yours truly if I can work it out
A peak into Carla Warren’s scrapbook
Favorite Fringe lines of All Time

If you have something that you would like to see here on Fringe Thursdays, just leave a comment below.
All suggestions welcomed and appreciated.