by M Pepper Langlinais
GENRE: Regency romance
Brynnde Archambault seems able to find matches for everyone but herself. With the help of the handsome and witty Viscount Burbridge, she manages to get his sisters, her brother, and a family friend paired off. But if she doesn't find a match for herself soon, she may be stuck with dull Mr. Dallweather. Can she find a suitor--or has the right match been staring her in the face all along?
She was the first lady to arrive at the lawn but discovered the men had already started. Her brother and Graeme Sommerford were laughingly arguing over a shot one of them had made, and Brynnde reflected they had grown friendly quickly.
As if reading her thoughts, a voice at Brynnde’s ear said, “They seem to be fast friends.”
Brynnde turned to find Garrick Sommerford—Lord Burbridge, she reminded herself, though the name did not suit him, was far too stuffy—at her shoulder. She frowned, not liking having been snuck up on, nor having her thoughts so openly spoken by someone else. “It would seem so,” she agreed.
Garrick raised his eyebrows. “You disapprove?”
“Not at all,” said Brynnde. “As a rule, my brother shows good
judgement in his choice of friends. If he were laughing with you, I might wonder, but as it stands…” She gave a tiny shrug.
Garrick placed a hand over his heart. “You wound me, Miss Archambault. Are you still angry about yesterday evening? What if I were to swear I almost never suffer such verbal clumsiness? That it must be your stunning beauty that has caused me to trip over my own tongue?”
Brynnde looked hard at him, the angelic halo of his sunlit hair, the twinkle in his slate-colored eyes. He was laughing at her! Again! “Insufferable,” she muttered and stepped away to find a free target. She had a sudden and acute need to shoot something.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
M Pepper Langlinais is an award-winning screenwriter, produced playwright, and published author.
M holds a Master of Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing and a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film. She has a love of Shakespeare, having both performed and taught his work, and has also interned on Hollywood film sets. M worked for Houghton Mifflin and Pearson before deciding to devote her full time to her own writing (and occasionally parenting). She lives in Livermore, California with her family, cats, and hamster. Find out more about her and her books at http://PepperWords.com.
Interview wth M Pepper Langlinais
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
I don’t even know. Some of my books and screenplays I can point to definite influences—like, my Changers series grew from the fact my kids used to think I was a dragon in human form, and my script 20 August was born from a friend’s suicide. But for many I have no idea. As far as my latest book, Brynnde, is concerned, it was more that I’d been reading Regency romances and enjoying them and wanted to write one of my own. Same with my Sherlock Holmes stories; I’ve always loved the characters Doyle created and so I wanted to play with them a bit.
How did you do research for your book?
For Brynnde, being set in 1700s England, I had to research a lot of things including the forms of address and the system of titles. In fact, I realized about halfway through that I was using some of the titles incorrectly and had to go back and change things. Readers of that genre know their stuff and they’ll let you hear about it if you get it wrong! I have a book called What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew, and I found that a hugely helpful reference.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
I used to work in publishing, first as a project manager and then editor, but after having kids I decided to stay home and write my own books instead of working on other people’s.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I might try Regency England since I’m writing that time period now. Nothing like first-hand experience to help you get the details right. Victorian England would also be interesting. Not sure how much I’d actually enjoy it, though. We tend to romanticize the past, and I doubt it was as wonderful as we like to imagine.
What is your next project?
I have three going at the moment! I’m writing the second book in my Changers series, I’m writing another Regency romance, and I’m working on a YA contemporary take on Hamlet.
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