I always love reading the posts from Avon with photos of writer’s desks. This one from Christy Carlyle was so sweet! http://avonromance.com/christy-carlyle-desk/ She has this adorable porcelain thimble set that belonged to her grandma. I’m a laptop gal so my desk kind of moves with me all over the house and into the yard. But when I do sit down at a desk this is usually what it looks like.
Yes. Utter and total chaos. Stacks of dog-eared, post-it noted, and well-loved romance novels. Reference books for all that historical research. My trusty laptop. My trusty Burt’s Bees and Body Butter. And, oh yeah, just for authenticity’s sake, I had to include a glass of wine. Because if it’s after 6PM and I’m fast drafting a novel…there’s gonna be wine. Now on the other hand, if I’m editing? It’s gonna be coffee. And lots of it. But right now I’m drafting Book 3 of the Disgraceful Dukes series so, yeah, wine.
One thing I love about my desk is the old typewriter my husband gave me as a present when I got my first book deal. It was his little joke. Here you go! For writing your novels! Seriously. I can’t believe writers used to have to hand type everything. Those keys are really hard to press down! And quill & ink? Forget about it! I would not be all perky and smiling.
Thankfully, typing is a lot easier now. And delivering your manuscript to your editor does not involve bundling it up in paper and tying it with twine.
Is your desk as messy as mine?
The pleasure of your company is requested at Warbury Park. Four lovely ladies will arrive…but only one can become a duchess.
James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question.
Four ladies. Three days. What could go wrong?
She is not like the others…
Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is:
* Be the perfect English rose [Ha!]
* Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure]
* Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try]
* Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting]
When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything . . . including her heart.
About the Author
An English teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora has traveled the globe using music to bring smiles to classrooms. She currently lives in Switzerland with her carpenter husband and two naughty tiger-striped kitties named Dorian Gray and Percy Shelley.
In 2014 she won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award for Best Historical. She’s thrilled to be debuting with Avon Books in 2016!
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