A Jane Austen Break

Now that LIFE ON FIRE is out of my hands, so to speak, I’ve begun development of my next book which will be a stand alone novel in the style of Jane Austen.  I’ve always loved her books, and I decided I need a complete break from Mages so that I could come back to the second book in the series fresh and excited.

What I’ve got so far hits quite a few sweet spots for me, and I’m anticipating actually putting it down with great pleasure.

I decided to use a fictional country for this novel because I want some things going on that weren’t happening in England at the time, so I’ll be world building quite a bit, interlacing what I like about Regency England and my own particular tastes for bigger external conflicts.

For now, I’ll post a snippet.  This is the beginning paragraph that came to me when I first thought of my main character.

As usual, this material is mine and may not be reprinted without permission.

One muddy road could ruin a whole day.  The tall carriage wheels flung the sticky concoction of water and dirt high in the air, landing in the only proper place—a lady’s dress.  She froze in horror as the fabric absorbed a brown most unbecoming to females of elegance.  Her sister Bridget, shielded from the onslaught, gaped at the sludge as it dripped and dropped off Miss Worthing’s clothing.  Were she not born into a respectable family, Emily Worthing may have let slip a word worse than the color now soaking through her undergarments.  As it was, she couldn’t speak without fear of humiliating herself further.

~ by Rachel Francis on June 29, 2012.

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