Meanwhile, back at the ranch….
You may have noticed that posting has been a little erratic here recently. I’d love to claim technological gremlins (those convenient little scapegoats), but the truth is that I’ve been working full speed ahead on the next stand alone novel, which should be, cross fingers, knock on wood, turned in to my publisher at some point in March– but is still very much in the nitty gritty writing phase right now.
This novel is another complete departure. (And entirely unrelated to either Pink or The Ashford Affair.)
In 2009, our modern heroine learns that she’s inherited a house in a suburb of London. Recently unemployed and without much luck in the job hunt, she takes a few months to go to England to try to clear it out in the hopes of selling it. While there, she learns all sorts of things about both her own and her family’s past, including discovering a lost Preraphaelite painting with a mysterious provenance. How did it come to be there and what happened to the man who painted it?
The plot goes back and forth between 2009 and the same house in 1849, as we get a glimpse of the people who lived there and the early days of the Preraphaelite movement.
Although this book is unconnected to the Pinks, I did take the liberty of slipping in a Dorrington descendant as the modern hero. Not to be outdone, Vaughn insisted that his family get a look-in, so there’s some mention of the Vaughn family in the historical portion. (These old characters can be so demanding.)
I’ll share more as I get closer to done, but, for now, I just wanted to fill you in on what’s going on behind the scenes!
This particular book doesn’t have a cover, a title, or a release date yet, but I imagine it will probably be making its way to stores at some point in spring of 2014.