BLACK TULIP Anniversary Month: the Final Contest
It’s the final contest… of Black Tulip Anniversary Month.
As we bid Miles and Henrietta temporarily farewell (they’re heading off on a tenth honeymoon, since Miles is still trying to make up for botching the first one), it seemed only right to look to the future of the Dorrington family.
As some of you know, one of Henrietta and Miles’s descendants, Nicholas Dorrington, decided to take over a large chunk of my second stand alone novel, That Summer.
Not only did Nicholas have his great-great-great-great-grandparent’s love of ginger biscuits and perpetually floppy hair, he was a fount of information about the quirky characters who had inhabited his family, including the great-grandfather who had lived in sin with an actress (a Shakespearean actress, mind you, not a Gaiety Girl) and eventually married her.
So, for our final contest, here’s your question:
If you could see Dorringtons in either a prequel or sequel, what era would you choose? A medieval Dorrington? A Jazz Age Dorrington? A Dorrington in outer space? (“Luke, I am your ginger biscuit!”)
Two people will be chosen at random to receive a hardcover copy of That Summer. Ginger biscuits not included.
I think a sequel. A WWII Dorrington, living in France and participating in the Resistance.
I would love that, especially if Jane’s descendent could get worked in there too.
I second the idea of a WWII Dorrington! My favorite time period 🙂
Oooh, that’s tough. I’m thinking either a roaring 20’s Dorrington or a Georgian Dorrington.
Oh, Jazz Age would be fun! Thanks Lauren! Love the thought…
A medieval prequel sounds fun!
Which side are the Dorringtons on in the Wars of the Roses?!
Well… ideally we’d see them in every era where a season of Blackadder was set 😉 But I’d say 1920s or 1980s…
I would love to see one set during the lead up to the American Revolutionary War and the War itself. Or maybe a Dorrington on the Titanic, heroically saving lives and struggling to survive. Or maybe in WW2, helping a Hogan’s Heroes style operation combat the Nazis.
How about a 1960’s Dorrington?
I think a jazz age would be interesting…..but the outter space could be super funny
For sure Jazz Age Dorrington…maybe making a trip to the US during Prohibition and getting caught operating a speakeasy!
A 1920s Dorrington!
Hmmmmm . . . 1920’s, WWI, or maybe present-day.
The Dorringtons in outer space idea is hilarious! Or maybe in a post apocalyptic world fighting zombies? I haven’t read or seen Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but the idea tickled my fancy.
I’m having an awful lot of fun imagining what a 20’s Dorrington could get up to in the environs of Blandings Castle and the Drones’. 🙂
I’m thinking Elizabethan age or roaring 20s like so many others. Something about those two ages sounds like it could be fun.
I would adore a prequel!
I’d love to see a Black Tulip/Star Trek mash-up. The idea of Henrietta and Miles running around new alien civilisations, with Henrietta mad-keen to learn about and then ‘improve’ their courtship rituals and Miles trying to minimise the chaos tickles my funnybone.
Jazz Age! Fun researching it, too.
I’d love to read about a 17th century Dorrington who joins Prince Rupert’s Horse and has mad adventures as a cavalier during the English Civil Wars, and then during Cromwell’s tyranny he becomes a privateer on one of Prince Rupert’s ships, where he helps fight for the king’s cause all over the Caribbean. A young woman disguised as a cabin boy/an ensign/her own shipwrecked brother might also be involved.
I love the Tudor era (although not the Tudors particularly), so I would love to see the Dorringtons during the Renaissance.
I love, love, love the idea of a Jazz Age Dorrington sequel! 🙂
Since Colin is a Selwick descendant, it might be fun to have a Dorrington contemporary…. but I’d love a WWII story…..
I love the idea of a Jazz Age Dorrington or Victorian.
Belle Epoch Dorringtons, please.
Belle Epoque Paris.
20s sounds interesting, but so does 60s
I loved meeting Nicholas in That Summer- The Great War could be a great time period
What fun it would be to read if it was a A Jazz Age Dorrington!
The time period between WWI and WWII could be interesting or maybe Dorrington as a Greaser in the 1950s.
Jazz Age! The costumes alone would be stunning. And it’s still a time period with manners and gentility
Hmmm. I always love the Renaissance–limitless opportunity for intrigue, explorations, gorgeous clothes, fabulous artwork. But my second choice would be the Jazz Age.
The renaissance–limitless opportunity for intrigue, exploration & discovery, all with gorgeous clothes and fabulous artwork. And my second choice would be space opera!
Definitely a roaring 20’s into WWII!
A medieval Dorrington would actually fit good I think!
Roaring 20s Dorringtons. I can see them now…hair greased down but still flopping around (nothing can hold the Dorrington hair follicles back!), bootlegged whiskey in hand, thoughts of ginger biscuits and flappers dancing in their heads:)
A Victorian Dorrington. It does not seem to be their natural time, so a fish-out-of-water story would be just grand.
I am going to be a rebel here. Since you do such a marvelous job of writing two stories per book, like a bonus almost, I would love to see The medieval/space Dorringtons coping with their floppy hair through time….but no zombies please..
The space guy could bring along his ancestor’s memoirs as reading material on a long mission….
What are the Dorringtons up to today?
I think early teen – Jazz Age at a awesomely cool location like West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick West Baden, IN. A place where the very wealthy and famous gathered to enjoy waters and see and be seen. An awesome story in itself wsitng to be told…. Awesomely cool place for the Dorringtons story to play out.keep up the great work! Love you books!!
Roaring 20’s would be amazing! Lavish parties, music and illegal alcohol smuggling to America with maybe some mob connections!!! With a touch of a Great Gatsby’esque flair.
WWII would be great. My fave.
A jazz age Dorrington would be very interesting!
A Jazz Age Dorrington will be very interesting. or a WWII will be nice too!
So how about a late 1950’s-early 60’s Dorrington in “the Circus” complicating poor Smiley’s Cold War espionage efforts?
I was just having this conversation with Winter, actually. I need to know which ancestor of the Selwicks gutted the house and censored the diaries. I don’t know if that’s one of miles & hen’s offspring. We were trying to research the family trees but I wasn’t able to find the modern equivalent.
Jazz Age, please.
I’d like to see a post WWII era Dorrington. The Cambridge spy ring and the growing paronia of the cold war.