Happy 2007, everyone!

So in my last post, I swore that this year I was going to give you all reasons to read my book. All right, here goes.

Reason #1 – You will love my heroine
I know, I know. Totally backwards. I’m supposed to make you fall in love with the hero. Well, I’m aiming to do that, too. But first you have to love the heroine and want to see her happy, right? And Lucy is a very loveable heroine, if I do say it myself. She’s an orphan, raised by her clueless older brother Henry, with little in the way of ladylike accomplishments and no dowry at all – but pity her at your own risk. She does not take pity kindly, and she does not take no for an answer.

Every autumn, Henry invites three friends — Felix, Toby, and Jeremy — to enjoy the fine fishing and hunting at his country estate, Waltham Manor. Each year, Lucy attaches herself to their group like a tick on a hound, learning to ride, shoot, and angle under their tutelage. She’s a highly accomplished young woman, but not in the usual way. Other young ladies embroider cushions; Lucy makes fishing lures. Other young ladies speak French or Italian fluently; Lucy is proficient in swearing. When they sit down to the piano, other young ladies play Mozart; Lucy knows only drinking songs.

Lucy has never aspired to be an elegant lady – until now. Because, as a girl, Lucy just wanted to be one of the boys. But now she’s grown into a woman, and she wants … one of the boys.

So that’s Lucy. Do you love her yet? Be honest – if you don’t, it’s all my fault, not hers. Those of you who know her a bit – what am I leaving out?

And do you want to know which of the boys Lucy wants?

9 comments to “Starting the New Year right”

  1. beverley
    · January 1st, 2007 at 11:33 am · Link

    Oh my goodness, shades of de ja vu. My heroine (Millicent-Missy for short) has a mother but her older brother Thomas is the Lord and he has two friends, Alex and James. She is in love (has always been) with one of them. Of course, it’s the one that avoids her like the plague.

    Who does Lucy love?

  2. C
    · January 1st, 2007 at 1:44 pm · Link

    Oh, you’re leaving out that Lucy wants. Mmm. And she wants SO deliciously.

  3. Lindsey
    · January 1st, 2007 at 1:50 pm · Link

    I Love Lucy!

    And I don’t your reasoning is backwards at all – a lovable heroine is just as important as a lovable hero! But, yeah, tell me more about this hero that Lucy and I are going to love…

  4. Maggie Robinson
    · January 1st, 2007 at 4:31 pm · Link

    Tessa, I believe you’ve tapped new territory! Lucy sounds different and delightful…and I must stop alliterating! Love your title, too. Hurry up and finish!

  5. Alice Audrey
    · January 1st, 2007 at 5:24 pm · Link

    I love what I’ve heard so far.


  6. Tessa Dare
    · January 1st, 2007 at 7:04 pm · Link

    Beverley, I think Lucy and Missy would have interesting stories to swap.

    Maggie – I was so thrilled to see your blog. Don’t stop alliterating. I’m an alliteration addict myself.

    CM – thanks for the reminder.

    I will tell you all how Lucy wants, when I tell you whom she wants. Which will be another day.

  7. Pam Skochinski
    · January 1st, 2007 at 7:47 pm · Link

    Very good! I was always a bit of a tomboy growing up. . . so I LOVE Lucy! LOL!

  8. Kelly
    · January 2nd, 2007 at 8:27 pm · Link

    You were right, I DO love Lucy! What a tantalizing hook you’ve given us!

  9. Sara
    · January 3rd, 2007 at 12:05 am · Link

    I just realized that both our heroines have older brothers – somewhat clueless older brothers – named Henry. Great minds obviously think alike! 😉