by M Pepper Langlinais
GENRE: Regency romance
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Brynnde Archambault seems able to find matches for everyone but herself. With the help of the handsome and witty Viscount Burbridge, she manages to get his sisters, her brother, and a family friend paired off. But if she doesn't find a match for herself soon, she may be stuck with dull Mr. Dallweather. Can she find a suitor--or has the right match been staring her in the face all along?
After supper Brynnde had a break in the stream of dance partners, and she took advantage of it by stepping outside for some air. The spring night was cool and slightly damp; it smelled of grass and dark earth. Brynnde inhaled it deeply and wished once again she could go for a walk, alone and away from the pressing heat of the party.
She was checking her dance card to see if perhaps she had enough time for a short stroll in the garden when Mr. Dallweather appeared. “Miss Archambault,” he said, taking her hand rather abruptly, and Brynnde only just managed to keep from snatching it back. She didn’t want to hurt the poor old gentleman’s feelings after all.
“Is it time for our dance?” she asked, unable now to check her card.
“I’m hoping we have a lifetime of dances ahead of us,” said Mr. Dallweather. “Miss Archambault—”
“There you are!” a voice sounded from behind the columns at the far end of the house. Brynnde turned just in time to see Garrick Sommerford step out of the shadows. “Miss Archambault, I believe this is our dance.”
Bewildered, Brynnde started to say it was not, that he’d asked for the waltz, but Garrick went on, “But you do look fatigued. Let’s get you inside, out of the chill, and put some punch in you, shall we? Dallweather,” he added with a nod at the older man. Mr. Dallweather gave a stiff nod in return.
“That wasn’t very nice of you,” said Brynnde as Garrick ushered her inside. “Stealing Mr. Dallweather’s dance. I thought you wanted the waltz.”
“I did and I do,” said Garrick amiably. “I also wanted to save you both the embarrassment of him declaring himself to you.”
Brynnde gasped audibly. “That’s ridiculous!”
“That he planned to propose? Or that I wanted to stop him?”
Q & A with M Pepper Langlinais
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I enjoyed writing Brynnde because it’s such a light book. The last couple books I’ve written were much darker and heavier, and I needed a lighter project. I had so much fun writing this one that I’ve started writing another Regency romance novel.
What inspires you?
Music. I like to drive around and listen to music and think about characters and their feelings and motivations. It’s my form of daydreaming, I suppose.
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?
Well, certainly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle influenced my Sherlock Holmes stories. And John Le Carré and Graham Greene were influences on my Peter Stoller novellas. As for Brynnde, I think just any and all Regency romances of the kind I used to read—the Signet and Zebra lines that are now defunct—were the chief influence.
What do your plans for future projects include?
Right now I’m working on three different projects. I’m writing the second book in my Changers series, which is a YA fantasy series; the first book was published by Evernight Teen. Then I’m also writing another Regency romance, only this one has a touch of fairy magic in it. And finally I’m working on a YA contemporary version of Hamlet.
Do you ever get writer’s Block? Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
There are a couple ways I deal with writer’s block. I either switch to a different project—I try always to be working on two things at any time so I can do this if necessary—or I stop writing entirely and either put together a puzzle or go splash some paint on a canvas. Sometimes I’ll get together with a writer friend who is familiar with my work and talk through a plot problem if that’s what has me stymied.
Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different?
Well, in my Peter Stoller book, Peter was originally meant to be a womanizer with his secretary Miranda as his main flirt. Turned out he was gay, though. Made for a much more interesting book, and Peter turned out to have a lot of depth rather than being some James Bond rip-off. Miranda didn’t take it so well, however. Read the book and you’ll see what I mean.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
M Pepper Langlinais is an award-winning screenwriter, produced playwright, and published author.
M holds a Master of Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing and a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film. She has a love of Shakespeare, having both performed and taught his work, and has also interned on Hollywood film sets. M worked for Houghton Mifflin and Pearson before deciding to devote her full time to her own writing (and occasionally parenting). She lives in Livermore, California with her family, cats, and hamster. Find out more about her and her books at http://PepperWords.com.