Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Blog Tour - Ann Tracy Marr

Welcome to Susan Roebuck’s blog. You will see her again next week – this week I am her guest blogger. Yes, it’s a blog tour, and I am Ann Tracy Marr, another author entirely.
I write Regency romance, the same as Jane Austen did, though I put a twist on the era. My career was put on hold in 2011 when I started an epic battle against triple negative breast cancer. Triple negative is a particularly deadly type of cancer, aggressive and hard to defeat. So far, I am triumphant, though I have a couple more years before the doctors proclaim me cured. The book I am releasing October 1st is Dear Cancer, the diary and research manuscript I wrote during treatment. You might not care about cancer, but if you or someone you know is diagnosed with it, the book gives you a comprehensive idea what will happen and how to deal with those what’s. After the dust settles on Dear Cancer, I plan to publish my next Regency.
Wander over to my website, www.atmarr.com, to learn about my books.
Susan commanded me to list my ten favorite books. I started out with an eclectic list, led by One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (I adore Dr. Seuss – how else to explain that I still have this book memorized?) but decided to limit myself to romances. Step into the Regency era, my friend, and meet some of the top authors of the genre. I own copies of these books and re-read them regularly.
1. Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer: I fell in love at age 12 with the hero and the time period, appropriate because Heyer and Barbara Cartland introduced the genre to the 20th century.
2. The Sherbrooke Bride by Catherine Coulter: My adult self still loves those manly men and I can’t get enough of them. When they can’t admit to believing in ghosts, it’s delicious.
3. Love Only Once by Johanna Lindsey: A series of Malory men. I’m a sucker for them.
4. Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens: In my opinion the most perfect Regency romance ever published. I think it is better than Pride and Prejudice. The women are as strong as the men.
5. The Paper Princess by Marion Chesney: If you want your romance untainted by sex, as pure Regency should be, look for her.
6. What Happens in London by Julia Quinn:  She tickles my funny bone and my romance bone.
7. A Heart Too Proud by Laura London: It’s an oldie, but is the one of the most enjoyable uses of first person (I saw rather than she saw) I have read in Regencies. I somewhat patterned one of my books on the plot – it’s a naive girl thrown up against one of those alpha males. Seen through the heroine’s eyes, it gives the period a fresh feel. 
8. A Kiss in the Dark by Joan Smith: Again, forget the sex, as Jane Austen did, and bring on the era. Don’t forget life is amusing.
9. An Unwilling Bride by Jo Beverley: a hero to die for, an arranged marriage, and entirely believable emotions to sort out.
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My Lady Notorious by Jo Beverley: I don’t usually like romances outside the Regency era, but I have to make an exception here. The Mallorens are a family to follow in the Georgian period.
There’s more, so much more! Add Judith McNaught, Mary Balough, Jude Deveraux, Amanda Quick, Mary Jo Putney... all authors I grab when I see their books on the shelf. I go for situations that are believable. No matter how the book progresses, the original meeting must be something a real person might experience.\

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As a culmination of the tour, we bloggers set ourselves an assignment. Using the same picture (the serene view of a lake and gazebo you see here) we each wrote a 250 word story. Each story is as each author envisions it – we did not collaborate, discuss, or otherwise lay any plans. Read each blog to see how differently talented authors deal with an inspiration.
My story is set in the Regency. Word limitations don’t allow me to show you that it is a country house party. What’s that? Think of the rich and famous partying together in London during the spring and summer (that was called the Season) and then moving on to country estates to continue the revels (that’s the house party).
The Story
“Blasted fog,” Hawthorne grumbled.
“It’s peaceful,” Maria’s wave encompassed the lake. “I envy Lady Turville. I would abandon London for an estate like this.”
“You must wed to gain an estate. Are you angling for mine?” He wrapped a hand around her elbow and tugged. Maria, turning to admire a lantern lit tree, followed the laws of nature and landed in his arms.
“I flung my cap at you?”
His eyes were enigmatic. Her spine stiffened, but her heart ached. “I see. I saw you from afar at the opera and in the park; I was on the hunt at Almack’s and dangling hooks at Lady Abernathy’s ball. Alas, all my plans defeated. We did not meet until yesterday; we have never shared a dance. Indeed, I blackmailed Lady Turville into inviting me this week so I could stalk and capture you here in the gazebo. Why cannot my wiles succeed in enticing you, a stranger, to my side?”
She struggled, but his finger coaxed her chin up. “You noticed me also,” Hawthorne growled, “but fail as a fortune hunter. Never neglect to bait your snare.” His mouth descended. Maria had never been kissed so... so lovingly. Irresistibly. She melted in the warmth of his arms.
He raised his head and called, “Is that sufficient?”
Lady Turville stepped from behind a tree. “Yes, you are well and truly compromised.”
He nodded with satisfaction and it was done. A radiant Maria became Lady Hawthorne that very weekend. He was that impatient.
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Coup de Foudre
The title comes at the end this time, so as not to spoil the story. Coup de Foudre means love at first sight and is a fairly common plot device for a Regency romance. Don’t ask if I believe in it, and no, I have not based a plot on coup de foudre.


Follow the links below to read my fellow tourist’s stories. Remember, we all used the same picture and had to limit ourselves to 250 words.