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Visiting the “Draft” file…

I spent a good part of Monday afternoon reading through the 123 (no exaggeration!) blog posts I’ve drafted but haven’t published. Some turned out to be great stories that I’ll publish with a word of warning that the content came from the draft file. Then there were several wonderful titles that got me super excited to read what in the world I’d blogged about, only to open the post and see nothing, or just a few words or sentences. So, because misery loves company, I’m going to share some of these titles with you all so you can all be like me and wonder “where was that going?!”.

  • Yard Sales vs. Rose Gordon (The only line in the post said: Yard sales for the win!)
  • Backhanded Compliments (The only line in this post read: No matter who you are, we’ve all received one of these little jewels…)
  • Let it Go! (Not the song)
  • My Favorite Things (Yes, because you ALL have been waiting with bated breath for what I love. As if I’m Oprah. Good grief.)
  • In My Former Life (Actually, this one has a LOT of content. I write it when I was 27–I’m now 31–but I might post this one one day when I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel.)
  • From the Marshmallow Man to a Beast! What’s a mother to do?! (This was from two years ago when my son started wrestling at school and got his butt handed to him. That didn’t last too long. 😉 )
  • Candid, Blunt and…well, perhaps a little TMI
  • Didja Know #10 the definition of a Nincompoop
  • Wicked Wednesday!
  • Didja Know Facts about Humans (Contrary to the cute kid in Jerry McGuire, the human head weighs approximate 12 pounds.)
  • The Truth about Passions of a Gentleman (Ooooh, so many things this post could have contained, but probably didn’t.)
  • Wanna be my friend? Probably not.
  • Looking into 2015
  • Sometimes I wonder…
  • A Day in the Life: Humble Pie (I dearly wish I’d written something–ANYTHING on this page to know what I was talking about because I am quite certain that since the date I wrote that heading I’ve eaten a lot more humble pie.)
  • Ten Year Reunion?
  • Unspoken, but not unimportant, rules among authors
  • End-of-Year questions for teachers and moms (final plea as homeroom mom). This was the year an alien had inhabited my body and told the teacher I’d be delighted to be the homeroom mom for a gaggle of kindergarteners. 
  • Research
  • RT Anyone?
  • Kids + Outside = Resistance, “no fun”, and a tinge of whining! Why, oh why?
  • Awkward confession…totally off topic.
  • Seeking suggestions.
  • I need help… (yes, yes I did and still do!)
  • A writer’s confessional
  • A writer’s biggest reward
  • Let’s talk spam, and I don’t mean food.
  • No title
  • Advice on friends from Edward Banks
  • Poor Bob
  • A candid discussion and a few revelations
  • Come laugh at me!
  • Authors are human, too. At least this one.
  • Writerly Woes
  • Oh. My.
  • Scandalized. (Another Florida escapade.)
  • An Impromptu poll (AKA I need help again.)
  • Inside joke for those who’ve read Intentions of the Earl (I’d love to share with you all where I was going with this, but alas, the contents were blank.)
  • Oh help us all…I’ve been asked to act as host.
  • Drawing lines–Warning Touchy Subject
  • It’s tough being a writer… (So tough, I seemed to have given up on this topic after writing the title.)
  • In regards to my books, please note:
  • Guilty pleasures
  • A hot date
  • 10 things you probably don’t know about me (Seeing as how I only got to #5, I’m going to take that as a hint that I’m pretty dang boring.)
  • Hard lesson: old manuscript copies do not make suitable scrap paper.
  • Not a fairytale wedding
  • Do romance novelists have a more stellar romantic life than everyone else? (I can answer that without a post: no.)
  • Ever wish the ground would open up and swallow you whole?
  • Honest chat
  • Perceptions
  • Men can be such babies
  • Henry and June, Part 2
  • Right on!
  • Unconventional
  • Where did you come up with THAT?!

 

There were many other fully written blog posts that might require a little polishing and posting. Turns out I blogged more than I originally thought I had. 😀

 

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Long time, no blog

For those of you who don’t know (or remember me :-p ) my name is Rose Gordon and once upon a time I wrote historical romance–mostly Regency-era.

Here’s a few visuals…

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Me at RT in Chicago 5 *gulp* years ago.

 

 

And when I wasn’t slaving away to write about unsuspecting fellows and their over-scandalous counterparts, I was on here blogging about nonsense like…

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Jezzie–the mannequin head my family and I pass around.

 

(The time I fell through the attic on Thanksgiving.)

 

(Crazy stuff I’ve found–and maybe bought…–at the fair or craft mall.)

I also shared on here about my failed attempts at crafts:

Held crazy votes:

 

Or shared stories about my kids:

(100 “signed by author” stickers, plus autograph for 100th day of school; and my kids fighting over a stuffed enema…)

So many of you supported me when I raised $10,000 for MS and looked like an idiot while doing it!

Let me share some seriously scandalous “swag” I’ve picked up at different conventions:

 

I had so much fun writing over 600 blog posts whether they were stories about the craziness in which I live, a man’s POV of my books, hosting contests and so much more. I have missed out on so much by not posting very consistently for the past three years. A fact I wish I could change–but some things aren’t things you post. Or at least not things *I* could ever post.

Many don’t know that about 3.5 years ago my world tilted on its axis when the happily-ever-after I believed I was living fell apart. I have gone through fire after fire since and in my own opinion, I think I’ve emerged a much different, and perhaps stronger person.

Am I ready to write romance novels again? No. Maybe one day, but not today.

Am I ready to start blogging about the craziness that I now face with boys who are 10 and 12 and have entered into their first year in public school? Oh, absolutely. (Funny sidetrack: on Halloween my kids left for the school bus 10 minutes earlier than they needed to. Why? Because they could and I was in the shower and couldn’t tell them, “Oh, hell no.” When I got out of the shower, I noticed I had received about 5 texts from my kids. “Mom, we’ve been down here for 5 minutes and haven’t seen a single bus. I don’t think they’re having school today. You know, Halloween is a holiday.” Oh, my poor kids who’ve always been in a church school or heaven help me homeschooled for an overwhelming year. I wrote back: “Wait for the bus. You left 10 minutes early. The bus doesn’t even get there until 7:40 and you usually leave at 7:30. Writing me at 7:25 to tell me you haven’t seen the bus and you think there’s no school in observance of Halloween will be posted to Facebook if you two argue when you get home tonight. 😀 Love ya!”)

So, if you’re up to following my blog to follow more about me and my shenanigans, my crazy parenting, unusual finds, ridiculous signs, craft fails, wild tales and other craziness where truth is stranger than fiction, than please stay tuned and subscribed. (After all, it IS called Rose Unscripted.)

If you followed my blog as a means to keep up with my writing progress and being informed of new books only, I will by no means be disappointed if you’d like to unsubscribe.

Again, I want to thank you all. Whether you’ve been a follower since I started blogging in Feb. 2011 or have subscribed recently, it doesn’t matter, I just appreciate that you’ve enjoyed my work enough to sign up!

Characters, Writing

Blast from the Past! My style of Historical Romance? History or Romance?

Let me preface this post by saying this was originally posted April 19, 2011 only 5 days after To Win His Wayward Wife, the third and final installment in the Scandalous Sisters Series was released. When I wrote the first three books, I had been under the illusion that if a story is good enough, it would be okay if I wasn’t 100% historically accurate. (I mean come on seriously, how many daughters of nobility would be throwing away their virginity before marriage? How many would even enjoy the act? And how the heck, do the hero and heroine almost ALWAYS end up alone so they can be romantic before marriage? Highly unlikely, but we all read and accept it without a second thought.)

Oh, how wrong I was. At this point, all three of those early books were topping the Regency charts and the scathing reviews started rolling in at a rapid rate. The chief complaint: they weren’t full of historical facts or talks of politics or other such things I didn’t find pertinent to the story, but clearly someone did. 

So, I wrote the following post and with a little nervous hesitancy, I’m reposting it for anyone who hadn’t “met” me yet, to enjoy my getting ambushed by my own characters!

 

All right, so today I promised to tell you what my books are and—

Rose, we need a moment of your time!

*Turns head to see Brooke, Madison and Liberty all standing with their arms folded across their chests, looking decidedly upset* Ahem, ladies, is this something that could wait? I’m trying to do a little work just now.

Brooke: No, this cannot wait. There is a pressing matter we need to address, now!

Now? Are you sure we need to do this now?

Liberty: Yes, Mrs. Gordon, now. 

All right, what’s going on?

Liberty: Well, it has come to our attention that you didn’t do your job right.

Excuse me?

Brooke: These books are historical romances, correct? 

Correct.

Liberty: Well, apparently there’s been a complaint about the lack of history lessons in the books!

Oh, was there now? Hmm, and the three of you care because… *Raises one eyebrow like Andrew and does rolling hand gesture to get them to give their reasons so we can have this out and they can go back to the corners of my imagination*

Brooke: Because…because…well, I don’t rightly know. *Shrugs and looks a tad uncomfortable*

Exactly. Girls, let me just explain something real quick, these are romance novels, not history primers. *Pauses and tucks a tendril of hair behind ear* Liberty, remember when you read all those romance novels?

Liberty: Yes, but I don’t see what that has to do with anything.

Just bear with me. Well, would you have enjoyed them nearly as much if there was constant talk of world politics, war, poverty or some other depressing subject while you were trying to read a romance?

Liberty: No! That would have detracted from the story.

Just so. And that’s why I didn’t wax on and on about that type of nonsense. See, readers crack the spine—or fire up their Kindle, Nook or other eReader in this case—and start to read in order to escape from the hassles of the world and the heavy burdens they face. Not to leave these harsh realities just to read about someone else’s.

Brooke: That does make sense…

Told you so.

Liberty: What of a compromise? What about a little history? You know, some random facts, just nothing about war and or other dreary subjects?

*Sighs* Did the three of you even read the books? I did slip a few history factoids in each of them. Admittedly not a lot, but some. Let’s see, does the talk of Kings Henry the VII and VIII at the museum ring a bell?

Brooke: Well, I…uh…

Wasn’t paying much attention to much of anything the day at the museum?

Brooke: Yes, well, my thoughts were— 

Occupied thinking of Andrew and that torrid kiss the two of you’d just shared in that empty room?

Brooke: Rose, my private life with Andrew is not the point of this conversation. Your lack of history lessons is.

All right, what about the origins of your names? Hmm. Did you forget about that?

Brooke: Well, no, but I hadn’t really thought of that as history, but I guess it is.

Yes, it is. Oh, wait, I have another example, one Liberty might remember very well. Remember when you were in the pantry and Paul was in the tub singing Yankee Doodle—

Liberty: All right, all right, you’ve proven your point. *Flushing bright red*

That’s what I thought. Anything else? Madison, do you have something to add? You’ve been awfully quiet over there.

Brooke: Don’t mind her; she’s still steaming about the “Pouting Princess” remark.

*Rolls eyes and bites lips to keep from grinning * Oh, don’t get your feathers ruffled. She’s entitled to her opinion.

Madison: It’s not her opinion that bothers me, it’s yours!

Mine?

Madison: Yes, yours. I happen to love him, faults and all. But to hear you snicker at that comment hurt my feelings.

You have got to be kidding me.

Madison: No, I’m not. All right, I am. My feelings aren’t really hurt and I honestly confess had the comment  been made about either of their husbands I would have died laughing, too.

So then what’s the problem?

Madison: There really isn’t one. Brooke dragged us all here and told us to wear our angry faces. I honestly don’t give a flip about the lack of historical politics mentioned in the books. I agree, they’re for entertainment purposes only. When I told her this, she told me to imagine my husband wearing a tiara and a pink frilly dress. That’s what I’m steaming about. I’m unhappy with Brooke.

That’s nice. *Snickers at Brooke* Just remember you’re the one traveling back with her, not me.

Brooke: Can we leave her here? Just for a while?

No. She’ll be back on Friday anyway.

Brooke: You know, Rose, that’s something else I wanted to talk to you about. Andrew and I were never interviewed about our book. All you did was write up droll summaries of our characters. Talk about something that’ll make a reader fall into a deep sleep.

So are you saying you’d like me to do a round of interviews with you, Andrew, your parents, sisters and the Dangerous Duke?

Brooke: Yes! Do that and I’ll forgive you for…for that other nonsense.

Hmmm, but don’t you think it’s too late? I mean the book has already been out for two months.

Brooke: That’s not too late. Surely there are some people who have yet to read it. Perhaps they’d enjoy the interviews rather than the boring drivel you posted previously.

*Rolls eyes* All right, Brooke. You win. Next week I’ll start in on the interviews for the characters in your book. Then after that’s all done I plan to have one more go around with everyone to catch up with what they’re doing after the end of the books. Fair?

All three: Fair.

Liberty: All right, now that we’ve voiced our complaints and were so nicely put in our places perhaps it’s time to go back to the past.

Good plan. But wait, before you go, there’s something I wanted to you see.

Madison: What’s this?

Another review. This one posted just Sunday on Shameless Romance Reviews. [Site no longer exists–in 2016 😦 ] I think you’ll be much happier with it.

Here’s a few of the things she had to say,

“I read for the entertainment of a good story, and this book kept me turning the pages.

“I thought the characters were wonderfully written, Rose Gordon really brought out the personalities well, and their emotions and thoughts are always known to the reader.”

Oh, and listen to this last part,

“The secondary cast of characters were great as well. Gateway is that bastard you love to hate. And the sisters, Liberty…she tries to be the prim and proper one, doing everything by the book, she tries anyway. She is a little bit of a drama queen too. And Madison, who is wise beyond her years, I bet there’s a story behind that one.”

Madison: Seems like nobody has anything nice to say about him.

Brooke: Dearest, considering he tried to pay Andrew to ruin your reputation, you cannot argue with her conclusion.

Liberty: Besides, he really is a bastard. And I should know, I seem to surround myself with them.

Very good. All right, ladies, I think it’s time to go back to 1813 now. If you’d like, you may take a copy of that with you.

*Girls exit, chatting about the wonderful review*

Well, I guess I did tell you what my books are and aren’t, didn’t I?

Mrs. Gordon I need but a moment of your time, please.

*Turns head* Why if it’s not, Alex, one of my all-time favorite heroes.

*Snorts* Does that mean I’m one of the winners in a six way tie?

No. Just a two-way tie.

*Shakes his head and plops down in the closest chair* I’m flattered. Now, there was something I wished to talk to you about. What were you thinking naming my magazine Popular Plants?

Um…well…don’t kill me, but I hadn’t been thinking about it when I jotted that down. It was one of those things I meant to change later, but I just needed a quick name to throw in just then because the scene was coming together so quickly…but then…but then…well, I forgot to change it. I’m very sorry.

Yes, well, see that it doesn’t happen again.

That’s not possible, I’m afraid. Now that it’s been published that way, whenever I refer to the magazine in future books, I’ll have to keep calling it that. I’m dreadfully sorry.

*Groans loudly* Why do you need to write a story about me anyhow? I’m perfectly content without a wife.

Yes, well, as content as you may be to continue living the bachelor life, you won’t be able to much longer. It seems your father may have done something that is about to put you on the fast track to marriage.

What? What did he do?

I’ll let him tell you about it later. *Glances out the window* You better get back out there before they take off in the time travel machine without you.

I’m not worried about that. Between the three of them they don’t know how to run it. I’m always the one who gets it going for these little trips.

Is that so? Well, that won’t be possible any longer if I write you have an accident where you hit your head and lose half your precious brain cells.

You wouldn’t dare.

Wouldn’t I? If you don’t get going that’s exactly what I’m going to do. You better go, I’m opening up my file titled, “Her Sudden Groom”. Hmm, where could this accident go? The first page perhaps?

All right, all right, I’m going. But if you think I’ll be coming back here for some any of your ridiculous interviews, you’re mistaken.

We’ll just see about that.

Characters, Passions of a Gentleman, Randomness, Real Life, The Wooing Game, Updates, Writing

What I’m working on

What I’ve been working on…

…and no, it’s not the railroad (although I do live waaaaaay too close to the train tracks, but that’s another complaint for another day).

I’ve been a little silent the past few weeks. It’s been busy ‘round here. The end of the school year is swiftly approaching which means track meets, awards banquets, photos, talent shows, auctions, spring colds, the list goes on and on.

Then there’s the writing front: Finished The Wooing Game! Writing full-force on Passions of a Gentleman. Nearing that “make a mad dash for the finish line” point. As soon as it’s done and in the editing stage, I’ll put it up for pre-order.

And once again, my blog has gone dead.

But I have an idea. Character interviews have always been fun. A few years ago, I did them on my early books and I think it’s high time I repost them as I had literally about 10 people reading them back then, so maybe a few more can enjoy them now. Also, I plan to intersperse some interviews from different authors/books so I don’t bore you all too much!

The Wooing Game, Updates, Writing

Sharing some good news!

A few weeks ago IEvading the Duke mentioned that I had a project that was due in May that I’d need to put before I finished Passions of a Gentleman. Well, I am happy to report that The Wooing Game (part of the anthology Evading the Duke) is completely written and firmly in the editing stage! This book is about Charlotte Cavanaugh the younger sister of Jane from the Perfect Lady Worthe and the older sister of Daphne from Mistletoe & Michaelmas.

This book, and the three others in this four-book, 12 story anthology, will be available May 24, 2016 and is currently for pre-sale: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo (Blurb coming soon.)

Now, back to Simon and Henrietta and their…Passions!

 

Updates, Writing

Some Updates

Today is the final day of spring break YAAAAAAAAYYYYY! Oh, sorry, that wasn’t the nice, motherly reaction, was it? Truth is, this week has been crazy!!!

Anyway….

1. Passions is still in the works. I opted to go ahead and squeeze in my May commitment before finishing up Passions. Hopefully this week I’ll finish this other one up and can get back to Simon and Henrietta.

2. Jane and Daphne’s sister Charlotte will be getting her story! This is the little project I had to detour for. Charlotte will be going toe-to-toe with her match, James Noble, Lord Wynn in The Wooing Game. Just like her sister Daphne, Charlotte’s story will be debuting in a Danby collection ~ Evading the Duke.

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This book will be available May 24, 2016 and  is currently for pre-sale: Amazon  Apple Barnes & Noble  Kobo  

Now it’s back to writing for me!

 

 

Jessie: Bride of South Carolina, New Release, Updates, Writing

Now Available Jessie: Bride of South Carolina!!!

I’m so excited to finally announce that Jessie: Bride of South Carolina is now available at all major eBook retailers!!!

This was the book I did as part of the 50-states American Mail Order Bride series and was exclusive to Amazon for the first 90 days.

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Tired of living under her father’s iron thumb of control Jessie Wilcox decides to do the unthinkable: run away to Montana as a mail-order bride. The only obstacle in her way: the one hundred miles between her home in Williamsburg County and the train depot in Charleston.

Joel Cunningham is in utter disbelief when the girl he once loved beyond reason is on his front porch asking him to disobey her father’s wishes and drive her to Charleston. Logic and reason scream no; his lips, however, say yes.

Will the one hundred miles ahead of them be enough to overcome the five years of painful regrets or will Jessie follow her dream for a new life in Montana?

 

Amazon ~*~ Apple ~*~ Barnes & Noble ~*~ Kobo

On another note, for those who have Google Play or Google Books, I’m in the process of moving all of my books over there, too! With so many, it’s taking a little time, but hopefully by the end of March they should all be available over there, too.