Title: Masked Love
Author: Nicole Zoltack
Genre: Holiday/Christmas Regency Novella
Publication date and formats: November 1, 2013; eBook (mobi and ePub)
Isabelle is content being a maid, and will do anything for her lady, even accompany her to a masquerade ball. Lady Theodosia needs extra support and encouragement on this night, for tomorrow she will meet the man her parents have pledged her to.
Isabelle has never had occasion to attend such an event, and is at first ill at ease. But meeting an enchanting young man during the course of the evening makes her wish for a life she can never have. Thinking she will never see him again, she returns his flirtation and even reveals her face. Imagine her shock when he shows up the next morning, announcing his claim on Lady Thedosia.
Isabelle does all she can to avoid Lord Adrian Wingave, but then he not only sees her, he recognizes her. To make matters worse, Isabelle fears her feelings are not one-sided. Torn between duty and desire, Isabelle hopes for something more this Christmas.
I recently attended my first masquerade and I kept thinking of Nicole's characters while I was there! Such a great idea, to have two characters fall in love without knowing who they are at first. If you're looking for a holiday romance to read, this is a good choice!
I didn't wear a mask but got my makeup done instead:
NaNoWriMo is done!
My story isn't, though - I still need to write at least 10k if not 20k more to complete the story. On the other hand, during the last days of NaNo, I did come up with a title: Larksong
Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day! Which seems fitting, as I'm procrastinating on all the editing I need to do. No wait, that didn't come out right.
Well, how's this for inspiration? The BBC movie An Adventure in Space and Time, which details the creation of the first ever season of Doctor Who, fifty years ago.
So many moments where it could have gone wrong or been cancelled altogether!
Seeing Hartnell and Troughton - and then Matt Smith there too - made me all teary. The first two doctors are still my favourites. Hope they find all the missing episodes some day.
As for ROW80 goals, I posted a revised list of goals on the Forum:
1. Christmas Season! Cards and gifts and planning parties and...
2. finish NaNo story - 50k wasn't enough!
3. write my two installments for the December X! (This one's a jointly written story called Winter Solstice - read along if you like!)
4. keep up with the blogging and do my year-end books read review
5. keep knitting
6. edit my vignette and submit it somewhere - I must do this!
8. organise photos from the last couple of months
9. promote the Whisky Trench Riders on the CBCMusic contest. Please vote!
10. print out Captive of the Sea from Scrivener
11. write another article for Bizim Anadolu
12. EDIT Druid's Moon and maybe try a couple more submissions
I threw in #7 to make sure I can cross at least one thing off this list!
Also this week, Mark Koopman's linky list for his 50 States of Pray event is open!
"I'm calling it the 50 States of Pray event and I'd love to find at least one person (but the more the merrier) from each U.S. state to participate.There's a new book recommendation site out there: Just One Book.
But wait... as they say on TV... This is absolutely open to anyone, anywhere. Imagine if we got one person from 50 independent states (countries), too. That would be amazing!
All that's required is to take a moment and about 100 words. Then, on Dec. 24, 2013, please share a prayer, a thought, a memory, a hope and even a regret about the past and/or a wish for the future."
My problem is I would recommend The Lord of the Rings. But for them to feature me on the page, I'd have to come up with something truly original to say about it.
Which book would you recommend if you could choose only one?