London Open House 2015

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London Open House 2015

London Open House 2015

For one weekend in September, London opens many of their glorious buildings to the public, who would normally not be allowed in.  A couple weeks back, Charlotte and I enjoyed amazing access to many of the City’s historic buildings and visiting many of the locations mentioned in IN SEARCH OF SCANDAL. 

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A Walk in the Cotswolds

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A Walk in the Cotswolds

Part Three: Charlotte Goes for a Walk in the Country

Charlotte and I woke to an exceedingly fine September day and decided to leave our charming room at The Bell Inn to hike the Cotswold landscapes about Moreton in Marsh.  In preparation, I laminated my survey maps, brushed up on my compass reading skills and dusted off my trekking poles.  And Charlotte donned her sturdiest kid leather boots.  (I realize you can't see them under the yards of satin and foreground of peonies, but trust me.  They are very elegant.)

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Charlotte's Secret Cottage

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Charlotte's Secret Cottage

Part Two: Charlotte at The Secret Cottage

With so many lovely villages to visit, and no interest in renting a car and driving the narrow roads, Charlotte and I made the brilliant decision to join a tour.  The most popular in the Cotswolds is the Secret Cottage Tour, which is a six-hour guided tour of the northern Cotswold villages.

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Charlotte Goes Exploring

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Charlotte Goes Exploring

Part One: The Cotswolds

Charlotte Baker, the heroine of IN SEARCH OF SCANDAL, is always lamenting the fact that a young, unmarried, 19th century lady can go nowhere without a chaperone.  Unlike her hero, Will Repton, who can cross oceans and traipse across wide swaths of the Asian continent without any sort of companion at all.

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THE BEST $35 I EVER SPENT

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THE BEST $35 I EVER SPENT

With apologies to Courtney Milan, I am sharing the unflattering truth of How I Got My Agent.  

In April 2014, I attended my second Chicago-North RWA Spring Fling Conference.  On the last night of the conference, there is a Silent Auction to benefit a local literacy organization.  Agents and editors offered critiques, the tables were loaded with gift baskets, and author Courtney Milan offered a 25-page critique.  

 

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