Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The House of Orpheous

It seems as though I've been gone forever, and I have by the looks of this blog. Where has the time gone? Summer just flew by, and I was home, just writing. I thought I should drop by the manor and do a bit of dusting. I'm sure cobwebs and spiders, and other frightening things are lurking in the curtains!

So, it's fall, and my favourite time of year. I love being able to wear a sweater outside, and to smell the crisp air and see the leaves change. I love the autumn skies as a storm begins to form. So it's no wonder then that I have set my first mainstream, mass market historical trilogy in the autumn.

I've never written a book set in the fall. Addicted took place in Winter, Sinful, in the Spring, and Lust takes place during that 'lusty' time of Beltane (May 1) But the first book in The House of Orpheous trilogy, entitled Seduction and Scandal is set in October. And I must admit, I'm loving writing it. The atmosphere is dark and gothic. The clothing so cool and fun to write--cloaks and heavy gowns...rippling lace and the gentle cascade of falling leaves upon half boots. It's my kind of book!

So, while I've not been gone over the summer I have been--arm chair research to the North Yorkshire Moors and its coast. The coastal town of Whitby has taken hold of me, and as this series is set in the Victorian period (1870's) there is a great deal of the gothic occult that is being filtered through.

My husband, daughter and I will be travelling to North Yorkshire next May, where I hope to be inspired for a new series. And you can bet that the first sign of a storm, we'll be heading to Whitby to see the ruined abbey--the very same one that inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula.

Soon, I hope to have something special on my website about this trilogy. But sooner than that, I'll be putting out a newsletter with all my news, and upcoming treats.

I hope all is well with you, and that fall brings you peace, joy, and comfort. There is nothing more luring than the thought of a quiet afternoon on the couch with book in hand, and a warm blanket....

I hope you enjoy the inspiring pictures of Yorkshire and Whitby. Come back for an intriguing glimpse of Lord Black, the mysterious, worldly hero in Seduction and Scandal.



  1. The House of Orpheus sounds just my kind of thing. Looking forward to hearing more about it. Much more!

    And hey, I *live* in Yorkshire. Not on the North Coast or the Moors, but I have visited those areas. It's a good while ago now, but hopefully, I'll get back there again sometime.

    Climbing the steps to Whitby Abbey is a killer, but well worth it!

  2. Ah, Portia! Welcome! How lucky you are to live in and amongst such spectacular scenery!

    My parents are Scottish, and I've been back to the 'homeland' many times. I've taken the train down to London but have never stopped in Yorkshire. I can't wait to visit next year. Hubby and kidlet are thrilled to be going, too.

    May I call upon you for research...I've got some burning questions about Yorkshire Men!

    And thanks for commenting. I hope readers are going to enjoy this new trilogy.

    By the by, when does your full ST for Spice come out? It's Victorian set, too, isn't it?

  3. I love the fall too but sadly, we don't much fall weather in So Cal. Sigh... Oh well, one day I'll take a trip to the East Coast to experience fall like weather. ;)

    Oh yeah, I can totally see where Stoker got his ideas from. That place is totally creepy!!

    Have fun planning your trip and I can't wait to hear more about your new trilogy with HQN!!

    Hugs, VFG

  4. Hey, VFG, thanks for stopping by. Yeah, So Cal is fun for many things, but the seasons...not so much. Fall is just so wonderful. At least for me.

    And more about the trilogy eh....well, I've emailed our friend Barbara about doing some stuff....you take one arm, I'll take the other and we'll 'convince' her to do it for me! lol!

  5. Happy to help re. Yorkshire men, if I can. Have been married to my own Yorkshireman for decades, and I still haven't completely figured him out! LOL

    But maybe a bit of lingering mystery is a good thing, eh? :)

    The most scenery I see is my back garden and our weekly drive to the supermarket. Rest of the time, I'm stuck in front of the laptop, making scenery of other places up in my head.

    Ah, the writer's life... ;)

  6. Oops, nearly forgot.

    My first Spice single title is out in Jan [?] 2012 and yes, it's Victorian set, in 1890. I hope to write lots more stories set in Victorian times, as I've been interested in that era since long before it ever occurred to me to write a historical. Well, since before it ever occurred to me to write anything at all! :)

  7. I ADORE your books Charlotte, they are so deep and intense; i can't describe the feelings I feel after finish the stories you've read. I can't take another book in hands for days; Addicted has been in the mind for weeks. Never I read a story so fascinated. Thanks so much for this. Few novels have this kind of power over me.

  8. Anon, thanks for stopping by! Ah, your post made my day!

    I loved the experience of writing Addicted, and Lindsay and Anais have stayed with me, too.

    In June, HQN will be releasing a June Bride anthology and I'm fortunate to have a novella in it. The hero in it is Jase, Lindays and Anais' son, and the heroine is Blossom, Wallingford and Jane's daughter. It's another (happy) look into the Addicted world.

    I hope readers are pleased with it and are eager for another glimpse into that world.

  9. Another series to look forward to! I can't wait. I don't think I would care what historical time your books are set in because I love your characters :) Am so looking forward to Jase's story too! So much to look forward to, you've been a very busy writer.

    Fall is also my favorite time of year. I live in the Midwest so we get to enjoy the changing of the seasons. It's so beautiful. Last year especially. I don't think this year will be as striking because we had a very dry summer and the trees started shedding leaves early to conserve water. I'm keeping my fingers crossed though :)

  10. Booklover, ooh, how I love fall. I'm in Southwestern Ontario, and our leaves are just really beginning to turn. Our summer turned dry near the end, so, like you, not sure if we're going to get that 'brilliant' shading of leaves.

    I am looking forward to that first real crisp night, when you go outside and you need a nice bulky sweater. I love that!

    And thanks for stopping by. I'm going to be adding a new feature to my website about this trilogy, so stay tuned....and glad you're looking forward to it.