I nearly didn’t do this, because a] I suck and b] I’d forgotten it was Wednesday, but saw it on CC Williams blog. So blame him, ‘kay?
Hump Day Hook requires that paragraph of a WIP be posted on a Wednesday. Other Humpers or Hookers may be found here.
Today I will be starting to share a story I started to write nearly 30 years ago as a deliberate parody of Mills and Boon Regency romance. To be honest, it’s so different from my current writing style that it makes me wince but there you go. People change and so does their fiction. Anyhowwwwww – here it is.
The large room had once been a place of splendour, a suitable setting for the refined pursuits of elegant lords and ladies with powdered hair and paint and patches upon their faces. Now its few remaining beauties were obscured by the poor light and drifting clouds of blue smoke from the pipes and cigarillos of the players at the tables. It was hot, very hot, and the air was thick with fumes of wine, candle grease and harsh tobacco. Sir Aubrey Stanton-Rivers, but a month past his twenty-first birthday and newly come both to his inheritance and its attendant responsibilities, crowed gleefully as he counted up his tricks. “Waiter, another bottle,” he cried. “My luck’s turned at last. Stick with me, Cholmondeley, my boy, and I’ll make your fortune!”
So Aubrey and Cholmondely are off on their adventures. Will there be heaving bosoms, light skirts and steely-eyed rakes? Tune in in subsequent weeks to find out!
Business as usual on Sunday, btw, where I will be doing a bit of piracy with snippets from my novel On A Lee Shore.