Sarah at Falen Formulates Fiction asked me to do this quite a few months ago. (Susan Fields just did the same thing on her blog too.) As a blogging newbie I had no idea how to find pictures and all the other jazz that goes with this particular kind of post. But now that I do, here we go.
My first novel MASQUERADE (a single title Regency romance) is in the hands of an agent on a partial request (also still out with 7 others, whom I'm assuming are passing on this however, the requisite three month time period is not up just quite yet so one never knows.)
Any-hoo, I'm going to repost my query letter and then I'm going to post some pictures of who I think my characters are. Let me know what you think.
Someone is trying to kill Lady Penelope Leighton’s father and now the fiend has turned his sights on her! Frightened, she flees London in the dead of night masquerading as a traveling companion.
When William Smith, the Earl of Westerly, arrives at Wakefield to look after his aunt’s cousin, he is more than surprised when he meets her young, beautiful companion. William, a confirmed bachelor, is fascinated by the mysterious Miss Penny Higgins, whose sweet, sunny smile and unfathomable intellect are in direct contrast to her dowdy clothes and recurring stutter. The duchess keeps a strict eye on Penny, and William means to find out why, but no one is talking. He discerns the ladies are in trouble, it’s obvious they are in hiding, and now it appears that William will also have to masquerade… as the steward.
Before either of them realizes it, they’ve lost their hearts: Penny to a man who’s sworn never to marry, and William to a woman incognito and destined for a duke.
After Penny’s true identity and reason for hiding are revealed to William, he immediately engages his friends in the campaign to help catch the villains. However, upon their return to London, a confounding chain of events finds his cousin Robert posing as Penny’s fiancé. William realizes his desire for Penny is more than just a passing fancy and is determined to marry her, but first he must find the blackguard who threatens her.
This is William Smith, Earl of Westerly.
This is Penny, Lady Penelope Leighton.
This is Quiggins, the butler.
This is Penny's aunt,
the Duchess of Caymore.
Robert Carlton, the Duke of Cantin,
William's best friend.
Captain Richard Gaines, Wil and Robert's friend.
Ellis, the Marquess of Haverlane, William's brother.
So what do you think? Are they believable as my characters?