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Sheri Cobb South

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Sheri Cobb South Yes, I'm working on a new "Weaver" book, this one focusing on Lady Helen's younger brother. I hope to have it ready for a Summer 2018 release.
Sheri Cobb South That's a tough question! (I guess "I don't know" wouldn't be a very good answer, would it?) I think probably the biggest thing is that I've read…moreThat's a tough question! (I guess "I don't know" wouldn't be a very good answer, would it?) I think probably the biggest thing is that I've read extensively--both books set in the Regency, and books (mostly Jane Austen) written during that period. The latter are especially helpful, since the authors wrote about things from first-hand knowledge. I think Jane Austen's letters, for instance, are fascinating; in one, she complained to her sister Cassandra about the cost of fabrics, even quoting the exact price. Through her, we can see (a) what things cost; and (b) how cheap/expensive that might have seemed to a young woman from a middle-class family.

Of course, I also have a sizeable reference library, and I'm a member of the Beau Monde, a Regency-specific chapter of the Romance Writers of America. These amazing ladies can (and often do!) debate for days on end on such minutiae as whether or not dance cards were in use during the Regency, or how long it might take to travel by post-chaise from London to Yorkshire. They are a wonderful resource, especially for hard-to-find information.

To me, the hardest things to get right are the things no one bothered to write down: things that everyone of that day would have known, or matters too delicate to commit to paper--how ladies coped with their menstrual periods, for example.

And then there are the things I don't know that I don't know, if that makes any sense. To cite an example from another author's work: I recently read a very well-written Regency-set historical romance, but was brought up short by the mention of a paper bag. I don't know for certain--I guess I'll have to trust that the author did her research--but this sounded a bit "off" to me. I would have thought the only bags of the day were made of cloth, and anything needing a paper container would have been wrapped in paper and tied up (think Rogers & Hammerstein's "brown paper packages, tied up with strings"). I don't know for sure, but I doubt I'll ever use a paper bag in one of my books; even if that author got it right, it "sounds" wrong, to my mind.

I hope this answers your question, at least partly. I do appreciate your asking, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the Weaver series!(less)
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"Tales out of School," a new John Pickett short story

There's already been some discussion of it here, but in cased you missed it, you can download "Tales out of School," a new John Pickett short story, at www.BookHip.com/RJGVZJ

(It does have spoilers for several of the earlier books, so you might want to wait until you've caught up through Mystery Loves Company to read it.)

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“Miss Grantham ordered me to my room and told me no man would ever wish to marry me if I did not learn to behave like a lady. But Miss Grantham always behaves like a lady, and no man has ever wished to marry her, either, so if it really makes no difference in the end, I don’t see why I shouldn’t at least have fun!”
Sheri Cobb South, A Dead Bore

“If your brother can't 'old 'is own against a bunch of orphans, 'e'd best leave off playing 'azard altogether!”
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“To wheel about in one's chair to address the footman would be completely outside the pale.”
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“Do you know, André, I sometimes think that you have no heart.'
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“Miss Grantham ordered me to my room and told me no man would ever wish to marry me if I did not learn to behave like a lady. But Miss Grantham always behaves like a lady, and no man has ever wished to marry her, either, so if it really makes no difference in the end, I don’t see why I shouldn’t at least have fun!”
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That you should care for me!”
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“One or two of the villagers have seen it, too, though not as clearly as he did. Old Buttermere said it was a white *thing*, that glided over the ground, and vanished into the shrubbery.'
'And a very good place for it to vanish, too,' said Hugo, wholly unimpressed. 'Give me a sheet, and a night without too much moonlight, and I'll engage to do the same!”
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Sophie Hello! Thanks to your recommendations I have just ordered Of Paupers and Peers - the plot sounds intriguing! :D can't wait for it to arrive and to read it!


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