Weekend Writing Warriors – 7/6/14

wewriwa_square_2Welcome to Snippet Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors! For those new to this, fellow writers post eight sentences from one of our works.

I’m going to switch gears and spotlight my upcoming release, MUST LOVE BREECHES, until its release in September. Some of you veterans from Six Sentence Sunday will remember this story, though the opening has changed a lot. Please note, that it is currently with the copyeditor, so this is an unedited version:

A reenactment ball was the perfect setting for romance. Or not.

Isabelle Rochon fidgeted in her oddly shaped, but oh-so-accurate, ball gown, surrounded by women who’d sacrificed historical authenticity for sex appeal. Red carpet ball gowns in the nineteenth century, really? Once again she was the dorky kid participating in dress-up day at school when everyone else had magically decided it was lame.

“Gah, I feel like a green robot with strange battle armor.” Isabelle pointed to her dark green dress, the shoulders flaring out almost to a point, exaggerating their width. “What were the fashionistas in 1834 thinking?”


AngelaQuarles_MustLoveBreeches_200px“A fresh, charming new voice” – New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare


Isabelle Rochon, a thoroughly modern American working at the British Museum, has finally met the man of her dreams. There’s one problem: he lives in another century.

When a mysterious artifact zaps Isabelle to pre-Victorian London, a thief steals it, stranding her in a place where nobody’s heard of toilet paper or women’s lib. Now she must find the artifact, navigate the pitfalls of a stiffly polite London, keep her origins a secret, and, oh, resist her growing attraction to Lord Montagu, the Vicious Viscount so hot, he curls her toes. But when he asks her to pose as his fiancée for his scheme of revenge, his now constant presence overthrows her equilibrium and kicks in her old insecurities. Why does he have to be so damn hunky, compelling and, well, Drool-Worthy? This is not what she needs. She’d carved off part of herself for another man before and is determined never to make that same mistake again. Staying would be the ultimate follow-the-boyfriend move. In the end, she must decide when her true home lies.

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22 Replies to “Weekend Writing Warriors – 7/6/14”

  1. This is interesting. I never stopped to think what it would actually be like to live in the early 1800s or be part of high society. It sounds like she’s part of the upper class here? It also sounds like she got carried away in her attempts to be historically accurate, lol. I imagine the dresses were not comfy at all. It’s crazy to think of some of the traditions that were the norm. Foot binding in China was done with many women in the upper class, and it’s mutilation. They break the arch and fold the foot underneath itself. So it would be like stepping on knives just to walk 🙁 Makes me sad that it was once culturally acceptable.
    Is this the opening line to your book?

    1. She definitely did get carried away! Thanks for commenting–yep this is the opening. Yeah it’s sad some of the things done for the sake of perceived beauty.

  2. I hate when you do everything right and people around are just messing things up and you are the one looking like a dork. I could totally be her, I was her so many time around.

  3. LIked the analogy with the robot and armor.
    This phrase got my attention, “surrounded by women who’d sacrificed historical authenticity for sex appeal.” Your writing is appealing.

  4. I would have sacrificed comfort for accuracy as well and understand how she feels. 🙂 Interesting premise. The movie “Kate & Leopold” had a similar theme. It would be fascinating to experience life in a previous century first-hand.

  5. I love this line — it makes her so easy for me to relate to: Once again she was the dorky kid participating in dress-up day at school when everyone else had magically decided it was lame.

  6. Enjoyed the snippet. Congrats on the upcoming release. Love time travel and will have to add this one to my TBL. 🙂

  7. What a refreshing and potentially humorous look at 19th century life. This story line is sure to be a real eye-catcher. Congrats on the upcoming release.
    I love how she feels like a dorky kid.

  8. I love time travel so this is a winner in my book, but I think I’ll go to a time when they didn’t do corsets, if I can find it. I like to breath. Nice, humorous excerpt.

  9. I have been waiting for this book since I read snippets of it on Six Sentence Sunday. I am pre-buying so I don’t miss it when it releases.

  10. Hahha awesome. First time reading a romance description that I didn’t want to run for the hills. Quite the opposite! Liking the idea behind it. Your style is descriptive, easy to follow, character building, has your writer’s voice… Your character isn’t the typical Mary Sue or 2D cardboard cutout (and I can tell it from this short snippet). Reading the blurb about her and the count, I do hope she ends up on top.
    If she has to like breeches at the beginning, she needn’t worry: didn’t the switch to pantaloons start in the early 19th? 😉

  11. Loved this when I read the snippets on SSS. So glad to see it’s coming out soon! Your character’s voice is wonderful and very evident in this eight. Can’t wait to read the full!

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