A “Deleted Scene”

Sometimes, when editing a manuscript, a writer has to engage in a practice known as ‘murdering your darlings’. This is when you’re irrationally attached to a particular piece of your work and feel sad when you finally admit that it needs to go. In my case, I used to love the first scene of chapter…

A Sneak Peak from “Ruled by Desire”.

In chapter four, our hero and heroine go for a ride in Hyde Park (as frightfully fashionable posh people tended to do during the London season). Though Francesca has many accomplishments, equestrianism isn’t one of them. In this brief exchange, James takes her to task … but I think, secretly, he finds her lack of…