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A Passionate Performance

Take chances. Make mistakes. Get messy." That's the motto of Ms. Frizzle, one of my children's favorite characters from PBS's wonderful "The Magic School Bus" series. And it pretty well sums up my new writing thrust. After several years of writing Regencies and historicals as Eileen Winwood, I'm now using my real name and taking some fun risks with the Regency format.

Regency fans have probably heard warnings about the genre: The market is tight and publishers are cutting back because, while Regency readers are a devoted group, they don't occupy a large segment of the market. Etc., etc. On the other hand, you can't help but look at the success of movies like "Sense and Sensibility," and "Emma" and realize that there is something truly compelling about the Regency era for all audiences.

If you're a fan of historicals or contemporaries, medievals or time-travel, suspense or sci-fi, I urge you to give Regencies a try. The characters laugh, cry and make love with the best of them, and there is a wonderful tension between the rigid standards of behavior for lords and ladies and the passion that works its messy will on them as they discover romance.

Ah, passion. It can wreak havoc with expectations and rules and propriety. Which is why my latest release is entitled A PASSIONATE PERFORMANCE.

Lord Linton, a flamboyant master of illusion as cunning as he is handsome, is out to capture his father's killer. Taking a page from the bard, he decides theater is the thing to catch the villain. But when he hires an impoverished miss to masquerade as his mistress, even Linton cannot envision the extraordinary performance that awaits.

A little magic and a lot of sparks catch Linton and the feisty Sarah unawares, and I'm hoping they'll do the same for those of you venturing into your first-or 31st-Regency. My next Signet, THE PERFECT BRIDE, features matchmaking ghosts and a warrior hero who loses his heart to his betrothed's spinster chaperon. Magic? Ghosts? Warriors? Not traditional Regency fare, you say? Well, as Ms. Frizzle would say, "Take chances. Pick up a Regency." Starting with A PASSIONATE PERFORMANCE, of course! You may write to me c/o Dutton Signet, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014.

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