OK, not really, at least not to my way of thinking. It's still nice, though, to see so many e-copies of my Regencies flying out the door.
Smashwords is in the tail-end of their annual Summer/Winter promotion and I offered up two of my self-published titles, Betrayal and Spellbound, for free. In that time, Betrayal managed to make it to the #2 spot in bestsellers for several days (it's now at the end of page 9, lol) and Spellbound at this very moment sits in the #1 spot. (You can see the screen shot below.)
For bestsellers. Unreal.
Even though it's free, this still makes my jaw drop. There are so many books listed for free on Smashwords right now so while I don't really consider this makes me a "real" bestselling author, it is still an accomplishment.
And I owe it all to you, my lovely readers, fellow writers, and fans. Thank you all so much for downloading my books and supporting me. I appreciate it more than I can say.
If you haven't downloaded my books yet, please take advantage of this offer and get Betrayal and Spellbound for free. Don't forget to apply the code(s) though, or you will be charged full price ($2.99 each).
In this week's edition of "Kitchen" Regency Wednesday, we'll learn about the scullery maid, the lowest rank in the servant hierarchy.
The scullery maid's duties were arduous and many. She had to scrub the pots and dishes (which accumulated rapidly in a large household) as well as help the kitchen maid with vegetable preparation and whatever other tasks the cook or kitchen staff set her to do. From what I've gathered in my reading, the scullery maid was often very young and inexperienced.
Last week's Regency Wednesday post started off a short series of kitchen-related posts. This week, I'll talk about the kitchen maid, an essential servant in a well-run Regency kitchen.
Simply, the kitchen maid had to do everything from cooking meals to scrubbing the work area. She had the possibility of rising to the rank of cook one day but in the meantime, drudgery was her lot. In larger households, she'd have the help of a scullery maid. (We'll chat about the scullery maid next week.)
In my new WIP, there are two kitchen maids, Molly and Betsy, so the work would have been divided between them. However, the cook is an expensive French chef and he's not too keen to teach anyone all his secrets. So these two maids don't have much hope of replacing him.
To my friends and followers who are just starting out in the writing world:
Just write. Pay no attention to that little voice in your head. You know the one. That irritating little voice that says what you're writing isn't good enough.
Now, listen to the characters. Let them tell you what to write. Later, when it's time to edit, you can worry about the overuse of the word that or too many -ly words. Right now, all you need to worry about is getting the story out. No one matters but the people in your head, those faceless characters who so desperately want you to tell their story.
Here's a new mystery pic. Do you know what this is?
Comment here with your best guess and remember, this is all in fun so comment even if you aren't sure. This one might be a difficult one, so I'll accept a close answer and I'll even give you a hint: YUM!
For the answer to last week's mystery pic, check out the post right before this one.
One doesn't think much about kitchens in Regency novels. It's rare that the kitchen features greatly, since most Regencies tend to focus on the upper floors of the grand residence and those who live there.
In my research for a new WIP, I'm looking into the Regency kitchen, and for the purposes of this blog post, specifically the kitchen range. I've yet to find a picture of this invention, but I've attached a clip below of a description of this appliance, taken from The Ladies' Monthly Museum, Volume 11, page 226 (1820). (Funny thing, in one of my many research forays, I've seen the plate described here. Now, when I need it, I can't find it. Typical.)*
And just for fun, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word range, in reference to a cooking stove, has been used since the mid-15c.
Summer is always a busy time, busier than any other. I have a few loose ends to tie up involving giveaways and such.
First, many of you saw (and entered) the Annual Summer Treasure Hunt contest. You can click HERE to see the original post (which now includes all the questions/answers and the winners), or read on right here to see who won each day (number represents the day of the month; 1. = June 1st):
Melissa Brockett of Utah
Crystal Dotson of West Virginia
Judy Cox of Louisiana
Rachel Rossano of Connecticut
Taffy Lovell of Utah
LuAnn Morgan of Washington
Dee Bibb from Mississippi and Cynthia Peck from Arizona
Kristen Tucker of Arizona
Monica Knoll of New York
Nicole Zoltack of Pennsylvania
Amy Wheelwright of Washington
Andrea Melton of Kentucky
Shannon Johnson of Illinois
Tarrah Montgomery of Arizona
Kristen Tucker of Arizona
Amber Nielson of Vermont
Gayle Humpherys of Texas
Megan Swanson of California
Rachel Rossano of Connecticut
Debbie Roberts of Pennsylvania
Barbara Hightower of South Carolina
Jennifer Hernandez of North Carolina
Amy Lopez of Arizona
Sheila Heather Martinez of California
Dara Roberts of Pennsylvania
Brenda Child of Utah
Susan G. Haws of Arizona
Marie Kacerosky of Florida
Jessica Tidd of California
Whew! That's a LOT of winners. :O) Join us again the same time next year for 30 more winners.
Never too late...
There's another giveaway I'm supposed to announce, one I'd almost forgotten about due to my own nerves in looking at the critiques from my beta readers.
Several weeks ago I promised my beta readers that I'd enter them in a drawing for a signed paperback of Heartless, the new edition, when it's released. Those who completed the "assignment"* will be entered in the drawing and will also receive a code to download the new edition free from Smashwords. This will still happen, but I will announce it closer to the release date. I'm almost done with the cover and have almost worked up the courage to glance at the suggestions from my lovely readers. (Why is that the hardest part of all this?)
*The assignment being nothing more than reading the manuscript and replying with opinions on what can be done to improve the story.
*"Surprised Dame" photo came from Dreamstime free images section. Click the image for more information.
Ebook Description England 1816. Bri has been running for years. Just when she thinks she may have escaped those pursuing her, she finds herself thrown into Newgate Prison...where Adam finds her. Hired by Bri's family, he is determined to return the heiress posthaste. When it becomes clear that her family does NOT have her best interests at heart, she must accept Adam's help, something her pride will not allow.
**Don't forget to apply the coupon code in your cart or you will be charged $2.99. The code is located on Betrayal's Smashwords page.
Last week I posted Supersizers Go Regency for your viewing pleasure. Today, I've embedded the first part of The Supersizers Eat...The French Revolution.
Parts of this episode were more useful to me than the Regency one, on two counts. I have a WIP centered in and around the end of the French Revolution that extends into the beginning of the Regency. My newest WIP is definitely Regency but centers around French cuisine. Now, if only I can work up the energy to work on one or the other. :O)
I will issue a mild warning. The humor in this can be a bit crude at times--but then, history is also crude. View at your own risk.
I highly recommend you continue watching using the links youtube provides at the end of this video. The way this episode is broken up, it's difficult to stop anyway. I also don't plan on posting each part like I did with the Regency episode.
And here's the final installment of Supersizers Go Regency. We start where the last part left off, with Sue trying out some cosmetic recipes of the time. After, Giles and Sue enjoy the delicacies found at a Regency ball. Enjoy!
In part 5 of Supersizers Go Regency, we get to see Giles fight a duel, Sue's attempt at the language of the fan, and a bit of Regency gambling...where Giles and Sue enjoy sandwiches. I've embedded the video below and as always, YouTube provides the link to the final video at the end of this one. Enjoy!
In another continuation of this week's Regency Wednesday post, I've embedded below part 4 of Supersizers Go Regency. In this part, we get to enjoy the novelty of seeing Giles fashion himself after Beau Brummell, that famous Regency dandy, and we get a peek into the French cuisine that became the rage after Napoleon's defeat.
Stay tuned for the answer to last week's mystery pic. Happy reading, writing, and guessing!