Saturday, January 3, 2009

Have you heard of Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin?

I only just heard of him myself! He is a creation of author C. S. Harris and you can investigate him and his creator more thoroughly at

The viscount is the damaged, enigmatic hero of a series of very dark Regency-set mysteries, and I'm in love with him already. I just finished reading "What Angels Fear" and it was excellent. The Regency world that Sebastian inhabits is very different from the Regency world my characters live in. But it did exist, and Ms. Harris has given it an authentic feel. If you like a dark mystery (warning: lots of violence and dirt), you will find this series intriguing. I don't usually read anything like these books, but I found this bleak underbelly of the Regency fascinating. I think it is important for me, to give my work credence and authenticity, to be very aware that this other side of London and its society existed.

On another note entirely, some very good writer friends of mine have just started their blog. They are going to cover all kinds of topics of interest to writers, and I may show up there occasionally as a guest blogger. Check them out at Prairie Chicks Write Romance

As well, you might want to check out my website and enter the new contest. I just posted it a day ago--there will be a draw on February 28, 2009 for a CD-ROM copy of my latest book "The Education of Portia". Go to to view the details.
And the details about my March release "Emilina's Conquest" are posted on my home page!

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were wonderful and you are all prepared for the bright and shiny new year. My New Year's resolution--to blog more often. Come back and see if I keep my resolution :)



Janet said...

Thanks for the shout out, Lesley! And we hope you come over and guest blog soon - maybe talk about your new novel byte coming out, Emilina's Conquest?

The series you're reading right now sounds intriguing. I'll have to look for it - I love a dark read.

Happy New Year.

Suse said...

Hi Lesley-Anne,

Your blog is very interesting. I'm not sure I'm ready for a dark story, but I do like Regencies and mysteries, so maybe I'll give it a try.

Anita Mae's blog ties in somewhat with yours today (Jan 8) as she talks about the usage of words in the correct era.

I admire all the information and history you have to keep straight to write your stories.

I don't make New Year's resolutions, because I know I wouldn't keep them because I would probably forget about them as life gets busy. Good luck to you on your resolution.


Suse said...

Hi Lesley-Anne,

I just tried to post a comment and it got lost. I'm not sure if I can recreate what I've said.

I really enjoyed your blog. I'm not sure I'm ready to read a dark story, but I do like Regencies and mysteries, so I might give it a try.

Anita Mae's post today (Jan 8) ties in somewhat with your blog. She talks about word usage and making sure we're using words that were used in different eras our stories occur in.

I'm not much for making New Year's resolutions, because I don't think I would keep them. Heck, I probably wouldn't even remember that I've made any. Good luck on keeping your resolution.


Hayley E. Lavik said...

Dark regency.. I am officially intrigued! I will have to look into this.