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Guest Post from Jen Turano
When I first began planning out this series – A Class of Their Own – I really thought it was going to be a series inspired by some of my favorite musicals. After a Fashion was going to be a bit like My Fair Lady, In Good Company was supposed to resemble The Sound of Music, and Playing the Part was definitely going to be on the lines of the Phantom of the Opera. However, as soon as I got into writing, well, the books took on a life of their own. Miss Harriet Peabody didn’t want to be a street vendor, she wanted to create hats, Miss Millie Longfellow, while okay with the idea of being a nanny, wanted to be more on the lines of a Mary Poppins than Sister Maria, and then…Mr. Bram Haverstein, the illustrious hero of Playing the Part, would not allow me to write him…disfigured.
I tried giving him a horrible scar, then a missing eye, then just a limp – nope, he was having none of that. So, I scrapped the whole Phantom of the Opera idea and found myself inspired by Edgar Poe’s The Raven of all things– and went from there, creating a gothic castle, complete with moat and dungeon no less, but…no missing eyes or scars, only a remarkably handsome gentleman with a touch of an attitude.
Miss Lucetta Plum was a wonderfully well-behaved character to write. She gave me no fits at all, and just fell into the story exactly as I wanted her to fall. And, Mrs. Abigail Hart also gets her day in the sun so to speak, resolving a few of the problems from her past, and…well, I can’t say anything further about what happens to her. You’ll simply have to read the story.
Coming up next for me will be a new series – Apart from the Crowd. It revolves around four wallflowers, and will begin releasing in 2017. At Your Request is the prequel novella that will introduce the series, to be released for free in e-book edition Jan. 3, 2017. That will be followed in April of 2017 by Behind the Scenes, a story about Miss Permilia Griswold and what happens with her after she just might overhear a conversation regarding….murder….and not just any murder, but one involving a delightful gentleman by the name of Mr. Asher Rutherford.
And now, I must get back to work. Thank you for visiting today, and thank you so much for supporting my books. I do hope you’ll enjoy Playing the Part!
All the best,
~ Jen ~
Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucinda’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.
Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.
Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.
Jen Turano is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist. It is also a nominee for Romantic Times 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013. Her seventh book, Playing the Part, will release in the spring of 2016, followed by a new four-book series, The Wallflowers. When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying herself as an empty-nester since her son recently abandoned her for the college life. She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/ or visit her on the web at www.jenturano.com. She is represented by Susan Brower of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. Her books may be found in most fine bookstores, or follow the Baker House Publishing link to find additional places to purchase her work – http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/authors/jen-turano/1761