The Duke Hangs Ten!

letter 3Let’s play a game – and, yes, there are prizes!

But first, some background.

A week or so ago, I found what I thought was a hilarious typo in the manuscript I’m working on (WHAT A DUKE DARES – Cam’s story).

Jonas Merrick’s butler announced my very cool duke hero, Camden Rothermere, as the DUDE of Sedgemoor.

Well, that had me rolling around the floor laughing. Hard to picture Cam with a surfboard and his toes full of sand. I wondered whether the Dude of Sedgemoor would have the family crest embroidered on his boardshorts. And whether he put a wave machine in the lake on his estate. Yes, hours of fun resulted (please don’t judge me, life has been pretty quiet lately – I’m on deadline!).

So I suddenly started to think of other obscure literary characters who were ALMOST (just one letter away, actually!) like their more famous counterparts.

letter 2You all know the start of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Well, there’s a little known sequel that starts like this:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a HAT.

Yes, that’s right, this one stars that sparkling heroine Elizabeth BONNET! You’ll love meeting Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet and Jane, Lizzie, Mary, Kitty and Lydia Bonnet as they scandalize the milliners of Regency London! They don’t give a straw for scandal. Although they do rather like a velvet ribbon or two! And those silk roses are just darling!

Or perhaps you’ve read the sequel to LORD OF SCOUNDRELS by Loretta Chase with its sexy if a little smelly hero Lord Dank?

And J.D. Robb can’t keep up with the demand for stories about Eve and DOARKE. Yes, Roarke has a clumsy, socially inept cousin from Tipperary who will steal your heart.

letter 4And don’t forget that Victorian masterpiece that predated 50 SHADES OF GREY. Oh, the doings in Thornfield’s dungeons in CANE EYRE! Cane is a governess with a difference, oh, my! Mr. Rochester hasn’t been the same since he employed our heroine to bring some order to his household!

 So here’s the game (you’ve probably worked it out) – change one letter in the name of a fictional character to turn them into something different. I’m looking forward to a few laughs and the DUDE has laid on a few cold beers to keep us going.

BanditBootyTwo commenters have the chance to win a book (international) from my backlist. Not DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES, sadly, because of geographical restrictions – but everything else is up for grabs! You can find a list of my publications here:

So make me laugh and you might win a book! Good luck!

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