Friday, 13 January 2012

New Paperback - Character Guest Blogging - New Year's Resolution.

A message from Christina Napier (character in Scandalous Whispers). 

A New Year, January 2012 and I have seemingly slipped through time. Until this morning I had no concept of my existence in this other world. So, what or who am I? Now that is something I too must come to terms with. Nevertheless, I am here, in some nether world. My very thoughts, my spoken words now appearing before me on a rather peculiar device. But let me begin at the begin: 

Awakened by a bright light this very morn the concept of book and stepping from its pages became a whole new experience for me. I am, it would seem, a character within a book and my name is Christina. I was born into a fictional world and have no recollection of existence before my 21st year, for that is where my story begins, along with that of the man I love Robert Lord Devonish.  Do I like this other world? Hmm.

It has many benefits, I shall grant it that: quite luxurious benefits. Though I cannot imagine why one would wish to have a metal carriage, and one that has to be driven to a strange place to be fuelled so that it functions, and then driven away again. Horses are so much more practical: fed and watered on one’s premises, and drive-away at mere request of carriage ordered to the front door at a specified time.

The greatest benefit of this 2012 world, of which I approve most sincere, is that of a bathroom. What a delightful experience!  Oh, and there are wonderful machines for kitchen staff, not least a contraption that washes clothes, washes dishes, and another which sucks dirt from rugs. Just think of the saving in house staff numbers, if all these things could be taken back to my fictional world of England in the year 1818. But of course, they would be useless in our world.   

Another device I find most amusing is that from which I hear a voice, and likewise I can be heard, yet both speakers miles distant. There is also what is referred to as The TV. It’s a rather fun contraption, but the device it requires to function correctly seems to malfunction with regularity. I think I shall be glad to get back to my own world, where women are feminine and men are men, for I have seen breeches everywhere and worn by men and women alike. But I thank my creator for giving me a glimpse of her world, and if not for her New Year’s resolution to publish in paperback I might be trapped inside a Kindle contraption instead of crispy new paperback book.           

Oh, and other people have posted New Year Resolution posts, their links, apparently, here.

Footnote: I thought I had better mention the paperback is a collection of (3) novellas Volume 1: 320 pages. All the novellas are available as individual Kindle books.


Donna Hole said...

I'm such a fan of paper books :) I love page numbers, and the feel of the covers, and keeping it out of the sun so the binding doesn't come apart.

Christina, I've also had to make adjustments to this modern world of 2012 - and I've grown up in it :)

Thanks for stopping by. You have such a lovely voice, and your insights into our world are exciting.

Francine; I wish you luck with your publication resolutions. Its difficult with the world changing around us so fast, but I admire your committment.


denise covey said...

Hi Francine, er Christina. Thanks for writing for us re your resolutions. I'll applaud your good taste - a bathroom, oh bliss! Not something to do without! Not to mention all those other 'mod cons' those spoilt people in 2012 take for granted.

Congratulations author Howarth and it's wonderful to see your novellas in print. Ah, yummy paper!

Thanks for posting. Worked a treat.


Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Donna,

Hee hee, the book is closed, Christina back in her own world.

I was really stuffed for something to present to RFWers and romance eluded me entirely. But hey ho, always next time...


Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi D,

I have to say, at times, Christina's world appeals! I hate diesel fumes and a horse farting is far less offensive, not to mention the worry if a car breaks down in isolated spot and no cell phone signal ... ;)


Susan Bergen said...

How interesting. I shall look at this world of ours with a fresh eye.

Laura said...

What a hoot - this gave me a great big smile - machines that suck dirt from rugs... imagine!

Congratulations on the paper version - very exciting (you can't beat the smell of a real book, can you - maybe they should make cans of 'eau de Book we can all spray when reading our kindles)


N. R. Williams said...

This made me smile throughout. It is so different than what you usually offer. I can just imagine a whole slew of released characters running around and trying on the modern world.

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi, Susan,

I dare say this world of ours will seem extravagant at best a hundred years to the future. Hard to imagine how future generations may look back on our having used up the world's resources and their lives the worse because of it!


Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Laura,

It was fun to imagine how 2012 would appear to someone stepping from the past to the future, and there are times when I wish I could step back to my great, great, great grandmother's period. It was a time of elegance and good manners! ;)


Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Nancy,

You'd know all about time slip novels. Hee hee, been there, done that, got the T-shirt, so to speak!

I can still the visualise the jeep and the storm, and slewing off the road.



J.L. Campbell said...

Really like what you've done with this snippet, Francine. Interesting to think about how a character from the past would view the world we live in.

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Joy,

In reality, I dare say any ancestor would be stunned by technology, though knowing men they'd start tinkering straight off! Women probably more reticent, but might cause havoc when back to their own time and throwing their liberated selves about, for we 21st century women would for sure be a bad influence in spouting forth womens' rights. ;)


Kiru Taye said...

This is very clever, Francine. One of the best character guest posts I've ever read. Well done.

And I love your new book cover. Congratulations on the paperback release and wishing you loads of sales!

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Kiru,

Thanks for dropping in and for your the good luck wishes: it is reciprocal, and sometimes I wish I were a fairy godmother and could magically present everyone's books to public audience. Though I think Amazon are doing a fine job on the fairy dust score sheet. ;)

BTW: think I might do a male character next time! :o


Madeleine Maddocks said...

I love the humour at the end: 'But I thank my creator for giving me a glimpse of her world, and if not for her New Year’s resolution to publish in paperback I might be trapped inside a Kindle contraption instead of crispy new paperback book'.
Christina Napier sounds like an interesting Austen-like character.

Congrats on the paperback.

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Madeleine,

There's a touch of humour in all my books, and such got me into trouble once when I subbed an erotic novel to Black Lace. I was told, in the early days of BL to cut the humour: humour and sex don't work. Well hell, if one can't laugh during sex it wouldn't be worth doing at all: very robotic. ;)


Andy said...

Hello Francine.
This reminded me of a recent movie I saw where Lizzy had gone through the bathroom & stepped back in time...I can't remember the name, but it was an updated version of Pride & Prejudice. She was a bit of a loudmouth girl & had a hard time adapting to the prim & proper of those times.
Wonderful post.

The book cover is awesome!
Wishing you the best with everything.
Thanks for sharing.

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Andy,

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you're feeling more your old self again!

Time-slip novels and movies are great fun, though I suspect Hollywood will overdue the genre until we're sick of 'em. ;)


Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Andy,

Lost in Austen was the title. Very funny. I watched it today.