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.