Last updated: 2/17/16
My plans for Lively St. Lemeston change regularly! I’m going to try to keep this post updated but you are always welcome to leave a comment or email me if you have questions. Be prepared, I think all these books will be written eventually, but the order and organization is going to get shifted around a LOT. I don’t plot a book until I research it, and plotting is when I’ll know how the books link together.
Here’s what I know for sure: the next book. It’s the start of a new trilogy with the working series title “Lively St. Lemeston: European Capitals” because each one is about someone from the Lively St. Lemeston universe traveling to the big city.
Book #1: Vienna. This book is set during the Congress of Vienna and it’s about Stephen Dymond, Lord Lenfield, a.k.a. Nick’s older brother and Toogood’s former boss. He appears briefly in Listen to the Moon.
Book #2: London. This book is set during the last Frost Fair on the Thames (so yes, it’s technically a prequel to book #1, but I’m not ready to write it yet! The books are barely linked so it shouldn’t be confusing). It’s about Imogen Makepeace, the barista who’s appeared in True Pretenses and Listen to the Moon. (Research note to self: the big Customs House fire was just after the thaw.) (I think this book leads right into Mrs. Khaleel’s book so depending on timeline stuff it may end up getting moved.)
Book #3: British-occupied Paris after Waterloo. Not sure whose book this is! I’ll know once I read up on Paris, I guess.
Mr. Moon and Betsy’s novella (which ended up towards the hot end of the scale!) is also on its way. I’m tentatively planning on releasing it in Fall 2016 but I make no promises.
Another trilogy that will happen at some point, working title: “Lively St. Lemeston: the Next Generation” or possibly “Lively St. Lemeston: Power Struggle”
Book #1: Jamie Wheatcroft’s book. Involves a handsome orchid collector/dealer from Puerto Rico who looks suspiciously like Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Book #2: I think this book will be about a young borough-mongering Duke who wants to buy the Wheatcroft political interest in the town. I don’t know who his heroine is yet!
Book #3: Rafe Cohen’s book. (Rafe is the hero’s little brother from True Pretenses.) I know this book has a Jewish heroine and I’m pretty sure it will involve provincial theater but that’s all I’ve got at the moment.
Please don’t be disappointed when these plans change! (Like, for example as I was typing this I thought, what if instead I linked the first series by the theme of “Inheritance,” since Stephen is going to inherit the Whig interest in Lively St. Lemeston, and then I moved Jamie’s book next, and then…)
Who else is getting a book?
1. Noor Khaleel, Sukey and Toogood’s coworker from Listen to the Moon. I’m pretty sure her hero is a long-lost childhood sweetheart.
2. Ada, Tony’s wife. (Probably.) (May be a novella.)
3. Maybe Lydia and Jamie’s third cousin who will one day inherit Wheatcroft.
4. ???? If you have requests let me know! Who knows, it may spark an idea.
I would also love to do a series themed around, like, civic infrastructure: the Whigs are trying to bring in gaslighting (engineer protagonist!), a Police Act, a new parish with a new church and new vicar (the church is getting overcrowded)…and someday they’ll build that theater. And what’s going on with Mr. Fairclough’s powder mill once the war is over? So much story potential in all those things! And I’ve got the first three chapters of a story I wrote a long time ago, about a girl that wants a marriage that is Just A Political Partnership and her guy best friend who is madly in love with her and their radical bluestocking friends, that I’d like to finish and that would tie in nicely with the Lively St. Lemeston world…
tl;dr: I am making this up as I go along. 🙂