This post lists all the online extras for True Pretenses!
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Note: all deleted scenes contain SPOILERS.
Deleted Scene #1. One of Mr. Gilchrist’s scenes belonged to Mr. Jessop in the first draft.
Deleted Scene #2. [tw: mentions of child abuse] A very short one. Originally, when Lydia asked Ash if he believed in God, he answered her.
Deleted Scene #3. Ash sneaks through Lydia’s window in the dead of night. Rated NC-17. I am very fond of this scene, but it just took up too much space, and a friend convinced me that the country is much, much darker at night than I can imagine.
Deleted Scene #4. A follow-up to scene #3 from later in the book.
“Do you know anything about canals?”, a ~3600-word short story set at Christmas 1808, about Ash and Rafe conning Aaron Burr.
I wrote some mini-stories in honor of Ash Wednesday (most contain SPOILERS):
Story #1: Rafe off-page during the action of True Pretenses.
Story #2: Jamie POV, Rafe has come to Wheatcroft for the sheep-shearing.
Story #3: Imogen Makepeace (the Whig barista) shopping for dresses.
Story #4: Little Rafe and Ash celebrate Passover.
Story #5: Ash tries to explain the timing of Lent and Easter to little Rafe.
Story #6: Ash mysteriously disappears and teenaged Rafe is worried.
Story #7: Little Rafe and Ash backstory fic. More details would spoil the book.
I also wrote a tiny crossover with A Lily Among Thorns, in which little Jamie and Serena have a playdate.
Jamie tries to explain to Rafe where the town’s name comes from.
Dot Wrenn and Abby Gower go to IKEA.
Ash and Lydia get mysteriously transported to the present day.
Ash and Rafe celebrate Purim.
“A cover for non-devotional activity”—box pews. You may remember Lydia had some youthful fantasies about these.
Town jails, including the one I based Kellisgywnhogh on. With some bonus stuff about a really meaty political feud.
More on Regency greenhouses
“Getting your money at the best”—Regency criminal slang, part 1 of 2
“Oliver is in town”—Regency criminal slang, part 2 of 2
Regency mourning jewelry
A Jewish member of the Carlton House set
“Never enough brandy”—Stir-up Sunday and Christmas puddings
The Great Synagogue, London
The original of one of Lydia’s family anecdotes
“Where they lived in an expensive manner”—Sarah Boxall, a real-life Regency con woman
“Low gamblers, ring droppers, sharpers and thieves of every description”—Regency con games
Lively St. Lemeston
Smexy Books – Interview with Mandi about writing a shleppy hero, cross-class and cross-cultural romance, and more.
History Hoydens – Unveiling the academic cover for True Pretenses and taking requests from commenters.
Happy Ever After – Zoe Archer, Elizabeth Boyle, Louisa Edwards and I share our favorite con artist romances of page and screen.
Theresa Romain and I did a two-part chat/mutual interview in which we talk about everything from character casting to mall singers to “manflirting” as an aristocratic cultural marker – part 1 at her blog – part 2 at mine.
Romance at Random – the inspiration for True Pretenses and the difference between a romance and a tragedy.
Heroes & Heartbreakers – con artist myth vs. reality. SPOILER: You CAN con an honest man.
Angieville – Q&A – favorite fictional heroes, the word association game, and more.
Smitten by Books – my favorite marriage of convenience romances.
The Romance Dish – Q&A – conflict, time travel bodyswap, lucky New Year’s foods and more.
Risky Regencies – Q&A – research, TV, the etymology of “swindler” and more.
All About Romance – anti-Semitism and intermarriage in the Regency.
bookworm2bookworm – how romance novels model breaking out of entrenched emotional patterns.
I made in-character tumblrs for some of the characters and businesses from Lively St. Lemeston:
Nick Dymond: @childe-nicholas
Phoebe Sparks: @phoebesparks-authoress
Helen Knight: @fashion-saucer
The Honey Moon: @honeymoonconfectionery
The Intelligencer: @lstl-intelligencer
Ash and Lydia: @the-greatest-of-these
“When did you last led your heart decide?”, an Ash/Lydia playlist.
Want to talk to me about the book? Ask questions or share your thoughts at this spoiler-friendly discussion post.