Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Sneak Preview

Today I achieved a milestone--which feels good when one is stuck in a chair and unable to do normal activities. I reached page 100 in my new book!

I hadn't intended to start the book until next month, but since I'm incapacitated and a virtual prisoner I decided I might as well start it early. It's the seventh Lady Georgie book, called Heirs and Graces and can be described as Crocodile Dundee meets Downton Abbey.

So I've decided to start a new feature on my blog and give readers a sneak preview of what I'm writing each Sunday. Here is page 100:

I was making my way down again when I heard a scream. I started to run. The descent seemed to take forever and by the time I reached the gardens around the house a group of people was gathered.
“It’s all right. They are quite safe,” I heard Edwina’s powerful voice. “Do stop making such a fuss, Irene.”
“But he was throwing a knife at Katherine,” she said. “He missed her by that much.”
I joined the group. Jack was standing sheepishly off to one side with the twins. I went over to them. “What’s going on?” I asked.
“Jack was demonstrating how he could throw a knife,” Nick said. “It was brilliant, actually. So Kat said could he hit an apple on her head, like William Tell. And he told her to stand still and then he threw the knife into the tree right above her head. Pretty impressive only mummy was looking out of her window and absolutely had a fit.”
“I might have done too,” I said. “It was rather silly, Jack. If you want to make a good impression you don’t try and kill your relatives.”
“They were perfectly safe. I didn’t even throw it that close to her.”
“And what’s more..,” Irene was still shrieking. “He was teaching them to sharpen sticks and spear fish in the Koi pond. He’s dangerous, mother. You know how impressionable the children are. For God’s sake send him away before he does anyone real harm.”
“Irene, do calm down. I remember your brother Johnnie doing rather the same sort of thing when you were young.”
“Yes, and look what happened to him—fathered a child with a common nobody in the back of beyond and then got himself killed by being too damned heroic.”
“He acted honorably in both instances, which is more than can be said for your husband.”
“That’s a cruel blow, Mama. I’m not staying here any longer. I want the children away from this place right now. We’re going up to London. Nicholas, Katherine, come with me.”
And she stalked off into the house.

e's a peek at page 100:


  1. When I found out you would be stuck on your bottom I selfishly thought how it might mean we get more books out of you :-). Glad you are keeping yourself busy!

  2. I so look forward to your Georgie series because she reminds me of my grandmother (properly British) and I see myself in her (always getting into a scrape or two). I can't wait for your next book and the ones after it. Your Georgie series is one of the few that I read and reread multiple times. It's like visiting a good friend that you understand completely and would follow anywhere. Thank you Ms. Bowen for sharing her with us.

  3. Thank YOU for the kind words. I'm so glad that people like my books.

  4. Sorry to learn about your fall and hoping you make it to the Olympics.

  5. Hope you can make it to the Olympics. I am sure you will find a story there, too. I love your Georgie series and have hooked my daughters on her, too. Keep the faith. Thank you and hope you feel better each day.

  6. So sorry to hear about your accident. What a horrible way to end a trip. I hope you are able to make it to England this summer and enjoy it all the more as you will have done all the prep work on your next novel.

  7. I really like the Royal Spyness Mysteries, and cannot seem to put them down.I'm currently reading The Twelve Clues of Christmas andI cant wait to read your next installment!!