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Laura Dudley, governess to Colin and Jessica Rannoch, plays a central role in The Mayfair Affair. The story begins when she is accused of murdering the Duke of Trenchard. Laura has a heart-shaped gold locket that plays a role in the story and connects to some of the many secrets the Rannoch governess is keeping. To celebrate finishing the book, I bought myself a heart-shaped brass reproduction locket at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on my recent trip to New York with my daughter Mélanie. I love having jewelry that connects to my books and the Met has gorgeous historical reproductions. (Here’s a similar locket from their website).

Lunch at Isabella's, one of our favorite NY restaurants. Ending the trip as we began it, with dessert with a candle for Princess M.

Jewelry can be a great for whiling away time at restaurants too.

Mélanie is fascinated by the locket and loves opening and closing it. it was a great aid in whiling away waiting time in the airport and a conversational point at several restaurants meals, including lunch Isabella’s, above.

Do you have favorite jewelry from books? Have you ever bought something similar for yourself?

You’ll notice my website has a new look, thanks to my wonderful designer Gregory Paris (thank you, Greg!), that incorporates both The Mayfair Affair and London interlude.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tracy

watching "Fancy Nancy", Mel's first play

watching “Fancy Nancy”, Mel’s first play

Happy Sunday! After a busy day yesterday taking Mélanie to a children’s theater production of Fancy Nancy (her first play, which I described as “like an opera with talking” because she’s been to an opera), I’ve been spending today catching up on things around the house and thinking about the next Malcolm & Suzanne book. This morning, while cleaning, I was listening to the album of The Scarlet Pimpernel Broadway musical. The Scarlet Pimpernel is a big influence on the Rannoch/Fraser series, and listening to the score of the musical often makes me think of Suzanne and Malcolm their relationship and deceptions or sometimes of Raoul and how he relates to the two of them. But today I found myself thinking of Bertrand de Laclos, a character directly inspired by the Scarlet Pimpernel. Bertrand has a cameo in The Mayfair Affair. He and Rupert are living happily, if in the shadow of secrets and with the delicate tension of Rupert’s marriage to Gabrielle and now her affair with Nick Gordon. But today, listening to “Into the Fire” it occurred to me that after living a life of danger and adventure and devoting his life to helping people at great risk to himself, Bertrand is not a man to live quietly in retirement, even with the love of his life.

I have no idea yet what influence this revelation will have on the next book in the series or on books in the future, but it’s going into my file of notes. I think it’s fascinating how what writers listen to, watch, read about, discuss, and otherwise experience goes to inform their books. I can’t always pinpoint where I got the idea for a book because usually so many different thoughts and experiences come together to inform each story. But if Bertrand plays a major role in the next book, I’ll be able to think back to today as the inspiration for the story.

Have a great evening!

Tracy

The Albany, where David and Simon have rooms

The Albany, where David and Simon have rooms

Above is The Albany, in Piccadilly, where David and Simon have lodgings, and where Malcolm lived before he went to the Peninsula. A number of famous gentlemen lodged in The Albany, including Lord Byron, Gladstone and the fictional Ernest/Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest. The Mayfair Affair includes scenes set in David and Simon’s rooms in The Albany. The Duke of Trenchard, who is murdered at the start of the book, is the husband of David’s eldest sister Mary, so David and Simon are caught up in the investigation. The involvement of the Mallinson family puts a lot of strain on Malcolm’s friendship with David.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tracy

In front of the current Bow Street police station. The Mayfair Affair opens with Bow Street runner Jeremy Roth knocking on Suzanne and Malcolm's door in the middle of the night.

In front of the current Bow Street police station. The Mayfair Affair opens with Bow Street runner Jeremy Roth knocking on Suzanne and Malcolm’s door in the middle of the night.

Six weeks until the release of The Mayfair Affair! Above is a picture (over a decade old) of me in front of the current Bow Street police station. The Mayfair Affair opens with Malcolm and Suzanne’s friend, Bow Street runner Jeremy Roth, knocking on their door in the middle of the night.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Tracy

The house in Berkeley Square that is my model for Malcolm & Suzanne's house

The house in Berkeley Square that is my model for Malcolm & Suzanne’s house

The house above in Berkeley Square is my model for Malcolm and Suzanne’s house. The Mayfair Affair begins in this house, with Malcolm and Suzanne awakened in their second floor bedchamber by a visit from Bow Street runner Jeremy Roth. Hard to believe it, but The Mayfair Affair will be out in just seven weeks! So excited to have it in the world. For the next seven weeks, I’ll be posting special features every Friday to make the wait go faster, so be sure to check back. And if you haven’t already seen it, London Interlude is out as an ebook, giving a glimpse into Malcolm and Suzanne’s first visit to London.

Have a great weekend!!

Tracy

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Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I’m savoring the fact that London Interlude is out. Mélanie and I had a pretty quiet weekend (though we did have a lovely afternoon yesterday seeing the wonderful new Cinderella movie which we both loved). We spent a long weekend in New York City last weekend and had a wonderful time. Here, in pictures, is a diary of our trip.

Dinner at the Grand Tavern in Oakland before we caught the red eye

Dinner at the Grand Tavern in Oakland before we caught the red eye

Mélanie excited to board the "Big Jet."

Mélanie excited to board the “Big Jet.”

With the wonderful team at Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Nancy, Adrienne Rosado, and Sarah Younger

With the wonderful team at Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Nancy, Adrienne Rosado, and Sarah Younger

Mel catching up on sleep after flying in on the red eye while I met with the crew at NYLA about Malcolm & Suzanne current and future adventures.

Mel catching up on sleep after flying in on the red eye while I met with the crew at NYLA about Malcolm & Suzanne current and future adventures.

One of the highlights of the trip was spending time with the wonderful Lauren Willig and family.

One of the highlights of the trip was spending time with the wonderful Lauren Willig and family.

 

Mélanie dozed through the start of dinner at Cesca

Mélanie dozed through the start of dinner at Cesca

But woke up for dessert

But woke up for dessert

 

We had a great time at our hotel, The Milburn

We had a great time at our hotel, The Milburn

Mélanie loved Belvedere Castle in Central Park, particularly climbing the stairs, which reminded me of my fascination with the stairs in the White Tower in the Tower of London as a child

Mélanie loved Belvedere Castle in Central Park, particularly climbing the stairs, which reminded me of my fascination with the stairs in the White Tower in the Tower of London as a child

Lunch in the American Wing Café at the Metropolitan Museum. This trip was the first time Mel has seen snow!

Lunch in the American Wing Café at the Metropolitan Museum. This trip was the first time Mel has seen snow!

The American Wing at the Met has amazing early 19th century period rooms. This façade is from 1823. I told Mel the rooms were like in Mummy's books. She said they were like Sofia's palace or Anna and Elsa's. We were both happy.

The American Wing at the Met has amazing early 19th century period rooms. This façade is from 1823. I told Mel the rooms were like in Mummy’s books. She said they were like Sofia’s palace or Anna and Elsa’s. We were both happy.

We had time for another visit to the park before lunch on our last day in the city and Mélanie asked to go back to the castle "pretty please."

We had time for another visit to the park before lunch on our last day in the city and Mélanie asked to go back to the castle “pretty please.”

Lunch at Isabella's, one of our favorite NY restaurants. Ending the trip as we began it, with dessert with a candle for Princess M.

Lunch at Isabella’s, one of our favorite NY restaurants. Ending the trip as we began it, with dessert with a candle for Princess M.

 

London Interlude 2

London Interlude, the novella about Suzanne and Malcolm’s first visit to Britain just went live on Amazon and Nook. It should be up on iTunes and other platforms by the end of next week. So excited it is out in the world and excited to hear what everyone thinks.

Happy weekend!

Tracy

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