Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Best Ever Summer Blog Tour ~ Week2

     Nine fabulous authors in mixed genres trading blog space for eight weeks for your enjoyment. It’s a chance to meet great authors and discover exciting new books. Someone on the blog tour is giving a prize every week – hint: this week you might enjoy Susan Roebuck’s Perfect Score or Hewhay Hall (she is at – with a grand prize to come at the end of the tour. What will it be – a Kindle, a hefty gift certificate, a unique needlepoint Kindle cover? Aha! A $50 Amazon gift certificate! Think how many books that would buy. Enjoy the blogs and leave comments for the opportunity to be the grand prize winner!

     Thank you to Corinne Davies for letting me preempt her blog this week. If you thirst to read her entry, she is visiting

     Three paragraphs in and I haven’t told you my name. Ann Tracy Marr, that’s me. I have loved the Regency period since I was a girl and my mother introduced me to Georgette Heyer and Barbara Cartland, two of the most well-known authors of the genre. You should write what you love, right? It was natural that I begin writing my own Regency story. That book failed to find a publisher. Rather than give up, I wrote a second. The plot was missing something. It needed a spark to bring it to life. I fiddled, dithered, thought, and rewrote until I realized that making the hero a magician made the book exciting.

How could a magician fit in the Regency? That took planning. If King Arthur and Merlin had really existed – if they were a fundamental part of British history, magic could fit into the period. So I decided just as George Washington lived, so did King Arthur. Taking it the logical step further, Merlin, Arthur’s magical cohort, existed. Voila, magicians are real and my hero was a magician. That made the Round Table the preferred method of governing Britain, not that there is any real difference between it and Parliament. Fundamentally, it is still the Regency, with Prinny, Lady Jersey, bonnets and reticules, and eventful country house parties.

It is a unique twist on the Regency – as one reviewer said, it sounds strange, but it works. If you can believe that vampires live in New Orleans, you can believe that magicians populated Regency England; it just needs that stretch of imagination to make it real. The manuscript sparkled enough that it was accepted by Awestruck and published, as were two more. The three books received very good reviews – two won awards.

     Thus, my published works are paranormal Regency romance.

     I “dabble” with other writing also. My daughter considers my best work to be the manuscript about two men railroaded into prison. A gory rewrite of the Bell Witch haunting is languishing on my hard drive. I am currently polishing a diary about my recent battle with breast cancer. One of these days I will find a publisher for those books. Faith and begorra, it’s hard to get a book published!

Where can you find me?
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To be entered in this week’s draw all you have to do is answer one little question and put it in the comments!

What is the other Blog that Corinne can be found at a couple times a month? 
 ** Hint: look up to the left ;) **

Curious to continue the blog tour? Here’s a list of the participants:

Angie Dobson, Reviewer -

Ann Tracy Marr 

Susan Roebuck -

Sharon Poppen -

Regan Taylor

Corinne Davies

Regina Andrews 

Christine London -

Lynn Hones

1 comment:

  1. An intriguing path to writing Regency Magicians indeed. Really clever! Do we have the next Ann Rice in the making? ;)