First thing's first - the winner of a copy of Cynthia Eden's latest, Everlasting Bad Boys (I still love that title) is saturnmoonie. Congratulations! Send us your email and we'll send you a book. Don't you love how that works?
And speaking of books, I read the neatest regency the other day. Whenever I'm heavy into writing paranormal, my brain starts to crave historicals and mysteries to read for pleasure - kind of like craving something sweet after having salty. Anyhow, I read this regency the other night that blew me away.
It's called When A Lady Misbehaves and it's about this scullery maid who works in a bordello. She's not interested in anything but cleaning pots, but she's basically given an ultimatum: either take part in a virgin auction or get thrown out on the streets to die. Now most regency books would then have this heroine in the auction. Not this book. In this one, the scullery maid steals the bordello madame's diary and basically goes around impersonating an illegitimate child, bilking overstuffed, immoral rich men out of their money. I loved it. It was so fresh and unique. And then of course the scullery maid gets into trouble because of her scheming. But the whole book is just so unpredictable.
To make a long story short (too late). I went onto Amazon to leave this book a great review. And I was shocked at a few of the negative reviews it had. One reviewer didn't like the duplicity of the main character. And, okay, I'll give you that. The author explains it well, but I could see someone not liking that. But other reviewers were upset because a horse was a wrong color for the breed, or the author somehow misused a legal term. In short, nothing to do with the actual plot of the book.
Now I'll be the first to admit, I don't know the regency rules and I could never write one because of that, but it was interesting to see just what pulled readers out of the story. And it got me thinking. My pet peeves have more to do with an unoriginal story line or if I buy a book and learn it's basically a "filler" until we get to the next book when something big happens. But what about you? What does it take to pull you out of a story? It is something as simple as a regency fact gone wrong? A highland werewolf who forgets his brogue? Or something else entirely?