Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Writers Wednesday: Callie Hutton's Christmas Regency On Sale Now!

Hi Everyone. Help me welcome Callie Hutton, whose book, MISS MERRY'S CHRISTMAS, is currently on sale for .99 cents. It's a bargain AND a Regency. That's a terrific Christmas present. Would you please tell us a little about the story, Callie?

The Duke of Penrose is not happy with Miss Meredith Chambers, the American governess his new wards have arrived with. He quickly replaces her, happy to have his unwanted attraction to the unsuitable woman behind him. Until his mother hires her as a companion.

Of course! He's not going to escape that easily! Would you share an excerpt?

Lips twitching, but maintaining his austere demeanor, the butler opened a large wooden door with elaborate carvings, and sniffed before announcing, “Lady Charlotte Spencer, Lady Clare Spencer, and Miss Meredith Chambers.”

The girls clung harder, making it practically impossible for Merry to enter the room. She dragged one limb, then the other, until she reached the massive oak desk. Breathless from her effort, she looked up into the most arresting brown eyes, with specks of gold, she’d ever seen. Above the eyes, sharp black eyebrows rose almost to the hairline of wavy black hair. Below the eyes an aristocratic nose led to sensual lips drawn into a tight line.

“Your Grace.” She puffed and attempted a clumsy curtsy.

The only sound in the room was the soft click of the door as the butler exited. Merry waited patiently to be invited to sit. Instead, the brown eyes kept staring at her, then leisurely slid their way down her person, and obviously from the additional tightening of his full sensual lips, finding her wanting.
Eventually, a long-fingered hand flicked in the direction of one of the two leather chairs in front of his desk. “Sit.”

Merry sat abruptly, feeling like a dog panting in front of its master. The two girls ended up on their knees on the floor, still buried in her skirts.

“Is there something wrong with the young ladies?” The deep voice rolled over her, setting her heart to pounding.

Merry grasped the girls’ arms and attempted to pull them to their feet. They held tighter. “No, Your Grace. They’re merely a bit anxious.”


How was it possible to put so much disapproval into one word?

After a moment, he settled back in his chair, his fingers clutching a quill pen he tapped on the desk. “I trust you had a pleasant journey?”

With all the liquid in her mouth dried up, she merely nodded.

“I understand from my solicitors you’ve had sole charge of the girls since their parents passed away a month ago?”

“Yes, Your Grace.” Good. She was finally able to pry her mouth open.

“And you cannot control your charges enough to insist they sit as proper ladies?”

Heat rose to Merry’s face and anger washed through her. The arrogant arse! “They’re confused and a bit distressed.” She bent and whispered furiously to the girls. “Please get up, His Grace is not happy.”

“No.” Two voices piped up, muffled in her skirts.

She smiled slightly at the duke and shrugged. If possible his eyebrows rose further, disappearing underneath the wave that rested against his forehead.

“It appears to me, Miss Chambers, that Lady Charlotte and Lady Clare have arrived here just in time.” He pushed his chair back and stood. “I arranged for a governess to train them in proper behavior. She will instruct the girls in the skills necessary for a lady.” He waved his hand. “Sewing, French, watercolors, and so forth.”

Merry stared at him, her jaw slack. Well over six feet, David, Duke of Penrose, was a sight to behold. Every inch the lord of the manor, his coat fit him as if it had been painted on. His white-on-white waistcoat hugged his impressive body above well-fitting tan breeches tucked into black Hessian boots. A snow white, intricately tied cravat was a stark contrast to his lightly tanned skin.

Lord Penrose rested one hip on the edge of the desk, peering down at her, his foot swinging back and forth. “I shall allow a bit of transition time for the young ladies. You may stay on for a week or two. Then I will see you receive a generous stipend to tide you over until you can secure another position.”

Two blonde heads popped up from behind Merry’s skirts. “No!”

Sounds delightful, Callie. I can't wait to read it. What’s your next project?

I just finished the final edits for THE DUKE'S QUANDARY, the second book in my Marriage Mart Mayhem regency series for Entangled. It will be released in March. The first book in that series is THE ELUSIVE WIFE.

I'm looking forward to that next one. The series is delightful. What one tip would you offer writers?

Read, read,  read. Write, write, write, Every day. Don’t write ‘when you have time,’ set a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Also, read books on the craft of writing, but even more importantly, read books in your genre to see how other authors are putting together their stories, their character arcs, how they handle conflict, etc.

How do your stories ‘come to you’ at first--through characters, setting, story line?

I would say story line and setting come first. Then I pick the characters that would fit that story. Sometimes if I have a particular character personality in mind, I’ll form the story around him/her. That’s what happened with THE DUKE'S QUANDARY. My heroine is a clumsy scientist who has no desire to have a Season in London, but when she’s forced to do that, trouble follows. When I thought of that character, the story sort of unfolded.

Do you have challenges with finding writing time?

Never. I consider writing my ‘job’ that I go to every day for 5-6 hours. Even when I was still working (I write full time now), I made sure my schedule for work didn’t interfere with my writing.

Very smart. If we want to write, we have to take it and ourselves seriously.  How did you get into writing?

I’ve been making up stories since elementary school, and writing gave me a way to turn off the voices in my head. After having a number of articles and interviews published in newspapers and magazines, I took on what I’d always dreamed of. Writing that book. I currently have a number of both historical and contemporary romance books published.

I currently live in Oklahoma with my husband and adult children who move in and out with alarming regularity. Add three rescue dogs and the household is complete—and full. I enjoy hearing from my readers, and would love to have you visit me on Facebook.
Very best of luck with this latest release, Callie. I'm now off to get it! Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you’ll come back again. Now---Where can we find you online?

Here's the link to my Author page where all my books are listed: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006O2IF2I

My website:  www.calliehutton.com


  1. Hi Callie,
    Welcome. I love the blurb and excerpt of you newest Regency. I've got it now and I can't wait to read it. Thanks so much for visiting today.

  2. Thanks, Barb. I'm really excited to be here today. I appreciate you having me as your guest.

  3. Loved the book and wishing you many sales

    1. Hi B J.
      Thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to reading the book!

    2. Thanks, Barb. I appreciate the visit.

  4. Miss Merry's Christmas sounds like a delightful read! All best wishes for growing sales!

    1. Hi Ashantay,
      Doesn't it sound good? I'm going to have to move it up my list. I'm looking for a way to organize my Kindle lists!!

    2. Thanks for stopping by, Ashantay,