Ciji Ware: Wicked Company

Cat 243 Dover by Mary Jo

Wicked Company is a delicious historical novel about to be reissued by the ever-percipient Sourcebooks, but I'll start by saying that the author, my pal Ciji Ware, is wickedly good company.  We met at a conference and bonded over publishing horror stories and have been friends ever since. 

Ciji comes from a long line of professional writers.  A California girl, she left her mark on Harvard, and has done far too many other colorful things to begin to describe here.  I'll summarize by saying that she has written gorgeous great romantic historicals that Sourcebooks is reissuing (along with a new novel), that her most  Rightsizing jpeg recent non-fiction title, Rightsizing: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most was singled out for distinction by both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and that while staying in her guest room on Nob Hill in San Francisco some years ago, a shelf about the bed rather casually contained an Emmy that she'd won, slightly dented from a fall during an earthquake. <g>

So without further ado–heeeere's Ciji!

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I come from a Scottish-American background.  Spending all those years researching my first two historical novels, Island of the Swans and Wicked Company (the new edition of the latter debuts in October, 2010) deeply connected me to my Scottish roots.

Adding to our family’s “Scot-o-mania” is the fact that my husband of 34 years, Tony Cook, is also of Scottish-American derivation.  We learned long after we were married that his family name had been MacCook and that we shared several other Scottish names on our family tree:  Bell, Alexander, McAllister, Hunter and Forester.  We have loved being part of this “community” and for a while we were even members of the MacLeod Scottish Country Dancers!  I mean, talk about living your research….

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 You can imagine what a joyful day it was when Sourcebooks Landmark (the Illinois publisher reintroducing the Georgette Heyer historicals to a new generation of readers) asked permission to bring out new trade paperback editions of all my books, plus a new one, A Race to Splendor, being published on the 105th anniversary of the cataclysmic 1906 San Francisco earthquake and firestorm.  Splendor is a biographical historical about the first licensed female architect in California, Julia Morgan—and her fictional acolyte, Amelia Hunter Bradshaw–restoring the fabled Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill in the aftermath of the early 20th c. disaster that can only remind us of the latest temblor in Haiti.

Alas, poor orphan!

 But to return to the subject of my second novel, Wicked Company…I’m not surprised when I’m told that many readers of my other works may never have heard of it!  Like Island of the Swans, it’s also set in Scotland and England, but in this story, a group of “uppity” eighteenth century women playwrights battle to have their works Wicked Company produced—as women did in real life—at Covent Garden and Drury Lane theatres…and to great success, may I add!
 
But alas, nearly every writer I know has had a book that’s been “orphaned” in the sometimes rough-and-tumble world of “The New Publishing Paradigm”—i.e. the Digital Revolution. The true story of my orphaned historical is that I was changing publishers right at the time the first edition of Wicked Company was to be published back in 1992, and, as often happens, the book was given short shrift by the “old” publisher.  It had a very small print run, virtually no publicity and disappeared with nary a ripple. 

This pained (and irritated) me no end, as I am tremendously proud of this particular historical novel and believe it’s among my best work. Therefore, I cannot deny that I am enjoying a tremendous sense of rather smug satisfaction that my beloved orphan has found a beautiful new home and has been granted a second life, appearing in an honored place in this new Sourcebooks Landmark series—and with a spanking new cover and a complimentary quote from Britain’s Literary Review!

Telling a book by its cover?

What I find so fascinating is the way books are truly categorized by their covers.  Readers obviously take their cues from the images depicted on the front of a book.  Romance readers know what they like and expect, and the same holds true for lovers of historical novels.  If the covers don’t match the content, readers can, rightly, become highly incensed—and I don’t blame them. 

Island_of_the_Swans_Cover--new Here are two radically different approaches to the same novel. The cover on the left incorporates the actual 18th c. portrait of the heroine, Jane Maxwell, 4th Duchess of Gordon by George Romney, hanging now in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
   
2010 Cover-Sourcebooks Landmark  

CWIslandOfTheSwans--2 Here is the much more romance style cover from Bantam Books

As with Island of the Swans and Wicked Company, my other novels always include a love story, but each one also centers on the question:

“What were the women doing in history?”  

To answer that query, the books by necessity, must be extensively researched as to the role of a very small segment of the population–women who earned their own keep in a day far removed from our own.  The idea that a few, talented and brave females longed for self-expression in various fields that were then the exclusive province of men is also central to the dual story historical/contemporary titles I’ve written:  A Cottage by the Sea, Midnight on Julia Street, and A Light on the Veranda.

From the earliest days of my career, I’ve been fascinated by “professional women” in the 18th and 19th centuries and have chosen to tell the stories of female politicians, artists, writers, and musicians—all based on composites of women who Eglantine,LadyWallace,playwright really lived and plied their various crafts for money.  Here is a black-and-white image of a “two-fer,” Eglantine, Lady Wallace (the Duchess of Gordon’s sister and a minor character in Island of the Swans) who played the harp as an avocation and wrote several plays, one of which was eventually produced professionally in London.

(Eglantine, Lady Wallace, above)

The problem was, the books I wrote in the 1980’s and 90’s as full-on historical novels about these “famous-but-forgotten” women of history were often saddled with some God-awful covers during the period when nearly every historical was thought to have a better chance in the marketplace if it emphasized the romance more than the history.  Bless Sourcebooks/Landmark for creating a “look” this time around that matches the contents of my historicals, so that hardcore romance readers can steer clear of them if they so chose, and lovers of historical fiction might give them a try!

William-Hogarth-David-Garrick-with-His-Wife-Eva-Maria-Veigel-La-Violette-or-Violette-  (David and Eva-Maria Garrick by Hogarth)

One of the great delights in researching my up-coming October release of Wicked Company was discovering that David Garrick, the fabled actor-manager of the eighteenth century London Theater Royal, Drury Lane, was what we surely would call in our own age, “a feminist.”

For the nearly thirty years of his sterling career, he championed women artists–not only actresses, but dancers, novelists and playwrights as well. Above, we see in a portrait by Hogarth, Garrick is shown at his desk, no doubt penning one of his own plays which competed with the immortal likes of She Stoops to Conquer.

Garrick was also known for another oddity of his age and ours:  an absolute devotion to his wife, Eva-Maria, pictured behind him as a kind of bright yellow “happy muse.”

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane In the eighteenth century, with no television programs or motion pictures to steal his audiences–Garrick changed the playbill every few days or so.  He also offered dancing, singing, and other divertissments in a bold attempt to keep his fickle patrons from heading over to his nearby arch rival, Theater Royal, Covent Garden.  
(Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, above)

The constant revolving playbill kept his audiences asking one another, “What’s on tonight at Drury Lane ?” which, in turn, required a never-ending need for new material.

With great respect for the professional life his wife had enjoyed as a premier dancer of her day, Garrick was only too happy to hire talent, whatever its gender, to keep the public’s interest in the kinds of entertainment offered at Drury Lane.  In fact, he encouraged women writers by offering them his services as mentor and editor as they toiled on their plays.

Kitty Clive  
Garrick launched a number of women in well-paid careers as “petticoat playwrights,” among them the actress, comedienne Kitty Clive (1711-1785), left. I researched her and other such women in the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, where I held a Readership in 18th c. British-American History.  There I also discovered that Garrick served as cheerleader to one of the playwriting “Hannahs”–Hannah More.  (The other, Hannah Cowley. and Hannah More actually despised each other-–but you will have to read Wicked Company to learn about that…)

When I was first at the Huntington researching this novel,  there was very little published about Garrick’s role in launching these women into professional writing careers.  But soon I was bumping into theater scholars from Ohio, Delaware, and Yale universities and elsewhere, hard at work on such nonfiction efforts as Curtain Call: British and American Women and the Theater 1660-1820, and The Plays of Frances  Sheridan (mother of Richard, of The School for Scandal and The Rivals fame).

220px-Francessheridan Garrick produced one of Frances Sheridan’s works, The Dupe, though, sadly, it found little favor with the sometimes riotous, badly-behaved audiences.

David Garrick died in 1779, and much later, a social club was named in his honor.  When I was in London to tour the rival theaters and to work at the theater museum in Covent Garden itself, I was taken to the club named after my hero as a guest on the only day a woman could enter those portals.  That’s because, of course, The Garrick Club was founded by men, and as far as can be determined, remains for men only.

Ah, the ironies of history…and of writing historical novels as well!

Ciji_as_Duchess_of_Gordon Ciji Ware (seen on the left in duchess costume) is traveling to a high school reunion in Carmel, California today, but she hopes to be able to pop in for comments from her smart phone.  She'll be giving away a copy of Wicked Company to a commenter on the blog between now and midnight Saturday

Ciji Ware enjoys hearing from readers at www.cijiware.com

Mary Jo, happy to have such a multi-talented guest.

100 thoughts on “Ciji Ware: Wicked Company”

  1. Hi Ciji, I really enjoyed your post. As for covers, I prefer the new ones shown for Wicked Company and Island of the Swans, they are so much nicer than the “romance style” cover shown. I’m looking forward to reading Wicked Company, I’m glad it’s getting a second chance.

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  2. Hi Ciji, I really enjoyed your post. As for covers, I prefer the new ones shown for Wicked Company and Island of the Swans, they are so much nicer than the “romance style” cover shown. I’m looking forward to reading Wicked Company, I’m glad it’s getting a second chance.

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  3. Hi Ciji, I really enjoyed your post. As for covers, I prefer the new ones shown for Wicked Company and Island of the Swans, they are so much nicer than the “romance style” cover shown. I’m looking forward to reading Wicked Company, I’m glad it’s getting a second chance.

    Reply
  4. Hi Ciji, I really enjoyed your post. As for covers, I prefer the new ones shown for Wicked Company and Island of the Swans, they are so much nicer than the “romance style” cover shown. I’m looking forward to reading Wicked Company, I’m glad it’s getting a second chance.

    Reply
  5. Hi Ciji, I really enjoyed your post. As for covers, I prefer the new ones shown for Wicked Company and Island of the Swans, they are so much nicer than the “romance style” cover shown. I’m looking forward to reading Wicked Company, I’m glad it’s getting a second chance.

    Reply
  6. Fascinating post and congrats for getting your backlist on the publishing track once again. It’s a boon to all of us.
    I’m always interested in women and why their accomplishments have been ignored for the most part. This month’s theme at Unusual Historicals is “Women Did It Better” and I’m learning a lot, as I did reading your post.
    Thanks for sharing, congrats on your new release–oh, and I love the pictures, too! 🙂

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  7. Fascinating post and congrats for getting your backlist on the publishing track once again. It’s a boon to all of us.
    I’m always interested in women and why their accomplishments have been ignored for the most part. This month’s theme at Unusual Historicals is “Women Did It Better” and I’m learning a lot, as I did reading your post.
    Thanks for sharing, congrats on your new release–oh, and I love the pictures, too! 🙂

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  8. Fascinating post and congrats for getting your backlist on the publishing track once again. It’s a boon to all of us.
    I’m always interested in women and why their accomplishments have been ignored for the most part. This month’s theme at Unusual Historicals is “Women Did It Better” and I’m learning a lot, as I did reading your post.
    Thanks for sharing, congrats on your new release–oh, and I love the pictures, too! 🙂

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  9. Fascinating post and congrats for getting your backlist on the publishing track once again. It’s a boon to all of us.
    I’m always interested in women and why their accomplishments have been ignored for the most part. This month’s theme at Unusual Historicals is “Women Did It Better” and I’m learning a lot, as I did reading your post.
    Thanks for sharing, congrats on your new release–oh, and I love the pictures, too! 🙂

    Reply
  10. Fascinating post and congrats for getting your backlist on the publishing track once again. It’s a boon to all of us.
    I’m always interested in women and why their accomplishments have been ignored for the most part. This month’s theme at Unusual Historicals is “Women Did It Better” and I’m learning a lot, as I did reading your post.
    Thanks for sharing, congrats on your new release–oh, and I love the pictures, too! 🙂

    Reply
  11. Ciji, what a wonderful post, and congratulations on the reissue of “Wicked Company.” I loved “Island of the Swans.” And I loved hearing about women dramatists, and the theatre, which is a hobby of mine. I’m planning a trip to London soon, and I’m hoping to visit a few of the theatres there, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

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  12. Ciji, what a wonderful post, and congratulations on the reissue of “Wicked Company.” I loved “Island of the Swans.” And I loved hearing about women dramatists, and the theatre, which is a hobby of mine. I’m planning a trip to London soon, and I’m hoping to visit a few of the theatres there, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

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  13. Ciji, what a wonderful post, and congratulations on the reissue of “Wicked Company.” I loved “Island of the Swans.” And I loved hearing about women dramatists, and the theatre, which is a hobby of mine. I’m planning a trip to London soon, and I’m hoping to visit a few of the theatres there, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

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  14. Ciji, what a wonderful post, and congratulations on the reissue of “Wicked Company.” I loved “Island of the Swans.” And I loved hearing about women dramatists, and the theatre, which is a hobby of mine. I’m planning a trip to London soon, and I’m hoping to visit a few of the theatres there, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

    Reply
  15. Ciji, what a wonderful post, and congratulations on the reissue of “Wicked Company.” I loved “Island of the Swans.” And I loved hearing about women dramatists, and the theatre, which is a hobby of mine. I’m planning a trip to London soon, and I’m hoping to visit a few of the theatres there, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

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  16. I love historicals with strong heroines succeeding at some non-traditional task in a male-dominated society. Maybe because I’ve always had so-called “men’s jobs” and I want to read about the kind of women I like.
    I notice these types of stories have been thin on the ground of late. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, lots of authors wrote these kinds of books. Nowadays, everything is about succeeding by marrying a rich nobleman, and the only powerful women around are paranormals.
    I dislike “marriage as success” books and I think those paranormals are a cop-out. I want to read about women who succeed because of their own brains and determination, not because of magic or good looks.
    I’ll have to check out your books.

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  17. I love historicals with strong heroines succeeding at some non-traditional task in a male-dominated society. Maybe because I’ve always had so-called “men’s jobs” and I want to read about the kind of women I like.
    I notice these types of stories have been thin on the ground of late. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, lots of authors wrote these kinds of books. Nowadays, everything is about succeeding by marrying a rich nobleman, and the only powerful women around are paranormals.
    I dislike “marriage as success” books and I think those paranormals are a cop-out. I want to read about women who succeed because of their own brains and determination, not because of magic or good looks.
    I’ll have to check out your books.

    Reply
  18. I love historicals with strong heroines succeeding at some non-traditional task in a male-dominated society. Maybe because I’ve always had so-called “men’s jobs” and I want to read about the kind of women I like.
    I notice these types of stories have been thin on the ground of late. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, lots of authors wrote these kinds of books. Nowadays, everything is about succeeding by marrying a rich nobleman, and the only powerful women around are paranormals.
    I dislike “marriage as success” books and I think those paranormals are a cop-out. I want to read about women who succeed because of their own brains and determination, not because of magic or good looks.
    I’ll have to check out your books.

    Reply
  19. I love historicals with strong heroines succeeding at some non-traditional task in a male-dominated society. Maybe because I’ve always had so-called “men’s jobs” and I want to read about the kind of women I like.
    I notice these types of stories have been thin on the ground of late. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, lots of authors wrote these kinds of books. Nowadays, everything is about succeeding by marrying a rich nobleman, and the only powerful women around are paranormals.
    I dislike “marriage as success” books and I think those paranormals are a cop-out. I want to read about women who succeed because of their own brains and determination, not because of magic or good looks.
    I’ll have to check out your books.

    Reply
  20. I love historicals with strong heroines succeeding at some non-traditional task in a male-dominated society. Maybe because I’ve always had so-called “men’s jobs” and I want to read about the kind of women I like.
    I notice these types of stories have been thin on the ground of late. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, lots of authors wrote these kinds of books. Nowadays, everything is about succeeding by marrying a rich nobleman, and the only powerful women around are paranormals.
    I dislike “marriage as success” books and I think those paranormals are a cop-out. I want to read about women who succeed because of their own brains and determination, not because of magic or good looks.
    I’ll have to check out your books.

    Reply
  21. From MJP:
    One of the points Ciji made that I love is how there have always been women around doing interesting things even if they aren’t very obvious in the history books. Wonderfully researched novels like WICKED COMPANY bring such women out of the shadows and into the light.

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  22. From MJP:
    One of the points Ciji made that I love is how there have always been women around doing interesting things even if they aren’t very obvious in the history books. Wonderfully researched novels like WICKED COMPANY bring such women out of the shadows and into the light.

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  23. From MJP:
    One of the points Ciji made that I love is how there have always been women around doing interesting things even if they aren’t very obvious in the history books. Wonderfully researched novels like WICKED COMPANY bring such women out of the shadows and into the light.

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  24. From MJP:
    One of the points Ciji made that I love is how there have always been women around doing interesting things even if they aren’t very obvious in the history books. Wonderfully researched novels like WICKED COMPANY bring such women out of the shadows and into the light.

    Reply
  25. From MJP:
    One of the points Ciji made that I love is how there have always been women around doing interesting things even if they aren’t very obvious in the history books. Wonderfully researched novels like WICKED COMPANY bring such women out of the shadows and into the light.

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  26. I just wanted to say that reading Ms. Ware’s comments coupled with the title of the blog made me instantly remember this quote: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”
    Also “A Cottage by the Sea” is one of my fave books and I have x3 copies of this book (all in varying conditions) because I have re-read it so often.
    I am looking forward to reading the new book too.

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  27. I just wanted to say that reading Ms. Ware’s comments coupled with the title of the blog made me instantly remember this quote: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”
    Also “A Cottage by the Sea” is one of my fave books and I have x3 copies of this book (all in varying conditions) because I have re-read it so often.
    I am looking forward to reading the new book too.

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  28. I just wanted to say that reading Ms. Ware’s comments coupled with the title of the blog made me instantly remember this quote: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”
    Also “A Cottage by the Sea” is one of my fave books and I have x3 copies of this book (all in varying conditions) because I have re-read it so often.
    I am looking forward to reading the new book too.

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  29. I just wanted to say that reading Ms. Ware’s comments coupled with the title of the blog made me instantly remember this quote: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”
    Also “A Cottage by the Sea” is one of my fave books and I have x3 copies of this book (all in varying conditions) because I have re-read it so often.
    I am looking forward to reading the new book too.

    Reply
  30. I just wanted to say that reading Ms. Ware’s comments coupled with the title of the blog made me instantly remember this quote: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”
    Also “A Cottage by the Sea” is one of my fave books and I have x3 copies of this book (all in varying conditions) because I have re-read it so often.
    I am looking forward to reading the new book too.

    Reply
  31. Hi, Ciji, lovely to see you here! I thought I’d read everything you’d ever written, but I apparently missed Wicked Company. I hang my head in shame and will head from here to add it to my buy list. Sourcebooks is doing a fantastic job of putting books into the market where they belong, so here’s to another success story!

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  32. Hi, Ciji, lovely to see you here! I thought I’d read everything you’d ever written, but I apparently missed Wicked Company. I hang my head in shame and will head from here to add it to my buy list. Sourcebooks is doing a fantastic job of putting books into the market where they belong, so here’s to another success story!

    Reply
  33. Hi, Ciji, lovely to see you here! I thought I’d read everything you’d ever written, but I apparently missed Wicked Company. I hang my head in shame and will head from here to add it to my buy list. Sourcebooks is doing a fantastic job of putting books into the market where they belong, so here’s to another success story!

    Reply
  34. Hi, Ciji, lovely to see you here! I thought I’d read everything you’d ever written, but I apparently missed Wicked Company. I hang my head in shame and will head from here to add it to my buy list. Sourcebooks is doing a fantastic job of putting books into the market where they belong, so here’s to another success story!

    Reply
  35. Hi, Ciji, lovely to see you here! I thought I’d read everything you’d ever written, but I apparently missed Wicked Company. I hang my head in shame and will head from here to add it to my buy list. Sourcebooks is doing a fantastic job of putting books into the market where they belong, so here’s to another success story!

    Reply
  36. Hi I just want to say that I have been a huge fan of Ciji’s for years. I have all your books and I was delighted that Island of Swans and Wicked Company were being re-released. I have fond memories of them both and I’m enjoying owning new copies with these gorgeous covers. I have to say that I’m surprised that no one has written a full-scale biography about Jane, Duchess of Gordon since she was a contemporary of Georgiana.

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  37. Hi I just want to say that I have been a huge fan of Ciji’s for years. I have all your books and I was delighted that Island of Swans and Wicked Company were being re-released. I have fond memories of them both and I’m enjoying owning new copies with these gorgeous covers. I have to say that I’m surprised that no one has written a full-scale biography about Jane, Duchess of Gordon since she was a contemporary of Georgiana.

    Reply
  38. Hi I just want to say that I have been a huge fan of Ciji’s for years. I have all your books and I was delighted that Island of Swans and Wicked Company were being re-released. I have fond memories of them both and I’m enjoying owning new copies with these gorgeous covers. I have to say that I’m surprised that no one has written a full-scale biography about Jane, Duchess of Gordon since she was a contemporary of Georgiana.

    Reply
  39. Hi I just want to say that I have been a huge fan of Ciji’s for years. I have all your books and I was delighted that Island of Swans and Wicked Company were being re-released. I have fond memories of them both and I’m enjoying owning new copies with these gorgeous covers. I have to say that I’m surprised that no one has written a full-scale biography about Jane, Duchess of Gordon since she was a contemporary of Georgiana.

    Reply
  40. Hi I just want to say that I have been a huge fan of Ciji’s for years. I have all your books and I was delighted that Island of Swans and Wicked Company were being re-released. I have fond memories of them both and I’m enjoying owning new copies with these gorgeous covers. I have to say that I’m surprised that no one has written a full-scale biography about Jane, Duchess of Gordon since she was a contemporary of Georgiana.

    Reply
  41. Love the dented Emmy above the bed and think the new covers are beautiful. Hope sales skyrocket.
    For anyone living in or planning a trip to London who is interested in the Garricks, the V&A has their bedroom furnishings on display. There’s a sweet portrait of the two of them playing cards, and she is pulling the Queen of Hearts out of her hand.

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  42. Love the dented Emmy above the bed and think the new covers are beautiful. Hope sales skyrocket.
    For anyone living in or planning a trip to London who is interested in the Garricks, the V&A has their bedroom furnishings on display. There’s a sweet portrait of the two of them playing cards, and she is pulling the Queen of Hearts out of her hand.

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  43. Love the dented Emmy above the bed and think the new covers are beautiful. Hope sales skyrocket.
    For anyone living in or planning a trip to London who is interested in the Garricks, the V&A has their bedroom furnishings on display. There’s a sweet portrait of the two of them playing cards, and she is pulling the Queen of Hearts out of her hand.

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  44. Love the dented Emmy above the bed and think the new covers are beautiful. Hope sales skyrocket.
    For anyone living in or planning a trip to London who is interested in the Garricks, the V&A has their bedroom furnishings on display. There’s a sweet portrait of the two of them playing cards, and she is pulling the Queen of Hearts out of her hand.

    Reply
  45. Love the dented Emmy above the bed and think the new covers are beautiful. Hope sales skyrocket.
    For anyone living in or planning a trip to London who is interested in the Garricks, the V&A has their bedroom furnishings on display. There’s a sweet portrait of the two of them playing cards, and she is pulling the Queen of Hearts out of her hand.

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  46. Ciji, I really enjoyed your post here and I read Wicked Company when it was originally issues. It ticked all the boxes for me, being a novelist/historian who writes about the same sorts of professional females of the late 18th century–artists, opera dancers, actresses, singers, writers. (Presently I’m writing about a real-life one who can be slotted into several of those categories.)
    Delighted to know that your book will be available again and I wish it all success and a broader readership.

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  47. Ciji, I really enjoyed your post here and I read Wicked Company when it was originally issues. It ticked all the boxes for me, being a novelist/historian who writes about the same sorts of professional females of the late 18th century–artists, opera dancers, actresses, singers, writers. (Presently I’m writing about a real-life one who can be slotted into several of those categories.)
    Delighted to know that your book will be available again and I wish it all success and a broader readership.

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  48. Ciji, I really enjoyed your post here and I read Wicked Company when it was originally issues. It ticked all the boxes for me, being a novelist/historian who writes about the same sorts of professional females of the late 18th century–artists, opera dancers, actresses, singers, writers. (Presently I’m writing about a real-life one who can be slotted into several of those categories.)
    Delighted to know that your book will be available again and I wish it all success and a broader readership.

    Reply
  49. Ciji, I really enjoyed your post here and I read Wicked Company when it was originally issues. It ticked all the boxes for me, being a novelist/historian who writes about the same sorts of professional females of the late 18th century–artists, opera dancers, actresses, singers, writers. (Presently I’m writing about a real-life one who can be slotted into several of those categories.)
    Delighted to know that your book will be available again and I wish it all success and a broader readership.

    Reply
  50. Ciji, I really enjoyed your post here and I read Wicked Company when it was originally issues. It ticked all the boxes for me, being a novelist/historian who writes about the same sorts of professional females of the late 18th century–artists, opera dancers, actresses, singers, writers. (Presently I’m writing about a real-life one who can be slotted into several of those categories.)
    Delighted to know that your book will be available again and I wish it all success and a broader readership.

    Reply
  51. Huzzah, a historical with actual history in it!
    I am cracking up at the cover of Island of the Swans the first go round, that the publishers really tried to do a round peg-square peg approach to this. Instead of marketing to the right people, they did the equivalent of tarting up a nun and saying it was something else–and were upset when the readership was upset by the deception. Entertaining.
    And my first thought at looking at the romancey version of it was: That title is so wrong with that cover. The picture screams passion; and the title is a bit more on the subtle side of that.
    Mind you, I love historical romance with lots of real historical; and romances with a bit of historical (like a wallpaper approach). And the forms inbetween those two, because there are all types and it’s fun to read them all. So long as they keep the important facts straight.
    Thank you, wenches, for introducing new authors to me to glom!

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  52. Huzzah, a historical with actual history in it!
    I am cracking up at the cover of Island of the Swans the first go round, that the publishers really tried to do a round peg-square peg approach to this. Instead of marketing to the right people, they did the equivalent of tarting up a nun and saying it was something else–and were upset when the readership was upset by the deception. Entertaining.
    And my first thought at looking at the romancey version of it was: That title is so wrong with that cover. The picture screams passion; and the title is a bit more on the subtle side of that.
    Mind you, I love historical romance with lots of real historical; and romances with a bit of historical (like a wallpaper approach). And the forms inbetween those two, because there are all types and it’s fun to read them all. So long as they keep the important facts straight.
    Thank you, wenches, for introducing new authors to me to glom!

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  53. Huzzah, a historical with actual history in it!
    I am cracking up at the cover of Island of the Swans the first go round, that the publishers really tried to do a round peg-square peg approach to this. Instead of marketing to the right people, they did the equivalent of tarting up a nun and saying it was something else–and were upset when the readership was upset by the deception. Entertaining.
    And my first thought at looking at the romancey version of it was: That title is so wrong with that cover. The picture screams passion; and the title is a bit more on the subtle side of that.
    Mind you, I love historical romance with lots of real historical; and romances with a bit of historical (like a wallpaper approach). And the forms inbetween those two, because there are all types and it’s fun to read them all. So long as they keep the important facts straight.
    Thank you, wenches, for introducing new authors to me to glom!

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  54. Huzzah, a historical with actual history in it!
    I am cracking up at the cover of Island of the Swans the first go round, that the publishers really tried to do a round peg-square peg approach to this. Instead of marketing to the right people, they did the equivalent of tarting up a nun and saying it was something else–and were upset when the readership was upset by the deception. Entertaining.
    And my first thought at looking at the romancey version of it was: That title is so wrong with that cover. The picture screams passion; and the title is a bit more on the subtle side of that.
    Mind you, I love historical romance with lots of real historical; and romances with a bit of historical (like a wallpaper approach). And the forms inbetween those two, because there are all types and it’s fun to read them all. So long as they keep the important facts straight.
    Thank you, wenches, for introducing new authors to me to glom!

    Reply
  55. Huzzah, a historical with actual history in it!
    I am cracking up at the cover of Island of the Swans the first go round, that the publishers really tried to do a round peg-square peg approach to this. Instead of marketing to the right people, they did the equivalent of tarting up a nun and saying it was something else–and were upset when the readership was upset by the deception. Entertaining.
    And my first thought at looking at the romancey version of it was: That title is so wrong with that cover. The picture screams passion; and the title is a bit more on the subtle side of that.
    Mind you, I love historical romance with lots of real historical; and romances with a bit of historical (like a wallpaper approach). And the forms inbetween those two, because there are all types and it’s fun to read them all. So long as they keep the important facts straight.
    Thank you, wenches, for introducing new authors to me to glom!

    Reply
  56. Very interesting post, Ciji. After reading it I discovered that I once owned Island of Swans but now I can’t find the book. I don’t think I ever read it–probably because of that dumb cover. I’ll look for a new copy now.

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  57. Very interesting post, Ciji. After reading it I discovered that I once owned Island of Swans but now I can’t find the book. I don’t think I ever read it–probably because of that dumb cover. I’ll look for a new copy now.

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  58. Very interesting post, Ciji. After reading it I discovered that I once owned Island of Swans but now I can’t find the book. I don’t think I ever read it–probably because of that dumb cover. I’ll look for a new copy now.

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  59. Very interesting post, Ciji. After reading it I discovered that I once owned Island of Swans but now I can’t find the book. I don’t think I ever read it–probably because of that dumb cover. I’ll look for a new copy now.

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  60. Very interesting post, Ciji. After reading it I discovered that I once owned Island of Swans but now I can’t find the book. I don’t think I ever read it–probably because of that dumb cover. I’ll look for a new copy now.

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  61. Ciji, thanks for stopping by WW and chatting with us.
    How fabulous that your books are getting the exposure that they deserve. Love the background on Garrick and women in theater–Wicked Company sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to read it! (along with the others!)

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  62. Ciji, thanks for stopping by WW and chatting with us.
    How fabulous that your books are getting the exposure that they deserve. Love the background on Garrick and women in theater–Wicked Company sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to read it! (along with the others!)

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  63. Ciji, thanks for stopping by WW and chatting with us.
    How fabulous that your books are getting the exposure that they deserve. Love the background on Garrick and women in theater–Wicked Company sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to read it! (along with the others!)

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  64. Ciji, thanks for stopping by WW and chatting with us.
    How fabulous that your books are getting the exposure that they deserve. Love the background on Garrick and women in theater–Wicked Company sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to read it! (along with the others!)

    Reply
  65. Ciji, thanks for stopping by WW and chatting with us.
    How fabulous that your books are getting the exposure that they deserve. Love the background on Garrick and women in theater–Wicked Company sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to read it! (along with the others!)

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  66. From MJP:
    Elaine–sometimes it’s really hard to get beyond the cover, isn’t it? I think it’s wonder that Ciji’s reissued books are now getting the lush, historical look that they deserve.

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  67. From MJP:
    Elaine–sometimes it’s really hard to get beyond the cover, isn’t it? I think it’s wonder that Ciji’s reissued books are now getting the lush, historical look that they deserve.

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  68. From MJP:
    Elaine–sometimes it’s really hard to get beyond the cover, isn’t it? I think it’s wonder that Ciji’s reissued books are now getting the lush, historical look that they deserve.

    Reply
  69. From MJP:
    Elaine–sometimes it’s really hard to get beyond the cover, isn’t it? I think it’s wonder that Ciji’s reissued books are now getting the lush, historical look that they deserve.

    Reply
  70. From MJP:
    Elaine–sometimes it’s really hard to get beyond the cover, isn’t it? I think it’s wonder that Ciji’s reissued books are now getting the lush, historical look that they deserve.

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  71. Fascinating! From the Scottish ancestors to the lovely new cover art to the previously unknown facts of women playwrights, this post was really interesting! I love that painting of the Garricks. He has a sprig of something in his pocket – laurel? or something else, of course symbolic of…something. Any ideas?
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  72. Fascinating! From the Scottish ancestors to the lovely new cover art to the previously unknown facts of women playwrights, this post was really interesting! I love that painting of the Garricks. He has a sprig of something in his pocket – laurel? or something else, of course symbolic of…something. Any ideas?
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Reply
  73. Fascinating! From the Scottish ancestors to the lovely new cover art to the previously unknown facts of women playwrights, this post was really interesting! I love that painting of the Garricks. He has a sprig of something in his pocket – laurel? or something else, of course symbolic of…something. Any ideas?
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Reply
  74. Fascinating! From the Scottish ancestors to the lovely new cover art to the previously unknown facts of women playwrights, this post was really interesting! I love that painting of the Garricks. He has a sprig of something in his pocket – laurel? or something else, of course symbolic of…something. Any ideas?
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Reply
  75. Fascinating! From the Scottish ancestors to the lovely new cover art to the previously unknown facts of women playwrights, this post was really interesting! I love that painting of the Garricks. He has a sprig of something in his pocket – laurel? or something else, of course symbolic of…something. Any ideas?
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Reply
  76. Fascinating post, Mary Jo and Ciji! I envy you getting to explore the Huntington. They have a fairly large library of original pantomime manuscripts, and when I was researching Regency pantomime, I found these difficult to find. Theater in Regency England is a fascinating topic. Wicked Company is definitely going on my “must be read” pile!

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  77. Fascinating post, Mary Jo and Ciji! I envy you getting to explore the Huntington. They have a fairly large library of original pantomime manuscripts, and when I was researching Regency pantomime, I found these difficult to find. Theater in Regency England is a fascinating topic. Wicked Company is definitely going on my “must be read” pile!

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  78. Fascinating post, Mary Jo and Ciji! I envy you getting to explore the Huntington. They have a fairly large library of original pantomime manuscripts, and when I was researching Regency pantomime, I found these difficult to find. Theater in Regency England is a fascinating topic. Wicked Company is definitely going on my “must be read” pile!

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  79. Fascinating post, Mary Jo and Ciji! I envy you getting to explore the Huntington. They have a fairly large library of original pantomime manuscripts, and when I was researching Regency pantomime, I found these difficult to find. Theater in Regency England is a fascinating topic. Wicked Company is definitely going on my “must be read” pile!

    Reply
  80. Fascinating post, Mary Jo and Ciji! I envy you getting to explore the Huntington. They have a fairly large library of original pantomime manuscripts, and when I was researching Regency pantomime, I found these difficult to find. Theater in Regency England is a fascinating topic. Wicked Company is definitely going on my “must be read” pile!

    Reply
  81. Greetings everyone from my XX (I’m not telling the year!) high school reunion in Carmel, California & on my iPhone. Thank you all so much for your kind comments on the reemergence of my novels in their new incarnation thanks to Sourcebooks-Landmark. It’s been such a joy to see That the covers now actually represent the contents! I’ll check in again after dancing the Watusi at the Carmel Youth Center ( or what my strict mother used to call ” The local bucket of blood …) xx Ciji

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  82. Greetings everyone from my XX (I’m not telling the year!) high school reunion in Carmel, California & on my iPhone. Thank you all so much for your kind comments on the reemergence of my novels in their new incarnation thanks to Sourcebooks-Landmark. It’s been such a joy to see That the covers now actually represent the contents! I’ll check in again after dancing the Watusi at the Carmel Youth Center ( or what my strict mother used to call ” The local bucket of blood …) xx Ciji

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  83. Greetings everyone from my XX (I’m not telling the year!) high school reunion in Carmel, California & on my iPhone. Thank you all so much for your kind comments on the reemergence of my novels in their new incarnation thanks to Sourcebooks-Landmark. It’s been such a joy to see That the covers now actually represent the contents! I’ll check in again after dancing the Watusi at the Carmel Youth Center ( or what my strict mother used to call ” The local bucket of blood …) xx Ciji

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  84. Greetings everyone from my XX (I’m not telling the year!) high school reunion in Carmel, California & on my iPhone. Thank you all so much for your kind comments on the reemergence of my novels in their new incarnation thanks to Sourcebooks-Landmark. It’s been such a joy to see That the covers now actually represent the contents! I’ll check in again after dancing the Watusi at the Carmel Youth Center ( or what my strict mother used to call ” The local bucket of blood …) xx Ciji

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  85. Greetings everyone from my XX (I’m not telling the year!) high school reunion in Carmel, California & on my iPhone. Thank you all so much for your kind comments on the reemergence of my novels in their new incarnation thanks to Sourcebooks-Landmark. It’s been such a joy to see That the covers now actually represent the contents! I’ll check in again after dancing the Watusi at the Carmel Youth Center ( or what my strict mother used to call ” The local bucket of blood …) xx Ciji

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