Whisper of Scandal

Hi, this is Jo, delighted to interview Wench Nicola about her exciting new novel.

Jane Austen in the Arctic! No, not quite, but…. Whisper of Scandal - US

Nicola, Whisper of Scandal is a lovely book, but also unusual. The phrase "Joanna and Alex travel to the Arctic" certainly isn't run-of-the-mill Regency. I read on your web site that you like to seek unusual settings for your books. Why Arctic Exploration? How did that come to the front of your creative mind?

Thank you, Jo! Yes, I love incorporating different and unusual elements into my Regency historicals but I think that in writing a Regency romance set in London and the Arctic I almost went off the dial! Normally I have the idea for a character or characters first. Background and setting is seldom the prime inspiration for a book for me. This time though it was the other way around.

I travelleNicola Spitsbergend to Spitsbergen, which is an island to the north of Norway, and as soon as I saw the island I felt a very strong urge to set a book there. So I started researching the history of Spitsbergen and of Arctic exploration in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and I soon realised that the whole subject made a fascinating backdrop. 

The early nineteenth century was a period of serious scientific expedition and exploration of the Arctic from Britain and mainland Europe. There were also a great many resourceful and intrepid Navy officers seeking to be the first to find a trade route through the North East Passage. The records of the expeditions underlined how dangerous these voyages were. Horatio Nelson allegedly wrestled a polar bear on one such trip!Spitzmap

I believe you went on an Arctic cruise. Research can be so painful! Tell us a little about it. (I'm not sure if the map is of the same cruise, but it gives an idea of the geography.)

Yes, research can be tough! No, really, I had a fabulous time!

We were tAll at searavelling on a converted ice-breaker and there were only 50 of us on the cruise so it was very personal and intimate. Our guides were experts in the history, natural history and geography of Spitsbergen.

  It was the most extraordinary experience: twenty four hour daylight, watching polar bears in their natural habitat, visiting the site of the 17th century Battle of Sorgfjord, the most northernmost sea battle, seeing the huge early 19th century crosses used both for religious purposes and for navigation… oh, and downing vodka shots with the Russian crew, though not whilst they were on duty negotiating the ice, of course!

(Jo makes notes for future travel.) Readers ask for unusual settings and elements, but sometimes publishers want the same-old. Did you experience any resistance to this idea?

My editor was very excited by the idea right from the start. The only change that HQN suggested was that the story should start in London to anchor it in the Regency period for readers. Originally I had intended the entire book to take place in the Arctic but I could see that this would make it stronger and give it more scope, especially as my heroine, Lady Joanna Ware, is the darling of London society and has absolutely no concept of the hardships a voyage to Spitsbergen will entail.
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An Arctic sea voyage certainly gave you plenty of scope for action and adventure, as well as the delicious element of a group trapped in close confines. It was a great way to develop the challenging marriage between Lady Joanna and Alex. Was that part of the plan, or was it a gift element?

It wasn’t part of the plan at all, at least not to start. My first draft had the book in two parts, one set before the voyage and one after, because I didn’t really want to write any scenes aboard the ship! My editor then pointed out how much potential I would be wasting if I did this.

She was right of course. Not only did the shipboard scenes throw Joanna and Alex into close proximity but they also gave me the chance to develop some of the other characters, and to draw on the Arctic background to drive the plot as well.

The scene where Alex and his cousin Dev have to cut the ship out of the ice that has encircled it is a very dramatic scene that was based – almost – on our own real life experience. Our ship became trapped in the ice for about an hour but because we had motor power we were able to escape. It’s a common problem when the wind changes suddenly and the sea ice piles up. In a sailing vessel you wouldn’t be as lucky as we were.
  Spitsbergen landscape
Here's one of Nicola's photos of the beautiful Spitzbergen landscape. Remember, you can click on any picture to see it full size.

You have a rich cast of characters on board with them. Which is your favorite from the secondaries on board ship? No, I don't think you can pick Max the dog.*G*

Naturally Max the dog is my favourite but if I can’t choose him… Well, it’s difficult. I love creating my secondary characters and I love building the world that all my characters inhabit. I have a very soft spot for Owen Purchase, the gorgeous American captain of the Sea Witch. I don’t mind admitting that Owen was based on someone I met on another cruise I took out of San Diego in California! Owen gets his own book later in the series.

That will make a lot of readers happy!

I also had a lot of fun creating Lottie, Joanna’s best friend, because I do enjoy writing bad girls and Lottie is very bad indeed. And then of course I had to try to redeem her in the next book in the series!

I'm sure that will be fun. What's the title, and what unusual element will her book bring in?

The title is One Wicked Sin and it will be out in November. Wicked_350

The background to that book is unusual in a different way. It draws on the experience of prisoners of war in Britain during the Napoleonic Wars. This seems to me to be a very neglected aspect of British history. There were thousands of officers who were held prisoner in small towns throughout Britain during the period for the 1750s to 1814. They were allowed parole, the freedom of the town, provided that they did not break the terms of the agreement.

For example they weren’t allowed to travel more than a mile beyond the town boundaries and there was a curfew at night. And of course they had to give their word that they would not try to escape. It was extraordinary to me that there were thousands of foreign prisoners – not just French but American, Dutch, Danish, Irish and many more – wandering around these little towns. Their presence must have had a profound effect on the population (some of them even married local girls) and yet there are very few records of them.

So I thought it would be interesting to write an Irish hero who has been fighting for the French because he shares the same republican ideals, and put him in one of these provincial English towns and have him plotting treason whilst having a hot affair with Lottie to cover his treasonable activities!

That sounds like great fun. Wish I'd thought of it!

The first three books in the Scandalous Women of the Ton series all have unusual backgrounds or elements and they have all been a pleasure to write. Whilst I may not always go as far afield as the Arctic to introduce unusual elements into my books they will all have some sort of twist that introduces something different!

Thank you, Nicola, for opening our eyes to fascinating aspects of the Regency.

Everyone, you can read an excerpt from Whisper of Scandal here.

And if you're keen to nibble at One Wicked Sin, too, you can find it here.

Now, someone will win a lovely prize here — the first two books of the Scandalous Women series. All you have to do is answer this question from Nicola.

"Nineteenth century sailors on the Arctic expeditions were expected to be able to play three musical instruments, act in theatricals, sew, mend sails, nets and boots and be fit enough to run around the ship for two hours a day. If you were stranded in the ice for the winter how would you pass your
time?"

Added to this later — if we assume that we all have a stock of our favourite books, plus some exciting new ones, what would you want to be able to do in addition to reading? Try to catch fish? Brush up your artistic skills? Learn to quilt with that handy stash of fabric, thread and needles? Become a deadly shot with a bow and arrow? Learn Norwegian? All ideas welcome!

Have at it! The winner will be picked by Nicola on Friday, 1st October.

Jo Edasm

PS — I'll be blogging about this in a couple of weeks, but a head-up. The reissue of Emily and the Dark Angel will be out in a few days. A classic "good girl and the rake" story, but with many twists.

185 thoughts on “Whisper of Scandal”

  1. If I were stranded in the ice for the winter I would say the most important things would be to keep warm and ration food but to pass the time hopefully I’m stranded with a multitude of good books (and not run out of things to burn to keep the fire going cause there ain’t no way I’m using the books!).

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  2. If I were stranded in the ice for the winter I would say the most important things would be to keep warm and ration food but to pass the time hopefully I’m stranded with a multitude of good books (and not run out of things to burn to keep the fire going cause there ain’t no way I’m using the books!).

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  3. If I were stranded in the ice for the winter I would say the most important things would be to keep warm and ration food but to pass the time hopefully I’m stranded with a multitude of good books (and not run out of things to burn to keep the fire going cause there ain’t no way I’m using the books!).

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  4. If I were stranded in the ice for the winter I would say the most important things would be to keep warm and ration food but to pass the time hopefully I’m stranded with a multitude of good books (and not run out of things to burn to keep the fire going cause there ain’t no way I’m using the books!).

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  5. If I were stranded in the ice for the winter I would say the most important things would be to keep warm and ration food but to pass the time hopefully I’m stranded with a multitude of good books (and not run out of things to burn to keep the fire going cause there ain’t no way I’m using the books!).

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  6. The only possible thing to answer here is read – imagine, a whole winter with nothing to do but read! However, recognising that even a large sailing ship might not be able to carry all the books I could get through, maybe I should add ‘and write one’ too.

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  7. The only possible thing to answer here is read – imagine, a whole winter with nothing to do but read! However, recognising that even a large sailing ship might not be able to carry all the books I could get through, maybe I should add ‘and write one’ too.

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  8. The only possible thing to answer here is read – imagine, a whole winter with nothing to do but read! However, recognising that even a large sailing ship might not be able to carry all the books I could get through, maybe I should add ‘and write one’ too.

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  9. The only possible thing to answer here is read – imagine, a whole winter with nothing to do but read! However, recognising that even a large sailing ship might not be able to carry all the books I could get through, maybe I should add ‘and write one’ too.

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  10. The only possible thing to answer here is read – imagine, a whole winter with nothing to do but read! However, recognising that even a large sailing ship might not be able to carry all the books I could get through, maybe I should add ‘and write one’ too.

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  11. Great post, Nicola, and how wonderful to have an unusual setting! Much as I enjoy the traditional, I love to read something different.
    As to passing the time while stranded in the winter – I definitely would have to agree with everyone here: reading! I never fail to bring a book on vacation – last year, when I spent 3 weeks in Britain and Ireland, I brought one to read each week. So I’d definitely have at least a few new books, and probably a few keepers, too. And lots of pens and reams of paper, so I could pen my own stories and keep a journal of my adventures.
    I look forward to reading your Scandalous Women.

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  12. Great post, Nicola, and how wonderful to have an unusual setting! Much as I enjoy the traditional, I love to read something different.
    As to passing the time while stranded in the winter – I definitely would have to agree with everyone here: reading! I never fail to bring a book on vacation – last year, when I spent 3 weeks in Britain and Ireland, I brought one to read each week. So I’d definitely have at least a few new books, and probably a few keepers, too. And lots of pens and reams of paper, so I could pen my own stories and keep a journal of my adventures.
    I look forward to reading your Scandalous Women.

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  13. Great post, Nicola, and how wonderful to have an unusual setting! Much as I enjoy the traditional, I love to read something different.
    As to passing the time while stranded in the winter – I definitely would have to agree with everyone here: reading! I never fail to bring a book on vacation – last year, when I spent 3 weeks in Britain and Ireland, I brought one to read each week. So I’d definitely have at least a few new books, and probably a few keepers, too. And lots of pens and reams of paper, so I could pen my own stories and keep a journal of my adventures.
    I look forward to reading your Scandalous Women.

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  14. Great post, Nicola, and how wonderful to have an unusual setting! Much as I enjoy the traditional, I love to read something different.
    As to passing the time while stranded in the winter – I definitely would have to agree with everyone here: reading! I never fail to bring a book on vacation – last year, when I spent 3 weeks in Britain and Ireland, I brought one to read each week. So I’d definitely have at least a few new books, and probably a few keepers, too. And lots of pens and reams of paper, so I could pen my own stories and keep a journal of my adventures.
    I look forward to reading your Scandalous Women.

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  15. Great post, Nicola, and how wonderful to have an unusual setting! Much as I enjoy the traditional, I love to read something different.
    As to passing the time while stranded in the winter – I definitely would have to agree with everyone here: reading! I never fail to bring a book on vacation – last year, when I spent 3 weeks in Britain and Ireland, I brought one to read each week. So I’d definitely have at least a few new books, and probably a few keepers, too. And lots of pens and reams of paper, so I could pen my own stories and keep a journal of my adventures.
    I look forward to reading your Scandalous Women.

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  16. Thank you very much for the interview, Jo. It looks lovely and I am very happy to be talking about the background to Whisper of Scandal today!
    Envyious, I think that rationing food was particularly important for those crews who got trapped in the ice. Food was important for morale and for that reason the cooks were excused the two hour run around the ship that the rest of the crew had to do. On the other hand, trying to cook in a galley where the steam turned to ice must have been a real trial.

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  17. Thank you very much for the interview, Jo. It looks lovely and I am very happy to be talking about the background to Whisper of Scandal today!
    Envyious, I think that rationing food was particularly important for those crews who got trapped in the ice. Food was important for morale and for that reason the cooks were excused the two hour run around the ship that the rest of the crew had to do. On the other hand, trying to cook in a galley where the steam turned to ice must have been a real trial.

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  18. Thank you very much for the interview, Jo. It looks lovely and I am very happy to be talking about the background to Whisper of Scandal today!
    Envyious, I think that rationing food was particularly important for those crews who got trapped in the ice. Food was important for morale and for that reason the cooks were excused the two hour run around the ship that the rest of the crew had to do. On the other hand, trying to cook in a galley where the steam turned to ice must have been a real trial.

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  19. Thank you very much for the interview, Jo. It looks lovely and I am very happy to be talking about the background to Whisper of Scandal today!
    Envyious, I think that rationing food was particularly important for those crews who got trapped in the ice. Food was important for morale and for that reason the cooks were excused the two hour run around the ship that the rest of the crew had to do. On the other hand, trying to cook in a galley where the steam turned to ice must have been a real trial.

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  20. Thank you very much for the interview, Jo. It looks lovely and I am very happy to be talking about the background to Whisper of Scandal today!
    Envyious, I think that rationing food was particularly important for those crews who got trapped in the ice. Food was important for morale and for that reason the cooks were excused the two hour run around the ship that the rest of the crew had to do. On the other hand, trying to cook in a galley where the steam turned to ice must have been a real trial.

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  21. Alison, Cynthia, I agree that reading would be a wonderful way to pass those long dark days as long as you could keep the books safe and dry and, as Envyious said, didn’t have to use them for the fire!
    LOL, Susan, I would have whined too! A half hour on the deck of our ship was enough to chill me to the bone. Being trapped for the winter would have been very tough, I think. OTOH, the inhabitants of Spitsbergen are renowned for their fabulous all-night parties which is one way to pass the time! But I think needlepoint would be a very good project.

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  22. Alison, Cynthia, I agree that reading would be a wonderful way to pass those long dark days as long as you could keep the books safe and dry and, as Envyious said, didn’t have to use them for the fire!
    LOL, Susan, I would have whined too! A half hour on the deck of our ship was enough to chill me to the bone. Being trapped for the winter would have been very tough, I think. OTOH, the inhabitants of Spitsbergen are renowned for their fabulous all-night parties which is one way to pass the time! But I think needlepoint would be a very good project.

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  23. Alison, Cynthia, I agree that reading would be a wonderful way to pass those long dark days as long as you could keep the books safe and dry and, as Envyious said, didn’t have to use them for the fire!
    LOL, Susan, I would have whined too! A half hour on the deck of our ship was enough to chill me to the bone. Being trapped for the winter would have been very tough, I think. OTOH, the inhabitants of Spitsbergen are renowned for their fabulous all-night parties which is one way to pass the time! But I think needlepoint would be a very good project.

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  24. Alison, Cynthia, I agree that reading would be a wonderful way to pass those long dark days as long as you could keep the books safe and dry and, as Envyious said, didn’t have to use them for the fire!
    LOL, Susan, I would have whined too! A half hour on the deck of our ship was enough to chill me to the bone. Being trapped for the winter would have been very tough, I think. OTOH, the inhabitants of Spitsbergen are renowned for their fabulous all-night parties which is one way to pass the time! But I think needlepoint would be a very good project.

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  25. Alison, Cynthia, I agree that reading would be a wonderful way to pass those long dark days as long as you could keep the books safe and dry and, as Envyious said, didn’t have to use them for the fire!
    LOL, Susan, I would have whined too! A half hour on the deck of our ship was enough to chill me to the bone. Being trapped for the winter would have been very tough, I think. OTOH, the inhabitants of Spitsbergen are renowned for their fabulous all-night parties which is one way to pass the time! But I think needlepoint would be a very good project.

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  26. To answer the question–Are you kidding? I’d read romances! Lots and lots of time and nothing to do. I could do without the cold, but assuming I could be fairly warm and I wouldn’t freeze my hands holding the ereader (I’d take an ereader because a memory stick can hold thousands of books, and I assume I have a way to charge the ereader) I could happily read through all those months of eternal night. My version of heaven. Sigh.

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  27. To answer the question–Are you kidding? I’d read romances! Lots and lots of time and nothing to do. I could do without the cold, but assuming I could be fairly warm and I wouldn’t freeze my hands holding the ereader (I’d take an ereader because a memory stick can hold thousands of books, and I assume I have a way to charge the ereader) I could happily read through all those months of eternal night. My version of heaven. Sigh.

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  28. To answer the question–Are you kidding? I’d read romances! Lots and lots of time and nothing to do. I could do without the cold, but assuming I could be fairly warm and I wouldn’t freeze my hands holding the ereader (I’d take an ereader because a memory stick can hold thousands of books, and I assume I have a way to charge the ereader) I could happily read through all those months of eternal night. My version of heaven. Sigh.

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  29. To answer the question–Are you kidding? I’d read romances! Lots and lots of time and nothing to do. I could do without the cold, but assuming I could be fairly warm and I wouldn’t freeze my hands holding the ereader (I’d take an ereader because a memory stick can hold thousands of books, and I assume I have a way to charge the ereader) I could happily read through all those months of eternal night. My version of heaven. Sigh.

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  30. To answer the question–Are you kidding? I’d read romances! Lots and lots of time and nothing to do. I could do without the cold, but assuming I could be fairly warm and I wouldn’t freeze my hands holding the ereader (I’d take an ereader because a memory stick can hold thousands of books, and I assume I have a way to charge the ereader) I could happily read through all those months of eternal night. My version of heaven. Sigh.

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  31. Excellent answers, everyone, but as we’re all of one mind here, I thought I’d follow the example of Desert Island Discs and stretch the wish list a bit. So look up to see the slight change in the post.
    Don’t worry, all the excellent comments thus far are up for the prize, but if you want to have another go, what non-reading activity would you take up?
    Jo

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  32. Excellent answers, everyone, but as we’re all of one mind here, I thought I’d follow the example of Desert Island Discs and stretch the wish list a bit. So look up to see the slight change in the post.
    Don’t worry, all the excellent comments thus far are up for the prize, but if you want to have another go, what non-reading activity would you take up?
    Jo

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  33. Excellent answers, everyone, but as we’re all of one mind here, I thought I’d follow the example of Desert Island Discs and stretch the wish list a bit. So look up to see the slight change in the post.
    Don’t worry, all the excellent comments thus far are up for the prize, but if you want to have another go, what non-reading activity would you take up?
    Jo

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  34. Excellent answers, everyone, but as we’re all of one mind here, I thought I’d follow the example of Desert Island Discs and stretch the wish list a bit. So look up to see the slight change in the post.
    Don’t worry, all the excellent comments thus far are up for the prize, but if you want to have another go, what non-reading activity would you take up?
    Jo

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  35. Excellent answers, everyone, but as we’re all of one mind here, I thought I’d follow the example of Desert Island Discs and stretch the wish list a bit. So look up to see the slight change in the post.
    Don’t worry, all the excellent comments thus far are up for the prize, but if you want to have another go, what non-reading activity would you take up?
    Jo

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  36. If I were stuck in the ice, I’d have a constant card game going. In fact, on my husband’s Coast Guard ship, there was a ongoing 24-hour poker game. Since personnel are on duty at different times, it was easy to keep the game going. My father-in-law passed his time on board ship during the Korean War by playing cribbage. By the time I knew him, Dad could just look at the cards and tell you how many points were there. One of my best memories is the day I beat him at cribbage. I played my cards so strangely that I threw him off his game. He had the most perplexing look on his face at the end, but then grinned and just shook his head as he congratulated me.

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  37. If I were stuck in the ice, I’d have a constant card game going. In fact, on my husband’s Coast Guard ship, there was a ongoing 24-hour poker game. Since personnel are on duty at different times, it was easy to keep the game going. My father-in-law passed his time on board ship during the Korean War by playing cribbage. By the time I knew him, Dad could just look at the cards and tell you how many points were there. One of my best memories is the day I beat him at cribbage. I played my cards so strangely that I threw him off his game. He had the most perplexing look on his face at the end, but then grinned and just shook his head as he congratulated me.

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  38. If I were stuck in the ice, I’d have a constant card game going. In fact, on my husband’s Coast Guard ship, there was a ongoing 24-hour poker game. Since personnel are on duty at different times, it was easy to keep the game going. My father-in-law passed his time on board ship during the Korean War by playing cribbage. By the time I knew him, Dad could just look at the cards and tell you how many points were there. One of my best memories is the day I beat him at cribbage. I played my cards so strangely that I threw him off his game. He had the most perplexing look on his face at the end, but then grinned and just shook his head as he congratulated me.

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  39. If I were stuck in the ice, I’d have a constant card game going. In fact, on my husband’s Coast Guard ship, there was a ongoing 24-hour poker game. Since personnel are on duty at different times, it was easy to keep the game going. My father-in-law passed his time on board ship during the Korean War by playing cribbage. By the time I knew him, Dad could just look at the cards and tell you how many points were there. One of my best memories is the day I beat him at cribbage. I played my cards so strangely that I threw him off his game. He had the most perplexing look on his face at the end, but then grinned and just shook his head as he congratulated me.

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  40. If I were stuck in the ice, I’d have a constant card game going. In fact, on my husband’s Coast Guard ship, there was a ongoing 24-hour poker game. Since personnel are on duty at different times, it was easy to keep the game going. My father-in-law passed his time on board ship during the Korean War by playing cribbage. By the time I knew him, Dad could just look at the cards and tell you how many points were there. One of my best memories is the day I beat him at cribbage. I played my cards so strangely that I threw him off his game. He had the most perplexing look on his face at the end, but then grinned and just shook his head as he congratulated me.

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  41. I’d fish. There’s nothing more relaxing than putting a line in the water and staring out over the horizon.
    Sometimes you even catch a fish, which is a nice surprise and kinda lagniappe from the Gods of Fish.
    I am anticipating great pleasure from One Wicked Sin, (I love the way that reads.) I have a soft spot in my heart for those who believed in the ideals of the French Revolution. And Irishmen. Oh my.

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  42. I’d fish. There’s nothing more relaxing than putting a line in the water and staring out over the horizon.
    Sometimes you even catch a fish, which is a nice surprise and kinda lagniappe from the Gods of Fish.
    I am anticipating great pleasure from One Wicked Sin, (I love the way that reads.) I have a soft spot in my heart for those who believed in the ideals of the French Revolution. And Irishmen. Oh my.

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  43. I’d fish. There’s nothing more relaxing than putting a line in the water and staring out over the horizon.
    Sometimes you even catch a fish, which is a nice surprise and kinda lagniappe from the Gods of Fish.
    I am anticipating great pleasure from One Wicked Sin, (I love the way that reads.) I have a soft spot in my heart for those who believed in the ideals of the French Revolution. And Irishmen. Oh my.

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  44. I’d fish. There’s nothing more relaxing than putting a line in the water and staring out over the horizon.
    Sometimes you even catch a fish, which is a nice surprise and kinda lagniappe from the Gods of Fish.
    I am anticipating great pleasure from One Wicked Sin, (I love the way that reads.) I have a soft spot in my heart for those who believed in the ideals of the French Revolution. And Irishmen. Oh my.

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  45. I’d fish. There’s nothing more relaxing than putting a line in the water and staring out over the horizon.
    Sometimes you even catch a fish, which is a nice surprise and kinda lagniappe from the Gods of Fish.
    I am anticipating great pleasure from One Wicked Sin, (I love the way that reads.) I have a soft spot in my heart for those who believed in the ideals of the French Revolution. And Irishmen. Oh my.

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  46. Romance book combined with your own romance hero – I like it, Linda!
    Very interesting about the poker game, mj. my father-in-law was in the merchant navy and he too was a very keen cribbage player!

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  47. Romance book combined with your own romance hero – I like it, Linda!
    Very interesting about the poker game, mj. my father-in-law was in the merchant navy and he too was a very keen cribbage player!

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  48. Romance book combined with your own romance hero – I like it, Linda!
    Very interesting about the poker game, mj. my father-in-law was in the merchant navy and he too was a very keen cribbage player!

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  49. Romance book combined with your own romance hero – I like it, Linda!
    Very interesting about the poker game, mj. my father-in-law was in the merchant navy and he too was a very keen cribbage player!

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  50. Romance book combined with your own romance hero – I like it, Linda!
    Very interesting about the poker game, mj. my father-in-law was in the merchant navy and he too was a very keen cribbage player!

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  51. In addition to reading & guarding the books from firewood-scroungers, I would probably also crochet & knit. It would kill time, plus the results would keep us all warm.

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  52. In addition to reading & guarding the books from firewood-scroungers, I would probably also crochet & knit. It would kill time, plus the results would keep us all warm.

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  53. In addition to reading & guarding the books from firewood-scroungers, I would probably also crochet & knit. It would kill time, plus the results would keep us all warm.

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  54. In addition to reading & guarding the books from firewood-scroungers, I would probably also crochet & knit. It would kill time, plus the results would keep us all warm.

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  55. In addition to reading & guarding the books from firewood-scroungers, I would probably also crochet & knit. It would kill time, plus the results would keep us all warm.

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  56. Wonderful interview, Nicola. What a terrific concept for a story—I love settings that sail beyond the drawing room! Your research trip sounds so fabulous.
    I’m also looking forward to the next Scandalous Women book. You do such a marvelous job of exploring unusual settings/situations. A new NC release is always cause for celebration!

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  57. Wonderful interview, Nicola. What a terrific concept for a story—I love settings that sail beyond the drawing room! Your research trip sounds so fabulous.
    I’m also looking forward to the next Scandalous Women book. You do such a marvelous job of exploring unusual settings/situations. A new NC release is always cause for celebration!

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  58. Wonderful interview, Nicola. What a terrific concept for a story—I love settings that sail beyond the drawing room! Your research trip sounds so fabulous.
    I’m also looking forward to the next Scandalous Women book. You do such a marvelous job of exploring unusual settings/situations. A new NC release is always cause for celebration!

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  59. Wonderful interview, Nicola. What a terrific concept for a story—I love settings that sail beyond the drawing room! Your research trip sounds so fabulous.
    I’m also looking forward to the next Scandalous Women book. You do such a marvelous job of exploring unusual settings/situations. A new NC release is always cause for celebration!

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  60. Wonderful interview, Nicola. What a terrific concept for a story—I love settings that sail beyond the drawing room! Your research trip sounds so fabulous.
    I’m also looking forward to the next Scandalous Women book. You do such a marvelous job of exploring unusual settings/situations. A new NC release is always cause for celebration!

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  61. Thank you very much, Cara/Andrea. It thrills me that there is such an appetite for different settings. As a reader I love learning something new and there are quite a few books with different backgrounds at the moment.
    LOL, Lauren, they would probably banish you to your own igloo to practise!

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  62. Thank you very much, Cara/Andrea. It thrills me that there is such an appetite for different settings. As a reader I love learning something new and there are quite a few books with different backgrounds at the moment.
    LOL, Lauren, they would probably banish you to your own igloo to practise!

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  63. Thank you very much, Cara/Andrea. It thrills me that there is such an appetite for different settings. As a reader I love learning something new and there are quite a few books with different backgrounds at the moment.
    LOL, Lauren, they would probably banish you to your own igloo to practise!

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  64. Thank you very much, Cara/Andrea. It thrills me that there is such an appetite for different settings. As a reader I love learning something new and there are quite a few books with different backgrounds at the moment.
    LOL, Lauren, they would probably banish you to your own igloo to practise!

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  65. Thank you very much, Cara/Andrea. It thrills me that there is such an appetite for different settings. As a reader I love learning something new and there are quite a few books with different backgrounds at the moment.
    LOL, Lauren, they would probably banish you to your own igloo to practise!

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  66. I would definitely work on improving my tatting and my hardanger. Hardanger is a traditional Norwegian form of embroidery and tatting has been done often by sailors.
    GREAT news, Jo, that Emily will soon be available. I am not fond of the more “Sexy” Regencies, but I LOVE this series which I first read from the library, and am now in the process of collecting the entire set of my own copies.

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  67. I would definitely work on improving my tatting and my hardanger. Hardanger is a traditional Norwegian form of embroidery and tatting has been done often by sailors.
    GREAT news, Jo, that Emily will soon be available. I am not fond of the more “Sexy” Regencies, but I LOVE this series which I first read from the library, and am now in the process of collecting the entire set of my own copies.

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  68. I would definitely work on improving my tatting and my hardanger. Hardanger is a traditional Norwegian form of embroidery and tatting has been done often by sailors.
    GREAT news, Jo, that Emily will soon be available. I am not fond of the more “Sexy” Regencies, but I LOVE this series which I first read from the library, and am now in the process of collecting the entire set of my own copies.

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  69. I would definitely work on improving my tatting and my hardanger. Hardanger is a traditional Norwegian form of embroidery and tatting has been done often by sailors.
    GREAT news, Jo, that Emily will soon be available. I am not fond of the more “Sexy” Regencies, but I LOVE this series which I first read from the library, and am now in the process of collecting the entire set of my own copies.

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  70. I would definitely work on improving my tatting and my hardanger. Hardanger is a traditional Norwegian form of embroidery and tatting has been done often by sailors.
    GREAT news, Jo, that Emily will soon be available. I am not fond of the more “Sexy” Regencies, but I LOVE this series which I first read from the library, and am now in the process of collecting the entire set of my own copies.

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  71. I’m so glad that Whisper of Scandal is finally out! It seems like ages since I read it for a quote, and it was not only an electrifying read (an adjective I chose advisedly), it gave me a powerful desire to visit Spitsbergen! That photo you took is a stunner.

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  72. I’m so glad that Whisper of Scandal is finally out! It seems like ages since I read it for a quote, and it was not only an electrifying read (an adjective I chose advisedly), it gave me a powerful desire to visit Spitsbergen! That photo you took is a stunner.

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  73. I’m so glad that Whisper of Scandal is finally out! It seems like ages since I read it for a quote, and it was not only an electrifying read (an adjective I chose advisedly), it gave me a powerful desire to visit Spitsbergen! That photo you took is a stunner.

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  74. I’m so glad that Whisper of Scandal is finally out! It seems like ages since I read it for a quote, and it was not only an electrifying read (an adjective I chose advisedly), it gave me a powerful desire to visit Spitsbergen! That photo you took is a stunner.

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  75. I’m so glad that Whisper of Scandal is finally out! It seems like ages since I read it for a quote, and it was not only an electrifying read (an adjective I chose advisedly), it gave me a powerful desire to visit Spitsbergen! That photo you took is a stunner.

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  76. Wonderful interview Ladies and this series sounds awesome I can’t wait to read it.
    As with everyone else I would be reading if stranded in the ice but I would also have some knitting to do as well I could make lots of scarfs to keep us warm LOL
    Congrats on the release Nicola
    Have Fun
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  77. Wonderful interview Ladies and this series sounds awesome I can’t wait to read it.
    As with everyone else I would be reading if stranded in the ice but I would also have some knitting to do as well I could make lots of scarfs to keep us warm LOL
    Congrats on the release Nicola
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  78. Wonderful interview Ladies and this series sounds awesome I can’t wait to read it.
    As with everyone else I would be reading if stranded in the ice but I would also have some knitting to do as well I could make lots of scarfs to keep us warm LOL
    Congrats on the release Nicola
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  79. Wonderful interview Ladies and this series sounds awesome I can’t wait to read it.
    As with everyone else I would be reading if stranded in the ice but I would also have some knitting to do as well I could make lots of scarfs to keep us warm LOL
    Congrats on the release Nicola
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  80. Wonderful interview Ladies and this series sounds awesome I can’t wait to read it.
    As with everyone else I would be reading if stranded in the ice but I would also have some knitting to do as well I could make lots of scarfs to keep us warm LOL
    Congrats on the release Nicola
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  81. If I were stranded in the Arctic, I only hope I would have a large stash of wool yarn so I could pass the time knitting! And whatever I made would obviously be very useful there to help keep warm.

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  82. If I were stranded in the Arctic, I only hope I would have a large stash of wool yarn so I could pass the time knitting! And whatever I made would obviously be very useful there to help keep warm.

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  83. If I were stranded in the Arctic, I only hope I would have a large stash of wool yarn so I could pass the time knitting! And whatever I made would obviously be very useful there to help keep warm.

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  84. If I were stranded in the Arctic, I only hope I would have a large stash of wool yarn so I could pass the time knitting! And whatever I made would obviously be very useful there to help keep warm.

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  85. If I were stranded in the Arctic, I only hope I would have a large stash of wool yarn so I could pass the time knitting! And whatever I made would obviously be very useful there to help keep warm.

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  86. After a good deal of panicking….and a touch more panicking….I would probably panic some more. That would be my time passer 😉

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  87. After a good deal of panicking….and a touch more panicking….I would probably panic some more. That would be my time passer 😉

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  88. After a good deal of panicking….and a touch more panicking….I would probably panic some more. That would be my time passer 😉

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  89. After a good deal of panicking….and a touch more panicking….I would probably panic some more. That would be my time passer 😉

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  90. After a good deal of panicking….and a touch more panicking….I would probably panic some more. That would be my time passer 😉

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  91. I enjoy knitting and sewing, and one of the advantage of making knitted blankets is that they keep you warm as you work on them! And of course, I’d do a LOT of sleeping!

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  92. I enjoy knitting and sewing, and one of the advantage of making knitted blankets is that they keep you warm as you work on them! And of course, I’d do a LOT of sleeping!

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  93. I enjoy knitting and sewing, and one of the advantage of making knitted blankets is that they keep you warm as you work on them! And of course, I’d do a LOT of sleeping!

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  94. I enjoy knitting and sewing, and one of the advantage of making knitted blankets is that they keep you warm as you work on them! And of course, I’d do a LOT of sleeping!

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  95. I enjoy knitting and sewing, and one of the advantage of making knitted blankets is that they keep you warm as you work on them! And of course, I’d do a LOT of sleeping!

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  96. LadyDoc, hardanger sounds entirely appropriate for the location and the situation! I do admire all of you who would be knitting something warm and practical. Not only a great use of the time but also extremely helpful in warding off the cold.

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  97. LadyDoc, hardanger sounds entirely appropriate for the location and the situation! I do admire all of you who would be knitting something warm and practical. Not only a great use of the time but also extremely helpful in warding off the cold.

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  98. LadyDoc, hardanger sounds entirely appropriate for the location and the situation! I do admire all of you who would be knitting something warm and practical. Not only a great use of the time but also extremely helpful in warding off the cold.

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  99. LadyDoc, hardanger sounds entirely appropriate for the location and the situation! I do admire all of you who would be knitting something warm and practical. Not only a great use of the time but also extremely helpful in warding off the cold.

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  100. LadyDoc, hardanger sounds entirely appropriate for the location and the situation! I do admire all of you who would be knitting something warm and practical. Not only a great use of the time but also extremely helpful in warding off the cold.

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  101. Mary Jo, thank you! I am thrilled that you liked the book and my dh will be very happy that his photos have garnered so much praise.
    Audra, I hope that you enjoy Whisper of Scandal. I love that so many of us enjoy unusual settings and that publishers can be willing to take a risk on something a bit different.

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  102. Mary Jo, thank you! I am thrilled that you liked the book and my dh will be very happy that his photos have garnered so much praise.
    Audra, I hope that you enjoy Whisper of Scandal. I love that so many of us enjoy unusual settings and that publishers can be willing to take a risk on something a bit different.

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  103. Mary Jo, thank you! I am thrilled that you liked the book and my dh will be very happy that his photos have garnered so much praise.
    Audra, I hope that you enjoy Whisper of Scandal. I love that so many of us enjoy unusual settings and that publishers can be willing to take a risk on something a bit different.

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  104. Mary Jo, thank you! I am thrilled that you liked the book and my dh will be very happy that his photos have garnered so much praise.
    Audra, I hope that you enjoy Whisper of Scandal. I love that so many of us enjoy unusual settings and that publishers can be willing to take a risk on something a bit different.

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  105. Mary Jo, thank you! I am thrilled that you liked the book and my dh will be very happy that his photos have garnered so much praise.
    Audra, I hope that you enjoy Whisper of Scandal. I love that so many of us enjoy unusual settings and that publishers can be willing to take a risk on something a bit different.

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  106. Sherrie, here. Nicola, I think we can safely say that Whisper of Scandal is the first Regency-set romance that takes place in the Arctic! I can’t wait to read it! I love unusual settings, so I’m looking forward to this book very much.
    If I were ice-bound in the Arctic, I hope the ship’s crew contained sailors from many different nations. I would ask them to teach me their languages. I would also spend a lot of time sketching and painting, paying special attention to the weathered, gritty faces of the ship’s crew, and the stark, ethereal landscape. If I should be so lucky as to see polar bears, Arctic foxes, penguins, and other Arctic wildlife, I would sketch them, too.
    Another thing I would do is to ask the sailors to teach me the names of all the ship’s rigging and equipment, and explain their importance. Besides being useful info for a writer (you never know when you might need it for a future novel!) it would also help me be a better passenger aboard ship. In other words, I would know what a marlinspike was, and call it by its proper name, instead of referring to it as “that pointy thingy.” Oh, and one more thing: I’d want the sailors to teach me how to tie all the myriad knots they use. Knot tying is a new passion of mine, and I’ve found the knowledge surprisingly useful, especially since I live on a farm.

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  107. Sherrie, here. Nicola, I think we can safely say that Whisper of Scandal is the first Regency-set romance that takes place in the Arctic! I can’t wait to read it! I love unusual settings, so I’m looking forward to this book very much.
    If I were ice-bound in the Arctic, I hope the ship’s crew contained sailors from many different nations. I would ask them to teach me their languages. I would also spend a lot of time sketching and painting, paying special attention to the weathered, gritty faces of the ship’s crew, and the stark, ethereal landscape. If I should be so lucky as to see polar bears, Arctic foxes, penguins, and other Arctic wildlife, I would sketch them, too.
    Another thing I would do is to ask the sailors to teach me the names of all the ship’s rigging and equipment, and explain their importance. Besides being useful info for a writer (you never know when you might need it for a future novel!) it would also help me be a better passenger aboard ship. In other words, I would know what a marlinspike was, and call it by its proper name, instead of referring to it as “that pointy thingy.” Oh, and one more thing: I’d want the sailors to teach me how to tie all the myriad knots they use. Knot tying is a new passion of mine, and I’ve found the knowledge surprisingly useful, especially since I live on a farm.

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  108. Sherrie, here. Nicola, I think we can safely say that Whisper of Scandal is the first Regency-set romance that takes place in the Arctic! I can’t wait to read it! I love unusual settings, so I’m looking forward to this book very much.
    If I were ice-bound in the Arctic, I hope the ship’s crew contained sailors from many different nations. I would ask them to teach me their languages. I would also spend a lot of time sketching and painting, paying special attention to the weathered, gritty faces of the ship’s crew, and the stark, ethereal landscape. If I should be so lucky as to see polar bears, Arctic foxes, penguins, and other Arctic wildlife, I would sketch them, too.
    Another thing I would do is to ask the sailors to teach me the names of all the ship’s rigging and equipment, and explain their importance. Besides being useful info for a writer (you never know when you might need it for a future novel!) it would also help me be a better passenger aboard ship. In other words, I would know what a marlinspike was, and call it by its proper name, instead of referring to it as “that pointy thingy.” Oh, and one more thing: I’d want the sailors to teach me how to tie all the myriad knots they use. Knot tying is a new passion of mine, and I’ve found the knowledge surprisingly useful, especially since I live on a farm.

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  109. Sherrie, here. Nicola, I think we can safely say that Whisper of Scandal is the first Regency-set romance that takes place in the Arctic! I can’t wait to read it! I love unusual settings, so I’m looking forward to this book very much.
    If I were ice-bound in the Arctic, I hope the ship’s crew contained sailors from many different nations. I would ask them to teach me their languages. I would also spend a lot of time sketching and painting, paying special attention to the weathered, gritty faces of the ship’s crew, and the stark, ethereal landscape. If I should be so lucky as to see polar bears, Arctic foxes, penguins, and other Arctic wildlife, I would sketch them, too.
    Another thing I would do is to ask the sailors to teach me the names of all the ship’s rigging and equipment, and explain their importance. Besides being useful info for a writer (you never know when you might need it for a future novel!) it would also help me be a better passenger aboard ship. In other words, I would know what a marlinspike was, and call it by its proper name, instead of referring to it as “that pointy thingy.” Oh, and one more thing: I’d want the sailors to teach me how to tie all the myriad knots they use. Knot tying is a new passion of mine, and I’ve found the knowledge surprisingly useful, especially since I live on a farm.

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  110. Sherrie, here. Nicola, I think we can safely say that Whisper of Scandal is the first Regency-set romance that takes place in the Arctic! I can’t wait to read it! I love unusual settings, so I’m looking forward to this book very much.
    If I were ice-bound in the Arctic, I hope the ship’s crew contained sailors from many different nations. I would ask them to teach me their languages. I would also spend a lot of time sketching and painting, paying special attention to the weathered, gritty faces of the ship’s crew, and the stark, ethereal landscape. If I should be so lucky as to see polar bears, Arctic foxes, penguins, and other Arctic wildlife, I would sketch them, too.
    Another thing I would do is to ask the sailors to teach me the names of all the ship’s rigging and equipment, and explain their importance. Besides being useful info for a writer (you never know when you might need it for a future novel!) it would also help me be a better passenger aboard ship. In other words, I would know what a marlinspike was, and call it by its proper name, instead of referring to it as “that pointy thingy.” Oh, and one more thing: I’d want the sailors to teach me how to tie all the myriad knots they use. Knot tying is a new passion of mine, and I’ve found the knowledge surprisingly useful, especially since I live on a farm.

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  111. The best part of Word Wenches is the always informative and entertaining posts each of you submit. Thanks to you, Jo, and Nicola for opening my eyes to the history of the Arctic.
    If stranded there, I would of course have a large supply of both old and new books to read, but when I took a break from this pleasure, I would make a nuisance of myself with the crew, hoping to learn more about the ship and the men (women?) who sail her. As a landlubber with no experience on boats I would find it fascinating to know what motivates a person to want to live and work on the sea.

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  112. The best part of Word Wenches is the always informative and entertaining posts each of you submit. Thanks to you, Jo, and Nicola for opening my eyes to the history of the Arctic.
    If stranded there, I would of course have a large supply of both old and new books to read, but when I took a break from this pleasure, I would make a nuisance of myself with the crew, hoping to learn more about the ship and the men (women?) who sail her. As a landlubber with no experience on boats I would find it fascinating to know what motivates a person to want to live and work on the sea.

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  113. The best part of Word Wenches is the always informative and entertaining posts each of you submit. Thanks to you, Jo, and Nicola for opening my eyes to the history of the Arctic.
    If stranded there, I would of course have a large supply of both old and new books to read, but when I took a break from this pleasure, I would make a nuisance of myself with the crew, hoping to learn more about the ship and the men (women?) who sail her. As a landlubber with no experience on boats I would find it fascinating to know what motivates a person to want to live and work on the sea.

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  114. The best part of Word Wenches is the always informative and entertaining posts each of you submit. Thanks to you, Jo, and Nicola for opening my eyes to the history of the Arctic.
    If stranded there, I would of course have a large supply of both old and new books to read, but when I took a break from this pleasure, I would make a nuisance of myself with the crew, hoping to learn more about the ship and the men (women?) who sail her. As a landlubber with no experience on boats I would find it fascinating to know what motivates a person to want to live and work on the sea.

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  115. The best part of Word Wenches is the always informative and entertaining posts each of you submit. Thanks to you, Jo, and Nicola for opening my eyes to the history of the Arctic.
    If stranded there, I would of course have a large supply of both old and new books to read, but when I took a break from this pleasure, I would make a nuisance of myself with the crew, hoping to learn more about the ship and the men (women?) who sail her. As a landlubber with no experience on boats I would find it fascinating to know what motivates a person to want to live and work on the sea.

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  116. LOL, Sherrie, there were plenty of references to “that pointy thingy!” when we were on our ice-breaker and trying to communicate with the Russian crew, so learning a few different languages and a few technical terms sounds like a great idea!
    Dee, I agree it would be very interesting to talk to the crew about what motavates a person who wants to live and work at sea. We had one memorable night drinking vodka and talking to the captain about his life in the Navy!

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  117. LOL, Sherrie, there were plenty of references to “that pointy thingy!” when we were on our ice-breaker and trying to communicate with the Russian crew, so learning a few different languages and a few technical terms sounds like a great idea!
    Dee, I agree it would be very interesting to talk to the crew about what motavates a person who wants to live and work at sea. We had one memorable night drinking vodka and talking to the captain about his life in the Navy!

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  118. LOL, Sherrie, there were plenty of references to “that pointy thingy!” when we were on our ice-breaker and trying to communicate with the Russian crew, so learning a few different languages and a few technical terms sounds like a great idea!
    Dee, I agree it would be very interesting to talk to the crew about what motavates a person who wants to live and work at sea. We had one memorable night drinking vodka and talking to the captain about his life in the Navy!

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  119. LOL, Sherrie, there were plenty of references to “that pointy thingy!” when we were on our ice-breaker and trying to communicate with the Russian crew, so learning a few different languages and a few technical terms sounds like a great idea!
    Dee, I agree it would be very interesting to talk to the crew about what motavates a person who wants to live and work at sea. We had one memorable night drinking vodka and talking to the captain about his life in the Navy!

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  120. LOL, Sherrie, there were plenty of references to “that pointy thingy!” when we were on our ice-breaker and trying to communicate with the Russian crew, so learning a few different languages and a few technical terms sounds like a great idea!
    Dee, I agree it would be very interesting to talk to the crew about what motavates a person who wants to live and work at sea. We had one memorable night drinking vodka and talking to the captain about his life in the Navy!

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  121. Congratulations on the new book Nicola! It sounds like a fascinating story. I think I would improve my sewing skills since I have wanted to make a quilt for a couple of years now and have even bought a sewing machine.

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  122. Congratulations on the new book Nicola! It sounds like a fascinating story. I think I would improve my sewing skills since I have wanted to make a quilt for a couple of years now and have even bought a sewing machine.

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  123. Congratulations on the new book Nicola! It sounds like a fascinating story. I think I would improve my sewing skills since I have wanted to make a quilt for a couple of years now and have even bought a sewing machine.

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  124. Congratulations on the new book Nicola! It sounds like a fascinating story. I think I would improve my sewing skills since I have wanted to make a quilt for a couple of years now and have even bought a sewing machine.

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  125. Congratulations on the new book Nicola! It sounds like a fascinating story. I think I would improve my sewing skills since I have wanted to make a quilt for a couple of years now and have even bought a sewing machine.

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  126. What a fun post and I look forward to your new series. All I can think of is firstly I would find someone to keep me warm!! Really, I am trying to learn French so hopefully someone else would be fluent and then with a little tutoring I would also be by the time I returned.

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  127. What a fun post and I look forward to your new series. All I can think of is firstly I would find someone to keep me warm!! Really, I am trying to learn French so hopefully someone else would be fluent and then with a little tutoring I would also be by the time I returned.

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  128. What a fun post and I look forward to your new series. All I can think of is firstly I would find someone to keep me warm!! Really, I am trying to learn French so hopefully someone else would be fluent and then with a little tutoring I would also be by the time I returned.

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  129. What a fun post and I look forward to your new series. All I can think of is firstly I would find someone to keep me warm!! Really, I am trying to learn French so hopefully someone else would be fluent and then with a little tutoring I would also be by the time I returned.

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  130. What a fun post and I look forward to your new series. All I can think of is firstly I would find someone to keep me warm!! Really, I am trying to learn French so hopefully someone else would be fluent and then with a little tutoring I would also be by the time I returned.

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  131. Thank you, Maureen and Chey. I hope you enjoy the book! Kat, it seems extremely practical to try to find someone to keep you warm – as well as potentially being a lot of fun! And the perfect opportunity to learn a new language too!

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  132. Thank you, Maureen and Chey. I hope you enjoy the book! Kat, it seems extremely practical to try to find someone to keep you warm – as well as potentially being a lot of fun! And the perfect opportunity to learn a new language too!

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  133. Thank you, Maureen and Chey. I hope you enjoy the book! Kat, it seems extremely practical to try to find someone to keep you warm – as well as potentially being a lot of fun! And the perfect opportunity to learn a new language too!

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  134. Thank you, Maureen and Chey. I hope you enjoy the book! Kat, it seems extremely practical to try to find someone to keep you warm – as well as potentially being a lot of fun! And the perfect opportunity to learn a new language too!

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  135. Thank you, Maureen and Chey. I hope you enjoy the book! Kat, it seems extremely practical to try to find someone to keep you warm – as well as potentially being a lot of fun! And the perfect opportunity to learn a new language too!

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  136. I love this post! Of course we readers would read, but at the same time,a little exercise makes the brain ready to enjoy a book. I think I’d like to learn the skills & creative talents that the crew & passengers had & would share with me. Languages have always fascinated me , so that’s a “given”, but being skillful with a bow & arrow has it’s merits, too. There are bears, etc. that we might need to be defended against. That is a crazy sentence! I’d feel I could do my part!! Your book (books) sound like great reads.

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  137. I love this post! Of course we readers would read, but at the same time,a little exercise makes the brain ready to enjoy a book. I think I’d like to learn the skills & creative talents that the crew & passengers had & would share with me. Languages have always fascinated me , so that’s a “given”, but being skillful with a bow & arrow has it’s merits, too. There are bears, etc. that we might need to be defended against. That is a crazy sentence! I’d feel I could do my part!! Your book (books) sound like great reads.

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  138. I love this post! Of course we readers would read, but at the same time,a little exercise makes the brain ready to enjoy a book. I think I’d like to learn the skills & creative talents that the crew & passengers had & would share with me. Languages have always fascinated me , so that’s a “given”, but being skillful with a bow & arrow has it’s merits, too. There are bears, etc. that we might need to be defended against. That is a crazy sentence! I’d feel I could do my part!! Your book (books) sound like great reads.

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  139. I love this post! Of course we readers would read, but at the same time,a little exercise makes the brain ready to enjoy a book. I think I’d like to learn the skills & creative talents that the crew & passengers had & would share with me. Languages have always fascinated me , so that’s a “given”, but being skillful with a bow & arrow has it’s merits, too. There are bears, etc. that we might need to be defended against. That is a crazy sentence! I’d feel I could do my part!! Your book (books) sound like great reads.

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  140. I love this post! Of course we readers would read, but at the same time,a little exercise makes the brain ready to enjoy a book. I think I’d like to learn the skills & creative talents that the crew & passengers had & would share with me. Languages have always fascinated me , so that’s a “given”, but being skillful with a bow & arrow has it’s merits, too. There are bears, etc. that we might need to be defended against. That is a crazy sentence! I’d feel I could do my part!! Your book (books) sound like great reads.

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  141. i am now sniff sniffing into my afternoon tea… this time last week we were sweating like we have never sweated before, in the best possible way to sweat. gosh how i miss my dearies and their perfectly perfect doilifying ways!

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  142. i am now sniff sniffing into my afternoon tea… this time last week we were sweating like we have never sweated before, in the best possible way to sweat. gosh how i miss my dearies and their perfectly perfect doilifying ways!

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  143. i am now sniff sniffing into my afternoon tea… this time last week we were sweating like we have never sweated before, in the best possible way to sweat. gosh how i miss my dearies and their perfectly perfect doilifying ways!

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  144. i am now sniff sniffing into my afternoon tea… this time last week we were sweating like we have never sweated before, in the best possible way to sweat. gosh how i miss my dearies and their perfectly perfect doilifying ways!

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  145. i am now sniff sniffing into my afternoon tea… this time last week we were sweating like we have never sweated before, in the best possible way to sweat. gosh how i miss my dearies and their perfectly perfect doilifying ways!

    Reply

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