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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Cline Barton

Veronica’s #WritersDiary, London Virtual #InspirationResearch (IR)!

I’m hitting the road once again–this time virtually as I’m researching London neighborhoods and it’s wonderful West End theater district, aka Theatreland, for my latest #WIP. Gemma and Kyle are looking for a second home in the city and Mama is starring in a new play–what can possibly go wrong, dun-dun-dun? I’m pouring through our travel pics, hitting the Pinterest pages, and reading though some great #reads to compensate for my lack of being able to visit sites first hand these days. I’m learning everything there is to know (well almost) about lighting; scenery; props; costumes; and stage management (including who’s who on the production team)—one must get the details correct! I’m also thoroughly enjoying a new read by Julius Green titled Curtain Up, Agatha Christie, A Life in the Theatre, that gives an overview of the grand dame’s prolific collection of plays. Who knows, could it be a play is in my #writing future? If you have any hints, tips or theatrical favorites–please leave me a comment!

I wanted to give a shoutout to Hubby–we celebrated his #birthday this past weekend with a wonderful lunch at our fav beach haunt, the Ritz in Laguna. Thanks to everyone on SM who sent their #HappyBirthday wishes, much appreciated! How ’bout our matching masks?

It’s back to the #writing and #research zone for me–it’s Wednesday, time for #DearDiary:

Double Trouble print copies

Print copies of Double Trouble have arrived!

This week was a very special one for me–the print copies arrived and I love them! I finally got to hold my book baby in person–such a treat!

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A new take on a classic read this week from the writers of Twitter…

Author Kelly Miller, Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley, 5 STARS

An angel of death is ready for a holiday and longs to be back amongst the humans. A doomed fall from a horse leaves Fitzwilliam Darcy with the ultimate ultimatum–entertain Death at his Pemberley estate for the next week, or else, curtains! Author Miller sweeps us back in time in this enchanting fantasy featuring some beloved Austen characters–Darcy; his wife, Elizabeth and toddler son, Bennet; Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the aunt who still holds a grudge against Elizabeth: and Lady Catherine’s daughter Anne, determined to get a new lease on life. New characters include the mysterious Lady Rebecca Seymour, who appears to have a dalliance on her mind; and Mr. Graham aka Death.

To Darcy’s surprise, Graham enchants everyone he meets, and is particularly fond of the ladies. He revels in his life experiences at Pemberley and through his interactions, he brings peace, clarity and needed comfort to many. Day by day we learn the story behind the story of the different characters as the details of their lives are made known. Will the presence of Graham influence those whose actions may bring hurt and harm, or is it too late to change the mindsets set on revenge or hurtful deeds?

I thoroughly enjoyed this enchanting tale. It’s an original twist on a classic that brings to life the characters and their personalities, giving us a closer look at the life choices that have defined them. A surprise twist keeps you guessing to the end. An inspiring read, highly recommended!

Next up in the #reading queue:

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Join me later today at 1:45pm EDT on the YouTube #BOOKEM channel!

I’m up on deck today talking all things books in my California Cherrywood Hall (thanks for the roaming the rooms strategy, Writer/Golden Boomer podcaster Jena Henry!) I’ll be featuring the novel, Trillium, by Margaret Lindsay Holton; discuss a royal wedding like no other and the virtual travel options offered in my Deadly Receptions: the Debut of Castlewood Manor tale; and have a sneak peek at my expanding almost-royal mask collection. Stop on by!

Welcome to my world. Enjoy the rest of your #week and #weekend friends!

Crowns and Kisses,


P.S. Double Trouble: Showtime at Castlewood Manor can be ordered here⇓ Thank you so much for all your support! Gemma and Rikkhe approve 🙂

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