Jul 26 2006
Dear Ms. Wolf:
You hate writing these romance books, don’t you? I can see your boredom throughout your entire book as you cobbled together a story stealing scenes and characters from previous books. The whole story is uninspired.
Diana Sherwood is an impoverished young woman who lives with her mother, Louisa, in a cottage on the estate of the Louisa’s cousin. Diana lost her father in the Pennisula wars. While she and Alex, the heir of the Earl of Standish, grow up together, they fall in love. This love is tested when Alex chooses to go to war instead of marrying Diana. When he comes back three years later, Diana is about to embark on a season to find a stable husband and completely rebuffs Alex. Ultimately, Diana gets herself engaged to a nice man while Alex is left grappling with Diana’s abandonment. But the love story is between Alex and Diana. Do you see the problem here? Yes, one person is going to get the shaft. Even beyond the cavalier treatment of characters, the worst sin you commit is your blatant lifting from your previous books.
- The mother who gains her own love interest but that doesn’t make the heroine happy? The Pretenders
- The hero who chooses to the army instead of marrying the heroine? The Guardian and The Scottish Lord.
- The unassuming friend who marries the duke? Can’t remember but I know there is one.
This is from the Pretenders:
I didn’t want to think of Lord Bradford in such a way– particularly with my mother. It was disgusting.
I said quickly, "You won’t mind if Mama lives with us at Ambersley, will you Reeve?"
"Of course I won’t mind," he replied in surprise. "I have always assumed that she would do so."
This is from His Lordship’s Desire:
“Do you think there might be something going on between your mother and Sir Gilbert?”
. . .
Diana frown, not at all sure she liked the idea Sally was proposing.
. . .
“But she would live at Aston Castle with me!” Diana cried. “Rumford has said she would be very welcome.”
I keep coming back to the love triangle and your resolution. The heroine remains engaged to the “other man” until the very end of the book when a brush with near death brings her hidden feelings to the forefront. The “other” man is simply brushed aside with an apology and the denouement including the requisite sex scene brings the story to a close.
I have only myself to blame for buying this book when I KNEW it was going to suck because the last 5 or 6 have sucked. I understand what is happening here. You wanted to write something different but no one bought it (I am referring to your Dark Ages series). I did buy it and was sorry you couldn’t continue the series. Your contract required you to write other books and instead of pulling a Dara Joy, and not writing, you decided to steal from your own books, plots, characters, villians. Of course, what happens is that instead of punishing your publisher, you punish your loyal readers.
Please, don’t write anymore if you can’t write books you really believe in. Don’t foist recycled passionless stories onto your loyal readers. It doesn’t do anyone any good. D.