Monday, September 7, 2009

Bron Jameson and her Magnate!

by Anna Campbell

It's with great pleasure that I introduce one of my favorite writers and a woman who's a credit to the Australian romance industry, the fabulous Bronwyn Jameson.

Isnt' that a great shot of Bron with all her output? And not a dud amongst them!

Bron writes for Silhouette Desire. To find out more about Bron and her books, please visit her website: www.bronwynjameson.com

Welcome back, Bron! Lovely to see you returning to the lair. The cabana boys have been pining for your reappearance since last time! Your latest Silhouette Desire MAGNATE’S MAKE-BELIEVE MISTRESS has been getting a huge amount of buzz. Can you tell us about this story?


Thanks so much for having me back. It’s always a pleasure to visit with the Banditas (and not only because of those cabana boys!). MAGNATE’S MAKE-BELIEVE MISTRESS is the first of several books I’ve written and am writing, linked but stand-alone, set in England. I’m calling them my British Billionaires even though there’s no such tag on the covers. I’m a big Anglophile, you see. My introduction to romance reading was via M and B and Georgette Heyer and Jilly Cooper, so I had to write at least one book with a London townhouse and a country estate and polo ponies and Aston Martons and a debonair hero with a James Bond accent.

Wow, you've got me! What’s next for Bronwyn Jameson?

BILLIONAIRE’S INCONVENIENT BRIDE is the second of my England Desires. This is Chessie’s story – she’s the sister of Isabelle from MAGNATE. The sisters have both worked as housekeepers and so their stories have more than a touch of Cinderella to them….although these modern gals aren’t fans of wealth and privilege. They’re not looking for a fairytale rescue. I guess you might say they’re reluctant Cinderellas.

Do you ever have the urge to write something other than category romance?

I have urges, oh yes, but that’s all they are. The shorter format suits me very well at the moment.

Bron, you’re one of the best writers I know for getting emotional intensity into a compact space. I’m in awe of your skills for creating a compelling, heart-stopping read within 50,000 words. I mean, I’ve got 100,000 words to play around with! Have you got any hints for our aspiring writer Banditas on achieving that effect?

Thank you for the flattering compliment, Anna, although I reckon I do many things better than emotional intensity. Hints? Hmm. I work hard at creating characters who, despite the fantasy aspects of the storylines, are real and likeable. They’re not perfect but their goals and motivation and understandable and driven by values the reader can relate to. Need for security, for love, for family, for acceptance…whether known and acknowledged or something they arrive at due to the story arc. I think emotional connection is rooted in these universal needs and also in characters who act consistently, whose motivation comes from within and isn’t contrived to provide a plot twist or “cute” situation. That’s what disconnects me, as a reader, from more books/characters than anything else – that sense of Why did she do that? It is SO out of character!
There’s been a lot of comment lately about the contemporary needing saving. Your own book was used as an example of how good contemporary romance can be and why it’s worth rescuing. What’s your feeling about this subject?

Honestly, I was unaware of the Save The Contemporary initiative before MAGNATE’S MAKE-BELIEVE MISTRESS featured in the Celebrate the Category Romance campaign. And can I say how chuffed I was to see my book alongside the fabulous Kathleen O’Reilly?

Does the contemporary need saving? I suspect this campaign isn’t so much a response to sales/market issues as to the popularity of other genres – paranormals, urban fantasy, historical romance, romantic suspense – amongst on-line reviewers and book bloggers. The perception: straight contemporary romance was the forgotten (plain? less flashy? middle?) child. Since I’m a middle child as well as a contemp. writer and reader, I became an instant fan. I’ve picked up several new-to-me authors (Erin McCarthy, Victoria Dahl, Robyn Carr) through STC recommendations and I hope many other readers have as well.

Are there any books or movies that you think have influenced your writing?

I suspect that everything I’ve ever watched or read has influenced me in some way, be it positive or negative, consciously or subconsciously, teaching craft and technique, as motivation/inspiration. “I want to make readers feel like I do, reading this book.” “Ooh, that scene, SO evocative: how can I bring that to a book?” “I hate this twist; must never let my plot overshadow characterisation.” That kind of thing. More specifically: before writing my England-set books, I immersed myself in English lifestyle and “reality” television and became obsessed with Tatler magazine. Just so I could hear the English rhythm of speech, the idiosyncrasies, the word choices.

You live on a property in country New South Wales. I’m sure our international Bandita Buddies would find it fascinating if you could tell us a little about your home base. I’m sure our Aussie visitors would be keen to hear too!

Home is a farm in the south-west of New South Wales, a few hours drive from Canberra (our national capital) and halfway between Sydney and Melbourne. We grow wheat and oats and run Merino sheep for wool – sitting at my desk right now I can hear the cries of newborn lambs and their mums’ throaty "I’m-right-here" replies. Spring is my favourite season, because of the new arrivals and the colour palette. It’s very Aussie – the rich green with splashes of gold from flowering canola and wattle trees.

Bron, thanks for a great interview. Bandita Buddies, Bron has very generously offered us not one, but TWO prizes today. The first is a copy of MAGNATE'S MISTRESS and the second, in keeping with the theme, is the three-in-one from Mills and Boon titled HOUSEKEEPER IN HIS BED.

Bron's question for you is:

Do we have any other Anglophiles in the house? Which books, movies, TV shows and/or characters have fed your love affair with England?

140 comments:

limecello said...
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limecello said...

Hi Bronwyn! Thanks for visiting with us today! I love your books, and Silhouette Desire is one of my favorite Harlequin lines :)

As for Anglophiles... I guess the closest thing in my house would be me :P (Guess that's not saying much.) Aside from the accents and some history, I guess I'm not that big into it. Although, literature, and you know, regencies and victorian romances written now, I enjoy a lot.
I've got Magnate's Make Believe Mistress in my TBR pile - I just need to get some free time to finally start reading it!

Annie West said...

Hi Bron,

It's lovely to see you here. I KNOW it wasn't just the cabana boys tempting you here, but they sure are decorative, aren't they?

As you know, I'm a huge fan of your books. Am so excited at the idea of reading your British based stories. I'm another anglophile. Am so jealous of you researching by reading Tatler. What fun. As for channelling James Bond - I did that very recently (though the man in question wasn't English) and it was enormous fun. My first books were from Britain, even the ones my parents read to me, and I've carried on the tradition ever since. Georgette Heyer had a huge influence on me, but so did a lot of others and I spent years reading English history too. Right now I have a gorgeous, silly PG Wodehouse on my bedside table for the day I get to sit and read...

Congratulations on this new release, Bron. You've given me new enthusiasm to attack my tbr pile and read it.

Annie

Lynz Pickles said...

Hi, Bronwyn! Magnate's Make-Believe Mistress was soooooo good, and I can't wait for Chessie's story! Also, your website rocks. I remember checking it out after I finished reading Magnate's and thinking it was awesome.

I guess I'm like lime - I'm the closest thing to an Anglophile in my family, but I'm not really thaaaat into it. I love me some Regencies, and other historical periods too, and tend to use a [bad] British accent after re-watching Pride and Prejudice, but that's about it. Though at one point I was TOTALLY obsessed with Henry VIII. And his wives. And his children. So I guess you could say I was obsessed with the last few Tudor rulers. I got over it, though.

Speaking of Regencies, I have an overdue review of The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst to write. It's the last book in the series, sob. I'm so going to miss her scandalous Ravenhursts, especially Sebastian and Gareth. Those two were especially yummy.

Amy Andrews said...

HI banditas!!! It feels like forever that I was last here.. sob!
Have been a little busy..sorry!

Total Anglophile here. My four fav rom coms of all time are English. 4 Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary and Love Actually.

I grew up on BBC comedy and love the polished english accents - not royal family polished, more Hugh Laurie and Richard Armitage ;-)

Minna said...

Anglophiles... Well, I have watched plenty of English tv series, like Last of the Summer Wine, My Family, various series based on books, like Sherlock Holmes and Midsommer Murders.

Kandy Shepherd said...

Hi Bron, I'm an absolute Anglophile with an English father and an English husband. I adored living in London and had to be dragged away kicking and screaming!
I just finished reading MAGNATE'S MAKE BELIEVE MISTRESS and really enjoyed it. The hero is so alpha without being brutish, I fell totally in love with him.
I can quite see why there has been such a buzz about this book. I've really liked every story of yours that I've read and this is one of the best!
The opening paragraph is worth mentioning too...

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Lime, again? People are starting to talk! ;-)

Hey, you're already a BJ fan. I think she's an amazing writer!

Annie, I'm like you - my anglophilia comes from a childhood of reading British children's books and watching English TV shows. We get a lot more of that stuff than our American friends do. I was an Enid Blyton fanatic when I was a kidlet and I think it built from there.

Anna Campbell said...

Lynz, another fan? Hasn't it been wonderful seeing all the buzz about Bron's books on the Net in recent months!

Ooh, AA, you said the magic words. Richard Armitage (swoon, swoon, swoon). Hey, we miss you, honey!

Anna Campbell said...

Minna, I just watched a Midsomer Murders. A really cute one where Tom gets coaxed into being a very reluctant cricket umpire. Love the humor in that show!

Kandy, I haven't read Magnate yet. It's on my TBR pile along with everything else published in the last three years. Sob. Thanks for popping by!

Michelle said...

i am very much an Anglophiles. i love listening to the accent (i watch movies sometimes solely for this reason) and when i am on youtube is purposely look for a "makeup guru" from england. i love jane austen, sophie kinsella, jk rowling--authors from england that set their stories in england. one of my goals in life is to visit england one day and soak in the culture :)

jo robertson said...

Hi, Bronwyn, welcome back to the Lair. It's always a pleasure to have you!

Great picture of you with your books, very impressive. I admire category writers and stand in awe of your ability to capture so much in so few words.

I don't know that I'd call myself an Anglophile, but I'm certainly fascinated by the accent LOL. I love watching the PBS mystery shows.

How lovely that you get to be part of the lambing process in raising sheep!

jo robertson said...

Ooooh, Amy, you are in good company here! And we've missed you, so glad you're back.

I loved Notting Hill, must have watched it a dozen times.

Annie West said...

Amy, Hugh Laurie and Richard Armitage's accents? Yes please! Sigh. How about Alan Rickman...

Stefanie Worth said...

Great interview, Bronwyn!

My interest in England was sparked by Haley Mills in Pollyanna and The Parent Trap and by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. It escalated when my favorite neighborhood playmate moved there when her father was transferred out of the U.S. I'd love to visit one day. Maybe I can tour Hogwarts while I'm there. lol

Christine Wells said...

A very warm Aussie welcome, Bron! So lovely to have you here and I'm in awe of that stack of books at your side. Thanks for inviting Bron today, Anna. Great interview!

I had to write at least one book with a London townhouse and a country estate and polo ponies and Aston Martons and a debonair hero with a James Bond accent.

You definitely had me at hello there! Love the sound of this series and since you mentioned one of my favourite writers, Georgette Heyer, I'm doubly sure I'm going to love these books.

Btw, I know he hasn't been out of my deadline cave for a long time, but don't forget about Sven the Swedish masseur, y'all! He needs just as much loving as those pushy cabana boys:)

Lime, congrats on getting the rooster!

Louise said...

Hi Bron,

Loved Magnate's Make Believe Mistress and can't wait for Chessie's story.
Apart from Georgette Heyer, my favourite English writer (for her irresistable heroines) would be Nancy Mitford. Who can forget Linda, Fanny, Northey?

Louise

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Hey, Limecello, great to see you hear. Does first post still earn you the rights to the rooster? Or is he no more?

Y'know, Regencies have done A LOT to feed my love of all things English. Or perhaps I love the books because they're set in England...or because of the horses...or those dangerous dukes.

When I first started working on these books, I had in mind a grand house party in the country with a cast of originals-- mad cousins and crusty old uncles and wild sisters. Of course, I had to scale this right back (short format, focus on the h/H relationship) but twas a fun idea to think about!

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Hi Annie, my fellow anglophile. Tatler is such fun! Picked up a new issue Friday and spent a delightful new hours last night reading and googling and reading and googling. I must have computer access for further reading.

My early reading, too, had a big English influence. Long before I found romance. And my first exposure to category romance was through the serialisation of M&B in the English Womens Weekly.

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Hi Linz. I'm SOOOO chuffed that you enjoyed my Magnate so much and that you're looking forward to Chessie's story. She has proven quite the handful, taking over the story and not doing as instructed. But fun...a LOT of fun!

Snap on the obsession with Henry VIII. I can't even recall why, whether it was the number of wives or the shock to my young self of how he did away with them, but I went through a complete obsession when I was very young, reading everything I could find. I'd forgotten about that. Guess I've always had this obsessive personality.

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Amy, I figured you as a woman of fine taste and now I have proof.

My four fav rom coms of all time are English. 4 Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary and Love Actually.

Bingo. The accents, the humour, the humility. Oh, yeah.

Bron

Emmanuelle said...

Hi Bronwyn,
I heard so much about Magnate's Make Believe Mistress and I can't wait to read it !
I'm french and sudied english at school but was never really attracted by this country. I was and still am an americanophile above everything else.
However, some 4 or 5 years ago I discovered romance novels and historicals in particular and fell in love with England.
I don't know if I can call myself an Anglophile but I do have a thing for small flowers patterns, drink too much tea, collect fine china and bake way too much scones. Add to that Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver... when is the next train for London ???

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Minna, funnily enough I'm not watching any English TV series at the moment and I don't even have a reason. Apart from lack of time. I grew up on a steady diet of English TV. Remember watching The Forsyte Saga and Upstairs Downstairs and The Avengers. Loads more, I know, but those ones come straight to mind.

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Kandy, I didn't know that you'd once lived in London. I've visited several times and have had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the airport. Favourite things: the galleries, theatre, shopping, black cabs, the accents. Shopping.

And thank you for the lovely endorsement of Magnate. :-)

Bron

Beverley Eikli said...

Hi Bronwyn,

I loved your interview. Lots of good advice for storytelling.

English social histories have been favourite bedside reading since I was about eleven. Life in medieval castles soon gave way to my greatest passions: life in England between 1715 and 1867. Not quite sure why. Annie - you should read that PG Wodehouse on your TBR pile. I recently finished his 'The Luck of the Bodkins' and it was utterly hilarious! Totally whacky British situational comedy - a real page-turner! As for Jilly Cooper... what a star, and Georgette Heyer...she was so sophisticated, amusing and often downright funny. The Unknown Ajax was my favourite.
Bron, I don't wonder you're a passionate Anglophile. The writers I mentioned are just a few who do such insightful comedy so well!
Congratulations on your new release. I can't wait to read Chessie's story!
All the best - Beverley.

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Yes, Anna! THIS==>> my anglophilia comes from a childhood of reading British children's books and watching English TV shows.

I have fascinations with all kinds of places--at the moment I'm flirting with France--but there's a deep, solid love for the Old Blighty to which I always return.

Bron

Blodeuedd said...

I can only say one thing BBC, oh those costume dramas like North and South, Pride and Prejudice. They make me fall every time and hard :)

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Michelle, I'll listen to just about anything for an accent and so I completely understand your Youtube searchs. :-) I really hope you get your wish to visit England. It's definitely worth the long flight.

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Hi, Jo, it's wonderful to be back in the Lair. I always have a splendid time chatting to you all.
And anyone who loves Notting Hill *that* much is displaying fine taste. Have I mentioned loving the accents enough times yet? *g*

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Hi Stefanie.

Funny you should mention Hayley Mills and The Parent Trap because that provided a touch of inspiration for this book. There's a sister swap, you see, and a mess of misunderstandings caused by mistaken identity.

Last trip we did a tour of one of the Oxford colleges which was used in -- or inspired the set of (forget which!) -- Harry Potter. Very old school, like stepping back in time.

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Christine, I admit it, I'm fickle. Send Sven on down to my place; I'm rather partial to Swedish massuers.

Heyer: Devil's Cub remains on my Favourite Ever Top 5 reads. That opening scene introducing Vidal, pure brilliance.

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Louise, you loved Magnate, too? Oh, thank you, thank you.

(This is the other reason I love visiting here; you are all so good for my ego.)

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

I do have a thing for small flowers patterns, drink too much tea, collect fine china and bake way too much scones. Add to that Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver...

Welcome to Club Anglophile, Emmanuelle. You will fit right in. We're ever so polite, drink our tea only from the finest china, and shop for our dainty prints at Selfridges. *g*

Y'know, Gordon Ramsay is kinda sorta the (physical) inspiration behind Crash the butler. I'm still mulling over whether a butler can move on up in the world enough to be a Desire hero. He is *so* begging for a story.

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Hi Beverly.

I don't have many regrets -- such a negative emotion, isn't it? -- but I do wish I'd studied history. I've always been fascinated but in my youth I was very influenced by the solid, practical advice on education choices. A part of my solid, practical farm upbringing.

Luckily there is the education of reading. No regrets there!

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Dare I admit that I've not seen North and South? I don't know how I've managed to NOT see it, because it is right up my alley. Must see about ordering the DVDs.

Bron

Amy Andrews said...

Oh Bron - the end scene during the press conference and She is playing in the background. I still grin like a loon when I see it. hmmm, might just have to dig it out to watch tonight...

BBC stuff I grew up on.
It Aint Half Hot Mum
Dad's Army
Some mother's Do Have Em'
Are You Being Served
The Liver Birds
Man About The House
George and Mildred
The Goode Life
To The Mannor Born
and so many more....

Not to mention the afternoon viewing - Dr Who, The Goodies and The Kenny Everett Video Show!

Emmanuelle said...

Bronwyn,
With Gordon Ramsey in mind I think you're butler has everything to be a great hero... that's just me of course ;-)

Jane said...

Hi Bronwyn,
I love British movies and television shows. I was so excited when the new season of Masterpiece Theatre started. I'm especially fond of British crime dramas like Silent Witness, Spooks, Second Sight and Touching Evil. Death at a Funeral is a great movie starring Matthew MacFayden and Rupert Graves.

Helen said...

Congrats limcello enjoy your day with him

Another fantastic interview Ladies I too love all things English accents and they have some great TV Shows and movies and of course I have read many historical romances set in England and love them.

I have Magnate's Make-Believe Mistress on the TBR pile I picked it up last week at Big W and am really looking forward to reading it.

The view from your office sounds wonderful I love the sound of baby lambs calling for their Mums.

Have Fun
Helen

Maureen said...

Hi Bronwyn!
Congratulations on your new book! I have to agree with Anna that your stories are wonderfully emotional and really suck me into the story. I do enjoy many things about England, Jane Austen's stories being some of my favorites. My husband is a fan of Monty Python.

Robyn E said...

Love love love the sound of the new series, Bron. Can't wait to read them :-) My favourite English indulgences are BBC Jane Austen, and Top Gear. Love the way those british boys bang cars around. lol

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Amy, isn't that the most perfect scene? One of those that's inspiring as a writer; the benchmark for the romantic ending that fits the characters and the conflict and the story arc.

Nodding along to your list of BBC classics. I LOVED The Goodies.

Bron

Laurie said...

My first exposure to anything from England was it's musical influence: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Animals, The Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits , The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull etc...
Next books :Shakespeare,
Charles Dickens- A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Anything associated with Camelot, and the Knights of the Round Table, Movie: Knight Tales
Robin Hood, Maid Marion and Sherwood Forest . Ian Fleming and his James Bond series. JR Tolkien.
Poems: Robert Frost, Emily Dickenson, Elisabeth Barrett Browning, Dunne, Keats,
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Historicals with THE TON and it's royalty dukes, earls,balls Catherine Coulture, Jude Devereaux, More recently: Sabrina Jeffries, Julia London, Madeline Hunter,isa Kleypas, Suzanne Enoch, Laura Gurke,Liz Carlyle,
Julianne MacLean, Eloisa James, Joan Johnston, Susan Wiggs
Finally, It's own royalty with Prince Charles, Princess Diana and their two sons.
Movies Monty Python and the holy Grail, Up the Down Staircase, To Sir With Love, James Bond
Politicians: Winston Churchill, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Maybe I need to find him a French heroine named Emmanuelle. :-)

Jane, the Brit's do crime well, don't they? I've always had a fondness for Dalziel and Pascoe. Second Sight, too.

Has anyone mentioned Clive Owens? Mmm.

Bron

Trish Morey said...

Hey Bron, always late to the party, but so nice to arrive when there's a crowd and the party's buzzing. And this party is buzzing!

I have Magnate raring to go and it's on the start line of the bedside table as we speak (oh yes, a bit of Top Gear viewing going on around here tonight)

Love your books Bron. So looking forward to this one (and your next. And the one after that for that matter! Keep on revving:-)

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Helen, I am blessed to live in this part of the world. Truly, I am. Glad you were able to find Magnate (my local Big W had none last week; I hope only because they'd sold out) and hope you enjoy it.

Maureen, thank you! My tiny nod to Jane Austen was placing Chisholm Park in Hertfordshire. :-)

Robyn, did you see Top Gear tonight? The 17yo boys tests, genius. (Not that my 17yo boys would have done any of that. I hope.)

Bron

Sharon Archer said...

Hi Bronwyn
I'm another big fan of a lovely Bronwyn Jameson romance! And I've already got Magnate's Make-Believe Mistress (sigh) - a totally blissful read! I'm be looking forward to Chessie's story.

Amy listed my fav English moives - top of the list Notting Hill... or maybe Love Actually.

Definitely an Anglophile - I loved our holiday (far too long ago now - must need to go again!) in England. So gorgeous and green. And all the history, the old old buildings, the ghosts. Fascinating.

Thank you for having Bronwyn to visit, Anna!
:)
Sharon

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Laurie, the music! Of course. How could I have not mentioned the music? As well as all the music I grew up with, I'm married to a huge fan of the Beatles and Coldplay. First big rock concert I ever went to = Rolling Stones.

So, yes, definitely a fan of English music as well.

Thank you, thank you for the lists. You've made me all nostalgic for the music and the writers and the TV. And, yes, quietly, I'm also fascinated by the royal family and the peerage. Spent far too much time on the Debretts website under the guise of research when, really, I just love reading the names. LOL.

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Hi, Trish. A party is never a party without you, fashionably late or not. And you're a Top Gear fan, too? I did not know this.

Sharon, hello and thank you for the lovely compliment. Am glad I'm not the only one fence-sitting over those movies. Some of the storylines in Love Actually are pure gold; others I don't like quite as much, which then levels out the playing field.

Thank you to all my Aussie friends who've dropped in tonight. AFTER Top Gear, natch!

Bron

~Drew said...

Hi Bronwyn!

I guess the closest to an Anglophile in my house is me as well! (descended from Loyalists)

Here in Canada, I grew up on BBC programs being shown on the CBC, Like the Onedin Line, Poldark, Upstairs, Downstairs...I have been hooked ever since! Love those BBC period pieces, just watched "Cranford" which I adored!
And in literature, reading every Catherine Cookson book I could get my hands on as a teen, also fed that Brit obsession!
My fav actors today? All Commonwealth cuties like Russell Crowe, Clive Owen...Oooo. I could go on.

Your book sounds just wonderful, I will be sure to seek it out!

Anna Sugden said...

Welcome Bron!

As the resident Brit bandita, you could say that I'm a born and bred Anglophile *g*.

But, I have a split personality - having spent so much time in the US and Canada, that I'm also a big North American-ophile. (not just because of the hockey!)

And I'm an Oz-ophile. Who wouldn't be with the likes of Bryan Brown and Hugh Jackman as well as being the home of the best opals in the world, great wine, kookaburras and some of my dearest friends!

Plus there are some great TV series that have inspired me, like Flying Doctors, A Town Like Alice and Brides of Christ.

chey said...

Hi Bronwyn,
I enjoy your books!
I grew up in Canada, and remember watching The Saint, Shelley, and more. I read Catherine Cookson and Georgette Heyer.

Anna Sugden said...

Oh and McLeod's Daughters - though I only managed to get one series of that.

Donna MacMeans said...

Hi Bronwyn and welcome to the lair!

I guess I'm the anglophile as I've been writing British set Victorians. Fav movies are Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral and the Full Monty (for the accent - right?). We watch YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT every day at noon - not for the accent but that sort of filters in. I read a lot of research books, British history, etc. to get the details right and I love to read old copies of the Illustrated Times. Reporting (and sentence structure) has certainly evolved since the nineteenth century (grin).

MsHellion said...

I am a complete and utter Anglophile!

My earliest contributors were Julie Garwood and Jude Deveraux. (I wanted to be as daring a heroine as Pagan from Guardian Angel or have hero as hot as one of Garwood's Scotsmen.)

Though my Anglophile-ness really got out of control when I was in college. *LOL* I watched Sense & Sensibility; Pride & Prejudice (Colin Firth all the way!)...Braveheart was a huge influence. And of late, North & South.

I've always been a fan of the history--I remember giving a presentation in high school (8th grade?) about Henry the VIII's wives. (I, of course, was drawn to Anne Boleyn--the bad girls of history were always more interesting to me.)

Minna said...

Then there were the children's cartoons, like Postman Pat and Doctor Snuggles.

Virginia said...

I guess I am like lime, I would be the Anglophiles in my house and I am not all that big into it. I love reading the book from the regency period and I love the accents, but that about it.

Minna said...

And books: Sherlock Holmes by Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie's books, Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas, books by Enid Blyton...
I would love to read the stuff Captain Cook wrote about his travels. I just haven't managed to get those books to my hands yet. I remember seeing a documentary series about him as a kid and recently there have been 2 more -one of them was actually about a group of people who did part of his trip all over again with a replica of his ship.

Minna said...

Oh, and I'm just reading a book called Hard Days Write about the songs of the Beatles.

But besides England I'm also interested in Canada (that's a given, as I have relatives there), U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Estonia...

Sarah Simas said...

Hi Bron and Anna!

I love all things England. My grandmother was a war bride and came to the States w/ my gramps. I love her accent and can't wait to one day go and explore my English roots!

I'm a huge fan of Johanna Lindsay's Mallory Brothers series and Jenna Petersen's Regencies. I also LOVE the movies about Queen Elizabeth with Cate Blanchet. I'd re-watch those all day, if I could!

Great post and I love your cover! Very beautiful. I'm going to have add Magnate to my TBR! :o)

Congrats and may the Muse be with you!!

Smile!,
Sarah Simas
The Lovestruck Novice

Anna Campbell said...

Michelle, I hope you make it to England one day. One of the best experiences of my life was living there for two years and I love to go back and visit. I hear you on the accent - it just makes me melt. So when Bron mentioned a hero with a JB accent, basically I was lining up with my wallet open to buy the books!

Jo, I thought people would enjoy hearing about Bron's home. It must sound so exotic to a lot of our overseas friend. Mind you, it sounds fairly exotic to me these days!

Anna Campbell said...

Stefanie, I hope you get to England too. Actually they used a lot of real locations for Hogwarts so it's not exactly touring the school but you can certainly see places from the movie. One of my favorites is the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland with the Jacobite Express steaming across it. That's the Hogwarts Express in the book. Spectacular scenery!

Christine, haven't you noticed that Sven and I are squabbling? I was in the deadline cave and he was too busy giving YOU a massage to notice! So he's getting the cold Swedish shoulder from this little black duck. He can wave and flash those unnaturally white teeth at me as much as he wants. A friend in need is a friend indeed and a friend who's missing is...not there?

Anna Campbell said...

Louise, I love Nancy Mitford. Love in a Cold Climate and co? Delicious! And she did some wonderful social history books too. There's a great one on Madame de Pompadour.

Bron, the rooster is even more rambunctious than he was and he's decided Lime is his squeeze du jour! My grandmother used to subscribe to the English WW - I discovered a lot of great romances that way too. Used to read her old ones that she kept in boxes in the garage right through my summer holidays. Yum!

Anna Campbell said...

Bron, I've decided MOST writers have an obsessive personality. And a God complex! ;-)

Emmanuelle, those are the first symptoms of the virus! I'd say you're well on the way. If you start calling people guvnor and asking "d'ya know wod I meyan?", we'll need to call in medical help! ;-)

Anna Campbell said...

Bev, The Unknown Ajax is one of my very favorite Heyers too. Good choice!

Bron, I love to travel in Britain too. I think because it's still such a large part of our culture, we get that lovely feeling of familiarity when we're there.

Anna Campbell said...

Blodeuedd, the costume dramas were regular Sunday night viewing here in Australia. They don't make as many as they used to and they're much more compressed. I remember the Pallisers was something like 26 episodes! And 13 was the normal length. We're lucky to get six now. They're still wonderful but those leisurely takes on classic novels were closer to the feeling of the books, I think. Oh, and Poldark! I had such a crush on Ross!

Anna Campbell said...

You know, Bron, I've only been to Oxford once and that was very briefly. The main place I went to with the Hogwarts connection was Alnwick (pronounced annick!) castle in Northumberland. They even had cardboard cut outs of people like Harry and Hagrid which I thought was kinda tacky but the kids seemed to like it.

So, Bron, if we're nice to you, you'll come back? GOODIE!!! You fantastic, wonderful critter, you!

Anna Campbell said...

Crash the butler? Oh, I love it! Can he have Fumbles the housemaid as his offsider? Pleeeeeeeeze!

Bron, given my uni choices were music, English lit and history, I clearly didn't listen to people telling me to make practical choices. And do you know what? All three have immeasurably enriched my life. I've never been sorry I didn't do something with a definite career path. Mind you, my bank account mightn't agree!

Anna Sugden said...

BTW - just want to say how nice it is to be loved today, instead of always hearing the drools over our northern and western brethren! (though not much love for the Welsh *g*).

Mwah from all of us English!

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, Bron, SEEEEE North and South. One of the most breathtaking endings I've ever seen anywhere. By the way, Richard is mine. You can have Sven!

Amy, what a great list! Really brought back some memories. How's this for tragic? I'm re-watching To the Manor Born on DVD.

Anna Campbell said...

Jane, these days, for some reason, I find a lot of the English crime dramas a bit grim for me. Although I love Midsomer Murders.

Helen, this book sounds more and more delicious, doesn't it?

Maureen, Monty Python was big when I was at uni - people used to quote the dead parrot sketch until it was, um, dead!

Anna Campbell said...

Robyn, I love Top Gear! It's so blokey. By the way, happy birthday!!!

Oh, Laurie, the music! We get more of it in Australia than you do in the States. I remember watching a one-hit wonder show (US) the other day and they called Madness a OHW. Not here - they were constants on the charts when I was a young un!

Sharon, I know you're a fellow anglophile because we sit and drool about things anglo together ;-) Thanks for popping by!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Trish, now the party can get started. Here, have a margarita! Since when does 'margarita' sound like 'cabana boy'? Trish!!!!! I'm too young to witness acts like that!

Bron, doesn't your heart just break for Emma Thompson in Love Actually. One of the best bits of acting I've ever seen.

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Drew, great to see you here! Loved Cranford - the acting in that was amazing!

Hey, VA, cool that you're an Aussiephile!!! We luvs you right back, hon!

Anna Campbell said...

Chey, I think Canada, like Australia, has more of the British influence. Not that I've ever been there but it's something I've noticed in my Canadian friends. It's that Commonwealth connection, isn't it?

Donna, I watched Billy Elliot for the first time the other day. Really enjoyed that too - great music from T-Rex.

Anna Campbell said...

Hellion, I've always liked Anne Boleyn too although I think Katherine of Aragon really got a raw deal. There's a wonderful exhibition about her life, focusing on her last days, in Peterborough Cathedral where she's buried and it always reduces me to tears. She was so brave and gallant and loyal and Henry should have been strangled in the cradle. Not a fan of Henry!

Virginia, sounds like you've escaped the virus ;-) Perhaps we should call it Swain Flu!

Anna Campbell said...

Minna, I read mainly English stuff growing up and I'm afraid it's imprinted on my brain!

Sarah, if we read a lot of historicals, we just can't escape the Anglophile thing, can we? Love that your grandmother was a war bride. We had lots from Australia too.

Anna Campbell said...

Well, Anna, you know I loves me some Scots! But you have to know that I love me some Poms too - I mean, so far we've had ONE Scottish hero in the Anna Campbell output and FOUR English ones!

Hey, just realised it's Labour Day for you guys in America. Happy LD!!!

~Drew said...

Anna, I agree about Canada, the connection is there, big time. Even though we are inundated with American TV and movies (once we got American Cable TV in the mid 1970's)
A lot of Canadians still feel that ancient pull. And we are big-time tea drinkers, myself included!

A poll was recently taken here in Canada, asking 'what country do you believe reflects how we think', Australia won! LOL! G'day, mate!

Anna Campbell said...

Drew, I think you're right about Aussies and Canadians having a similar mindset. I heard the wonderful Margaret Atwood interviewed once and her theory is that part of the similarity is that neither of us were ever empire building nations. Although Australia did have a colony in New Guinea for a few years. I think there's definitely a similarity in sense of humor too!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Bron! Welcome to the Lair!! Anna, you always bring us such fabulous guests.

Lime...you stole him away from Joanie, I see. I do believe a day with the gladiators unsettled him a bit. Snicker.

Anglophilia - I love Monty Python, I love Fawlty Towers, Upstairs Downstairs, MI5, Harrods, tweed.

Yep. I think I qualify as a moderate anglophile. Probably over the edge into obsession on the Caledonia-o-phile or Scot-o-phile, but pretty good on England as well.

Now Nancy...she's rabid. Snork.

Bron, I love the sound of all your books. I'll have to see if I can still get your latest.

Okay, back to da' cave...

Bronwyn Jameson said...

It's a grey, wet, dare I say somewhat-English morning here on the farm. Although not as green. *g*

Drew, I'd forgotten Poldark. That was a big family favourite -- my Mum would never miss an episode. And I'm so mentioned as I'm going to search and see if they've made DVDs. I'm sure she would love to revisit that favourite.

Bron

Joan said...

Welcome to the Lair Bron!

I enjoy Jude Law and Hugh Grant....don't know if that's enough to qualify as a "phile" (That and the shocked, askanced looks coming from me Irish DNA)

However....many things to love and enjoy including our own Anna S. (I WILL get to Cambridge someday), Love, Actually...and Princess Di...Gosh, I admired that woman!

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Hey, Anna, AmeriOzophile. Maybe we could arrange a life-swap for a while? I could have my wish to live in England you would get my real life version of McLeods Daughters (except with sons, three of 'em, and none of those secret ones turning up at the farm gate.)

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Morning, Chey. The Saint, Roger Moore, had a huge crush. That man was born to wear a suit.

Donna, I have to ask...did you love the Victorian period and history before you delved deeper into research for your books, or was the love what drove you to set your stories in that period?

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

the bad girls of history were always more interesting to me.

And here you are under the moniker of MsHellion. How appropriate that is for a bad girl of history! Question back: do you like to read bad-girl (or slightly wicked girl) heroines in your historical romances?

Alos, did Devereaux write a heroine named Bronwyn? (I do hope she was at least slightly wicked.)

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Hi Virginia, Hi Minna. Waving.

Dare I admit that I can't remember the English kids shows we watched? Possibly because we didn't have TV...hmm...that says a lot about my age, doesn't it? *wg*

Minna, I'm making a note about the Beatles book. Sounds like one my dh would enjoy.

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Sarah, a war bride...you must have family in England from your grandmother's side. Would be wonderful to visit, to see where she grew up, her part of the world. Did she ever get to return?

I adore these stories. One line in my ancestry, through my mum's father, leads back to a First Fleeter couple. They have quite the story, Henry and Susannah and their firstborn who was taken from them and almost didn't make the journey. One of my sons is studying law and was quite chuffed when his family came up in his studies.

I guess Susannah was a bit of a bad girl of history. *g*

Bron

Becke Davis said...

Wow, that is a LOT of books. I went to look at Bronwyn's full list and an awful lot of those sound familiar. I used to subscribe to several Harlequin and Silhouette lines, so I've probably read some.

I've always been an Anglophile, but in recent years I've been reading a lot of books based Down Under, too. Hmmm. I wonder what the attraction could be??

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Morning, Ms Campbell. My but aren't you the early bird. Wondered if that crowing rooster was residing at your place and getting a little ahead of himself.

Re English WW: my mum had hers on order every week, for the recipes and the knitting patterns and such, but we walked right by the newsagency on our way from the station to school. Helpfully I would collect it for her. The week between my fixes of romance seemed very long.

Ross Poldark. Oh, snap!

Fumbles, LOL. I'll let you have her, Anna, and I'll stick with my enigmatic and not at all traditional butler. Who doesn't have much time for offsiders, very much the lone wolf, he is.

Anna, your career path is doing just fine and mightily enriched by--if not inspired by--your educational choices.

Obsessive? God complex? Who, me?? she asks innocently.

Bron

RachieG said...

I love regencies, all the dukes and lords. The countryside, the weather....England is amazing. :) Definetly have a crush on Henry the Eighth from "The Tudors"

ALSO...Mr. Darcy may remain my idea of the perfect mate until the end of time. :)

Anna Campbell said...

Jeanne, I hope you've got your kevlar vest on now you've accused our wonderful Nancy of being RABID!!!! Eeek! You're a brave woman. You know she's a Jedi Knight in her spare time, don't you?

Bron, we had heavy rain overnight and lots of lightning. It's been a bit dry here lately so the rain was very welcome.

Anna Campbell said...

Joan, for the purposes of this blog, a favorable mention of an English hunk counts as phile!

Wow, Bron, that First Fleet story is amazing. I'll have to quiz you further next time I see you. I love stuff like this!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Becke, glad your an Aussieophile! Hope you get down to visit us one day soon!

Oh, **I** don't have a God complex. That's all the other writers!!!

Sadly I was up at 3am. Wish I wasn't. Can't seem to break the habit, though! It was such fun, though, to go through all our anglophile remarks!

Anna Campbell said...

Rachie, you really can't go past Mr. D, can you? Yum!

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Ooh, Happy Labour Day. (Is that an oxymoron? I know I was decidedly not happy whilst in labour.)

Anna, I am right now adding North and South to my Christmas wish list. I'm so easy to buy for; DVDs are my gift of choice.

Re tea drinking: I got a reader mail once from a reader INCENSED that my American heroine drank tea in the English style. She maintained, vigorously might I add, that NO ONE in America drank tea hot. Funny, that.

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Drew, I'm not surprised by that poll result. I have a sister-in-law in Canada and when I visited what struck me was how at home I felt in her part of the world. Similar sensibilities, slightly laidback nature, sense of humour.

Bron

~Drew said...

Bronwyn,

I think outside of the Onedin Line, yes, Ross Poldark made me fall...and hard! Turning me into an anglophile for life!

And it is on DVD! http://www.bbcshop.com/Drama+Arts/Poldark-Series-1-Part-1-Box-Set-DVD/invt/8200029&bklist=
I have a multi-region DVD player, so I order from amazon.uk quite a bit!

Oh, North and South is a MUST!! Richard Armitage... *SIGH*

And I just traveled through the southern U.S., and hot tea is NOT on the menu!! I was shocked!

And Anna, good points about Canadians/Aussies, so true, same with the sense of humour!

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Hi, Jeanne, I do like the company here (<==see, can spell that correctly!) at the lair. Or is that The Lair?

My book: yes it is still available at on-line bookstores in print and eBook. :-) Including my personal favourite, The Book Depository, where I can order English and American published books with free postage.

Hey Jude (bet you get that all the time and are now gritting yr teeth!)

Those are some very fine examples, even for those with Irish DNA.

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Becke, it is an impressive pile but in the interests of full disclosure many are foreign imprints. I'm only up to...hmmm...15 or thereabouts. They're all Silhouette Desires so if you've subscribed to that line within the past 8 years there is a good chance you've read something of mine...possibly even something set Down Under.

Bron

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Drew said: And I just traveled through the southern U.S., and hot tea is NOT on the menu!! I was shocked!

Hahahah! As a Southerner, I'll tell you a secret. In the South if you request tea, the waitress will say, "Sweet or unsweet?" You better like it sweet if you order it sweet. Grins. In Yankeeland, where I now live (though DC is still So. of the Mason-Dixon line which traditioanlly divides No. and So.) if you order tea, they will ask you "Hot or cold?"

Took me forever to get used to the fact that if you get cold tea up here, it is NOT sweetened. Nearly choked any number of times on harsh, cold, unsweetened tea. Bleeech. I like it cold and sweet, or hot and black. Grins.

Bron, The Lair's a fun place to hang out, isn't it?

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Rachie, who doesn't love a duke? I was very tempted to make Justin in Billionaire's Inconvenient Bride heir to a dukedom but settled on Earl with a courtesy Viscount thrown in. *g*

Mr Darcy. Sigh

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Anna, am happy to be quizzed about my nefarious ancestors.

3am??? You must get all the best worms.

Drew, thank you the link. I have now added Poldark to the Christmas DVD list!

Am pretty sure my reader was speaking from southern experience, even though my story was set in Connecticut.

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Jeanne, you said it!

The tea thing: should be handed out to all incoming tourists. *g*

Bron

Joan said...

I add, that NO ONE in America drank tea hot. Funny, that.

I'm from the American South also and while I know the unique differances in iced tea...I don't drink tea at all (ducks)

As to hot....even less so. On one of my trips to Ireland, my friend URGED me to have a cuppa. By the time I'd added milk and sugar...well...the tea was not recognizable.

Nor was it drinkable.

I'll just stick to my Southern and/or IRISH Diet Cokes :-)

MsHellion said...

Bron, I do believe Deveraux did have a book with a Browyn in it. One of the Angel books (set in Middle Ages); and I'm pretty sure she was the laird of her Highland clan--it was an interesting book because the hero was bringing out all his tricks in the bedroom and none of it was working. She wasn't into him playing with her breasts, her neck, her hair--none of it--but then he did something to the backs of her knees and she was undone. (I only remember it because I thought it was nice to have a heroine who a) didn't orgasm as the hero shook her hand (it's surprising to me all the heroines in books who seem to) and b) didn't cave under the "typical" foreplay.)

And yes, I do enjoy heroines who are more on the wicked side. (Though the heroines do have to feel like they're true to the period. If she used to be a courtesan, I don't believe stories where she's moving in society without censor, etc.) As for modern heroines, the more wicked, the better. *LOL*

MsHellion said...

I'm cracking up about the hot tea issue. *LOL* You can get hot tea around here (Missouri) if you happen to be in a Chinese restaurant; however, everywhere else, most will look at you strange.

The best though--I went on vacation in Virginia with a friend I met online, who was from Canada and another friend, who lived in Virginia. The Canadian NEVER found hot tea during her stint in the US. It got to be a joke--and we were in Williamsburg, at a little beach restaurant, and she ordered "hot tea". The waitress looked at her blankly. She brings back a glass of iced tea. My friend sends it back and reemphasizes "HOT tea"--and we watched the waitress cross the room, get a plastic glass, and pour tea out of the Nestea container. She puts it in front of my friend and we can see steam coming off it. Well, it was hot.

Pretty sure it was sweet too.

Our friend stopped asking for hot tea after that.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Joanie T said: I'll just stick to my Southern and/or IRISH Diet Cokes :-)


Hahah! Joan, this is what a friend of mine said about my knowledge/taste of wine...that it ran to Diet Coke.

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Ooh, I adore a love scene driven by the characters' individuality and quirks. LOL at handshake orgasms.

Knew tea, that symbol of England and the South, would start some lively debate. Jeanne, I recall a similar comment re a wine I was ordering for son's 21st birthday, which I'd been told was popular with lots of people. "A good wine for Coke drinkers," the wineseller said. :-)

Bron

Anne Whitfield - author said...

Hi Bron.
Thoroughly enjoyed the Magnate's Make Believe Mistress. After reading a few dud category books lately I was a little wary of buying another, but I'm glad I did.
Loved the story. It was refreshing not to have the H & H argue for the whole length of the book and then suddenly be madly in love on the last page.
Well done you!
Will buy Chessie's story too.

Louisa Cornell said...

Hello Bronwyn! LOVE your name, by the way! I am a DEVOUT Anglophile! Have to be! My father was one quarter English and three quarters Welsh! We lived in England when I was a child and two lovely little old ladies in the village introduced me to Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and the Brontes at the tender age of nine. I have been hooked on all things British ever since. My mother still gets updates on Coronation Street and Crossroads from her best friend in the village. Instead of meeting at the garden gate they meet on the internet. They haven't seen each other in almost 40 years, but they haven't missed a week speaking to each other on the phone or over the Net.

Does having the complete series DVDs of Are You Being Served? and Keeping Up Appearances help?

While other Southern children grew up to drink coffee my brothers and I are the only hot tea drinkers most people know.

And I'm an aspiring writer of Regency romance. How's that for an Anglophile?

anna cleary said...

Hi Bron,
So looking forward to reading your MAGNATE! And I thoroughly understand your need to immerse yourself there for a while, because I'm a massive anglophile myself. My teenage years were a steady diet of Georgette, (I've never stopped reading her. Just finished Friday's Child again last night!), PG Wodehouse, Dickens and Agatha Christie.
And I adore so many of those marvellous productions from the BBC that give us a window into those worlds we love reading about.

I'll be on the lookout for your Pom series Bron!

anna

Pat Cochran said...

Just got back in and wanted to
say "Welcome" to Ms. Bronwyn!
Thanks, Anna, for hosting this
great author! I'm going back now
to read all those many comments!

Pat Cochran

Anna Campbell said...

Bron, it always shocks me when I visit America that, while tea IS available, it's definitely treated as a slightly odd choice. And whenever I ask for tea in a grocery store, they send me to the cold stuff!

Bron, I second your love for the Book Depository. With the pound down against our dollar (it's down against most major currencies at the moment, I think) and no postage charges, it's a really cost effective way for me to buy books.

Christine Wells said...

Ah, Bron, I LOVE that scene from Devil's Cub! Vidal was sooo cool, wasn't he? He's one of the best heroes of all time.

Anna Campbell said...

Jeanne, I think cold tea might be something you need to be brought up on. I can't stomach the stuff! I remember the Atlanta and Dallas conferences, that was the beverage on the tables at the lunches. Bleuch!

Snort, I can forsake the worms in favour of some sleep quite happily! Believe me, worms aren't that tasty!

Pat Cochran said...

Forgot to say that Georgette Heyer,
Barbara Cartland, and Betty Neels
were among my earliest favorites.
They drew me into the wonderful
world of romance and I have never
left their world!

Pat Cochran

Anna Campbell said...

Hellion, and I bet the tea in the Chinese restaurants is green tea or jasmine tea. When I travel, I want a good Lipton dunker!

Anne, I love the way Bron builds up the relationship between the characters and what keeps them apart is something really powerful, not just bickering. I think she's an exemplary writer.

Anna Campbell said...

Louisa, when you come to visit, you'll fit right in. I buy teabags in the 200 boxes!

Anna, lovely to see you! I think for women of our age, Georgette was the staple in the school library. At least she was in mine. And of course, my mum read all those books and passed them on to me. I didn't read a lot of American stuff growing up. It was all Victoria Holt and Jean Plaidy and Georgette and, dare I say it, Barbara Cartland!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Pat, great to see you! We've been a talkative lot in the lair today!

Anna Campbell said...

Pat, sounds like we're similar vintage!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Anna said: Louisa, when you come to visit, you'll fit right in. I buy teabags in the 200 boxes!

I do too, Anna, I use 4 per gallon of cold tea, so its more cost effective to buy in the BIG boxes. Heehee.

I'll have to remember to bring you and Mme tea in Nashville so you don't have to go buy it.

Darcy Burke said...

Total Anglophile here, but I'm half-Brit (Mom was born in Birmingham) so it's in the genes. I have all of my grandmother's royalty knick-knacks. QEII coronation plate and cup? Check. Chuck and Di wedding plate and cup? Check. Fergie and Andrew wedding plate and cup? Check. Di memorial plateS (yes, plural)? Check. The list goes on, but those are the highlights. Growing up, I had a hard time understanding my grandfather's deep Birmingham accent, but Grandma's Welsh lilt was always like a song. Wow, I got a little maudlin there missing my grandparents! But thanks for the walk down memory lane. :) Oh, and Bron's books sound FAB! As does Oz in the springtime.

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, you're lovely, Jeanne. Actually it's not so much the price of tea. It's trying to find it. Not to mention, the coffee making machines in the hotels don't really cut the mustard for a nice cup of tea!

Darcy, you'll have to come and see us. Always a cup of tea on the ready ;-) I know what you mean about the Welsh lilt. You can tell it's the Land of Song even from the way the residents speak.

Anna Campbell said...

Bron, you've been a marvellous guest, as ever. I hope you'll come back and see us. Congratulations again on the Magnate's Make-Believe Mistress and I can't wait to see where else your English stories take us.

Bandita Buddies, don't forget to check back to see who won the two signed books! Good luck!

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Sorry I've had a busy day and couldn't make it back to the lair until now. I wanted to thank everyone for the warm welcome, the fab chatting, the flattery. Speaking of which...

Anne, I'm thrilled to have restored some of your faith in category romance. Thank you for trying Magnate.

Hello devout Louisa. I love your name, too, and your taste in TV and books.

Christine, the best!

Bron

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Pat, there you go. Essential English reading. How many of us share that same adoration for Heyer?

But what is this talk of teaBAGS??? Where is the loose tea, the good stuff, the only way to enjoy a cuppa???

Darcy, your grandmother's royal collection sounds awesome. Am chuffed to have taken you on a walk down such a special memory lane.

Thanks again, everyone, for the super day's chat!

Bron

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