|Not Mary Poppins, just Rita in costume|
As much as I enjoy researching the Victorian Era, I believe I'd much rather keep our twenty - first century, easygoing guidelines for acceptably good behavior in our 'modern' society.
Since most of my novels are set in this fascinating period of history, I thought it appropriate to dress as a governess while addressing my audiences about all the weird and wonderful customs and strict etiquette.
I speak in a upper class English accent (quite posh,) and engage my listeners by explaining the times which govern the characters of my novels. And audience participation is a fun method. Here I am in a living room, unable to keep a straight face when I lectured ladies on the matter of a feminine laugh. Not loud, not a chuckle nor a cackle, but a melodic cadence. After a demonstration, (oh mercy!) then at the count of three, it was their turn. Hilarious. The strange sounds I heard. The men present didn't get off lightly either, but joined in when I explained rules concerning them, especially during the mourning period!
I thought this was one way to enjoy a presentation and a vehicle for selling my books. At ladies or seniors f/ships, a coffee evening, or conference, I give my spiel followed by a short inspirational talk. It's interesting that I have more courage to do this once I have assumed another persona than being just me! I am looking forward to see how this will be accepted at all these varied venues.
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It is a stand alone sequel to Signed Sealed Delivered, Book I of the Victoriana Series. Since becoming an Indy publisher, Rita is enjoying the ride!
A Parcel of Promises, Book III is another intriguing full length historical romance which follows.
Along with her husband, Rita is a co-speaker on a Christian radio program broadcast Australia-wide.