Conventions

For Summer Today, The World Of Then…

I’m having a busy week outside of “the me” you see on here. Blogging will be light. So I thought I’d share for this post a reminder as to why I’m here on this blog (and on other social media) in the first place.

I blog here; but I’m not really a blogger. I’m here because of a decidedly different kind of writing. I’m here for my novels:

With its follow up out in September, and with (northern hemisphere) summer now upon us, there is still time to catch up on Kindle or in paperback – while reclining on a beach, at the poolside, or wherever – with that 2017 first volume:

With U.S. independence secured, at the urging of his father twenty-one year old Robert Rutherford sails for Europe in 1787 to seek new business for the family firm. Surprised by his warm receptions from pre-war associates of his father in France and in England, he is drawn into life in both countries.

“What does America think of all that is happening?” – Duke de La Rochefoucauld

“I wish to know. Father says not. Are there Indians where you live?” – Carolina

“It seems to me clear that Mr. Morris is the gentleman whom President Washington wishes to succeed Mr. Jefferson.” – William Short

“There are no more peasants. No more serfs. I have land. I have honor.” – Pierre

“A revolution that ties up and casts a girl into a river to drown and laughs?” – Henry

“De certains droits inaliénables. What does all of this really mean?” – Marie-Thérèse

“They searched and found no guns! I am the American minister!” – Gouverneur Morris

“Remove your hands from my wife this very instant. If you don’t, I’ll slit his throat, and then I’ll kill you.” – Robert

“Recently, there was a village festival. It is remarkable here. Nothing reminds us of the Revolution.” – Rosalie de La Rochefoucauld

What the New Yorker had thought would be a period of travel evolves into residence. His twenties begin to disappear and a faraway America is kept alive for him mostly through letters from home and encounters with other Americans in Europe. The unexpected onset of revolution in France – and particularly its “reign of terror” – challenges him in ways he had never before even imagined possible. What will be the fates of his friends and loved ones?

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CONVENTIONS: THE GARDEN AT PARIS is a sweeping romantic and historical drama set in the often harrowing times that gave birth to our modern world.

Before tomorrow arrives, there is always today. 😉

[Outside Potton, England. Photo by me, June 22, 2019.]

Have a good [to]day, wherever you are. 🙂

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UPDATE: June 27: If the 1700s are not your thing, maybe modern “New adult” fiction is?: Tales of “New Adulthood.”