Thursday, March 13, 2008

New contract!

I've been offered contracts for the final two books in the Secrets trilogy. Joy is unconfined!
The Secrets trilogy is set in mid-Georgian England and is about three friends and their search for love. The books also include details of some of the innovations that were being introduced at that time.
It was a really exciting period. In the first book, the heroine is trying to breed a better chicken. In the second, the heroine is severely short-sighted and the heroine of the third book owns a small factory.
Of course, there is the usual passion and derring-do, but doing the research for these three books was a complete delight. I learned a lot about the development of agriculture, optics and manufacturing. None of these happened all at once, so calling them a "revolution" is a bit of a misnomer. Instead, they developed slowly. In the 1740's, the convex lens was developed, and finer optics, which led to the race in the 1750's and '60's to accurately depict the orbit of Venus. Before the new optics, lenses were crude and sharp images almost impossible. And factories existed long before the development in the textile industry in the later part of the Georgian era.
Fascinating stuff!


Anonymous said...

Jane said...

Terrific news, Lynne. Many congratulations on the new contracts. The research sounds fascinating.

Gillian Layne said...

Congratulations! I love to read about scientific and industrial discoveries, so I'll be first in line for these! :)