The Restoration England AU is not going too badly. I think this is my historical period of choice. I just feel at home with the personalities and characters. I'm obviously going to do a ton of research as I don't want any one to whinge about dodgy historical accuracy because I know that is one of my bugbears of choice. I get irrationally angry when someone fucks it up when I'm reading a book. I'm not saying every single writer has to get it 100% right in every story but when I can see that no effort has been made to get into the period by the writer, it kicks me straight out of the story. No word of a lie I distinctly remember reading a mediaeval Catherine Coulter (who I have issues for a myriad of reasons) and they were eating potatoes. In a mediaeval. Sigh.
I've been doing a bit of research on Prince Rupert of the Rhine seeing as he's quite a major character in this. Such a fascinating character. I want to find more biographies about him and do some cross-referencing
I can't get into my Hotmail account which is really getting on my nerves. Usually I make sure that I'm always signed in so I don't have to piss about but they stupidly kicked me out without any warning and now they won't accept what I know for a fact is the password.
For some reason I seems making my way through the Skye O'Malley saga by Bertrice Small. Good Lord, is all I can say.
Maybe it was the effect of having to read several books in succession but after the third book I was kind of side-eyeing the whole sold into slavery trope she had going on. I mean for it to happen to one member of he family was unfortunate. But as far as I can remember Skye was sold (twice!) Aidan, Velvet (are you serious with that name? That's another bugbear right there. Names that are utterly historically inappropriate and plain stupid!) and Valentina that's four women out of one family. That was stretching the limits of disbelief right there. Plus Niall as well! It just got very old:/
It's a little like when I glommed some Anne Stuart and pretty much every heroine was taller than average clever and a bit awkward. It did make me roll my eyes quite a bit.
It's all very well using tropes but do something new with it. Stand it on it's head otherwise I feel like I'm reading the same book over and over again!
The one good thing I would say is at least they're not all set in the Regency period. It has got to the stage where I can't bear to see any book with rakes, governess, wallflowers/spinsters, earls, dukes or courtesans. I don't care if you're writing is good, and frankly most of the time it isn't but that's another rant. I'm sick of it!