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Inspiration Wherever You Can Get It!

I spend the majority of my day with a 5-year-old whose favorite topics of conversation include mermaids, fairies, princesses, unicorns, and ponies. I know all the words to "Let It Go" and all the songs in Barbie: Princess and the Pop Star. I know Twilight Sparkle is an alicorn, while Applejack is an Earth Pony and Rainbow Dash is a pegasus.

I spend just about as much time each day immersed in the Regency world of my books. I know Beau Brummel influenced fashion, the English summer of 1816 was unusually cold, and the names of the patronesses of Almack's in 1812.

But sometimes life and art mix. Recently my daughter and I were watching Disney's Tangled, which is one of my favorite movies. I love Flynn Rider.

The movie gave me an idea for a great book--a rich "princess" and a lower class "thief" with a common goal.

And so I wrote the second in my Covent Garden Cubs series featuring Gideon as the thief and Susanna, earl's daughter, as the "princess."

The book is title The Rogue You Know, and it will be out in September.

You can pre-order my upcoming release, WHILE YOU WERE SPYING now!

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Any movies you think would make great books?


  1. Shana, this post made me laugh! Somehow I too have learned the different types of My Little Ponies. And that's really fun that you've gotten inspiration for a book from a movie, since it so often goes the other way.

    I guess I'd like to see a book adaptation of the 1999 version of The Mummy (pretty much the best movie ever made). A bookish but daring heroine, a roguish hero, a supernatural nasty threatening the future of the world... what's not to like? Actually, I don't read much paranormal romance, so for all I know there is already a book like this. If so, I'd love to read it.

    1. I do like that movie, Theresa! Robyn DeHart has written some historicals with a Mummy feel to them. If I start writing books with unicorns, you know where the idea came from.

  2. When young, I wore out a little pony record. Understand the pony thing completely. ;)
    As for a movie, I love Kiss Me Kate! That would make a great book, but you might have to tone down the hero for a romance?

    1. That's a great movie. Maybe id the reader had the hero's POV, we would understand his motivations and like him despite his excesses,

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  4. I love this Shana! Here's to inspiration wherever it comes from :)

  5. That is such a great post! Hurrah for you and princess Galen!


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