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Responding to a reader question

The Perfect Rake by Anne GracieI was just digging through some old email posts, searching for a particular email, when I came across this, a fun exchange with a reader when THE PERFECT RAKE, my first book with Berkley, came out.  I thought I’d share it, for a little smile.

The reader said: I don’t know. Why is it always rakes? Why not mattocks, shovels, hedgeclippers… The list is endless. But noooo. It’s the bloody rakes get the attention every time.

I responded thus:
Well, naturally I have a *series* in mind! I’m not implementist!
              : The Perfect Scythe (he was just a  young whippersnipper until he met his match in Miss Petunia de la Hedgerow),
              : The Perfect Spade (A gambling den was all he knew (spades, get it!) until she coaxed him outside and showed him to her fallow bed)
              : The Perfect Plough. (Our roman-nosed hero finds a sultry Egyptian lass under the axminster. He ploughed her and she cropped.)
            : The Dashing Blade ( When our heroine is kidnapped by feral nuns, the hero disguises himself as his twin, the Gay Blade, and, dressed in women’s attire, follows in hot pursuit)

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theo
theo
7 months ago

Hahahaha!! Very funny. :)

Merry-Sue Adair-Gill
Merry-Sue Adair-Gill
7 months ago

Those would all be great novellas. Not sure about The Perfect Plough though. A bit suggestive in the back page blurb.

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
7 months ago

Merry-Sue, it’s a nod to Shakespeare. In Antony and Cleopatra (I think) someone said of Cleo “He ploughed her and she cropped.”

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
7 months ago

Hilarious! Thank you so much for sharing this blast from your past.

Molly Kate McGinn
Molly Kate McGinn
7 months ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

I’m gasping with laughter! So funny!

Vicki Milliken
Vicki Milliken
7 months ago

Very funny. The feral nuns story sounds worth pursuing!