I want to write a series of Regency Romances based on the fledgling spy systems and all the fun and danger involved. I want to call it House of Cards, because the agents will all be identified with a particular Card. Guess what? There are already a stuff-load of books by that name. There’s even a TV show by that name. Who knew?

None of that really bothers me, but there is a Regency romance series called House of Cards by the lovely and talented Barbara Metzger. http://www.barbarametzger.com/about_barbara.htm Looking at the summary of the books’ plots, however, I don’t think there would be much chance of confusion if I went with it.

Of course, I need to get going on research on the espionage that flowed back and forth across the Channel at the time. These look like a few good books to start with: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1777550.Secret_Service?ac=1
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3264184-first-respectable-spy?ac=1
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1221773.Sir_James_Mc_Grigor?ac=1

And there are some really impressive blogs on the subject.
http://www.thedearsurprise.com/espionage-during-the-napoleonic-wars/
http://www.ospreypublishing.com/articles/napoleonic/the_hidden_hand_espionage_and_napoleon/
http://wordwenches.typepad.com/word_wenches/2010/03/spies-in-regency-england.html
http://www.napoleon-series.org/reviews/biographies/c_haswell.html

I was so afraid I wouldn’t have anything to do in my spare time. 8) But back to names, maybe authors should follow some naming rules when it comes to series. Like the ones that govern race horses.
http://horseracing.about.com/od/breeding/a/aanameingtb.htm

Naming Pure Bred Dogs is less formal, the name just needs to be unique. http://www.canismajor.com/dog/names1.html http://www.dogchannel.com/dogsinreview/choosing-akc-dog-name.aspx

And cats are no different. http://www.bengalpedigrees.com/showone.php?search=yes&ticanum=SBT090410068

If you are ever stuck for a book title, here’s a fun Romance Title Generator. I got the following titles from it: The Stone and the Diary, Lace Shores, The Prized Desire, Harps of Time, The Lips’s Guard, The Force of the Mists, Silence in the Voyagers, and the enigmatic The Worlds of the Legato Flying.
http://novelistvmd.awardspace.com/RomanceTitleGenerator2.htm

A couple more, just in case. http://www.kitt.net/php/title-romance.php
http://fantasynamegenerators.com/book-title-generator.php#.VAuThGN0_nk
The last one gave me this list of titles: Man with Black Hair, Servant of My Imagination, Honeys with Blond Hair, Ladyloves of Yesterday, Angels and Wives, Sweeties and Assistants, Chase of the Evening, Perfection of My Imagination, Talk About My Dreams, and Scared of My Girl. I have to stop now, I’m getting ideas to go with each of these titles!

There are character name generators, so it’s no surprise that there are plot generators as well. http://www.plot-generator.org.uk/create.php?type=1 The following is the result. I didn’t put in any items, I clicked the suggest button each time. I even got reviews with the plot!

Weak Annabelle
– a splendid romance
by Lottie Lust (okay, I did come up with the silly author’s name)
Clarke Ferguson is a weak, fat and charming scout from the city. His life is going nowhere until he meets Annabelle Gump, a flabby, beautiful woman with a passion for cats.
Clarke takes an instant disliking to Annabelle and the cowardly and sinister ways she learnt during her years in the seaside.
However, when a mugger tries to shoot Clarke, Annabelle springs to the rescue. Clarke begins to notices that Annabelle is actually rather considerate at heart.
But, the pressures of Annabelle’s job as a housekeeper leave her blind to Clarke’s affections and Clarke takes up boxing to try and distract himself.
Finally, when forgetful nurse, Mavis Butterscotch, threatens to come between them, Annabelle has to act fast. But will they ever find the splendid love that they deserve?
Praise for Weak Annabelle
“I fell in love with the intelligent Annabelle Gump. Last night I dreamed that she was in my teapot.”
– The Daily Tale
“About as enjoyable as being slapped with a dead fish, but Weak Annabelle does deliver a strong social lesson.”
– Enid Kibbler
“I love the bit where a mugger tries to shoot Clarke – nearly fell off my seat.”
– Hit the Spoof
“I could do better.”
– Zob Gloop

Maybe book names are the least of my worries. Here’s the link to my “Friend”’s book. See you on Thursday.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N7T79FA

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