Tue
Jan 28 2014 2:30pm

H&H Quickies #1: Manda Collins—Prompt Me!

PROMPTING IS NOW CLOSED.

Thanks for all the awesome prompts. Check back at H&H on February 14 for an original scene from Manda Collins based on two or more of these prompts!

Why Earls Fall in Love by Manda CollinsIf you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's new author writing challenge, H&H Quickies. Not only will you get to read fun, original scenes by awesome romance authors, but said awesome romance authors will be writing those scenes based on YOUR prompts!

And today it's our pleasure to announce that Manda Collins, whose Why Earls Fall in Love is out today, will be the first to take up the H&H Quickies challenge! Here's the deal:

The idea

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with Regency-themed writing prompts/ideas for Manda Collins. Once the prompting period is over next week, Manda will read over all of the prompts and pick at least two that she finds inspiring, and use them to write a short original scene. H&H will then post the scene for everyone to read and enjoy (yay!), as well as reveal which prompts Manda used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Monday, February 3, 2014, at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (carriage), a setting (midnight in a packed ballroom), a situation (meet-cute), a description (blue-collar hero)...the sky's the limit! Just one requirement, to keep things interesting: the prompts for this particular challenge should be Regency-themed.

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on February 14 for a Valentine's Day treat—an original scene from Manda based on your suggestions!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Sounds like a blast, right? Let's get prompting!

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12 comments
Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
I like the idea of a blue-collar hero, at least in Regency terms--iow, not a titled guy, but someone who actually has to work for a living.

I'd also add the Frost Fair, because I think that was the coolest (!) thing.
Jennifer Proffitt
2. JenniferProffitt
Okay, here are a few ideas that I have:

A plus-sized heroine
A house party
An unexpected storm

I'm so excited for this project, thanks Manda!
Heather Waters (redline_)
3. redline_
picnic
a long-overdue declaration of love (public or private, dealer's choice)
dimples
parlor games
"I've always wanted to try "
lauralee1912
4. lauralee1912
a character whose signature color has been pea green since her presentation
a horse named Crystal
Vauxhall's thinly sliced ham sandwiches

Looking forward to seeing the finished scene!
Anna Bowling
5. AnnaBowling
Watery lemonade at Almack's

A veteran of Waterloo

A chaperone with a scandalous secret
Kareni
6. Kareni
A kiss in a curricle near Rotten Row.

A signet ring with a rose and dagger.
Eirene
7. Eirene
A reclusive heroine (like we're talking hermit-levels here) (is it possible to have a reclusive heroine? I've always wondered)
A great fire in the town/village
A really annoyed landowner looking for a place to house his displaced tenants
And a really guilty baker :)
Eirene
8. Lady Moon
Plain Shy Girl
Outdoor Riding Party
Wicked Stepfather
Highland Warrior, injured
An Aging, Doting Aunt
Eirene
9. Kingfisher
A bespectacled alpha hero (so sexy)
A journey that starts off with a clear destination and then descends into chaos
Eirene
10. dancer
a virgin hero with a reputation of a rake

a heroine so cleverly disguised as a man, she inherits a barony

a precocious child with the uncanny ability to be a matchmaker

a single, middle-aged heroine, still beautiful, but without dowry

an elderly, indigent relative catches the eye of a wealthy landowner

a homeless and diabled Waterloo verteran
Eirene
11. Mandy B
Mathmatical Prodigy
Beta Hero who is a nerd
virgin hero who likes to read naughty books
Separated by faithful married couple
willaful
12. willaful
I wanna vote for virgin hero who likes to read naughty books. :-)
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