Jun 23 2014 11:00am

H&H Quickies #4: Valerie Bowman—Prompt Me!


Thanks for all the awesome prompts. Check back at H&H on July 29 for an original scene from Valerie Bowman based on two or more of these prompts!

The Unexpected Duchess by Valerie BowmanIf you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's 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!

Following up on wonderful Quickie scenes by Manda Collins, Kristina Matthews, and Lora Leigh, we are pleased to announce today that Valerie Bowman will be the fourth author to participate in the H&H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

The idea

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with writing prompts/ideas for Valerie Bowman with a Regency theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Valerie 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 Valerie used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Monday, June 30, 2014, at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (glove), a setting (Almack's), a situation (walking in the rain), a description (Alpha 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 July 29 for an original scene from Valerie Bowman 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 .


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

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Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
I love this series! So much fun. Thanks, Valerie!

Spiked lemonade at Almack's.
A missing cravat.
And a Regency cougar.
Kim Haynes
2. kahintenn
Unrequited love, now returned.
A tabby cat.
A meeting on the eve of Waterloo that does not take place at the Duchess of Richmond's ball.
3. Scarlettleigh
Overgrown dog aka Frederica by Heyer
indentical twins
lawn mower invented by Edwin Beard Butting in England
Gardenia Bush
4. Kareni
A locket engraved with a camel (how exotic!)
A footpad
A stuttering lordling
A pair of red leather boots
5. Scarlettleigh
Boy this research is the pits -- After I posted Gardenia bush, I wondered if it was popular during that time. Even though it was brought to England by a ship's captain named Hutcheson in the mid 1750's I can't find any references to gardenias as outdoor plants- so I think it is not hardy enough. So instead of bush - an highly prized indoor Gardenia plant
6. Scarlettleigh
And yeah - idential twins, not indentical - my brain is on vacation.
Sara Elliott
9. Dacchic
A Continental Divide (American/European)
Scandalous dresses
Gentleman Hero (not a lord)
Following the drum
12. Ashlyn Macnamara
Mistaken identity
A secret passage
A brawny footman
A broken corset string
kathlyn smith
13. castiel
A closed carriage
The Lord's valet
A charged conversation over a hand of cards

By the way, I LOVE these prompt games. The lists are always so much fun to read, and the scenes have been fantastic! Thanks to all the authors (and H&H ofc!)
Jennifer Proffitt
14. JenniferProffitt
A family tradition
An old gown (either from a former generation or just a few seasons out of date)
A former rake
A stolen kiss
Valerie Bowman
15. ValerieBowman
Ooh, I love all of these. I need you all to help me write all my books. ; )
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