Saturday spotlight: (early) Jack the Ripper meets Southern Lady. The result is ... L.M. Thomas

I'm posting early because I'll be out of town, but I wanted you to meet this entertaining author. I think we're all intrigued by Jack -- and she's got a new spin on the Jack story.

Here's a bio about this unique blend of Victoriana and Old South:

L.M. Thomas writes as Miss Mae, Pure Southern Genteel author. She lives in Georgia with her wonderfully patient husband (who helps give her the proper perspective on how to make her heroes 'manly'), and two mixed-breed adopted ogs. (They don't do anything except demand their dinner!).
Ms. Thomas has written for about thirty years, but not seriously until the last two. Her non-fiction articles appear in "The Front Porch Magazine", "Good Old Days", and humor in "Out of the Boxx". Also, she writes for American Chronicle ezine where readers can find her insightful musings or adventures of Heathcliff the Possum in the on-going tale of "The Mishaps of Gumdrop Island".

Her first romantic fiction, "See No Evil, My Pretty Lady" was released January 18, 2008 from The Wild Rose Press. It's held the number one spot in the non-American Historical best sellers list for three weeks running.

Here's what she told me started it all:

"Last summer while engaged in an online writing class, our assignment was to write a 300 piece using all the senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Also, we needed to add the sense of time, setting, and place. My opening chapter of this book is what I came up with. I left it where the villain is saying, "I think you'll tell no one that you saw me."
Others taking the course commented they'd like to know more. So I thought about it and wondered, "Can I really turn this into a story?" The more I pondered it, the more the plot developed. Thus, See No Evil, My Pretty Lady was born. "

Here's the book blurb:

What if you lived in Victorian London, the time of Jack the Ripper? What if you were one of the women he attacked, yet you managed to escape? And what if he knew he needed to find you and silence you before you identified him?
New maid Dorcy Edwards spurns her wealthy employer's attempts to seduce her. When he becomes a victim of the person the newspapers call "Jack the Ripper", estranged son Gareth Davenport returns to London to handle his father's affairs. Dorcy puzzles over what the brooding, handsome heir might be hiding behind his eye patch and black leather gloves. As circumstances unfold to expose the killer's identity, Dorcy's plunged into a nightmare, convinced Gareth is none other than the infamous murderer. But is Dorcy's life what Gareth seeks? Or nothing more easily broken than her heart?

Here's a link to an excerpt:

And here's that all-important 'buy' link:


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