Golden Leaf Spotlight on Historical: D.L. Carter

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away! To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference held October 18-19, 2013.

Spotlight on Historical: “Ridiculous!” by D.L. Carter (Corvallis Press)


“It means, I decided long ago to live as if I were a cat. After all, as the old saying goes, a cat may look at a king.”

“Fool,” said Mrs. Fleming.

Lady Beth sat up and for the first time met Millicent’s eyes.

“I do not understand,” said Lady Beth. “What does that mean?”

“It means,” said Millicent, “that of all God’s creatures a cat is at all times himself. When in the presence of a king, mere mortal man must bow and lady, curtsy. A dog, well trained, will grovel and beg. Horses wait patiently in the rain upon his pleasure. But a cat cares but for himself. He will walk into any room and stare you in the eye, be you king or clown and he will hold his own opinion of you. He will turn his back on you if you displease him, stand, sit, or walk away as is his will. And a king will tolerate this from a cat, but from no one else, since to protest would be the veriest waste of time.”

“How very odd,” said Lady Beth with a giggle. “I have never thought of that.”

“And so I model myself on a cat, disdaining fashion to dress comfortably and pleasing myself with my manners.”

Good luck to D.L. and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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