Introducing Smirke

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
This free short story is an introduction to John Smirke, who is the main character in my full-length novel, An Unlikely Hero.

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About Cari Hislop

I’m an American married to an adorable English Goblin who makes me laugh every day. I’m an artist with a degree in fashion design, but I’ve always been a story teller. Stories are everywhere; in every scent, every glimpse out of the corner of the eye. The most magical moments of my life have been born of ‘what if?’.

I’ve been making up stories as long as I can remember, but I was ten before I 'wrote' my first story. It was a romance - the young girl’s parents are killed by a plane falling on their house so of course she moves to England. Don’t ask me where she got the money or the passport!

I knew I wanted to grow up to be an author. All my artistic talents converge on my favorite subject: people. I find both individuals and general humanity endlessly fascinating.

My genre: Regency romances (historical romances set in late Georgian England)

Rated: PG13 (PG13 as in 1985)

Style: Each of my stories tend to have their own humor depending on the character's personalities, but they always make me laugh. My plots are character driven and my stories evolve with the characters. Other than the hero and heroine somehow ending up together at the end, I never know what will really happen in the story until it happens.

Note: After much deliberation I decided to use English spelling rather than American English spelling in my stories. This will sadly irritate some people, but the USA is the only country to use American spelling while the rest of the English speaking world uses English spelling.

I don't think of my books as a series, but all my characters inhabit the same Regency Universe. Most of the main characters are either related or know of each other so my stories often intertwine.
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Reviews of Introducing Smirke by Cari Hislop

Crystal Dawn reviewed on May 1, 2013

This short introduction to another book is hilarious.
(review of free book)
avis h reviewed on June 13, 2012

Introducing Smirke: my first read of Cari's books and I was truly amazed at her portrait of her characters. John Smirke is no doubt a vain, vile, sadsack and a man. That he's redeemable is acceptable.

Meet real people with real flaws and men who aren't afraid to bawl (with snotty noses too)and women who have moved away from the sterotypical 'helpless, clueless female' role of the day. A very funny and realistic story. Grab it guys, you'll enjoy it.
(review of free book)
idealsoul reviewed on Aug. 8, 2011

didn't care for the character as much as in the other books but still the book was entertaining enough to finish it through
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