Saturday, August 19, 2017

New Regency series! Unmasking Lady Helen Published in two days! Enjoy a snippet!

Enjoy a snippet:
“I’m glad you find this amusing.”
“As do you,” Peyton said with a chuckle.
“Perhaps a little,” Helen agreed, a quiver in her voice betraying her. “This has all been very silly. A terrible idea of yours.”
“I believe it was yours,” he said.
“I intended to spend the night behind the sofa, you will remember.”
“As if I’d allow you to do a foolish thing like that.”
“You would have no say in it, sir.”
“No? You’re in here with me, though, aren’t you? Perhaps you prefer my company to the sofa’s?”
She huffed. “You are not making sense. It must be the lack of fresh air.”
 

 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Available for Pre-order. UNMASKING LADY HELEN Book One in the new Regency series, The Kinsey Family.

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Cover by Erin Dameron-Hill

Sometimes the biggest risk we take is with our hearts.

1821 London
At twenty-four, Lady Helen Kinsey has her future carefully mapped out. A life of gentle quietude in the country caring for her unmarried brothers and walking with her dog. It does not include marriage, a dream she banished after her first Season. But when a handsome earl enters Kinsey House in London on a mission to find out why their footman was poisoned, she finds herself drawn into solving the mystery. And despite resistance on her part worthy of an army maneuver, she is irresistibly drawn to the earl himself.
After Whitehall receives a letter warning of a plot against the Crown, Jason, Captain Lord Peyton, is sent to investigate. Surely the famous explorer, Lord Lawrence Kinsey could not be behind it. He is engrossed in roaming ancient libraries and tombs in the East and bringing back their treasures for the museum. But after Peyton finds a fragment of a burned letter it appears that something dangerous lurks in Kinsey House, and Peyton becomes determined to keep the defenseless family safe, and one member particularly. Lady Helen has built a wall around herself and holds him at arm’s length. But arm’s length is not where Peyton wants to be.
As the mystery unfolds it becomes imperative for Peyton and Lady Helen to work together, very closely indeed.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Release by Diane Scott Lewis! Hostage to the Revolution.

My guest today is Diane Scott Lewis telling us about her exciting new release HOSTAGE TO THE REVOLUTION. Welcome Diane!


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In the later eighteenth century, the status-quo was ripped apart by the poor and middle class in France who demanded equal rights with the rich who were stifling them with high taxes. In 1789 the French Revolution was born with all its accompanying atrocities.
I didn’t wish to rehash the exact events—most of this novel takes place in England—but created a young woman, Lisbette “Bettina” Jonquiere, daughter of a count, who is dragged away by a trusted (she thinks) major domo to protect her from the dangers in Paris after her father’s sudden death.
Her life of luxury vanishes and she must learn to survive with only her wits and courage.
I didn’t write a fluff piece, but through thorough research, a story with all the grit and authenticity of the era. This portion takes place in my first novel, Escape the Revolution.
This blurb explains ESCAPE THE REVOLUTION (also titled The False Light and then Betrayed Countess):
Forced from France on the eve of the French Revolution, Countess Bettina Jonquiere must deliver an important package to further the royalist cause. In England, she discovers the package is full of blank papers, the address false and she’s penniless. Bettina toils in a bawdy tavern and falls in love with a man who may have murdered his wife. Tracked by ruthless revolutionaries, she must uncover the truth about her father’s murder—and her lover’s guilt—while her life is threatened.

The novel grew so huge, I had to cut the last third, beef up that part of the story, and generated a sequel. For those who enjoyed the first novel, but lamented there was no Happily Ever After, I hope you’ll read this dénouement to the story that showcases Bettina’s further trials and triumphs—and perhaps that happy ending.

Here’s the blurb for HOSTAGE TO THE REVOLUTION:

In 1796, ruined countess Bettina Jonquiere leaves England after the reported drowning of her lover, Everett.  In New Orleans she struggles to establish a new life for her children. Soon a ruthless Frenchman demands the money stolen by her father at the start of the French Revolution. Bettina is forced on a dangerous mission to France to recover the funds. She unravels dark family secrets, but will she find the man she lost as well?
I hope fans will enjoy both of these novels. I think readers will be satisfied with a trip through sultry New Orleans, and a France torn apart by war during the rise of Napoleon.
But most importantly, a young woman’s determination to forge a new life while reconciling with her past in a turbulent time.

Thanks for hosting me, Maggi. It's exciting to be posting to readers in Australia.


Diane.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Life in Bath, England in Jane Austen's Time.


 
Jane Austen set her novel Persuasion in Bath at a time when that city was the hub of society. It was the last novel she wrote, published six months after her death in 1817.

Life in Bath, England, in Jane Austen’s Time


By Maggi Andersen



The golden age of Bath was the eighteenth century. It was then the most popular health and pleasure resort in England. It was transformed early in the century from a dull and dirty provincial town into a glittering social center by Richard Nash—Beau Nash as he came to be called. John Wood, the architect, and his son beautified the city with fine new streets—Royal Crescent, Queen Square, North and South Parade.
A daily routine of occupations and amusement was drawn up for visitors. Those wishing to bathe in the waters did so between 6 and 9 a.m. It was a social gathering, and ladies and gentlemen waded together clad in the fullest of bathing costumes, the ladies pushing before them little floating trays holding handkerchief, snuff-box, sweets, and nosegays of flowers. After this came the drinking of the waters in the Pump Room while musicians provided music. Then breakfast, on offer to the public in the Assembly Rooms, followed by a service in the Abbey church. Between that and dinner at 3.00 p.m., the time was spent shopping, driving about in a gig or chaise, and calling on acquaintances.
After dinner, the pump room was again filled with society, parading in their best clothes, before taking tea and spending the evening at the theater, ball, or gaming tables.
Life in Bath was governed by strict regulations for behavior and social etiquette set up by the acknowledged ‘King of Bath’, Beau Nash. His slightly humorous set of rules was pasted up in the Pump Room.
Here are two of them:
That the elder ladies and children be content with a second bench at the ball, as being past or not yet come to perfection.
That all whisperers of lies and scandals be taken for their authors.

Two of my novels have been set at least partially in Bath.