Monday, October 20, 2014

Cover Reveal: Wanton Christmas Wishes

One of the high points in the writing process, aside from a finished novel, is the day the cover arrives! And here it is. Many thanks to Kim Killion at Hot Damn Designs for this beauty.

Wanton Christmas Wishes will be available on November 18th.

Please stop by Goodreads and add it to your WANNA READ pile.

Excerpts from each story will be coming soon and stay tuned for upcoming prizes and giveaways.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

David Gandy and What He's Really Thinking

So here it is, ladies: The definitive guide to understanding David Gandy.

Yes, my friends, some of those smoldering looks are actually just him being British but underneath it all, what is David really thinking? After much sleuthing, I have all the dets.

The quizzical brow...
"Tom Hiddleston. Really?"

The mischievous grin...
"If you were a book, I'd stay up all night reading."

The dubious look...
"I'm sorry. Well, not really."

The WTF glance...
"Are there other options?"

The hard stare...
"Don't go there...without me."

The megawatt grin...
 "I don't always smile but when I do, I slay women."

The go away glare...
"That is clearly nonsense."

The over the shoulder ignore...

"I'm still amazed I get paid for bad hair days."

The long day pierce...

"Can they tell I look tired? Oh, that's right. I'm David Gandy."

The half smirk...
"Another wanker wanting a picture."

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Lady's Toilette in Regency England

Most historical authors of the broadly defined Georgian, Regency and Victorian Eras (1714-1811, 1811-1837 and 1837-1901) know of La Belle Assemblee, the magazine of court fashion, etiquette and literature. As the magazine aged from its original publication in 1806 to its maturity and final issue in 1870, it was best known for its fashion plates.

The magazine was also a bellwether for poetry and fiction, along with original works on politics, science, the arts and the new trend in literature, serialized novels. Even Mary Shelly published works in La Belle Assemblee.

Inside one of these “magazines” is a wealthy assortment of information for the historical romance writer and reader. The advertisements are especially interesting to me since they provide a look into what a normal life was like.

How did a women keep her complexion? What did they do about clean teeth and hair?

Trotter’s Asiatic Tooth-Powder established upwards of Sixty Years – the extraordinary virtue of this Powder, in quickly cleaning and beautifying the Teeth, and safety of its use, from having no acid in its composition, to corrode or wear off the enamel…

And I was particularly tickled by this marketing ploy still in use today: “Sold, wholesale and retail, at No 2, Arundel Street, Strand; and by every respectable Perfumer and Medicine Vender in the United Kingdom.”

The Original Widow Welsh’s Female Pills, so long and justly celebrated for their peculiar Virtues… They create an Appetite, correct Indigestion, remove Giddiness and Nervous Headache, and are eminently useful for Windy Disorder, Pains in the Stomach, Shortness of Breath, and Palpitations of the Heart…

Rowland’s Kalydor, protects the SKIN and COMPLEXION from COLD WINDS or DAMP ATMOSPHERE, possess properties of surprising energy, in producing delicate WHITE NECK, HANDS and ARMS, and imparting a beautiful juvenile Bloom to the Complexion.

Prevents Chilblains, Heals Chapped Skin, assuages Inflammations; it heals harsh and rough Skin; removes Cutaneous Eruptions, and PRODUCES A BEAUTIFUL COMPLEXION; it affords soothing relief to Ladies nursing their Offspring, in healing Soreness of the Breast.

This almost sounds like Vaseline and I wonder at its popularity. Of all the adverts in the edition I am reading, this product seems to have the most examples and ads in a historical search on Google.

Rowland’s had a broad range of products including Rowland’s Odonto, Rowland’s Alsana Extract, Rowland’s Cereleum for the Headache.

Another wildly popular bath item starting in 1807 was Pears’ Soap and is still manufactured today.

A.Pears, No 55, Wells Street was a manufacturer and proprietor of “several intrinsic excellences” for women. The Pears’ Soap was a “favorite appendage to the toilets of ladies of the first fashion and distinction.”

Genuine Transparent Soap, is composed of the most innocent ingredients, so that, instead of possessing those acrimonious qualities that tend to irritate the surface of the skin, it gives it the healthy appearance with has long been sought after, but never attained in such perfection.

Pears also manufactured Botanic Cream, Malabar Dentifrice and Pears’ White Imperial Powder and Pears’ Liquid Bloom of Roses.

There was also the Persian Cotton Portable Rouge, “for giving a delicate rose-tint to the check; it is simple in its application, and so portable that it may be placed between the leaves of a small pocket-book. Price 2s.”

Pears’ soap was the world’s first registered brand, according to Wiki.

There was no limit to the products available to the discerning women, though it seems Regency era England could have used more truth in advertising.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Romanticon 2014 - Enter to WIN

Yes, we are partying at the McKinley Grand in downtown Canton, Ohio until Sunday, October 12th.

Leave a comment at this post between now and Sunday night to win a chance for a FIRST AUTOGRAPH print edition of my new book WICKED SECRETS along with your choice of conference t-shirts:

Green - EC for Men
Black - Got Sex
Blue - Hoedown/Throwdown

These are size XXL

In your comment, tell me what you are doing between now and Sunday that is more fun than dancing with a Caveman (and don't forget your email address.)

Oh and please follow along here or on Facebook at Eliza Lloyd Author.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wanton Wishes...Just In Time For Christmas


Christmas is always an exciting time but this year will be just a bit more special with the release of the Wanton Christmas Wishes anthology - six erotic romances to get you through the holidays. I’ll let you know when we have it up for pre-order at Amazon – the actual release date is November 18th. Mark your calendars and be watching for some great promos along the way.

I wanted to tell you about the authors participating: All of them dedicated to erotica historical romance. Yes, Christmas will be hot this year.

Kate Pearce

Kate was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. Despite being told that she really needed to ‘get with the program’, she graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.

After graduation, real life did intervene and she ended up working in finance which was not the greatest career choice for a would-be writer!

A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and sit down and write that novel. Along with being a voracious reader, Kate loves trail riding with her family, ‘western style’ in the regional parks of Northern California

Kate writes in several different romance sub-genres under different names. She is a member of RWA and is published by Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora’s Cave and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek.

Jess Michaels

Jess began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella to Red Sage Press, an erotic historical romance about an Egyptian tomb and a very sexy curse. Since then she has published (or has contracted to publish) nearly 50 novels and novellas under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have been national bestsellers and won awards from booksellers and readers.

She and her awesome husband live in Tucson where she enjoys playing video games, exploring the beautiful desert, spending time with her nephews, reading and spending petting her two old lady cats.

Monica Burns

A bestselling author of spicy historical and paranormal romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. Her historical book awards include the 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice Award and the 2012 Gayle Wilson Heart of Excellence Award for Pleasure Me. She is also the recipient of the prestigious paranormal romance award, the 2011 PRISM Best of the Best award for Assassin’s Heart. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

Writing romance is a therapeutic process as it allows Monica to explore the themes of hope, trust and love in her work. She believes romance books empower women to believe in themselves and that their only limitations are the ones they set for themselves.

Monica is a two-time RT Reviewers Choice Award nominee, the 2011 PRISM’s Best of the Best winner, two-time EPPIE nominee, a 2009 EPPIE for Best Erotic Historical Romance. She is a 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence finalist as well as a 2005 RWA Golden Heart finalist. She has consistently earned top reviews from RT BOOKreviews and other reviewers.

Monica holds a bachelors of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communications.

Madelynne Ellis

Madelynne Ellis is a multi-published British author of erotic romance. Her novels and short stories have been published by a variety of houses both in the UK and US, and have been translated into German, Spanish and Norwegian. She is best known for her Regency set novels for pioneering British erotica publisher Black Lace, but also enjoys writing contemporary and paranormal settings. Her aim is to deliver scorching, character-driven stories that enchant, torment and don’t shy from darker aspects of life.

Madelynne lives in the UK with her partner of 20 years, their two adorable children and a chocoholic rabbit. When not writing she enjoys live role-playing, solving puzzles and hanging out online.

Samantha Kane

Reviewers have called Samantha Kane “an absolute marvel to read,” and “one of historical romance’s most erotic and sensuous authors.” Her books have been called “sinful,” “sensuous,” and “sizzling.” She is published in several romance genres including historical, contemporary and science fiction. Her erotic Regency-set historical romances have won awards, including Best Historical from RWA's erotic romance chapter Passionate Ink, and the Historical CAPA (best book) award from The Romance Studio.  

Samantha Kane has a master's degree in American History, and taught high school social studies for ten years before becoming a full time writer. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Crazy Things I Researched Today

In the category of completely useless information, I present: Crazy Things I Researched Today.

What wine to serve with liver. As a side, found a recipe for cooking liver with two orange slices and stout Irish ale. I may try it, as I love good liver. Have you ever had foie gras?

The best legal/law book of the 1800’s. Blackstone’s Commentaries of the Law of England.

A London club (not the usual White’s or Boodles.) The Alfred Club, known as the “dullest club in existence”. Bingo!

Regalia. I was misusing this word. I didn’t realize it was so closely related to royalty. I think I was confusing the word with regale. Yes. Yes, I was.

English country dance music/Best dance music from the Regency period. Found a lovely group, which I will share later after I get their CD, who perform traditional music such as the Roger Decoverly but I am loving their performance of the Sussex Waltz with the violin in the background. It’s on YouTube. Check it.

Regency men’s jackets. I’ve been to the Gentleman’s Emporium website before but dwam! I love the awesome looking jackets with their cut and tails and collars. I think of James Purefoy and Colin Firth.

English coffeehouses. Was disappointed to learn coffeehouses had mostly disappeared at the end of the 18th century.

Do I underline book titles? Yes. Or quotes. Depending on the style manual used. I don’t know why I have to look this up every time.

Unnamed author on Amazon. Again, surprised by the sheer numbers of authors I have never heard of who are best sellers. How is this possible? I read a ton.

Dean Winters. Okay so I was watching Law and Order: SVU and Dean Winters was on in those early seasons (and the last seasons) as Det. Brian Cassidy. I really like him. I think in the world of fake boyfriends, he is the closest to what I would really feel comfortable with. I may blow about David Gandy being all that but, let’s face it, there are few women in his league and I ain’t one of them. Oh and Dean is too adorable as Mayhem.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Release Day! The Day After, Mad Duchesses, Book Four

Today is the release for Mad Duchesses, Book Four, titled The Day After.

The woman he loves. His best friend's wife.

What happens the day after his best friend's death?

Dashiel Hamilton has loved Laura since the day he met her, only she choose Wallace, his best friend. Instead of jeopardizing his friendship, instead of making a mistake, he departs to India.

When Wallace is hurt in a riding accident, Dashiel returns to his best friend's aide.

The day after his death, Laura seeks comfort in Dashiel's arms but determines she has made a horrible mistake and betrayed her love for Wallace.

The Day After...

Available now from Ellora's Cave and Amazon, and soon at other fine retailers.