Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wanton Christmas Wishes Sneak Peek: Loving Michael by Kate Pearce

Enjoy this excerpt from Loving Michael by Kate Pearce. Former courtesan Angelique is quite a pill and determined to get her man.
Angelique’s hand slid down from his arm to capture his hand. “Wait a moment.”
“I thought you were the one who was eager to see the duke?”
“Not until we have finished our conversation.”
“I’m sure you are quite sick of hearing me whine about myself.”
She chuckled. “Not at all. I find you very interesting. I always have.”
Shock made him forget himself and stare right into her beguiling blue gaze. “You… think I’m interesting?”
“And handsome.”
He firmly removed her hand from his and placed it in her lap. “We are old friends . Don’t feel obliged to drown me in fake compliments because you feel sorry for me.”
She wrinkled her nose at him. “I don’t feel sorry for you.”
“Then what do you want?”
“To understand you.”
“In God’s name, why?”
She smiled. “Because I have always wondered about the extent of your abilities. I am a courtesan, after all.”
“You want to know if I am capable of fornication.”
“Oui,” she said simply, her expression inquiring.

“Go to hell, Angelique.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wanton Christmas Wishes Sneak Peek: A Christmas Wish by Jess Michaels

It's almost Christmas time again and what better way to celebrate than with an anthology of Christmas wishes - the hot and naughty kind. Join me and several of today's hottest erotic historical romance writers. Today's tease is by author Jess Michaels.

She turned her face and stared out as the drive wound through dense, beautiful woods for a few moments. She couldn’t help but think of the last time she’d seen Stephen. It had been the day after her wedding…and her wedding night. She had still been basking in the glow of having the man she loved introduce her body to such pleasures and then…

Then she had found out the terrible truth about him. 

“My lady!”

Amelia jolted at Helen’s sharp tone and found her servant was now holding out a crisp handkerchief. She blushed as she realized that a tear had escaped her eye and was winding its way down her cheek.

“At least I’m doing this in the safety of my carriage,” she muttered as she swiped the errant tear away. “I certainly don’t want to weep in front of his servants so they can report it to him when he arrives next week.”

Helen nodded. “You’re strong, my lady. You’ll manage.”

“I will,” Amelia agreed. “I must. For the sake of our families and the upcoming holiday. I certainly won’t let Lord Blackgrove see that his lack of affection causes me any pain. Luckily I have seven days to make certain I hide the bitter truth.”

Helen had stopped looking at her and was now staring out the carriage window. Her face was suddenly pale and her eyes wide.

“My lady,” she began, then trailed off.

Amelia wrinkled her brow at the servant’s obvious dismay. “What is it?”

“It—it’s…” Helen pointed out the window as the carriage stopped. “It’s him!”

A Christmas Wish is available as part of the Wanton Christmas Wishes anthology, releasing on November 18th and most retailers.

And thanks to our fans, we're already at #14 in Victorian! Woot!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wanton Christmas Wishes - Pre-order your copy now

I am so happy to be part of this wonderful new series with some of today's best erotic historical romance writers.

And what is really great is that you'll be reading the first books of several new series each author is introducing.

Kate Pearce - Diable Delamere Regency series

Samantha Kane - 93rd Highlanders series

Monica Burns - Prequel to Self-Made Men series

And me, a new series - The Infamous Foresters

Pre-order your digital copy of Wanton Christmas Wishes

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.