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."
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
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…
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.
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
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
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.
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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 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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Was disappointed to learn coffeehouses had mostly disappeared at the end of the
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.
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