And to celebrate, I’m giving away a Kindle Fire! (Contest ends in July because I’m going to be exploring New York, Greece, and the UK until then!)
Congratulations to Heather E, the winner of a $25 gift card and the James Trilogy.
And I have a new cover to share with you–it’s the UK edition of THE DEVIL’S PEARL! Isn’t it pretty?
Triple RITA finalist Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.” Vicky is a native Texan and holds degrees in English literature and marketing.
Questions about WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS
• So Vicky, I heard that you like to find role models for your heroes. Who did you choose to be the role model for Andrew Carrington, the Earl of Bellingham?
Hi Jennifer. I do indeed choose hunky actors as models for my heroes. It’s a tough job, but I’m willing to ogle numerous photos of hot guys for the sake of my writing career. When I first saw a photo of Ian Somerhalder, I was sold! He is the perfect role model for Bellingham. But just in case, I gathered many photos of Ian. You can see them on my Pinterest Page: http://pinterest.com/vickydreiling/
• Who did you choose as a role model for your heroine Laura Davenport?
I looked for an actress with blonde hair and a sweet smile as a counterpoint to dark-haired, rake Bellingham. Rachel McAdams was the perfect role model for Laura. There are photos of her on my Pinterest page as well.
• You apparently really love Pinterest. What else do you post there (beside hunky actors)?
I’m so glad you asked. I have numerous photos of gowns, men’s clothing in the Regency era, billiard tables, carriages, historical houses, theaters, castles,etc. I use Pinterest like a collage. It helps me visualize the places where my characters interact.
• What is one of your favorite scenes in WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS?
That’s a tough question, but there is an early scene in the book that propels the characters into action. In this scene, Laura is on the verge of dismissing Bellingham who arrives to bring her a flask of liquor, one that her rebellious stepson left behind at a ball. She doesn’t care much for Bellingham, but when her stepson’s rude guardian threatens to take her stepson away, Laura tells an outrageous lie to keep her son. Now Bellingham finds himself roped into a faux engagement!
• What is next in The Sinful Scoundrel Series?
WHAT A RECKLESS ROGUE NEEDS is the story of Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, who is forced to meet up with his childhood friend Lady Angeline Brenham. There friendship fell apart after she overheard a chance, unflattering remark, and they have been estranged for many years. But after a year in Paris and a failed betrothal, Angeline is no longer the seemingly confident young woman, and the reunion with Colin only makes her yearn for him to notice her – the girl beneath his nose.
WILL A RAKE’S WICKED WAYS
Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham, believes in being a gentleman, whether it’s fishing a soggy stranger out of the Thames or assisting a fetching lady into his bed. If the stranger becomes a friend and the lady a mistress, all the better. He certainly welcomes the opportunity to help Laura Davenport, a dazzling young widow with a rebellious stepson. Her gratitude, he hopes, will take an amorous form. But from the moment he sets foot in her drawing room, he gets far more than he bargained for …
LEAD THE LADY ASTRAY?
It was a moment of desperation. On the brink of losing her stepson, Laura turned to the notorious Lord Bellingham for help. Suddenly she, a vicar’s daughter, is in the precarious position of resisting his tantalizing advances. How Bell earned his wicked reputation is clear; the surprise is how much more there is to him than the gossip sheets could possibly reveal. Now every moment with this dangerously desirable man puts Laura’s good name at risk-and promises pleasure unlike any she has ever known …
I’d love to hear about some of your favorite heroes/heroines, and the actors you think who’d best portray them on the big screen! Two lucky commenters will win a set of WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS and THE DUCHESS HUNT. Giveaway open to US. Ends 6/4. Good luck!
AND…on May 31, one entrant will be randomly selected to win a $50 gift card to the recipient’s favorite online bookstore!
Your choice of one of the following print books:
-A TOUCH OF SCANDAL by Jennifer Haymore (signed)
-A SEASON OF SEDUCTION by Jennifer Haymore (signed)
-SECRETS OF AN ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS by Jennifer Haymore (signed)
-PLEASURES OF A TEMPTED LADY by Jennifer Haymore (signed)
-THE SWEETEST REVENGE by Dawn Halliday (signed)
-HIGHLAND SURRENDER by Dawn Halliday (signed)
-THE UNTAMED BRIDE by Stephanie Laurens
-DEVIL’s BRIDE by Stephanie Laurens
-TEN WAYS TO BE ADORED WHEN LANDING A LORD by Sarah MacLean (signed)
-A TALENT FOR SIN by Lavinia Kent (signed)
-A NIGHT TO SURRENDER by Tessa Dare
-A LADY BY MIDNIGHT by Tessa Dare (signed)
-AN ESCAPADE AND AN ENGAGEMENT by Annie Burrows (signed)
-TRUE HIGHLAND SPIRIT by Amanda Forester (signed)
-IF I FALL by Kate Noble (signed)
-LET IT BE ME by Kate Noble (signed)
-ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE by Jane Ashford (signed)
-DEMON’S BRIDE by Zoe Archer (signed)
I am so thrilled to announce that Piatkus Books will be publishing the House of Trent Series in the UK! The books will release concurrently to my US releases and will be available in both print and electronic formats at the major retailers in the UK. I was bowled over with delight when my editor called to tell me that the books were being published in the UK…and it has been fabulous working with the people over at Piatkus Books.
I’m going to be starting a new “Stranger Than Fiction” Series, of the amazing, sometimes accurate and sometimes outlandish advice give by various writers and doctors of the Regency and early Victorian periods (generally from 1800 to 1840ish).
Today, I’m talking about teeth. Our methods today of cleaning the teeth are fairly high-tech, but I also know people of this period tried to maintain clean teeth too. How did they do it? What advice did they get? How different were their methods of tooth hygiene than ours are today?
This is from The Family Oracle of Health: Economy, Medicine, and Good Living, from 1824:
Best Method of Cleaning the Teeth
More teeth are destroyed by ignorant and improper cleaning than by all the other causes of toothache tartar and rotting put together. All the authorities insist upon cleanliness being the best preservative but you will find little said about the evils of tooth picks tooth brushes and dentifrices which ruin the teeth of almost every body who uses them. Savages are well known to have almost uniformly fine teeth and it is equally well known that they have no absurd tooth apparatus for their toilette.
So this author seems to believe that no toothbrush is better than the ones that were in common use at the time…However, the ones in use at the time appear fairly similar to the ones we have today (made of metal rather than plastic, with bristles that were generally made of horsehair)…
A Recipe for a tooth cleaner from the 1824 Family Oracle:
Wash for Strengthening the Teeth and Gums
Take the juice of half a lemon
a spoonful of very rough claret or port wine
ten grains of sulphate of quinine
a few drops of eau de Cologne or oil of bergamot
and keep in a well stopped phial for use
A toothbrush set from Birmingham, England, circa 1793. This traveling set contains a silver toothbrush, tooth powder, and a tongue scraper (which are still in use, by the way–my dentist gave me a few a couple of visits ago!).
More about the history of tooth hygiene:
Jane Austen’s World
Next time, I’ll be talking about advice on how to stay healthy in the autumn months. Good stuff…but is it applicable today?
I have just finished updating my website with more information about The House of Trent series! Please head over to my bookshelf page and check out some of my books that will be coming in 2013 and beyond.
I am so excited about the series–I think it is my best yet!
The holidays aren’t quite over for me yet–my children are at home for winter break for another week, and hopefully I’ll be able to keep them busy enough that they won’t torture one another due to sheer boredom. Once they’re back in school, I’m going to be working hard on the third novel in the House of Trent Series: The Scoundrel’s Seduction. This is the book about the oldest brother, and a favorite of mine, Samson Hawkins. He’s had a dark, dark past, he’s an assassin and a spy, and he’s about to meet his match in the lady he’s supposed to be hunting down. I can’t wait to dig in!
To all my readers and friends, I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2013! I hope this year brings good things for us all!