Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hostage to Love A Georgian Adventure Romance Preorder 0.99! Interesting facts about the French Revolution.





 HOSTAGE TO LOVE

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 BOOK DESCRIPTION

It is 1792 and Viscount Beaumont has buried himself in the country since his wife died. But now his daughter, Lady Henrietta, has come of age and he must squire her in her London Season.
Verity Garnier is an actress whose father has been thrown in a French dungeon. To free him she must deliver Anthony Beaumont in trade. She travels to London to seduce Beaumont into following her to France. She doesn’t plan on falling in love.
When Beaumont goes on his own to France to save his brother-in-law from the guillotine, Verity follows him, reluctantly taking along his daughter who refuses to be left behind.
After soldiers of the Revolution capture Beaumont and his brother-in-law, Verity, and Henrietta must find a way to save them.
Christian Hartley, a British agent that Henrietta plans to marry, joins their fight.
Will everyone find a safe way home, or will they face the guillotine?
RT Book Reviews
“This is an adventure not to be missed. The excitement mounts as danger appears around every corner. The devastation of the French Revolution is a backdrop to the well-executed plot. Love is in the air for three couples, but will they survive to realize their dreams?”

Facts about the French Revolution:

Bread cost an arm and a leg (and subsequently a head or two)

By 1787, France was teetering on bankruptcy and the price of a loaf of bread had skyrocketed to a week’s wage for the average worker. This was practically all people ate and so going without or replacing it with something else, say, cake, wasn’t an option. Even if Marie Antoinette never suggested anything of the sort (and most historians agree that she didn’t), the fact remains that making your subjects’ single source of sustenance exorbitantly expensive is a sure way to ensuring they lose their minds and, shortly thereafter, you lose your head. Bread prices also inspired a Women’s March on Versailles in October 1789.


Telling the time was totally different from today

For 12 years between late 1793 and 1805, the French Revolutionary Calendar replaced the Gregorian calendar. There were still 12 months, but they were divided into three ten-day weeks, each ending in a day of rest and festivity equivalent to Sunday. Each day was split into ten hours, every hour into 100 minutes, and each minute lasted 100 seconds. The remaining five or six ‘complementary days’ needed to match the solar year were placed at the end of the twelfth month. Almost identical to the calendar used by the Ancient Egyptians, the main difference was that it began on the autumn equinox instead of the summer solstice.


The French Revolution gave the world its first public zoo

A 1793 decree from the National Assembly required all privately owned exotic animals to be transferred to the menagerie at the Palace of Versailles or killed, stuffed and donated to the scientists of Paris’ Jardin des Plantes. Thankfully, the animals’ lives were spared and, before long, the old menagerie was closed down and a new zoo opened within the park. In its early days, the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes was free to the public because its founder, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, believed that the public should be educated about exotic animals kept in their natural environment.


Cheers,

Maggi
Reference: Culture Trip.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Available for pre order HOSTAGE TO LOVE an 18th Century Adventure Romance!

I'm thrilled to announce that one of my backlist novels is up for pre-order. HOSTAGE TO LOVE is a Georgian adventure romance. Pick it up at the introductory price of 0.99cents
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Book Description

It is 1792 and Viscount Beaumont has buried himself in the country since his wife died. But now his daughter, Henrietta, has come of age and he must squire her in her London Season.

Verity Garnier is an actress whose father has been thrown in a French dungeon. To free him she must deliver Anthony Beaumont in trade. She travels to London to seduce Beaumont into following her to France. She doesn’t plan on falling in love.

When Beaumont goes on his own to France to save his brother-in-law from the guillotine, Verity follows him, reluctantly taking along his daughter who refuses to be left behind.

After soldiers of the Revolution capture Beaumont and his brother-in-law, Verity, and Henrietta must find a way to save them.

Christian Hartley, a British agent whom Henrietta plans to marry, joins their fight.
Will everyone find a safe way home, or will they face the guillotine?

RT Book Reviews 


This is an adventure not to be missed. The excitement mounts as danger appears around every corner. The devastation of the French Revolution is a backdrop to the well-executed plot. Love is in the air for three couples, but will they survive to realize their dreams?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Baxendale Sisters Series now available for pre-order in a 5 Book Box Set!

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Soon available on Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Google Play.  

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Release date 31st October 2017


Five sisters find love during their London season. Five short novels and novellas. A guaranteed happily ever after.

Nominated for several awards

LADY HONOR’S DEBT

LADY FAITH TAKES A LEAP

LADY HOPE AND THE DUKE OF DARKNESS

THE SEDUCTION OF LADY CHARITY

THE SCANDALOUS LADY MERCY

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Romance Anthologies DARING A ROGUE TO LOVE available for pre-order!



Hi everyone,

It’s spring here in Australia and heating up. It looks like we’ll have a hot Christmas. Time to start thinking about beach reads, and for those in cold climates, something to read by the fire.
Have you considered these two great anthologies filled with romances by bestselling authors?
DARING A ROGUE TO LOVE is released on 28th November 2017. It’s available now for pre-order
for 0.99cents. Buy Links:

If you haven’t read A MIDSUMMER’S KISS, it’s still available at 0.99cents. Enjoy this fabulous collection of kisses by bestselling and award-winning authors.
Like to begin a new Regency romance series? The first book in my Kinsey Family series is now available at the introductory price of 0.99cents.
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.
Review by Punya:
You just know that Jason and Helen belong together as you cheer them along the way when they investigate the murder of Bart and uncover the truth. There was another sub-plot concerning Jason’s sister Lizzy too. I can only hope that that’s leading to her own book. And it seems Charlie and Diana have already formed an attachment. ;) We’re not introduced to all the Kinseys yet but I really hope to in the next installments. Eagerly looking forward to the next in the series.
Cheers,
Maggi
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

My next book is set in 1823 and I'm looking at fashion!



Shopping in the early 19th Century.

by Maggi Andersen 


Burlington Arcade



Growing tired of people throwing oyster shells in the lane running alongside his house,  so the story goes, Lord George Cavendish decided to turn the passage to good use and the Burlington Arcade , perhaps the oldest shopping center still in operation, opened it's gates on March 20, 1819.

The arcade, in contrast to the different exchanges and bazaars, consists of two rows of 72 enclosed shops (an enumeration still maintained), grouped at first into 21 double-width and 30 single-width shops. Situated at the corner of Old Bond Street and Piccadilly, it was an instantaneous success and The place to go for a truly fashionable bonnet!




The establishment of Harding, Howell & Co, in 1809 was situated at No 89 Pall Mall. A contemporary source describes the store: 

 

The Western Exchange in 1817 where independent merchants could rent booths.





Since most clothes were still custom made and not off the rack, a lot of time was spent choosing fabric at the linen-drapers, trimmings at the haberdashers and selecting designs at the dressmaker.


New gowns were ordered by consulting the many fashion sketches. Sometimes a dress maker would design a new gown for a favored customer. Fabrics were carefully selected and held up toward the light to be inspected for flaws.  This dress shop supplies trimmings: lace, braiding, ribbons, buttons and beads to enhance the dress as well as dress making. Partly finished dresses were tried on for last minute alterations. 



 Modiste with assistants  The early 19th century saw the  beginning of the modern fashion designer. Up to this point a woman went to the dressmaker for her gowns, the milliner for her hats, gloves and other accessories were purchased from other shops. The fashion designer, on the other hand, offered the whole package. Our print shows just such a shop, with the proprietor in black with a sample garment while one assistant adjusts the hat and another brings in a second.

Cheapside 1813, East India House Merchants serving the rich had began to gravitate to the Mayfair area but Covent Garden, Cheapside and Fleet Street remained havens for shopping. 





Appearing in the July 1817 Ackermann’s Repository, this ad for low priced silks on Hanway street from the latest French patterns.






1823 Fashion



Hats


Evening Dresses




Ball Gowns


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