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
Read an excerpt: website:

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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