My childhood home is just a stone’s throw from Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s famous Island retreat. It’s quite a place and offers tantalizing glimpses into the private lives of privileged Victorians. Prince Albert’s bathroom in particular springs to mind. The panels that slide closed across the bath look respectable from the outside. Inside they’re covered with frescos portraying scenes from an orgy. And they say the Victorians were straight-laced. Naughty old Albie!
What has that to do with Aurora Regency? Nothing. But it says a lot about the influences that surrounded me as a kid, feeding my love of history as well as my imagination. But Although the Victorians fascinate me, as a writer I gravitated towards the colourful Regency period because it gave me so much more scope. My first two books in that genre, published a few years back by a house in England, have been given an expect once-over by the talented editing team at Musa Publishing. Lady Hartley’s Inheritance hit the digital bookshelves today and Duty’s Destiny will follow along on November 11.
In Lady Hartley’s Inheritance Clarissa Hartley, a country-loving widow, visits London. She stays with her godmother, even though she thoroughly disapproves of her son, Luc Deverill, the Earl of Newbury, who appears to lead a life of idle dissipation. When she learns that a son she didn’t know her late husband had father is claiming her inheritance for himself, she fears she has lost everything. Luc, suspecting fraud, steps in. Together he and Clarissa delve deeper into the suspected scam, little expecting that they will come to admire one another, much less feel an attraction that just won’t be denied…
Viscount Felix Western, helps his close friend Luc to get to the bottom of things, unaware that he will soon have problems of his own to tangle with. In Duty’s Destiny he learns that his father’s shipping line is being used to smuggle ex-slaves into England, where they once again find themselves in servitude. Felix suspects that Saskia Eden is helping her father to perpetrate this dreadful trade but as soon as he meets her, he immediately has doubts. Befriended by her young twins, he gets drawn into her life, and dangers that threaten their lives and liberty…
You can read the entire first chapter of both books on my website http://www.wendysoliman.com
To celebrate Aurora Regency’s first birthday, I’m giving away a copy of both books to one lucky reader. All you have to do is:
1. Go to my author Facebook page at Wendy Soliman Author http://on.fb.me/owr8Cc click ‘Like’ and leave a message mentioning Aurora Regency.
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Good luck and thanks for your interest in Aurora Regency and my books. The next stop on the tour is with talented author Marguerite Butler at http://margueritebutler.blogspot.com
1) TOUR STARTS: Saturday October 15th
THIS TOUR ENDS: October 22nd, at Midnight (PST)
Final Celebration August 22th 7pm -11pm (EST) at Two Lips Reviews Chat http://www.twolipsreviews.com/content/
***Individual Winners from Authors contests will be drawn and posted October 23rs on their individual sites***
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3) All prize winners will be chosen randomly using Random Line Picker.