Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Welcome to Jenna Jaxon!



 
Help me welcome Jenna Jaxon to the blog today! She has a special giveaway! ANYONE who comment and leaves an email address will receive an e-copy of her book, Betrothal!
 
 
 
The Scandals of the 18th Century
One of the reasons I decided to set my House of Pleasure series, of which Only Scandal Will Do is the first book, in the 18th century instead of the more popular Regency period, was the reputation of the period for being much wilder, more dangerous, more colorful.  I’d been introduced to the Georgian period--named for the three Hanoverian kings who reigned throughout the century--in Jo Beverley’s Malloren series and fell in love with the colorful lifestyle that seems to alternate between the Age of Reason and the Age of Rowdy.
I love the fact that aristocratic men during this period wore bold colors, powdered wigs, and face paint (in some instances), yet beneath the surface were deadly competitors skilled with sword and pistol, had voracious appetites where women were concerned, and could converse on a myriad of topics that would leave us scratching our heads today.  This is the stuff of which heroes are made.
 
But men don’t always act like heroes.
 
Shameful behavior dominated the 18th century.  Some I managed to include in Only Scandal Will Do: the death of the Earl of Ferrers--the last peer to be hanged for murder; the erotic art of Françoise Boucher; and Harris’s List of Prostitutes.
 
A couple of major scandals also made headlines. 
 
Lady Worsley, a notorious woman who reputedly took 27 lovers, was accused by her husband of spending the night in a hotel with George Maurice Bisset, a captain attached to the Isle of Wight militia.  The exact charge was “criminal conversation.”  When charged, Bisset’s story was that Lord Worsley, the Governor of the Isle of Wight, knew about the affair and even encouraged it!  The trial transcript suggests that in one instance Lord Worsley assisted Bisset in watching Lady Worsley take a bath by letting him standing on his shoulders.  This testimony drew forth cartoons depicting the act that inflamed the scandal.  After the trial the Worsleys separated.
 
The other scandal concerned Sir Paul Joddrell, assigned to the prestigious post of physician to the Nawab of Arcot in Madras. Soon after arriving, however, Joddrell was rumored to have conducted a ménage a trois with his wife and another woman, a Mrs. Cummings.  The scandal ended up ruining Joddrell’s reputation; he and his wife were ostracized by Madras society, his pay from the Nawab was withheld, and he died destitute in Madras.
 
With all this wild behavior going on, I figured Duncan would fit right in.  Only Scandal Will Do is a novel that takes the wicked behavior of the era and turns it into true romance.  I do hope you “Enjoy the Scandal!”

 
AG: He has the woman of his dreams, but what price will he have to pay to win her heart?
Kidnapped and sold at auction in a London brothel, Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam squelches an undeniable attraction to the masked stranger who purchased her, pits her wits against him, and escapes him and the scandal that would ruin her life.
Unable to resist temptation in a London brothel, Duncan Ferrers, Marquess of Dalbury, purchases a fiery beauty. She claims she's a lady, but how can she be? No lady of his acquaintance in polite society is anything like her. Then he discovers she is who she says, and that this latest romp has compromised her reputation. He knows how that is. One more scandal and he'll be cast out of London society, but he needs a wife who'll provide an heir to carry on his illustrious family's name. He seeks out Katarina, intending only to scotch the scandal, but instead finds his heart ensnared. He's betting their future he'll capture her heart, but does he have what it
takes to win the wager?
 
WARNING: A blade-wielding heroine who crosses swords with a master of sensuality.

Excerpt for Only Scandal Will Do:
“Lady Katarina,” the marquess said, taking her limp, cold hand. “I have been looking forward to this moment ever since I heard you were in London.”
That voice sent shivers down her spine. She remembered well the arrogance in it when he’d declared himself her master. Soft and silky now, his mouth poised over her hand, and the words sent searing heat that penetrated her long kidskin gloves. Only sheer determination kept her from snatching it out of his grasp, and fear at what might be said if she acted in any way as though she had met this man before. No one must know.
She made herself look at his face, into the dark brown eyes that gleamed with…apprehension? Amusement? Katarina twitched her mouth into what hopefully passed for a smile and said, “I am delighted to make your acquaintance as well, Lord Dalbury. Although I must confess that until just now I had not heard your name.” Although pleased to hear how strong her voice sounded, she feared she might choke on the lies she spouted. Kat slipped her hand from his and a measure of calm returned.
Jack was deep in his conversation with Lord Braeton, completely unconcerned about her. She tried to refrain from looking at the marquess, but he demanded her attention by addressing her again.
“I almost missed the pleasure of making your acquaintance, Lady Katarina. I left the ball just before midnight, but one of my carriage horses came up lame and I returned to ask Braeton for the loan of a replacement. Lady Luck surely smiled on me tonight.” His wide smile seemed genuine, his voice tinged with a hint of relief.
She sighed. Her last night in England and Lady Luck had to favor this fellow.
He continued on, disregarding her silence. “I understand from Lord Braeton that you and your brother only arrived from the colonies three months ago, Lady Katarina.”
She found it hard to keep her tone civil. “Yes, my lord. We came to England in early February.” As she had told him before! It helped not to look at his eyes. Instead she fastened her gaze on his cheek. He would likely carry those scars the rest of his life. She hoped it hurt his vanity every time he looked in the mirror.
He apparently saw where her gaze lay, for he ran his finger down the center mark. “Ah, I see you are curious about my wounds.” He shifted his weight slightly, drawing her a little away from the others.
“Is it a war wound, my lord?” she asked, feeling the return of her confidence.
“It is a badge of honor I wear, given to me by a worthy opponent who I underestimated in many ways. I now regret the chance encounter, Lady Katarina.” He lowered his voice. “She did not deserve the treatment she had at my hands. I make my most sincere apology for doubting her words to me.”
Kat stiffened at this offering. How could he stand there and try to apologize so cavalierly in a crowded ballroom? “Whoever she is, then, Lord Dalbury,” she said sweetly, “I hope your opponent is more forgiving than I would be.”
 
Author Links:
Twitter:  @Jenna_Jaxon
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Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance.  Her historical romance, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in a series of five interconnecting novels, was released in July 2012. Her contemporary works include Hog Wild, Almost Perfect, and 7 Days of Seduction.  She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as a member of Chesapeake Romance Writers. Her medieval romance, Time Enough to Love, is being published this year as a series of three novellas.  The first book, Betrothal, released on April 19th.
 
Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets.  When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director.  She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage. 
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

 

 

33 comments:

  1. Great post Jenna and love the covers!

    Kristakames@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you, Krista! Me too! I love those cover so much! Couldn't ask for better representations of the books. Hope you enjoy Betrothal!

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  2. The story sounds amazing! This is the first historical romance to capture my attention in a long time.

    rhondamv77@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Rhonda, for such a great compliment! I hope you enjoy Betrothal as well. :)

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  3. Great post good luck

    sylv@sylv-jenkins.com

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  4. London in Regency times, does it get any better, Jenna?! Nice one, am looking forward to this :)

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    1. Thank you, Cait! Well, some might think the medieval times were pretty great--I know I do. :) Hope you enjoy Betrothal!

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  5. Love the line - the colorful lifestyle that seems to alternate between the Age of Reason and the Age of Rowdy.
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    1. Thanks so much, Daryl. I can't help but believe it would have been fun--though dangerous--to live during this time. It's a very colorful period, when almost anything went! Thanks for the tweet also!

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  6. I enjoy reading about the Regency rowdy boys myself. Great job, Jenna

    Wrytelady@aol.com

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by, Wrytelady! I hope you also enjoy my medieval bad boys. They're lots of fun too. :)

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  7. Wonderful article. So informative and entertaining, too. What fun research you've done for Scandal. I'll have to ask you for some references because I'd like to learn more.

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by, Trish! This is a fantastic period--so colorful. The research was one of my favorite parts! Let me know what you'd like to follow up on and I'll email you. :)

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  8. Great post and covers, love the latest title, can't wait to read it. Very informative and fun to learn about the times and scandles of that era.

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    1. And there were a lot of those scandals buzzing around, Deb. Such a fun time period to research. I think you'll enjoy it. Thanks so much for coming by!

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  9. Informative post! As for people's behavior, nothing is truly new, is it?

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    1. Absolutely not! LOL I bet the ancient Egyptians could show us a thing or two about sex and scandals. :) Thanks for coming by, Lisa!

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  10. That was very interesting, Now I have to do some research about the scandals you mentioned :)

    Thank you

    ute at blogger.heikaemper.de

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    1. Oooh, a fellow research hound! I find that the most fun part of the process of writing is digging through all the stuff to find out things like who was the magistrate at Bow Street in 1814 (a recent research quest). I hope you enjoy Betrothal, Ute! Thanks for coming by!

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  11. This sounds like a great series! I love Regency/Historical Romances and a series is always the best! I would love a copy of Betrothal please! jendgrimm@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you, Jen! Historical romances have always been my favorites. Medieval is my fave, though, which is why my first novel was set in that period. :) I hope you enjoy Betrothal! Just remember, it's only the first installment of Time Enough to Love. There are two more books to come!

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  13. Both books sound wonderful, but I've got a soft spot for medieval . I'd love to read Betrothed. stephanieberget at gmail dot com. I may have found a new author. :)

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    1. Wonderful to meet you, Stephanie! I certainly hope so. :) I'll get Betrothal out to you this evening! Hope you enjoy!

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  14. What a fun read! I'm excited about it with all the excerpts I've read. And it does sound like people back then were just as scandalous as today!

    daringzoey at yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I sure hope it's a fun read! :) Hope you enjoy Betrothal as well.

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  15. Loved the tidbits about the real scandals. :) I love historicals. Sounds like a good read.
    Pen
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    1. Thank you for coming by, Pen! If you love historicals, I hope you enjoy Betrothal. I'll send out all the e-copies before noon tomorrow. Ladies, enjoy!

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  16. D'Ann, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog. I've had a fantastic time! I'll keep checking throughout the weekend--if someone posts between now and Sunday night, I'll send them Betrothal also!

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  17. Well, this series is going on my tbr wishlist. I was intrigued by the blurb and excerpt. Loved the cover.

    Patriia
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  18. Thank you for educating me about the differences in historical time periods. The acts that once shocked society is now deemed "cool" in the eyes of many. I wish men (and women, too) could converse as people did centuries ago. Discussions were an educating time, unlike most conversations today. *sigh*
    Thank you, in advance, for a copy of your book!
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  19. I arrived to this party late, so I don't expect to receive any party favors, but I had to tell you that your book sounds truly delicious. If Katarina and Duncan are that hot and feisty in the ballroom, I can't wait to see them in the bedroom! Best of luck with Scandal.

    Sophia Ryan -- She Likes It Irish
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