Today we have the lovely Isobel Carr stopping by on her blog tour with a guest post about her favorite historical era. Her new erotica historical, with a gorgeous cover btw, just release April 26th. You can find out a little more about it and read an excerpt below, and make sure to stick around at the end for a giveaway!
Second in line, first in love A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost.... Their fathers and brothers may rule the world, but they run it . . . and when it comes to passion, they refuse to accept second best. Searching for hidden treasure,finding forbidden fantasy. London's most sensual former courtesan, Viola Whedon, is incapable of being seduced-she does the seducing. Until she meets Leonidas Vaughn. Her salacious memoirs have made her the target of half the lords in England, and Vaughn is the only man she can turn to. When he promises to protect her-and to make her beg for his touch-the alluring beauty finds both offers impossible to refuse. Leonidas Vaughn secretly believes Viola possesses a fortune given to his family by the King of France. So the strong and sexy Vaughn charms his way into Viola's life . . . and her bed. But when their arrangement is consummated, he'll experience pleasure far beyond his wildest fantasies-and realize his heart may need the most protection of all.
My favorite historical era, hands-down, is the Georgian era (1715-1830). Within that period, the 1780s are my particular favorite (yes, I love the 80s more than the Regency). The tall hair of the 1770s has morphed into the “hedgehog” head of curls for women and young men are no longer wearing wigs, instead they’re wearing their own hair long and tied back in a queue. The bizarre fashions of the 1790s have not yet taken hold, so cravats are not up over men’s chins and lapels are not two-feet wide. Brummell has not yet come to power and banished lively colors from a gentleman’s wardrobe, and women are still wearing enough clothing to preserve a little mystery . . . people are also a little more bawdy than their Regency-era children will be (and they, of course, are more bawdy than their Victorian children and grandchildren will be).
There is a lot going on too. The United States crafts and signs the Constitution during this decade. Uranus, Oberon and Titan are discovered by Herschel. Mozart’s Don Giovanni is performed for the first time. George III experiences his first bout of madness. The first convicts are transported from Britain to Australia. The French adopt the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen and the French Revolution begins (with consequences no one foresees). Mrs. Radcliffe’s first horrid novel is published. Vigee Le Brun paints the scandalous portrait of Marie Antoinette in her Robe a la Reine and the fashion takes England by storm. The Duke of Devonshire is openly living with his wife and his mistress (the duchess’s best friend). The Prince of Wales is young, handsome and is illegally married to the Catholic Mrs. Fitzherbert. The Whigs and Tories are fighting viciously in Parliament over everything from Catholic emancipation to slavery.
There’s just so much untapped history in the late 18th century to make use of, and the clothing, in my opinion, is to die for. I love the big skirts and the big hair and the shoes with their big buckles and heels. And I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for men with long hair.
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