Illicit Love Blog Tour

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Welcome to Stop Twelve Illicit Love blog tour! Jane Lark is celebrating her first instalment in the Marlow Intrigues series with a HUGE giveaway – including a one night stay in London’s Regency Hotel, Amazon gift voucher, signed copies of Illicit Love and plenty of swag – but hurry, the giveaway ends tonight!

Illicit Love – What they say:

Unknown-95‘Ellen Harding longs to be free of the life she is trapped in – her husband died at the battle of Waterloo and her family disowned her and now she lives under the reign of a cruel protector. When her eyes are drawn to a beautiful man for no other reason than his looks, she imagines escaping her chains for a night by giving her body to him – to a man of her choosing – even if only to infuriate her captor.

But Edward Marlow is kind and gentle when he touches her and her subconscious whispers that this man could save her. Yet how can he help her when she has secrets which prevent her ever being free. She has too many battles to fight.

Edward is restless, lonely and a little angry with his lot in life – it is his only excuse for being drawn to another man’s mistress. The woman’s dark hair and pale eyes are striking and he cannot take his gaze off of her while she watches him over the top of a fan with an illicit intent in her eyes. But once he’s known her he cannot forget her – and once he’s seen how brutal her protector is, how can leave her with the man? But she will not run anymore than she will speak of her past, so how can he help her…’

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Captured Love – What they say:

‘Rupert Stanforth, Earl of Morton, is missing his cousin’s company. He has too many burdens weighing down his shoulders, including the task of finding his sister, Rowena, a husband.

Meredith Divine has one friend in all the world, Lady Rowena Stanforth. She clings to their friendship as though it is a rope, when she is drowning in a lake of social isolation. Even Rowena’s elder brother cannot stand Meredith. Everyone judges her poorly, simply because her father is in trade. But despite Lord Morton’s constant rejection, Meredith’s heart still favors Rowena’s proud, judgmental brother.

Lord Morton would break the friendship his sister has with Miss Divine if he could, but the more he disparages Miss Divine, the more Rowena favors the girl. He’s ceased his complaints, in the hope the friendship would wither and die, believing the girl would make a wrong step soon. He just did not anticipate what that step might be…’

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Guest Post: Hotels and Inns in London in the 1800’s

By Jane Lark

 

I often say I know far more history than I put into my stories, because I do not want to deter from the pace or intensity of the love affair between my characters, with descriptions. But here is a little insight into one of the resources I use to research 19th Century London. Here is a website, which records all the businesses in London, in this era, the Georgian Index.

This tells me a little of what life was like in London.

Harriette Wilson, the real Regency courtesan, who’s memoirs inspired Illicit Love, speaks of arranging to meet a man at an inn outside London, at the Cock at Sutton, and in the story of Illicit Love, Edward and Ellen begin their affair, using inns across London. I could have picked a particular inn, in a particular street, but it would add nothing to the story. What I like to draw out is what you want to glean from the story – what it was like.

So what I love is that this resource gives me those little facts which I can capture to inspire my imagination.

Hotels in the 1800s, were much as they are now, places to stay, and socialize. They served meals and had maids who would clean and serve the rooms, and footmen to lift luggage and serve meals. But the Georgian index gives me facts beyond this.

For instance;

  • Champagne was 1 guinea at the Clarendon Hotel – so now, I know when Edward orders champagne, there was champagne available in 19th Century hotels.
  • Limmers Hotel was an evening resort for Corinthians – so perhaps the sort of place where Edward met Ellen.
  • Nerot’s was the former townhouse of Earl of Ranelagh – Oh you could spin a whole story out of that fact, who bought it and developed it, how, was it successful – but if also implies a certain layout to the hotel.

When you consider inns, most were places providing services, to break journeys for instance. People went there to purchase tickets for the stage coaches and mail coaches, if they did not have a carriage, or to hire a carriage, as Edward does. Inn’s would also rent out horses for people to leave their own tired animals behind and hire more, to be returned later. That is why many inn’s in Britain still have arches which lead into the courtyards where the coaches and horses would once have been kept.

Inns were also places where functions would take place, as they often had halls for dancing and hosted assemblies. You can see from the information on the Georgian index, which inns were known to host assemblies, and which held wedding receptions. So if I was thinking about where a reception might have taken place when I am writing a book, now I know.

If you were a single poor man, you might have ended up sleeping in the assembly hall beside others if you wished for a bed for a night in an inn. There was a definite class distinction; gentlemen and especially the titled, were given better treatment, the status of your birth even won out over money, as many of the aristocracy just lived on credit but would still have better treatment, and been hurried to a private parlour to dine. But this was because they gave the inn or hotel status. You can see this from the Georgian index too, as even now we can list who stayed in certain places.

If you read Illicit Love, I value feedback, so please leave a review on Amazon, and you can also let other readers know what you think on the Illicit Love Book Club page. But don’t go there unless you have read it, it will give away all the twists in the plot.

I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak about the era Illicit Love was set in here.

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About the Author: 396571_511573772204817_47496660_nJane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional love stories. She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis. When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write. You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book that drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality. Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses them to create more realistic plots. ‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’ Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life. Check out Jane’s musical inspirations HERE and HERE.   Video Interview with Jane Lark http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN2uqo8a0K0&feature=youtu.be   images-167   Win £30 (or $40) Amazon Gift Voucher! Entry via the Rafflecopter below AND/OR add your review of Illicit Love to Amazon and Goodreads and email the review link to Charlotte@BestChickLit.com. Giveaway closes 19th July 2013 and is open to UK and USA residents only. a Rafflecopter giveaway   Illicit Love giveawaysWin One Of Three Swag Packs With Signed Paperback Copy of Illicit Love Entry via the Rafflecopter below AND/OR add your review of Illicit Love to Amazon and Goodreads and email the review link to Charlotte@BestChickLit.com. Giveaway closes 19th July. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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