Favorites Giveaway Hop



Thank you for joining me on my stop on the Favorites Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck In Books. It was really difficult to pick a favorite book to highlight. Instead of one, I've chosen two which are often sold together, The Pursuit of Loveand it's sequel, Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford. The stories focus on the Radletts, minor English nobility and, like Downton Abbey, highlight the decline of the aristocracy in England after World War I, and women's changing place in society. The stories are told with a great deal of wit, some of it very cutting including this humorous passage from The Pursuit of Love.

"So we worked hard, mending and making and washing, doing any chores for Nanny rather than actually look after the children ourselves. I have seen too many children brought up without Nannies to think this at all desirable. In Oxford, the wives of progressive dons did it often as a matter of principle; they would gradually become morons themselves, while the children looked like slum children and behaved like barbarians."

After reading these two books, I went on to read about the Mitford sisters, the youngest of whom became the Duchess of Devonshire and owner of Blenheim Palace. Although learning about the Mitford sisters' personal lives led me to really dislike most of them, I did enjoy learning about Nancy's background and how it helped her craft her stories. If you want a more authentic look into a changing time period, then I encourage you to check out these two books.

Up for grabs are three ebook copies of Rescued from Ruin, my second regency romance for Harlequin Historical. Mr. Rathbone, the hero of my upcoming March release, A Debt Paid in Marriage, first makes his appearance in Rescued from Ruin. Check out the Rafflecopter below for how to enter then scroll down to check out A Debt Paid in Marriage, which will be out on March 1, 2015 and is now available for pre-order. The giveaway is open to international readers.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

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"Lee takes readers on an uncomplicated, but sexy romp...as Laura takes drastic measures to save her business." - RT Book Reviews A Debt Paid in Marriage

Laura Townsend's plan to reclaim her family's merchandise backfires when she creeps into moneylender Philip Rathbone's house and threatens him with a pistol, only to find him reclining naked in his bath! 

The last thing she expects is to see this guarded widower on her doorstep a couple of days later armed with a very surprising proposal. A marriage of convenience may be Laura's chance to reclaim her future, but she won't settle for anything less than true passion. 
Can she hope to find it in Philip's arms? 

Harlequin * B&N * Kobo * Amazon


Check out the other blogs participating in the hop!


Snagged @ The Library Reading Challenge - Lark Rise to Candleford

I love the BBC series Lark Rise to Candleford. It's a charming show set in late 19th century England
when rural life was just on the cusp of changing due to modernization.
The series centers around Laura Timmins, a poor hamlet girl who ventures to the more prosperous and middle class Candleford to work in the post office run by her mother's cousin Dorcus Lane (brilliantly played by Julia Sawalha - Saffi from AbFab). All of the characters are memorable with their foibles, shortcomings and personalities driving the storylines. It's a light series with a few dark moments but not many and not very deep. If you love an easy flowing narrative with a cast of quirky characters, all set in the idyllic countryside of England, then this is the series for you.

The show is based on three semi-autobiographical novels by Flora Thompson, all of which I found in one volume at the library. The stories are told in the third person with a focus on Laura. The first book, Lark Rise, describes her childhood in the impoverished hamlet of Lark Rise. Over to Candleford describes her summers in prosperous Candleford with her cousins and how it contrasts to hamlet life. Candleford Green describes Lauras' time working for Dorcus Lane in the post office.

Fans of the show who are looking for a faithful novel version will be disappointed by the books. Those who are interested in a glimpse of rural English life just before it changed forever will enjoy the description of harvest times, now forgotten holidays, and the different people who populated that era. It is a poignant story of a time now gone and lives that were more simple and yet more difficult than our own.



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The Collapse of the Peace of Amiens


A few weeks ago, I did a post about the brief Peace of Amiens between France and England. Today's post is about the collapse of the peace and the effect it had on the people who found themselves in France when hostilities resumed.                        


In March 1802, France and Britain signed the Treaty of Amiens, ending the war that had raged between the two countries since 1793. It was a time of great excitement for both France and England. English high society rushed to get to Paris and enjoy the delights denied to them during the long years of war. They shopped, gambled, partied and went sightseeing, but the carefree time in Paris would not last.






By January of 1803, trouble was already brewing between England and France and it only got worse
as the months progressed. Those who were paying attention quickly realized war was inevitable and hurried to get out of France. Those who were oblivious were unable to remain so for very long. On May 12, 1803, England recalled its ambassador and six days later declared war on France. The window for anyone remaining in France to get out was closing fast. It would slam shut on May 22, when Napoleon declared that any English citizen who remained in France would be arrested. All across France, the authorities immediately swooped in to seize any English citizens still in France.
Those warned of the coming arrests were able to slip away just before the authorities descended. Others, who’d thought to leave even a few days earlier and secured passage on ships from Calais were lucky. Their ships sailed for home. The unlucky ones were taken prisoner as their ships sat waiting in Calais for the tide or good weather. Those who travelled after the arrest in an attempt to escape across the border were force to pose as servants or as American citizens to avoid arrest. Some paid officials to look the other way as they escaped while others turned to their friends in government or society to plead for permission to leave France. In the end, it was timing and luck which helped many to leave, but not everyone in France possessed one or the other.

It is difficult for historians to estimate how many English were taken prisoner and numbers vary from 750, 7500, to 10,000. Most historians believe the number of prisoners was closer to 1100. The prisoners were from all different classes and included tradesmen, merchants, clergy, schoolboys and the unlucky sons of titled men. The author Fanny Burney and her husband, a French Chevalier, missed their opportunity to leave. As a result, they were stuck in Paris with most of the other prisoners until the Battle of Waterloo ended hostilities between France and England for good in 1815. Claire Harman has written a wonderful biography of Fanny Burney's life, which also details her time in France.



For many, the glittering excitement of being in Paris during the peace turned into a nightmare of fleeing or imprisonment. Once again people would be separated from their loved ones and their native shore for many years. The time between 1802 and 1803 was one of excitement that ended in a mad panic. For me, the end of the Peace of Amiens proved the perfect time for creating a tortured past between the hero and heroine of my latest book, The Courtesan’sBook of Secrets. 



This post originally appeared on Anna Markland's blog http://www.annamarkland.com/the-collapse-of-the-peace-of-amiens-by-georgie-lee/

More Books to Get You In the Mood for Downton Abbey

Last year, I did a blog posts on books I read to help get me in the mood for Downton Abbey. You can read the original post here. With Season 5 underway, I thought I would offer another selection of books to help you get in the spirit of the historical soap opera. Enjoy!

Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants by Alison Maloney. A quick read with a  lot of great information, the book offers an overview of the lives of the servants who helped make the glittering life of the landed families so grand.


To Marry and English Lord by Gail MacColl. If you want to know the history behind rich American women like Lady Cora marrying into the English aristocracy, then this is the book for you. I first read and fell in love with this book twenty years ago. It's a fun look at a brief moment in both British and American history.



Upstairs & Downstairs: The Illustrated Guide to the Real World Behind Downton Abbey by Sarah Warwick. A more complex look into the lives of both the servants and the upper class in Edwardian England. 


The English Gentleman: The Rise and Fall of an Ideal by Philip Mason. This is an interesting look into the lives of upper class British men and what it took to be a gentleman.

While you are waiting for the next episode of Downton Abbey, I hope you check out some of these books and delve a little deeper into a bygone era.




Snowed In? So Read Giveaway Hop!




I'm excited to participate in Stuck in Book's Snowed In? So Read Giveaway Hop.  There are so many books I'd love to spend a cold day by the fire reading, it's difficult to chose just one. I think I would chose a classic, one I haven't read in a long time that takes me back to my early romance reading days. It's A Knight n Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. This is the book that hooked me on romance and first sowed the seeds of my present career.

What book do you want to curl up with by the fire?

As part of the hop, I'm giving away three ebook copies of my Harlequin Historical, THE COURTESAN'S BOOK OF SECRETS  to three lucky readers. All you have to do is click on the Rafflecopter link below and follow the directions to enter. This giveaway is open to international entries.

After you enter, please scroll down to check out the gorgeous cover for my March release, A DEBT PAID IN MARRIAGE. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!
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Laura Townsend's plan to reclaim her family's merchandise backfires when she creeps into moneylender Philip Rathbone's house and threatens him with a pistol, only to find him reclining naked in his bath! 

The last thing she expects is to see this guarded widower on her doorstep a couple of days later armed with a very surprising proposal. A marriage of convenience may be Laura's chance to reclaim her future, but she won't settle for anything less than true passion. 
Can she hope to find it in Philip's arms? 

Harlequin * B&N * Kobo * Amazon


Check out the other blogs participating in the hop!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the hop and entered my contest. The winners are Kathy, Brandi & Denise. I will email you your books. Congratulations and thanks again!





Happy New Year & Some New Year's Eve History


Are you ready to ring in the New Year? Before you grab your champagne and noisemakers,  let's take a few moments to look back at New Years celebrations of yore. 



Still don't have any plans for the big night? Well, if you were living in early ancient Rome, you’d still have time to plan a big bash since New Year fell on March 1st.  The move to January 1st didn’t take place until 46 B.C. when Julius Caesar introduced a new solar-based calendar.  While his calendar solved a number of time-based math problems which led to date drift, it didn’t solve them all. One day, this would lead to Britain being out of whack with the rest of Europe but more about that later.

Speaking of moveable celebrations, Wep-renpet was Ancient Egypt's New Year.  The feast date was calculated based on the rising of the star Sirius and the annual flooding of the Nile and could vary from year to year. Judging from tomb paintings and a few choice papyri passages, it seems the Egyptians rang in the New Year by partying like it was 1999 B.C.

While on the subject of parties, people in the Middle Ages partied like it was 999. January 1st marked the Feast of the Circumcision which the common people celebrated as the Feast of Fools. During this celebration, which had its roots in the old Roman Saturnalia, people mocked the church by appointing a Lord of Misrule and behaving very badly. The Parisians were the worst behaved of all, and because of them, the annual celebration was banned in 1451. Is it any wonder New Years is so closely linked with champagne?


And, like the year, we come full circle back to the Julian calendar.  At one time, Britain marked the New Year in March while the rest of Europe pulled out the party hats on January 1st.  The disparity began in 1582 when the protestant Henry VIII refused to switch to the newly updated, fresh off the Guttenberg printing presses Gregorian calendar.  This decision, coupled with date drift, resulted in the New Year falling in March. Realizing it was no fun partying alone, Britain finally relented and adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1751.  


I hope you enjoyed this brief trip through historic New Year celebrations. While you’re hanging up your new calendars, please check out the Amazon pre-order page for my March release A Debt Paid in Marriage. 



Laura Townsend's plan to reclaim her family's merchandise backfires when she creeps into moneylender Philip Rathbone's house and threatens him with a pistol, only to find him reclining naked in his bath! 

The last thing she expects is to see this guarded widower on her doorstep a couple of days later armed with a very surprising proposal. A marriage of convenience may be Laura's chance to reclaim her future, but she won't settle for anything less than true passion. Can she hope to find it in Philip's arms? 


                                                   
Happy New Year everyone!

Holiday Greetings and Great Romance Reads from San Diego

Join me and a host of wonderful San Diego authors over at Get Lost in a Story for holiday greetings, great romance reads and a giveaway!

http://getlostinastory.blogspot.com/2014/12/holiday-greetings-and-great-romance.html


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