Welcome to BrizzleLass Books for today’s stop on The Trouble with Seduction Blog Tour organised by Neverland Blog Tours. There is a guest post from Victoria Hanlen below, I hope you enjoy it and pick up the book for yourself. Oh and of course, enter the Giveaway at the end of the post, there’s a £15 Amazon Voucher up for grabs!
Sarah, Lady Strathford is ready for a little harmless frivolity with a man of her own age and her own appetites…surely that’s not too much to ask! After the death of her beloved husband years before Sarah is ready for an adventure… Enter the dashing, roguish – and baffling – Mr. Cornelius Ravenhill.
Ravenhill, however, is not the gentleman he seems, and soon Sarah finds herself battling against the corrupt and harsh world around her as it threatens to destroy all she holds dear. The question is, will her seduction at the hands of Mr. Ravenhill prove to be her saviour or her downfall?
Why I Love Writing Historical Fiction by Victoria Hanlen
I love writing historical fiction because I enjoy escaping into the past.
For me, sinking into a good historical is like visiting another world, an alternate reality as rich and tasty as the first spoonful of chocolate mousse.
I like creating a story that takes me out of the humdrum, day-to-day, same-old, same-old to a place and time where gallantry, courtesy and decorum ruled.
Who doesn’t love a witty rake or clever rogue or the romance of being swept up onto a horse and carried away by a handsome prince? And who doesn’t want to experience the perfect fantasy—love’s first kiss and hearts blossoming with forbidden desire?
In the past, society’s rules were harsher, more clearly defined. Rejecting them risked ruin, even death. But in the world of a historical romance the story will always end well—there will always be a happily ever after.
Another reason I likr writing historical fiction is the language. The words are often slightly antiquated with an almost poetic music and cadence. Their complexity is a clear signal that we’ve left the 21st century for the days of yore.
I find it thrilling when my characters come alive. When I feel what they feel—like the sensation of being whisked off to a ball in a golden carriage, wearing the most beautiful gown and shoes imaginable…a one of a kind gown and shoes no one else is wearing. (Yeah. It’s happened to me.)
And how about the clothes? In the mid-eighteen hundreds, (the time in which I write) a girl could be a girl. Women wore lovely gowns with intricate workmanship, tailoring, ribbons and furbelows, petticoats and corsets. Advances in dyes created a larger color spectrum for materials and textiles. The sewing machine made it possible for more than the wealthy to own comely gowns. Men sported livelier gear with fancy waistcoats and colorful trousers. Formal wear included black tailcoats with white shirts, cravats and waistcoats. Bonnets could be as frilly as the woman dared while the men usually wore a top hat.
Some might find the research daunting. I’ve always enjoyed it, as well as reading history books and biographies. It’s fun to explore historical sites where I might place my characters. There’s always something new to learn, and it helps me discover the finer details.
All in all, a good day for me is writing a great scene rooted in the past that urges me to work a little longer to find out what happens next.
About Victoria Hanlen:
Award winning, historical romance author, VICTORIA HANLEN, has worked at a wide range of jobs, from fashion, to corporate business, to treading the boards of stage and professional opera. A lifelong writer, she once put her skills to use in PR and advertising. But her favorite form of writing is stories with happily-ever-afters.
Additionally, she likes to bake (especially pies), paint (especially barns with cows), and take photographs (especially of sunsets and critters) Victoria and her husband live in rural New England surrounded by a host of wildlife.
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Title: The Trouble with Seduction
Author: Victoria Hanlen
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Carina UK
Publication Date: 25 April 2016
Other Formats: N/A
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