Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Embracing Scandal Book Tour: Guest Post with Suzi Love & Giveaway

A Tasty Read is honored to have Suzi Love here today talking about the "fun" in historical research for her new series about The Jamison's.  The first book in the series is EMBRACING SCANDAL, which is touring right now with Tasty Book Tours.  Don't forget to read Suzi's post to the end, where she is hosting a giveaway of FIVE digital copies of EMBRACING SCANDAL.

Without further ado....Suzi Love

Embracing Scandal is the first in my series about the scientifically-gifted Jamison siblings and is set in London in the 1840s when there was a boom in railway expansion.

I loved writing about Lady Rebecca Jamison because she is a strong, intelligent, and determined heroine who is desperately trying to save her family from financial ruin by secretly investing in the share market. Becca uses her mathematical skills to predict where the next big expansion in railway lines would be, and which factories making steam engines and railway machinery looked the most profitable.


At the time, women from the upper ranks of society were strongly discouraged from doing anything practical with their intellect and were expected to do nothing more than visit friends, hold teas, and keep house for their husbands or male relatives.

Being a 'bluestocking', basically a lady who dared to read books, was frowned upon and those ladies were told they would never find a husband as men liked their wives to be simpering and obedient rather than thinking and articulate. Most men would never select a wife who may know more than him in anything other than running his home.


This meant that Becca had to hide what she was doing or risk censure from the increasingly prudish rules of behavior being encouraged by both their young queen, Queen Victoria, and her German husband, Prince Albert.

One of the best things about being an historical romance author is doing all the research, and I loved reading about the massive number of steam engines and other inventions that went hand in hand with building and launching the new steam trains.

Plus, I could dress Becca and her sisters in the latest fashions because Becca's new-found wealth meant new wardrobes for she and her sisters and extra money and gifts for her younger brothers who were studying hard at Oxford.

Oh, my goodness. Some of the jewelry and accessories of the time are to die for. Despite being hard work being a woman, there were certainly some benefits, especially if you married a rich duke who paid all your dressmaking bills and gave you a large allowance, or pin money as it was called.

And my hero, Cayle, is the Duke of Sherwyn and is rather yummy and looks gorgeous in his early Victorian finery.

So what do you think? Would you like to have been a titled lady in an era when she was expected to do nothing more than shop for new gowns, gloves, and fripperies? Or perhaps pay visits to acquaintances for the 15 minutes dictated by society as the 'proper' amount of time to spend in another's home?

Or would the strictures upon young ladies who were chaperoned everywhere have driven you mad in a week?

To think of all those layers...all I can say is I am glad I am allowed to wear jeans!! 


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Meet Suzi

Suzi Love lives in a sunny part of Australia and loves to travel - anywhere and everywhere.

Her romances, ranging from sexy to erotic, are set in Britain, Australia, and the South Pacific, while her historical romances take place during her beloved late Regency to very early Victorian years. Best of all, Suzi loves exploring the many-layered and ever-changing aspects of society from the end of the Regency through to Queen Victoria's very early reign.

Her titled heroes and heroines may appear to live privileged lives in and around London, but these strong characters challenge traditional manners, morals, and occupations, either through necessity or desire, and expose the seamier sides of tonnish life. Though Suzi's books often have a grittier side, she tries to make history fun, one year at a time.

Apart from writing and reading, her favorite thing is traveling. She loves to visit historically famous places and speak with fascinating people and uses her research in her vivid and romantic books.

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Read about Suzi Love - Author Bio at Crimson Romance

After Lady Rebecca Jamison, a mathematical genius, saves her family from financial ruin by secretly investing in railway stocks on the London stock exchange, a greedy syndicate, desperate for Becca’s calculations and predictions, murders her friend and threatens the Jamison family, forcing Becca to beg assistance from her childhood friend, Cayle St. Martin.

The newly titled Duke of Sherwyn has returned to London after five years on the continent extending his family’s shipping interests. He’s shunned his privileged London life and his father’s unbending attitudes, and becomes committed to employing the spying tactics he learned on the continent to help Becca indict the syndicate—and using his skills as a lover to seduce her into his bed.

But how will Cayle be able to convince Becca, a determinedly self-sufficient spinster, that he can be more to her than just a protector?

Embracing Scandal

The first in my historical romance scandal series featuring heroines whose scientific knowledge and intellect are an affront to increasingly prudish late Regency / very early Victorian society.

Publisher- Crimson Romance

Publication Date - February 18th, 2013

ISBN - 1440560498 (ISBN13: 9781440560491)

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LS said...

I love historicals, especially when one of the men find they actually like meeting a "lady" that thinks for herself and gives a little sas. I could never have lived in the era because I can't keep my mouth shut long enough...thanks for the giveaway

Angela Adams said...

Sounds like a great read!

Suzi Love said...

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and entered the draw.

Congratulations to the winners.

And huge thanks to Tasty Reads for having me here.