Welcome to the first stop on my Between a Rake and a Hard Place Virtual Tour!
Between a Rake and a Hard Place hits the bookstore shelves tomorrow. There’s actually some real history behind the premise to this series. In 1817, Princess Charlotte died along with her newborn son, the only legitimate heir to the British Crown after “Prinny.” The Prince Regent’s younger unmarried brothers realized they had an opportunity to put their offspring on the throne if they could be the first to marry and sire a child.
In Between a Rake and a Hard Place, my heroine Lady Serena is on the short list of possible royal duchesses. She chafes at the restrictions placed upon her gender and realizes that her life will be further restricted once she joins the royal family. So before the expected offer comes and she is forced to accept, she makes a list of forbidden pleasures she intends to sample.
Sir Jonah Sharp is more than happy to help her tick experiences off her list, especially since he’s been commissioned to seduce her so that she doesn’t receive an offer from the royal duke. But once he realizes he’s an item on Serena’s list, he wonders who’s seducing whom.
When I researched this story, I was a little aghast at the inequities women faced during the Regency era. A woman was regarded as a child or an imbecile in the courts, unable to be responsible for her own affairs. If a wellborn woman fell upon hard times, she had limited acceptable methods of providing for herself. She might become a paid companion to a wealthy lady or a governess, but she couldn’t go into business for herself and retain her respectability among the ton.
There have been lots of advances in women’s rights during my lifetime. I’m dating myself a bit, but when I was a girl, we were forbidden to wear pants to school. When the rule was finally lifted, I had to bring a note from home proving my parents knew that I wasn’t wearing a skirt. And this was in public school!
In order to enter for the giveaway today, all you need to do is share some way you personally feel a woman’s place in the world has improved. And here’s what you might win:
Sourcebooks is offering a giveaway copy of Between a Rake and a Hard Place (open to US and Canada) and I’d like to add another from me to sweeten the pot. Two winners will be chosen—one for the Sourcebooks print novel and one for a Kindle or Nook version of my newest Rock*It Read, Dragonsong. This sensual, adventurous story is perfect for readers who love the History Channel’s Vikings, but want a hero who knows how to love with faithfulness!
Be sure to check back next Sunday when I post the winners! Oh, and please join me at the other stops on my Between a Rake and a Hard Place Virtual Tour. Tomorrow I’ll be at Casablanca Authors and Books-N-Kisses with new giveaways. See you then.