Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Release: Regency Romance AT THE EARL'S CONVENIENCE $0.99

After refusing him once, heiress Miss Selina Wakefield accepts Giles Devereux, Earl of Halcrow’s, offer of marriage, against her better instincts. The handsome earl confesses that he needs to marry into money to save his crumbling estate, Halcrow Hall, and produce an heir.
Giles is the most interesting and fascinating man Selina knows. But he is also the most secretive. He has resigned his commission in the army while England is at war, and members of the ton cut him.
Because of the earl’s rakish reputation, Selina fears she may be leaving her calm, organized life for one of disorder and heartbreak. But she never expects what lies ahead. 

  *This story was originally published as a short story, Love and War, although it's been completely re-written.


Devereux collapsed into a leather chair by the fire. Leaning back exhausted, he rested his boots on a leather ottoman. She bit her lip at the ridge of high-color on his cheeks, made obvious by his pallor. Her unreliable heart turned over with anguish. He was far sicker than she’d first thought.
          Selina gave up on her determination not to touch him. She rested her hand against his brow, finding it burning. “You must go straight to bed,” she said, alarmed. “I have your bedchamber prepared.”
          “Not the marriage bed then, Lady Halcrow?” His savage laugh turned into a cough.
          Selina pulled the bell cord. A minute later, the butler appeared. “Send Joseph for the doctor. Joseph must be sure to tell the doctor his lordship is very ill.”
          “Very good, my lady.”                           
          “And send Mrs. Lark to me, Frobisher.”
Moments later, the housekeeper entered the room, and Selina introduced her.
 “Welcome to Halcrow Hall, Mrs. Lark,” Devereux said.
          Mrs. Lark curtsied in her neat black gown. “A pleasure to be here, my lord.”
          “Have the bed in the blue suite made with fresh sheets and a bed warmer, if you please, Mrs. Lark, and the fire lit,” Selina said. “Ask Cook to make beef tea.”
          “I’ll not drink any of that foul stuff,” Devereux muttered. “Bring me a brandy.”
          “Does your throat hurt?” she asked, ignoring his bad temper.
          “A little,” he said gruffly.
          “My mother had a good remedy for sore throats,” Selina said briskly. “Mrs. Lark, Cook is to steep horseradish in a gill of vinegar and add a gill of honey. I’ll have his lordship take a teaspoon every twenty minutes.”
“Are you trying to poison me, madam?”
“And for his lordship’s cough, Mrs. Lark,” Selina continued, “we shall need sliced lemon mixed with a half-pint of flaxseed and two ounces of honey, added to one quart of water. Cook must simmer the mixture for several hours and then strain it.”
Mrs. Lark hurried from the room.
Selina turned to find Devereux slumped in his chair watching her.
“Good God, I’ll not take that,” he said. “You’ll have to tie me down.”
“No brandy.”
He widened his eyes. “You are refusing me?”
“For the time being.”
“What gave you such conviction, Selina?” he asked with a lift of his brows. “Was it your father? Were you his pet? I can imagine you as a child, ordering everyone about in your ebony plaits.”
“I declare you are color-blind, my lord.”
He grinned. “See? Resolute, right down to your toes.” His gaze roamed down her body, making her unsure what point he was making.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


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Monday, June 1, 2015

LADY FAITH TAKES A LEAP - Released today!

As the second novella in my Baxendale Sisters Series, LADY FAITH TAKES A LEAP is released today;

Faith appears in the first book of the series, LADY HONOR’S DEBT. Vaughn and his large family the Brandreths, in TAMING A GENTLEMAN SPY.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

18th and 19th Century: Jane Austen's Vocabulary From Persuasion from Geri Walton

18th and 19th Century: Jane Austen's Vocabulary From Persuasion: Anne Elliott and Henrietta Musgrove Jane Austen's Persuasion was published posthumously in 1818. This novel focuses on the fashionab...

Saturday, May 9, 2015


The Georgian period ended with the death of King George IV in 1830

George I (r. 1714-1727)
George II (r. 1727-1760)
George III (r. 1760-1820)
George IV (r. 1820-1830)

 During the Georgian period, upper-class Englishmen were busy running their country estates.  They needed fabrics which supported their sports, travel and life in the countryside.

It was not in France, but Britain that the classic style of clothes worn by men today began to evolve. Surprisingly, the French, who remained in court and dressed accordingly, came to admire the sensible dress of the English. And in the 1780s, France became obsessed with all things English. This frenzy was known as Anglomania.

Thomas Gainsborough, 1780.

Sir Walter Scott describes it well: “France, who had so long dictated to all Europe in matters of fashion, seemed now herself disposed to borrow the more simple forms and fashions of her ancient rival.”

Aside from the adoption of English butlers, carriages, dogs and horses, the French began to use wool for jackets instead of the traditional silks and satins. The French Revolution influenced this, with the turning away from aristocratic forms of dress for both men and women.

This resulted also in a turning away from bright colors for men. The colors of jackets were limited to brown, grey, dark green, blue and black. Blue was acceptable for any occasion, and black reserved for morning (informal) or for evening wear. 

Boots became de rigueur. There is a wide range of acceptable boots for daywear and riding with a low heel. Regency men did not wear heels like their fathers and grandfathers did.

Pantaloons were skin tight and worn with gleaming hessians. The colors were predominantly light-colored: yellow, biscuit, buff and fawn. Normally they were one plain color, but sometimes pin-striped. Materials were wool, cashmere, corduroy, cotton, linen, leather and silk with satin and velvet for formal occasions.

Breeches were worn with Hessians or half boots, but never with top boots. By the 1820s trousers of a knitted material, (inexpressibles) became the dominant item of clothing for men instead of breeches and pantaloons. Light colored, they were made of nankeen or jean fitting closely to the leg, but cut wide at the ankle. They could be worn with half-boots, boots or shoes.
Waistcoats were the main item used for color and variety. Sometimes two waistcoats were worn simultaneously to show contrasting colors. They were made in a variety of fabrics and often exhibited expensive embroidery. Many wore white or flesh colored waistcoats to give the impression, should the man remove his coat, that he was naked. Influenced by the Grecian Ideal, men were proud of their bodies and sought by fair means or foul (a little buckram padding or corsetry) to display them at their best.

 Gentleman’s Garrick greatcoat and hessian boots. Lady Lyttelton writes of the Barouche Club gentry in a letter in 1810: ‘a set of hopeless young men who think of no earthly thing but how to make themselves like coachmen … have formed themselves into a club, inventing new slang words, adding new capes to their great-coats and learning to suck a quid of tobacco and chew a wisp of straw …

Under the influence of Beau Brummel, shirts were white linen and clothing for day wear was a tightly fitting, dark colored tailcoat with non-matching (usually pale) trousers, pale waistcoat, white shirt and cravat and tall boots.

A great symbol of flair and individuality was the cravat, which required several meters of expensive cotton. Tying it took a considerable amount of time and assistance.  These were predominantly white, although some striped fabrics were used, similar to ties worn today.
The Beau.
By the Regency era, cleanliness became an important factor and white fabrics demonstrated that the wearer’s clothing was clean. Regular bathing and the use of soap replaced the heavy use of perfume to disguise body odor.

The movement away from powder, perfume wigs, silks, lace, embroidery and stockings segregated the fashions of men and women to become more like our modern day understanding of menswear and masculinity, through the many changes during the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

Maggi Andersen
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Georgette Heyer’s Regency World, Jennifer Kloester.
Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion, Skira.
Fashion in the time of Jane Austen, Sarah Jane Downing, Shire Library.