A Busy August!

There has been so much happening in the last couple of weeks! I had two launches (Promise of Redemption and the box set Wicked Rogue of Mine), two Facebook takeovers, and my son was home with me all day every day as we were potty training! I promise I won't get more into that, however -- that's not what you're here for.

Anyway, we are back on track with our regularly scheduled content, which includes historical fun facts. I was remiss in sharing with you last week! These are from my research while writing Promise of Redemption, as you may notice if you’ve read it.

(Side note -- if you haven’t downloaded yet, today is the last day I will have it at $0.99 so pick up your copy now! You can also always read free in Kindle Unlimited.)

Before we get to our facts, however, please make sure you scroll down to our weekly read. Of special note, S. Cinders is giving away a free audiobook copy of Made for Maddie, the first book in her series. All you have to do to enter is click on the link to her box set (no purchase necessary). One random winner will receive the audiobook.

Our first historical fact is a bit depressing, but it does show how far we've come in two hundred years. In Promise of Redemption, our hero, Daniel, provides justice and shelter for women and children who are threatened, especially by their husbands or fathers. Women had nearly no legal rights in the early nineteenth century. Not only did most women marry husbands chosen by their parents, but a woman's husband took control over any income and property, and could even keep her from seeing her children if he wished. A woman had very little options for divorce, and any option was very expensive. In the mid-1800s, one woman, Caroline Norton, was the force behind significant change. When she divorced an abusive husband, he kept her from her three sons. Her story is one of significant struggle, but she helped make life better for so many women, as she was instrumental in creating laws such as the Child Custody Act of 1839, the Matrimonial Act of 1857, the Infant Custody Acts of 1873 (and 1886) and The Married Women’s Property Acts of 1870 (and 1882).

Onto something lighter....

By the Regency era, bookstores and lending libraries were becoming quite popular. Not only was reading one of the main entertainments of the day, but more of the population was becoming literate. Books were relatively expensive, so only the upper classes were usually able to afford them. However, circulating libraries and subscription libraries offered fiction, newspapers, magazines, studies and more for a fee instead.

With love,

Ellie

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Dirty Bird Series Box Set

Episodes 1-6: A Steamy Regency Romance

By S. Cinders

Dirty Bird Series Box Set 1-6
Contains the following titles:

Made for Maddie

Courting Cece

Educating Elizabeth

Beautiful Bex

Simply Sophie

Mad About Margo

This Regency series features strong male leads, fiery heroines and finding true love. All stories build upon the previous ones, the next series to continue is Rakes vs. Wallflowers.

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Timeless

(A Collection of Historical & Regency Romance)

Since our earliest of days, we have dreamed of being whisked away by a dashing and handsome man. From men of nobility to those of power and stature, the men you'll meet in these stories know just how to sweep their leading ladies off their feet.

Curl up with this compilation of Historical and Regency Romances. These kind of love stories are… timeless.

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Annabelle by Alyssa Drake
A mysterious rock, a secretive stranger, an instant attraction...

An Earl for Ellen by Catherine Bilson
True beauty is more than skin deep.

Tamed by Love by Sandra Sookoo
Only when the heart finds its true match can the soul fly. 

Higher Tides, Book 3.5 in the Lost Colony Series by Jo Grafford
Falling for the enemy...

Weaved in Time by Lexi Ostrow
Passion flares and when a magical secret exposes a truth, complications arise and they'll have to decide: live together or live in their own century.

Seeking Charity by Josie Riviera
Does he love the girl she was…or the woman she has become?

Goodwin’s Lady by Ava Bari
Sometimes marriage is murder.

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The Wicked Gypsy

By Mary Lancaster

An old Blackhaven tragedy merges with a new quarrel...

When Gervaise, the Earl of Braithwaite, first sees beautiful gypsy Dawn, he is struck by her likeness to his political enemy, Julius Gardyn. In his cups, he grasps the opportunity for a little vengeance and sweeps her off to his ancestral castle. In the morning, he is frustrated in his attempts to make things right by Dawn herself, who refuses to return to her family.

Dawn, dazzled by the handsome earl, has several reasons for staying with him. Pretending to be Eleanor Gardyn, lost heiress to Haven Hall, begins as a fun means to upset the earl’s enemy, but when memories begin to tug at her, everything becomes much more serious. As she falls heavily in love with Gervaise, she starts to believe that happiness might be possible. Until the earl’s prospective bride arrives at the castle.

However, many people, including Julius, fail to see the steel beneath Gervaise’s good nature. Few have noticed that he always gets what he wants in the end. And he wants Dawn.

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