Please give a warm welcome to Leigh Michaels, who is back to party with the Casababes to celebrate the release of her second book with Sourcebooks, Just One Season in London!
Thank you to the fantastic company here at the Casablanca Authors blog, for inviting me back to celebrate the launch this month of Just One Season in London, my second historical novel.
After writing 80 sweet traditional contemporary novels, I was ready for a change – that’s why my most recent books are historical romances instead. But with every book I write, I try to do something different – to push just a little harder, to see if there’s something extra I can do to make the story spectacular for readers. So though Just One Season (like my first historical, The Mistress’ House) is a triple story, it’s a tale with a difference.
This time the three stories are woven together. The three romances of the Ryecroft family – young Viscount Ryecroft, his sister Sophie, and their mother Miranda – are going on at the same time, with the characters falling in love in front of, because of, and sometimes despite the other members of the family.
Of course, Rye, Sophie and Miranda don’t exactly set out to fall in love – their motivation for going to London is much more mundane and practical. If Rye can find an heiress to wed, then he can save the family estate, assure his mother’s comfort, and afford to give his beautiful sister the London Season she deserves. If Sophie can use her beauty to land a wealthy man, she can help her brother fulfill his obligations. And their mother, Miranda, will do anything in her power to secure the future for her children, even if that costs her own virtue and reputation.
But Rye, Sophie, and Miranda find that marrying for money is even more difficult than they’d expected, because other entanglements (and other people) keep getting in the way…
Four Fun Facts about Just One Season in London…
1. Gossipy Lady Stone, who first appeared in The Mistress’ House, is a central secondary character in Just One Season. Though the books are not part of a series, Lady Stone appears in all three of my historicals – including The Wedding Affair which will be published in September.
2. Lady Stone’s house is located on Grosvenor Square in London, just around the corner from the present location of the US Embassy (though the Embassy will be moving in 2017). When built in the 1950s, the Embassy displaced an entire row of Georgian, Regency and Victorian houses.
3. Though the city was not as densely populated as today, land was already valuable and townhouses of the Regency period tended to be tall and narrow. That’s why Lady Stone’s overworked, elderly butler has to run up and down the stairs to escort the callers who come to greet Sophie after her first appearance in Society.
4. When I first thought up the idea of Just One Season, I thought it was the story of a mother and two daughters… but it wasn’t long before Rye rose up off the page and told me that he wanted a full share in this story!
Thank you for joining me for the launch of Just One Season in London. I hope you’ll enjoy meeting Rye, Sophie, and Miranda as much as I enjoyed writing about them!
Thanks very much to Leigh for joining us today! To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment, telling us your favorite historical era to read about. US and Canada addresses only, and please leave an email address so we can contact you. Two winners will be chosen on Monday morning!