Please give a big welcome to fellow Casablanca Author Leigh Michaels, who has a new release in stores this month: The Wedding Affair!
It’s great to be back with all my fellow Casablanca authors for the launch party for The Wedding Affair, my September book. It’s my third single-title spicy historical romance, after a long career of writing sweet contemporaries. Like my other two historicals, The Mistress' House and Just One Season in London, this is a triple story – three heroes, three heroines, and three romances which all wind together during the time leading up to a Regency wedding day.
The Wedding Affair came about partly because I was reading the manuscript of my previous book, Just One Season in London, to my husband (is this a guy to love or what?), and when we got to the end, he said, “But we didn’t get to see the wedding!”
“The wedding would be anticlimactic,” I said. “Trust me, I’m the writer. The story is over and all the characters are happy, so the wedding would just be a piece tacked on to the end of the book.”
But he started me thinking… and that’s dangerous at my house.
I’d already come up with the basic story in The Wedding Affair, but I thought the characters met at a house party – the big parties of the Regency era when friends and family gathered at a country house, often to hunt. Sometimes they stayed for weeks, entertaining themselves with billiards and charades and impromptu balls and walks and picnics. The parties went on for way longer than modern hosts and hostesses would put up with, because travel was so difficult that they all wanted to make the trip worth the effort.
So I started thinking about combining the house party with a wedding. The guests could gather at a great country house for the buildup to the wedding ceremony, with parties and balls and outings and picnics – and affairs going on in the background.
So that’s how I wrote The Wedding Affair – to make my husband happy.
Bear in mind this is a guy who’s a sloppy sentimentalist but hates to admit it. He brings me flowers, but he says he bought them so he can take photos to use in his graphics design work (he designs book covers, among many other things). He sheds a tear when I leave for a writers’ conference. He gets mushy over chick flicks.
And he loves my books, which means I can forgive him for anything else at all.
Here’s a short section from The Wedding Affair, where Olivia, Lady Reyne, has just heard a tale that the Duke of Somervale always keeps a diamond bracelet or three at hand for his next mistress:
If only Sir Jasper had thought to offer her a diamond bracelet – something worthwhile, instead of merely forgiving her rent – she might have been tempted... No, for even the most expensive diamond bracelet in the world couldn’t make Sir Jasper tempting.
But the Duke of Somervale was a different proposition altogether. Diamond bracelets, and the security such jewels represented, must be merely the icing on the cake for his mistresses.
What Olivia herself couldn’t do with the proceeds of a diamond bracelet!
“Do you keep a chest of diamond bracelets to woo your mistresses, your grace?” she asked sweetly.
“Certainly not, Lady Reyne.”
Olivia told herself it was just as well, if only because she wouldn’t know the first thing about converting a diamond bracelet into ready money. “What a relief it is to know that, sir.”
His expression didn’t change, but his eyebrows went up.
Walk away, she told herself. But the sparkle in his midnight-blue eyes said if she did, he would consider he had routed her.
“A relief, I mean, to be assured you’re so sensible,” she went on. “Surely you keep rubies and sapphires and emeralds on hand as well, set in necklaces and brooches. After all, not every woman appreciates diamonds – or bracelets, for that matter.”
For an instant he stared at her, and Olivia’s insides quaked. However great the temptation to bait him, what in heaven’s name had made her succumb to it?
Then he threw back his head and laughed.
He really was gorgeous, she thought. Kate was right – he could be charming and funny and delightful...
Stop right there, Olivia told herself, and think – before you dig yourself into a hole you can’t climb out of.
But she opened her mouth again anyway. “However,” she said softly, “I happen to be one of the ones who does. Appreciate diamond bracelets, I mean. So if you’re thinking of wooing another mistress anytime soon, your grace, do keep me in mind.”
Thanks for stopping by!
And thank you to Leigh, for celebrating with us today. To enter the giveaway please leave a comment telling us your favorite part about weddings. I'll be giving away two sets of Leigh's trilogy: The Mistress' House, Just One Season in London and The Wedding Affair. US and Canada addresses only and please leave an email address so we can let you know if you've won. Good luck!
THE WEDDING AFFAIR BY LEIGH MICHAELS – IN STORES SEPETEMBER 2011
You’re invited to the wedding of the year!
The Duke of Somervale, whose sister’s wedding is the event of the ton, is fighting off debutantes and desperately needs help from beautiful, stubborn Olivia Reyne. But she is engrossed with problems engulfing her dearest friends and family. The last thing Olivia needs is to be embroiled with a duke whose dark gaze makes her forget herself entirely...
Discover a new side of a beloved author as Leigh Michaels draws you into the glittering, glitzy world of Regency England and an affair you’ll never forget.
About the Author
Leigh Michaels is the author of nearly 100 books, including 80 contemporary novels, more than a dozen non-fiction books and three Regency romances from Sourcebooks Casablanca: The Mistress’ House, Just One Season in London and The Wedding Affair. More than 35 million copies of her romance novels have been published by Harlequin. A 6 time RITA finalist, she has also received two Reviewer's Choice awards from RT Book Reviews, and was the 2003 recipient of the Johnson Brigham Award. Leigh also teaches romance writing on the Internet at Gotham Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Ottumwa, Iowa. For more information, please visit www.leighmichaels.com.