Ladies Unlaced with Maggie Robinson
Please welcome my friend, Maggie Robinson. She’s here to share some of her exciting new stories and why she’s moving into a new time period. (Spoiler alert: Downton Abbey lovers rejoice! A new Edwardian voice is here.) And be sure to leave a comment or question because there’s a double giveaway in store.
Mia, thanks so much for having me back! We once shared a book table and feather boas together at a publisher’s event, and I want to tell you I’ve finally stopped sneezing. My usual writing uniform is a ratty nightgown, far from any sort of glamor, boas or tiaras.
In a week, I’ll be off to Atlanta for the RWA conference, and I’ll have to wear real clothes. Shoes, too. And I have two new books to talk about and sign this July! On July 2, my first mass market paperback In the Arms of the Heiress was released. It’s an Edwardian-set romance, the beginning of the Ladies Unlaced series. I’ve shot ahead almost a century to write about a different time period, and I find I am loving putting my characters in cars instead of carriages. On July 30, the final London List book, Lady Anne’s Lover, will come out, and I’ll wave good-bye to the Regency for a while.
Both books, oddly enough, feature naughty heiresses and troubled ex-soldiers. I swear I didn’t plan it that way, not that I plan anything anyway, LOL. I’ve written several military heroes, trying to avoid the duke-trap that is so tempting to romance writers. As a reader I’m as fond of the Cinderella story as anyone, but I prefer to write about less exalted beings who still manage to rescue each other. And I have never written a ballroom scene—in fact, the closest I’ve come is in In the Heart of the Highlander, my October release where the hero (a baron) teaches a grocer’s daughter how to waltz on a freshly-moved lawn at dusk. Achoo again!
As a reader, are you looking for the glitter or the grit of the past? Or perhaps a combination thereof? I have an early author copy of Lady Anne’s Lover for one commenter, where you will encounter dead mice and an intrepid earl’s daughter who conquers housekeeping and the hero’s heart. Be the first on your block to read it!
Back cover blurb: Lady Imaculata Anne Egremont has appeared in the scandalous pages of the London List often enough. The reading public is so bored with her nonsense, she couldn’t make news now unless she took a vow of chastity. But behind her naughty hijinks is a terrible fear. It’s time the List helped her. With a quick scan through its job postings and a few whacks at her ridiculous name, she’s off to keep house for a bachelor veteran as plain Anne Mont.
Major Gareth Ripton-Jones is dangerously young and handsome on the face of it, but after losing his love and his arm in short order, he is also too deep in his cups to notice that his suspiciously young housekeeper is suspiciously terrible at keeping house. Until, that is, her sharp tongue and her burnt coffee penetrate even his misery—and the charm underneath surprises them both. Trust the worst cook in Wales to propose a most unexpected solution to his troubles…
The first chapter is up at http://www.maggierobinson.net/books/lady-annes-lover/
RT Book Reviews gave it 4 stars and says “Robinson casts a gothic aura over her story of an heiress fleeing in disguise to a dark house whose master hides many secrets. She cleverly lightens the mood with lively repartee and steamy sensuality, yet maintains the tension of the mystery to the very end.”
Mia here again. Don’t both these books sound scrumptious? And how could you pass up the chance to score an ARC of Lady Anne’s Lover? I’ll sweeten the pot by offering an ebook of my Stroke of Genius as well. Here’s our discussion question:
How open are you to reading historical romances outside the typical Regency era? Does the Edwardian time period call to you? (And what on earth is Lady Mary going to do without Matthew in Season 4 of Downton Abbey?)