- Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire, England
What woman in Regency England would not be thrilled to be imprisoned with the dangerously attractive Duke of Ulvercombe? Lady Clara Tinniswood, apparently, who suffers from claustrophobia, as well as a hearty dislike of men. Sparks fly when the pair become trapped in a camera obscura on the Duke’s roof.
I thought that, if the English aristocracy could have dining rooms on their roofs, why not a camera obscura? This contraption is like a man-sized pinhole camera, used by artists historically to capture life-like landscapes. I used the roof of Dyrham Park as a model for Kessington House, the duke’s Devonshire residence. In a stunning piece of left-field thinking, the National Trust, who run Dyrham, decided that, as the house had to be closed while the roof was mended, their visitors could observe the roof repairs from a raised (and covered) walkway supported by scaffolding. Not being too fond of heights, like the characters in the story, I didn’t look down a great deal…
- Riverside walk and old iron works at Great Elm, Somerset, England
You know that moment when you suddenly realize you have fallen in love? When you look at someone in a different way and see that they are absolutely perfect for you? The Duke of Ulvercombe experiences this moment with Clara while sheltering from the rain on a riverside walk.
The setting was inspired by a hidden gem of the Somerset countryside which is a step right back into history. Superbly dark, green and mysterious, with the rippling water and intriguing ruins to ramble through, the Great Elm riverside walk is pure magic.
- Holkham Hall, Norfolk, England
Ulvercombe enjoys the sea, including the opportunity to throw off all responsibility (along with his clothes) and go for a swim. This is where Lady Clara watches him through a telescope (not her original plan of course!) and gets caught in the act. But by whom, and what are the consequences?
The beach I describe is a private one, part of the Holkham Hall estate, and Holkham Hall itself, a magnificent example of Palladian splendor, doubles for Wroxham, the duke’s summer residence.
If you’ve read “Distracting the Duke”, are the places above anything like you imagined? Are they the kind of place you might find romantic and, if not, what sort of location would get YOUR romanctic juices going?
Just a sneak peek at one of the prizes I’ll be offering in Tuesday’s “An Earl for Every Girl” Scandalous book release party http://bit.ly/2pdXVVG. There are two other prizes, including a signed paperback copy of “Distracting the Duke”, so don’t miss out. All the other authors hosting will be offering prizes and giveaways too and it’ll be a fantastic event (aren’t they always?). So if you want to socialize with your favorite authors or fellow historical romance fans, make sure you’re free 17.00-20.00 EDT.
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A 5* review for “Distracting the Duke”
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The answer, if you’re an author with Entangled Publishing, is that you get sent on a blog tour. What’s a blog tour? I hear you ask. It’s when an organisation sends all the information about your book to a number of bloggers and book review sites to be promoted on a specific day. In the case of Distracting the Duke, my debut novel published today (20th February 2017), the tour lasts several days, and includes reviews, excerpts, spotlights and giveaways. http://indiesage.com/tour-distracting-duke-elizabeth-keysian/
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Will anyone like it? Will the reviews be terrible? Will I ever be able to show my face in my hometown again?
I hope very much that, in the safe hands of Entangled Publishing, this book will find the right readers, and that in “Distracting the Duke”, readers will find a story to love, and read, and read again.
Available now for pre-order on Amazon, Kobo, B&N and ibooks. Links to come. In the meantime, anyone signing up to the newsletter will be in with the chance of winning a very special Jane Austen-themed prize. Just go to the contact page.
But until I’m properly published (“Distracting the Duke” comes out with Entangled Publishing on 20th February 2017), readers will just have to be tantalised by FREE books on Wattpad and some nice pictures of Regency costume. Most of my stories so far are Regency, and I just adore historical costume, so that’s the reason, in case you were wondering!
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How can a knight rescue a damsel from the distress of a loveless marriage when the bridegroom is his own cousin? Hampshire 1338. England is on the brink of war with the French, belief in witchcraft is rife and folklore and Arthurian literature have as deep a hold on the minds of the nobility as religion. Scarred by ill-fortune, Richard St. Aubyn discovers the woman of his dreams in the house of his cousin, Gilbert de Waltham. But the Lady Elena, thrown onto the mercy of the de Walthams after her father’s treachery against his king, is already betrothed to Gilbert. Elena, treated more like a possession than a person, does not love Gilbert, and is instantly struck by strong feelings for the handsome, courageous Richard. But a quarrel between her two suitors could lead to dishonour and even death, and when a rival to Elena arrives at the castle and accuses her of witchcraft, Richard prepares to sacrifice himself in order to save her.