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CHATELAINES BY SUZI LOVE

CHATELAINES BY SUZI LOVE

Reblogged from Historical Hearts

CHATELAINES

Definition

  • The word Chatelaine is French and means the keeper of the keys
  • Chatelaine” derives from the Latin word for castle
  • In Medieval times, the chatelaine was in charge of the day-to-day running of the castle.
CHATELAINES

What did a chatelaine do?

  • Most important task was keeper of the keys.
  • Also ordered supplies, did bookkeeping, supervised servants, taught castle children, and organized guests.
CHATELAINES

What were chatelaines used for?

  • Castle keepers needed keys safe, yet easily accessible.
  • By 1700’s, a metal jeweled ornament hung from pockets, attached to belts, or by hooks into skirt waistbands
  • During 1800’s, women wore large collections of tools hung from chains
  • Young girls sewed and did needlework and needed to carry sewing notions eg scissors, thimbles
CHATELAINES
  • Worn by women of all classes, from workers to nobility
  • Varied depending on class and finances.
  • Made of silver, brass, steel, leather, or fabric
CHATELAINES
  • During 19th century, fashionable dresses often had no waist and nowhere to hang chatelaines
  • Chatelaines became decorative brooches
  • Often given as a wedding present from a husband to bride
  • Later became fashion accessories
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Book Releases: The Viscount’s Pleasure House and Embracing Scandal

Book Releases: The Viscount’s Pleasure House and Embracing Scandal

 The Viscount’s Pleasure House  &  Embracing Scandal have been rejuvenated and have gorgeous new covers.
If you haven’t already read them, I’d love you to read them now. Maybe you’d like to leave a book review so other readers can also find them.

The Viscount’s Pleasure House

The Viscount's Pleasure House

An historical erotic romance, set in England in the risqué late Regency / very early Victorian years.

I hope you enjoy The Viscount’s Pleasure House, the first book in my Pleasure House Series. I loved writing this book because the darker side of London in the late Regency/ early Victorian eras fascinates me.

On the surface, everything was fashionable gowns and exquisite manners. Underneath, London bubbled with every sort of vice and brothels were found on every second corner in some areas.

The Viscount’s Pleasure House was a finalist in, or won, several contests.

  • 1st Place in Four Seasons contest for the Windy City’s Erotic, 2010
  • 2nd Place in Linda Howard Award of Excellence,  Romantic and Sizzling category, 2010
  • 2nd Round judging in  Emerald, Single Title full ms, Romance Writers Australia, 2009.

Where can you find The Viscount’s Pleasure House?

Amazon  +  Amazon UK + Smashwords + Face Book Page   + Pinterest Board 

Want to read an excerpt?  Web Page 

Embracing Scandal

 Embracing_Scandal

Embracing Scandal is an historical romance and the first in my scandal series with heroines whose scientific knowledge and intellect are an affront to increasingly prudish early Victorian society.

Five siblings battle against the strictures of British society to succeed in their chosen scientific fields. This story is about Lady Rebecca Jamison, Becca, the oldest in the family and how she and Cayle, the Duke of Sherwyn, embrace scandal as they battle to defeat an unscrupulous investment consortium.

Embracing Scandal was a finalist in several contests.

  • 2nd Place Finally A Bride Oklahoma Historical Romance Writers USA, 2011
  • 3rd Place New Jersey Put Your Heart in a Book RW USA, 2010
  • 2nd round Molly for Heart of Denver RW USA, 2010
  • 3rd Place Royal Ascot Beaumonde Regency Chapter RW USA, 2010
  • 2nd Place Emerald Reader Judged Full Ms Single Title – Romance Writers Australia, 2008

Where can you find Embracing Scandal ?

Amazon – Amazon UK  + Smashwords + Pinterest Board +  Face Book Page

Want to read an excerpt?  Web Page

 

Tasty Virtual Book Tour for Embracing Scandal by Suzi Love

TASTY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR

FOR EMBRACING SCANDAL

by Suzi Love

Suzi Love’s Tasty Virtual Book Tour has started for EMBRACING SCANDAL, an historical romance set in London during the very early years of Queen Victoria’s reign.

Dates :- The Book Tour runs from March 4th through March 8th, 2013, and includes Interviews, Character Interviews, Guest Posts and Giveaways.

Giveaways:-  Five (5) Digital Copies of EMBRACING SCANDAL will be given away tour wide to randomly chosen commenters.

Tour Places and Dates:-                   Life of a Total Book Nerd

March 4th- Life of A Total Book Nerd

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March 5th-Lacey Wolfe, Author

March 6th- Busy Moms Book Reviews

March 7th- Book Reviews and More by Kathy

March 8th- Angie Derek, Author

 About Embracing Scandal:-  

After Lady Rebecca Jamison, a mathematical genius, saves her family from financial ruin by secretly investing in railway stocks on the London stock exchange, a greedy syndicate, desperate for Becca’s calculations and predictions, murders her friend and threatens the Jamison family, forcing Becca to beg assistance from her childhood friend, Cayle St. Martin.

The newly titled Duke of Sherwyn has returned to London after five years on the continent extending his family’s shipping interests. He’s shunned his privileged London life and his father’s unbending attitudes, and becomes committed to employing the spying tactics he learned on the continent to help Becca indict the syndicate—and using his skills as a lover to seduce her into his bed.

But how will Cayle be able to convince Becca, a determinedly self-sufficient spinster, that he can be more to her than just a protector?

Embracing Scandal

Launch Day for Embracing Scandal. Yippee!

Launch Day for Embracing Scandal. Yippee!Crimson Romance Logo 

I’m very excited to announce the launch of my second book with Crimson Romance. Embracing Scandal is the first in my series about the scientifically-gifted Jamison siblings. I hope you enjoy them all.

This book is set in London in the 1840s when there was a boom in railway expansion. Clipart - steam train

My heroine, Becca, is seen by the prudish women in London’s upper level of society as a freak, someone to be avoided. Yet gentlemen flock to her side because she is far smarter than them when it comes to working out which new steam inventions and rail lines to invest in.

Rail, steam and speed.

Rail, steam and speed.

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North Staffordhsire railway

The thing I love most about historical romance is the research. Uncovering all the weird and wonderful things about the era I’m writing in. This time it’s the very early years of Queen Victoria’s reign when steam trains and their expansion were the big news of the day.

Lady Rebecca Jamison, a mathematical genius, saves her siblings from financial ruin by dabbling in the London stock exchange. When a greedy syndicate kills her friend and threatens her family, Becca begs assistance from Cayle, Duke of Sherwyn, her nemesis and previous friend.
As Cayle and Becca rekindle old passions, the duke uses old skills as a spy to protect his lady. He successfully defeats the illegal consortium, but can Cayle persuade a self-sufficient spinster to become his duchess?
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Railway construction engraving shows the building of the railway using hand carriages pulled by horses

You can read more about Embracing Scandal at Goodreads and at  Crimson Romance eBooks
To purchase Embracing Scandal, use the subscription service at Crimson Romance or go to one of these. Amazon  –  Barnes and Noble  –  iTunes
I hope you enjoy Embracing Scandal as much as my first release from Crimson Romance, The Viscount’s Pleasure House.