My special guest today is Emily Bryan. Emily has a new release coming out on 24 February called Vexing the Viscount and I caught up with her for a quick interview.
1. Tell us a little about Emily Bryan and your upcoming book Vexing the Viscount.
First of all, thank you, Shelley for this chance to visit with your readers! A little about Emily Bryan, huh? Emily is my pen name for my light-hearted, sexy historicals. I wrote 3 dramatic Viking romances as Diana Groe before I told my editor I wanted to try my hand at adding a little comedy. She said to go for it and the result was Distracting the Duchess (Reviewers’ Choice Best KISS Nominee-RTBookReviews). The tone was so different from my previous work, my editor suggested a different pen name and Emily Bryan was born. Last August, Pleasuring the Pirate was tapped by the Official International Talk Like A Pirate website as a recommended read for all would-be scallywags. On February 24th, Vexing the Viscount is coming to a bookstore near you!
Vexing the Viscount is the story of Daisy Drake, an intrepid young miss who enjoys intellectual curiosities like the phallus-shaped lamp on display at the Society of Antiquaries and raiding her great-aunt’s library to read the memoirs of a French courtesan. She is still fascinated by Lucian Beaumont, now Viscount Rutland, whom she first met when they were both children. Lucian has discovered some Roman ruins on his father’s estate and hopes to follow the clues to a legionary payroll that went astray in the 5th century. Because his father has a hatred of all Drakes, Lucian rejects Daisy’s offer to help, but she’s not about to let a little thing like that to stop her! Masquerading as a French courtesan is only the first ploy in her conquest of Lucian. You can read an excerpt here.
2. The Eighteenth century is one of my favorite historical eras. I noticed you have some fascinating information about clothing from this era, and in particular corsets, on your website. Could you tell us a little about corsets. What is Daisy’s opinion of corsets?
A corset was an essential piece of a Georgian lady’s wardrobe. It created a smooth line from waist to breasts. A gown wouldn’t fit properly without it. And because the corset was tailored for the lady’s figure, it should have been fairly comfortable unless laced too tightly. The corset was worn over the chemise, so unlike today’s underwire bra, the boning shouldn’t have chafed.
Georgians did not fetishize breasts as we do today. The daring décolletage that might even have included baring the nipples was as likely to be displayed by well-born ladies as courtesans.
Daisy doesn’t mind corsets, but she is easily irritated by panniers (the wire or wicker contraptions that expand the width of a woman’s hips by several feet.) It’s difficult to be stealthy when one must turn sideways to make it through a doorway.
If you’d like to learn more about clothing in the Age of Deception, please visit my Courtesan’s Closet.
3. Daisy first met Lucian when she was a child. What was it about Lucian that fascinated her so much during that first meeting?
Vexing the Viscount only hints at the sparks that flew when Daisy first met Lucian. One thing we do know for certain is that he bears a triangle-shaped scar on his chin as a souvenir of the encounter.
But I suspect she was drawn to him because unlike the freckled Cornish boys she grew up with, Lucian had his Italian mother’s olive skin and dark-eyed good looks along with vestiges of a perfectly charming Italian accent.
And undoubtedly an Italian temper to match.
I’m delighted to be able to offer a FREE signed copy of Vexing the Viscount to one of Shelley’s readers today. All you have to do to be eligible is post a comment or question. Then be sure to check back tomorrow to see if you’re the winner. I’ll post the winner in the comments section.