Welcome to the History Lovers Grand Tour & Scavenger Hunt!
As the name implies, we’re a group of readers and authors who love both history and romance, especially when they’re combined in a delightful story. If you feel the same, you’re welcome to join us on our Facebook page and converse with us about historical romance fiction.
Below you’ll find authors of historical romances set in a wide variety of time periods. Perhaps by participating in our Grand Tour you’ll discover some new authors for your future reading pleasure. Hop around to your heart’s content, feel free to comment on the posts, hunt for answers to the authors’ questions, and perhaps you’ll be one of our 25 lucky prize winners (see contest details below)…although you’re already a winner if you find a new story to read, do you not agree?
The theme for this tour is Courting Rituals, and for my post, I’ve chosen to interview my historical heroines.
I’m so glad you could join us for afternoon tea at lovely Cornwell Park in modern day Auckland. Let me introduce my friends before we answer your questions about courtship and dating.
Firstly, from the 18th century, let me introduce Viscountess Hastings.
ROSALIND: Oh, please, call me Rosalind. I would like to fit in with all the modern ways.
SHELLEY: Thank you. And this is Pamela Allison from Biggin Hill, England in 1940.
PAMELA: I’m pleased to meet you.
SHELLEY: And finally, meet Margo, from London, England in 1941.
MARGO: Good afternoon everyone. I’m enjoying the change of scenery and the peace and quiet.
PAMELA: Oh, yes. Not having to worry about bombs and enemy planes is a godsend.
SHELLEY: Our guests are interested in your courtship. How did you meet your husband, Rosalind? Was your courtship an easy one?
ROSALIND starts laughing. Oh, no. My marriage was an arranged one. Lucien, my husband, wanted me to stay in a corner out of his way because he was still mourning the death of his first wife. After a disappointing start to my marriage, I decided I needed to take charge. Lucien was very disapproving, but I persisted. Our love was like a seed growing. It happened slowly and I needed a lot of patience. Men can be very stubborn, you know.
SHELLEY: Oh, yes. My husband certainly has his stubborn moments.
MARGO: Johnnie and I are what you’d call reunited lovers. Circumstances threw us together. Like you, Rosalind, we didn’t have a courtship either. I attended a dance with my WAAF girlfriends and Johnnie happened to be there. I was engaged to another man at the time, but once I saw Johnnie again, I knew I couldn’t go through with the marriage. The sirens went to signal the approach of enemy aircraft, and we sought refuge in an Anderson shelter. [She laughs] One thing led to another, and well, let’s say my reputation would have been in tatters if people had learned the truth.
SHELLEY: Well, that sounds intriguing. Those bombing attacks must have been terrifying!
PAMELA: Yes, they were scary. I’m so glad the war is over. Michael and I did have a courtship in public. [She blushes a little] And we sneaked around and conducted an affair in private.
SHELLEY: How did you meet Michael?
PAMELA: Michael is a spitfire pilot. My cousin was concerned about me staying at home all the time, and she and my aunt encouraged me to go out after my first husband died. I didn’t want to meet another man and live my life to suit him. Michael was different, and he needed me as much as I needed him. I met Michael at the pub that first night and we got on well together.
SHELLEY: That sounds like love at first sight.
PAMELA: Maybe a little, although I certainly fought my feelings. I was worried about the scandal, but when it came to Michael…the man was so handsome and charming. He was very hard to resist.
ROSALIND: When you find the right man, it’s time to fight for what you want. Lucien was stubborn, but I think I showed him I was his equal in that regard.
SHELLEY: LOL. To hear Lucien talk now, your marriage is a love match and he didn’t have a single doubt! I have one final question for you all. Where did you go to spend time with your suitors?
ROSALIND: I met Lucien on several different places on the estate. We met in the village, at the beach and once in the stables. That’s where we had our first kiss. It was very…memorable.
MARGO: Johnnie and I liked going on picnics in the countryside whenever we had the opportunity, but I have fond memories of the bomb shelter. It was cold and dark and scary, but Johnnie made me feel safe. I fell in love with him all over again.
PAMELA: With the blackout each night, Michael and I used to walk to the pub and sometimes to a dance or occasionally to dinner. We had our first kiss the night we met, during our walk back to the cottage. I knew I shouldn’t let him kiss me, but I couldn’t help myself. I was attracted to him and let my instincts guide me, all the while hoping he wouldn’t think I was a loose woman and start horrid gossip.
SHELLEY: I’m so glad you went with your gut instincts. All of you are shining examples for the rest of us to follow. Thank you so much for visiting with us today. Safe travels home.
Rosalind: The Spurned Viscountess, Carina Press
Pamela: A Discreet Affair, Liquid Silver Press
Margo: Unforgettable, Ellora’s Cave
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Here’s my question for the scavenger hunt: Where did Rosalind and Lucien have their first kiss?
Click on the History Lovers Grand Tour page to fill in the answer, and you may continue on from there. Enjoy!
The Spurned Viscountess
She must marry him.
Cursed with the sight and rumors of witchcraft, Rosalind’s only chance at an ordinary life is marriage to Lucien, Viscount Hastings. She doesn’t expect love, only security and children of her own. Determined to go through with the wedding, she allows nothing she encounters at the gloomy Castle St. Clare to dissuade her.
He wants nothing to do with her.
Recently returned from the Continent, Lucien has no time for the English mouse his family has arranged for him to marry, not when he’s plotting to avenge the murder of his beloved Francesca. He has no intention of bedding Rosalind, not even to sire an heir.
Dark secrets will bind them.
Though spurned by her bridegroom, Rosalind turns to him for protection when she is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents and haunted by terrifying visions. Forced to keep Rosalind close, and tempted into passionate kisses, Lucien soon finds himself in grave danger of falling in love with his own wife…
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To Rosalind’s frustration, it sounded as though the two men had stopped right outside Oberon’s stall. It was impossible for her to open the door, even a fraction. If the men were linked to Hawk, they were dangerous.
“Watch out. Someone’s coming. Damn, it’s Hastings come to see to his ’orse. Big black brute. You’d better leave before ’e sees you and starts asking questions.”
Hastings! Rosalind swallowed a groan. He’d be heading straight to Oberon’s stall, and the first thing he’d find would be her cowering inside. Then he’d want explanations. Before she was anywhere near prepared, footsteps sounded outside the stall. Oberon fidgeted, tossing his head, snorting. Rosalind tried to melt into the wall, her heart drumming while she eyed the beast.
“Good afternoon, my lord.”
When Hastings stepped into the stall and saw her, the other man would know she’d eavesdropped on his conversation.
“Will you be taking your ’orse out? Do you want me to summon a stable lad to saddle up for you?”
“No, I’ll do it,” Hastings said. “The lads are all helping up in the castle.”
“I can do it for you, if you want. I was going to ’ead up to the castle as well.” Rosalind sensed the man’s hesitation.
“You go ahead.”
“Right you are, my lord.”
Rosalind screwed up her face in a frown as she heard Hastings whistle to Oberon through the door. The black whickered softly in return. What was she going to say? What was she going to do? She imagined Hastings standing on the other side of the door. Excitement shot through her veins, despite her predicament.
The hinge creaked when the door opened. Rosalind watched with a combination of trepidation and anticipation. The gap widened to reveal Hastings’s shiny black boots, his mud-splattered stockings and breeches. Her eyes rose to his gray shirt and black jacket. Her mouth dried, her pulse pounding with expectancy, excitement. She swallowed and lifted her gaze to loose black hair and his…mouth. Finally, she met his astonished eyes.
Speak, she thought frantically. Quick before he asks what you are doing here. Distract. Attack. Something. Anything.
“You’re back,” she cried and planted a kiss on his beguiling lips.
He tensed. In shock or astonishment, Rosalind wasn’t sure but ceased to care. His lips were as soft as a baby’s skin. Her hands curled into his shoulders and she leaned into him, enjoying the play of hard muscles and the earthy masculine scent of him.
“What are you doing?” he demanded finally, pulling away enough to glare at her.
“I’m pleased to see you.” A stupid half-wit would sense his bewilderment. But along with confusion lay shocked enjoyment. And that, decided Rosalind, was a good thing.
History Lovers Grand Tour Authors
Rue Allyn • Amylynn Bright • Collette Cameron • Téa Cooper • Beverley Eikli • Susana Ellis • Aileen Fish • Debra Glass • Amy Hearst • Evangeline Holland • Piper Huguley • Eliza Knight • Kristen Koster • Cora Lee • Georgie Lee • Suzi Love • Denise Lynn • Deborah Macgillivray • Barbara Monajem • Shelley Munro • Ella Quinn • Eva Scott • Shereen Vedam • Elaine Violette
1. Each author will offer a prize for a contest, the specifics of which is set up entirely by her. The contest will be open to all participants, regardless of geographic location. For logistical purposes, authors may substitute a digital prize (gift card, etc.) of equal value for another prize that might prove difficult to mail to a distant location.
2. The Grand Prize for the Scavenger Hunt will be awarded to the participant with the most correct answers to the authors’ scavenger hunt questions. In case of a tie, the winner will be chosen randomly.
3. The winners will be posted on the History Lovers Grand Tour page the following week.
· Click on the above links to each author’s blog. The blog tour entry can be identified by the graphic in the upper right corner of the post. If it is not the top post, look for the graphic in a prominent location on the sidebar, and click on it to find the blog tour entry.
· Read the blog post and the author’s short answer question at the end. Locate the answer to the question, then click on the link to the History Lovers Grand Tour page and type in the answer next to the author’s name. Be sure to fill in the your name and email address!
· You may go back to same page and read more of the author’s post (excerpt, etc.) or you may click on another author’s name on the answer sheet and repeat the process.
· When you are finished, check to make sure the spaces for your name and email address are filled in correctly, and submit your answer sheet to the tour coordinator. If you submit an incomplete answer sheet, you may come back later and make another submission with the remaining answers when you have more time.
· Any questions about the scavenger hunt should be directed to the tour coordinator .