Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wednesday Promo- Delilah Marvelle
Today I have back a fun lady who writes about the sexual awareness in the Regency period. The delightful Delilah Marvelle. She's here to tell us about her second book Lord of Pleasure.
I spent my youth studying various languages, reading voraciously, and playing the pianoforte. I confess that here ends the extent of my gentle breeding. I was a naughty child who was forever torturing her parents with countless adventures that they did not deem respectable. Confined to my room on many occasions due to these misadventures, I soon discovered the quill and its amazing power. The reason why I write romance and will continue to write romance is because it allows me to touch upon the subject of love on a much deeper, more intimate level. Many of the stories I write, many of the stories I will continue to write, will always revolve around love. And yes, gentle readers, it will also revolve around sex as I have no intention of becoming my parents and restraining my characters from what it is they truly desire to do. I challenge you, my readers, to let loose of those corsets that have been strung too tightly due to convention and enjoy 1830 to its fullest.
Why do you write regency set romance?
Although people think I write Regency, 1830 is technically the "Romantic Period." Neither Regency or Victorian. But time period is definitely closely linked to Regency. Which has always fascinated me. From dress, history, to the way women and men lived and interacted with one another. Growing up, I always loved fairy tales and to me the Regency period fit into what I saw in my mind as a time for fairy tales. Because I've researched so much of the Regency and Victorian period, and continue to research it, I don't see myself writing anything else.
You include interesting information in your books. i.e.contraception and toys. How did you become interested in this part of history?
I have a blog called A BIT O'MUSLIN at www.DelilahMarvelle.blogspot.com that focuses on sexuality throughout history every first of the month. I collect and research books relating to sexuality in history and weave that into my blog where I touch upon everything from toys to courtesans to origins of such things as the strip tease. What always fascinated me about sexuality in history is people's perception of sexuality today compared to days of old. People today seem to think people were more reserved and prim and proper and followed societal rules. Ha. The reality is people were just as naughty then as they are now. They simply had to "sneak" it in and if they were wealthy and powerful, they more or less got away with anything. It was the upper middle classes who had to really pay attention to their virtues and good name as they could easily fall down the societal ladder which they were trying to climb up.
What is your favorite research book and why?
My favorite research book is SEXY ORIGINS AND INTIMATE THINGS by Charles Panati. It's my favorite because it covers everything naughty throughout history. Everything from contraception to lingerie to vibrators. It only touches briefly upon certain subjects, so I have to actually further research things, but the ideas are so well gathered and chronicled it really is my favorite.
A side note: I purchased this book after asking Delilah what would be a good book to learn more about the history of sexual activities and I must say it is some interesting reading!
The Blurb for Lord of Pleasure:
Once upon a time, Alexander William Baxendale, the Earl of Hawksford, was known to all of London and its besotted women as the Lord of Pleasure. Those days of frolicking, however, come to an abrupt end when he inherits not only the estate, but all of his father's responsibilities, including five, overzealous sisters and a not-so-proper mother. When Alexander meets the beautiful Lady Chartwell, he once again finds himself yearning for days of old. Left penniless by her philandering husband, Lady Chartwell survives financial ruin by turning to scandal and becoming the Conductor of Admissions to a school that educates men in the art of seduction. Alexander knows that desperate times call for desperate pleasures, but if he's lucky, it may very well lead him to a hell of a lot more.
Here is a special three chapter excerpt people can link to: