Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Carrie Lofty today.
First off, thanks to Fiction Vixen for letting me stop by! I’m excited to talk about “A Little More Scandal.” At just $.99… Take a chance! This is an adorable intro to my Christies series of Victorian romances.
It’s one of Pocket’s first original digital releases. You can read more about those fabulous new originals here, including an extended excerpt of “A Little More Scandal.”
But there. Aside from the blurb, that’s my sales pitch.
I love romances featuring self-made men. LOVE them. I know we’re all fascinated by dukes and other noblemen, but I must take a stand when I proclaim that I find John Thornton of North and South more appealing than good ol’ dependable Darcy. Sacrifice, hard work, the sharp blade of violence beneath the veneer—the self-made man is unpredictable and rough.
No matter they were seen as such a threat to the established order!
I’m reminded of one of my favorite miniseries adaptations: Bleak House by Charles Dickens. In it, a baronet—not even a baron, let alone a duke—gets his panties in a twist when the prosperous mill-owning son of his housekeeper wants to take a meeting in the formal parlor. As if he belonged there! Gasp! The housekeeper’s grandson had taken a shine to the lady’s maid who served the baronet’s wife.
You’d think it a fairly even match: a mill-owner’s son and a lady’s maid. Why not? Our modern sensibilities might even skew in favor the wealthier mill-owning family.
Nope. The baronet flipped out. He saw the match as so repulsive that his face went all purple and wiggly. He couldn’t fathom the nerve of a housekeeper’s progeny getting anywhere near his intimate circle, even if that meant a lady’s maid.
Anyway…Dickens lesson over (but seriously, go see Bleak House).
However, Scotland was very, very different from England. In the 19th century, Glasgow was the fourth largest city in the world. The Scottish Enlightenment was the intellectual movement. Access to education for even the poorest children—boys and girls—was unparalleled. With such widespread education came innovation, which exploded during the Industrial Revolution. So much of Scotland’s Victorian era prosperity came from self-made men. Why shun them? It would’ve made no sense.
Besides, the Scottish aristocracy was not nearly as entrenched. Those with the means to be so snobby had probably already headed to London!
So I wrote William Christie of “A Little More Scandal” as just such a man. Up from the gutters. Fist fights and dirty deals. Anything to escape the circumstances of his birth. But because he’s a romance hero, he couldn’t be content with sticking around the factories and shipyards. He takes on London and wins. And then New York. And then the world. The man has ambition to spare.
And you know what they say about “behind every great man…”? He needed a partner to turn those ambitions into reality. It probably comes as no surprise that he finds just such a partner in “A Little More Scandal.” I hope you enjoy their story, and I hope you enjoy my take on just how successful and happy a self-made man can be.
Next up for Carrie:
STARLIGHT is the second full-length romance in the Christies series, set in Victorian Glasgow. It was just given 4 ½ stars and chosen as a Top Pick from RT BookReviews. It’ll be released in paperback and digitally on June 26 from Pocket.
HIS VERY OWN GIRL is a historical romance set in WWII England. Seriously. Not women’s fiction. Not literary fiction. A full-on honest to goodness historical romance. Another Pocket Star digital original, it’ll be available September 4.
I’d like to give away a copy of FLAWLESS, the first of the Christies series from Pocket. I’ll ship anywhere. Anyone who already has FLAWLESS can win any choice from my back catalog.
To enter simply leave a comment on Carrie’s guest post.
You have until end of day June 2, to enter, winner will be announced soon after.
Giveaway sponsored by: Carrie Lofty
No purchase necessary to win. You must be 18 or over to enter, void where prohibited. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. FVBR is not being compensated for this giveaway. If the winner declines to accept or fails to claim their prize within one week of the announcement, a new winner will be randomly chosen. Prize distribution is the sole responsibility of the giveaway sponsor. Fiction Vixen Book Reviews will not be held responsible for lost or misdirected prizes or for circumstances beyond our control. More information here.