Good morning! Thank you for having me at Romancing The Book. I’m very happy to be at your fabulous site today to talk about my latest book A Gentleman Says “I Do”, and I thought it might be fun to tell you how doing research for my books has changed over the years.
I’ve been writing for over twenty years now and while I remember the not so good old days of driving 12 miles to the downtown library so I could check a historical fact, I’m so glad I don’t have to do it anymore. Years ago, I would buy a lot of research books so I wouldn’t have to keep checking them out of the library. Though, I have to admit that I lost a lot of valuable writing time leafing through and reading research books. In truth, I’m quite proud of my book collection that is surely well over one-hundred, mostly large, hardback books, but this is the sad thing–I seldom use them anymore. And of course, you know why. Today, if I want to know it, I don’t have to leave my desk to even pick up a book and certainly not drive to the library to get it. Whatever I need to find out, all I have to do is just click on the internet and everything is literally at my fingertips.
A few years ago when I was writing Western historicals, I bought Time Life’s whole collection of hardback books of The Old West. I just counted and there are twenty-four of them, and they are fabulous, informative books. I have the Civil War Collection, too. In contrast, when I was working on A Gentleman Says “I Do” last year, I didn’t leave my desk when I wanted to do a little research on twins. I thought it might be good to know how often twins were born during the Regency. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much historical information to go on. But the few references I found seemed to agree that before the twentieth century it was very rare for both twins to live to be adults. The main reasons given were the living conditions at the time. Quality of hygiene and food was poor, and for most areas competent medical attention. And usually one infant is born smaller and therefore susceptible to succumb to the harsh living conditions.
But I didn’t let the fact that twins were rare keep me from letting my hero, Iverson Brentwood in A Gentleman Says “I Do” be a twin.
I hope you will check out my new book A Gentleman Says “I Do” which is on sale now at your favorite local or online bookstore. Here’s a short synopsis of the story.
Iverson Brentwood has finally met his match. Catalina Crisp heats his blood like no other lady. Her alluring countenance has stopped him dead in his tracks. But no matter how attracted he is to her, he can’t give into his desire to possess her in every way… she is the daughter of the man he’s sworn to destroy.
Catalina’s father is a well-known writer, but he’s a wastrel whose disappearances continuously put them close to destitution. Something drastic must change, so it is with quill in hand, that Catalina completes her father’s latest parody of Iverson and Matson Brentwood’s spectacular arrival in London. When the story hits the newsprint, a darkly handsome man is at her door, looking for her father.
Seeing the dashing rogue in the flesh, for a bewildering moment dallying with the rake seems like the perfect fictional escape—and it’s all she can do not to give into the madness of the intriguing man.
I hope you’ll pick up a copy of A Gentleman Says “I Do”.
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