My first Regency romance novel, Deflowering Daisy, will be released as an eBook publication this Thursday, 10 July 2014. Though I have published a few academic articles in the past, and regularly publish articles on Regency history here at the Redingote, this is my very first work of fiction and I am both very excited and quite nervous to be on the threshold of its debut.
More about Deflowering Daisy …
My novel is set in the summer of the year after Waterloo and much of the story takes place at a secluded country estate in Lincolnshire, in July, as it happens. The story is about an innocent young woman, Daisy, who is initiated into the pleasures of the bedchamber by David, a former spy. Daisy is convinced she is dowdy and unattractive and has devoted her life to the care of the orphan children in one of the foundling homes established by her husband, Sir Arthur Hammond. Sir Arthur is an elderly man who married Daisy to protect her from the cruelty of her stepfather. He has never consummated the marriage because he was so deeply in love with his first wife. David is Sir Arthur’s godson, a man who has become something of a social outcast after a tragedy which took place when he prevented Napoleon Bonaparte from being taken out of English custody just as Bonaparte was about to be sent off to his final exile on St. Helena. Sir Arthur is a wealthy man who knows he does not have much longer to live. He is concerned that if Daisy remains innocent of what passes between a man and a woman, she will be at the mercy of any fortune hunter out for her money once she becomes a widow, so he convinces the reluctant David to initiate her, for her protection. But is that the only reason?
Over the years, I have heard a number of stories of the first time from several female acquaintances. It saddened me to realize that so many of those ladies were rather disappointed in their first experience. I wanted to write a first-time story which, I hope, will be something that most women can enjoy and even if their own first time was not quite what they expected, they will identify with Daisy and think that David got it right. Since this is a first-time story and since I love words, I could not help but ponder which words would be appropriate for the title of my novel, and the most obvious was, of course, "deflower." Then, there was that lovely second syllable, "flower." I love flowers nearly as much as I love words, and it occurred to me that readers might enjoy snippets of floral history woven into this tale of deflowering. There are some significant aspects of history related to flowers mentioned in this story, and some so small you might not even notice them as you read. But I do hope their inclusion will enhance and enrich the story for those who choose to read it. I have provided an expanded set of Author’s Notes at the back of the book to explain some of the floral history elements which I worked into the story. In the coming months, I will be posting articles here to elaborate on some of those floral history snippets. Some of you may also recognize some elements in the story from articles which I have already posted.
As I suspect is obvious from the title, Deflowering Daisy is an erotic Regency romance. I want to make that clear for those of you who might not care for such stories, as I have no wish to offend anyone. However, one of my friends thinks this book should be in a sub-genre of erotic romance which she has dubbed "cozy erotic." It is more sensual than technical. There is no violence, but a lot of romance. For those of you who like a healthy dollop of sensuous bed games with your Regency romances, I hope that Deflowering Daisy will not disappoint.
If you would like to read an excerpt, or maybe even make a purchase, you can do so here: http://jupitergardenspress.com/shop/deflowering-daisy/.
Initially, Deflowering Daisy will only be available as an eBook. However, when sales meet the publisher’s threshold, there will also be a print edition available.
For a longer excerpt, click here.