Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Elizabeth Michels Virtual Tour Post

High kicking through the Regency Era

I’ve always been a history geek.  I remember telling my parents when I was a kid that I wanted to be an archeologist and a Rockette when I grew up…at the same time.  I would dig to find pieces of ancient civilizations by day and high kick with my red lipstick on by night.  Life hasn’t quite turned out the way I envisioned it at age 5.  But I am excited that I get to write historical romance.  And, I get to do it while wearing red lipstick if I want to.  (Kick line not included.)

I became interested in writing after years of being an avid reader.  What books were my favorites you ask?  Historical romance, of course!  More specifically, I devoured anything with the back of a lady’s ball gown on the cover.  *wistful sighs* Due to my attraction to colorful dresses that twirl I read mostly in the Regency Era.  I fell in love with the escape these stories provide in a location close to my heart—England! 

When it was time to choose a place to set my stories I couldn’t think of a better place to submerge myself on a daily basis than England’s Regency Era.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in an early 1800s world?  …A fictional world, that is.  Every day, I get to enjoy the setting, entertainment and fashion of the Regency Era while in front of my laptop, in my air conditioned house, after having used my hair dryer.  It’s the life! *grins*
While most of my stories take place in London, HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS is set in a place I adore, the North Yorkshire Moors. I spent time there years ago, and it’s easy to get lost in the history of such a beautiful area.  Katie Moore lives in the old gamekeeper’s cottage on her family’s estate at the base of Roseberry Topping.  Today, it’s an area for hiking and mountain biking.  In 1818, however, things were quite different.

Andy and Katie’s story is focused around their mutual fondness for horses.  Although Katie is terrified of the animals after her riding accident a year ago.  Nonetheless she is forced to help heal Andy’s horse after he crashes into her life, and becomes stranded on her property.  Horses are a big part of any historical setting.  The romanticism of carriage rides and the need to be seen at the right time in the park are some of my favorite parts of writing in the Regency Era. 

My number one favorite part?  The fashion!

The empire waist, capped sleeve gowns of this period are as forgiving as they are lovely.  Of course, you won’t see many gowns like these in HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS.  In fact, when Katie discards her breeches in favor of a dress, mayhem is sure to follow. 

I hope you enjoy the 3rd book in the Tricks of the Ton series.  Between an uptight lord and an unconventional lady it’s a wild ride on horseback through my favorite period in history, and in my favorite setting.

Thank you for hosting me on Bitten by Romance today! What a great way to celebrate book release day! Let’s party! *Rockette inspired high kick* Are you 

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