Novel Reaction is excited to welcome Elizabeth Hoyt as part of her Notorious Pleasures Blog Tour, the second in the Maidenhead Lane Series.
Elizabeth Hoyt is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband. Please visit her websites for chapter excerpts, book extras, and author appearances: www.elizabethhoyt.com andwww.juliaharper.com.
NR: You addressed the little discussed rampant problem of gin drinking by the lower classes in Notorious Pleasures, what led you address this topic and why?
EH: Chaos is an interesting setting for any story. Because of the gin problem in Georgian London there was enormous social and political upheaval. In very poor areas like St. Giles whole families became addicted to gin which led to prostitution, high crime rates, etc. The crime rate became such a problem, in fact, that the nobility noticed and started trying to legislate gin, though it took decades before anything meaningful was passed in Parliament.
NR: Do you think we will see Lady Hero’s brother, the Duke, brought down by love?
EH: Why, yes, yes, we will. 😉
NR: Will you give us a hint of what to expect in Silence’s story, Scandalous Desires?
EH: Hmmm, well I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that “Charming” Mickey O’Connor is the hero. Here’s a preliminary blurb:
Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman’s heart? Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind – and a year ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back …and he’s asking for her help.
‘Charming’ Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. And yet he’s never been able to forget the naive captain’s wife who came to him for help.
NR: At Novel Reaction each month we do a books to movie challenge where we read the book then watch the movie, which is your favorite Book to Movie, and which is your least favorite?
EH: Oh, easy! Favorite: the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, least favorite Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey, Jr. I actually loved the movie—because RDJ!—but as an adaptation of Sherlock Holmes? Um, not so much.
Thank you Elizabeth for stopping by and giving us some hints of what we can look forward to for the characters from The Maidenhead Lane Series.
Thanks to Hatchette Publishing I am able to give away three copies of Notorious Pleasures. The Contest ends Feb. 12th.
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-Winners are subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) in the mail.