Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Guest Post from Theresa Romain, author of Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress

Please welcome author Theresa Romain as she promotes the third book in her "Matchmaker Series",  Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress.  She joins us with a guest post that holds two truths and one lie about the book’s setting, Bath.

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: January 6, 2015

One good proposition deserves another…

Heiress Augusta Meredith can’t help herself—she stirs up gossip wherever she goes. A stranger to Bath society, she pretends to be a charming young widow, until sardonic, darkly handsome Joss Everett arrives from London and uncovers her charade.

Augusta persuades Joss to keep her secret in exchange for a secret of his own. Weaving their way through the treacherous pitfalls of a polite world only too eager to expose and condemn them, they begin to see that being true to themselves is not so bad…as long as they’re true to each other…

Two Truths and a Lie—Bath

Thank you for hosting me today in connection with the release of my newest historical romance, SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS. It features a wily heroine pretending to be someone else, a mixed-race hero hunting his cousin’s blackmailer, and—of course!—a happily-ever-after once Joss and Augusta begin to help each other and reveal their true selves.

I’m here to tell you a little about Bath, the resort-city setting for SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS. But in the spirit of a historical romance full of so many secrets and scandals, I’ll fudge the truth a bit. Two of these statements about Bath are true, and one is a lie. See if you can pick it out!

1.  Though the natural hot mineral springs of Bath have been known since Roman times, they were too hot for therapeutic use at the time of their discovery. Over the passing centuries, the mineral springs of Bath have cooled, and the King’s Bath is now a bathwater-warm 105 degrees.

2.  In the early 1800s, carriers of Bath chairs (light hand-drawn chaises) charged standardized fees to passengers much like taxis do today. Besides the usual charges for distance and for waiting on a passenger, carriers were allowed to add extra fees for transporting passengers after midnight or through highly sloped areas of town.

3.  During the Regency, public entertainments were shared between two major assembly-houses. They scheduled balls to begin as close as possible to 7 pm, and festivities ended at 11 o’clock sharp--even if the orchestra and attendees were in the middle of a dance.

What’s your most scandalous secret?

To celebrate the release of Theresa Romain’s latest title, Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress, we invite you to take part in her two truths and a lie prepub blitz! Tell two truths and one lie about yourself over Twitter and Facebook with the tag #ScandalousSecrets from December 29th to January 9th and challenge your friends and followers to see how well they know you!

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About the author:

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.
Twitter:  TheresaRomain

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dstoutholcomb said...

not going to bother to google. #3?


Unknown said...

Kari and Autumn, thanks for hosting me today!

Denise, thanks for guessing. I will come back at the end of the day to admit which is the lie.

Karin said...

I think #1 is a lie

Di said...

I think #1 about the temperature of the water is a lie.

Unknown said...

You guys are some good guessers! Either that or you know the city of Bath quite well. :) Yes, #1 is a lie. The King's Bath is more like 114 degrees and, as far as I know, hasn't cooled over time.

What this means is--the statements about the Bath-chair carriers and the balls ending at 11 pm are completely true! Imagine being asked for a coveted dance with the Duke of Dreaminess at 10:59...

arizonadutt said...

#1! The other 2 I've read about in multiple novels. :)