Hello you wicked writers and wicked readers!
Big thanks to Casey Daniels who invited me here today to talk about my latest release. It hasn’t any paranormal elements to it - no one with powers - no one with horns - but it is wicked nonetheless (wiggles eyebrows).
You see, I write historicals - sexy, fun Victorian historicals - but this one has some elements that make it a little different from the norm. The Casanova Code launches a new series called The Rake Patrol and evolves around Victorian personal ads - man seeks woman - woman seeks man - yes, they had those back then but they were much more nicely written than today’s counterparts. Sometimes personal ads were written in code. Given that the newspapers were the only means of public communication, a private message might be written in code to prevent an unwanted participant - say a spouse - from “listening in.” My heroine, Edwina Hargrove, can break code. She reads the personal ads looking for those sorts of private communications that others skim over.
Here’s the blurb:
“A refined gentleman, age 25, of wealth and education, seeks the acquaintance, with a view to matrimony, of a high-minded, kind-hearted lady who prefers an evening of quiet conversation to the lively demands of society.”
Edwina Hargrove knows that this “gentleman” was, in fact, Ashton Trewelyn, a rake notorious for seducing the young and naive. In fact, five decent women have already been tricked and bundled off to the continent for scandalous purposes. There was a way to thwart his scheme though—by shadowing this devilishly handsome Casanova and warning his prey. If only it were that simple.
The closer Edwina gets to Ashton, the more she is pulled into a web of intrigues, secret societies and coded messages. Uncovering Ashton’s secrets arouses temptations only Ashton can satisfy. But at what cost? Can she gamble her reputation and secure future on an enigmatic code and a lust for adventure?
Have to tell you - I had great fun writing this book. Yes, there’s a mystery thread (how could I have coded mesaages without a mystery - grin). But there’s lots more as well. Things that can be very shocking indeed for a young Victorian miss. Even one that claims to be a “modern woman” in the 1890s.
While the Casanova Code has a release date of June 5th, my publisher sent me some early copies - one of which I’m happy to give away to someone leaving a comment. So let’s chat a bit. My heroine is something of a closet adventurer. She longs to float down the Nile on a barge, or explore the Steppes, or do just about anything that will take her out of London. If you had the means and the time - where would you like to explore?
You can read an excerpt of The Casanova Code on my website www.Dmacmeans.com. While there you might want to sign up for my newsletter and thus be eligible for a May and June drawing for a cherry blossom pendant necklace from the Smithsonian. (Cherry blossoms play a part in the book). But in the meantime - Let’s chat!