Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Spinster's Secret by Emily Larkin!
The Spinster's Secret
Author: Emily Larkin
Format: E-book (218 pages)
Publisher: Entangled; Scandalous
Publish Date: 24 April 2013
Penniless spinster, Matilda Chapple, lives at isolated Creed Hall, dependent on the austere charity of unloving relatives and under pressure to marry a man twice her age. In an attempt to earn enough money to escape this miserable existence, she writes a series of titillating 'confessions'. Her secret is safe -- until battle-scarred Waterloo veteran, Edward Kane, reluctantly accepts the commission to uncover the anonymous author's identity.
While staying at bleak Creed Hall, Edward finds himself unaccountably drawn to his host's lonely niece. Can Matilda conceal the secret of her scandalous writings, or will Edward discover that the spinster and the risqué authoress are one and the same person? And when Matilda feels the need to experience sex as her fictional courtesan does--will she lose her heart to Edward, along with her virginity?
Guest PostImagine that the year is 1815 and you're a respectable and penniless young woman, dependent on the grudging charity of relatives. You're desperate to earn your financial independence. What would you do? Other than marriage, there aren't many options. Would you choose to become a governess? A lady's companion? A schoolmistress? Or would you choose to do something a little less respectable? Something like...earning money by writing erotic stories and selling them to a publisher?
Mattie, the heroine of The Spinster's Secret, chooses that last option. Armed with a copy of a pornographic novel, a diary detailing a love affair, and a vivid imagination, she writes the 'confessions' of a fictitious courtesan.
The pornographic novel Mattie uses is real. Published in 1749, Fanny Hill; Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, is still available today. (Take a look on the shelves of your local bookstore or library and you may find a copy.) It's a comical read now, more than two hundred years after it was written, but for Georgian and Regency gentlemen it was titilating and risque.
Imagine Mattie's delight when the confessions are bestsellers! And imagine her dismay when battle-scarred Waterloo veteran Edward Kane arrives on the scene, determined to uncover the mysterious author's identity. What's an author to do when her life becomes more complicated than the stories she writes? And what should she do when a hero more compelling than any she has written ends up in her bed?
I thoroughly enjoyed writing Mattie and Edward's story, and I wish I could talk more with you about them, but right now I'm working at a lodge deep in the New Zealand bush. We have mountains and waterfalls, but no internet. If you read The Spinster's Secret, I hope you enjoy it!
About the Author
I grew up in a house full of words and books: my mother worked as a librarian and a proof-reader, and my father was a writer.
Every day Dad would go down to the little room he'd built under the house and work on his latest book. If he was writing a children's fantasy, he'd read the manuscript aloud to my sister and me. Those were marvellous evenings--curled up on the sofa listening to another chapter.
In primary school I wrote lots of stories; in secondary school I didn't. English became my least favourite subject and I dropped it as soon as I could. Nothing would have made me take English at university!I had no intention of becoming a writer. Ever. I got a science degree, I spent several years travelling and working overseas, and one day I was sitting on a bus in Syria, with the desert stretching in all directions, and I thought, What if...
Many years have passed since then, but that what if eventually turned into a manuscript, and then another, and another.
I've been a rehabilitation instructor, a library assistant, a postie, a waitress on the Isle of Skye, and even (briefly) a field assistant in Antarctica. I love to travel and have lived in Sweden, backpacked in Europe, and journeyed overland in the Middle East, China, North Africa, and North America. Most recently I've lived in Marlborough, New Zealand and worked in the wine industry.
Author Links: Website | Goodreads