Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Dead Man's Debt by Grace Elliot

A Dead Man's Debt - a story of blackmail, duty and an unexpected love.
After publically humiliating a suitor, Miss Celeste Armitage is sent from the Ton in disgrace and resolves never to marry. But when she finds a sketch book of nude studies and discovers the artist is her hostess's eldest son, Lord Ranulf Charing, she finds herself dangerously attracted to exactly the sort of rogue she is sworn to avoid.
Nothing is as it seems. Lord Ranulf's life is a facade and he is being blackmailed over his late brother's debts. But just as the darkly restless Ranulf unexpectedly learns to love, the vengeful fury of his nemesis unleashed. In order to protect Celeste, Lord Ranulf faces a stark choice between duty and true love...
However Ranulf has underestimated Miss Armitage's stubborn resolve to clear his name, and in so doing places the woman he loves in mortal danger....

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Who is Grace Elliot?
Life can play strange tricks. At school I hated history, in fact I begged to give it up at O level. It was years later, when pregnant with my second son, when I picked up Margaret George's novel about the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, and my eyes were opened to the wonderful world of social history.
I became fascinated first by the Tudors, then medieval history, the Victorians and then, finally, the Georgian and Regency periods. Why did they not tell us at school about what made people tick back then, the things they had to do to survive, the clothes they wore and the food they ate. So much more interesting than dates and treaties.
I devoured non-fiction on the period, and always a voracious reader, stumbled on the books of Stephanie Laurens. After that I was lost to a world of satin and silk, of candles and carriages and to make full my escape I started writing.
'A Dead Man's Debt' is my fourth novel, the first to be published. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it and spread the addicition.

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1 comment:

  1. As a former history teacher, I have to agree with you that social history is as important as political and economic history, especially when you're trying to get kids interested in the subject.