Monday, March 17, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway!
by Vicky Dreiling!

Simply Ali
is thrilled to welcome back our friend
Author Vicky Dreiling!
What A Reckless Rogue Needs
Vicky Dreiling


Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn't comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.


Regardless of the ton's whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won't settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her-until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more . . .
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Hi everyone, I thought you might get a kick out of some trivia about Regency England, the era in which WHAT A RECKLESS ROGUE is set. Enjoy!

Hackney Coaches

Hackneys were the 19th century equivalent of the black cabs you see in London today. There were rules for passengers wishing to travel in Hackney Coaches. No more than four adults were allowed inside and one servant on the outside, with the exception of a child held in an adult’s arms. If the coachman agreed to take more, he charged one shilling for each extra person. Passengers who used abusive language were fined, and if they defaulted on the payment, they were sent to a house of correction for seven days!

The Morning Toilet

Servants brought jugs of hot water to the lord and lady’s bedrooms and poured the water into a wash-hand stand. Squares of violet scented soap were used, although I found a reference to a more manly military cake. Shaving was done with a cut-throat razor (eek!) and sharpened on a strop or strip of leather. Readers, you may rest easier knowing your favorite Regency heroes and heroines would use toothbrushes and tooth-powder. Speaking of toilets…in case you were wondering, chamber pots were still used well into the Victorian era. I took photos of one at Warwick Castle. (My family is now certain I’m certifiably nuts). Our Regency lords and ladies also had water closets. By the way, a man by the name of John Harrington invented the first flush toilet in 1596 (Holy Shakespeare!), but apparently it was not as practical as the one invented by Joseph Bramah of Yorkshire who patented his water closet in England in 1778.

How to Write a Letter in Regency England in Eight Relatively Easy Steps

Before the invention of texting, our lords and ladies were reduced to using pen, ink, and paper (one step above the chisel and stone tablet). There were no envelopes, however, and paper was considered ‘dear.’ Here is the proper way to write and send a letter in Regency England.

1. Using a large sheet of paper, write the date and your current address at the top of the sheet. Be sure to write neatly on one side of the paper and fill it up.

2. Turn the paper 180 degrees and write upside down between the lines you previously wrote.

3. Now turn the paper 90 degrees (your choice of direction) and scribble at a right angle across the lines already written. Pray the recipient can read it.

4. The paper serves as the envelope. Fold the paper lengthwise on both sides so that the two sides meet in the middle.

5. Now fold this hot mess into three or four sections and leave some room at the top for a flap.

6. This is the tricky part. Heat some wax over a candle (be careful not to burn yourself) and let a few drops fall onto the flap. Now you press a seal onto the wax–we’re high tech now!

7. On the unsealed side, write the address. If in London, put a street address. If in the country, just use the person’s name and county as the letter will go to the village post office.

8. No stamps! The recipient pays for the letter!

Regency Beauty Treatments

Most beauty aids were home-made as imported French cosmetics were highly taxed. The juice of a green pineapple supposedly erased wrinkles, but if no pineapples were available, an onion could be substituted (Oh, dear, the aroma!). Another remedy for the complexion involved mixing rye bread crumbs, hot from the oven (I’m not making this up, I swear!) with the whites of four eggs, and a pint of white vinegar used as a face mask! To get rid of freckles, a desperate lady might add shredded horseradish to sour milk (these must have been some odoriferous concoctions!). For the gentlemen, powdered parsley seed was recommended to prevent baldness.

Here are the lovely names of some Regency cosmetics.

1. Royal Tincture of Peach Kernals

2. Carnation of Lilies

3. Liquid Bloom of Roses (rouge)

4. Powder of Pearl of India

5. Olympian Dew

Readers, I hope you enjoyed my edition of Regency Trivia. May the Magic Romance Fairies be with you!

About the Author
Triple RITA finalist Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.” Vicky is a native Texan and holds degrees in English literature and marketing.

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Diane said...

Can't wait to read Vicky's newest book. Her novels never fail to provide the perfect read!

Vicky Dreiling said...

Thank you, Ali!

Rita said...

My Morning Toilet is so much easier - turn on the shower. lol

Jess1 said...

This post had a lot of fun facts. I glad that they had water closets/ toilets, although some may have still had to use chamber pots. Thank goodness for modern conveniences. I really enjoy second chance at love stories and would love to win a copy. Thanks!

Anita Yancey said...

This book sounds like an amazing romance, and I just love the pretty cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Cathy P said...

Hi, Ali and Vicky! Vicky, thank you for the very interesting and informative post. I really enjoyed it! I love your books and can't wait to read this one. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Carol L. said...

I enjoyed reading the post. I'm so grateful for showers. :)Vicky, I love your books and look forward to reading What A Reckless Rogue Needs.
Thanks for the chance.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Beautiful Disaster said...

Happy St. Patty's Day!
I would love to win a copy :) I think Vicky's books are great. I enjoyed the post and look forward to reading another wonderful book.

Timitra said...

Great guest post!

Steph F. said...

Love the sound of the book. Definitely going on my TBR.
I am thankful for indoor plumbing, lol.

Debby said...

Looks like a great book. Can't wait to read it.

magic5905 said...

Sounds great, looking forward to reading it.
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catslady said...

I've enjoyed your stories and this one looks like something I would really enjoy - thanks for the chance!

Di said...

I've been looking forward to this book for a long time!
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BookLady said...

Congratulations on the publication of What a Reckless Rogue Needs! It sounds like an exciting book. Thanks for sharing the fascinating Regency trivia.

Mary Preston said...

What a fascinating post.

I love receiving snail mail letters. So glad I don't have to pay for the postage though.


erin said...

WOW!!! I'm sooo glad to live in "modern" times. I would not want to use any of these items/"treatments"!!! But it's still fun to read about them :) Thanks Vicky for such a fun post and love, love, love her books! Congrats to Vicky on the new release!

Anonymous said...

I loved the Regency facts. They were fascinating. I'm looking forward to reading Vicky's book!

Marcy Shuler

Natasha said...

Sounds like amazing read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com