Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Scandalous History by Delilah Marvelle + Giveaway

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Today I have the pleasure of welcoming a wonderful historical romance author who excels not only at writing sweet and sensual love scenes, but who manages to dig up mindblowing and shocking, and incredibly funny true historical facts, please give it up for the fantastic Delilah Marvelle!


Scandalous History
by Delilah Marvelle

I looooove researching how people hooked up back in the day. In particular, how finding that special someone came to be. Now although people seem to think that personal ads are something of a modern entity, it was actually quite prevalent back in the day. In honor of my latest release, THE PERFECT SCANDAL, I thought it only fitting to resurface authentic personal ads from history. For these people were hunting their own scandal.

Behold some of my favorite examples:

Prelude to a Scandal (Hqn)February 14, 1868, New York Herald:

"A gentleman worth $50,000 desires to marry a woman from 18 to 30 years old, who is willing to make home happy, with view to matrimony. Send photographs; rejected ones will be returned if stamp is sent."

How nice. Clearly, he wants sex first, matrimony possible but only if sex is good.

November 24, 1865, New York Herald:

"A young lady, extravagantly fond of dress, desires the acquaintance of a wealthy gentleman; no other need answer; with a view for matrimony."

It seems no matter the era, women will always pine for a rich man.

Once Upon a Scandal (Hqn)March 21, 1866, New York Herald:

"If the lady who from an omnibus smiled on a gentleman with a bunch of bananas in his hand as he crossed Wall Street, corner of Broadway, will address A, box 6, 735, Post Office, she will confer a favor."

Bananas, huh? Yeah, I'd totally remember a guy holding bananas...so hot.

January 2, 1892, New York World:

"Wanted, a young lady of German parentage; must be a 36 bust and understand bookkeeping on a small scale. Apply Milbaner & Bleiweiss."

Now this here is the most straightforward employer I've ever come across. Clearly.

The Perfect Scandal (Hqn)Glimpsing ads from days of old gives us a sense of what the reality was for these poor souls in search of the perfect mate. Curiously enough, I don't feel times have changed all that much. Us women still want handsome and rich. And men, God bless them, still want a particular bust size...That said, I urge you to drop in on my blog, A BIT O’MUSLIN at http://www.delilahmarvelle.blogspot.com/ every first of every month where I delve into topics such as this focusing on sex throughout history.

Cheers and much love,
Delilah Marvelle

I spent my youth studying various languages, reading voraciously, and playing the pianoforte. I confess that here ends the extent of my gentle breeding. I was a naughty child who was forever torturing her parents with countless adventures that they did not deem respectable. Confined to my room on many occasions due to these misadventures, I soon discovered the quill and its amazing power. I scribed endless stories that almost invariably surrounded the topic of love, for I felt an inane need to be rescued from a family that did not understand my lust for life. In my mind, King Arthur became my true love and I waited for the day when he would come riding upon his steed and invite me to sit at his round table, not as his queen, but as his knight. To my distress, King Arthur was never to be found anywhere except for in the tip of my quill. And so I led an imaginary life for many, many years.

When I finally came of age, my family was further horrified to discover that I had fallen in love with an American. An American King Arthur who became my knight, my husband, my all. I have been blessed beyond reason and am grateful for each day I have with him.

What is equally amazing is that I now have the opportunity to share my passion for stories with the public. The reason why I write romance is because it allows me to touch upon the subject of love on a much deeper, more intimate level. Many of the stories I write, many of the stories I will continue to write, will always evolve around love. And yes, gentle readers, it will also evolve around sex as I have no intention of becoming my parents and restraining my characters from what it is they truly desire to do. I challenge you, my readers, to let loose of those corsets that have been strung too tightly due to convention and enjoy 1830 to its fullest.

To know even more about Delilah, visit her website and read the 28 fun facts about her.

Prelude to a Scandal (Hqn)Lady Justine is willing to trade her good name, her reputation and her place in London's gossip-hungry ton to secure her father's release from prison. But when the notorious Duke of Bradford counters her offer with a proposal of marriage, the stakes grow higher still. For while the smoldering lord is famous for his conquests, the man is oblivious to both her devotion and her charms. And Justine is soon afraid she has wagered all for naught….

You can read my review of Prelude to a Scandal here.


Delilah kindly offered a signed copy of the first book in her Scandal series: Prelude to a Scandal to a lucky commentator.

Prelude to a Scandal (Hqn)
To be entered all you have to do is:

1. fill out the main form so I have your contact info (just once, if you have already filled it out for a previous giveaway that's enough)

2. Leave a question/comment for Delilah. What is your favourite time period, if you could time travel and visit history, which era would you like to experience first hand?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on Friday 4 March 2011.

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