P is for Pelerine

 

The Alphabet Posts are back!  Now that I’m not all over the place, I hope to make it through the rest of the alphabet before the end of the year!

Today P is for pelerine, a short woman’s cape made of lace, silk, or fur, with pointed ends at the center front and popular during the 19th century.

Printed wool afternoon dress (with matching pelerine), American, ca. 1835. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Printed wool afternoon dress (with matching pelerine), American, ca. 1835. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Pelerines could be of the same material as the garment worn, or of a different material.

According to one source, the pelerine was “often associated with relatively casual situations. The fashion press suggested ensembles including pelerines for visits to the country or the seashore.”

There were, however, also more formal  and elaborate pelerines. such as this one from 1835, made of embroidered silk.

Pelerine, British c. 1835 embroidered silk. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Irene Lewisohn Trust

Pelerine, British c. 1835 embroidered silk. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Irene Lewisohn Trust

In March of 1853, Godey’s Lady’s Book suggested lace pelerines for “ladies who, for convenience or lightness of dress, wear low corsages [bodices] in the evening, but do not like to leave the neck entirely exposed.”

Pelerine. American c. 1835. Cotton.  Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

Pelerine. American c. 1835. Cotton. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

“This is a quintessential example of the multi-tiered pelerine collars of the 1830s that lay on top of the large gigot dress sleeves. The combination of floral embroidery, saw-tooth borders and various pointed edges creates a visually compelling effect.” Metropolitan Museum of Art

And my favorite, a formal pelerine made of jet and silk.

Pelerine, American 1890, jet, silk. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Pelerine, American 1890, jet, silk. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Or this gorgeous specimen:

Silk satin Pelerine, glass bead embroidery, machine lace, silk lining . c. 1880. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Silk satin Pelerine, glass bead embroidery, machine lace, silk lining . c. 1880. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

One sometimes envies the fashions of prior eras, when elegance was a way of life.

Posted in Alphabet Post | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

Horny Hump Day 08/20/14: To Woo A Wicked Widow ~ Time Ceases

 

 

WARNING:  MATERIAL NOT SUITABLE FOR THOSE UNDER THE AGE OF 18!

NOT SAFE FOR WORK!

hhd 2014 2 (1)

Participating authors in Horny Hump Day post three sentences from their published works or WIP, hot like a firecracker! LOL

I’m back for Horny Hump Day!

I thought perhaps a little more of To Woo A Wicked Widow, my Regency romance, would be fun this week. Here’s another kiss that takes place at Charlotte’s house party, where at two in the morning she has run into Nash, Lord Wrotham, in her library. He’s fully dressed she’s in her nightgown.

rnc_bhnd2847a-300smWhen his tongue thrust into her mouth she welcomed it, cherished it as it ravaged whatever it touched. An ache she had only felt once before began to pulse between her thighs, an ache that magnified as his tongue plundered where it would. Her knees buckled and she would have slid down the wall except he grasped her arms, steadying her; time ceased to be as he caressed her shoulders, her arms, her breasts.

 

 

 

That’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed my little Regency romp. I’ll keep you posted about how it’s going out in queryland.

Don’t forget,  the final installment of my medieval serial novel, Beleaguered, is available for just $2.99 at Amazon, ARe and Smashwords!

Please continue to the Horny Hump Day blog site for additional sites on the hop and go check out the other hot authors.

Thanks so much for visiting the Journal once more for Horny Hump Day!

betrothal-with-logo1Betrayal_logoBeleaguered3

Posted in Blog Hops, Horny Hump Day, Promotion, To Woo A Wicked Widow, WIP | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

And the Winner Is…

blog+hop+banner_Aug2014

We all had a blat last week with the Red Hot Authors’ Hot Days and Hotter Nights Blog Hop!  And we now have WINNERS!

Winners of the Grand Prizes are as follows:

 Ashley F has won a Kindle Fire

Michele B has won a $100 Gift Certificate

Dorothy R has won a $50 Gift Certificate

Pam R has won a $25 Gift Certificate

 

7-days

Winners of copies of 7 Days of Seduction are:

Barrie Mac and 19thCenturyladyl

I will be contacting my winners shortly.  Congratulations to the winners and great thanks to all who stopped by during the blog hop!  Hope to see you back again soon.

Posted in Blog Hops, Giveaways, Promotion, Winners | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 8/17/14 Only Marriage Will Do ~ An Inauspicious Beginning

weekend_writing_warriors_header3

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors! If you’re looking for the Hot Days and Hotter Nights Blog Hop click here.

 I’m finally back, after three weeks away.  I’ve missed showing you my snippets.  And this week I’m starting off with the second book of my House of Pleasure series, Only Marriage Will Do, which should be coming out in 2015 from Kensington.  These are the opening lines.  The date is July, 1761 and the place is London.

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

The brass lion-head knocker under Amiable Dawson’s hand sent a sharp rap through the dark walnut door of Dunham House for the second time. The hot July sun hadn’t done his temper any good as he waited on the marble stoop for entrance to the Marquess of Dalbury’s townhouse. He’d been in a foul mood ever since the news of his beloved Katarina’s marriage to the marquess had reached him. Blast it to hell, he was supposed to have married the girl; at least he could make sure she was well and well taken care of by this man she had married.

At last a short, dark-haired maid opened the door, who took one look at him, gasped, and stepped back into the house. Her eyes widened and she glanced to her right, wrung her hands, and asked, “Who may I say—”

A man shouted from within, “No, I do not believe you.”

“It is true, I tell you,” a woman’s voice, raised and sharp with terror, sent a chill through Amiable.

 

Something’s afoot, surely. :)  Keep tuned in to see what.  If you’re interested in the first book of the series, Only Scandal Will Do, it’s available on Amazon for just $1.99.

In the mean time, check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

betrothal-with-logo1Betrayal_logoBeleaguered3

 

Posted in On Weekend Writing Warriors, Only Marriage Will Do, Promotion, Weekend Writing Warriors | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments

Hot Days and Hotter NIghts Blog Hop

blog+hop+banner_Aug2014

August is known for being HOT.  And this August it’s getting even HOTTER with this sexy Hot Days and Hotter Nights Blog Hop, sponsored by the Red Hot Authors Café.

What’s HOT about it?  Well, the books being offered are by some of the best writers of erotic romance, in all its kinky variations.

What’s also HOT are the prizes!

A Kindle Fire donated by Blushing Books

A $100 Gift Card

A $50 Gift Card

A $25 Gift Card

A Prize on each Blog Stop

My part in this sizzling hop is to offer of two copies of my erotic romance 7 Days of Seduction.

7-days

To enter to win a copy, all you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me what’s the name of Ashley’s mystery man in the following excerpt:

Ashley hung her robe on the hook, opened the frosted sliding door and turned the shower on. She stepped into needles of hot water shooting out of the shower head. Soon to be shooting onto her throbbing clit. She grabbed the Coconut Fantasies body wash and soaped up, breathing in the smell that made her long for a Pina Colada. Images of her mystery hunk resurfaced when she closed her eyes and slid her hands over her breasts. Almost time to get down to business.

The bathroom door opened and closed. Her hands froze.

“Damn it, Sam. Why is it every time I take a shower you have to pee? Couldn’t you just hold it for once? Or pee in a cup, for God’s sake?”

“I’m not Sam. And I don’t have to pee.”

Ashley’s eyes popped open and the bottle of body wash hit the tub with a loud thunk. The husky voice she’d heard on yesterday’s video and in this morning’s dream was richer in person. Sexier. Her heart took off like a deer after a shotgun blast. She peered at the shower door, seeing only a shadowy figure through the opaque glass. Well thank, God, for that. He couldn’t see her either.

“Hello? Are you there, Ash?” The amusement in his tone brought her back to earth.

“Yeah, I’m here. And just who the hell are you?”

“I’m Hunter Hopewell. Sorry we didn’t really get introduced the other night.”

“No shit.” Damn. The all-important name meant nothing. The spray from the shower roared in her ears and Ashley took a step toward the shower door.

“So who are you? I mean, you say Hunter Hopewell, but I don’t know you. And you know me.”

“Yes, I do. I’ve never met you, but I’ve been interested in you for a while now.”

Despite the hot water, chills raced over her body, standing her hair on end. Oh, my God. A stalker. I’ve attracted a stalker. And I’m shut in a bathroom with him. Suddenly, she couldn’t breathe.

“You work over in English at the university.” He knew where she worked. “And I’ve seen you around the campus.” He’d been watching her.

She wrapped her arms around her chest, shielding her body as best she could. Maybe Sam would come in.

“You’re a beautiful girl, Ashley. With lots of potential.”

Potential for what? Needing to breathe or pass out, she gasped in air.

“I think you should leave.” Where the balls came from to utter that sentence, she had no idea.

“Why?” His voice rose an octave.

“Because you’re scaring the crap out of me.”

~~~~~~~

Just a bit steamy, don’t you think?  But then, it is a shower scene. LOL

Now, to enter to win the other prizes, you need to go to the Rafflecopter and make  your entries.  Then go to the Linky List of Erotic Authors and continue to hop and enter to your heart’s content.

Hope you don’t cool down until you’re done. :)  And thanks for stopping by!

Posted in Blog Hops, Giveaways, Promotion | Tagged , , , , , | 22 Comments

Blog Tour Winners!

untitledI have  a couple of winners to announce from Ella Quinn’s Facebook Party  for Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret

 

 

 

and from the Rafflecopter Giveaway for my Blog Tour forBeleaguered3 Beleaguered.

 

 

 

 

 

betrothal-with-logo1The winner of a copy of Betrothal for Ella Quinn’s Facebook Party is Lesia Chambliss.

 

 

 

 

 

And the winner of the $25.00 Gift Card for the Beleaguered Blog Tour is Rita Wray.

I will be contacting the winners today and sending their prizes to them.

Congratulations, Winners!

And thanks to all who participated in these two tours.

Posted in Beleaguered, Giveaways, Promotion, Winners | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Horny Hump Day 08/13/14: To Woo A Wicked Widow ~ Flames

 

 

WARNING:  MATERIAL NOT SUITABLE FOR THOSE UNDER THE AGE OF 18!

NOT SAFE FOR WORK!

hhd 2014 2 (1)

Participating authors in Horny Hump Day post three sentences from their published works or WIP, hot like a firecracker! LOL

I’m back for Horny Hump Day!

Sorry I was not here last week, but I was off in a cabin in the woods writing.  Great retreat!

This snippet is from a current WIP that’s out to agents and editors at the moment.  It’s called To Woo A Wicked Widow, my Regency romance and this scene takes place in a stairwell at Almack’s.

rnc_bhnd2847a-300smWhen his hot mouth found hers, she gasped.

His tongue darted through her open lips, and she squealed, then quieted as his hands cradled her head. He explored every inch of her mouth—teeth, tongue, cheeks—with gentle thoroughness designed to kindle flames that licked at her soul.

 

 

 

That’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed my little Regency romp. I’ll keep you posted about how it’s going out in queryland.

Don’t forget,  the final installment of my medieval serial novel, Beleaguered, is available for just $2.99 at Amazon, ARe and Smashwords!

Please continue to the Horny Hump Day blog site for additional sites on the hop and go check out the other hot authors.

Thanks so much for visiting the Journal once more for Horny Hump Day!

betrothal-with-logo1Betrayal_logoBeleaguered3

Posted in Blog Hops, Horny Hump Day, Promotion, To Woo A Wicked Widow, WIP | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments