Landon, Juliet, Taming the Tempestuous Tudor

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Landon, Juliet, Taming the Tempestuous Tudor (At the Tudor Court, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Taming the Tempestuous Tudor (At the Tudor Court, Book 2)

Author:  Juliet Landon

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Gendered Expectations (Women); Parenthood

Blurb:

Passion and peril in the court of Elizabeth I…

Henrietta Raemon, illegitimate daughter of Henry VIII, longs to go to court to be closer to her half sister, the queen. The last thing on fiercely independent Etta’s mind is marriage—until newly ennobled merchant Baron Somerville leaves her no choice!

But the attractions of court turn perilous when Etta’s resemblance to Elizabeth makes her some powerful enemies. Her husband is there to protect her, if only Etta can conquer her pride…and surrender.

Author Note,

Eighteen years on from Betrayed, Betrothed and Bedded, Sir Jon and Lady Raemon are now the middle-aged parents of Henrietta, the lovely stepdaughter whose natural father is King Henry VIII.

His mistresses are well-documented, so I have used some artistic license to invent Henrietta’s mother, though in fact several of his offspring resembled his daughter Elizabeth quite closely.  Lady Catherine Grey was one of those – a young woman who unfortunately did not share the characteristics of her brilliant older sister, Lady Jane Grey.  By including some factual characters in Taming the Tempestuous Tudor I hope to create enough reality to make the fiction sound plausible:  men like Lord Robert Dudley, Dr. John Dee and Lord Howard of Effingham, and Queen Elizabeth herself.

The miniaturist Levina Teerlinc actually did live at the Tudor court, working for both Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, and her father was indeed the artist Simon Benninck.  Whether she had a brother or not I have been unable to discover, so I have taken the liberty of inventing one for her.  She painted Elizabeth on several occasions, and Lady Catherine Grey too.  Dr John Dee did go to live in Mortlake, near the church, where he had a vast library of scientific books, and the site of Mortlake Manor, once lived in by Thomas Cromwell, was eventually demolished and built on by the brewery.

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Landon, Juliet, The Rake’s Unconventional Mistress

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Landon, Juliet, The Rake’s Unconventional Mistress (Ladies of Paradise Roade, Book 3),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2009).

Title:  The Rake’s Unconventional Mistress (Ladies of Paradise Roade, Book 3)

Author:  Juliet Landon

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Class Differences; Gendered Expectations (Women)

Blurb:

Miss Letitia Boyce didn’t begrudge her sisters their fun with the pick of London’s available bachelors. She’d chosen her path and knew book-learning and marriage rarely mixed. Her proof was Lord Seton Rayne, who had made it abundantly clear that an unmarried schoolma’am was of no interest to him–no matter her good connections.

Wealthy and titled, one of the most notorious rakehells in town, Seton had every heiress hurling herself at him. So his sudden kissing of captivating, unconventional Letitia took them both by surprise…

Dear Reader,

If you take a peep at the first pages of any Mills & Boon book you’ll see (perhaps with a smile) that the address in England really is medieval palace stood beside the River Thames.  So I made this romantic address the setting for my Regency trilogy, of which this story is the third part, because I felt such an appropriate name ought to be celebrated for the 100th Anniversary.  There is, in fact, a previous story – One Night in Paradise – concerning the distant ancestors of my Regency characters, set in Elizabethan times when the palace was still in use.

What do my Mills & Boon editors think about my using their address for such a romantic purpose?  Well, I know that if I were to set a story around the royal manor of Shene (the original name for Richmond) in Anglo-Saxon times, they’d be as enthusiastic about the eleventh century as they have been about all the other periods.  They are, of course, as unashamedly romantic and imaginative as their writers and readers – just one of the reasons why working with them is such a joy.

Happy Anniversary, Mills & Boon!

Juliet