Wednesday, May 8, 2019

# Guest Posts

Writing Tough Women in Historical Romance by A.S. Fenichel @asfenichel #guest


Writing Tough Women in Historical Romance

By A.S. Fenichel

The title is my goal.

Thanks so much for having me here. I thought we’d talk about women’s empowerment. We see it all the time in contemporary settings and certainly in futuristic settings. I’ve noted a huge increase in butt-kicking women in movies, from Tomb Raider to Black Panther and even A Star is Born. In film and television, we see more and more spectacular women.

I don’t really write my heroines intentionally tough. In fact, some have started out quite mild to the naked eye. Perhaps it’s my nature poking through, but even those who seemed meek, were secretly hiding their light. However, in A Lady’s Virtue there is nothing diminished about Silvia. She’s been dumped, she’s had enough of her mother’s criticism and she takes her life into her own hands. YES, MA’AM!

Okay, I love her quite a bit.

The reason I created the Everton Domestic Society was so that my wonderful women of Regency England would have a safe place to fall or fail as the case may be. In reality many unmarried women of the time would have had a hard go of it, if their parents were not wealthy enough to support them. Many took employment as nannies or companions. Those were the lucky ones. Some had to rely on the kindness of relatives, become a servant or a burden on their families. Some ended much worse. The Everton Domestic Society provides a home, security, occupation and comradery where they’re would have been none.

What the Society really does, is give me leave to let my ladies fly as far as they can within the confines of the historical realities. They rush into the world unaware they are about to find true love.

Check out A Lady’s Virtue and fall in love with Silvia’s quick wit and find out why Anthony Braighton can’t live without her.

About the Author
A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.
A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.
Multi-published in historical, paranormal, erotic and contemporary romance, A.S. is the author of The Forever Brides series, the Everton Domestic Society series, and more. With several books currently contracted, A.S. will be bringing you her brand of edgy romance for years to come.
Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the Southern Missouri with her real-life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, puttering in her garden and spoiling her fussy cat. 
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About the Book:

Title: A LADY’S VIRTUE
Author: A.S. Fenichel
Publisher: Lyrical Press/Kensington Books
Pages: 225
Genre: Regency Romance

BOOK BLURB:
Can a broken engagement ignite the spark of true love?

Sylvia Dowder had almost made it to the altar when her fiancĂ© unexpectedly became a viscount, and dropped her like a stale crumpet to make a more “suitable” match. Though Sylvia’s heart has been crushed, her spirit has not. She puts her wits and social savvy to use as a secret gossip columnist—and as the Everton Domestic Society’s party planner to the ton. Luckily, she’s not in danger of ever falling for an aristocrat again…

Especially not one like Anthony Braighton, Earl of Grafton. Raised in America, Anthony sees no reason to marry when he can enjoy all the perks of being an eligible earl. Determined to convince his family he doesn’t need a wife, he hires Sylvia to act as hostess and decorator for upcoming parties. Yet Sylvia is as adept at captivating his interest as she is at beautifying his home. And despite this Everton lady’s aversion to titled men, some attractions can’t be denied—and love rarely does go where it’s told . . .

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