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Guest Blogger: Wendy Soliman (Contest)
Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Hi, Delilah, Thanks so much for inviting me onto your blog.

Forgotten HeiressI’m a British author with over twenty books published, over half of them Regency romances. I was raised on the Isle of Wight in Southern England, a stone’s throw from Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s island retreat. Carisbrooke Castle, where Charles 1st was imprisoned before being taken to London to have his head chopped off is just five miles away and we have more castles, ancient ruins and stately homes than you can shake a stick at.

We took them for granted but I think that’s when my love affair with history started—well then and when I first read Jane Austen and desperately wanted to be Lizzie Bennet! I kind of absorbed the historical vibes like osmosis and that was that. I love the idea of men in tight breeches with impeccable manners, shedding both the moment the bedroom door closes!

However, I digress. My latest, Forgotten Heiress, was released as an e-book by Samhain on February 19th.  This one tackles the class society, so prevalent in Regency times. My own childhood home was modest; the equivalent of poor housing in Regency times, I guess, and yet was so close to all that Victorian opulence. It struck me as incongruous when I was old enough to think about it and opened my eyes to the huge divide between the haves and have-nots.

My heroine is the illegitimate daughter of a banker and so, although she has a huge dowry, she knows society’s doors will remain firmly closed to her. When the heir to a dukedom takes an interest in her, she throws caution to the wind and decides to have some fun. Her neighbour, Harry Benson-Smythe, is suspicious at the upturn in her fortunes and vows to rescue Eloise from her own folly. He loves her feisty, free-spirited attitude to life but even if he manages to get rid of her aristocratic admirer, he’s already engaged to a far more suitable lady, so there can never be a happy ending for Harry and Eloise, can there…?

I’m giving a copy of Forgotten Heiress away. Just leave a comment here and along with your contact details, letting me know what you most enjoy about Regency romance.

Good luck!

Forbidden Heiress from Samhain Publishing and all e-retailers, price $3.85
Read more about me and my books on my website

Thanks so much for having me here, Delilah.

Wendy

12 comments to “Guest Blogger: Wendy Soliman (Contest)”

  1. Belinda Baker
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      · February 24th, 2013 at 7:08 am · Link

    I like the fact that usually a “lower class” person prevails in upper society and of course the romance.



  2. Toni Whitmire
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      · February 24th, 2013 at 8:14 am · Link

    I like how sometimes the underdog can show that they can be just as great as the so-called upper class. bibbiesparks@yahoo.com.



  3. Dena
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      · February 24th, 2013 at 8:39 am · Link

    Sounds like one that needs to he added to my reading list!



  4. Becky H
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      · February 24th, 2013 at 1:38 pm · Link

    I like the grandness of Regency. The clothes for those that could afford them, and the pageantry. I guess I have always had the fantasy of being one of the “haves” and having a “come out” to meet my Prince Charming.



  5. Angila
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      · February 24th, 2013 at 4:05 pm · Link

    I like the fact that I feel like I’m transported to a different time where you can have a Cinderella Romance. The good ones teach you about how even though things were so difficult then, sometimes true love could be found. It makes me appreciate small conveniences like toilet paper and microwave ovens :) LOL. This sounds like my kind of story will add it to my “to read list”



  6. Z
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      · February 24th, 2013 at 6:19 pm · Link

    I love the descriptions of the dresses, and the hero’s noble characters…at least outside the bedroom.
    Z
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  7. Pam Denham
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      · February 24th, 2013 at 10:20 pm · Link

    I love the Regency romances, as they are a nice escape from life & are so full of detail I get lost in the story.



  8. Teresa Hughes
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      · February 25th, 2013 at 7:23 am · Link

    I love it when the heroine throws caution to the wind and goes against what is expected of her!



  9. kathleen yohanna
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      · February 25th, 2013 at 11:40 pm · Link

    I like all things history and someone else has done the research for me. I also like the romance and the happy endings.



  10. TIFFANY M
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      · February 26th, 2013 at 3:58 am · Link

    HELLO WENDY 8)

    I LOVE HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVELS AND THE MOVIES THAT BE SHOWING ON PBS. REGENCY NOVELS ARE SO PASSIONATE AND MAKES YOU WISH YOU WERE THOSE CHARACTERS YOU READ ABOUT. I’M AN AVID READER, SO I HAVE READ A LOT OF ROMANCE NOVELS IN MY LIFETIME AND I WILL CONTINUE TO :) :-D :-P



  11. Wendy Soliman
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      · February 27th, 2013 at 4:54 am · Link

    Thanks for all the comments. Keep them coming!



  12. Wendy Soliman
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      · February 28th, 2013 at 5:33 am · Link

    Thanks for all the comments. Toni Whitmire is the winner of a copy of Forgotten Heiress and I shall be sending her prize out today.