Lady of the Flames
by Barbara Monajem
Series: A Most Peculiar Season
Genre: Regency Historical Paranormal Romance
Release Date: March 23, 2015
From the desk of....Barbara Monajem
Past and Present
I owe the British Secret Service an apology. Not the present day service, of course, of which I happily know nothing, but the equivalent of two hundred years ago. I made them pretty inefficient in Lady of the Flames, but is it really likely that two amateurs (the hero, Lord Fen, and his Cockney business partner) would do a better job of catching traitors and spies? Is it likely that a pampered society beauty would hold her own in the world of danger and intrigue?
Probably not. But this is fiction, and there’s magic, too, which puts the ordinary spy-catchers at a disadvantage.
On the other hand, Lady of the Flames realistic in some ways. Back in the day, the authorities didn't look far when someone was accused of a crime. If you were seen driving a cart with escaping French prisoners, it wouldn't occur to them that you might be an innocent dupe. If you were of a lower class, like Fen’s partner, you didn't stand a chance. They would throw you into prison and execute you forthwith.
The pampered society beauty didn't have it easy either. She was likely to be pushed into marrying for all the wrong reasons: wealth, status, family obligations, and so on. Andromeda in Lady of the Flames is lucky—she finds out her betrothed is a traitor before she has a chance to say I do.
One of the things I love most about writing historical romance is the contrast between present and past—as well as the ways things stay the same. We have far better methods for solving crimes—and yet even today, innocent people sometimes go to prison for crimes they didn't commit. Class distinctions are becoming more and more blurred—and yet, too many people still marry for materialistic reasons and regret it later.
(But not in a romance, where happy endings are the rule!)
Would you like to have lived two hundred years ago? Do you think we’re really better off now? What if you could be transported two hundred years into the future? What will be different, and what will be just the same?
Magic is fraught with peril—but so is love.
Lord Fenimore Trent’s uncanny affinity for knives and other sharp blades led to knife fights, duels, and murderous brawls. Five years ago, he faced a choice: marry Andromeda Gibbons, the woman he loved, or find a safe, peaceful use for his blades by opening a furniture shop—an unacceptable occupation for a man of noble birth. The choice made itself when Andromeda turned to another man. The furniture shop prospered, but now Fen’s partner has been accused of treason. In order to root out the real traitor, he may face another unpalatable choice—to resort to the violent use of his blades once again.
Once upon a time, Andromeda Gibbons believed in magic. That belief faded after her mother’s death and vanished completely when Lord Fenimore, the man she loved, spurned her. Five years later, Andromeda has molded herself into a perfect—and perfectly unhappy—lady. When she overhears her haughty betrothed, the Earl of Slough, plotting treason, she flees into the London night—to Fen, the one man she knows she can trust. But taking refuge with Fen proves to mean far more than getting help—it means learning to believe in love, magic, and the real Andromeda once again.