Author Brownwen Evans Guest Posts – Regency Pin Money and Secret Spending +Giveaway
I’m saving up for some landscaping work to be done at my beach/vineyard house. Boy, is having a lovely garden an expensive business when you’ve just built a house. I have an acre section that needs grassing at a cost of $5k. Then there is drainage, irrigation etc. On top of that is all the planting…
It made me thankful that I can earn my own income. As a single woman, imagine if I was reliant on someone else for my upkeep. I was thinking of my heroine, Miss Beatrice Hennessy, in A Promise of More, my second book for Loveswept, and the fact that in Regency times, women of nobility relied on male members of their family, or their husbands, to support them.
Beatrice, who due to desperate circumstances has to marry Sebastian Hawkstone, Marquis of Coldhurst, is desperate for pin money. Pin Money was the amount of money a husband gave his wife, that she could use for incidentals privately, an adult version of pocket money. All other spending was on an account that would, of course, go to the husband. It would be like your partner viewing every thing you spent, all your credit card bills and bank statements, no privacy at all—scary!
Beatrice needs her pin money as she has a secret she’s petrified to reveal to her recently married husband. Luckily, Sebastian is very generous with his money, pity he’s not so generous with his heart! But Beatrice is working on that too.
Have you ever bought something that you didn’t want your husband or partner to know about? Did you succeed in hiding it? I tried to hide the fact I’d bought my partner a new golf club for his birthday once. But hiding something that big was tricky. He didn’t find it but I had to move it a few times…
Spill your secret and be in to win a copy of my best-selling Regency romance, TO DARE THE DUKE OF DANGERFIELD.WINNER ANNOUNCED BELOW – thanks for blogging
AND check out my website for a preview of my first Loveswept release, A KISS OF LIES. Here’s the blurb…. Available for pre-order, released 13 January, 2014.
Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.
One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over . . . until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.
New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer?
She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin WON the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012. Look out for her first Entangled Publishing Indulgence release in late 2012, The Italian Conte’s Reluctant Bride.
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