Anne here, and today it's my pleasure to welcome Emily Larkin to the Word Wenches.
I first met Emily at a romance writers' conference in Australia — she's a New Zealander, and she was writing Regency Historical romance (under the name of Emily May for Harlequin Historicals) so of course, because I'm always interested in new Regency writers, I read her first book. And immediately bought the next two.
She's the kind of Regency writer who Gets Things Right — I suspect she was raised on Georgette Heyer. She also writes darker fantasy novels as Emily Gee — in fact in 2008 her book, Thief With No Shadow finalled in two sections of the RITA — Best First Book and Best Mainstream with Romantic Elements — as well as being shortlisted for the prestigious Sir Julius Vogel award (NZ). And since I also read fantasy, I bought and thoroughly enjoyed those books, too.
But today, she's here as Emily Larkin, and is launching a new series combining Regency with a touch of magic. I've read the first one and it's a cracker of a tale — a Cinderella with a twist story. (Photo © 2016 Tim Cuff)
Anne: Emily, tell us about Unmasking Miss Appleby.
Emily: Hi Anne! Thanks for the intro. I was indeed raised on Georgette Heyer, and I do try very hard to Get Things Right! I’m so glad you enjoyed Unmasking Miss Appleby. ☺ It’s the book I’ve been wanting to write for years. It takes everything that I love about writing Regency romances and adds a little bit of what I like about writing fantasy novels. It’s Jane Austen plus a dash of magic, and was a lot of fun to write.
Here’s the blurb: On her 25th birthday, Charlotte Appleby receives a most unusual gift from the Faerie godmother she never knew she had: the ability to change shape.
Penniless and orphaned, she sets off for London to make her fortune as a man. But a position as secretary to Lord Cosgrove proves unexpectedly challenging. Someone is trying to destroy Cosgrove and his life is increasingly in jeopardy.
As Charlotte plunges into London’s backstreets and brothels at Cosgrove’s side, hunting his persecutor, she finds herself fighting for her life—and falling in love…
Anne: Historical readers are used to the "chick-in-pants" story — but this is a very different take on it. Care to explain?