Update: My DH has done his mathematical magic and come up with our 3 winners. Congrats to: Diane P. Diamond, Marion Spicher, and Su Maneck. If you didn’t win, I hope you’ll check my Events page for the next time I’ll be blogging with a giveaway!
I admit it. I’m a rabid royal watcher. It might be because my ancestors on both sides were English. (Of course, since my family came here in the 1600′s that sort of indicates they were in a bit of trouble in the Old Country, doesn’t it?) But I’m still proud of the British blood in my veins and this week’s Diamond Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II is just as exciting for me as anyone who lives across the Pond.
60 years on the throne is a monumental achievement. Only one British monarch has bested the current queen and that’s Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years. Like the current occupant of Buckingham Palace, Victoria came into her crown early in life. She was only 18 when she succeeded her uncle, but despite her youth, she became one of the most admired monarchs of all time.
When I was in Hawaii recently, I learned that even the Hawaiian royal family wasn’t immune to anglophilia. Queen Emma (the consort to King Kamehameha IV) adopted European dress and even named her son Albert, after Victoria’s husband. The Hawaiian royals were obviously great friends of Victoria and Albert. Of course the fact that England supported the Kingdom of Hawaii against growing American encroachment might also have had something to do with it.
When the royal couple wanted a summer palace to escape the heat of Honolulu, they ordered a charming English cottage to be dismantled in England and had it shipped all the way around the world to be reassembled in the cool hills overlooking Waikiki. We actually were able to tour Queen Emma’s summer palace along with Kim from the SOS Aloha blog. You’d never have known you weren’t in Wiltshire, unless you looked outside and saw the palm trees!
The summer palace is furnished with Victorian antiques and of course, we were discouraged from touching anything. But in Queen Emma’s will, she requested that anyone who could play the piano should be allowed to sit down to her magnificent instrument. It was a little out of tune, but still had a lovely tone.
So you can find anglophiles and admirers of all things Victorian in the most unlikely of places. Which may be part of why I set my Touch of Seduction series in Victoria’s England. The third book TOUCH OF A SCOUNDREL is coming out on July 31st. It’s the story of Griffin Nash, the Earl of Devonwood. He’s fiercely protective of his family and will do anything to provide for them. He’s also blessed (he’d say ‘cursed’) with the ‘gift of touch’–an inherited ability that allows him to peer into the future when he touches certain objects. When he finds a lovely young woman sketching in his garden and stoops to retrieve her pencil, he’s treated to a vision of her in his arms. For once, he’s looking forward to the future hurtling toward him. Until he discovers she’s his brother’s fiancee…
I have some ARCs of TOUCH OF A SCOUNDREL and would like to give 3 of them away. Leave a comment or question for me and you’ll be entered in the random drawing. Good luck!
So, to get the conversation going…didn’t you just love Kate’s red hat at the Jubilee festivities yesterday? Or are you not a royal watcher? Either way is cool with me. Just explain yourself.