Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series are full of danger, intrigue and love stories that will leave you sighing. Today she is sharing some fun things about the Ghost of St. Giles as well as an excerpt from Lord of Darkness.
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Elizabeth has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and, as a result of having no clue what to do with her life thereafter, a career history as a barista, a (terrible) sales clerk, a Wisconsin Revenue Service data entry slave, and an archeological field work grunt. Fortunately, Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when her youngest was entering Kindergarten, Elizabeth’s mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job.
Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job.
But! Five years later, to everyone’s surprise, she actually sold that romance novel (The Raven Prince) and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories.
Since then Elizabeth has written eleven books to critical acclaim: The Prince Trilogy (The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince); the Legend of the Four Soldiers series (To Taste Temptation, To Seduce a Sinner, To Beguile a Beast, and To Desire a Devil); and the Maiden Lane series (Wicked Intentions, Notorious Pleasures, Scandalous Desires, Thief of Shadows, Lord of Darkness and the upcoming Duke of Midnight.) All of Elizabeth’s books are set in eighteenth century England and all feature a fairy tale story that serves as a foil to the main story.
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- The Ghost of St. Giles disguises himself as a harlequin actor in a motley tunic, breeches, mask, jackboots, gauntlet gloves, and big, floppy hat.
- Harlequins traditionally carry a slapstick sword—a wooden sword with a hinged slapstick that claps when waved. But the Ghost of St. Giles’s swords are quite real and he carries two—a long one in his right hand and a shorter one in his left hand for defense. This style of swordfighting was more common in the early eighteenth century.
- There are three Ghosts and all three make an appearance in the first book of the Maiden Lane series, Wicked Intentions. Unfortunately, at least one is in disguise so it may be hard to pick them out. ;-)
- Although all the Ghosts share a similar body build, there is one physical difference that can distinguish them from each other, even in costume.
- The final Ghost will be revealed in my November book, Duke of Midnight.
“We’re about to be stopped by the dragoons,” Godric said grimly as he pulled Megs into his lap, parting her legs beneath her skirts so that she straddled him. “If they discover I’m the Ghost, we’re both ruined. Do you understand?”
She was both brave and intelligent, his wife. Her eyes widened, but she merely nodded once.
The carriage was already slowing, the soldiers’ horses right outside the window. They could hear the shouts of the men, the answering voice of their coachman.
“Good,” he said. “Follow my lead.”
He took the little knife from his boot and slit the front of her bodice open, cutting through stays and chemise as well. Any other woman would’ve screamed—the dress was silk, an expensive, frivolous thing—but Megs merely watched him with startled brown eyes.
He pulled the edges widely apart and the most beautiful breasts he’d ever seen popped into view, round and full with dark rose nipples. Had it just been his life, he might’ve taken the time to look his fill. But it was her life as well—or at least her reputation. If he were hung as a murderer, she’d be shunned by all but her family.
He pulled her close and bent his head as hands scrabbled at the carriage door. Then his mouth was full of her sweet nipple and he suckled strongly, as the heady scent of woman and orange blossoms swirled about his head. He could see her pulse beating at her tender throat like a fluttering bird. Damn it, if his mouth wasn’t full, he might’ve chuckled.
He was as hard as a rock.
The door to the carriage was yanked open.
He felt her jerk, her strong young back arching in his hands, and she brushed her fingers through his cropped hair.
“What—” The voice was loud and commanding. The voice of a dragoon captain.
Godric raised his head, eyes narrowed in anger as he pulled her into his chest, shielding her nudity. Megs made a distressed, embarrassed sound and hid her face in his shoulder.
And just like that, his anger became real.
“What in God’s name is the meaning of this?” he growled.
He doubted very much that Captain Trevillion was used to blushing, but damned if the man’s cheeks didn’t darken. “I…uh…I am Captain James Trevillion of the 4th Dragoons. I’m charged with capturing the Ghost of St. Giles. One of my men thought he saw the Ghost enter this carriage. If you—”
“I don’t care if you’re charged with capturing the Pretender himself,” Godric whispered. “Get out of my carriage before I carve your eyes out and use—”
But Trevillion was already muttering an apology as he withdrew. The carriage door slammed.
“Wait,” Godric murmured, stilling her with a hand on her soft, bare back.
Trevillion might be red-faced, but the man was nothing if not canny.
Only when the carriage started forward did he let Megs slip from his lap.
Excerpt from Lord of Darkness ©2013 by Elizabeth Hoyt. All rights reserved.
LORD OF DARKNESS:
Genre: HistoricalGet Your Own Copy: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Nook | iBooks | BAM
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 26, 2013)
WHEN STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT
He lives in the shadows. The mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, his only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless lady pointing a pistol at his head—and realizes she is his wife . . .
Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and the man she hasn’t seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be—and so much more . . .
DESIRE IS THE ULTIMATE DANGER
When passion flares these two intimate strangers can't keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth—that the Ghost is her husband, Godric St. John—the game is up and the players must surrender . . . to the temptation that could destroy them both.
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