Delancey Stewart writes contemporary romance.
Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She's been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a direct sales representative for a French wine importer. But she has always been a writer first.
A military spouse and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.
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1. Evie McKenzie is a debutante during the Prohibition Era -- I couldn't help it. I witnessed the end of a deb ball when I lived in NYC, and found the entire culture of "coming out" completely fascinating.
2. She is also a gossip columnist. In the book, she coins the term "klanbake" in reference to one of the most earthshaking democratic conventions in US history. The convention, held in NYC in 1924, was the first to see a woman placed in contention for the ticket -- Ms. Lena Springs. It also attracted a huge number of members of the Ku Klux Klan, who rallied in support of candidate William McAdoo. A journalist at the time referred to the convention as a "klanbake" and the term stuck.
3. Not only does the book witness the DNC mentioned above, but it also visits Paris during the 1924 Olympic Games, when the "flying scotsman" was forced to choose between his faith and his event. He refused to run his race on a Sunday.
4. Evie finds herself in a couple of comprising situations that require the removal of undergarments... that required me to learn about the undergarments of the 1920s, which was a fun bit of research! Since hemlines were shortened and corsets were out, the underwear that Evie's love interests must coax her out of were similar to the panties of today, with wider legs. They were called "step ins"!
5. Last fun fact -- though Evie's life, and that of her friend Tug Hadly, is based in fiction, there are plenty of facts for anyone curious about Prohibition-era NYC. Tug manages a speakeasy, and the method they use to hide the alcohol from Prohibition agents is not unlike those actually employed by underground bars of the day. Some speaks called themselves "tea houses" and actually served booze in teacups with saucers. Others had ingenious ways of ditching the booze when a raid was impending. The 21 Club, still in existence today, still uses their clever underground vault for special occasions and celebrity dinners. The door to the vault is in a brick wall, and could only be opened by sticking a long wire skewer into the right holes in the bricks in the correct order.
Hopefully I'm not the only one fascinated by Prohibition-era NYC - such a wild mix of temperance and hedonism, and a time when "New Adult" really would have meant something. Women were redefining themselves, certainly, as new opportunities opened to them. Young men, too, were finding avenues to explore beyond those that their parents had walked. And any time the world is changing so drastically, people find ways to let off steam...
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Carina (March 17, 2015)
Pride & Prohibition!
New York socialite Evie McKenzie is happy. At least, she tells herself that she must be since she has a ring on her finger from the man of her dreams and the city’s hottest speakeasy named in her honour. But a secret job as a gossip columnist brings the elusive and sinfully seductive Jack Taylor back into her orbit, and resisting him is twice as hard second time around.
For speakeasy manager Tug Hadley, the roar of the twenties is practically deafening – her eyes and ears are full of opportunity, and she’s ready to grab life with both hands. If only the man she loves weren’t engaged to her best friend…
Beneath the bootlegged booze and beaded flapper dresses, Evie and Tug must decide how much they’re willing to risk to get what they want in this most decadent era of high-stakes hedonism.
Don't miss this fantastic romantic sequel to Prohibited!
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