Kryssie reads everything and anything, from literary fiction to sizzling romance. Her earliest memory is going to the library with her mother. She can’t have been more than two at the time. Reading, especially when a book’s hot and explicit, is more than a guilty pleasure. It’s an obsession.Kryssie loves to visit historic sites, from Hadrian’s wall to Regency Bath. The first book she fell in love with was Georgette Heyer’s The Unknown Ajax. After that, she devoured every regency book she could. After a while, they went out of fashion, but part of Kryssie’s psyche lives in in in Regency London. She longs to dance quadrilles and flirt behind fans. Of course, Kryssie’s heroines do far more than flirt.
Kryssie lives in Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast –about thirty miles from Whitby, where Bram Stoker wrote Dracula. She enjoys gardening, travel, and socializing with her author friends. You’d be surprised how many erotic romance authors live in the North of England.
Charles Lennox 4th Duke of Richmond commanded the reserve forces in Brussels during the Battle of Waterloo. His wife and daughters accompanied him to Belgium. On 15th June, his wife, Charlotte Lennox, Duchess of Richmond threw a ball.With the exception of three generals, every officer in the Wellington’s army was there—including the great man himself.
One comment was the ball started with the ladies sat as stiff as waxworks, although they joined in the waltz – a dance deemed risqué by some. After that they danced a gallopade – a completely indecent and violent romp.Hardly surprising. We Brits have always known how to party.
I imagine a ballroom full of beautiful ladies in elegant dresses, accompanied by the cream of Regency Gentlemen. Every nationality mingled there. Gordon Highlands danced reels to amuse the guests. Just before supper started, around 1am Wellington received a note from the Prince of Orange stating the French had crossed the river Sambre and skirmishing had started. The Duke calmly issued some commands and went through to supper.He sat between Lady Georgiana, and Lady Frances Caroline Wedderburn-Webster. Lady Francis was supposedly the lover of both Lord Byron and the Iron Duke – although not at the same time.
Years later, “Lady Georgiana, daughter of the Duchess of Richmond wrote this about it.“It was a dreadful evening, taking leave of friends and acquaintances, many never to be seen again. The Duke of Brunswick, as he took leave of me in the ante-room adjoining the ball-room, made me a civil speech as to the Brunswickers being sure to distinguish themselves after "the honour" done them by my having accompanied the Duke of Wellington to their review! I remember being quite provoked with poor Lord Hay, a dashing merry youth, full of military ardour, whom I knew very well for his delight at the idea of going into action, and of all the honours he was to gain; and the first news we had on the 16th was that he and the Duke of Brunswick were killed. …
The contrast between the elegant ball and its aftermath is breath taking.
By the next evening many of the attendees, including the highlanders who’d dance for the guests’ pleasure were dead.One the things I enjoyed most about writing my dark Regency Romance, Wickedly Used was the research.
Blurb for Wickedly Used
While he is no stranger to pleasurable company from ladies of the night, Major Richard Rothbury of the royal dragoons is not the kind of man who will stand idly by as a woman is taken against her will, and when he witnesses a disreputable cad attempting to force himself on a girl in a back alley, he does not hesitate to intervene.
But after the grateful young woman offers herself to Rothbury, he is shocked to discover that not only was she no harlot, she was a maiden and he has deflowered her. Furious at the girl’s scandalous behavior and her carelessness with her own safety, Rothbury chastises her soundly.
Despite having made it clear that he doesn’t consider a match between them to be possible, when Elizabeth disobeys him Rothbury proves more than ready to strip her bare, punish her harshly, and then enjoy her beautiful body in the most shameful of ways. But can she dare to hope that he will one day make her his wife, or is she destined to spend her life being wickedly used?
Publisher’s Note: Wickedly Used: A Dark Regency Romance includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
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