Please join me in welcoming Charlotte Jardine to the blog today to talk about her Ladies of the Lamp series of sweet Victorian romances, including His Lady of Mistletoe which releases October 12th!
Charlotte Jardine is the author of sweet Victorian Romance and Historical Fiction. Her books feature forthright heroines and heroes you will fall in love with. Her number one goal is to write feel-good escapist fiction, always with a guaranteed happy ending.
While working to make the world a better place by day, she spends her evenings tapping away on her laptop, spending time with friends and family, and walking on the beach with her dogs. Oh, and did she mention that she’s a scone addict?
HIS LADY OF FIRE
SERIES: Ladies of the Lamp #1
GENRE: Historical/Victorian Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: Griffon Press
RELEASE DATE: August 13, 2021
A feisty nurse, mistress of her own destiny. A silver fox, who’s done with love. And a hotel mix-up that ignites their romance!
When thirty-eight-year-old nurse Mary Stanfield—a lover of extravagant bonnets and brightly-colored clothing—travels to the spa town of Buxton, it’s to escape the trials of establishing a private London nursing agency in a society that judges women incapable of business. The widow of a loveless marriage, the last thing on her mind is romance. But a botched reservation prompts an encounter with a dashing silver fox, a man who delights in her unconventional spirit. Is the handsome major too good to be true? And is she willing to relinquish her hard-won freedom for love?
Newly returned from the Crimean War, injured hero Major Albon Stanfield travels to Buxton to take the waters. However, missteps and botched bookings—primarily caused by their common surname—plague his trip. The intriguing Mrs. Stanfield takes pity on the wounded ex-soldier and allows him to share her hotel suite, although, for the sake of her reputation, they must pretend to be husband and wife. To his surprise, the widower Albon, who long ago swore off love, enjoys Mary’s company more than he could have imagined. Can this fiery redhead burn down the walls he’s built around his heart?
His Lady of Fire is the first book in the Ladies of the Lamp series, which follows a group of nurses recently returned from the Crimean War, each bearing their own emotional scars. A sweet Victorian romance filled with heart-warming characters, all the charming manners and customs of the day, and swoon-worthy heroes you’ll fall in love with.
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Hi Charlotte! Welcome to the blog!
Charlotte: I’m a huge dog lover. Growing up, we kept ‘wiener dogs’ (dachshunds), and I now share my house (and my couch, and my bed…) with my two elderly griffons, Greta and Ari. I can’t imagine my life without a dog to walk during the day and cuddle at night.
Charlotte: Coffee! I’m a coffee addict. My husband knows not to talk to me in the morning until I’ve had my first coffee. He won’t get any sense from me until then 🙂 But after my latte I’m full of smiles and ready to take on the day.
Carrie: haha! I’ve heard that often from coffee drinkers (i am not one, nor a tea drinker)
Charlotte: Over! When I go to people’s houses and the toilet paper is “under” I feel obliged to move it so it’s the “right” way. No one has commented so far on this slightly OCD tendency, so they must appreciate my correction!
Carrie: *makes a note to go back and redo all the toilet paper to ‘under’ if Charlotte ever comes to visit 😉
Charlotte: Boardgames! I adore boardgames and even have a regular board games group. We meet every Friday. We’re tried a whole variety of games, from light-hearted to longer and more serious. Settlers of Catan (or one of the variants) is always popular.
Carrie: we love board games too!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Charlotte: Oh, this is hard one. I think telekinesis – that way I can ‘summon’ my coffee cup to the couch, using only my mind, when my little dog is on my knee, and I don’t want to disturb her. It also would allow me to turn on my electric blanket from a distance 🙂
Carrie: Wouldn’t that be marvelous?
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Charlotte: Growing up, I adored Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, and read and re-read it countless times. It’s not super well-known now. It is a fantasy series set in Wales (in the United Kingdom) and is inspired by Welsh myths and legends. In fact, Disney turned it into a film that came out in 1985 called The Black Cauldron. I particularly loved Princess Eilonwy. She was a powerful enchantress, good with weapons, strong-willed and always ready with a witty comeback.
Carrie: Yes! I believe my husband has read those!
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks?
Charlotte: I am a creature of habit, so when I outline a new book (which I always do on paper first) I use a Fineliner drawing pen with a 0.8mm nib (no other size nib will do!) I also use a different essential oil in my oil burner as I write. For His Lady of Iron, I chose a rosemary-based blend, as Clem—the heroine of this novel—was a forthright and strong character, and this scent summed up her character. For His Lady of Fire, I had a lily-of-the-valley scented oil, as this flower was the main female character’s favorite. And, of course, for His Lady of Mistletoe, which is my holiday story that I will soon release, I had a gorgeous Christmas blend that made my study smell of pine and spice.
Carrie: i love that!
Q: Which of your main characters in the Ladies of the Lamp series is most like you?
Charlotte: My favorite character is Mary Stanfield, known as ‘Matron Mary’ by the nurses who worked in her ward (the heroine in His Lady of Fire). My Ladies of the Lamp series are sweet historical romances. I set them in the Victorian era, when attitudes to women were quite different to how they are today. Mary became a nurse later in life, after she was widowed, and subsequently studied under the famous Florence Nightingale, then went to nurse in the Crimean War.
Mary worked her way up to ward matron, so she’s determined and ambitious. She’s very protective of the nurses in her charge and, having married a man who was a bully and a tyrant, won’t let anyone ever again stop her from living her life the way she wants. However, when she meets a handsome and charming retired army officer, she might just consider having a man in her life again, despite having sworn off love.
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from the Ladies of the Lamp series?
Charlotte: My Ladies of the Lamp series follows a group of women who nursed in the Crimean War, and then came home changed by their experiences in both positive and negative ways. The books are about how my nurses overcome their personal emotional wounds, fall in love, and find their happily ever-afters. I want my readers to come away entertained, uplifted, and reassured that no matter how dark the past, there is always the possibility of future filled with healing and laughter.
Carrie: So true!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Charlotte: The new book in my Ladies of the Lamp series is about to come out: His Lady of Mistletoe. It’s a heart-warming ‘opposites attract’ Christmas story set in Victorian England. I adore Christmas stories! Don’t you?
Carrie: i DO!!
Charlotte Jardine is offering all 3 ebooks in the Ladies of the Lamp series to one of my readers! (Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read the Ladies of the Lamp series by Charlotte Jardine?