The Bad Luck Bride: Guest Post by Janna MacGregor

Hi there! My name is Janna MacGregor, and I’m delighted to be a guest at Embracing Romance today. I write historical romances set in the Regency period.  My first book, The Bad Luck Bride by St. Martin’s Press, released this week.

The Bad Luck Bride, aka Lady Claire Cavensham, believes in curses, specifically she believes she’s cursed. After three failed engagements, she discovers her fourth fiancé has just jilted her at a very public ball. Alex Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, swoops in like a knight in shining armor and declares in front of everyone that Lady Claire has agreed to marry him. Completely shocked, Claire walks away not believing he’s serious. Oh, but Alex is quite serious. He’s determined to marry Claire as an act of vengeance against her fourth fiancé who Alex believes mistreated his sister. What appears as a simple marriage of convenience quickly turns into something special between Claire and Alex. However, when Claire discovers the truth behind his proposal, the couple has to fight to save their marriage. As they find their way together, both come to realize they must forgive not only others, but themselves if they want a happy ever after.

Claire believes she’s cursed and attributes the cause to a carriage accident that took the lives of her mother and father. As the only survivor, Claire suffers tremendous guilt. Believing in curses is the only way she can reconcile the string of bad luck that has been her constant companion in life.

In researching curses, I discovered a treasure trove in England where my story takes place. Curse tablets, blood curses, ancient philia spells, witching balls-you name it, the UK has it.

A curse tablet is sometimes referred to as a binding spell. Common throughout the Greco-Roman world, these curses became quite popular upon the Roman invasion of England.  A person would scratch out a curse on a thin metal sheet of lead. The curse normally asked the gods to wreck havoc on an individual. For instance, if someone stole your cloak, you’d asked the gods to strike the culprit dead for stealing. This photo illustrates what a curse tablet actually looked like. It’s quite evil looking, isn’t it?

Quite a few of these ancient curse tablets were found in the Bath area, but in 2006, archaeologists found a curse tablet in Leicester, England. They believe it dated back to around 200-300 A.D. Romans certainly knew how to keep their enemies in line!

Thank you so much for allowing me to visit Embracing Romance today. It’s been my sincere pleasure.


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10 Responses

  1. jessicajefferson

    Your book sounds amazing! I need to read it immediately. The info about the curses was fun. I do think death is a bit harsh for stealing a cloak, but I suppose if someone stole a pair of my shoes, I might be a little peeved myself.
    Thanks for the post!

  2. Barbara Monajem (@BarbaraMonajem)

    Wow, how fascinating. (I wish I could read what the curse tablet says.) Curses and spells do make great story fodder. Best of good luck with The Bad Luck Bride! (Great title. :))

    • Janna MacGregor

      Barbara, I must still be recovering from my week in Atlanta and RT17. I replied to your comment, but it’s below. Thank you again for posting!

    • Janna MacGregor

      Hi Christy! Thank you and your fellow authors on Embracing Romance for allowing me to stop by and chat! You have a fabulous group here! Can’t wait to talk to you this week. I’m so loving the fact that you’re enjoying TBLB! You know how much I love your stories! Muah!

    • Janna MacGregor

      Hi Denise! Oh, that’s the best thing an author can hear. Thank you so much for taking the time to read The Bad Luck Bride. I’d love it if you’d leave a review! Sorry it’s taking me so long to reply. I just got back from RT in Atlanta late last night. Thank you again for taking the time to post! Best, Janna

  3. Janna MacGregor

    Hi Jessica! You and I share the same passion for shoes! I agree about the harsh punishment for the shoe stealing! *wink* Anyway, I hope you get a chance to read The Bad Luck Bride! Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Janna MacGregor

    Hi @BarbaraMonagem! The curses were such fun to research. They’re steeped in history-the best kind! Thank you for the kind words about my debut. I so appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment.