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.
To read an excerpt, visit http://www.jannamacgregor.com/books/the-cavensham-heiresses/the-bad-luck-bride/excerpt-bad-luck-bride.
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