I am so excited to be here to celebrate the release of BITE AT FIRST
SIGHT! I am dizzy from all the kind things the reviewers have said about
“The romance is delicious, exciting, and sexy... BITE AT FIRST
SIGHT is an erotic love story with strong characters and great
storytelling.” – Fresh Fiction
I must say it was fascinating to research medical practices of the early 19th
century. So I'm going to share a few fun things I learned.
1.) Microscopes and knowledge of blood cells happened a LOT
sooner than I thought.... in the Fifteenth century!! Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
designed a microscope that could magnify up to 500 times. But the technique died
with him, so his inventions were highly coveted by physicians and scientists of
future generations. The device comes into play in my series.
They look very different than modern microscopes.
2.) But germ theory had yet to have been contemplated and
doctors were lax in washing their hands and instruments. My heroine, Cassandra,
is not as bad with this because she's a neat freak.
Tension charged the air the moment Rafael entered Lady Rosslyn’s laboratory for
her first experiment. The fingers of his bad hand twitched as if aware of her
presence. His stomach felt as if a leaden weight rolled around within. This had
been a terrible idea. When she looked up from whatever gadget she was tinkering
with, he opened his mouth to call the whole thing off.
“Brilliant. You’re precisely on time,” she said with a businesslike smile,
picking up a horrifically sharp instrument. “I would like to start by collecting
a specimen of your blood.”
Rafe clenched his teeth. Damn her irrepressible courage. How could she face him
so coolly, wielding what was surely a torture device? He couldn’t allow her to
have the upper hand.
He strained to return her smile. “Very well. How shall we proceed?”
Lady Rosslyn gestured to a chair on her right. “If you would sit over there and,
ah, roll up your shirt sleeves, I w-would be most obliged.”
Had that been a tremor in her voice? Rafe sat and studied her closer. Her hands
shook as she placed the needle, a cloth, and two small squares of glass on a
tray. The objects rattled on the tray as she carried it toward him. So she was
nervous after all.
He frowned. Suddenly her trepidation didn’t please him as much. She planned to
stick him with that instrument, so it would be more comforting if she was
confident about it.
Forcing a smile, he attempted to joke. “I say, Countess, I am unaccustomed to
having my blood drawn.”
3.) To be a "Doctor" all one pretty much had to do was speak
Latin and Greek. And doctors only diagnosed illnesses and prescribed treatments.
They were unable to operate on a person (That was strictly a Surgeon's job) or
even administer medication (That was for the apocathery) The Royal College of
Physicians was also fairly corrupt, allowing wealthy students to buy their way
in and instructors to utilize favoritism to determine who would pass the less
than stringent courses.
In BITE AT
FIRST SIGHT, Cassandra is mentored by the surgeon, Thomas Wakley. When he
gives her the Oxford examination as a courtesy, she is disappointed with how
simple it was.
4.) Use of anesthetics and pain killers were still rare. The
treatments available at the time were Laudanum, Cannabis, and Ether, though the
last was still mostly used for recreational purposes rather than medicinal.
Later on in the 19th century, Morphine and Cocaine became the cure-alls in the
medical world and I confess that I'm relieved the time period of this book
But one of the most effective treatments Cassandra used on Rafe was simple
massage. As Hippocrates wrote: "The physician must be experienced in many
things, but assuredly in rubbing." Naturally, this leads to some sexy-times.
5.) Obtaining cadavers.
Before 1830, it was only legal to obtain cadavers of executed criminals. This
led to a vast shortage of bodies for medical students to study. So a new
industry was formed. Grave robbers, called "Resurrection Men" sold cadavers to
doctors and colleges. As Cassandra could not go to medical school, she had to
hire her own Resurrection Men. Unfortunately, her hired hands kept disappearing
so she decided to take matters into her own hands and went to the cemetery to
procure her own. And thus the most fun opening scene I've ever written came to pass!
About BITE AT FIRST SIGHT
Her interest is purely scientific
Cassandra Burton wants to study medicine, surgery, healing, and everything
related to the human body and its mysteries—and she's willing to rob graves to
do it! But a lady can meet dark and dangerous characters lurking around the
cemetery. And who could be more fascinating than Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of
London? If she could study his physiology, she could learn so much that would
help humans. After all, he’s immortal—and Cassandra is now his prisoner…
Until she gets close enough to touch
As if Rafael didn’t have enough to worry about, with a rebellion brewing and his
allies out of reach, now he’s confronted by a beautiful, fearless lady who wants
to heal the scars he's borne for centuries. He can’t keep her, and he can’t let
her go, and worst of all, he’s every bit as intrigued by her as she is by him.
About Brooklyn Ann
A lover of witty Regencies and dark paranormal romance, Brooklyn Ann combines
the two in her new vampire series. The former mechanic turned author lives with
her family in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.
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