The heroine of my new historical novel, EARLS JUST WANT
TO HAVE FUN, isnâ€™t your typical Regency heroine. Marlowe is a thief who grew
up in the slums of London and runs with a gang called the Covent Garden Cubs.
â€śCubâ€ť is a slang term for a young thief.
When sheâ€™s suddenly mistaken for the long lost daughter of a marquess, she has a
lot to learn in order to fit in with her â€śbetters.â€ť But what Marlowe learns is
that sometimes street smarts are good for more than just survival. In fact,
those lessons she learned on the street, come in handy when sheâ€™s introduced
Lesson #1: Trust no one.
Growing up in the rookery of Covent Garden, Marlowe quickly learned not to trust
anyone. One false move, and she could end up with a knife in her back.
Literally. Even the Bow Street Runners, the police of the era, werenâ€™t above
using unsuspecting cubs for financial gain and then abandoning them to face time
in prison or hang for their crimes.
So when Marlowe meets the Earl of Dane, she doesnâ€™t trust him or anyone in his
family. Dane might claim to want to help her, but she canâ€™t know his true
motives. Sheâ€™s always watching her back, which comes in handy when the crime
lord who leads her gang comes looking for her. Then itâ€™s Marlowe who has to make
a choice between betraying a friend or trusting someone besides herself.
Lesson #2: Never pass up a meal.
Food was scarce in the slums of Covent Garden, and Marlowe grew up having to
either steal food or the coin to buy it. So when Marlowe has breakfast in
Derring House, Daneâ€™s swanky London town house, she is overwhelmed by the amount
and variety of food offered to her. Not only does she stash some in her pockets
for later, she eats until she wants to burst. She never knows when another meal
Food definitely holds Marloweâ€™s attention, and itâ€™s while sheâ€™s eyeing a table
of food that she first spots trouble coming her way in the form of the Dowager
Countess of Dane. A woman who deigns to sip only weak tea and passes up clotted
cream must be an enemy.
Lesson #3: Watch and learn.
Marlowe might not know how to behave in Polite Society, but sheâ€™s a quick
learner. Sheâ€™s learned to be a consummate actress and can ape her betters
flawlessly. When Marlowe is obliged to attend a duchessâ€™s ball, her acting
skills see her through the morass of unfamiliar social rules.
I loved writing about Marlowe because I am so not street smart. I wouldnâ€™t have
lasted the day in Covent Garden. But I have other smarts, like getting my
preschooler to bed in under 30 minutes or quoting large portions of Star Wars
verbatim. What are you smart about?
About EARLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN
His heart may be the last thing she ever steals...
Marlowe is a pickpocket, a housebreaker-and a better actress than any
professional on the stage. She runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of
thieves living in the slums of London's Seven Dials. It's a fierce life, and
Marlowe has a hard outer shell. But when she's alone, she allows herself to
think of a time before-a dimly remembered life when she was called Elizabeth.
Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother, a hired investigator, ropes
him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion. He teaches her to
navigate the social morass of the ton, but Marlowe will not escape so easily.
Instead, Dane is drawn into her dangerous world, where the student becomes the
teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.
Fresh Fiction reviewer Monique Daoust calls it "a superbly written swashbuckling
romance!" Read the full review here.
About Shana Galen
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the
RT Reviewers' Choice THE MAKING OF A GENTLEMAN. Kirkus says of her books, "The
road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT
Bookreviews calls her books " lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching."
She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven
years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she
writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most
definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so
send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter. Visit her website and Goodreads page
for more information.
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