Friday, October 18, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway ~*~ What Not to Bare by Megan Frampton



If Lady Charlotte Jepstow were around today, she would likely live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and could sub for one of the characters in Girls.

She wouldn’t think she was a hipster, but she would act like one—she would behave as she wanted, without worrying about Society, she would dress in what pleased her, even if it didn’t match, and she would be open about what she wanted to know.

(That’s the good side of hipsters—the bad judgey snooty kind are no fun, and I don’t want to discuss them). She’d probably get excited about music she’d never heard before, and dive deep into a type of film she found out about in a very offhanded way (kind of like me and wuxia films).

Like Lena Dunham’s character on Girls, Charlotte would initially be daunted at meeting, and subsequently becoming involved with Lord David (and David is WAY more attractive than Girls’s Adam), but she would eventually figure out he liked being with her as much as she liked being with him.

She’d ask a lot of questions, and talk a lot, like Shoshanna, and she might at times be just as annoying, but would also be just as endearing at other times.

Charlotte doesn’t have as much in common with Marnie or Jessa, mostly because the former is too pretty, and the latter is too pretty and too careless about people’s feelings.


Women who don’t fit into general societal expectations are often just slotted into another category—whether given the appellation The Abomination, as Charlotte is, or called a wallflower or a bluestocking, as many Regency heroines are, or called hipsters or whatever, women who don’t behave as people think they should are seen as trying to be more than what they are, even if they are just being who they are in the first place (that’s a big mathy type sentence, but it makes sense in my head—hopefully it does here). Charlotte can’t be any other type of person, even if she wants to be, and eventually both she and David recognize that—and he loves her for it.


WHAT NOT TO BARE:
A Loveswept Historical Romance
By Megan Frampton
On sale October 14, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-345-54173-4
Published by Loveswept
Blurb
In Megan Frampton’s witty historical romance, a woman is judged by her gown, and a man by his reputation—until both are shed in one sexy moment of seduction.
Lady Charlotte Jepstow certainly knows how to make an impression—a terrible one. Each one of her ball gowns is more ostentatiously ugly than the one before. Even she has been forced to wonder: Is she unmarried because of her abysmal wardrobe, or does she wear clashing clothing because she doesn’t want to be pursued in the first place? But when Charlotte meets Lord David Marchston, suddenly a little courtship doesn’t sound so bad after all.
 David will be the first to admit he’s made some mistakes. But when he gets yanked from his post by his superiors, he is ordered to do the unthinkable to win back his position: woo his commander’s niece. If David wants his life back, he must use his skills as a negotiator to persuade society that Charlotte is a woman worth pursuing, despite her rather unusual “flair” for color. But David does such a terrific job that he develops an unexpected problem, one that violates both his rakish mentality and his marching orders: He’s starting to fall in love.

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Author Info
Megan Frampton majored in English literature at Barnard College, with a double minor in political science and religion. She worked in the music industry for fifteen years, editing and writing music reviews for a music-industry trade magazine and eventually becoming the editor in chief. Frampton married one of her former interns and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with him and her son. When she isn’t writing, she serves as the community manager for the romance novel website Heroes and Heartbreakers.
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