Blog Tour: The Tainted Love of a Captain | Jane Lark

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Today folks, is my turn on the official blog tour for 'The Tainted Love of a Captain' by Jane Lark. I am lucky enough to have a fabulous guest post from the author herself about how she researched certain aspects of her story. 
The Tainted Love of a Captain: Researching the Marlow Intrigues series to give my stories the authenticity that readers love

A lot of people wouldn’t touch writing a historical because they are put off by the thought of research, but I love the research. I want to make sure my historical stories are as realistic as I can make them. Someone once said in a review that they were so involved in the book that when the character lifted the skirt of her dress to climb on a horse, so did she. I thought that was an amazing thing for someone to be so deep in the story they felt as though they were living it. But when I’m researching the books that is what I try to do – imagine living in the time…

I spend my weekends walking about historical homes and gardens letting my imagination roam with me, and I always stop and talk to the room guides because they usually have some great tales and details to tell. I buy the guide books to pick up any evidence of the family history and discover odd little stories about the way of life that might generate ideas and greater understanding. But I also buy any old memoirs or letters of the family that have been published. There are also lots of letters and diaries that can be tracked down to read on the internet. These are like a treasure trove.

What is great about reading letters and memoirs is that I hear life described by those who lived it then, not by historians who put their own judgement on the past.

Reading letters and memoirs also opens up the thoughts and emotions of the people who lived in the time, as well as expressing how they lived, and I recall and capture that as I write my stories.

The first book in the Marlow Intrigues Series was inspired by the memoirs of a courtesan, and a couple of scenes in The Tainted Love of a Captain go back to the ways of life I discovered in Harriette Wilson’s story. I’ve even gathered some of my insight of life for Harry in the barracks in Brighton from Harriette. She was employed as the mistress of the teenage heir to a dukedom (against the will of his parents) and was living with him in Brighton and talks about being allowed to attend the barracks while he paraded in the morning, and of joining all the men in the mess for dinner.

Harry is not the heir to a duke and is at the barracks a couple of decades later than Harriette. Also between the Regency era and the Victorian era mistresses had moved from women who were proudly displayed to other men, to people who were hidden away from society. So I made some changes to the way Harry behaves, but even so, Harriette’s descriptions of life in the barracks at Brighton and staying in inn’s with her protector inspired my imagination in many respects.

There are lots of details about Harriett’s real life adventures on my blog


THE TAINTED LOVE OF A CAPTAIN

The sounds and scents of the Crimean War are strangling Harry Marlow, shutting him off and silently smothering his soul. But he is a soldier and that is his life, and he can see nothing else besides that. So why should he care when a woman watches him? His life is not one to share with a woman, other than for a few moments in his bed.

When a woman is already drowning so deeply in sin she is without any fear of judgement - what can it matter if she chooses to begin a new affair? It is like escape to choose her own man and Captain Marlow is the perfect candidate for a dalliance. All she has to do is obtain an introduction...






About the Author

Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult romance and author of a No.1 bestselling Historical Novel,'The Illicit Love of a Courtesan', as well as a Kindle overall top 25, bestselling author in the United States of America. 

She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write. 

Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others' imaginations at last.

You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane's favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was 'Katherine' a story crafted from reality. 

Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots.

'Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it's wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.'

Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.

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