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Awaken, My Love

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"An erotic time-travel romance that is brimming over with sexuality." -RT Book Reviews

Thirty-nine-year-old Elaine Metcliffe awakens in another century...inside another woman's body...married to a war-scarred 19th century English baron who is a far cry from her own 20th century desk-jockey husband. Bent on seducing the resentful young bride he believes her to be, Charles tempts Elaine with erotic pleasures she has only read about. But fending off a handsome nobleman who is tutored in sexual Tantrics is the least of her worries. Just when she is beginning to adapt to life sans tampons and Haagen-Dazs ice-cream, the owner of Elaine's new body delivers a note: she wants her body back ...

"Awaken, My Love provides a refreshingly funny commentary on the time-travel genre. Elaine's trials regarding chamber pots, makeshift maxi pads, and social sensibilities like unshaven legs underline such astounding oversights in other books that readers may never again be able to accept a sloppily written, unrealistic experience of waking up in another century." -The Romance Reader

"An erotic time-travel romance that is brimming over with sexuality." -RT Book Reviews

Dear Readers,
Awaken, My Love was my first romance novel, and will forever hold a special place in my heart. Because writing Awaken, My Love started a lifelong love affaire.

I have always loved history ... dinosaurs, anyone? ... and devoured Georgette Heyer at the tender age of twelve. But while I had studied old world history - i.e., Sumer, Ancient Egypt, Crete, etc. - and read Regency romances for entertainment, I really didn't know anything about modern history. Dates, sure: George III (Mad King George) died in 1820; Victoria became queen in 1837; crinolines came into fashion in 1857; the first Boer War started in 1880. But still the question remained: how did our 19th century ancestors live day to day? What would we find if we were catapulted back into time?

I literally couldn't write - an author should at the very least know as much as their heroine/hero - until I had the answers. I diligently plowed through the Regency era, fumbled through the 1840s ... and fell head over heels. Thus began my lifelong love affaire ... with the Victorian era.

I now think of Awaken, My Love as a travelogue. What would you need if - like Elaine, my American heroine - you woke up in 1883 England? That's a long trip, so undoubtedly your answer is: bathroom. And what would you need in said bathroom? Toothbrush. Toothpaste. A flushable toilet. A bath. Hot and cold running water. Toilet paper. We take these things for granted now. But in what year were these conveniences available? And how did our ancestors cope without?... These are just a few of the things that Elaine - also a modern woman - and I discovered when we embarked on our journey into the 19th century.

It is with great joy that I bring you Awaken, My Love in eBook format. It is fun, erotic and contains a mystery I dare you to solve. I hope you enjoy reading my very first romance as much as I enjoyed writing it! And I hope that you, too, will walk away with a little more knowledge of Victorian England. Because it really is an amazing time.

Happy Reading!
Robin Schone

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