Marguerite Kaye Visits The Riskies!

Diamonds Are Forever

Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah, my latest release, is what I would call a Regency with a definite twist. My heroine writes hugely popular erotic novels for a living. I know, I know but I had the idea for this book long before THAT book went viral. Elliot, my hero, is a soldier turned housebreaker. They meet when Elliot falls off a drainpipe while making his escape after robbing a country house, and lands on Deborah who is wandering the grounds in the middle of the night. If you want to know why she is doing this I’m afraid you’ll have to read the book. Anyway, the loot that Elliot has snaffled is a blue diamond, rectangular in shape and strangely faceted, at about one hundred carats, half the size of the original from which it was cut. Elliot’s ill-gotten booty is in fact part of the stolen French crown jewels.
Louis XIV acquired the French Blue stone in 1678. He had the diamond cut and set in gold, and wore it around his neck. The next Louis had the diamond reset again and turned it into the Order of the Golden Fleece, which the next Louis, the unfortunate XVI wore only occasionally. In 1792, while Louis and Marie-Antoinette were awaiting their fate, the French crown jewels were stolen. Most of the pieces were recovered, but the French Blue disappeared without trace.
I first read about this diamond when I was researching for my last book, Rake with a Frozen Heart. I abandoned the overly-complex crime caper which was originally at the centre of that story, but I filed away my research. Then Elliot, my housebreaker hero, popped into my mind, and I remembered the French Blue story. Waste not, want not, as my gran was fond of saying (usually when trying to make me clear my plate!).
According to legend, the French Blue turned up in England in the early part of the Nineteenth century. Some say it was cut into two before it left France, some that it was never stolen but appropriated by the revolutionary Danton, who used it to bribe the Duke of Brunswick, and that it was he who had it cut.

Caroline, Brunswick’s daughter, was the despised wife of the Prince Regent. So appalled was Prinny by her lack of personal hygiene that he managed to force himself to do his marital duty just the once.
The prince was not generous to poor Caroline, who was forced to sell many of her jewels in order to support herself, and it has been argued that the French Blue was one of them. In 1812, there is evidence that a jeweller called Daniel Eliason owned a diamond which resembled the French Blue. Did he buy it from Caroline, or from one of the original thieves? Strangely enough, there is evidence that Caroline’s husband, the Prince Regent, also had a diamond very similar to the French Blue. Was this the other half or the original? What we do know is that diamond disappeared when the prince, by this time King George IV, died.

Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah is set in 1817. I have chosen to believe that the original French Blue diamond was cut in half by the French thieves, and that Deborah’s relative from whom Elliot steals it, acquired it by nefarious means from them. The ‘real’ French Blue, which is known as the Hope Diamond, has had a chequered path through history, with a reputation for bringing death or tragedy to its wearer. Tavernier, who sold it to Louis XIV was reputed to have been torn to pieces by wild dogs. Louis himself died of a festering wound. Louis XVI, as we know, ended up on the guillotine. Various owners have been murdered, died in freak accidents, or committed suicide, though since it was donated to the Smithsonian, where it now resides, the curse has lain dormant. For Elliot, it’s a lucky stone, because it brings him Deborah. The path of true love is by no means straightforward for my hero and heroine, but it’s fun, sexy, and ultimately rewarding journey.

Do you believe in lucky charms? What’s yours? I have a signed copy of Deborah and Elliot’s story to give away. Just leave a comment for a chance to win. 

Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah is out now in the UK, US and Canada. Here is the blurb:
JUST WHO IS LADY DEBORAH? I am the Dowager Countess of Kinsail, and I have enough secrets to scandalise you for life. I will never reveal the truth of my soul-destroying marriage – some things are too dark to be told. But at least no one can guess that I, a famously icy-hearted widow, am also the authoress of the shamelessly voluptuous romances currently shocking the ton…! Only now I have a new secret identity, one that I will risk my life to keep – accomplice to Elliot Marchmont, gentleman, ex-solider and notorious London thief. This adventurer’s expert touch ignites in me a passion so intoxicating that surviving our blistering affair unscathed will be near impossible…
And here’s what the Romantic Timessaid about it when they gave it four stars:
Daring. Dangerous. Delightful. Kaye’s new Regency romance is a riveting and thrilling adventure between a writer and a thief, both bent on revenge, and neither expecting to find love at last. Kaye has another winner on her hands, with an original plot, lots of sizzling passion and enough nail-biting action to satisfy every fan.
There’s excerpts, background and more about my books on www.margueritekaye.com.

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Writer (as Amanda McCabe, Laurel McKee, Amanda Carmack), history geek, yoga enthusiast, pet owner!
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21 Responses to Marguerite Kaye Visits The Riskies!

  1. Cathy P says:

    I do believe in lucky charms, but have never had one.

    kscathy@yahoo.com

  2. Melody May says:

    Yes, I do believe in lucky charms. My son is my lucky charm. For example while I was pregnant with him I went to play Bunko and I won $40. The next time, I was still pregnant with my boy I won at Bingo 5 times.

    countessofmar@yahoo.com

  3. Anonymous says:

    I believe in lucky charms, I mean it can’t hurt to believe right? I have a little pewter elf riding a snail that is suppose to be for safe travels. I keep it in my change purse and always carry it with me. So far so good!

  4. Yes I believe. I have a celtic pendant I wear. Its for protection.

  5. Diane Gaston says:

    What a great premise, Marguerite!
    And welcome to the Riskies!!

  6. Lisa Wolff says:

    Your book sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂 As to lucky charms I do believe in them but I don’t personally have one.

  7. I LOVED Rake With a Frozen Heart! What a great book. And the research you did on the diamond is fascinating.

    I do believe in lucky charms. I mean, what can it hurt? I have a gris gris bag given to me by a very renowned lwa in New Orleans. It is made from the foot of a 100 plus year old snapping turtle and has all sorts of odd little things in it. She told me it would keep me safe.

    My grandmother collected elephants with raised trunks as they are considered good luck. I have one from her collection on my desk.

  8. Barbara E. says:

    I don’t really believe in lucky charms, so I don’t have any. If I ran across something that seemed to bring me luck, then I’d make sure to keep it around though. 😀

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  9. Kirsten says:

    I do believe in lucky charms! I have a silver four leaf clover pendant that I always wear.

  10. Fabulous idea, Marguerite – and it shows the value of never throwing an idea away! I look forward to reading it.

  11. Connie says:

    Hi, Marguerite!

    I would say the lucky charm I have is my wonderful husband. He has been my rock for nearly 50 years. While that’s not the traditional lucky charm, he’s still the one who brings me happiness and security AND luck!

    I want everyone to know how wonderful Lady’s Deborah’s story is. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I hope you will check out my review at Goodreads and Amazon. Whether you are the lucky winner of a copy or not, you must get a copy and read it. A fabulous story with strong and charming characters.

    Connie Fischer
    conniecape@aol.com

  12. Thank you all for sharing, and for the lovely comments. What a variety of charms – Louisa, I think yours should definitely feature in a book. I have a lucky pen that I use to sign contracts and books, but like Connie I’d say my real lucky charm is my lovely man.

  13. Sara M. says:

    I believe in lucky charms, but I don’t own one of my own, unless you count my cat Lola. She knows when a person has evil intentions, and in the past has tried to protect me from a boyfriend (now ex) who wasn’t good for me.

  14. Angelia S says:

    I have a penny from england that was given to me years ago that i carry with me.

  15. Heather G. says:

    I totally believe in lucky charms! Mine is a sliver cross I’ve had since I was 15. Years later I put a amethyst quartz pendant on the chain with it. That necklace has been with me through a lot. 🙂

    SnowWhite258(at)hotmail(dot)com

  16. Eileen Baldwin says:

    I believe in lucky charms but my luckiest ever was the jewellery that the nurses gave me on the night of my daughters accident. they removed the jewellery from her and called a priest for the last rites. whilst he was saying the rites I pushed the brown envelope towards the bible of the priest. the envelope had my daughters jewellery in it. She survived the accident. I still believe in the events of that night 24 years ago. yes I believe the jewellery were my daughter’s lucky charms.

  17. bn100 says:

    I believe in lucky charms, but don’t really have one.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  18. Joy Gifford says:

    I do believe in lucky charms, I always carry a little stone for luck.
    joylynne66(at)hotmail(dot)com

  19. Love it when sort of true stuff is incorporated into stories. Looking forward to this one.

  20. Just stopping by to say hi to everyone again, and thank you all for your lovely comments.

    Sara, I think cats are brilliant at detecting the ‘baddies’ in our lives, they have excellent instincts.

    Eileen, that is the most lovely story, no-one would ever forget a night like that.

  21. librarypat says:

    Interesting plot line for this story. A bit different with enough intrigue and spice to make for an enjoyable read. I haven read “that other book” and really have no plans to. This one sounds much more interesting.

    No real lucky charms. However, I do tend to wear my celtic or native american jewelry when I feel a need for some special connection/help.

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