Great news, readers! (Any sentence involving “free” and “books” gets my attention, anyway.)
Jen Turano’s new Apart From the Crowd series, following a group of wallflowers in their adventures in New York society, launches this month with a free ebook novella!
To celebrate, I asked Jen if she’d take us into the world of her characters during one of the Gilded Age social events where everyone wanted an invitation: a ball at the Astor House.
And here it is, one of the most ostentatious mansions New York has ever seen:
Inside, the atmosphere would be charged with rumors and romance and possibly a bit of danger and intrigue. It might look something like this:
Of course, dinner would be served. Here is a typical menu from the Gilded Age:
Julienne or Vermicelli Soup
Turbot in Lobster Sauce
Filet de Soles
Canards a la Rouennaise
Roast Quarter of Lamb
Roast Saddle of Mutton
Mayonnaise of Chicken
Compote of Cherries
Or you could take a walk outside, perhaps down to Central Park for some ice skating:
This might be what Wilhelmina looked like bundled up for a wintery afternoon outdoors:
And here’s a typical gown like her friend Permilia might have worn to the ball:
Speaking of gorgeous dresses, take a look at the one on the cover of Jen’s upcoming release, Behind the Scenes! (Doesn’t it remind you of the research photo above that Jen sent to our designers?)
There’s an extended excerpt of the first book in the series within the ebook novella of At Your Request, so you can get started on it before anyone else.
To keep the fun going, we’re going to give away two copies of Behind the Scenes! To enter, comment on this post with the answer to one, or all, of these questions: If you were attending a Gilded Age ball, what color would your dress be? Which foods on the menu look most and least appetizing? Would you give ice skating a try?
Winners will be listed in next week’s blog post on January 19. (If you are an international reader, you can still enter, but I will substitute the book with an Amazon egift card because of the cost of shipping.)