Historical Romance author Shana Galen is at Book Savvy Babes today! Shana Galen recently released If You Give a Rake a Ruby, book 2 in the Jewels of the Ton series. Both books in the series are awesome reads and I am very happy to host Shana at the blog today. If you are curious about the series, see my reviews of When You Give a Duke a Diamond and If You Give A Rake A Ruby. Since the series is about Jewels, Shana’s post today is about her favorite jewelry! Help me welcome her to the blog:
My Favorite Jewely
By Shana Galen
Thanks, Book Savvy Babe, for having me back!
One of the most entertaining aspects of writing a series about courtesans called The Three Diamonds, each who has a special signature jewel, is looking at all the gorgeous images of diamonds, rubies, and sapphires online.
I don’t own many of these precious gems myself, but I can certainly dream and imagine. As a child growing up in the slums of London, I think Fallon, the heroine of If You Give a Rake a Ruby, probably never thought she would be wearing the gowns and jewels she wears as one of the “Fashionable Impures.”
I do have some favorite pieces tucked away in my jewelry box. The first of these is a sapphire and diamond necklace and earrings my husband gave me when my daughter was born. She’s a September baby, and sapphires are the birthstone for September. If you look at the image of the necklace, you’ll see one sapphire with two diamonds on either side. The sapphire represents our daughter, and the diamonds are us. I will treasure that necklace always, and I plan to give it to my daughter when she is older.
Another special necklace is this one featuring an actual Roman coin of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, who ruled Rome from AD 161-180. When I wear this necklace, I like to imagine all the people who handled the coin and the things they bought. So many wonderful stories!
The next piece of jewelry is a large turquoise necklace set in silver. My grandfather made this for me years ago. He bought and polished the turquoise stone and then created the silver setting. He is quite an accomplished silver smith, though at age 94, he’s had to give it up. But I love to wear it and think of him and all the hours he spent making it. What a wonderful gift of love!
Finally, there’s my wedding ring. I’m sure everyone’s wedding ring is special simply because the person who gave it is special. What makes my ring even more meaningful to me is that my ring is composed of the old and the new. My husband bought the pear-shaped middle stone, but the smaller stones are from jewelry that his mother, his grandmother, and his great-aunt wore. And isn’t that a great symbol for a marriage? Something old and something new coming together to make something wonderful?
What about you? Do you have any pieces of jewelry that have special meaning for you?
Her Mysterious Past is the Best Revenge…
Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She’s adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.
Only He Can Offer Her a Dazzling Future…
Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in London. He knows he’s putting his life on the line…
To Warrick’s shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she’s keeping are exactly what makes her his heart’s desire…
Praise for If You Give a Rake a Ruby
“Galen is at the top of her game… Galen is a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick of the Month
“The writing is excellent and the characters are captivating. Ms. Galen delivers a steamy romance between a determined hero and a reluctant heroine.” — Night Owl Reviews, 5/5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice Winner The Making of a Gentleman and the RT-nominated When You Give a Duke a Diamond. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.
To Puchase If You Give a Rake a Ruby:
As part of Shana Galen’s blog tour, Sourcebooks is sponsoring a giveaway! 1 winner will receive a print copy of BOOK 1 in the Jewels of the Ton series, When You Give a Duke a Diamond. Since the publisher is sponsoring this contest, the contest is open to US/CAN entries only. To enter, leave a comment on this post, answer Shana’s question- “What about you? Do you have any pieces of jewelry that have special meaning for you?” Then fill out the easy rafflecopter to count your entry. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment, the rest are extra entries. Following Book Savvy Babes blog is much appreciated! Contest will run 10 days, from today March 15 through Sunday March 24th at midnight.