Welcome to Unwritten's February blog event! Of course, this is the month of love, so I wanted to celebrate that theme as I've done in year's past. But this year, I've decided to add a scientific spin to it. All month long, talented authors from several genres will write about some aspect of love from their books as it relates to science. It could be social, psychological, biological, or anything in between. Our blog event is sponsored by "HMC by Kate", a fabulous independent jewelry crafter. Kate's giving away one of her very beautiful necklaces that I think fits our theme perfectly. She's also offering everyone who stops in a 10% discount on any item from her Etsy store. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post and check out her lovely offerings! Without further ado, please welcome our guest author:
The Political Science of Love
In my latest historical romance, Rolf must find break a centuries-old curse by finding genuine love without the use of magic. Easier said than done … he’s the royal wizard for the court of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Sorcery is second nature to him. It is a challenge that will leave Merlin’s life and the happiness of future generations hanging in the balance.
But in 12th century England, how did love fare? It seems the peasants had their choice of matches. While parents often tried to hook up their children with the most financially rewarding mate, the pickings were often slim. Men especially had great freedom in choosing a wife. In those times, security and a healthy spouse often ranked above love.
Females of nobility had no input as to the man who would share their marriage bed. Money and politics ruled the day. Fathers saw daughters as something to barter. Men had complete control and owned women.
So it is extremely brave of my heroine Melissa to consider rejecting her intended. Her betrothal had been signed and sealed before she turned ten years old.
Of course, there were exceptions to this rule. In my story, the heroine has the backing of the Queen of England. Eleanor of Aquitaine was known for her obsession with Camelot, romantic love and troubadours. Yet she also remains one of the most interesting and independent women in history. If she can lead a revolt against her own king, using her sons, a mere betrothal would certainly not pose a problem. Her own marriages were not based on affection but political gain. Her first husband became the King of France and the second the ruler of England.
How do you think love and marriage are perceived today? Have views so much since the 12th century? Do people marry more for advantageous reasons or for true affection?
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Under the Mango Tree
Lakshmi is a good 18th c. Indian girl who should not be hiding among the branches of the mango tree avoiding her chores. She truly should not be seen by a man who is not a member of her family”"an Englishman, no less. And she absolutely should not even contemplate speaking with this man. But Lakshmi has never been one to follow the rules.
Time is running out for the royal wizard of Henry II. Rolf’s quest: find genuine love and lift the enchantment that has imprisoned his ancestor, Merlin, for centuries. Now he must win Melissa’s heart without the use of magic. She desires him, but will she defy her family and refuse her betrothed? Or will Rolf be doomed to a life of bitterness like his ancestors before him.
Fall Into Darkness
Eli, bounty hunter for the Tribunal, is sentenced to earth to find his humanity. But when temptation is thrown in the angel’s path in the form of the soft curvy Ashley, he is unable to resist. Fate may bring them together, but desire could bond them for eternity.
Roses are Wrong, Violets Taboo
When Alexander Chase Tabeau and Rose Westwood meet by chance, neither planned on stumbling into the best night of their life. But timing is everything and fate has a cruel sense of humor. With love on the line and nothing to lose, will one night together change their destiny forever?
When a trick horseback rider gets caught up in a dangerous prophecy that jeopardizes the circus, she believes she can solve the problem by dating alphabetically. Now all she has to do is figure out how to manipulate her flawed interpretation so she can be with the man she loves.
Love’s Not Viral
When a crazed Hollywood star puts Aster Sanderson in the media crosshairs, her home becomes a prison. With her life out of control, the last person she expects to rescue her is her captor’s brother, James. Is their attraction a result of circumstance...or could it be something more?
Taking the Plunge
When Pete, Eve's high school crush, shows up in her life, she pepper sprays him. Despite her efforts to push him away, Pete finds himself drawn to the red haired beauty. When logic and emotion don’t agree, which path should she follow?
The Trouble With Never
When Summer and Caleb run into each other after a long absence, sparks fly. Her painful past makes it hard for her to open up, but he’s more than willing to help. He's loved her m
Keep Calm and Eat Chocolate
When institution residents Elle and Chris meet, their personalities clash. During a quiet moment in the garden together, secrets are shared and a bond is formed. Will their connection be their downfall or lead to the fresh start they deserve?