A DELICATE CONDITION got its start when I first saw a picture of a woman’s legs in high heels. Immediately I knew I wanted to have that picture as the cover for my next book. As my next project was destined to be a time-travel Regency, I envisioned the Regency hero--whoever he was--treated to the sight of a modern woman’s lovely lower legs complete with sexy heels. That decided, all I had to do was fill in the rest of the details! Ha!
At the time I was heavily into researching genealogy. So mixing ancestors with modern day descendents also seemed perfect! Add in mysterious Tibetan monks, magical magnetic stones, and voilà, A DELICATE CONDITION was born.
LONGING FOR A FAMILY:
Odessa (Dessa) Franklin is all alone in the world. She’s suddenly contacted by her long lost great aunt, Verna, who supposedly died nearly eighty years ago. But Verna has a hidden agenda and Dessa has a curiosity that rivals a cat’s. Using Verna’s mysterious magnetic stones, she soon finds herself in a house full of relatives... back in the nineteenth century!
TOO MUCH FAMILY:
Michael De Lyndley, the Marquess of Hampton and a gentleman astronomer, prefers studying the stars than having family members roam about his manor house. His house is in mourning however and overflowing with family. Just when he thinks his relations will leave him in peace, a new one appears... unexpectedly, wearing the most peculiar apparel. The woman purports to be his late brother’s widow and claims to be with child; at least the letter that precedes her states this information. Fighting his attraction to his new sister-in-law, Michael struggles to learn the truth about the lovely and enigmatic Odessa.
Dessa’s wish to be part of a family takes a strange turn when she suddenly finds herself back in time in the home of her ancestor, the Marquess of Hampton.
This book is part of the prestigious Elegant Regencies line.
Here are some fabulous reviews:
5 Stars! A Wonderful Story. My admiration of the work from Susanne Marie Knight continues. A Delicate Condition is a wonderful story about time travel and life back to the Nineteenth century. A story where Dessa finds her way back to be with her ancestors with the help of her great Aunt and some magnetic stones. A brilliant story was put together and how life was in regency England with a romantic twist. This is highly recommended, a fascinating story from a brilliant author.--Mark D. Radford, Author.
5 Stars! Genealogy, time-travel, and Regency England... oh my! You’re in for a treat with this new romance, A DELICATE CONDITION. As we mentioned before, Susanne Marie Knight has been described as a formidable talent, a rare gem, and a talented, versatile author. Indeed! Excitement builds for the reader as the connection between Odessa and the De Lyndley family is revealed!--Regency Fiction World
5 Stars! It’s a fine mess Dessa Franklin has gotten herself into! By indulging her curiosity, she ends up back in time, stranded with her ancestors! What’s a girl to do? A DELICATE CONDITION is a very entertaining and plausible tale of a modern young woman’s plight as she tries to navigate the complex world of Regency England.--Twists on Romance.
5 Stars! didn't want it to end. I didn't put it down for long. Read it too fast. I enjoyed it.--Amazon Review
Been waiting and waiting for Susanne’s next time-travel Regency. A DELICATE CONDITION is worth the wait. I love it!!--A.K. Reviews
Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed A DELICATE CONDITION!--S.G. Reviews
As always, I like to include in these Buzz Blogs a tidbit from real life. In this case, it’s my life! Back in the last century, I took a class trip to New York City’s Museum of Natural History, and of course saw the Hayden Planetarium. Oh, it was absolutely fabulous. As a budding science fiction writer, I gobbled up all the fantastic out-of-this-world sights! And of course, the famous meteorite, which now looks like this, below:
While the meteorite was no longer at the original site, a monument was erect to commemorate the crash. Here, Odessa, along with Michael’s fellow gentlemen astronomers view the monument. Written on it is:
On this Spot, Dec. 13th 1795
fell from the Atmosphere
AN EXTRAORDINARY STONE
In Breath 28 inches
In Length 36 inches
Whole Weight was 56 Pounds
In Memory of it
was erected by
Lord Roberts [one of the astronomers] returned to the front of the monument. “Well, where is the demmed thing?” he roared. “It didn’t just up and walk away!”
Evidently Stockman didn’t find the comment humorous for he gravely shook his head. “The Major put the rock on display for a time. Exhibited it at Piccadilly in London, too. Open to the public, it was.” He shrugged. “But sold it, I guess. Or gave it to James Sowerby, a naturalist as he calls himself. Been with Sowerby since aught four.”
Odessa touched one of the sun-bleached red bricks on the monument. “That’s too bad. I would’ve loved to feel the meteorite. I actually did touch one once in New York. The stone was so pitted, it was almost like fingering something that had passed through the depths of hell.”
Yep, I still remember that! I hope you enjoy Dessa and Michael’s love story.
Susanne Marie Knight
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