Pleasure Me With Teresa Grant

>Today’s guest if Teresa Grant who writes historical fiction for Kensington. Her current book is set in what I believe is the most romantic city in all of Europe. Vienna. And can I say I love the elegance and splendor of her cover! Please welcome Teresa for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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The Origin of An Idea

I find one of the most frequent questions I’m asked as a writer is “where do you get your ideas?” The answer is from myriad sources. Sometimes there’s a character from a piorb book I want to follow up on. Sometimes a movie or play or opera has a plot situation or emotional dilemma that starts me thinking “what if…” and sparks the idea for a story. Sometimes research sparks my imagination.

That was the case with my upcoming release Vienna Waltz, set in 1814 at the Congress of Vienna. I think I first heard of the Congress of Vienna in Georgette Heyer books (I know there are mentions of Sophy and her father being there in The Grand Sophy). I remember being fascinated by a lecture about it my freshman year at Stanford. I’ve referenced the Congress as part of the backstory in several books. I’ve wanted to set a book at it for ages. It offers such rich scope for a novelist.

Nothing is fair in love 
and war. . .
Europe’s elite have gathered at the glittering Congress of Vienna–princes, ambassadors, the Russian tsar–all negotiating the fate of the continent by day and pursuing pleasure by night. Until Princess Tatiana, the most beautiful and talked about woman in Vienna, is found murdered during an ill-timed rendezvous with three of her most powerful conquests. . .
Suzanne Rannoch has tried to ignore rumors that her new husband, Malcolm, has also been tempted by Tatiana. As a protégé of France’s Prince Talleyrand and attaché for Britain’s Lord Castlereagh, Malcolm sets out to investigate the murder and must enlist Suzanne’s special skills and knowledge if he is to succeed. As a complex dance between husband and wife in the search for the truth ensues, no one’s secrets are safe, and the future of Europe may hang in the balance. . .

After Napoleon was exiled to Elba, representatives of countries across Europe gathered in Vienna to redraw the Continental map. There was a great deal of intriguing, both political and romantic. In the autumn of 1814, the Congress of Vienna was *the* place to be. Imagine a combination of a modern international political conference and the Cannes Film Festival. Some claimed the delegates spent as much time waltzing as negotiating. The Festivals Committee, appointed by Austrian Emperor Francis I, felt it their duty to keep the foreign delegations entertained with events each more lavish than the last. There were masquerade balls, balloon ascensions, sleigh rides, a recreation of a medieval tournament, nights at the theater and the opera.

Viennese society was filled with music. Beethoven, at the height of his fame, gave a concert. Salieri, Vienna’s Hofkapellmeister, organized many musical events (including a concert with a a hundred pianos). There were already rumors at the time that he had poisoned Mozart (the rumors that became the basis of the play and film Amadeus) though no evidence to support these rumors. Salieri had taken an interest in the young Schubert. Schubert, who is a character in Vienna Waltz, was seventeen at the time of the Congress and already having works performed(his first Mass premiered in October, 1814).

One could scarcely turn round without stumbling over a spy for one power or another. The Austrians tried to slip agents into the foreign delegations as scullery maids and bootboys. British Foreign Secretary Lord Castlereagh frustrated these efforts by hiring his own servants. Everyone was combing through diplomatic wastebaskets looking for coded papers. Scores of illicit love affairs took place in this frenetic atmosphere. Many of the delegates had come to Vienna without their spouses, expecting the Congress to only last a few weeks rather than months. Along with the official delegates, a number of powerful, glamorous women took up residence in Vienna and opened salons. French Foreign Minister Prince Talleyrand (who adroitly managed to maneuver himself into the heart of the negotiations despite France being the defeated power) brought his beautiful young niece-by-marriage, Dorothée, as his hostess and fell in love with her himself, despite being thirty-nine years her senior (and despite the fact that her mother had recently been his mistress).

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“A perfect blend of history, mystery, romance, and suspense.”

–Deborah Crombie
“Meticulous, delightful, and full of surprises.”

–Tasha Alexander
“Glittering balls, deadly intrigue, sexual scandals. . .the next best thing to actually being there!”

–Lauren Willig
“Absolutely gripping. . .historical intrigue at its finest.”

–Deanna Raybourn

Lovely, unhappy Tsarina Elisabeth of Russia found herself reunited with Adam Czartoryski, the charismatic Polish patriot who was probably the love of her life (and had also been her husband’s best friend). Meanwhile her husband, Tsar Alexander, and Austrian Foreign Minister Prince Metternich, fierce rivals at the negotiating table, also were entangled with two of the same women, Princess Catherine Bagration (“the naked angel”) and the brilliant Wilhelmine, Duchess of Sagan (Dorothée’s elder sister). 

When I described this to my friend and fellow writer Penelope Williamson she said, “surely in all Vienna they could find different women to pursue?” I said, “I think that was rather the point.” The Tsar and Metternich carried their rivalry into the boudoir. The plot of Vienna Waltz centers on a third, fictional woman, also involved with both Metternich and the tsar, who is found murdered on the night she has summoned Metternich, Tsar Alexander, the hero (an English attaché who is possibly her lover) and his wife to her rooms, all at the same time. So in this case both the setting and the plot premise of Vienna Waltz came directly from my research.

What historical events have you always wanted to read or write a book about? Writers, where do you get your ideas for historical fiction?

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About the Author

Teresa Grant studied British history at Stanford University and received the Firestone Award for Excellence in Research for her honors thesis. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is on the board of the Merola Opera Program, a training program for professional opera singers, coaches, and stage directors. Teresa is currently at work on her next novel chronicling the adventures of Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch.

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A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

64 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Teresa Grant

  1. >Thanks for posting, Margay! I'm more drawn to some settings and historical events than others, but compelling characters and a good story can draw me into just about any setting.

  2. >I never really thought about that before. I guess I'm not too picky as long as it enhances the plot.

  3. >Thanks for commenting, Lindseye! So glad you like historicals!

    Carol, 1500s – late 1700 are such a fascinating time in Scotland! So glad you like the cover!

  4. >I realize the deadline has passed but I had to say the cover is beautiful and the topic very interesting. I just love History and always find myself favoring stories about Scotland during the 1500's-late 1700's.
    Carol L

  5. >Love historicals but do not have a specific event I want to read about.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com

  6. >Librarypat, the War of 1812 has always interested me. It happened in the Regency/Napoleonic era, about which I know a great deal and in which all my books have been set, yet I've run into very little fiction set then.

    Lisa Jo, I love the 20s as a setting, whether in the U.S. or in England. I love British "Golden Age" mysteries written in the 20s and 30s.

  7. >Laura, I love Highland Scotland as a setting as well! I've always liked having the name Grant, even though my family left Scotland generations ago :-).

    Hi Diane! Thanks so much for stopping by! You have to write a book set in Renaissance Italy–such a wonderful setting and you could do it so well!

    Maureen, I agree about 1900 – 1920. So fascinating! I grew up on series and movies like Upstairs, Downstairs and A Room with A View. Have you read Laurie King's "The Beekeeper's Apprentice"? A mystery, not a romance, though it sets up a love story. It begins between the wars.

    Vonda, it's great to know that good writing can make you enjoy history!

    Nancy, it's great that you too find fiction a way to access history! Both the building of Stonehenge and of the pyramids are great topics!

    Ev, let me know if you track down the movie!

    Hi JMM! So glad you liked the video!!

  8. >This is going to sound so odd, but what about a romance set during prohibition? People still fall in love without alcohol, right? lol

    I just think that would be such an exciting, rebellious and wild time period to write about!

    Everyone else has said it, but I'll say it too…I do love that cover and the title. Wonderful!

    Lisa Jo @ Once Upon A Chapter

  9. >This is a bit off the beaten path since most historical fiction mentioned here takes place in England or Europe. Not much attention seems to be paid to the War of 1812. The burning of Washington, DC is usually the focus. The border of Canada, especially near Lake Champlain which separates New York and Vermont, and Lake Champlain itself played major rolls in the war. It would be nice to see a tie in with that war. We have all those Regency soldiers involved with Bonny, why not some that fought in the former colonies.

    I live in Tenessee now but am originally from NY.

    By the way, the cover for Vienna Waltz is lovely. The story sounds interesting.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  10. >Another gorgeous cover! My favorite historical time period is Scotland's fight for freedom from England. I love all things Highlander.


  11. >Julie, I think I'd have a hard time moving the dress too, but it's so gorgeous I'd love to have the chance to try :-). I'd love to see more Asian setting as well! I love court intrigue, and as you point out there are so many wonderful possibilities!

    Sheree, I find the Napoleonic Wars endlessly fascinating! The Congress of Vienna occurs during the break in the wars when Napoleon is exiled to Elba, but Napoleon Bonaparte's shadow definitely hangs over the proceedings As I mentioned above, the book I'm currently writing is set before, during, and after the battle of Waterloo.

    Linda, that was indeed supposed to read "prior book"–an embarrassing typo (mine, not Monica's!). I love both Camelot and the romantic era and a number of eras in between!

    Thanks, Stephanie! It's interesting how many people have expressed a love of the medieval era and the Knights of the Round Table. I can definitely see the appeal!

  12. >Thanks, Tracey D–hope you enjoy the book!

    Estella, I'd love to read book set in Spain too! My book "Secrets of a Lady" (originally released as "Daughter of the Game") has an extended flashback in Spain during the Peninsular War, and I love Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe series.

    I've always loved the Knights of the Round Table, Robin! I loved the musical "Camelot" growing up, and I'm always drawn to retellings.

  13. >Hi Teresa,

    I'd like to read a romance written in/around the time that Stonehenge was created. Another one of interest would be when the pyramids were built. I've never seen romances written around these time periods/locations. I am also one of the people who is not very interested in history. Hated it in school as a matter of fact. But I sure don't mind learning about historical events/locales when reading romances. If only those old high school textbooks were written like romances, I'd have been much more attentive in school!

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!
    Nancy E, Wisconsin USA
    everitnm at hotmail dot com

  14. >Teresa,

    Although I am an avid reader of historical romances (Westerns, Medievals, Scottish, Irish, Regencies, etc.), not one event in history draws my attention more than any other because I'm also a member of the "I hate history" club. I rely on talented authors (such as yourself) to write a story that reveals historical events in a manner that fascinates as a spell of romance is woven between her characters.


    Thank you for the helpful hint about requesting your book from libraries to ensure that you can continue to write.

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  15. >Teresa, I love history. What a wonderful blog. I like reading about the 1800's. I know, it covers a lot of time.

    I like writing about the late 1800's.

    I would like to read more about 1900 – 1920. I don't see much about that time period.

    New York
    marleen.gagnon @ gmail DOT com

  16. >Tracy – I'll read about almost any historical period. I like off-beat eras, when a single mistake meant death or dishonor.

    Okay, I want to write about Renaissance Italy but I've quite come up with the perfect story.

  17. >I love historicals about medieval times and King Arthur.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com


  18. >I agree with Monica… Your cover is absolutely gorgeous! I love the dress…

    Before I answer your question, I have to ask a stupid question: What is a "piorb book"? (You wrote: Sometimes there’s a character from a piorb book I want to follow up on.) Was it supposed to read prior book or is there such a thing in the publishing world as a piorb book?

    I love historical novels… doesn't really matter which time period from medieval times to the times of Camelot to the romantic period… whatever… I also like novels set in fantasy periods. I guess I just love a good story.

    Thanks for appearing her today. Thanks to Monica, I'm discovering new authors whose works I have to read. Thank you to both of you.

    Linda T.
    Florida, USA

  19. >What a beautiful cover! The dress is so scrumptious!

    I guess the historical event I have read the most about is the Napoleonic Wars. Aside from all the historical romances, I have read Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series (Napoleonic Wars on the seas), some of Bernard Cromwell's Sharpe series (Napoleonic Wars on land), and Naomi Novik's Temeraire series (Napoleonic Wars with dragons). I suppose I should move on to something else…


  20. >Um, that cover? Is gorgeous. Imagine wearing a dress like that!

    I'd probably fall over, actually. xD

    I love reading historicals and medievals, but I'd like to hear about events in Asian, like the Sengoku Jidai in Japan or a recounting of Mulan's life during her time in the Chinese army. There's so much intrigue and plotting, we'd never be about to sort through it all!

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

  21. >The knights of the round table have always fascinated me. I would love to read a historical about them.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  22. >Interesting post!
    I would love to read more books set in Historical Spain.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  23. >Wow, what an enjoyable and interesting post. I look forward in reading Vienna Waltz.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  24. >Hi Doreen! It was really fun to be able to use real people as suspects in the story. Both Garibaldi's era and the American Revolution are setting rich with possibilities.

    A book set around a coronation would be fascinating, Susan S. I too love the Regency/Napoleonic era!

    Thanks, Danielle! So glad people like the cover!

    Allison, have you read "The Betrayal of the Blood Lily" by Lauren Willig. Wonderful India setting and Napoleonic (just pre-Regency).

    I so agree, Julie–I love writing about the past, but I'm very happy I live in the twenty-first century!

    ane, I was fascinated by ancient Rome as a pre-teen after watching and reading "I, Claudius." So interesting!

    Thanks, Kris!

    Chris, my undergrad honors work was on the late fifteenth century–so definitely Plantagenet/Tudor. Love that era!

    Thanks, Karen! There have been a few book written about the Congress, but I'm actually surprised there aren't more.

  25. >Hi Teresa,

    You are a new-to-me author and I have to say, I love the cover of your book. It's going on my BTB list right now.

    I am a big fan of historical romances covering any period and most places in the 19th century. Vienna is a setting that I thought very little about until I started to read your post today. Not a place often mentioned in other books written covering this time period. It sounds like a fascinating setting and time period with lots of facts and history to draw on. I'm looking forward to reading your work.

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  26. >I really enjoyed reading your post and your book sounds great! At present I am reading a lot of books set in the Plantagenet, Tudor era, but I do love reading about history set in all different time periods. I have not ever read a book set in Vienna, so I think I would really enjoy something new!
    Best Wishes!
    Chris M from Missouri

  27. >Monica the only thing missing from these blogs is a like button! 🙂 because reallyI am thinking I would be hitting it a bit! LOL

    Kris b

  28. >I do enjoy medievals, especially those set during the Norman invasion. I would like to read more about ancient Rome and Egypt.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

    New York

  29. >I love history. It is so fun to read and then imagine all the behind the scenes intrigue. I'm not sure I would have wanted to live in the days of no indoor plumbing though. 🙂

    Posted earlier, but forgot to say I am in Arizona. 🙂

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  30. >of course I love Regency novels…and any historical books set in India or Scotland as well!

    allison.dayle at

  31. >This books looks really good. Love the cover. So pretty. For me, I have always enjoyed history and I discovered historical romances a few years ago and I haven't looked back. I love everything about it. I like reading them in any setting. I like them all.

  32. >Sorry I forgot to leave email Re. Post above.. from anonymous…NOt quite sure how to do this. So… this is really from Susan in Maine, Sorry I forgot to leave email…Coronations are always interesting moments in history. I am also intrigued by the spread of new technologies and their effects. For instance,the printing press perhaps, and the rapid increase in womens' literacy. SInce I have spent a large part of my life enjoying Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, I do like the Regency period, though. Deaths of kings and queens precipitated changes too, which are also interesting possiblities. Queen Victoria's death, after such a long period, brought many changes. I definitely like the accuracy of historical research, but the modern slant of equality for women, and the move to inclusive justice, equality. So the roaring twenties might be a fun era to explore.
    Still, my preference is the Regency at present. blue whisper4 @ g mail. com

  33. >Coronations are always interesting moments in history. I am also intrigued by the spread of new technologies and their effects. For instance,the printing press perhaps, and the rapid increase in womens' literacy. SInce I have spent a large part of my life enjoying Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, I do like the Regency period, though. Deaths of kings and queens precipitated changes too, which are also interesting possiblities. Queen Victoria's death, after such a long period, brought many changes. I definitely like the accuracy of historical research, but the modern slant of equality for women, and the move to inclusive justice, equality. So the roaring twenties might be a fun era to explore.
    Still, my preference is the Regency at present.

  34. >Teresa, what a fascinating post. The Congress was a chaotic time and I can see you had a lot of suspects for the murder. I'm so impressed that you were able to blend real historical figures and events with the fictive ones needed to make the story work.

    I've always wanted to see a romance set during the American Revolution, or during the time of Garibaldi's unification of Italy. I have a fascination with revolutions and civil wars.

  35. >Historical novels and movies drew me to history when I was very young, Jeanne. As you say, one learns an amazing amount. And then I would go to non-fiction books to see "what really happened" and then back to more fiction. How wonderful you were able to go to England and Scotland–two of my favorite places in the world.

  36. >I love historical romance and my husband loves to read history books and it's amazing how many times those two genre have come together for us.

    We were able to take a trip to Scotland and England and he was amazed about how much I had learned not only about historical events but also interesting places to visit. We had a great visit to Lithinglow Palace outside of Edinbough and also to Wincester Caathdral in England (where the organ started playing when we enetered). Unbelievable to imagine but in both locations we were the only ones present at the time of those visits.

  37. >Hi Susan! Thanks for stopping by! Scottish history is so fascinating. I was fortunate enough to be able to go there to research "Beneath a Silent Moon." My friend Penny and I traveled all over Scotland, and there are so many wonderful possibilities for books going back to the medieval era several have mentioned. The build up to Culloden (and the aftermath on up into the Clearances in the Regency era) are fascinating.

  38. >So glad you like the cover, Cheryl–I was really excited when I first saw it–everything I wanted in a cover for this book and more! As I said to Mary and Kris, I love medieval-set books as well.

    Cindy, I love Russian settings! Years ago, my mom and I (who used to co-write as Anthea Malcolm) wrote a Regency called "A Sensible Match" set partly in Russia. One of the things that was fun in "Vienna Waltz" was writing the Russian characters, especially the Tsarina (who actually was Bavarian by birth) and her Polish lover Adam Czartoryski.

    Virginia, one of the things I loved in writing about Vienna was how important music was in the culture. Not only were men like Beethoven superstars, music was everywhere–played in cafés, in the streets, in private homes. I had a lot of fun weaving music into the story. The Old American West is also a great setting!

    So agree about the waltz being romantic, Julie! I had fun writing the waltz scenes, looking at pictures of the dance steps (the early 19th century waltz was more elaborate than the dance we know today).

    Artemis, I'm not sure where the dress came from. I love how lavish and over-the-top it is, because that's exactly what the Congress of Vienna was. Glad you like intrigue and deception–two things I love to write about! Love the wide range of eras you like to read about!

    Nice to "see" you here, Louisa! So glad you feel about Vienna as I do. the lat days of Pompeii would make a great setting. And the Duchess of Richmond's ball has long fascinated me. I'm actually writing about it now in the sequel to "Vienna Waltz," which is set around the battle of Waterloo. Coincidentally, I blogged about the ball yesterday on History Hoydens.

    Ashely, the sack of Constantinople would be a fascinating setting. You need to write that book (though don't stop reading!).

    Kirsten, what a good point. Seeing characters interact with new inventions is

  39. >After reading the Outlander series, I would be curious to read more about Scotland's history, and things leading up to Culloden.

    I usually read books set in Regency England, or spy stories during the Napolean years. So I am really looking forward to Vienna Waltz. I've really enjoyed Tracy's books.

  40. >I love the dress too, Ev! I reworked one of the heroine's dresses in the revisions to be the dress on the cover once I'd seen it. I think I saw the same Strauss movie. Was Strauss actually a character? The one I remember ended with him running after his wife, who had left him (for his own good I think) and had the two of them in a carriage at the end. I thought it was called "The Last Waltz" too.

    April, it' so true was a hard time women had in various historical eras. Even though the women at the Congress of Vienna wielded quite a bit of power, they had to do it behind the scenes, which is one of the threads running through the book. I love pirates too!

    Elisha, it's wonderful to have a plethora of ideas of what to wrtie about. I'd be inclined to pick the most compelling story (the one that just cries out to be written) that comes to you and then the time period that best suits that story. If it isn't obvious what that is, you could start making notes on several stories and see which one really grabs you.

  41. >Alice, great to be new to be able to explore settings and time periods!

    So glad you like the cover, Alice! I think they did a super job with it. The Civil War is fascinating. When I was growing up, I always got interested in whatever historical period we were studying in school, and my parents were great about encouraging my interest.

    Barbara, as someone who's trained in British history and mostly writes British-set books, it was interesting writing a book set in another time and place (for one thing, I could only read a lot of the primary sources in translation, as I don't read German or Russian, though fortunately I do read French). I loved exploring Vienna. Such a romantic city, as Monica said, and the Congress of Vienna was so lavish and filled with intrigue, both political and romantic. The ending of the Battle of Vienna would be a great setting for a book!

  42. >I have always wanted to write a historical fiction book set during the sack of Constantinople by their fellow Christians. I just need to the time to stop reading my favorite historical novels like Tracy's and do some research!

  43. >Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone, and thanks so much for inviting me to be part of this fun event, Monica!

    Mary and Kris, I agree that the medieval era offers so many rich opportunities for story telling. And Maureen, I'm so glad you've found you like reading historical novels!

    Debbie, it's great to "see" you here! Thanks for the lovely words. Say hi to your mom. And it's fine to still call me "Tracy"–it's a nickname for "Teresa"– :-).

  44. >Hello, Teresa!

    I am really looking forward to reading Vienna Waltz. And what a gorgeous cover!

    Vienna is one of my favorite cities in the world. Visiting there is like stepping back in time. And of course the musical life there is second to none.

    I would love to read or write a book about the last days of Pompeii. That tragic city has always held such a fascination for me.

    Of course the Duchess of Richmond's ball the night before Waterloo is such a poignant setting for a book, with so much potential for romance, angst, mystery and tragedy.


  45. >Holy cow — What a storyline! Intrigue and deception. Yummy!

    I enjoy reading all types of historical fiction. Some of my favorites are US History that include early Western Settlers and lawmen, Civil War, War of Independence, and the Prohibition Era. Also, European history and Roman/Greek history.

    The cover is wonderful. Where do the artists find those beautiful dresses?

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  46. >I absolutely love Vienna! The Waltz has to be the most romantic dance ever. I used to go to sleep at night listening to Viennese waltzes. It was the only music that wouldn't get stick in my head and keep me up at night. Not to mention prompting some pleasant dreams. 🙂

    I have to agree that is the most gorgeous dress ever on the cover!

    I'm looking forward to reading the book. History is one of my all time favorite subjects.

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  47. >Hello, Teresa! Congratulations on "Vienna Waltz". What a beautiful cover–the billowing skirt reminds me of the famous dress worn by Deborah Kerr in "The King and I" : ) Celebrated classical composers were the superstars of their day. Some of their lives were as turbulent and tabloid-worthy as those of our modern-day celebrities! I love history, and that is one of the reasons that I have been a lifelong reader of historical romance. I know that some readers state that they want a romance, not a history lesson, but I think the two go hand-in-hand. The setting of the book, the era, culture, social mores, religious beliefs, fashion, art and literature of the times all affect the way the characters would develop as people. Therefore, they are very important elements of the story line details. I appreciate the amount of research and love of subject an author invests into a well-written historical romance. I love the American Old West of the mid-to-late 1800's. I also love books and reading, and I promote literacry. Being literate is empowering and enables informed decision making. I'd love to read about a pioneering woman who promoted literacy in the Old West : )

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  48. >Hmmm…I guess I would have to say any Russian Historical. I've read a few in the past and have loved them, but I really haven't found any others lately. I love the concept of Vienna Waltz…I don't think I've read a historical set in Austria yet. Thanks for sharing!


    New York

  49. >First of all, I'd like to mention the cover to your book– gorgeous! Although we are told not to judge a book by the cover–I do! LOL

    I love reading any kind of romance in any setting, but recently read my sisters book, which is a medieval romance. I learned so much while being entertained.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win your work!


    Nicnac63 [at] hotmail [dot] com

  50. >Hi Teresa,

    Wow! I never realized all of that took place in Vienna during that time period. How fascinating! I imagine your brain was overflowing with possibilities and different scenarios. I know mine is just from the brief snippet you described. And that right there is why I love historical romance! What better way to learn about history then by becoming engaged enough to want to learn more?!?

    Ironically, I have been long ruminating on what I want to write about. I love to write but I can't seem to focus myself to just one area or topic. I love to read about many different time periods, especially if there is intrigue associated with it. I can't say that I really have one time period that is a favorite. As long as it is ripe with history then I am all for it. Any suggestions for how I could narrow my focus?

    I can't wait to read your new book! I haven't been to Vienna in a long time and I am itching to return. 🙂

    ~ Elisha M.
    FL, USA

  51. >Good Morning to all.Great post Teressa. While,I am only a reader,I so enjoy historicals of all era.I seem to read a lot of Regency England,Westerns, Civil war era,Medival times, so I guess I just like historicals of all kind.It is so interesting to go back in time,but what a hard time women expecially had. Your book sounds really interesting and seems you have done a lot of research on the subject. The cover is beautiful.Oh,yes I also enjoy reading about pirates of old.
    Eastern, NC

  52. >I want the dress on the cover. How gorgeous is that?

    This looks like a really, really good read and yes, set somewhere besides England. I can't wait to read it.

    Many years ago there was a movie based on Strauss' music & set in Vienna and I can't remember the name and nothing is coming up on IMDB. But the music and the fashion are what still stick with me,even tho I can't remember anything else. I thought the title was The Last Waltz but that's not it, or if it is, it never made it to IMDB.

  53. >Oh goodness, this title sounds wonderful. I love historicals that happen in places other than England. Plus intrigue and mystery…wow!

    I'm not a writer but as a reader I'll read just about any time period (except for Georgian…just doesn't do it for me for some reason.) Love the Roman Empire period BUT it is hard to get a good, historically accurate love story because of the women-as property-culture and the early marriage, etc.

    One event that I think would make a great backdrop for a story is Sobieski ending the seige of Vienna (Battle of Vienna) in 1683 — something with a Hussar maybe to take advantage of the drama of the uniform?!?!

    barbaravick AT

  54. >Hi, Teresa! Okay, my first thought when I started reading was, "Wow, that cover is gorgeous!" Congrats!

    Lately, my son (who is a 5th grader) has been learning about and studying the Civil War. Since I've been helping him study, I will say that I would love to read more about that and Abraham Lincoln's role in it.


  55. >I'm slowly, but surely getting into historicals, so at this point, everything is new to me and I don't have a preference yet.


  56. >Oh, and if you can't afford to buy the book, contact your local libraries and request the book be added to their shelves. They generally buy books that readers request. Not only is it a sale for me, it's a free read for patrons and it exposes me to new readers!

  57. >Morning everyone! I've notified Teresa that the post is live, so she'll be here as soon as she can. She's on Pacific time, so it's 5am where she is! Hang tight!

    Thank you all for being here and helping to make this event a success.

    If you would, please tell other readers about the event via Facebook, Twitter, your groups, Goodreads, wherever!

    I'd like to get Pleasure Me as much exposure as I can. And with three chapters to read for free, and the book priced at $8.63 I'm hoping people will preorder this book so the publisher wants to contract more of my historicals!

  58. >I have read Teresa's (aka Tracy's) other books, and I am anxiously awaiting Vienna Waltz. Instead of putting long dresses on modern characters, Teresa carefully researches the history of the era (as demonstrated in this post) and then builds an entertaining and exciting story around the true events. My 70 y.o. mom is also a huge fan and can't wait for the new book.
    Debbie from Pennsylvania
    debbielovesbooks @

  59. >What an interesting post and an intriguing time in history. When I was younger history was not an interest of mine so I do enjoy all types of historical novels since they combine historical events with interesting stories.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  60. >good morning welcome teresa!
    I am thinking this book looks so interesting!
    I do like medevil times books mostly because all sorts of things can happen, and i havent read too many historicals that didnt take place in england so am thinking it will be very interesting!

    Kris b Indiana

    Krysti33 @ frontier dot com

  61. >Good Morning Teresa and Monica,
    This book sounds so interesting! I've always loved historicals, they've always held a special place in my heart because it's so easy to see what it would have been like to live in that era.

    When it comes to what Historical event I've always wanted to read about, that would have to be the Medieval times. For me that time can be so cool to read about and so much can be done in a story in that time.
    Nevada, USA