Good Morning Emery and thank you for visiting with My Book Addiction and More today…

Thank you so much for inviting me, April!

MBA: You are so welcome…

MBA: Emery, tell our readers a little about yourself?

I have been an avid reader,horse lover, and history buff for most of my life but never dreamed until only
a few years ago that these passions would ever converge. But this is precisely what happened when I came up with the idea for my first romantic historical novel, THE HIGHEST STAKES. The idea wouldn’t let me be, so with nothing else to guide me but the determination to persevere, I began writing. That was exactly four years ago this week!


MBA:  Tell our readers what made you decide to write Georgian England?

The era actually chose me! When I decided to set my first story in the world of horseracing, I traced the origins of the modern Thoroughbred to 18th century England. After that I just completely fell in love with this era. The more I learned about it- the customs, manners, speech, art, music philosophy, and literature, even the
gaming and other vice- the more enamored I became. Over time, I have come to feel that I know it almost as well as my own century!

MBA:  In “Fortune’s Son”,gambling seems to be the theme. How hard was it to find resources

on this subject for this era?

That was a bit tricky and did require a great deal of research, for you see, most of the games they played no longer exist today – at least not in their 18th century form. One of the most popular games was Hazard, played with dice. It was much like modern day Craps but not exactly the same. The game we call Roulette is pretty old but at that time they played a version called E-O. How all of these various games were played is described in some detail in FORTUNES SON  (as well as how people cheated!)

As to the question of resources, I was able to locate original gaming books such as the one written by Sir Edmond Hoyle in the 1730’s that gives rules and instructions for play and I basically taught myself
the games in this manner.

MBA: In “Fortune’s Son”, how did you decide who was the hero and the heroine?And did they present themselves in “The Highest Stakes” with the need for their story to be told?

The main characters, Philip and Susannah were secondary characters in my first book, albeit very important
ones. They played second fiddle to Robert and Charlotte but still almost stole the show. When I finished THS,  I just didn’t feel that their story had been  adequately told.

Philip, in particular plagued me as he is such a fascinating, complex and unpredictable character. He
did a lot of very self-serving things in the first book but still managed to show glimmers of the person he could have been had he wanted to change. The trick was how to motivate him to become a better man. Usually the most effective way to do that is through suffering. Thus, poor Philip goes completely through the ringer in this book,  but he had to do so in order to know real love and redemption in the end.

Susannah, (Sukey to her intimates) is also a complex character and a woman with many secrets. Yet she
is capable of great love and self-sacrifice, also borne out of the heartbreak in her life.

These two characters mirror one another in many different ways. It’s a very unique relationship and an
atypical romance as the story chronicles their tumultuous relationship through several very distinct phases over twelve years’ time.

MBA:  Can you tell our readers a few tidbits on your next project(s)?

Gosh! I actually have six books in various stages of development to include at least two historical
romance novellas that I have chosen to write under another name because they are so completely different in tone, style and sensuality from my previous work. The first of these, titled A BREACH OF PROMISE I like to think of as “Heyer-esque but  with heat” and should be available in late winter/early spring.

As for my other projects, I have begun a romantic historical novel I am absolutely in love with that is
inspired by Captain Cook’s first voyage to the South Seas. It has a fabulous love story with a hero and heroine who could not be more diametrically opposed to one another if they tried! I have not yet sold this manuscript but am hoping to soon find a publisher smart enough to snap it up!

I also have begun a series that will feature much little known Jacobite history and intrigue. Lastly, I wish to delve into some biographical fiction in the future. There are several 18th century people I have researched and wish to write about.

 MBA:  If you could go back in time what period would it be and why?

Absolutely the Geogian Era. I would be quite at home there and the clothes are just the coolest ever!  I find the  portraits of “manly” men dressed like peacocks in all that velvet, silk and lace incredibly sexy.  Be still my heart!!

MBA:  Now,Emery, tell our readers where to find you and where to purchase your books?

I am very easy to find! My regular hangouts are at my own Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers Group:  http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/33864

My Facebook Romantic Historial Fiction Lovers Site: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_135857949796897&ap=1

The CASABLANCA authors blog where I post on the 28th of the month:  http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com/

And lastly at my own Georgian Junkie Blog: http://georgianjunkie.wordpress.com

THE HIGHEST STAKES and FORTUNE’S SON are available in paperback and e-book format from any book
retailer.  SPECIAL DEALS: The paperback version of THS is currently on sale at Amazon for $6.24
and  The Book Depository is currently running a special pre-order sale on FORTUNE’S SON for $5.24 that
includes free worldwide shipping.






Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (November 1,


ISBN-13: 978-1402256448

SOURCE: Received from the author and publisher for review

Product Description

Love is the ultimate gamble…

Seasoned gambler Philip Drake knows every trick and uses most of them. After years of infamy, he’s ready to accept the mantle of respectability with his earldom– until a devastating racing loss and the threat of debtors’ prison force Philip right back into his gaming ways…Susannah, Lady Messingham, is a woman with a past who refuses to belong to any man again. But Philip’s skill catches her eye and she persuades him to teach her how to win at the tables. Their new partnership turns into an exhilarating high-stakes game that entangles them in terrifying risk and unimaginable rewards…Immerse yourself in the risky side of Georgian England with a pair of lovers who aren’t afraid to risk it all on a toss of the dice…


FORTUNE’S SON by Emery Lee  is an exciting historical romance set in 1739 – 1751 Georgain England.It is the  next installment to “HIGHEST STAKES” and is the story of Philip Drake and Susannah,Lady Messingham, who where secondary characters in the previous book,but played a very important in that story. “Fortune’s Son” has romance,betrayal,love,high stakes,secrets,gambling,sacrifice,redemption,a bit of carelessness,forgiveness and a bit of sensuality.Philip,after years of gambling and infamy attempts respectability with his earldom, while he finds love,he finds himself in threat of debtor’s prison. Susannah,a young widow,in need of funds,decides to enlist Philip’s gambling skills to teach her how to win at the gambling tables. They find not only their hearts are involved,their freedom is also at risk. Philip,in “Highest Stakes” is not very nice,oh well,you must read “Highest Stakes” to realize his bad side. He struggles with self-serving,sacrifice in “Fortune’s Son” he seeks redemption in the end. Susannah,refuses to ever belong to another man,falls prey to her heart. Together, Philip and Susannah learn love,sacrifice and that life is a roll of the dice.Immerce yourself into the world of Georgian England,gambling,love,with this pair of lovers as they struggle through twelve years of life. Another great read. A must read for any historical,romance,Georgain era and any one looking to be taken away into the world of  early gambling vices and its aftermath.Received for review from the author and the publisher. Details can be found at Sourcebooks Casablance,an imprint of Sourcebooks,Inc. and My Book Addiction and More.




As a special surprise,Emery, will be giving 1 lucky commenter a print copy of either “THE HIGHEST STAKES” OR “FORTUNE’S SON”(winner’s choice). Giveaway will run from today October 28 until November 4,2011.

**^Please leave an email address so we can contact you,addresses will not be shared and will only be used to contact winners***

So commenters come forth and comment…




  1. Thank you Emery, for being here today and for sharing your love of the Georgian era.

  2. There aren't nearly as many historical romances set in Georgian times as the Regency – I wonder why that is? As readers we have to appreciate all the work that goes into historical romances in order to include all these interesting facts.

    1. Hi Diane! I also love the Regency and it is so popular because some incredible writers made it so! I give much credit to Georgette Heyer, although her earlier titles were in the Georgian era as well. (Black Moth, The Masqueraders, Devil's Cub). I happen to love the earlier 18th century and it felt like a very comfortable niche for me. I just hope readers will think so too!

  3. This sounds like areally great book! I've always been interested in the games played back then. I'd love to be entered to win a print copy of either book. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  4. Hi Emery 🙂
    I have always found horseracing to be a fascinating and exciting sport in historical times. Even now, it sounds entertaining. I like that your story is set around this and it's not something I come across in the books I read. I will keep your books on my reading radar. Wishing you all the best.

  5. I don't recall reading too much set in Georgian times, but both of this books sound like delightful reads. I hope that they prove to be very successful for you.

  6. @ Martha – It was great fun to learn more about this era and then to place myself in the characters' shoes as they played. I tried very hard to capture the mood and the excitement as well as the growing sexual tension between Philip and Sukey as he taught her.

    @ Na – THE HIGHEST STAKES is truly set in the turf world as my characters would have seen it, lived it, breathed it. Racing was not just a casual sport- it was a passion for some (Robert and Charlotte) and an Obsession for others (CHarlotte's uncle) It was my intention to bring this to vivid life in the context of an epic love story.

    @Karen – There are a few of us out there that really love the Georgian era . Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is set in the mid1700's, Jo Beverly and Elizabeth Hoyt write in this era, and you should check out Lynne Connolly as well. I love her Richard and Rose series!

  7. Hi Emery!

    What a wild first name, I don't think I ever heard of anyone with it, I like!
    Thank you for sharing with us today, you are a new to me author.
    Both of your books sound like wonderful books to get comfy with.
    Not too many books out there with gambling in them, you definitely have my attention.
    Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  8. Thanks Dalila!
    I appreciate your interest and promise both stories are quite out of the ordinary and will particularly appeal to those who like authentic historical world building along with an emotionally compelling romance. I hope you'll check out my excerpts.
    Warmest regards – Emery

  9. Your wonderful novels reflect this historical times which are so fascinating. many thanks for this special giveaway and much success.

  10. @ Anne – Thank you so very kindly! I do hope to spotlight many other aspects of the 18th century in my future work. My current manuscipt in progress ( CHASING VENUS is the working title) will focus somewhat on the science and exploration of the era – but still in the context of a romance. I had the opportunity to go sailing on a tall ship yesterday as part of my reseach. If anyone is interested in the photos, here's a link to my author facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Author-Emery-Le… . Emery

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