Interrupted Plans – Guest Post with Brigid Huey & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone, 

Today I am welcoming Brigit Huey who is sharing with us a little of her writing process. She decided to show us the dresses that inspired her characters in Interrupted Plans, her most recent release, and I have to say I fell in love with the formal one she pictured for Elizabeth. I would love to be able to wear that dress one day, it is sooooo beautiful, don’t you think? But I am getting ahead of myself, first you’ll need to read her guest post, and only then can you share your opinion with me 🙂 So I’ll leave you to it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thank you for visiting Brigid, and thank you for organizing the tour Janet 🙂


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Thank you so much, Rita, for hosting me today! I’m so happy to be here to share more about my writing process. When I’m in the creative stage of a new work in progress, I always find it helpful to picture what my characters are wearing. It helps me really get into a scene and I often pull images from online databases and websites to help me visualize things. Let me tell you, this is a rabbit hole I would gladly get lost in! I sift through picture after picture of Regency Era gowns and dream about how I’m going to sew my own someday.

I thought I might share the inspiration behind some of the gowns described in Interrupted Plans. At one point, we meet the nefarious Miss Caroline Bingley at a ball. She is wearing something that clearly telegraphs her wealth and status. Because she is at a ball, Caroline would have been in what is called “full dress.” Her gown is one of green silk, something like the following:

She would, of course, have all the requisite accessories such as elegant gloves, fine jewelry, and an elaborate headdress.

Elizabeth would have been wearing something simpler, and more elegant. I found this picture, and it stuck in my mind. Although I think Lizzy’s train might have been shorter, I can easily picture her wearing something beautiful like this.

At one point in the story, Elizabeth is traveling and is described as wearing a traveling gown. This would have been considered a “day dress” and might have been a walking or carriage gown. I liked the look of this one:

Image courtesy of wearing-history.com

 

I picture Elizabeth wearing a spencer over this for traveling. Or, on cold days, a fur-line wool pelisse of the witzchoura style. No, I didn’t just make that word up! A true witzchoura has a high waist and is fully lined and trimmed with fur. It is believed to have been fashionable in Russia and Poland during this time. Pelisses modeled after these elaborate, warm garments were popular in England during the Regency Era. (I am deeply indebted to The Quintessential Clothespin for her research and documentation of witzchouras.) 


Suppose Elizabeth Bennet never visited Pemberley…

It is October of 1812. Elizabeth Bennet and her family have seen dramatic changes in the past few months—none of them welcome. Her sister Jane needs a fresh start, and Elizabeth is no less eager to leave behind the pain and confusion of not accepting Mr. Darcy’s proposal.

Fitzwilliam Darcy has not seen Elizabeth since he offered for her—and she adamantly refused him. When she appears in London, he is determined to gain her friendship and make amends. When a carriage mishap throws them together, Darcy does all he can to demonstrate his changed behavior.

Though their renewed acquaintance seems to be growing into a genuine friendship, a family secret constrains Elizabeth. As she falls deeper in love with the man she rejected, does she dare tell him the truth?

You can find Interrupted Plans at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited

 


 

Brigid Huey has been in love with Jane Austen since first seeing the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice as a young girl. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids and spends her free time reading and writing. She also has an assortment of birds, including five chickens and too many parakeets. She dreams of living on a farm where she can raise as many chickens, ducks, and goats as she likes and write romance novels in an airy study overlooking the wildflowers.

You can contact her throught the following links:

Website

Facebook Author Page

Email

Instagram:  @brigidhueywrites 

Twitter


The blog tour has just started, so you still have plenty of time to find more information about this book:

March 4 My Jane Austen Book Club

March 5 So little time…

March 8 From Pemberley to Milton

March 9 My Vices and Weaknesses

March 10 Diary of an Eccentric

March 11 Savvy Verse & Wit

March 12 Austenesque Reviews

March 15 Babblings of a Bookworm


Meryton Press is giving away 8 eBooks of Brigid Huey’s Interrupted Plans, and the giveaway is international. To apply to it all you have to do is click on the following Rafflecopter link.

Good Luck Everyone!

 

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21 responses to “Interrupted Plans – Guest Post with Brigid Huey & Giveaway

  1. sheilalmajczan

    I have this story and plan to read it soon. I am sure I will enjoy it.

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  2. sheilalmajczan

    The gowns are beautiful but I still am happy to not have to wear corsets, etc. The bare chests with so many dresses makes me think they must be cold in cooler weather. I would need a higher collar. I don’t have “assets” to display anyway. Ha, ha!

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    • I would not be happy with corsets either! A lot of these fashions came from France and were modified by the English. For example, a lot of women would wear a scarf or lace collar with the lower cut dresses.

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  3. evamedmonds

    The gowns are stunning!

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  4. Ginna

    I have no idea how one can tell the difference between travel gowns, walking gowns, day gowns, evening gowns and riding gowns!
    I’m glad that I can get away with jeans and a tshirt, and the same ones all day!

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    • I will admit to doing quite a bit of research to understand the dressing habits during the Regency period. So complicated! And they have names like “half-dress” and “full-dress.” Such unhelpful descriptions!

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  5. suzanlauder

    Someone who loves gowns as much as me! I often pick my gowns from pictures, but sometimes I change up the details to make my own interpretation. Your choices are lovely. I had never heard of a witzchoura before. I was aware that they had warmer travelling gowns made of wool. Itchy! Thanks for the wonderful guest blog, Brigid, and obrigada for hosting, Rita!

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  6. Thanks for the post, Brigid! I love the photos showing the fine details of the lovely gowns!

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  7. Glynis

    I definitely prefer Elizabeth’s gowns over Caroline’s! So pretty and understated.
    I’m looking forward to reading this so have added it to my list.
    May I add that, yes, I definitely think Elizabeth should tell Darcy the family secret, whatever it is I’m certain that he would do anything to help her (perhaps we could drop a hint to Elizabeth?)

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  8. Thanks so much for having me today, Rita!

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  9. Robin G.

    The dresses are beautiful! I love seeing an author’s inspiration for different aspects of a book. Thank you for sharing some of yours.

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  10. Thanks for sharing the gown images. They are lovely and I can imagine Caroline and Elizabeth wearing them. Congrats on the release!

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  11. I can see how looking through pictures of the era clothes to pin-point style would lead to the wearer’s personality. Lovely gowns even the walking dress.

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  12. caroleincanada

    Oh! I love ‘Elizabeth’s gown’!! I think it would make a wonderful wedding dress for someone today too! It is such an added benefit to picture an actual gown that a character wears when reading a story too. Congratulations! I look forward to reading this.. Thank you for an opportunity to win it!

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  13. Lynn Char

    Sometimes I wish I had a fur lined anything!!

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  14. Janet Taylor

    I loved all the pictures of the gowns. I can see how those could be inspirational. Thanks for showing them to us, Brigid. Thanks for hosting, Rita.

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  15. Lois

    Thanks for the gown images. I love all things fabric-related! Did they wear gowns with trains to balls? If so I guess they’d have to constantly hold the train up to keep from tripping over it.

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