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Release Day!

Today I’m celebrating the release of His Desire, Book 2 of the Montclair Chronicles by Siren BookStrand. William Montclair, the only child and heir of the Earl and Countess of Ashford (Robbie and Emmy from His Obsession) has always done his duty. When he returns home after the war with Napoleon, he is determined to find a wife who will bear the children he needs and accept what he has to offer—marriage without love.

Georgiana Janson, an impoverished soldier’s widow with a young daughter, worked as a nurse in the field hospital where she and met and fell in love with William Montclair. On their return to London Will sets her up nicely, but she realizes that she can’t accept what Will offers—love without marriage.

When her circumstances change, Georgi must decide what she wants in her life. Too late, Will discovers what he needs most in his. Despite interfering relatives and answering a call to war, Will mounts his own campaign to court and win the love of his life. 

Loved doing the research for this book, most of this month’s Regency posts on my webpage/blog (ritabay.com) were bits of info collected along the way. Click the book cover to read an excerpt of or buy His Desire (M/F, Sensual)  His Obsession is available there also. In His Obsession Emmy was kidnapped and sold into a pirate’s harem in Rabat, the capital of the pirate’s Republic of Bou Regreg. It’s in the Top 10 Mainstream Bestsellers this week at BookStrand.

The blogs for the next two weeks will visit places from the Montclairs’ Regency World.

Tomorrow, An Excerpt from His Desire, then Tattersall’s. Rita Bay

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The Louisiana Purchase

The Louisiana Purchase

     In 1803 the United States bought from France the greater part of our country lying between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. The area acquired contained nearly a million square miles. This “Louisiana Purchase” has been called an event ” worthy to rank with the Declaration of Independence and the formation of the Constitution.”

The cost of the purchase was $15,000,000.  In whole or in part fourteen states and territories have been formed in the area which was bought.

     The French held Louisiana until the fall of Quebec in 1759. Four years later France ceded Louisiana to Spain. After the American Revolution the US boundary was the Great Lakes, the Mississippi, and the thirty-first degree. England had promised also the free navigation of the Mississippi. But Spain, holding the river’s mouth, refused to allow navigation on the Mississippi which cut off American access south.

The Lewis & Clark Expedition

     Napoleon regained Louisiana from Spain but the slave revolt in San Domingo and the prospect of war with England ruined his plans to develop Louisiana.  President Jefferson sent Monroe as commissioner to Paris to secure New Orleans and the Floridas and make clear the way to the sea. The instructions of Monroe and Livingston were limited to a strip of seacoast. Instead, Napoleon offered them the whole vast area of Louisiana.  The United States actually acquired Louisiana from France even before possession had formally passed to France from Spain.

Lewis & Clark

     The United States had acquired a wilderness.  President Jefferson ordered Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to follow the rivers, map them, collect scientific data, and assess the resources gained throughout the Louisiana Purchase.  On the first United States expedition (1804–1806) to the Pacific Coast the men were to find a “direct & practicable water communication across this continent, for the purposes of commerce” (the Northwest Passage).  Jefferson also wanted to compete with the British for control of land and the fur trade.

Tomorrow: Colonel Travis’s Letter from the Alamo  Rita Bay

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