The Inside Take

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Inside Seven Minutes in Heaven

Warning! In describing relations between characters, I may wreck a book for you by making it clear who someone marries, or the outcome of a book. Please do not read about The Inside Take if you're wary of knowing who is paired with whom!

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While it’s not at all essential for reading Seven Minutes in Heaven, it can be a lot of fun to go read about Eugenia and Ward when they were little. Teddy (or Ward) is a funny, adorable boy in Desperate Duchesses, the story of his father and stepmother. And Eugenia is a wise, eccentric little girl in Duchess by Night, the story of her father and stepmother.

As I said in my author’s note, Jarvis is based on my daughter’s rat, Teddy. He’s a golden “Dumbo” rat, which means he has larger-than-normal ears. He’s also a complete sweetheart, who gets along with everyone and everything. Here he is with a friend.

On a far racier note, the pornographic cigar box is real! I think the painting is very beautiful. The gentleman is very well-appointment (ahem), and I love the fact that the lady is taking care of her own pleasure.

I did a lot of research into trifles and other Regency delicacies while writing this book. Here’s a recipe for trifle, from Hannah Glasse, from 1751. This is one of the gorgeous recipe cards I had made up in celebration of Seven Minutes in Heaven. If you’d like the set of seven cards, please come to see me at any event! I made enough so I can give them out for years to come.

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