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Monday, June 8, 2015

Guest Blog: Alanna Lucas: June: An Ideal Month for a Wedding?

June is the month for pearls, roses, and weddings. The pearl is a symbol of innocence and purity, often worn by brides on their wedding day. The rose is a symbol of love, and often found at weddings. But why is June a popular month for weddings? It might have something to do with the Ancient Romans.

Most know that the month of July was named in honor of Julius Caesar and that the month of August was named after his adopted son Augustus Caesar. It is no mere coincidence then, that the month of June- a popular month for weddings- was named in honor of Juno, the Roman goddess of love and marriage.

The Lemuria Festival, the Ancient Roman Day of the Dead, which took place during the month of May, also had a hand in making June a popular month for weddings. Because it was a time to honor dead ancestors, unions were pushed from May to June, a more auspicious month to be married.

There were other benefits as well. Children conceived during these marriages would not interfere with the harvest time and would be born after the winter. In some cultures, getting married when there was a full or new moon was considered especially fortuitous.

Perhaps my heroine in When We Dance should have taken some of these things into consideration when planning her own wedding.



Miss Artemisia Germayne is used to gossip. She is far from the ton’s version of an ideal beauty. Worse still, she cannot dance. But when she finds herself in the uncomfortable predicament of abandonment on her wedding day, embarrassed and humiliated she retreats to the country.

Nigel Rochefort, second son of the Earl of Monfort, has always taken his good fortune for granted, so when the woman for whom he has a secret tendre is about to marry his friend, the only logical thing to do is break up the wedding. But that scandal is only the start. The bride’s sister has also disappeared, and Nigel must first clear his name to assure Artemisia’s affections. As he gives chase, many truths are yet to be learned. This is no simple country dance or game of seduction but an unstoppable waltz of desire—and true love.

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Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California. From an early age, she took an interest in travel, incorporating those experiences into her writing. When she is not daydreaming of her next travel destination Alanna can be found researching, spending time with family, or going for long walks. Alanna Lucas is a member of the Romance Writers of America, East Valley Authors, The Beau Monde, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.


Cara Marsi said...

Nice to meet you, Alanna. I enjoyed your blog. I love Regencies, and your book sounds great!

Alexa Bourne said...

Interesting history! I never knew that stuff.

Ashley York said...

Now that I'm understanding the 19th century genres better, I can more fully appreciate your blurb. This is on my TBR and can't wait to finally settle down to enjoy this very promising story.

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

This sounds like a fun story!! Shared.

Barbara Bettis said...

Alanna, I love the sound of your book. I can't wait to get to it!!

Red L. Jameson said...

What a great article! I love how so much we still encounter has to do with Roman culture! And your book is fabulous! Love it!

Alanna Lucas said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by! I love sharing historical facts- especially odd ones ;-)

jean hart stewart said...

Love learning anything about those fabulous Celts...thanks for a great blog.

Alina K. Field said...

Great post, Alanna! I love these little historical tidbits.

Sun Chara said...

A fascinating romp through historic trivia...thanks for sharing! Fabulous title, and the it! Super sales, Alanna!

Alanna Lucas said...

Thank you! Wishing everyone a wonderful week :-)

Jane Lynne Daniels said...

Love learning new tidbits like this! What a great post, Alanna.

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