My new book, , explores these themes, which continue to be relevant even two centuries after my story takes place.
The Luddite rebellion, which began in 1811 in Nottinghamshire, England, was sparked by the rapid advance of new machinery. Factories turned to the new steam-powered looms and knitting frames because they lowered production costs. The machines could turn out cotton, lace or stockings much more quickly than the skilled artisans who’d once crafted these goods by hand.
Many workers, including cloth finishers, weavers, tailors and shoemakers, found themselves jobless and on the brink of starvation. In protest, many broke into factories and destroyed or damaged the machines with hammers.
The machine breakers’ movement got its name from its elusive leader, Ned Ludd, who was widely believed to be fictional.
Today, however, the term Luddite continues to be associated with people who are afraid or contemptuous of new technology.
But some people are just indifferent.
I’ve got a friend, a smart, savvy high-fashion type, who has zero interest in electronic gadgets. She’s told me more than once that it’s a lucky thing she even has a cell phone.
Well, I now get the point. After all, I’m not a Luddite, I’m just not imaginative when it comes to technology. Show me how to use a new device and I’ll eventually get onboard. I might even embrace it.
What about you? Are you a ‘Luddite?’ Or are you one of those people who’s always first in line to get the new tech gadgets? Which is your gadget of choice?
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Book #1 in the Accidental Peers series
Even if he is the catch of the season, Charlotte Livingston has a low opinion of the wildly handsome Marquess of Camryn. He’s an industrialist who thinks nothing of replacing workers with machines, depriving them of an honest living. Camryn is everything a social reformer like Charlotte detests. Besides, her loyalty belongs to another man.
Yet, as a violent machine-breakers rebellion rages across England, an undeniable attraction flares between the passionate adversaries. Camryn vows to destroy the rebel movement, unaware that the spinster who has captured his heart, harbors a secret - a shocking connection to one of its leaders that could shatter them both.
He marveled at the way the sun illuminated the clear blue in her eyes. “I won’t bother to dissemble, Miss Livingston.” Taking hold of her hand, he pulled Charlotte around the massive tree trunk, out of the sight of the rest of the guests. “I hope to steal another kiss. Actually, I have thought of little else since our last one. Will you allow it?”
She flushed, her gaze floating beyond him. “Really, Camryn, if you ask for permission, it hardly qualifies as stealing a kiss.”
Blood raced to his vitals when it registered she’d just told him to take what he wanted. Shaking his head, he wondered what is was about this woman that made him desperate to touch her again. It had been an agonizing week since he'd last felt her lips beneath his. Now, finally offered the opportunity, he greedily grasped it.
Cupping Charlotte’s cheeks, he marveled at their satiny softness before lowering his face to hers, kissing one side of her succulent mouth and then the other. Then he intensified his actions, pressing down on her lips, bidding her to open them to him as she had once before. When she did, he kissed her as deeply as he had ever kissed a woman. He licked and plunged his tongue deeper, greedy to taste more, losing himself in her subtle floral scent. She tasted of lemonade, a woman’s softness, and unlimited possibility. Her untutored tongue ventured to taste him as well, provoking a delighted sound of surprise from him. The wondering hum that sounded from the back of her throat made his body quicken in a rush of heat.
Awareness gradually filtered back to him, reminding Cam of their surroundings. He pulled away with great reluctance, his blood at a boil, and forced himself to take a step back lest he pull Charlotte to the grass and make love to her right there with other guests nearby.
She stood frozen in place with her eyes still closed, red circles burned into the high arches of her cheeks. After a moment, as if in a daze, her lids fluttered open. He easily recognized the hazy arousal in those unfocused blue depths for they mirrored his own. They stood facing one another for a moment, bodies apart, but gazes interlocked. She blinked.
“When I said you had a clever tongue, I really had no idea.”
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