The Fete at the Palace
I couldn’t believe I was able to go to the Snakewood Palace for one of their summer fetes, Winnie. I wish you could have been there to see it. It was the most magnificent display I’d ever seen in my life, and I don’t know how any celebration could ever top it. But it must be possible, for this was just a “small party”, as they kept calling it, not a birthday or other grand event. But the food, and the glass globes, the music, the gowns! It made our debutante ball at Sicion’s Ballroom look like little more than a country hall with some garlands thrown about. I still can’t believe my luck. When no one offered for me after the debutante ball, I thought my life was over. But now I’m lady’s maid to my cousin, and perhaps here at court I’ll find myself a husband after all!
— Letter from Lady Tara Cypress to Lady Winifred Poplar
Every chapter in the Micah Grey series has a short found document at the start, ranging from a variety of sources: history books, diaries, songs, poetry, and more. It’s basically a sneaky way to add in more worldbuilding and detail about Ellada & the Archipelago.
Micah Grey, when he went by the name of Lady Iphigenia Laurus, lived a life of privilege as the daughter of a noble family. Tutors, music lessons, debutante balls—the works. Yet this life didn’t fit, and so Micah ran away to join the circus in book one, as you do. Lady Tara Cypress was someone he knew in his previous life. She’s very much embracing that world she was raised in, but I’m hoping in this excerpt, a hint of desperation is creeping through. Tara and Winifred have been raised with expectations, and there’s the fear of not fitting in and having those milestones slip by. There’s of course more to both of these women than the yearning for a husband, but in this world, as in the Victorian era, a mate is fairly essential for financial security, with love often not factored into the equation at all.
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About the Author
Laura Lam was raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart's desire, colour outside the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams. She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn't. At times she misses the sunshine.
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