“Schone first pushed the erotic envelope in her 1995 romance novel, “Awaken My Love,” which was based on the unique — and some say wacky — premise of time travel via masturbatory orgasm.” (“Too Darn Hot,” Salon)
Oh, yeah? Who says you can’t time-travel via masturbation? And have a whopping good time learning to live sans Starbucks and Netflix? Once you get past the danger of being committed to Bedlam … or worse, murdered.
“The pillow book scene in the library could burn a hole clear through a block of ice!” ~All About Romance, Desert Isle Keeper
A Letter from Robin
Awaken, My Love is my first romance novel, and will forever hold a special place in my heart. Because writing Awaken, My Love started a lifelong love affaire.
I have always loved history … dinosaurs, anyone? which, btw, said dinosaurs stomped into one of my favorite books, Scandalous Lovers … and devoured Georgette Heyer at the tender age of twelve. But while I had studied old world history— i.e., Sumer, Ancient Egypt, Crete, etc.—and read Regency romances for entertainment, I really didn’t know anything about modern history. Dates, sure: George III (Mad King George) died in 1820; Victoria became queen in 1837; crinolines came into fashion in 1857; the first Boer War started in 1880. But still the question remained: how did our 19th century ancestors live day to day? What would we find if we were catapulted back into time?
I literally couldn’t write—an author should at the very least know as much as their heroine/hero—until I had the answers. I diligently plowed through the Regency era, fumbled through the 1840s … and fell head over heels. Thus began my lifelong love affair with the Victorian era.
I now think of Awaken, My Love as a travelogue. What would you need if—like Elaine, my American heroine—you woke up in 1883 England? That’s a long trip, so undoubtedly your answer is: bathroom. And what would you need in said bathroom? Toothbrush. Toothpaste. A flushable toilet. A bath. Hot and cold running water. Toilet paper. We take these things for granted now. But in what year were these conveniences available? And how did our ancestors cope without?… These are just a few of the things that Elaine—also a modern woman—and I discovered when we embarked on our journey into the 19th century.
I confess, I also greatly enjoyed studying the Kama Sutra and Tantric sex. Cause, you know, it’s important I know everything my hero knows. Right?
Awaken, My Love is fun, erotic and contains a mystery I dare you to solve. I hope you enjoy reading my very first romance as much as I enjoyed writing it! And I hope that you, too, will walk away with a little more knowledge of Victorian England. Because it really is an amazing time.
Praise For Awaken, My Love
“Awaken, My Love provides a refreshingly funny commentary on the time-travel genre.” ~The Romance Reader
“Awaken, My Love provides a refreshingly funny commentary on the time-travel genre. Elaine’s trials regarding chamber pots, makeshift maxi pads, and social sensibilities like unshaven legs underline such astounding oversights in other books that readers may never again be able to accept a sloppily written, unrealistic experience of waking up in another century.” ~The Romance Reader
“An erotic time-travel romance that is brimming over with sexuality .” ~RT Book Reviews
“New author Robin Schone makes her debut with an erotic time-travel romance that is brimming over with sexuality….For a sizzling night’s read AWAKEN, MY LOVE fits the bill.” ~RT Book Reviews
“The pillow book scene in the library could burn a hole clear through a block of ice!” ~All About Romance
“The pillow book scene in the library could burn a hole clear through a block of ice! …The sex is burning but is written with such tasteful flair it will have you wishing the love of your life would whisper some of the incredibly erotic words that Charles whispers to Elaine. I’d like to mention a scene at a lake where Elaine compares Charles to a black swan. This scene comes full circle in the last paragraph of the book. If you don’t cry at the end, you are not human.” ~All About Romance, Desert Isle Keeper
AWAKEN, MY LOVE AROUND THE WORLD!
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