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I’m Roseanna M. White, author of a slew of historical romances, along with some contemporary mysteries from Guideposts. My real life is full (homeschooling mom of two teens, need I say more??) but also very … ordinary. So I offset that by writing about things like spies and nobility and war and mayhem whenever I can. And with my next book, I not only have the start of England’s domestic intelligence agency, MI5, I also have (cue all the music) some circus themes! Here’s a bit about A Beautiful Disguise:

Five years ago, Lady Marigold Fairfax and her little brother, Yates, discovered a horrible truth: the circuses and acrobats and theater troupes that had filled their childhood had also bankrupted their estate, and when their father dies, he doesn’t just leave Yates the earl. He leaves them absolutely strapped. So they do what any enterprising young people with unexpected acrobatic skills would do: open a private investigative firm to spy on their peers…for their peers. Dubbed The Imposters, Ltd., their firm promises “discreet disclosures for the most discerning.” But when Sir Merritt Livingstone hires them to help him root out who is betraying their agents in Germany, the answer will take them uncomfortably close to home. And Sir Merritt himself, with his noble soul and ability to see beneath Marigold’s carefully stitched disguises, has her asking all sorts of impossible questions about the future.

 Though there isn’t an actual circus in A Beautiful Disguise, a family of circus performers retired to the Fairfax estate…with some of the non-human stars of the show!

Did you know that the menagerie was one of the biggest draws of a circus in the early 1900s? Just take a look at some of the exotic animals advertised by one of the leading English circuses of the time!

The “modern circus” as we know it today was actually begun by Phillip Astley in 1768, when he and his wife, both skilled riders, established an equestrian school in London, where they taught lessons in the morning and then performed in the afternoons. They did trick riding and speed riding in a circle…which is how he discovered that the ideal size of a circus ring is 42 feet in diameter, because it allows one to use centrifugal force to keep one in the saddle! Astley soon put a roof over his stadium so it could remain open all year…which set the stage for the traveling Big Tops.

It wasn’t long before Astley and his competitors drew in other popular performers from fairs and festivals–acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, clowns, mimes, and so on. Some circuses in the Victorian and Edwardian eras were permanent fixtures, but most traveled not only in their home country, but throughout Europe too.

I can’t wait for readers to meet my retired circus family, the Caesars…and a few furry friends like Leonidas the Lion, Penelope the Monkey, Peabody the Peacock (who kindly donates some loose feathers to Lady Marigold’s wardrobe), and the rest of the crew!

Here’s Your Critical Stop #14 Info:

If you’re interested, you can get a SIGNED copy of A Beautiful Diguise from me right here (and shop for other fun bookish things too!) or order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook, Baker Book House, or at your local bookstore

Clue to Write Down: the right

Link to Stop #15, the Next Stop on the Loop: Gabrielle Meyer’s site!

Special Giveaway!

But before you go, I’m offering a special prize!

One lucky winner with a US address will receive a signed copy of any of my books, plus a tote bag of their choice!
If an international winner is drawn, they’ll receive a book sent via their usual online bookseller. =)

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