Jul 312012

New articles have been posted at the Working on the Web forum this month. In the ongoing SEO series is an article about which meta tag you can use to compel the search engines to display your description of each of your web site pages in their search results listings, rather than allowing the search engines to simply grab any text off the page and display that with the search results. Though these descriptions are not indexed by the search engines, they do allow web site owners the opportunity to entice potential visitors to click on the links to their pages in any search results listings. Another article covers the top three online book-seller aggregators and explains how they work, how they are similar and how they are different. For those who are building a Regency research library, or seeking early or out-of-print books by their favorite Regency authors, these aggregators are a most useful and money-saving resource. In addition, a special article was posted for those Beau Monde members who receive emails from the Beau Monde Facebook group.

The SEO article planned for the Working on the Web forum next month will explain how the images on your web pages can help increase your site’s search engine ranking, even though search engines do not index images in their databases. In addition to improving a web site’s search engine rankings, correct use of images will also make a web site more user-friendly and accessible to those with visual impairments. A blogging article is planned which will explain an important feature available for blog posts which most bloggers overlook, even though this feature is their best option to capture more accurate statistics about their visitors and which blog posts they find of interest.

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Jul 302012

New Book Releases from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter             Lady Writing at Desk

 ( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.


Courtship and Curses by  Marissa Doyle          Courtship and Curses by Marissa Doyle
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan  ISBN 978-0-8050-9187-8
Young Adult Regency paranormal
 Release Date  – August 7, 2012
Sophie’s entrance into London society isn’t what she thought it would be.
Mama isn’t there to guide her.  Papa is buried in his work fighting Napoleon.
And worst of all, the illness that left her with a limp, unable to dance at the Season’s balls, also took away her ability to do magic.  When dashing Lord Woodbridge starts showing an interest in her, Sophie is sure it’s only because he feels sorry for her.
 Sophie’s problems escalate when someone uses magic to attack Papa at her first ball of the Season, and it’s soon clear that all the members of the War Office are being targeted.  Can Sophie regain her powers, disentangle her feelings for Lord Woodbridge, and save her father…and England?
Kirkus: “A cheery regency fantasy…. Doyle’s gift, on display in earlier historical fantasies (Bewitching Season, 2008, etc.), lies in creating vivid female characters and the bonds between them.”
COURTSHIP AND CURSES (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, August 2012)

Pleasures of a Tempted Lady  by  Jennifer Haymore         Jennifer Haymore Pleasures of a Tempted Lady

Release Date –  July, 2012
Grand Central Publishing, 978-0446573160
Regency Historical

Captain William Langley knows the ocean well, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers adrift on the cold Irish Sea. The tiny boat carries two passengers: a child–and Meg Donovan, Will’s long-lost love. Meg’s disappearance at sea eight years ago was a devastating blow. Now she’s back, as beautiful as ever, and with secrets as deep as Will’s own . . . 

After years held captive by a cold-blooded pirate, Meg has finally escaped with little Jake, the boy she’s come to love as if he were her own. But the pirate wants his revenge–and Meg must do whatever it takes to shield Jake from the madman. Determined not to lose Meg again, Will vows to protect them both, yet Meg can’t risk putting the only man she’s ever loved in danger. With the threat to her safety growing, and her passion for Will burning brighter every day, surrendering herself to Will might be a pleasure too tempting to resist . . .

“4.5 stars, HOT! Readers have been eagerly awaiting this sequel to Confessions of an Improper Bride, in order to finally uncover the truth about Meg Donovan’s “death.” Haymore creates a highly satisfying answer, drawing the reader in with wonderfully realistic characters, adventure, passion and unexpected plot twists while crafting another delightful entry in the Donovan series.” (RT Book Reviews )

SWEET DECEPTION  by  Heather Snow                 Heather Snow Sweet Deception

NAL Signet Eclipse, ISBN 978-0451237606

Regency Historical with Mystery

Release Date – August 7, 2012

Lady criminologist, Miss Emma Wallingford, unknowingly finds herself tangled in the dangerous mission of Lord Derick Aveline, a spy who also happens to be her long lost first love. But when deception, however sweet, is the name of the game, no one can be trusted. And every love—and every life—is at risk. (Second in the Veiled Seduction Series).

“Grabs reader attention from the very beginning. Snow’s intriguing, brilliant heroine is fascinated by investigation, justice and forensic science, and she’s up against a man who is more than he seems. Snow adds the spice of seduction to the thrill of the chase, leaving readers anticipating the surprising climax.” –RT Book Reviews

 “SWEET DECEPTION is an unpredictable unabashedly intelligent historical romance that, for me, surpassed SWEET ENEMY.  Loved it!” – Manic Readers




RACING WITH THE WIND   by  Regan Walker

Release Date : Late July or Early August
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group, http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/
Type of Regency: Regency Historical
Quote from reviewer: (on the book’s cover)
“Regan Walker writes great historical romance.” –Virginia Henley, New York Times Bestselling Author
Hugh Redgrave, marquess of Ormond, was warned. Prinny had dubbed Lady Mary Campbell “the Swan,” but no ordinary man could clip her wings. She was a bluestocking hellion, an ill-advised match by every account. Luckily, he sought no bride. His work lay on the continent, where he’d become legend by stealing war secrets from Boney. And yet, his memories of Lady Mary riding her stallion were a thorn in his mind. He was the son of a duke and in the service of the Prince Regent…and he would not be whole until he had won her hand.
It was unheard of for a Regency debutante to postpone her first season, yet Lady Mary had done just that. Far more interested in politics than a husband, she had no time for foolishness or frippery. Already she had assisted her statesman uncle in Paris, and she swore to return to the court of Louis XVIII no matter the danger. Like her black stallion, Midnight, she would always run free. Only the truest heart would race beside her.
Keynote:  The intrepid daughter of an earl leaves Regency London for the Parisian court of Louis XVIII, where she finds adventure, mystery, and above all, love.
Twitter: RegansReview
ISBN: 978-1-938876-00-4
Will be available on all Internet bookstores (Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, etc.) and from the ePublisher,http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/



THE GOVERNESS AND MR GRANVILLE  by Abby Gaines                    Abby Gaines Gov Granville

Inspirational –  Love Inspired Historical  978-0373829323

Release Date –  September 2012

Dominic Granville needs a wife—whether he wants one or not! And governess Serena Somerton intends to find one for him. A marriage of convenience would provide the wealthy widower’s five children with a mother’s tender care. And yet none of Dominic’s prospective brides can meet Serena’s increasingly high standards.

Dominic can’t imagine why his sister hired such an unconventional, outspoken governess. Yet Miss Somerton’s quirks can’t curb his growing interest in this spirited young woman. After his wife’s death, Dominic was sure he couldn’t love again. But faced with the prospect of losing Serena to another, one fact becomes clear. His imperfect governess could be his ideal wife.


Twitter: @abbygaines

FB: facebook.com/abbygaines


Kate Pearce Simply Voracious
Kate Pearce

Kensington Aphrodisia    – ISBN: 978-0-7582-6946-1

Erotic Regency romance

Release Date – August 2012

With the knowledge that her reputation, and more importantly, her father’s reputation is at stake, Lady Lucinda is happy to accept a proposal of marriage in name only from her best friend Paul St. Clare. But Paul is determined to give Lucinda exactly what she wants from their marriage and is more than willing to find her a man who is worthy of her.
What he doesn’t expect is how perfectly the arrangement satisfies everyone’s desires…
twitter / kate4queen
Keiran Kramer Loving Lady Marsha
LOVING LADY MARCIA   by  Kieran Kramer
St. Martin’s Press 978-1-250-00988-3
Regency Historical  (first in the House of Brady series)
Release Date – August 28th 2012

Marcia gets schooled…  Of the three Brady sisters, Lady Marcia has always seemed the girl most likely to lead a perfectly charmed life. But after a handsome cad breaks her heart, she swears off love and devotes her life to teaching girls at a private school. In spite of her family’s wish for a London debut, Marcia is happy where she is—until terrible news sends her back to the Brady clan…and into the arms of an unexpected suitor.

On the subject of love. …A dark and dashing earl who knows Marcia’s past, Duncan Lattimore is surprised by what a fascinating and independent woman she’s become. Marcia, too, is surprised—by the fiery attraction she feels for Duncan. But why—why—must he be the brother of the scoundrel who broke her heart? Why must Marcia’s rival at school forbid her from seeing him? How can this lady possibly resist this fellow—when they know that it’s much more than a hunch…?

www.regencyrockstars.com (my street team with Vicky Dreiling)

I also have a free “Kieran Kramer” reader app on the iPhone and Droid

Jul 292012

Gail Eastwood  is today’s Featured Author for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.


Gail Eastwood


Gail Eastwood started writing stories at an early age, but spent almost twenty years as a journalist, theatre critic and PR consultant, among other jobs, before she finally wrote and sold her first novel, achieving her childhood dream.


That first book and six more Signet Regencies that followed won awards and recognition, including The Golden Leaf for Best Regency, 1994. Gail was nominated by Romantic Times Magazine for Career Achievement in the Regency category for two years in a row.

Gail’s love for the Regency period comes naturally from her love for England and for history, which she claims are “in the blood,” plus all the special qualities we admire and enjoy about this unique time.


Hailed by reviewers as “a master at painting pictures of Regency life,” Gail had earned a growing reputation as a writer who pushed the genre to new levels with emotional depth and original plots, until family health issues took her out of the field for ten years. Now she’s excited to be back, working on a new book along with the ebook reissues of her backlist.


She lives in RI in a “refilled nest” with her husband, two adult sons and one very lazy cat.


Website: www.gaileastwoodauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gaileastwoodauthor

Gail Eastwood
 -May 2012
Penguin/NAL Intermix ebooks
Signet Regency Romance reissues  available now for Kindle and other e-readers, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & iTunes

Gail Eastwood An Unlikely HeroA Perilous Journey by Gail Eastwood

Jul 272012

As was recently announced, Aurora Regency is actively seeking traditional regency novels for publication. From their submission guidelines: "Think Georgette Heyer, Barbara Cartland and, of course, Jane Austen." Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen retain their popularity even today, but how many born after the last couple of decades of the last century recognize the name Barbara Cartland? Offered here is a brief overview of her work by one who read and enjoyed many of her novels.

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

She was called the "Queen of Romance" in her day, though I suspect there are many romance readers today who have never heard her name. And yet, she is credited with writing more than seven hundred romance novels over the course of a seventy-year career. With her big hair, plumed hats and pink dresses, she became something of a caricature of herself in her later years. But she also did a lot of good in her long life, working diligently for many charities, and I think she was entitled to do as she pleased.

There are those who might dismiss her work as fluff, and perhaps some of her later novels might merit that description, but not her earlier work. The novels of Barbara Cartland gave me a lot of pleasure in my early years as a Regency romance devotee. May I share some reflections on the work of Barbara Cartland?

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Jul 192012

Assembly Room – Roundup of Regency posts         Lady writing at desk

     by Angelyn Schmid




Spencer House circa 1800.

Spencer House circa 1800. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


                  One of the few surviving neoclassical London palaces

– Spencer House:  http://bit.ly/OC3y1U

Cheryl’s on a roll with common English surnames: http://bit.ly/Q0bgck


Lady Jersey’s Osterley Park:  http://bit.ly/NzLkmQ

Aerial view of Osterley Park, London

Aerial view of Osterley Park, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)








Carlton House, Pall Mall London.

The pictures alone are almost hedonistic (and rather fine)
            – partying at Carlton House:       http://bit.ly/O3yImq
Regency side-saddle – a lady’s death-trap?  http://bit.ly/LmhigP
The mail coach in a thunderstorm on Newmarket ...

The mail coach in a thunderstorm on Newmarket Heath, Suffolk, 1827                        (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mail coach bound for the West Country – one picture, so many stories:  http://bit.ly/LVje6h
The regulation of one’s conduct can be tedious – so many details:  http://bit.ly/LsevFS
Great Regency diarists – a wealth of personal information: http://bit.ly/Lht022
Lady Blessington and the Comte d’Orsay:  http://bit.ly/LthKih
The Marriage Settlement by Hogarth
More on marriage and laws of succession:  http://bit.ly/OIenRa
Like history?  Fall in love with it!  Check out my blog at http://www.angelynschmid.com/ on history and romance.
Jul 182012

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

… like chalk-figures drawn on ballroom floors
to be danced out before morning!

And so they would be danced out, never to be seen again. But while they lasted, they enhanced the ballroom decorations for the evening, amused and/or charmed those who would soon dance across the surface of those ballroom floors, even as those same dancers consigned the lovely images to oblivion while they enjoyed themselves.

While researching the details of the grand Carlton House Fête which the Prince Regent hosted in June 1811, I finally stumbled upon the truth of the use of chalk in ballrooms. On the handful of previous occasions on which I had encountered a reference to the practice, it was stated that the doors of the ballroom were chalked. It was not until, during the course of this last round of research, that I finally discovered that those references could all be traced back to one incorrect source. In actual fact, it was the floors of the ballroom which were chalked. As I pursued that very thin line of inquiry, I was eventually able to piece together enough details about this delightfully ephemeral art form to realize that it was a frequent practice for notable Regency balls. And now, the chalk on the floor …

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Jul 082012

Could you use some tips on how to write that oh-so important opening paragraph for your next novel? The paragraph which will draw a reader in deeply enough to induce them to carry your novel from the bookstore bookshelf to the check-out counter? In today’s article, Cheryl Bolen will share some valuable information which she learned during a workshop offered by author Colleen Thompson.

The six principles which will help you write a powerfully compelling first paragraph …

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Jul 052012
William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce is featured on The Beau Monde Chapter’s  Regency Promenade.

Article written by Nancy Mayer

English: William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce        (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Wilberforce was a British politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade.
Born: August 24, 1759, Kingston upon Hull
Died: July 29, 1833, London
Spouse: Barbara Spooner
Education: St John’s College, Cambridge
Buried: Westminster Abbey

William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce is now well-known for leading the parliamentary fight for abolition of slavery in England.

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Jul 022012

Laurie Alice Eakes is today’s Featured Author for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Laurie at booksigning


Laurie Alice Eakes used to lie in bed as a child telling herself stories  so she didn’t wake anyone else up.

Sometimes she shared her stories withothers; thus, when she decided to be a writer, she surprised no one.

Family Guardian, her first book,  won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007. In the past three years, she has sold six books to Baker/Revell, five of which are set during the Regency time period, five books to Barbour Publishing, as well as two novellas to Barbour Publishing and one to Baker/Revell.

Seven of her books have been picked up by Thorndike Press for large print publication, and Lady in the Mist, her first book with Revell, was chosen for hardcover publication with Crossings Bookclub.

She also teaches on-line writing courses and enjoys a speaking ministry that takes her from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast.

Laurie Alice lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs and two cats, and is learning how to make tamales.

Laurie Alice Eakes   –  http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com

Laurie Alice Eakes Hearts Safe Passage