Jan 312013

The series of articles on Search Engine Optimization for authors comes to a close this month in the Working on the Web section of the forum. The final article provides details on how to keep web spiders from crawling those sections of your site you do not wish to have indexed. The article also explains why you might want to keep web spiders out, of certain sections of your web site, or of just specific pages. Another article explains how to protect your manuscript files to ensure you do not inadvertently make them the property of your employer or anyone else.

Next month, the Working on the Web forum will include an article on an often overlooked opportunity for self-promotion for published Regency authors.

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Jan 282013

Wendy Herrington pen name Collette CameronCollette Cameron is the pen name for Wendy Herrington. 

In February 2011, Collette decided to sit down and write a Regency romance. She wrote HIGHLANDER’S HOPE, the first book in her blue rose series. It releases from Soul Mate Publishing in April 2013. She has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. She’s been married for almost 30 years, has 3 amazing adult children, and 5 dachshunds. Her puppy, Ayva, sits on her lap while she writes. Ayva also nibbles at and lies on the keyboard. Collette love a good joke, the beach, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. She just finished THE VISCOUNT’S VOW, the second book in the series. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels.

Collette Cameron Highlander's HopeYou can learn more about Collette by visiting her website, collettecameron.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Linked In.


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Jan 242013

In today’s article, Regency romance author, and Beau Monde past President, Regina Scott, muses on the importance of music to the young ladies of the Regency. As a musician herself, she can easily empathize with the musical trials and tribulations which might have been experienced by these young women who were expected to be accomplished musicians, among the other skills society required of them once they went on the marriage mart.

Regina also shares information on some of the instruments which were available to these young musicians during the Regency. Which one of them would you choose to play?

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Jan 202013

Lady Writing at DeskNew Book Releases from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter

 ( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.



The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella

Final Reluctant CountessRandom House-Loveswept
From Wendy Vella comes a Cinderella story of whirlwind passion between a dashing earl and a beautiful countess—and the secret that threatens to tear them apart.
Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.
Despite Sophie’s humble background, the raven-haired beauty has won Patrick’s heart. But what Sophie needs now is an ally. Viscount Myles Dumbly, the disgruntled former heir of Monmouth, is determined to expose Sophie as a fraud to recapture his lost inheritance. Soon Patrick is drawn into a fight for both their lives. Somehow he must find a way not only to rescue Sophie from poverty once and for all, but to keep her in his arms forever.

Marisa’a Choice by Kadee McDonald

marisaschoice-500Aurora Regency (an imprint of Musa Publishing)
Traditional Regency
A determined young Regency lady…three eligible suitors…one true love.
Marisa Landon agrees to a whirlwind London Season because it seems to be the only way to prove to William Wycliffe that their lifelong friendship can turn into something more. She has loved Will since she was only fourteen. Now that she’s grown up and he’s returned from the war, she’s more determined than ever to make him her own.
But first, Marisa must deal with her step-father’s attempt to engage her to an eccentric viscount and the unexpected attentions of Will’s best friend, a charming young earl who can offer her wealth and status.
What will Marisa choose to do if Will won’t offer for her?
www.MusaPublishing.com (Category: Aurora Regency)

A Secret Proposal by Valerie Bowman

SecretProposalSt. Martin’s Press
After reading a scandalous pamphlet entitled SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, Miss Amelia Templeton cried off from her engagement. But her mother is set on seeing her daughter land a peer before the end of the Season. Amelia will do her duty. This time she has a list of the oldest, and most titled men in the ton who are looking for a wife. She’ll marry one of them. But first she needs to get over her fear of a wedding night. She enlists the help of Mr. Thaddeus Hammond, a mere mister whose reputation is riddled with scandal, but worse, he’s her dead brother’s closest friend. Thad has never told the story of what happened the night Amelia’s brother died, but he did make her a promise. She issues him a scandalous proposal: spend the night with her to show her the real secrets of a wedding night.
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Jan 172013

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Coursing was a field sport popular with many gentlemen during the Regency, though it is not often mentioned in novels set during that time. And when it is part of the story, the details noted are often incorrect. The practices and rules of coursing have changed over the years, such that those which obtained during the Regency were not the same as those observed at other times in the history of the sport.

A bit of coursing history, with details on how it was practised in England during the years of the Regency …

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Jan 142013

In her third article on the business of writing, best-selling author, Gaelen Foley, offers advice for those who are working on their first novel, or even their fifty-first novel, on ways they can hone their skills as an author. In addition, she provides a list of books which she has found informative as a writer herself. Whether you are toiling with your very first manuscript, or you have already published dozens of successful romance novels, you are certain to find at least one or two new concepts here to help you advance your writing career.

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Jan 112013


SusanaEllisA former teacher, Susana is finally living her dream of being a full-time writer. She loves all genres of romance, but historical – Regency in particular – is her favorite. There’s just something about dashing heroes and spunky heroines waltzing in ballrooms and driving through Hyde Park that appeals to her imagination.


In real life, Susana is a lifelong resident of northwest, Ohio, although she has lived in Ecuador and studied in Spain, France, and Mexico. More recently, she was able to travel around England and visit many of the places she’s read about for years, and it was awesome! She is a member of the Maumee Valley and the Beau Monde chapters of Romance Writers of America.



Find out more about Susana and her latest release, Treasuring Theresa, on her website, http://www.susanaellis.com, or her blog, Susana’s Parlour, http://susanaellisauthor.wordpress.com/.

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Jan 082013

Lady Writing at DeskNew Book Releases from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter

 ( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.


A Convenient Bride by Cheryl Ann Smith

A Convenient Bride CoverBerkley Sensation, 978-0-425-26065-4

Regency Historical
On the hunt for his runaway sister, Lord Richard Ellerby stops a suspicious carriage at gunpoint and is shocked to be mistaken for a thieving highwayman. When the attractive woman inside makes him an offer to court her for pay, Richard refuses and sends her on her way. But the determined lady soon finds him again and proposes an even more outrageous offer: wedding her in a marriage of convenience.
Desperate to find love with a man of her own choosing, Lady Brenna Harrington will do anything to hold on to her freedom, even if it means propositioning a dangerous highwayman. If she can distract her father with a prospective husband who only wants to marry her for her fortune, Brenna will have time to do things her way. While her plan may be just crazy enough to work, her unsuitable suitor has other more pleasurable ideas that have Brenna falling into a most inconvenient love…
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Castonbury Park: Ladies of Disrepute: #4 Lady of Shame by Ann Lethbridge

Ladies of Disrepute frontHQN  978-0373777945
The third and fourth book in the CASTONBURY PARK Series In book 4 Lady of Shame, Lady Claire must put pride above prattle is she is to shake off the no-so-respectable reputation of her youth and seek help from her family at Castonbury Park. The dark gaze of head chef Monsieur Andre is as deliciously tempting as the food he prepares. Another most unsuitable man with whom to risk her reputation….. But losing him could be even worse.
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Beauty In Disguise by Mary Moore

Beauty Cover FullLove Inspired Historical, 9780373829491
Regency Inspirational
After her scandalous first Season, Lady Kathryn needs a new beginning. Concealing her stunning hair and sapphire eyes beneath a dowdy façade, she’s grateful to earn her keep as companion Kate Montgomery. Until she comes face-to-face with her past in Lord Dalton, the only man she has ever loved.
The debutante Dalton fell in love with years ago was beautiful beyond compare. The gentle, mysterious young woman he encounters at a country house has qualities he now values more highly-until he learns of her deception. Kate has broken his heart not once, but twice.
Can faith help him see that love, like true beauty, always comes to light?

The Scoundrel Takes a Bride by Stefanie Sloane

Scoundrel cover2Ballantine, 0345531159
Regency Historical An Impossible Attraction
In Stefanie Sloane’s irresistible Regency romance series of spy games and seductive passion, a rogue discovers that his desire for the wrong woman is so very right.
Are you a Beau Monde author with a new Regency coming out? Be sure to email Cynthia at editor.regencyreader (at) yahoo (dot) com.
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Jan 032013

Or not.

It turns out that Cheryl Bolen is the founder of Society for the Prevention of the Writer’s Block Myth. Today, this best-selling romance author explodes that myth and shares a number of tips on how to entice your muse to perch on your shoulder and help you to write that next chapter of your WIP. She also reveals the secret known to all successfully published authors on how to finish that next book

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