Apr 302013

This month, the Working on the Web section of the Beau Monde forum offers another article which reviews one of the better firewall/anti-virus software applications for computers running the Windows® operating systems, including XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. And, even better, all this protection is available for free. Any computer connected to the Internet without both firewall and anti-virus software is a gift to those who would subjugate your machine to their own purposes. Learn how to protect your computer so that you retain control and keep the bad guys out.

Due to circumstances beyond human control, the article on options for authors setting up their own web sites has had to be postponed yet again. Let us hope the third time will be the charm on this one.

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Apr 262013

Do you struggle with the first draft of your manuscript, your writing schedule and unending revisions, to the point that it makes you physically ill? That did happen to Gaelen Foley, best-selling romance author, once upon a time, until she found a better way. In this month’s article on writing, she shares her early pain and the secret to how she overcame those obstacles so that writing is once again a joy and she can meet her deadlines without endangering her health. Read on to learn how you can write an ugly duckling, then turn it into a swan, without turning yourself inside out.

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Apr 232013


New Releases from Authors of The Beau Monde Chapter (Regency Historical) of Romance Writers of America


In Milady’s Chamber by Sheri Cobb South

In Milady's ChamberCreateSpace, ISBN: 978-1483915739
Regency Mystery

When beautiful young Lady Fieldhurst discovers her faithless husband dead in her boudoir with her nail scissors protruding from his neck, it is up to John Pickett, twenty-four years old and new to the Bow Street force, to prove her innocence.

“This charming and lively historical cozy is the author’s first venture into the mystery genre, and she has created a definite winner. Pickett is a clever and amusing fella who well warrants a follow-up series.” –I Love a Mystery

Trade paperback re-issue of the 2006 Five Star hardcover edition.
April 2013

The Passions of Dr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

Passions of Dr DarcySourcebooks Landmark,  1402273495
Georgian/Regency Historical Fiction & Romance

George Darcy is the second son of a wealthy landowner in Georgian Era England and, at 22, is considered to be a brilliant, rising star in England’s field of medicine. However, Dr. Darcy refuses the easy, comfortable pathway and enlists as a physician with the British East India Company, embarking on a personal quest where he strives to change the face of medicine while yearning to fill the void left within his soul at the death of his twin. His search for family, enduring love, and lost companionship is a quest not wholly realized until his return to England and Pemberley after thirty years of amazing adventures. It is then that a new generation of family and friends that will heal the physician, and to his greatest surprise, where the true love of his life awaits.

April 2013


The Magic of His Touch (May Day Mischief, Book One) by Barbara Monajem

The Magic of His TouchHarlequin Historical Undone, 978-1-460-31096-0
Regency Historical Novella (with a touch of the paranormal)

Tired of being paraded before every eligible bachelor, Peony Whistleby decides it’s time to find her true love-through the ancient custom of rolling naked in the dew on May Day morning. But the magic goes awry when she is caught in the act-and by an entirely unsuitable man. And yet, the way his eyes linger upon her flesh ignites a sensual craving that can only be satisfied by his touch…

April 2013



Her Husband’s Lover by Madelynne Ellis

Her Husband's LoverMischief, HarperCollins, ASIN: B00AAU7AEE
Regency Erotic Romance, Menage

Emma Langley abhors physical contact, consequential she´s shocked to her toes when she realises she attracted to one of her father´s guests. Robert, Lord Darleston is like no other man she´s ever met. He´s flamboyant, charming and terrifies her as much as he arouses her.

Nor is Emma the only person caught under his spell…
Forced into an arranged marriage to avoid exposure as a sodomite, Robert Darleston has a reputation as a rakehell and a voluptuary. His wife is a bitter, scheming harpy, whose
rumor-mongering has already driven him from London into the heart of the English
countryside. Here, fate unexpectedly reunites Darleston with his former lover, Lyle Langley.

Torn apart by the intervention of their families, the primary barrier to their reunion is now Emma, Lyle´s wife, a woman Darleston is fascinated by and has no wish to disrespect. All seems hopeless, that is, until Lyle admits that Emma is frigid and their marriage unconsummated.

Darleston proposes a plan… If he can just win Emma over, then maybe they can find happiness as a threesome. Old ghosts, a jealous wife, and an outraged father stand in his way.

March 2013

The Love List by Deb Marlowe

The Love ListRegency Historical

Miss Brynne Wilmott escaped her monstrous betrothed once, with the inadvertent help of the Duke of Aldmere.  Now Lord Marstoke has revived the old Harris List–that wickedly witty annual register of London’s light skirts–and is using it to destroy her future.  Aldmere has no wish to involve himself in Miss Wilmott’s affairs, but his brother is mixed up in the nasty business and has gone missing.  Reluctantly, the two agree to work together.  Their search leads them through some of London’s most dangerous haunts and it quickly becomes clear that Marstoke’s plans are more twisted and treasonous than anyone has suspected.  Yet the danger and intrigue are as nothing compared to the effect that Nathan and Brynne have on each other . . .

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and Smashwords
April 2013


A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing by Elf Ahearn

Rogue In Sheep's ClothingCrimson Romance
Regency romance with a Gothic twist.

In Lord Hugh Davenport’s opinion, women of the ton perpetually hide behind a mask of deception. That’s hard for Ellie Albright, the daughter of an earl, to swallow – especially since she’s disguised herself as a stable hand to get back the prized stallion her father sold to Hugh to pay a debt. If Hugh learns her true identity she’ll lose the horse and her family will go bankrupt. Somehow, though, losing Hugh’s affection is beginning to seem even worse.

Already only a step away from being snagged in her own web of lies, Ellie’s deceit threatens to spin out of control when Hugh’s mother invites Ellie and her sisters to a house party. Now Ellie has to scramble to keep Hugh from knowing she’s the stable girl he wants to marry, while simultaneously trying to win his trust as herself. Can she keep her costumes straight long enough to save her family? And even if she does, will it be worth losing his love?

Available at Amazon, B&N and Smashwords.com
Author blog – The Writer’s Cat
April 2013


Apr 152013

A Regency Bicentennial cross-post from The Regency Redingote, originally published in April 2011:

For Henry Bone, 15 April 1811 was a red letter day. But for the bank of Marsh, Sibbald, Stracey & Fauntleroy, it was a black day indeed. Over £2,000 shifted from one end of Berners Street to the other that day, and very nearly shuttered the bank forever. It is possible the events of this day also led one of the bank’s officers into a life of clandestine crime which, when it was exposed, would ultimately end with his execution.

How an artist from Cornwall rocked the foundations of a London bank, two hundred years ago, today.

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Apr 112013

Regina Scott, Regency romance author, spent some time in Washington, D. C. during a cold snap. The sudden appearance of a plethora of hats in the city prompted her to think about the hats and bonnets worn by so many of those who lived during the Regency. In today’s article, Regina shares her thoughts about Regency hats.

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Apr 082013


New Releases from Authors of The Beau Monde Chapter (Regency Historical) of Romance Writers of America


Madeline’s Protector by Vanessa Riley

Madeline's ProtectorPelican Book Group
Inspirational Regency
If all young men leapt off a cliff, Madeline St. James wouldn’t care. Yet, a chance meeting and a bullet wound change everything. She must trust the Good Shepherd has led her to marry a dashing stranger, Lord Devonshire. Can they forge a true bond before the next disaster strikes?

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Also available in ebook and audiobook April 19, 2013




Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman

Secrets of a Runaway BrideSt. Martin’s Press, 978-1250008961
Regency Historical
RT Book Reviews 4.5 stars, TOP PICK!

Miss Annie Andrews is finally free to marry the man she loves. With her overprotective sister out of the country on her honeymoon, nothing can prevent her flight to Gretna Greene-nothing, that is, but an abduction by the wrong gentleman.

When Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, promised to look after his best friend’s sister-in-law, he didn’t realize she would prove so difficult. But when he spirits her away to his country house to prevent her elopement, he discovers that the tempting beauty knows how to put up a fight. To make matters worse, he’s stuck playing the role of honorable protector…when what he really wants is to run away with her himself.
April 2013

Sweet Madness by Heather Snow

Sweet MadnessNAL Signet Eclipse ISBN-13: 978-0451239679
Regency historical with mystery

There’s a fine line between love and insanity…

Ever since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has dedicated herself to studying maladies of the mind, particularly those of soldiers returning from the Napoleonic Wars, but Gabriel Devereaux’s unpredictable episodes are like none she’s ever seen. Even though she knows the folly of loving a broken man, she can’t help herself from trying to save him, no matter the cost…

“In this emotional, compassionate romance…the powerful love story will sweep readers away.”
~RT BookReviews, 4 1/2 stars

“The brilliance ofSweet Madness shines strongly and completely. Heather Snow is cutting edge…a master storyteller. Sweet Madness is a magnificent story.”
~Book Obsessed Chicks 5 stars

April 2, 2013


A Beastly Scandal by Shereen Vedam

A Beastly ScandalImaJinn Books, 978-1-61026-124-1
Regency Historical (fairytale-inspired)
“A treat to enjoy!”  Jo Beverley, Author of A Scandalous Countess


Lady Annabelle Marchant was a belle of the ball in London until she used her psychical senses to save a man’s life.  She failed miserably, leaving him dead and her disgraced.  All she wants now is a chance to comfort his widow by cleansing the woman’s home of her husband’s restless spirit.  But the widow’s son, the beastly Lord of the Manor, accuses her of coming to the wilds of Cheshire to snag him as a husband.  Thoroughly disgusted, she is bent on proving him wrong.


Lord Rufus Marlesbury, the Earl of Terrance, is suspected of murdering his father.  He has come home to clear his name by finding the real killer before the new year or the king has promised that Rufus will be called in front of the House of Lords to answer for the crime.  He does not have time to waste fending off a marriage-minded miss who has inveigled an invitation to his home by playing on his grief-stricken mother’s worst fears.


With an unruly manor ghost terrorizing the occupants and corpses piling up in the village, Belle must find a way to see the man beneath the beast and Rufus must learn to believe in the love of a woman who has no reason to trust him.  Only by working together can they stop a vengeful ghost before it torments the guests or before the killer strikes again.
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Late March, 2013


Never to Part by Joan Vincent

Never to PartDe Rigueur Press   ebook 978-0-9852913-4-1
Regency Paranormal
The Dremore Legend promises treasure but more importantly, enduring love. When treachery threatens the current Lord Dremore, the family ghosts contrive to aid him. Daphne, our heroine, who believes Dremore responsible for her brother’s huge gaming losses, is desperate to find the treasure. As they follow the clues ever closer to the treasure they risk losing their lives, the treasure, and most of all their hearts.
Late March, 2013



The Rake to Redeem Her by Julia Justiss

Rake to RedeemBook 2 of The Ransleigh Rogues
Harlequin Historical
ISBN:  0373297335
Regency Historical
Will Ransleigh wants to track down the woman who ruined his cousin’s diplomatic career and bring her back to England to absolve Max. But Elodie Lefevre hasn’t survived revolution, war and poverty to bow to the wishes of any man.  “Justiss brings an infamous seductress together with an unreformed rogue and lets the sparks fly.” -Romantic Times Magazine
–An RT KISS award to hero Will Ransleigh
April 2013

Apr 042013

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Or not?      Mostly, not.

This past weekend, I read the fourth or fifth Regency novel in the last few years in which a scratching or rustling noise intrudes upon a clandestine meeting or stealthy activity in which the hero and heroine are engaged. The sounds come from the ground, in the dark of night, and in each case this disturbance is ascribed to squirrels.    Impossible!

The facts about squirrels in Regency England …

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