May 312013

As promised, the Working on the Web section of the Beau Monde forum offers an article which reviews a selection of web site builder services for authors. The web site services reviewed range from one which is completely free to one which is full service and offers a wide range of marketing services beyond web site building. All of these web site services have been successfully employed by a number of authors, and all of them have been recommended by Beau Monde members. If you are a new author needing a web site, or if you want to refurbish your current web site, you will want to have a look at this new article.

Next month, the Working on the Web forum will offer another review of another anti-virus/firewall software program to help members find the best application to keep them safe while working on the web. In addition, there will be an article on how use the advanced settings in Google.

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May 272013


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


Illicit Love by Jane Lark

Illicit Love

Sapphire Star Publishing; ISBN 978-1-938404-55-9
Regency Hi
Can Love redeem a life of sin?storical Romance
Ellen glanced over the top of her fan at the gorgeous man across the table. Was it very wrong for her sinful body to want Edward Marlow? Choice was a holy grail; a cup fallen woman longed to drink from. She chose Edward.
Twitter @janelark
May 2013

Miss Goldsleigh’s Secret by Amylynn Bright

Miss Goldsleigh's SecretRegency Historical
When Henry Cavendish, Marquess of Dalton, leapt to catch the fainting woman before she hit the cobblestone, he never thought that one chivalrous act would set his well ordered life on end.  His ingrained need to protect her has every bit as much to do with her enchanting beauty as it does his desire to wipe the hunted look from her startling blue eyes. He thinks he has everything in hand, but the lady has secrets that puts everything he loves at risk.
Olivia Goldsleigh just wants to live without terror, but a gunshot in the night proves things can always get worse. The beautiful and god-like Lord Dalton swears to protect her, to make the danger go away. She wants the man, the life, the family, the bliss he promises, but her secrets are certain to destroy them all.
twitter / @amylynnbright
facebook: AmylynnBright
May 2013


Bewitched By His Kiss by Barbara Monajem

Bewitched By His KissHarlequin Historical Undone, 978-1-460-31308-4
Regency Historical Novella (with a touch of the paranormal)
Lucasta Barnes knows the folly believing in magic can lead to, and won’t accept that her illicit tryst with a notorious rake was the result of anything more than pure lust–or that it has bonded them together forever. Yet she can’t deny that she yearns for just one more night in his arms… David, Earl of Elderwood, is used to women being enchanted by him, but ever since a passionate encounter with Lucasta three years ago, he desires only her. How can he convince his thoroughly practical paramour that love is the greatest magic of all?
May 2013

The Cardos Ruby by Shannon Donnelly

The Cardos RubyCielito Lindo Press 978-0-9850265-3-0
A scoundrel haunted by scandal…
After being wounded in the Peninsular War, Captain Desford Cardros returns home with plans for revenge against the man who swore Cardros stole the legendary family gem, the Cardros Ruby. That man is his brother. But an injured rider-and his beautiful sister-pull Cardros into their more pressing problems; someone seems set on murdering young Lord Seaford. Caught up with the lovely Helena’s schemes to catch a murderer, Cardros can’t resist the attraction to her. But Helena is a woman already half-promised to his brother-and a lady who has little use for rogues such as him.
A lady expected to marry well…
As the granddaughter of an earl, Helena Seaford knows her duty to marry well-and she has Lord Althorn courting her. But her brother’s death would leave her a rich woman, so how can she trust any man’s interest when her brother is threatened by mysterious accidents. Now she has one man courting her and another flirting with her, but can she trust either with her heart-or her brother’s life? She has no answers, other than to follow her heart, wherever it may lead.
A fabulous ruby, secrets to hide, and a star-crossed love…
During a killing Yorkshire winter frost, a country house part becomes host to hidden truths that must come out, to a romance that may be doomed, and to a life that might be forfeit.
May 1, 2013

Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman by Wareeze Woodson

Conduct Unbecoming of a GentlemanSoul Mate Publishing
Regency Historical
A young widow struggles against the laws of the era to remain in her young son’s life. In light of the prejudices held by her son’s new guardian against beautiful blonds, will he help her against a jewel thief or let her perish at the hands of her husband’s killer.
Available in print later through Soul Mate Publishing, Amazon, B&N
May 2013

Highlander’s Hope by Collette Cameron

Highlander's HopeSoul Mate Publishing, ISBN 9781619351974
Regency Historical
Not a day has gone by that Ewan McTavish, the Viscount Sethwick, hasn’t dreamed of the beauty he danced with two years ago. He’s determined to win her heart and make her his own. Heiress, Yvette Stapleton, is certain of one thing; marriage is risky and, therefore, to be avoided. At first, she doesn’t recognize the dangerously handsome man who rescues her from assailants on London’s docks, but Lord Sethwick’s passionate kisses soon have her reconsidering her cynical views on matrimony. On a mission to stop a War Office traitor, Ewan draws Yvette into deadly international intrigue. To protect her, he exploits Scottish law, declaring her his lawful wife-without benefit of a ceremony. Yvette is furious upon discovering the irregular marriage is legally binding, though she never said, “I do.” Will Ewan’s manipulation cost him her newfound love?
Available in print later
May 2013

The English Lily by Kae Elle Wheeler

The English LilyWild Rose Press, ISBN: 978-1-61217-731-1
1790s Historical w/magical element (30k)
Lady Kendra Frazier is devastated. The love of her life just married another, and now all she desires is to be as far away as possible. Viscount Lawrie, Joseph Pinetti Gray, is facing financial ruin and needs a wealthy heiress.  Luckily for him, Kendra’s impetuous nature has handed him the fortuity he requires to save his family’s downfall. But Joseph’s carefully cultivated plans come to a grinding halt when he finds himself falling in love for what should have only been a marriage of convenience. How does an old cursed doll help?
@kathylwheeler  (@kathylwheeler)
May 2013
May 232013


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


Honour’s Choice (The Honour Series Book Two) by Joan Vincent

Honour's ChoiceDe Rigueur Press   978-0-9852913-2-7
1809 England  Tortured and left to die by a malicious French spy Hadleigh Tarrant is nursed back to health by Lady Sarah.  Their hearts choose each other but secrets intervene.  Then the malicious French spy reappears intent upon revenge that threatens Sarah and Hadleigh’s very lives.  Hadleigh must unmask the spy before he and Sarah can decide between dishonor and HONOUR’S CHOICE.
**** RT Book Reviews –There’s more suspense than romance in the second entry to Vincent’s Honour series, but both keep the reader on the edge as finely-wrought characters tell an exciting tale. Unresolved circumstances leave the reader eager for book three.  Reviewed by Donna M Brown
A very limited number of print books will be available.  Preorder at
Ebook: Amazon and B&N
May 2013

A Dead Bore by Sheri Cobb South

A Dead BoreCreateSpace, ISBN: 978-1483958613
Regency Mystery
Escaping scandal following her husband’s death, Lady Fieldhurst accepts an invitation to a house party. Tragedy follows her when the vicar, author of a dull local history, dies in a fire. She suspects murder, and sends to Bow Street for John Pickett. Posing as her footman, he investigates from belowstairs while she gathers information above. But Pickett finds her assistance both a help and an all-too-pleasant hindrance. “What a delightful tale!…John Pickett had me when he showed up as a footman. He is a sweet man, a little young, but wholly delectable.” –All About Romance
Trade paperback re-issue of the 2008 Five Star hardcover edition
May 2013

What a Wicked Earl Wants by Vicky Dreiling

What a Wicked Earl WantsForever, 13: 978-1455522873
Regency Historical
Will A Rake’s Wicked Ways Lead The Lady Astray
Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham, welcomes the opportunity to help Laura Davenport, a dazzling young widow with a rebellious stepson. Her gratitude he hopes will take an amorous form. But from the moment he sets foot in her drawing rooom, he gets far more than he bargained for.
It was a moment of desperation. On the brink of losing her stepson, Laura turned to the notorious Lord Bellingham for help. Suddenly, she, a vicar’s daughter, is in the precarious position of resisting his tantalizing advances. How Bell earned his wicked reputation is clear; the surprise is how much more there is to him…
Facebook: Vicky Dreiling
May 2013

One More Kiss by Mary Blayney

One More KissBantam Books
Regency Historical
Step into the world of a Regency house party where twin daughters of a wealthy merchant are honored guests. Complications abound as attachments are formed, old scandals reawakened and futures compromised as two innocents are introduced to love.
April 30, 2013

The Secret Life of Lady Julia by Lecia Cornwall

The Secret Life of Lady JuliaHarperCollins/Avon 978-0-06-220245-1
Regency Historical
Lady Julia Leighton succumbs to the charms of a stranger at a ball
celebrating her betrothal to another man. The steamy encounter changes
her life, and when she meets her seducer again Julia is no longer an
earl’s daughter, or a duke’s bride-to-be, but an outcast, and the paid
companion of a lady who used to be her equal.
Thomas Merritt is a thief with a secret past. He came to steal her
jewels, but he left with Julia’s heart instead.
When they meet again in a Vienna rife with scandal, dangerous secrets
and political intrigue, a perilous secret is about to come to light,
and the only one who can save the day is Thomas, thief of jewels and
May 28, 2013

Lady Vivian Defies a Duke by Samantha Grace

Lady Vivian Defies a DukeSourcebooks, ISBN? 978-1402258404
Regency Historical
“Grace supplies another winning marriage of romance and wit in this delightful Regency.” (Starred Review) Publisher’s Weekly
May 2013

The Angel and St. Clair by Diana Hussey (awa Constance Hussey)

The Angel and St. ClairJupiter Gardens, LLC  ISBN: 978-0-9839726-9-3
Regency Historical
A daring English lord-a lovely young woman-a dangerous attraction
Haunted by an unknown danger, injured and penniless, Juliette Deveneau agrees to accompany the compelling English lord to France. She needs his protection but she has only his word that he will explore the mystery of her past-and that he has no knowledge of her prior to this fateful night.
Hunted by the traitorous Frenchman who abducted her, the unraveling secrets in Juliette’s past put more than her life at risk; they could tear her from Lord Lynton’s arms forever. Fate has thrown them together, but can this staged marriage turn into something real once she regains her memory?
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May 2013
May 192013

Many devotees of the work of Georgette Heyer may have first encountered the word "cicisbeo" in the pages of one of her novels. But how, precisely, did these gentlemen fit into the life of the lady they regularly escorted? In the article she shares with us today, author of Notorious Match, Angelyn Schmid, explains the origins of the term and the role which such a gentleman played in the life of a Regency lady. Do you have a place for a cicisbeo in an upcoming novel?

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May 152013

Last month, Gaelen Foley, best-selling romance author, shared her secrets for getting that first draft of your novel down on paper without driving yourself around the bend. This month, she tackles the other component of her writing technique, revising that first draft. It is during this phase that she describes how you can add layers of richness to your story that would not have been possible the first time through. And for those who are planning to write another novel after this WIP, she shares the secret of why the ending of this book is so important to that next book.

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May 102013

What did our Regency ancestors do in the month of May? Today, Regina Scott, Regency romance author, and Beau Monde Chapter past president, tells us about some of the various activities which took place during the month of May in Regency England. Not all of them may have been the type of activities to which the ton flocked, but there seems little doubt they amused a great many people across Britain during the merry month of May.

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May 062013

A couple of years ago, author Jane Lark and her husband travelled to Warwickshire to visit Stoneleigh Abbey. This lovely country manor was the home of the Leigh family from the 1560s through 1990. The Leigh family were cousins of the Austen family and during Jane Austen’s lifetime, she spent time at this lovely estate. In today’s article, Jane Lark shares her perceptions of the house and the various ways in which it is connected to the works of Jane Austen.

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May 032013

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

One of my favorite signs of Spring is the arrival in my email box of the Dandy Chargers annual schedule of appearances. For those of you who may not know, the Dandy Chargers are a group of gentlemen, and ladies, in Britain, who are aficionados of that particularly Regency vehicle, the velocipede. Readers of the works of Georgette Heyer may also know this vehicle as the pedestrian curricle which wreaked such havoc in her novel Frederica. These two-wheeled, pedal-less vehicles were also known as hobby-horses, draisiennes, or dandy-horses, and were very popular for a short period during the Regency.

Each year, the Dandy Chargers make appearances through the spring and summer at various venues across Britain, in full Regency costume, riding their hobby-horses. For those of you who live in Britain, or will be spending time there during the next few months, I offer the 2013 schedule of the Dandy Chargers appearances for your perusal and edification.

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