Jul 312013
 

An additional recommended firm which builds web sites for authors was added to the Working on the Web section of the Beau Monde forum this month. This new design firm was added to the list of Beau Monde member recommended web designers which was originally posted in May. If you are in need of a new web site, or just a new look for you site, log in to the Working on the Web forum to learn more about the web design firms recommended by our members.

An article on using Google’s Advanced Search page was also posted in the Working on the Web section of the forum this month. There, you can learn how to save time when searching the web by refining your searches to deliver more targeted and relevant search results each time you search.

Next month, the Working on the Web forum will include an article on a very powerful online currency conversion calculator for the British pound which enables you to determine its purchasing power from the Middle Ages to the present. A handy tool for the authors of Regencies, and other historical romance novels.

If you are not yet a Beau Monde member, and would like to join us, please visit our Membership page for details.

Jul 272013
 

cropped-vic-lady-writing-at-desk13New Releases from Authors of The Beau Monde Chapter (Regency Historical) of Romance Writers of America

 

At The Duke’s Wedding (A Romance Anthology) by Caroline Linden, Katharine Ashe, Miranda Neville and Maya Rodale

At The Duke's Wedding

Self-published
Regency Historical
As society gathers at Kingstag Castle for the wedding of the year, matrimony is in the air. But who will be the bride? With swoonworthy lords, witty ladies, eccentric relatives, a gaggle of free-spirited girls, not to mention the world’s best high perch phaeton, it’s a recipe for mayhem–and romance. Four authors, four couples, four deliciously romantic surprises. When it comes to love, anything can happen…
www.atthedukeswedding.com

June 2013

 

 

 

 

 

How To Marry A Highlander by Katharine Ashe

How To Marry A Highlander

Avon Impulse
Regency Historical novella
With seven troublesome half-sisters to marry off, Duncan, the Earl of Eads has one problem: he’s broke. With the prospect of marriage to the pompous local vicar in sight, Miss Teresa Finch-Freeworth has one dream: to wed the handsome Highlander she saw at a ball. How does a desperate lady convince a reluctant laird that she’s the perfect bride for him? She strikes a wager! If she can find seven husbands for seven sisters, the earl must marry her. But when Duncan gives her a deadline even the most audacious matchmaker can’t meet-one month-Teresa sets terms too: with each bridegroom she finds, the earl must pay her increasingly intimate rewards . . .

http://www.KatharineAshe.com

@KatharineAshe
http://www.facebook.com/KatharineAsheAuthor
July 30, 2013

 

Miss Watson’s First Scandal by Heather Boyd

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LLD Press, 978-0-9875614-0-4
Regency Historical
Overworked London banker David Hawke has two goals for his week in the seaside town of Brighton: one, demand repayment of a debt without losing a valued friendship and two, relax for the remaining holiday without further distractions-except he encounters his friend’s newly confident younger sister. Abigail Watson is flirty, bold, and determined David will agree to her bargain and save her brother from debtor’s prison. But is her game to prevent him from calling in the debt, or are her sweet kisses a sign she is after a much greater prize instead?

www.heather-boyd.com
@Heather_Boyd
https://www.facebook.com/HeatherBoydRomanceAuthor

July 2013

Rosalyn’s Ring by Alina K. Field

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Soul Mate Publishing
Traditional
When her father’s lucky ring slips through her fingers, an impoverished noblewoman must make her own Christmas miracle.

http://alinakfield.com/
https://twitter.com/AlinaKField
July 2013

 

 

 

 

 

The Wicked Groom by April Kihlstrom

The Wicked Groom
originally Signet, now by the author, as an ebook
Traditional Regency

When the Duke of Berenford becomes engaged to a woman he has never seen, what better way to catch a glimpse of his betrothed than by masquerading as a groom who most definitely does not know his place?
“Ms. Kihlstrom creates an engaging romance within a scintillating farce that will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart.”–RT
* * * * *—Heartland Critiques
“The book could not be more aptly titled. It is wickedly delightful. .. I dare anyone to read a paragraph about the intensity and feeling in Jeremy’s eyes and not want to be taken into his arms yourself. “– RENDEZVOUS

www.aprilkihlstrom.com
@AprilKihlstrom
www.facebook.com/AprilKihlstromauthor

 

June 2013

The Widowed Bride by April Kihlstrom

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originally Signet, now by the author, as an ebook
Traditional Regency

When Annabelle is widowed on her wedding day, she has no one to turn to but the mysterious David Carlton. But he is the heir and she cannot help but wonder if he was behind Richard’s death and whether loving him will destroy her as well.
“…another exciting Regency from the pen of one of the genres best writers. Her writing style, which is extremely well paced, always manages to bring the characters and setting alive. There is an enchanting heroine, a sensuous hero, and the always delightful Miss Tibbles. While this is a series about the Westcott daughters and their indomitable Governess, Miss Tibbles, each book can and does stand well on its own. But why deprive yourself; buy THE WICKED GROOM, the first book and indulge yourself.”–Pat Kersten, RENDEZVOUS
* * * * *—Heartland Critiques

www.aprilkihlstrom.com
@AprilKihlstrom
www.facebook.com/AprilKihlstromauthor

 

June 2013

An Honorable Rogue by April Kihlstrom

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originally Signet, now by the author, as an ebook
Traditional Regency
Lady Barbara wagers that she can successfully masquerade for one night as a barmaid in London. But how could she know that in that single night she would lose both her heart and her innocence to the notorious Lord Farrington?
“Ms. Kihlstrom has written yet another gem. This book contains everything a reader could want–humor, dastardly villain, passion, an achingly vulnerable yet strong hero, and a trusting, spirited heroine. The mixture is heady and delightful. Another engaging romance by a master of the genre.” RENDEZVOUS
**** “April Kihlstrom’s comedy of manners goes far beyond etiquette and appearances. This riches-to-rags and back story is bold in its depiction of society and its ways of love. If you want adventure, intrigue, and just some good fun, pick up this book. It’ll fill the bill.” –AFFAIRE DE COEUR

www.aprilkihlstrom.com
@AprilKihlstrom
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June 2013

The Reluctant Thief by April Kihlstrom

The Reluctant Thief_MEMBERoriginally Signet, now by the author, as an ebook
Traditional Regency
When Rebecca rescues a street sweeping vagabond and brings him home, her family is appalled. When he steals her heart, she doesn’t know where to turn. But with the Westcotts, nothing is ever quite what it seems.
Winner 1998 New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award
Ms. Kihlstrom once again delivers a delightful Regency read. This one has a heroine who is soft hearted and caring and a hero who believes he is not deserving of these qualities. Rebecca, for all her kind heartedness does not lack grit. I love this series and cannot wait for the stories of Penelope and the irrepressible Miss Tibbles. Curl up and enjoy an excellent read. RENDEZVOUS

www.aprilkihlstrom.com
@AprilKihlstrom
www.facebook.com/AprilKihlstromauthor

 

June 2013

An Outrageous Proposal by April Kihlstrom

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originally Signet, now by the author, as an ebook
Traditional Regency
No man is ever going to tell Penelope what to do–no way, no how, not ever! To avoid marriage she is willing to enter into a false betrothal with a man who despises marriage as much as she does, only to discover it seems she loves the one man who cannot love her. Note: This is the book with Uncle Frederick–a character who was considered somewhat controversial at the time.
Heartland Critiques–5 Gold Stars–“…Quite a wonderful finale to this family with the characters remaining true….”
“This frothy delight has rare appeal and freshness for the Regency connoisseur.”–RT

www.aprilkihlstrom.com
@AprilKihlstrom
www.facebook.com/AprilKihlstromauthor

June 2013

 

 

Miss Tribbles’ Folly by April Kihlstrom

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originally Signet, now by the author, as an ebook
Traditional Regency
Miss Tibbles. Colonel Merriweather. Both accustomed to command. What happens when they turn their attention to one another? Love, intrigue, interference from friends and family, all conspire to make certain their courtship is not an easy one!
5 Gold Stars–Heartland Critiques “…It is rare that a series can maintain as high a quality as this one has. The characters are a joy and so is the dialogue.”

www.aprilkihlstrom.com
@AprilKihlstrom
www.facebook.com/AprilKihlstromauthor

June 2013
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Miss Tribbles Investigates by April Kihlstrom

originally Signet, now by the author, as an ebook
Traditional Regency
When Miss Tibbles visits a former pupil she expects a quiet country retreat–not a dead body to appear! And Julian and Pamela soon discover she is their greatest ally–both in matters of mystery and of the heart. First in a series of murder mystery Regency romances. By the author of the acclaimed Westcott and Langford series.
“…Ms. Kihlstrom as a nice way of putting suspense into a traditional Regency novel featuring a remarkable heroine that gets to the heart of the matter with her brilliant deductions. April Kihlstrom has a most captivating character in Miss Tibbles!”–Suzanne Coleburn, The Belles and Beaux of Romance

www.aprilkihlstrom.com
@AprilKihlstrom
www.facebook.com/AprilKihlstromauthor

 

July 2013

Miss Tibbles Interferes by April Kihlstrom

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originally Signet, now by the author, as an ebook
Traditional Regency
Colonel and Mrs. Merriweather (the former Miss Tibbles) are invited to the British Museum to sort out artifacts from the war. But nothing goes as planned. They must unravel a murder mystery as well as help the curator’s daughter, Ariel, discover the truth about the mysterious Captain William Stanfield
” …Whether or not one has read those previous stories of this undauntable governess giving cupid a helping hand, fans of Regency romance are sure to enjoy this lively tale with its nonstop action and the author’s usual charming narrative.”–Marcie McQuillan, Romance Reviews Today

www.aprilkihlstrom.com
@AprilKihlstrom
www.facebook.com/AprilKihlstromauthor
July 2013

 

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Jul 242013
 

One of the most elegant of the eighteenth-century private mansions in London was Spencer House. Built by one of the richest men in the realm, Spencer House was more palace than house, with interior decor which must have roused the envy of many who passed through its doors. Though the house is more than two centuries old, it has been purchased and restored by a wealthy organization which now makes it open to the public. Today, Cheryl Bolen, best-selling Regency romance author, takes us on a tour of this grand London home.

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Jul 202013
 

cropped-vic-lady-writing-at-desk13New Releases from Authors of The Beau Monde Chapter (Regency Historical) of Romance Writers of America

 

A Family Affair by Jennifer Wenn

A Family AffairThe Wild Rose Press
978-1-61217-824-0 Paperback
978-1-61217-825-7 Digital
Regency Historical
Devlin Ross, the Duke of Hereford, has long ago made a vow to himself to break the curse his father has cast upon him by mentally abuse him throughout his childhood by never marry or have a family of his own. But when he meets Lady Francesca Darling, his best friend’s merry niece, he can’t help himself – he must have her.
Fanny, who fell in love with Devlin when she was a mere five years old in that obnoxious, stalking way only a child can, didn’t hesitate when it came to her feelings towards him. She had loved him dearly for thirteen years and would not let her interfering relatives stand in the way between her and lifelong happiness.
But was she stubborn enough to make him realize exactly how simple-minded he was when it came to fulfilling the vow he once made?
http://jenniferwenn.com
@jenniferwenn
www.facebook.com/jenniferwenn
July 2013

 

A Lady of Quality by Louise M. Gouge

A Lady of QualityHarlequin Love Inspired Historical, 978-0373829736
Inspirational Regency Romance
Falling for the Enemy
Miss Catherine Hart may be merely a paid companion, but she’s the loveliest creature baron Lord Winston has ever encountered. The only obstacle is determining the mysterious Miss Hart’s social pedigree before the handsome diplomat can court her in earnest. Revenge, not romance, led Catherine Du Coeur to hide her aristocratic name and seek out the man who accused her father of treason. She expected a coldhearted cad, but Winston appears honorable and compassionate. Against all odds, Catherine is drawn to the very adversary she intended to ruin. And soon both will face a choice-one involving pride, old loyalties and forgiveness.
http://blog.Louisemgouge.com
@Louisemgouge
July 2013

 

 

Her Highland Protector by Ann Lethbridge

Her Highland ProtectorHarlequin Historical, 978-0373297443
Regency Historical
Lady Jenna Aleyne must marry well if she is to claim her lands…
Only, there is a complete lack of eligible suitors in the Highlands! But then Niall Gilvry is assigned to watch over Jenna, and there’s no denying she finds this handsome Scot most distracting!
Niall knows Jenna is too fine a lady for the likes of him-after all, high society has little time for a lowly third son-but he takes his duty seriously. With danger lurking in the shadows, Niall stays close. It would be just oh, so easy to pull her into his arms….
http://www.annlethbridge.com
http://www.regencyramble.blogspot.com
@AnnLethbridge
https://www.facebook.com/AnnLethbridgeAuthor
July 2013

 

 

The Letter by Sandra Owens

The LetterThe Wild Rose Press
Paperback: 978-1-61217-856-1
Digital: 978-1-61217-857-8
Regency Historical
The story of a betrayal that wasn’t. On the eve of their wedding, Michael Jeffres, Earl of Daventry, found his betrothed in bed with his cousin. Lady Diana remembers nothing of that night. Forced to marry Michael’s cousin, she spent the next eleven years in hell. When Michael and Diana are brought back together by a letter from Leo a year after his death, they must struggle through all the lies and secrets before they can find a love that far surpasses the one of their youth.
One five star reviewer said of THE LETTER, “I do not remember the last time a book was able to inspire so many emotions from me-grief, rage, happiness. And triumph. Yes, this is a romance novel, but it is so much more.”
http://www.sandra-owens.com/
Twitter: SandyOwens1
https://www.facebook.com/sandra.owens.94043
July 2013

Already His by Sandy Raven

Already HisSandy Raven, LLC, 978-1-939359-03-2 (.mobi)
Regency Historical
She’s loved him all her life.
Lady Elise Halden knows how to get a horse to bend to her will with a gentle touch and subtle coaxing. But she’s learning that bringing the new Earl of Camden to heel is nothing like training a horse. If she has any hope of reining in the Earl’s affections, she will need a plan. With help from her friend Lady Beverly, and her sister-in-law the Duchess, Elise sets out to win her indifferent Earl’s heart.
He’s admired her from a respectable distance.
As young men, Michael Brightman and his best friend swore sisters were off limits. This promise was made solely to protect his own sisters from his friend’s charming, rakehell ways. The Duke of Caversham’s little sister was always a precocious minx to avoid, till one day Michael realizes Lady Elise is all grown up and the things he wants to do with the lady are surely going to upset the friendship with her brother.
Together they discover that physical evidence doesn’t equate truth, and trusting the heart is sometimes the hardest lesson to learn.
SandyRaven.com
Facebook.com/SandyRavenAuthor
June 2013 (POD), May 2013 (Digital)

 

Courtship and Curses by Marissa Doyle

Courtship and CursesSquare Fish/Macmillan,  ISBN 978-1250027443
Young Adult Regency Paranormal
From the author of Bewitching Season and Betraying Season comes a brand new regency romance with plenty of intrigue-and magic!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 magic.
When the dashing Lord Woodbridge starts showing an interest in Sophie, she wants to believe it’s genuine, but she can’t be sure he’s feeling anything more than pity.
Sophie’s problems escalate when someone uses magic to attack Papa at the Whistons’ ball, and it soon becomes clear that all the members of the War Office are being targeted. Can Sophie regain her own powers, find her balance, make a match-and save England?
www.marissadoyle.com
www.nineteenteen.com
twitter / @marissadoyle
www.facebook.com/marissa.doyle
July 30, 2013

A Dream Defiant by Susanna Fraser

A Dream DefiantCarina Press, 978-14268-9590-6
Regency Historical Novella
Spain, 1813
Elijah Cameron, the son of runaway slaves, has spent his whole life in
the British army proving that a black man can be as good a soldier as
a white man. After a victory over the French, Elijah promises one of
his dying men that he will deliver a scavenged ruby necklace to his
wife, Rose, a woman Elijah has admired for years.
Elijah feels bound to protect her and knows a widow with a fortune in
jewels will be a target. Rose dreams of using the necklace to return
to England, but after a violent attack, she realizes that she needs
Elijah’s help to make the journey safely.
Her appreciation for Elijah’s strength and integrity soon turns into
love, but he doubts she could want a life with him, knowing the
challenges they’d face. As their relationship grows, she must convince
Elijah that she wants him as more than a bodyguard. And she must prove
that their love can overcome all obstacles, no matter the color of
their skin.
http://www.susannafraser.com/
http://authorsusannafraser.blogspot.com/
@susannafraser
July 2013

 

A Secret Affair – A Secret Brides Story by Valerie Bowman

A Secret AffairSt. Martin’s Press, 9781466828612
Regency Historical e-novella
Miss Frances Birmingham has set her cap for the charming, dashing Mr. Charles Holloway. She and her best friend, Annie, have the most clever idea. They’ve arranged a bachelor auction for charity. The proceeds will go to the Royale Society for the Humane Treatment of Animals and the winners will be escorted to the most talked-about ball of the Season by their bachelor of choice. When Frances makes a bid for Charlie, will one fun night’s amusement turn into a lifetime of love?
www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com
@ValerieGBowman
https://www.facebook.com/ValerieBowmanAuthor
July 2013

 

One Night With A Highlander by Ann Lethbridge

One Night With A HighlanderHarlequin Historical Undone, ASIN: B00BRGBFP0
Historical Regency
Gordon McLaughlin has never forgotten the beautiful Annabelle, or the forbidden kiss they shared. But the innocent girl he once knew has become Edinburgh’s wanton black widow. What is the truth behind Lady Annabelle’s shocking reputation?
A chance meeting with the handsome Highlander re-ignites long-buried passions, but destitute Annabelle cannot afford the luxury of love. They plan an illicit midnight encounter before they part for good-although one night of sensual pleasure may not be enough…
http://www.annlethbridge.com
http://www.regencyramble.blogspot.com
@AnnLethbridge
https://www.facebook.com/AnnLethbridgeAuthor
July 19, 2013

 

 

Winning A Bride by Jade Lee

Winning A BrideSourcebooks
Regency Historical
Due to his aristocratic family’s downfall, William Benton serves as steward on the land his brother should have inherited. His one weakness is for the daughter of the new owner. Josephine Lawton is beautiful, charming, and enamored of titles and all things aristocratic. So when she becomes engaged to a man he knows to be a wastrel and a fool, Will puts all his passion into restoring his family’s honor and winning the woman he loves. It’s going to be a hot summer on the estate.
www.jadeleeauthor.com
Blog: Jade Lee
@JadeLeeAuthor
www.facebook.com/JadeLeeBooks
July 2, 2013

 

 

 

Hero’s Redemption by Georgie Lee

Hero's Redemption

ISBN: 978-14268-9591-3
Regency Historical
London, 1817
Devon, the Earl of Malton, is a hero for his deeds at the Battle of Waterloo. But he suffers terrible nightmares, and drinks himself to sleep most nights. A habit he vows to break when he awakes one morning to find a woman sharing his bed, no memory of how she got there, and her angry brother at his door.
Cathleen is mortified when her wastrel brother and his greedy wife propose a blackmail scheme involving the earl, but as a penniless war widow she’s at their mercy. She goes along with the plan and sneaks into Devon’s bed one night, and ends up comforting him through a night terror.
Charmed by her beauty and kindness, Devon determines that rather than pay the blackmail, he will offer his hand in marriage to Cathleen. Although she is deeply attracted to the stoic earl, Cathleen cannot understand why Devon would want to marry her. What she doesn’t know is that Devon owes her a debt that can never fully be repaid…
www.georgie-lee.com
http://georgielee.blogspot.com
@georgieleebooks
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgie-Lee/259729314054846
July 29, 2013

 

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Jul 172013
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Those of you, who, from the title above, are expecting an article on bondage involving some ennobled aristocrat born on the wrong side of the blanket, click away now, as you are doomed to disappointment if you continue reading. However, for those of you who have surmised that this article will focus on an arcane secret from the history of books, enlightenment, and I hope a small measure of amusement, will be yours if you persevere to the end of this account.

The bastard title, a now slowly vanishing aspect of book making, from its origins through the Regency…

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Jul 132013
 

Cheryl Bolen, award-winning Regency romance author, provides us with an overview of the important diarists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It is in the writings of these interesting people, who had access to the halls of power and the ballrooms of society, that we find many interesting details of the cultural and social history of the Regency. Details which are seldom to be found in the political and military histories and the biographies of the major figures of the era. The kind of details which can be used to enhance the veracity of a Regency novel.

All of the writings of these prolific diarists have been published. Perhaps the only question is, which one to read first?

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Jul 092013
 

Susanna Ives, Regency romance author, shares her research on the acquisition of bread and milk by those who lived in London over the course of what scholars call the "Long Regency." Today, such purchases can be made by a quick trip to the corner market, many open twenty-four hours a day. Those of us living today also benefit by the fact that there are laws in place to ensure both of those staple commodities are safe and healthy. Such was not the case two hundred years ago.

When getting bread and milk was rather a challenge …

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Jul 052013
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Or perhaps more precisely, Madmen of Words. If you like to read, you probably like words. I love words, all kinds of words. But I care very much that they are used correctly. When one is writing, the best way to ensure one is using any word correctly is to refer to a reference book for words, such as a dictionary or thesaurus.

In these days of computers and databases, we all take reference materials like dictionaries and thesauri for granted, assuming they are easy to compile and publish. They are, after all, just lists of words, right? However, even in these days of powerful data management technology, the compilation and maintenance of word reference materials is quite demanding and labor-intensive. How much more so was it in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when all of the work must be done by hand, much of it by candle light. And yet, for three of the major monuments of word reference in the English language, we are indebted to the tenacious efforts of three men who suffered psychological problems, one of them so severe he was actually confined in a mental institution for much of his life. But in spite of their handicaps, they all persevered to produce word references essential to anyone who writes, to this very day.

Just who were these "Madmen of Words?"

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