Nov 302013
 

Blogging best practices were the focus of the Working on the Web section of the Beau Monde forum this month. This new article explains the value of both categories and tags, as well as the important differences between them. This information will help Beau Monde members who blog better understand how to give their readers the best possible experience in navigating their blog. Readers tend to spend more time at blogs which are easy to navigate, so it is well worth the time and effort to implement these best practices at your blog.

Next month, the Working on the Web forum will feature an article on perhaps the richest treasure trove of British history to be found on the Internet. This site is an invaluable resource for those writing novels set in England during any period of history, including the Regency.

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Nov 272013
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

A number of you may be familiar with the many delightful Regencies by best-selling author Emily Hendrickson. However, you may not be aware that she has also written an engaging and enlightening reference on Regency social and cultural history, entitled A Regency Handbook. Whether you are new to that special decade when the Prince of Wales ruled as Regent of England, or if you have been reading Regencies for years, you will find a vast array of new and interesting historical nuggets in this handbook for Regency devotees.

A brief overview of A Regency Handbook

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Nov 232013
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Though it is seldom, if ever, done today, there was a time when grand rooms in fine homes were designed so that the carpet on the floor mirrored the design painted or carved on the ceiling. This practice had begun in Europe by the mid-seventeenth century, but it reached its peak in England in the late eighteenth century. However, the practice did continue during the Regency, which is, of course, why it finds mention here.

The whys and hows of matching ceilings and carpets …

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Nov 192013
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

How many of us would notice the proportions of any room we might walk into today? Even if the room shouted out its dimensions as we crossed the threshold? If it did, would we care? Yet, many people in the Regency, especially those among the beau monde, would have been well-aware of the proportions of a certain type of room, typically found only in the grand town houses and the great houses on country estates.

The axioms and arithmetic of cube rooms …

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Nov 152013
 

Today’s article is a verbal time capsule, courtesy of Cheryl Bolen, award-winning Regency romance author and Beau Monde member. This article was first published in 1999 and in it, Cheryl reflects on the differences between the romance novels published at the end of the last century and those of the 1980s. She also provides some statistics regarding those who were actually reading romance novels at that time. Now, more than a decade after this article was first published, do you think romance novels are even more sophisticated, or have they taken a different path? Has their readership broadened or contracted over the intervening years?

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Nov 112013
 

The whole point of a romance novel is the happily-ever-after, which, of course, culminates in the marriage of the hero and the heroine. Today, Regina Scott, Regency romance author and Beau Monde past President, tells us about some of the churches in London which would have been available during the Regency for that joyous ceremony.

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Nov 072013
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Perhaps abandoned is a more appropriate description of the fate of this live-saving practice by the medical community in the early years of the Regency.

Surely I must be mistaken, as mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, that which the English call mouth-to-mouth ventilation, was not known until the mid-twentieth century? Sadly, there is no mistake. How this happened …

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Nov 032013
 

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

 

image002A Gentlemen’s Pact (In Regency Christmas Pact) by Aileen Fish

Six Gentlemen, One Pact… A Pact Between Gentlemen is the first book in the Regency Christmas Pact Collection, and includes novellas from Jerrica Knight-Catania, Aileen Fish and Julie Johnstone. After the death of an old school friend, six gentlemen make a pact to remain bachelors (and therefore save themselves the fate of their dearly departed friend). But as each fellow heads home for the holidays, how many of them will remain true to their word?

December 1, 2013 | Night Shift Publishing |  Historical/Inferred Sexual Contact | eBOOK
www.aileenfish.com

 

image004Helena’s Christmas Beau by Aileen Fish

Facing her second Christmas since the loss of her fiancé, Helena relies on her favorite traditions to bring back the joy of the season. Yet from stir-up day to bringing in the greenery on Christmas Eve, her cousin’s brother-in-law Duncan is underfoot, questioning her every action. As Duncan plays along with the outdated rites, he realizes how much he’s missed Helena’s laughter. When he hears she plans to re-enter the Marriage Mart next spring, he is struck with jealousy. Is he falling in love, or simply under the spell of the holiday season?

November 14, 2013 | Ellora’s Cave | Historical/Nothing more than kissing | eBOOK
www.aileenfish.com

 

image006Falling for the Highland Rogue (The Gilvrys of Dunross) by Ann Lethbridge

Disgraced lady Charity West lives in the dark world of the city’s seedy underbelly. She’s used and abused, yearning for freedom, and her distrust of men runs deep…until she meets Highland rogue Logan Gilvry. Whisky runner Logan lives outside the law and is used to looking danger in the eye. Charity may just prove to be his most dangerous challenge yet. Her beauty is unrivaled, but it’s her fire that lures Logan. He’ll do anything to save Charity—even face her inevitable betrayal….

December 1, 2013 | Harlequin Historical | Historical/Some sexual content | PRINT/eBOOK
www.annlethbridge.com

 

image008My Lord Hercules (Regency Seasons Novellas) by Ava Stone

Miss Miranda Bartlett is on a mission to locate her missing friend. Determined hoyden that she is, she’ll do whatever it takes to get the answers she seeks too, even if that means dressing like a dandy, sneaking into a gaming hell, and surrounding herself with London’s worst reprobates. However, she didn’t plan on bumping into a Herculean gentleman along the way. The handsome and honorable Lord Harrison Casemore immediately thwarts her plans and seems determined to save her at every turn, making it more than difficult to accomplish her task. Ever since Harry Casemore spotted the exotic temptress trying to pass herself off as a fop, he’s been drawn to her. He hasn’t figured out what she’s after, but he’s fairly certain he’d sell his soul if she’d just let him help her with whatever it is.

December 1, 2013 | Night Shift Publishing | Historical/Nothing more than kissing | eNOVELLA
www.avastoneauthor.com

 

image010A Scandalous Pursuit (The Scandalous Series)by Ava Stone

Even the most ruthless of rogues live by their own code of honor, and for Alexander Everett, the wicked Duke of Kelfield, his includes not seducing the ward of his oldest and dearest friend. However for a man who is accustomed to getting what he wants, the lure of the forbidden fruit is enough to drive him wild. When he finds himself under the same roof as the enchanting Olivia Danbury at a summer house party, he discovers the temptation of the lady is more than he can resist. Olivia, on the other hand, has the rest of her life all mapped out. When her fiancé returns from the Peninsular Wars, they’ll get married, settle down in the country and live happily ever after. The sinfully sexy Duke of Kelfield was not in her plans. But when she stumbles headlong into a compromising position with the passionate duke, her carefully constructed life quickly begins to unravel. In no time, Olivia must choose between the life she’s always planned and everything she never knew she wanted.

December 1, 2013 | Night Shift Publishing | Historical/Some sexual content | AUDIOBOOK
www.avastoneauthor.com

 

image012A Pact Between Gentlemen (Regency Christmas Pact) by Ava Stone

Six Gentlemen, One Pact… A Pact Between Gentlemen is the first book in the Regency Christmas Pact Collection, and includes novellas from Ava Stone, Jane Charles and Catherine Gayle. After the death of an old school friend, six gentlemen make a pact to remain bachelors (and therefore save themselves the fate of their dearly departed friend). But as each fellow heads home for the holidays, how many of them will remain true to their word?

December 1, 2013 | Night Shift Publishing | Historical/Nothing more than kissing
www.avastoneauthor.com

 

image014Under a Christmas Spell by Barbara Monajem

Dissolute aristocrat Lord Valiant Oakenhurst hides a sexy, supernatural secret—as a powerful incubus, he is able to influence others through erotic dreams. At an exclusive Christmas house party, his latest mission is compromised by the beautiful but deadly succubus Lucille Beaulieu. Though still drawn to his former lover, Val cannot forget her betrayal…. Hoping to atone for her past, Lucie uses her seductive powers to help couples find happiness. But she is distracted from her task by her own delicious dreams of the dark and dangerous Val. As the riotous festivities begin, their passion is reinvoked, but can a little Christmas magic restore their lost trust?

November 1, 2013Harlequin Historical Undone | Paranormal/Graphic sexual content | eNOVELLA
www.BarbaraMonajem.com

 

image016Miss Billings Treads the Boards by Carla Kelly

Lovely but impoverished Kate Billings sets off to become a governess, but through a mishap ends up joining an acting troupe instead. Cynical Lord Grayson also joins the troupe–in disguise–hoping to get to know Kate better.

December 1, 2013 | Camel Press | Traditional/Some sexual content | PRINT/eBOOK/PDF
carlakellyauthor.com

 

 

image018Death Comes to the Village (A Kurland St. Mary Mystery) by Catherine Lloyd

Major Robert Kurland has returned to the quiet vistas of his village home to recuperate from the horrors of Waterloo. However injured his body may be, his mind is as active as ever. Too active, perhaps. When he glimpses a shadowy figure from his bedroom window struggling with a heavy load, the tranquil façade of the village begins to loom sinister. . . Unable to forget the incident, Robert confides in his childhood friend, Miss Lucy Harrington. As the dutiful daughter of the widowed rector, following up on the major’s suspicions offers a welcome diversion–but soon presents real danger. Someone is intent on stopping their investigation. And in a place where no one locks their doors, a series of thefts and the disappearance of two young serving girls demands explanation. . . As Robert grapples with his difficult recovery, he and Lucy try to unearth the dark truth lurking within the village shadows, and stop a killer waiting to strike again…

November 26, 2013 | Kensington | Historical/No sexual content | PRINT/eBOOK
www.catherine-lloyd.com

 

image020Snug in a Snowstorm by Cynthia Moore

Lady Isabella Porter and Lord Gerard Malden have known each other since they were children. Isabella thinks of Gerard as someone who teased her unmercifully and made her feel inadequate as a young girl. This is a very unfortunate state of affairs for Gerard because he has loved Isabella for many years. A sudden, fierce snowstorm and misplaced notes informing both of a change of plan mean Isabella and Gerard are forced to spend the Christmas holidays together in very unusual circumstances. Gerard realizes he must use the time he has been given with Isabella to change the opinions she formed as a girl so she may look upon him with favor and, if he is fortunate, lasting affection.

November 7, 2013 | Ellora’s Cave | Historical/Nothing more than kissing | eBOOK

 

image021Lady Dearing’s Masquerade by Elena Greene

RT Book Club’s Best Regency Romance of 2005, now available as an audiobook!

Lady Dearing became society’s most notorious widow after kissing a stranger at a masquerade but two years later, his memory still haunts her dreams. Sir Jeremy Fairhill has given up hope of finding her, but when he investigates the infamous widow who’s taking in children from London’s Foundling Hospital, his sense of duty clashes with a dangerous passion for the elusive, alluring Lady Dearing.

September 24, 2013 | Historical/Some sexual content | PRINT/eBOOK/AUDIOBOOK
www.elenagreene.com

 

image024The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh (The Marriage Game) by Ella Quinn

“Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters.” —Sally MacKenzie Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife… Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh…

November 7, 2013 |  Kensington | Historical/Some sexual content | eBOOK/POD
ellaquinnauthor.com

 

image026The First Sinner (The Sinners Club) by Kate Pearce

Secret Desires Faith Pelly is tired of being the responsible daughter. She longs for adventure with a man who will introduce her to the secrets of carnal desire. But she never dreams she will meet the Savage Rake who flirts with her, seduces her and takes her as his own… Dark Secrets Asked to investigate charges of treason, the Earl of Westbrook attends a house party determined to discover the truth. That includes using all his sensual wiles on the lovely Miss Pelly, a beguiling young woman eager for erotic excitement with a man who will fulfill all her secret fantasies. And he plans on being that man…

November 26, 2013 | eKensington | Historical Erotica/Graphic Sexual Content | eBOOK
www.katepearce.com

 

image027The Duke and The Dressmaker (The St. James Series) by Keira Montclair

Over the past six months, Lady Sara Downey lost her husband to another woman, found herself destitute, then discovered she was a widow. Fighting to survive, she opens a dress shop in London only to become the victim of a vicious blackmailer. Ever since his wife ran off with another man, Philip St. James, the sixth Duke of Brentwood, vows never to fall prey to the conniving female gender again. Imagine his surprise when a chance meeting finds him staring into the beautiful eyes of the widow of his ex-wife’s lover. While he’s able to fight the immediate attraction, his conscience and honor won’t allow him to ignore the fact she is being tormented by an unknown assailant. He promises to protect Lady Downey, but can he guard his heart from the sweet widow?

November 1, 2013 |  Historical/Graphic sexual content | PRINT/eBOOK
keiramontclair.com

 

image030Learning to Waltz by Kerryn Reid

Deborah Moore has learned her lessons well – feel nothing, reveal less, and trust no one. Now widowed with a child of her own, she leads a lonely, cloistered existence, counting her farthings and thinking she is safe. When five-year-old Julian is lost one bitter December day, she discovers how tenuous that safety is. Evan Haverfield has lived thirty carefree years, hunting, laughing, and dancing among London’s high society. His biggest problem has been finding excuses not to marry. But his life changes when he finds Julian Moore half-frozen under a hedge and carries him home to his mother. The young widow hides behind a mask, hard and reserved, but Evan sees glimpses of another woman, wistful, intelligent, and passionate. She’s vulnerable, desirable — and completely unsuitable for the heir to Northridge. Alone in the earliest hours of a new year, Evan teaches Deborah to waltz. Can he teach her joy and laughter? Will love sweep away the shadows of her past and reveal the luminous woman she could be?

November 7, 2013 | Taliesin Publishing | Historical/Some sexual content | eBOOK/PDF
www.kerrynreid.com

 

image032The Twelfth Night Wager by Regan Walker

THE REDHEADED RAKE

It was a dull day at White’s, the day he agreed to the wager: seduce bed and walk away from the lovely Lady Leisterfield, all by Twelfth Night. This holiday season, Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, planned to give himself a gift.

THE INNOCENT WIDOW

She was too proper by half—or so was the accusation of her friends, which was why her father had to find her a husband. But Lord Leisterfield was now gone a year, and Grace was at last shedding the drab colors of mourning. The house felt empty, more so during the coming Christmastide, and so tonight her coming out would begin with a scandalous piece of theater. The play would attract rogues, or so promised her friend the dowager countess. It would indeed. The night would bring about the greatest danger—and the greatest happiness—that Grace had ever known.

November 1, 2013 | Burroughs Publishing Group | Historical/Some sexual content | eNOVELLA
www.reganwalkerauthor.com

 

image034The Wife Campaign (The Master Matchmakers) by Regina Scott

Whitfield Calder, Earl of Danning, would much rather spend a fortnight fishing than entertaining three eligible young ladies. But when his valet insists that marriage is an earl’s duty, Whit agrees to a house party. He has no intention of actually proposing to anyone . . . until flame-haired Ruby Hollingsford declares she’d never accept him anyway. Ruby might have been tricked into attending this charade, but she certainly won’t compete for the earl’s affections. Yet Whit isn’t the selfish aristocrat she envisioned. And with a little trust, two weeks might be ample time for an unlikely couple to fall headlong in love.

December 3, 2013 | Love Inspired Historical | Inspirational/Nothing more than kissing | PRINT/eBOOK
www.reginascott.com

 

image036A Twelfth Night Tale (Cotillion Christmas Traditions) by Susana Ellis

Without dowries and the opportunity to meet eligible gentlemen, the five Barlow sisters stand little chance of making advantageous marriages. But when the eldest attracts the attention of a wealthy viscount, suddenly it seems as though Fate is smiling upon them. Lucy knows that she owes it to her younger sisters to encourage Lord Bexley’s attentions, since marriage to a peer will secure their futures as well as hers. The man of her dreams has always looked like Andrew Livingston. But he’s always treated her like a child, and, in any case, is betrothed to another. Perhaps the time has come to put away childhood dreams and accept reality…and Lord Bexley. Andrew has returned from the Peninsula with more emotional scars to deal with than just the lame arm. Surprisingly, it’s his sister’s friend “Little Lucy” who shows him the way out of his melancholy. He can’t help noticing that Lucy’s grown up into a lovely young woman, but he’ll need a little Christmas magic to win her for himself.

November 21, 2013 | Ellora’s Cave | Historical/Nothing more than kissing | PRINT/eBOOK
www.susanaellis.com

 

image038Lost in a Royal Kiss (The Renegade Royals) by Vanessa Kelly

In this thrilling introduction to her Renegade Royals series, Vanessa Kelly transports readers to the court of King George III—where a London street urchin unwittingly plays Cupid, ushering in a new era—and ultimately a new kind of royal… With her widowed mother working long hours as governess to the royal children, Linnet St. Clare must look after her siblings and run the household. Now she must add to her worries the fate of Dominic, a poor orphan who has inspired the wrath of the king himself. Clearly Linnet has no time to consider her own desires—much less notice the attentions of a certain handsome, powerful magistrate… Sir Anthony Tait is at a loss for how to capture Linnet’s interest. If only she would be still long enough for courting. Outright seduction seems the only answer. But will his kisses be enough to persuade her—or might Anthony have something to learn from young Dominic about matters of the heart? And in saving the boy’s future, might Anthony and Linnet at last create their own?. . .

November 26, 2013 | Kensington Zebra | Historical/Some sexual content | eNOVELLA
www.vanessakellyauthor.com