Dec 312013
 

This month’s Working on the Web section of the Beau Monde forum features an article which will be of great interest to those researching British history. A web site which is a rich treasure trove of resources on various aspects of the history of the British Isles is reviewed this month. Authors of historical novels set in any period of English history, including the Regency, will certainly want to book mark this site for regular research visits.

This will be the final Working on the Web round-up post at the Beau Monde blog. Beginning in January 2014, posts to the Working on the Web forum will no longer be on a monthly basis, eliminating the need of a round-up post. However, there will still be intermittent posts to that forum for the benefit of our members.

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

Dec 272013
 

Do you have plans for a New Year celebration this year? Would you like to try some new, or in truth, old recipes for liquid libation? Today, Susanna Ives, whose new book, Wicked Little Secrets, was released this month, shares her research on some of the more popular drinks of the Regency. Which one do you think you would enjoy the most?

Happy New Year!

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Dec 232013
 

Christmas carols and the practice of caroling during the Regency bear little similarity to the traditions with which we are so familiar today. Regency author, Regina Scott, whose new book, The Wife Campaign, was released this month, shares some insights into the caroling practices which were typical during the Regency, as well some history of carols which are still popular in the twenty-first century.

Given the choice, would you prefer Regency or modern-day caroling practices?

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Dec 202013
 

The Duke of Kent was one of the gaggle of royal brothers of the Prince Regent. Like most of the royal princes, he did not mary until late in life, under multiple pressures. However, he had set up a mistress of whom he was very fond when he was a young man. Before the publication of the book which Cheryl Bolen, award-winning Regency romance author, reviews for us today, very little was known about that lady, or her relationship with the royal prince. In this review, Cheryl gives us a taste of the more than quarter century shared by The Prince and His Lady.

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Dec 162013
 

In honor of Jane Austen’s two hundred and thirty-eighth birthday, today we have an article by Angelyn Schmid about the importance of reading, not only in the Regency, but specifically in the novels of Jane Austen. Though she did not have many years of formal education, Jane Austen was an avid reader, as were some of the characters in her books. Angelyn also explains what it meant to be literate during the Regency.

Happy Birthday, Jane!

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Dec 132013
 

As we move inexorably toward the winter months, choosing just the right accessories to keep our hands warm, snug and fashionable as we prepare for our outdoor activities is an important part of our toilet. But what about our Regency ancestors? What kinds of accessories did those ladies choose as they prepared for a walk or a drive in the frosty winter air?

In today’s article, award-winning romance author and past Beau Monde President, Regina Scott tells us about a lady’s accessory which might well have multiple purposes. How will you answer the questions she poses at the end of her article?

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Dec 102013
 

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

 

Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download in The Regency Reader – December 2013 newsletter.
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Taming_coverTaming A Gentleman Spy (The Spies of Mayfair) by  Maggi Andersen

John Haldane, Earl of Strathairn, is on an urgent mission to find the killer of his fellow spy. Has the treasonous Frenchman, Count Forney, returned to England to wreak havoc? Or has someone new landed on English shores to stir up rebellion in the Midlands? After visiting the young widow of one of his agents, Strathairn strengthens his resolve. A spy should never marry. And most certainly not to Lady Sibella Winborne, with her romantic ideas of love and marriage. Unable to give Sibella up entirely, he has kept her close as a friend. And then weak fool that he is he kissed her… Lady Sibella Winborne has refused several offers of marriage since her first Season years ago — when she first set eyes on the handsome Earl of Strathairn. Sibella’s many siblings always rush to her aid to discourage an ardent suitor, but not this time. Her elder brother, Chaloner, Marquess of Brandreth, has approved Lord Coombe’s suit. Sibella yearns to set up her own household. She is known to be the sensibl

December 4,  2013 | Knox Robinson |  Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact |eBook – Available in print in 2014
www.maggiandersenauthor.com

 

Wicked-Little-Secrets72Wicked Little Secrets by Susanna Ives

Vivacious Vivienne Taylor has finally won her family’s approval by getting engaged to the wealthy and upright John Vandergrift. But when threatened by a vicious blackmail scheme, it is to her childhood friend that Vivienne turns; the deliciously wicked Viscount Dashiell. Lord Dashiell promised himself long ago that his friendship with Vivienne would be the one relationship with a woman that he wouldn’t ruin. He agrees to help her just to keep the little hothead safe, but soon finds that Vivienne has grown up to be very, very dangerous to all of Dash’s best intentions.”

December 3,  2013 | Sourcebooks Casablanca | Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact |  Print eBook
www.susannaives.com

 

hero_for_christmasA Hero For Christmas (Sanctuary Bay) by Jo Ann Brown

Jonathan Bradby would gladly return to fighting the French if it meant avoiding his new title: war hero. Only he knows the reputation isn’t deserved. Then a visit to Sanctuary Bay brings renewed acquaintance with the lovely Lady Catherine Meriweather. He’s drawn to her, yet Cat surely deserves a real hero. Overwhelmed with organizing a Yuletide celebration and her sister’s wedding, Cat gladly accepts Jonathan’s help. Soon she sees the gentle heart he conceals beneath his wit. But Jonathan’s need to prove himself could drive them apart—unless they’re bold enough to seize the unexpected gift of love. Sanctuary Bay: Where three war heroes find the healing power of love

December 3, 2013 | Harlequin Love Inspired Historical | Inspirational/Nothing more than kissing | Print eBook
www.joannbrownbooks.com

 

bellsBells Will Be Ringing by Carolynn Carey

A traditional Regency titled “”Merry’s Wonderful Christmas Gift”” is one of four Christmas stories in Crimson Romance’s anthology titled Bells Will Be Ringing. The winter holidays were Miss Merry Damonson’s favorite time of year until her almost-fiancé Edward Everton abandoned her two days before Christmas. Now he’s returned to their country village, but is it too late to reignite old flames? A holiday ball might just offer these unlucky lovers a second chance.”

December 23,  2013 |  Crimson Romance | Traditional/ Nothing more than kissing | eBook
www.CarolynnCarey.com

 

anuntitledladyAn Untitled Lady by Nicky Penttila

Shocking family news forces Madeline Wetherby to abandon her plans to marry an earl and settle for upstart Manchester merchant Nash Quinn. When she discovers that her birth father is one of the weavers her husband is putting out of work—and a radical leader—Maddie must decide which family she truly desires, the man of her heart or the people of her blood. An earl’s second son, Nash chose a life of Trade over Society. When protest marches spread across Lancashire, the pressure on him grows. If he can’t make both workers and manufacturers see reason he stands to lose everything: his business, his town, and his marriage. As Manchester simmers under the summer sun, the choices grow more stark for Maddie and Nash: Family or justice. Love or money. Life or death.”

December 20, 2013 | Musa Publishing | Historical/Some Sexual Contact |eBook Audiobook
nickypenttila.com

reginascott-mistletoekitten-coverThe Mistletoe Kitten by Regina Scott

Literature teacher Eleanor Pritchett vowed never to return to the estate where writer Justinian Darby broke her heart.  Now a commission from his orphaned niece draws her back into his sphere.  With the help of a small black kitten, Christmas may prove the perfect time for two lost souls to create a love story meant to last. Traditional Regency romance novella, previously published by Zebra.

December 2, 2013 | Regency Reads | Traditional/Nothing more than kissing | eNovella
www.reginascott.com

ATOTSA Tale of Two Sisters (Two Sisters) by Vonnie Hughes

Annis and Caroline Crichton and their father have been invited to attend a house party at Sir Giles Everard’s country estate in Dorset. It is understood that Sir Giles is hunting for a bride. Gervase Crichton thinks that Sir Giles Everard is just the man for his pretty daughter, Caroline. Annis, of course, will be her chaperone as usual. But Giles has more than marriage on his mind. Privately he investigates small crimes amongst the ton, that group of people that the Runners have no jurisdiction over. And amongst Giles’s guests is a blackmailer. Caroline Crichton is being blackmailed over ill-advised letters she has written to her father’s bailiff and Annis, the family Miss Fix-it, is struggling to discover who the blackmailer is. Together, Giles and Annis set a trap for a blackmailer.

December 13, 2013 | Musa Publishing | Traditional / Nothing more than kissing | eBook
www.vonniehughes.com

vincentHonour’s Compromise, Book Three (The Honour Series) by Joan Vincent

Lt. James Vincouer, seared first by her beauty and then by her hauteur, brands Cecilia Mayer-Boden the “Glacier.” A year later Jamey meets a Spanish beauty. whose passion reminds him too vividly of Cecilia.Cecilia, intent upon concealing her family’s tragic secret, crosses swords with Jamey to fend off her growing love for him. Though tortured by her independence, Jamey cannot stay away. When Cecilia’s life is threatened by a Spanish counteragent, Jamey’s intervention results in he and Cecilia’s battle-fraught marriage. When family illness forces the newlyweds to travel to England desire weaves a spell. But the spy Donatien awaits, determined to seize the information Cecilia secretly carries. When she flees to prevent an attack on Jamey, the French master spy captures her. Aided by Donatien’s arch enemy, Baron de la Croix, Jamey searches for Cecilia hoping for one last rescue and the chance to win her. But Donatien means to succeed There may be no time for HONOUR’S COMPROMISE.

December 1, 2013 | De Rigueur Press | Historical / Some Sexual Contact | Print eBook
www.joanvincent.net

 

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

 

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

 

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

Dec 072013
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Over the years, I have read many Regency novels set in Scotland, or which included Scottish characters. And yet, I have not found any mention of cairngorms in the pages of those novels, despite the fact that they are the very rock of Scotland itself. What happened to the cairngorms?

The stony story of the cairngorms of Scotland …

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Dec 032013
 

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas can easily be considered the "food season." So many parties and brunches and dinners! There is no doubt that food is an important part of this time of year. In today’s article, award-winning Regency romance author, Ann Lethbridge, shares the details on preparing cardons. This was a vegetable which was popular during the Regency, though it is nearly unknown today.

If you could find them, would you prepare cardons for your holiday feast?

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