Jan 302014
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Which is not to say that there were not many walls in many buildings throughout the Regency which were not covered with decorative paper. But not one scrap of that paper was called "wallpaper" during the Regency for the simple reason that the word "wallpaper" did not come into use until 1827, long after the Regent had become King George IV.

What were these papers called, who made them, how were they made, how were they used and where were they sold?

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Jan 262014
 

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 – January 2014
or 
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Alyssa Alexander
THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK (A Spy In The Ton)
Berkley
Historical / Some Sexual Content
Print / eBook

After he is betrayed by one of his own, British spy Julian Travers, Earl of Langford, refuses to retire without a fight, vowing to find the traitor. But when the trail leads to his childhood home, Julian is forced to return to a place he swore he’d never see again and meet a woman who may be his quarry—in more ways than one.

Though she may appear a poor young woman dependent on charity, Grace Hannah’s private life is far more interesting. By night, she finds friendship and freedom as a member of a smuggling ring. But when the handsome Julian arrives, she finds her façade slipping, and she is soon compromised as well as intrigued.

As she and Julian continue the hunt, Grace finds herself falling in love with the man behind the spy. Yet Julian’s past holds a dark secret. And when he must make a choice between love and espionage, that secret may tear them apart.

Jan 7, 2014
http://alyssa-alexander.com

 

Cheryl Bolen
SCANDALOUS BRIDES: Four Bestselling Full-Length Regency Novels
Sprig Leaf
Historical / Some Sexual Content
eBook

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Annette Blair with Cheryl Bolen, Lucinda Brant, and Brenda Hiatt present the best of their best! Each author is offering her bestselling ebook. Bolen’s A Lady by Chance was first published in mass market paperback by Kensington in 2000.

Fall in love with bewitchingly scandalous brides and their dashing grooms in this box set of 4 full-length Regencies. These bestselling romances from award winning authors have more than 250 Amazon US reviews with a combined average of over 4.3 stars!

This title has received a QED seal for quality in eBook design. It can be read easily on screens both large and small.

Jan 13, 2014
http://www.CherylBolen.com

 

Cheryl Bolen
LOVE IN THE LIBRARY (Brides of Bath)
Harper & Appleton
Traditional / Nothing more than kissing
Print / PDF /  eBook

The Beauty and the Scholar. . .

The Brides of Bath are back!

Certain the “smart” Steffington twin can help her recover her late husband’s nearly priceless stolen Chaucer manuscript, Catherine Bexley tearfully persuades the scholar to assist her.

Once he learns the delicate widow is in danger of losing her heavily mortgaged home if they cannot find the valuable hologram, Dr. Melvin Steffington vows to do everything in his power to restore the rare Canterbury Tales to her. Not normally the twin to take note of pretty little things, Melvin can’t help but to observe that the pretty little thing needs a man to help her.

He hadn’t counted on the fact he would have to pose as her husband as they race against the banker’s ticking clock. He hadn’t counted on the mysterious thief attempting to kill him. Most of all, he hadn’t counted on how close he would become to the lovely widow or how the kissing of said widow would become the most pleasant experience in his seven and twenty years.

Jan 27, 2014
http://www.CherylBolen.com

 

 

Tammy Jo Burns
A THIN LINE (The Reluctant Lords)
Traditional / Some Sexual Contact
PDF /  eBook

Mikala Simmons grew up believing Gabriel Hawke was her knight-in-shining armor.  He thought of her as his best friend’s little sister, the pest that followed them around everywhere.

Now time and circumstances have changed them both.  By a series of unfortunate events, Gabriel has become the Duke of Hawkescliffe and is resigned to a loveless marriage in order to help fill the family coffers.  Until that time arrives, he will continue to serve in the fight against Napoleon as an Agent for the Crown in the War Office.

When Mikala overhears a conversation that sounds as if Gabriel is trading secrets with a foreign agent, she is torn.  Should she tell someone or should she confront the man himself?  Only as she becomes further embroiled in the subterfuge and her life hangs in the balance will Gabriel have to decide what is truly important.  Society, the Crown, or the woman of his dreams?

Jan 1, 2014
http://www.tammyjoburns.com

 

Tracey Devlyn
LATYMER (Nexus)
TDC Creations Inc
Historical / Some Sexual Content
eNovella

Traitor or savior . . . or something far more devastating?

William Townsend—Lord Latymer—lost the woman he loved because of his greed and his ultimate deception of two powerful countries. Now, he must protect his nine-year-old son from the same fate. Latymer has only one chance to escape his enemies: board a ship that would carry them both to America and a new life. But first he must find his missing son, elude a vengeful grieving brother, and kill a beautiful French assassin. Time is slipping through his fingers and Latymer has twelve hours before his ship and his future sail away.

Jan 7, 2104
http://traceydevlyn.com

 

V.L. Edwards
TO LIVE AGAIN
Secret Cravings Publishing
Erotica / Graphic Sexual Content
eNovella

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 sensible member of the family. But she doesn’t feel at all sensible about Lord Strathairn. If only she could forget that kiss…

Jan 31, 2014
http://www.vikkivaught.com/

 

Bronwen Evans
A KISS OF LIES (Disgrace Lords #1)
Random House Loveswept
Historical / Some Sexual Content
eBook

Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.

Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home, Christian believes the life he knew–and any chance of happiness–is over … until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.

Jan 14, 2014
http://www.bronwenevans.com

 

Diane Gaston
A MARRIAGE OF NOTORIETY (The Masquerade Club)
Harlequin Historical
Historical / Some Sexual Content
Print / eBook

The scars she keeps hidden…

The mysterious pianiste is the Masquerade Club’s newest attraction, captivating guests with her haunting music. What is the true identity of the lady concealed beneath the mask?

Only Xavier Campion, the club’s handsome new proprietor, recognizes Phillipa Westleigh, the scarred lady with whom he once shared a dance. Concerned for her safety, Xavier escorts her home each night. But when their moonlit strolls are uncovered, the only protection Xavier can offer is marriage!

A Beauty and the Beast story…with a twist

Jan 1, 2014
http://dianegaston.com

 

Samantha Grace
ONE ROGUE TOO MANY (Rival Rogues)
Sourcebooks
Historical / Some Sexual Content
Print / eBook

FROM THE BETTING BOOK AT BROOKS’S GENTLEMEN’S CLUB

Wager: £2,000 that Lord Ellis will throw the first punch when he discovers Lord Throne is wooing a certain duke’s sister.

ALL BETS ARE OFF WHEN THE GAME IS LOVE

Lady Gabrielle is thrilled when Anthony Keaton, Earl of Ellis, asks for her hand in marriage. She’s not so pleased when he leaves the country and four months pass without a word. Clearly, the scoundrel has changed his mind and is too cowardly to tell her. There’s nothing to do but go back on the marriage mart…

When Anthony returns to town and finds his ultimate rival has set sights on Gabby, his continual battle of one-upmanship with Sebastian Thorne ceases to be a game. Anthony is determined to win back the woman who holds his heart-but he’s not expecting Gabby herself to up the stakes.

Jan 7, 2014
http://samanthagraceauthor.com

 

 

Vonnie Hughes
A SURFEIT OF SUITORS (Two Sisters)
Musa Publishing
Traditional / Nothing more than kissing
eBook

Caroline Crichton has no choice but to ask for her sister’s help to find out who has kidnapped her affianced, Toby Wainwright. Although Caroline has secretly decided not to marry Toby, she still feels an obligation toward him. Just as she’s plucked up the courage to cry off from their engagement, Toby disappears. In the middle of this brouhaha she meets the man of her dreams.

But Fort Mathieson is no weak, boyish Toby Wainwright. On the contrary, he is a battle hardened ex-soldier. Although he has wanted Caroline Crichton since he first met her, he has an obligation to the Wainwright family and dares not become involved with the sweet-natured beauty.

Jan 31, 2014
http://www.vonniehughes.com

 

 

Sabrina Jeffries
WHEEN THE ROGUE RETURNS (The Duke’s Men)
Pocket
Historical / Graphic Sexual Content
Print / eBook / Audiobook

They are the Duke’s Men: an investigative agency born from family pride and irresistible passion, risking their lives—and sometimes their hearts—as they unravel shocking deceptions and scandalous transgressions!

Victor Cale never imagined that his sweet, shy bride, Isabella, would use her talent for creating exquisite imitation jewels in a criminal way. But there’s no denying that Isa’s handiwork was used in the brazen heist of the Dutch royal family’s diamonds—after she disappeared into the night.

Ten years later, still reeling from her betrayal and enraged that her duplicitous side was so undetectable, Victor is sent to Edinburgh to investigate a wealthy baron’s mysterious brideto- be. Simple enough—until the “fiancée” proves to be Isa, masquerading as an alluring young widow.

No longer the meek and mild girl he once knew, the bold woman vehemently asserts that it was Victor who abandoned her after he helped steal the royal diamonds!

Jan 21, 2014
http://sabrinajeffries.com

 

 

Vanessa Kelly
SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD (The Renegade Royals)
Kensington Zebra
Historical / Some Sexual Content
Print / eBook

IN MATTERS OF DESIRE, HE’S THE PERFECT TEACHER…

Accomplished spy Aden St. George prefers to stay away from the frivolous ton, especially after the way his mother was used by the Prince Regent. But his latest mission compels him to guard unconventional, vibrant Lady Vivien Shaw. Rescuing her from kidnappers was easy. Resisting her beauty is not. Duty demands he keep an eye on her—and naturally, his lips soon follow. For someone who views entanglements as a weakness, this is pure, delicious folly…

Though grateful for Aden’s help, Vivien has secrets she must keep hidden. Yet with her abductors still at large, she needs Aden’s protection almost as much as she craves his touch…

Jan 7, 2014
http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com

 

 

Jade Lee
THE GROOM’S GAMBLE (Bridal Favors)
Sourcebooks
Historical / Graphic Sexual Content
eNovella

An original novella linked to Jade Lee’s hot new Regency bride series, a prequel to What the Groom Wants.

Caroline Lyncott, great grandaughter of the Duke of Bucklynde, has a secret. Years ago she was attacked and still bears the terrible scars. To escape the scandal and the reminders, she left everything behind to become housekeeper to a Scottish brother and sister.

Gregory Murray, the Earl Of Hartfell, has a secret as well – he harbors a deep attraction to his housekeeper, Mrs. Lyncott. He knows she has a past, but doesn’t know how to fix the pain that still haunts her. His investigation leads him to the darkest London gaming hell and a villain too powerful to destroy.

Can his love overcome her desperate past? Can she risk her heart despite the evil that still haunts her nightmares?

Jan 7, 2014
http://jadeleeauthor.com

 

 

Barbara Monajem
UNDER A NEW YEAR’S ENCHANTMENT (Wicked Christmas Wishes)
Harlequin
Historical / Graphic Sexual Content
eNovella

Garrick, Lord Westerly, has forbidden the hanging of mistletoe, yet the holiday house party at his country estate sizzles with sensual desire. And though Theodora Southern decided long ago never to marry, she has been enjoying the erotic fantasies that haunt her each night—fantasies featuring her handsome, brooding host….

Since returning from the war, Garrick has been in no mood to celebrate. But suddenly the nightmares that plague him are making way for much more pleasant dreams—dreams in which his childhood friend Theodora is very much a grown woman. The question is, has he fallen in love—or fallen under a wicked spell?

Jan 1, 2014
http://www.BarbaraMonajem.com

 

 

Lauren Smith
WICKED DESIGNS (The League of Rogues)
Samhain Publishing
Historical / Graphic Sexual Content
eBook / PDF

The League of Rogues takes what they want—but have they taken on too much?

For too long Miss Emily Parr has been subject to the whims of her indebted uncle and the lecherous advances of his repulsive business partner. Her plan to be done with dominating men forever is simple—find herself a kind husband who will leave her to her books.

It seems an easy enough plan, until she is unexpectedly abducted by an incorrigible duke who hides a wounded spirit behind flashing green eyes.

Godric St. Laurent, Duke of Essex, spends countless nights at the club with his four best friends, and relishes the rakish reputation society has branded him with. He has no plans to marry anytime soon—if ever. But when he kidnaps an embezzler’s niece, the difficult debutante’s blend of sweetness and sharp tongue make him desperate for the one thing he swears he never wanted: love.

Yet as they surrender to passion, danger lurks in Godric’s shadowed past, waiting for him to drop his guard—and rob him of the woman he can’t live without.

Warning: This novel includes a lady who refuses to stay kidnapped, a devilish duke with a dark past, and an assortment of charming rogues who have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into.

Jan 7, 2014
http://www.laurensmithbooks.com

 

 

Sheri Cobb South
THE WEAVER TAKES A WIFE (The Weaver Trilogy)
Traditional/ Nothing more than kissing
Print / eBook

15th anniversary release, with a Foreword by Mary Balogh!

Haughty Lady Helen Radney is one of Regency London’s most beautiful women and the daughter of a duke, but her sharp tongue has frightened away most of her suitors. When her father gambles away his fortune, the duke’s only chance for recouping his losses lies in marrying off Lady Helen to any man wealthy enough to take a bride with nothing to recommend her but a lovely face and an eight-hundred-year-old pedigree.

Enter Mr. Ethan Brundy, once an illegitimate workhouse orphan, now owner of a Lancashire textile mill and one of England’s richest men. When he glimpses Lady Helen at Covent Garden Theatre, he is instantly smitten and vows to marry her. But this commonest of commoners will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to win the heart of his aristocratic bride . . .

Jan 2, 2014
http://www.shericobbsouth.com

Jan 232014
 

If you have read Pride and Prejudice, even if you recognized the reference to Fordyce’s Sermons, you may not get the subtle joke Jane Austen intended. It would have been understood by most readers of her era, particularly the ladies, but the majority of modern readers will miss it all together. Today, Regency romance author, Jane Lark, whose most recent book is The Passionate Love of a Rake, will explain Jane Austen’s joke with regard to Mr. Fordyce’s book of sermons so that we can all enjoy the fun.

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Jan 192014
 

Regency romance author, Ann Lethbridge, whose most recent book, Falling for the Highland Rogue, won the Romantic Times Knight in Shining Silver (KISS) Award, today tells us about Sir John Soane, a prominent Regency architect. She shares important information about Soane’s working style and provides images of some of his more significant buildings.

Might Sir John Soane or his buildings figure in one of your next novels?

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Jan 152014
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Last week, I wrote about the origins of the rare blue diamond now known as the Hope, and traced its adventures through the end of the eighteenth century, at which point it dropped out of sight. The large deep blue diamond had been discovered in India, purchased by the merchant Tavernier, who in turn sold it to Louis XIV. The king had it cut and faceted, resulting in the gem commonly known as the "French Blue." Louis XV had it set in his jeweled insignia of the Order of the Golden Fleece, where it remained part of the French Crown jewels, until it was stolen, four months before its next owner, Louis XVI, lost his head in the square outside the very building from which it had been taken.

One theory suggests it was taken to England by one of the men who stole it, another that it was part of a group of the stolen Crown jewels which was used to bribe the Duke of Brunswick to abandon his invasion of France and the rescue of Louis XVI and his family. After that, the trail of the French Blue goes cold, until a large blue diamond surfaces in Regency England …

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Jan 112014
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

He certainly did save the hope of England, even of Europe, that June day in Belgium, on the battlefield of Waterloo. But the Hope to which I refer is a precious blue diamond, which, thanks to the efforts of the Duke of Wellington, was not lost to history. And shortly after he prevented its misappropriation, it was acquired by the man whose name it bears, even to this day.

The supposed curse which is attributed to the Hope Diamond is fiction. However, the true story of its real-life adventures are so much stranger than the plot of any novel. Now, how this rare blue diamond glittered its way across Europe, through the hands of crowned heads and cut-throats …

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Jan 072014
 

In today’s article, award-winning Regency romance author, Cheryl Bolen, whose newest book, Love in the Library, will be released this month, tells us about a woman nearly forgotten by history, the wife of the great naval hero, Admiral Lord Nelson. Even those who have studied the Regency and its denizens for years may have overlooked this unhappy woman who was Nelson’s legal wife. Though Nelson was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar before the Regency began, Lady Nelson survived not only her husband and his infamous mistress, but the Prince Regent as well.

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Jan 032014
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Today, most people would be much more likely to clean sand up than they would be to clean with it. But during the Regency, as it had been for centuries before, sand was a commonly-used household cleaning agent. And the man who supplied the sand used for cleaning to most households across Britain would, by the time the Regency ended, be passing into the realm of myth and folk tale, having acquired special powers, certainly in the eyes of most young children and their parents. Like so many other things discussed here, the ways in which sand was used for cleaning were beginning to change during the Regency, though they would not die out completely until the twentieth century.

The shifting, and sifting, sands of the Regency …

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