Jun 272014
 

In today’s article, award-winning Regency romance author, Cheryl Bolen, reviews the book Victorian Parlour Games. As Cheryl tells us, despite its title, this book is a very useful reference for Regency authors who are planning to include the playing of games in their stories. Many of the games in this book were played long before the Victorian era and are quite appropriate to a novel set in the Regency.

Once you read Cheryl’s review, the existence of which game in our favorite period surprises you the most?

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Jun 232014
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Last week I wrote about Chinese paper-hangings in the Regency, and mentioned that one set of these very expensive papers may have had special significance in the life of a young girl. In 1806, the Prince of Wales made a gift of a full set of Chinese paper-hangings to the mother of a woman who would later become his mistress. However, the facts seem to suggest this gift was actually made in an effort to gain custody of a child in order to please his current inamorata.

How a set of Chinese paper-hangings may have been an attempt to sway the choice of who had custody of the little girl who gave the Prince his nickname …

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Jun 172014
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Last month I wrote a general article about paper-hangings in the Regency. That was the first in a series of articles I have planned on various aspects of paper-hangings. In this article, I am going to focus on one of the more expensive and fanciful genres of paper-hangings, those imported from China, and the imitations of those papers made in Europe.

The Prince Regent was very fond of Chinese papers, and used them lavishly in his residences. And, of course, only the very best, and therefore the most expensive, papers would do for him. It was one of the reasons he was so heavily in debt for all of his various building and decorating projects. Following the Prince’s lead, Chinese papers began to appear in a number of great houses across England, and retained a certain popularity even into the Regency.

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Jun 132014
 

June releases from members of the Beau Monde Chapter of Romance Writers of America

Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download in 
The Regency Reader – June 2014

Shana Galen
THE PIRATE TAKES A BRIDE (Misadventures in Matrimony)
Shana Galen
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactAshley Brittany is living a nightmare. She’s been mistakenly married to the one man she despises. Months ago, Lord Nicholas took her virtue then scorned her. Now, Ashley will do anything to have her revenge…anything but expose her ugly secret.Nick Martingale has a secret, too: he’s Captain Robin Hood, a pirate with a fearsome reputation. But when Nick learns his archenemy, the Barbary pirate Yussef, attacked innocents Nick has sworn to protect, he can think of nothing but vengeance.Only one person stands in his way.His wife.May 9, 2014
http://shanagalen.com
Gina Danna
THE WICKED BARGAIN
Turquoise Morning Press
Print, eBook, PDF
Historical/Graphic Sexual ContactLondon 1816Haunted by a past as a sex slave, nobleman Ethan Warth returns to England as a male courtesan for rich matrons and runs a brothel for wealthy lords. Arabella Covington appears on his door, trained in the medical arts but unable to practice because of her gender. He hires her to care for his ladies but her inquisitive nature and beauty make him desire to teach her the world of seduction.Ethan, however, never counted on falling in love…June 19 2014
http://ginadanna.com
Andrea Pickens
PISTOLS AT DAWN (Intrepid Heroines)
ePublishing Works!
eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissingEliza Kirtland will do anything to see the man who cruelly assaulted her sister brought to justice—even point a pistol at the notorious Lord Killingworth.But her mistaken accusations result in grave injury to the earl’s nephew. Now Eliza’s sister—a noted healer—feels obliged to nurse the young man back to health, and Eliza has no choice but to help.Killingworth is not pleased with the arrangement. Tensions swirl between the four of them, until new bonds are discovered when evil strikes again and they must work together to fight a relentless enemy, who will stop at nothing to drive Killingworth away from his estate.June 2 2014
http://www.andreapickensonline.com
Miranda Neville
LADY WINDERMERE’S LOVER (The Wild Quartet)
Avon
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual ContactDamian, Earl of Windermere, drunkenly gambled away his family’s estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. After hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is called home, only to discover that his modest little wife has bloomed into an alluring beauty – and rumor has it that she’s taken a lover. Damian vows to keep Cynthia from straying, and to do so he must seduce her himself. “A smart, witty and emotionally dense love story that explores friendship and trust along its passionate and compelling journey.” (Kirkus Reviews)June 24 2014
http://www.mirandaneville.com
Cynthia Moore
BETTER THAN A PRESENT
The Wild Rose Press
eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissingWhile in London on business during the Season, Lord Paul Russell, attracted by a beautiful woman, fails in securing a place on her dance card. The next morning when he returns to Cornwall, he wonders if this mystery woman will still be available.Bored by all the eligible gentlemen she meets, Lady Samantha Grayson desires more than their meaningless conversations and preoccupation with silly fashion requirements. Only one gentleman catches her eye, but she misses her chance to speak to him, never encountering him again the rest of the Season.A sudden snowstorm on Christmas Eve morning catches Samantha alone and unprotected. When she seeks shelter in a nearby cottage, she is astonished when the door opens to the very man who caught her interest in London a few months ago. What was doomed to be an uneventful Christmas, to her pleasant surprise could be better than a present.June 18 2014
Sandra Schwab
The Bride Prize: Allan’s Miscellany 1839
Sandra Schwab
eNovella
Historical/Nothing more than kissingIt’s 1839, and Lord Eglinton’s tournament in Scotland is the most anticipated event of the year: he and some of his noble friends will don medieval armor and joust like knights of old.Does this mean a revival of true chivalry? Miss Florence Marsh thinks it might.Or is the tournament mere tomfoolery and the greatest folly of the century? Mr. Robert Beaton thinks it is.But when Flo and Robbie meet at Eglinton Park, they’ll soon learn that a dash of romance can make the greatest differences look rather small and that true love might find you in the most unlikely place.If only Robbie wasn’t working for that scandalous new magazine Allan’s Miscellany! If only Flo’s father didn’t detest the periodical press!

And if only they had remembered to bring an umbrella!

May 11 2014
http://www.sandraschwab.com

Victoria Kincaid
THE SECRETS OF DARCY AND ELIZABETH 
Victoria Kincaid
eBook, PDF
Historical/Inferred Sexual ContactIn this Pride and Prejudice variation, a despondent Darcy travels to Paris in the hopes of forgetting the disastrous proposal at Hunsford. Paris is teeming with English visitors during a brief moment of peace in the Napoleonic Wars, but Darcy’s spirits don’t lift until he attends a ball and unexpectedly encounters…Elizabeth Bennet! Darcy seizes the opportunity to correct misunderstandings and initiate a courtship.Their moment of peace is interrupted by the news that England has again declared war on France, and hundreds of English travelers must flee Paris immediately. Circumstances force Darcy and Elizabeth to escape on their own, despite the risk to her reputation. Even as they face dangers from street gangs and French soldiers, romantic feelings blossom during their flight to the coast. But then Elizabeth falls ill, and the French are arresting all the English men they can find….When Elizabeth and Darcy finally return to England, their relationship has changed, and they face new crises. However, they have secrets they must conceal—even from their own families.March 28 2014
http://www.victoriakincaid.com
Kate Pearce
SIMPLY SINFUL  (The House of Pleasure)
Kensington Aphrodisia
Print, eBook
Erotica/Graphic Sexual ContactForced to wed at a young age, Abigail Beecham is tired of living in a sexless marriage. She longs to succumb to the delicious pleasures of pure carnal lust that she has only read about. And if her husband can’t satisfy her erotic needs, he’s ready to find her a man who can…Peter Howard is accustomed to unusual sexual requests. His ten years as a slave in a Turkish brothel left him skilled in sensual delights. But there is little that actually arouses him– – until he meets James and Abigail. Now he longs to tease and torment her until she cries out with pleasure. Maybe then he’ll finally experience that exquisite feeling of bliss he so desperately desires…June 2 2014
http://www.katepearce.com
Lecia Cornwall
ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND AUTUMN (Once Upon A Highland Year)
Avon Impulse
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactMegan McNabb would do anything to get out of marrying a man she does not love—even handfasting for a year and a day with an English stinger.A mysterious letter draws Lord Kit Rossington to Scotland in search of a lost treasure. But the marriage-minded females he avoided in England follow him to the Highlands, and he’ll do anything—even handfasting with a Highland lass—to keep his freedom while he solves a mystery that’s haunted Glen Dorian for almost a century.Legend says a curse lurks among the shattered stones of Glen Dorian castle, and only the living, those with bold hearts and true love can restore peace to the troubled glen at last.June 17 2014
http://www.leciacornwall.com
Diana Quincy
ENGAGING THE EARL  (The Accidental Peers)
Entangled Scandalous
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactVivacious Lady Katherine Granville is the toast of the ton, but society’s most eligible miss secretly yearns for her childhood love, an untitled loner who vanished long ago after her father forbade their marriage.After years abroad, the dark and brooding Edward Stanhope returns to England a changed man. No longer a second son with no prospects, his battlefield strategies have won him an earldom. His return should be a victorious one, but the new Earl of Randolph is battling secret demons that no one can discover. Least of all, Kat.When the man she can’t forget reappears at her betrothal ball, Kat’s perfectly arranged future is thrown into tumult. Edward remains cold and distant, hoping she’ll marry a man worthy of her. But nothing is settled when Kat sets out to win back her first love. Can the new Earl of Randolph resist the woman he’s loved for so many years?June 9 2014
http://dianaquincy.com

 

Jun 092014
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

In recent weeks I have written about both paper-hangings and the private display of art during the Regency. Those divergent topics intersected during the second half of the eighteenth century and through the decade of the Regency to produce a unique phenomenon which occurred in the decoration of rooms in many private houses. However, this phenomenon was restricted primarily to England, though there were some instances of it in Ireland and America at about the same time.

The phenomenon of the English Print Room …

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Jun 052014
 

Ah, June, a popular month for weddings. And during the Regency, quite a number of those weddings took place at the small village of Gretna Green, the first hamlet over the English border in Scotland. Last year, Jane Lark, whose most recent Regency is The Scandalous Love of a Duke, spent some time in modern-day Gretna Green. Today, she shares with us what she learned about the famous, or infamous, Scottish capital of clandestine wedding.

What really happened in Gretna Green …

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Jun 012014
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Most people today are familiar with modern diamonds which have been cut with great precision, giving them the mathematically exact facet size and number which allows them to reflect and refract light for optimum brilliance or fire. These precise cutting techniques were first discovered and introduced into the diamond industry in the early twentieth century. Yet I have read any number of Regency novels in which the heroine or some other character has acquired a diamond which by description is clearly a diamond of a modern cut, a diamond which could not possibly have existed during the Regency. In fact, all of the diamonds which were available during the Regency would appear rather dull when compared to diamonds cut after the early 1920s.

And now, how the diamond intensified its sparkle across the centuries …

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