SuziLove

Author of Regency and early Victorian romances. Living in Australia.

Oct 042012
 

Though Elizabeth Billington was thought to have one of the greatest voices of the age,the caricaturists loved to poke fun at her.

Mrs. Billington 1765-1818 was the daughter of Carl Weichsell, a well-known oboist, and a popular singer. In childhood she studied singing and composition with J.C. Bach, and by age 12 she had produced two keyboard concertos. In 1783, she wed James Billington, singing teacher and player of the double bass. For many years she and her brother, a violinist, provided afterpiece concerts at Covent Garden, where she became renowned for her exceptionally high vocal range and accurate intonation.
In 1802 she made her opera debut at the Italian opera house.  “The recitative was raised from its customary level.”

In 1805, according to the Times, “(she) sung with all the taste and delicacy, expression and neatness of execution that have long placed her above the reach of competition.” Her last performance at the King’s was the following year. She returned to the concert stage and to English Opera, performing alternately at Drury Lane and Covent Garden,
till her retirement in 1817.

Regency Promenade is written every month by Nancy Mayer, Regency researcher extraordinaire. http://www.regencyresearcher.com/

Sep 212012
 

New Book Releases from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter             Lady Writing at Desk

 ( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.

 Perfection CoverPerfection ~ Regina Scott

e-book Reissue

They call him Lord Heartless for good reason. Brandon Pellidore, Marquess of Hartley, knows that a slip of his tongue or the least sign of emotion, and the trustees overseeing his fortune will brand him as mad as his grandmother and father before him. But a runaway beauty with a sparkle in her eye may prove his undoing. Celia Rider is determined to discover why her own fortune has gone missing, and her search leads her to Brandon’s door. As secrets and dangers mount, can Celia convince Brandon to remove his mask so that they can share a love that is nothing short of perfection? (Note that this is a sweet Regency romance–kisses only.)

www.reginascott.com
www.nineteenteen.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

Gather The Bones ~ Alison Stuart

ISBN:  9781616504076
Lyrical Press
Ebook:  pdf, epub, mobi formats
Available:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all reputable ebook stores.

War leaves no one untouched

The horrors of the Great War are not the only ghosts that haunt Helen Morrow and her late husband’s reclusive cousin, Paul. Unquiet spirits from another time and another conflict touch them.

A coded diary gives them clues to the mysterious disappearance of Paul’s great-grandmother in 1812, and the desperate voice of a young woman reaches  out to them from the pages. Together Helen and Paul must search for answers, not only for the old mystery, but also the circumstances surrounding the death of Helen’s husband at Passchandaele in 1917.

As the mysteries entwine, their relationship is bound by the search for truth, in the present and the past.

http://www.alisonstuart.com/gather-the-bones-release-3-september.html

 

Loving Lady Marcia CoverLoving Lady Marcia ~ Kieran Kramer

St. Martin’s Press

ISBN: 978-1-250-00988-3

Regency Historical

Marcia gets schooled…

Of the three Brady sisters, Lady Marcia has always seemed the girl most likely to lead a perfectly charmed life. But after a handsome cad breaks her heart, she swears off love and devotes her life to teaching girls at a private school. In spite of her family’s wish for a London debut, Marcia is happy where she is—until terrible news sends her back to the Brady clan…and into the arms of an unexpected suitor.
on the subject of love.

A dark and dashing earl who knows Marcia’s past, Duncan Lattimore is surprised by what a fascinating and independent woman she’s become. Marcia, too, is surprised—by the fiery attraction she feels for Duncan. But why—why—must he be the brother of the scoundrel who broke her heart? Why must Marcia’s rival at school forbid her from seeing him? How can this lady possibly resist this fellow—when they know that it’s much more than a hunch…?

www.kierankramerbooks.com
@kierankramer
www.facebook.com/KieranKramer

I also have a free “Kieran Kramer” reader app on the iPhone and Droid

 

Way To A Duke's Heart CoverThe Way To A Duke’s Heart ~ Caroline Linden

Avon Romance,

ISBN: 978-0062025340

Regency Historical

The final chapter of the Truth About the Duke! Charles de Lacey is running out of time to discover the truth about his father’s scandalous past—and prove himself the rightful new Duke of Durham. Unfortunately, his only clue lies with Tessa Neville, an independent woman who really wishes he would stay out of her life…and out of her thoughts…and most importantly, out of her heart…

www.carolinelinden.com
twitter / @Caro_Linden
Facebook: AuthorCarolineLinden

 

 

Jilting of Baron Pelham CoverThe Jilting of Baron Pelham ~ June Calvin

Signet Regency Romance (InterMix)

Kindle Edition, Barnes & Noble, iTunes.com

Though new to the London marriage mart, Miss Davida Gresham already has three eligible men in her young life. One was the devastatingly attractive Baron Montgomery Pelham, newly jilted by the most beautiful belle of the ton. Another was handsome and fabulously wealthy Harrison Curzon, bored with experienced mistresses and lusting for an innocent bride. The third was the gentle and kindly Duke of Harwood, the father of Davida’s best friend, looking for a wife to replace the one he had tragically lost.

Each man represented a most advantageous match for the daughter of a country squire, but which one could win her heart?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JuneCalvinAuthor/

 

Stolen Season CoverA Stolen Season ~ Tamara Gill

Crimson Romance http://www.crimsonromance.com/,

ISBN: 978-1-4405-5434-6

Regency Paranormal (time travel)

“A time-traveling 21st century female archeologist and a dashing Regency Earl? Tamara Gill has written every Historical Romance fan’s dream!” – Deb Marlowe, author of Tall, Dark and Disreputable and Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick

Archaeologist Sarah Baxter had a clear directive: travel back to nineteenth century London to retrieve the measuring device she left behind. But her bungled attempt at thievery left an English Earl dead and his brother bent on revenge. Sarah must once again go back in time to find the device and return to her own time before her tragic mistake puts a noose around her neck. Unfortunately, the only way to get close to the device is to befriend the very man who wants her dead.

Eric, the new Earl of Earnston, was determined to catch the woman who killed his brother, but she’d disappeared without a trace. Twelve months on and there are still no clues to her whereabouts. As luck would have it, he finds a distraction. A new family have arrived in town and Miss Sarah Baxter is a delightful diversion among the stale debutantes in the ton.

Sarah knows it is madness to seduce the man who would want her dead should he know who she was, but the Earl is an alarmingly persistent gentleman. Can Sarah procure the device without her secret being revealed? And what will the Earl do when he finds out the woman he’s in love with is not the woman he thought he knew?

http://www.tamaragillromanceauthor.com
https://www.facebook.com/tamara.gill.author
@Tamara_Gill
https://www.facebook.com/tamara.gill.author

 A Baron In Her Bed CoverA Baron in Her Bed ~ Maggi Andersen

The Spies of Mayfair, Book One

Knox Robinson Publishing: – 978-1908483348

Regency Historical (Series)

London, 1816. A handsome baron. A faux betrothal. And Horatia’s plan to join the London literary set takes a dangerous turn.

http://www.maggiandersenauthor.com
http://www.maggiandersen.blogspot.com
twitter /@maggiandersen
facebook Maggi Andersen Author

A Season for Sin CoverA Season for Sin ~ Vicky Dreiling

Regency Historical Novella
FOREVER YOURS: Hachette Book Group
ASIN: B008GYLGBE

www.vickydreiling.com/

Aug 242012
 

Lady Writing at Desk

New Book Releases from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter

 ( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.

 

 

Paths of Desire: Sweet Regency Edition by Shannon Donnelly

ISBN-13: 978-0-9850265-1-6

New edition for Traditional Regency Fans!

NO MAN’S MISTRESS…

She wants a rich lord for a husband—she won’t end like her mother, abandoned and broken.

NO WOMAN’S FOOL…

He wants to prove to his friend she’s the wrong woman—he knows too well the pain of a bad marriage.

The last thing either wants is to fall in love, but when desire leads to a passion that won’t be denied, how can the heart do anything but follow?

Romantic Historical Lovers notes: “a story where in an actress meets an adventurer wouldn’t normally be at the top of my TBR pile; but I’ve read and enjoyed other books by this author and so I thought I’d give this one a go. I’m glad I did. I was hooked and pulled right into the world of the story from the very beginning…Highly recommended.”

sd-writer.com
twitter.com/sdwriter
facebook.com/sdwriter

 

A Not So Respectable Gentleman by Diane Gaston

Harlequin Historical, 978-0373297016

Regency Historical

Since Leo Fitzmanning returned to London, he’s kept his seat at the card table warm, his pockets full of winnings, but he’s learned that Mariel Covendalt, the raven-haired heiress who jilted him in his lowest hour, is being forced into marriage with a sadistic fortune-hunter. Will Leo return to
the society he detests to stop the marriage or go back to his clandestine existence and protect his heart?
Spin-off of The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor, “England’s most scandalous family” (RTBook Reviews)

http://dianegaston.com
http://dianegaston.com/blog
#DianeGaston
www.facebook.com/pages/Diane-Gaston/147190261999329

 

The Warrior Laird by Margo Maquire

A Scottish Highland Romance, c 1717 *Not a Regency*

Avon Books, 978-0-06-212288-9

Haunted by horrors of his childhood, Dugan MacMillan has sworn to protect his clan at any cost… even if he must search for a rumored treasure and kidnap a beautiful thief to do it.

The MacMillan laird has never crossed paths with anyone quite like Lady Maura Duncanson. After he saved her from certain death, the comely vixen had the audacity to disappear with his treasure map, his only key to restoring his clan. Dugan has no qualms about taking Maura hostage, especially when he learns she is to wed a wealthy old baron who will pay him a fortune in ransom…a fortune his people desperately need.
But of course, Maura has no intention of returning to her despicable fiance.
And the longer Dugan spends in the bewitching hellion’s presence, the less willing he is to surrender her to any man… at any price.

“Maguire’s latest may be her most emotionally moving novel yet. Replete with incredible passion and characters who quickly grab readers’ heartstrings, THE WARRIOR LAIRD will not be easily forgotten.” 4 1/2 stars, RT Top Pick.

From Publisher’s Weekly – “Maguire makes smooth, fast-paced writing look effortless…”

http://www.margomaguire.com/
http://jauntyquills.com/
@margomaguire
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Margo-Maguire/113771800999

 

A Lord for Olivia by June Calvin

Signet Regency Romance (InterMix)

Kindle Edition, Barnes & Noble.com, iTunes.com (eBook only)

Penniless and without prospects, Lord Edmund Debham has returned from war longing for a peaceful life in the English countryside.  In a rustic tavern he plays a cocky young gentleman a few games of cards, hoping for some sorely needed funds.  But he loses over and over, until he finds himself the prize, forced to marry an unattractive spinster.
Beautiful, fiercely independent Olivia Ormhill distrust all men since her former fiancé betrayed her hopes for happiness.  She believes Edmund to be a gamester and opportunist, and refuses to countenance her brother’s odd wager.
Time reveals Edmund to be more than a handsome and charming wastrel, and her to be more than a frosty, arrogant blue-stocking.  But before their mutual attraction has time to ripen into something more, Olivia’s former fiancé returns seeking to regain her affection.  Confused and wary, can Olivia chose the best man for her while there is still time?

http://www.facebook.com/JuneCalvinAuthor#!/media/set/?set=a.330965343651515.76400.295781537169896&type=3

 

The Nobody by Diane Farr

Signet Regency Romance (InterMix)

Traditional Regency e-reissue

Publicly humiliated by a society snob, Caitlin Campbell flees unescorted into the London streets. When a stranger kisses her to cause a distraction and evade a gang of scoundrels, she’s aghast at his audacity. Then she discovers his identity as the dashing nobleman engaged to the very woman who insulted her! Now she finds herself drawn into a web of dangerous romantic intrigue, in which the only way out is to trust her heart.

“Diane Farr strikes all the romantic chords” (The Romance Reader) in this award-winning Signet Regency Romance classic, available digitally for the first time!

DianeFarrBooks.com
The Best by Farr
http://www.facebook.com/dianefarrpage

 

A Dead Bore by Sheri Cobb South

Belgrave House/Regency Reads

Regency Mystery

Escaping scandal following her husband’s death (In Milady’s Chamber), Lady Fieldhurst accepts an invitation to a Yorkshire house party. Tragedy follows her there when the vicar, author of a dull local history, dies in a fire. She suspects murder, and sends to Bow Street for John Pickett. Posing as her footman, he investigates from belowstairs while she gathers information above. But Pickett finds her assistance both a help and an all-too-pleasant hindrance.

Available from Amazon, B&N, or regencyreads.com
www.shericobbsouth.com

 

Coming in September 2012

Loving Lady Marcia by Kieran Kramer (first in the House of Brady series)

St. Martin’s Press 978-1-250-00988-3
Regency Historical
www.kierankramerbooks.com

 

 

 

 

A Season for Sin by Vicky Dreiling

Regency Historical Novella
FOREVER YOURS: Hachette Book Group
ASIN: B008GYLGBE
www.vickydreiling.com/

 

 

The Governess and Mr. Granville by Abby Gaines

Love Inspired Historical, 978-0373829323
Inspirational Regency
www.abbygaines.com /

 

 

 

The Way to a Duke’s Heart by Caroline Linden

Avon Romance, 978-0062025340
Regency Historical
www.carolinelinden.com

Aug 062012
 

Anna Small is today’s Featured Author

for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.

 

Anna Small wrote her first romance novel when she was 16.  Anna had completed four more by the time she was out of college.  She grew up in England, so all those early manuscripts are set there.

Anna says…… I’m going back to my writing roots with a new Regency historical romance, IN THE ARMS OF AN EARL, contracted with The Wild Rose Press for release in 2013. It’s my third published novel.

I live in Florida with my husband, Walter, and our two kids who challenge us every day. I enjoy traveling, history, reading, crafts, and boating.

A member of RWA for the past several years, I’m a proud member of the Tampa Area Romance Authors, The Beau Monde, and the Sunshine State Romance Authors, where I’m the PRO Liaison and Librarian!

I have a B.A. in English and Anthropology from Monmouth University, which I chose because my favorite Shakespearean hero, Henry V, was from Monmouth, Wales.

I believe in love at first kiss, and enjoy writing emotionally satisfying romances.

 Find Anna at –  www.AnnaSmallBooks.com
Taking A Chance on Forever – now available from www.Bookstrand.com
Tame the Wild Wind – available from www.thewildrosepress.com  
Aug 052012
 
Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales

Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales is on our Regency Promenade  by Nancy Mayer

 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES


March 1806 La Belle Assemblee


HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS OF WALES

CAROLINE AMELIA ELIZABETH, the present Princess of Wales, and wife of his Royal Highness George, Prince of Wales, was born May 17, 1768.

She is the second daughter of the present Duke of Brunswick, of the Electoral line of Hanover, and of consequence, closely connected before her marriage with the Royal Family of Great Britain.

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Jul 302012
 

New Book Releases from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter             Lady Writing at Desk

 ( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.

 

Courtship and Curses by  Marissa Doyle          Courtship and Curses by Marissa Doyle
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan  ISBN 978-0-8050-9187-8
Young Adult Regency paranormal
 Release Date  – August 7, 2012
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 ability to do magic.  When dashing Lord Woodbridge starts showing an interest in her, Sophie is sure it’s only because he feels sorry for her.
 Sophie’s problems escalate when someone uses magic to attack Papa at her first ball of the Season, and it’s soon clear that all the members of the War Office are being targeted.  Can Sophie regain her powers, disentangle her feelings for Lord Woodbridge, and save her father…and England?
Kirkus: “A cheery regency fantasy…. Doyle’s gift, on display in earlier historical fantasies (Bewitching Season, 2008, etc.), lies in creating vivid female characters and the bonds between them.”
COURTSHIP AND CURSES (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, August 2012)
BETRAYING SEASON (Henry Holt BYR)
BEWITCHING SEASON (Henry Holt BYR)
www.marissadoyle.com
www.nineteenteen.blogspot.com 

Pleasures of a Tempted Lady  by  Jennifer Haymore         Jennifer Haymore Pleasures of a Tempted Lady

Release Date –  July, 2012
Grand Central Publishing, 978-0446573160
Regency Historical

DANGEROUS DESIRE
Captain William Langley knows the ocean well, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers adrift on the cold Irish Sea. The tiny boat carries two passengers: a child–and Meg Donovan, Will’s long-lost love. Meg’s disappearance at sea eight years ago was a devastating blow. Now she’s back, as beautiful as ever, and with secrets as deep as Will’s own . . . 

After years held captive by a cold-blooded pirate, Meg has finally escaped with little Jake, the boy she’s come to love as if he were her own. But the pirate wants his revenge–and Meg must do whatever it takes to shield Jake from the madman. Determined not to lose Meg again, Will vows to protect them both, yet Meg can’t risk putting the only man she’s ever loved in danger. With the threat to her safety growing, and her passion for Will burning brighter every day, surrendering herself to Will might be a pleasure too tempting to resist . . .

“4.5 stars, HOT! Readers have been eagerly awaiting this sequel to Confessions of an Improper Bride, in order to finally uncover the truth about Meg Donovan’s “death.” Haymore creates a highly satisfying answer, drawing the reader in with wonderfully realistic characters, adventure, passion and unexpected plot twists while crafting another delightful entry in the Donovan series.” (RT Book Reviews )

SWEET DECEPTION  by  Heather Snow                 Heather Snow Sweet Deception

NAL Signet Eclipse, ISBN 978-0451237606

Regency Historical with Mystery

Release Date – August 7, 2012

Lady criminologist, Miss Emma Wallingford, unknowingly finds herself tangled in the dangerous mission of Lord Derick Aveline, a spy who also happens to be her long lost first love. But when deception, however sweet, is the name of the game, no one can be trusted. And every love—and every life—is at risk. (Second in the Veiled Seduction Series).

“Grabs reader attention from the very beginning. Snow’s intriguing, brilliant heroine is fascinated by investigation, justice and forensic science, and she’s up against a man who is more than he seems. Snow adds the spice of seduction to the thrill of the chase, leaving readers anticipating the surprising climax.” –RT Book Reviews

 “SWEET DECEPTION is an unpredictable unabashedly intelligent historical romance that, for me, surpassed SWEET ENEMY.  Loved it!” – Manic Readers
www.HeatherSnowBooks.com

www.twitter.com/HeatherSnowRW

www.facebook.com/AuthorHeatherSnow

 

RACING WITH THE WIND   by  Regan Walker

Release Date : Late July or Early August
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group, http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/
Type of Regency: Regency Historical
 
Quote from reviewer: (on the book’s cover)
 
“Regan Walker writes great historical romance.” –Virginia Henley, New York Times Bestselling Author
 
 THE NIGHTHAWK
Hugh Redgrave, marquess of Ormond, was warned. Prinny had dubbed Lady Mary Campbell “the Swan,” but no ordinary man could clip her wings. She was a bluestocking hellion, an ill-advised match by every account. Luckily, he sought no bride. His work lay on the continent, where he’d become legend by stealing war secrets from Boney. And yet, his memories of Lady Mary riding her stallion were a thorn in his mind. He was the son of a duke and in the service of the Prince Regent…and he would not be whole until he had won her hand.
THE SWAN
It was unheard of for a Regency debutante to postpone her first season, yet Lady Mary had done just that. Far more interested in politics than a husband, she had no time for foolishness or frippery. Already she had assisted her statesman uncle in Paris, and she swore to return to the court of Louis XVIII no matter the danger. Like her black stallion, Midnight, she would always run free. Only the truest heart would race beside her.
Keynote:  The intrepid daughter of an earl leaves Regency London for the Parisian court of Louis XVIII, where she finds adventure, mystery, and above all, love.
Twitter: RegansReview
 
ISBN: 978-1-938876-00-4
Will be available on all Internet bookstores (Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, etc.) and from the ePublisher,http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/

 

 

THE GOVERNESS AND MR GRANVILLE  by Abby Gaines                    Abby Gaines Gov Granville

Inspirational –  Love Inspired Historical  978-0373829323

Release Date –  September 2012

Dominic Granville needs a wife—whether he wants one or not! And governess Serena Somerton intends to find one for him. A marriage of convenience would provide the wealthy widower’s five children with a mother’s tender care. And yet none of Dominic’s prospective brides can meet Serena’s increasingly high standards.

Dominic can’t imagine why his sister hired such an unconventional, outspoken governess. Yet Miss Somerton’s quirks can’t curb his growing interest in this spirited young woman. After his wife’s death, Dominic was sure he couldn’t love again. But faced with the prospect of losing Serena to another, one fact becomes clear. His imperfect governess could be his ideal wife.

www.abbygaines.com

Twitter: @abbygaines

FB: facebook.com/abbygaines

 

Kate Pearce Simply Voracious
SIMPLY VORACIOUS  by  
Kate Pearce

Kensington Aphrodisia    – ISBN: 978-0-7582-6946-1

Erotic Regency romance

Release Date – August 2012

With the knowledge that her reputation, and more importantly, her father’s reputation is at stake, Lady Lucinda is happy to accept a proposal of marriage in name only from her best friend Paul St. Clare. But Paul is determined to give Lucinda exactly what she wants from their marriage and is more than willing to find her a man who is worthy of her.
What he doesn’t expect is how perfectly the arrangement satisfies everyone’s desires…
twitter / kate4queen
Keiran Kramer Loving Lady Marsha
LOVING LADY MARCIA   by  Kieran Kramer
St. Martin’s Press 978-1-250-00988-3
Regency Historical  (first in the House of Brady series)
Release Date – August 28th 2012

Marcia gets schooled…  Of the three Brady sisters, Lady Marcia has always seemed the girl most likely to lead a perfectly charmed life. But after a handsome cad breaks her heart, she swears off love and devotes her life to teaching girls at a private school. In spite of her family’s wish for a London debut, Marcia is happy where she is—until terrible news sends her back to the Brady clan…and into the arms of an unexpected suitor.

On the subject of love. …A dark and dashing earl who knows Marcia’s past, Duncan Lattimore is surprised by what a fascinating and independent woman she’s become. Marcia, too, is surprised—by the fiery attraction she feels for Duncan. But why—why—must he be the brother of the scoundrel who broke her heart? Why must Marcia’s rival at school forbid her from seeing him? How can this lady possibly resist this fellow—when they know that it’s much more than a hunch…?

@kierankramer
www.regencyrockstars.com (my street team with Vicky Dreiling)

I also have a free “Kieran Kramer” reader app on the iPhone and Droid

Jul 292012
 

Gail Eastwood  is today’s Featured Author for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.

 

Gail Eastwood

 

Gail Eastwood started writing stories at an early age, but spent almost twenty years as a journalist, theatre critic and PR consultant, among other jobs, before she finally wrote and sold her first novel, achieving her childhood dream.

 

That first book and six more Signet Regencies that followed won awards and recognition, including The Golden Leaf for Best Regency, 1994. Gail was nominated by Romantic Times Magazine for Career Achievement in the Regency category for two years in a row.

Gail’s love for the Regency period comes naturally from her love for England and for history, which she claims are “in the blood,” plus all the special qualities we admire and enjoy about this unique time.

 

Hailed by reviewers as “a master at painting pictures of Regency life,” Gail had earned a growing reputation as a writer who pushed the genre to new levels with emotional depth and original plots, until family health issues took her out of the field for ten years. Now she’s excited to be back, working on a new book along with the ebook reissues of her backlist.

 

She lives in RI in a “refilled nest” with her husband, two adult sons and one very lazy cat.

 

Website: www.gaileastwoodauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gaileastwoodauthor

Gail Eastwood
A PERILOUS JOURNEY
 -May 2012
AN UNLIKELY HERO -July 2012
Penguin/NAL Intermix ebooks
Signet Regency Romance reissues  available now for Kindle and other e-readers, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & iTunes

Gail Eastwood An Unlikely HeroA Perilous Journey by Gail Eastwood

Jul 192012
 

Assembly Room – Roundup of Regency posts         Lady writing at desk

     by Angelyn Schmid

 

 

 

Spencer House circa 1800.

Spencer House circa 1800. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

                  One of the few surviving neoclassical London palaces

– Spencer House:  http://bit.ly/OC3y1U

Cheryl’s on a roll with common English surnames: http://bit.ly/Q0bgck

 

Lady Jersey’s Osterley Park:  http://bit.ly/NzLkmQ

Aerial view of Osterley Park, London

Aerial view of Osterley Park, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlton House, Pall Mall London.

The pictures alone are almost hedonistic (and rather fine)
            – partying at Carlton House:       http://bit.ly/O3yImq
Regency side-saddle – a lady’s death-trap?  http://bit.ly/LmhigP
The mail coach in a thunderstorm on Newmarket ...

The mail coach in a thunderstorm on Newmarket Heath, Suffolk, 1827                        (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mail coach bound for the West Country – one picture, so many stories:  http://bit.ly/LVje6h
The regulation of one’s conduct can be tedious – so many details:  http://bit.ly/LsevFS
Great Regency diarists – a wealth of personal information: http://bit.ly/Lht022
Lady Blessington and the Comte d’Orsay:  http://bit.ly/LthKih
The Marriage Settlement by Hogarth
More on marriage and laws of succession:  http://bit.ly/OIenRa
Angelyn
Like history?  Fall in love with it!  Check out my blog at http://www.angelynschmid.com/ on history and romance.
Jul 052012
 
William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce is featured on The Beau Monde Chapter’s  Regency Promenade.

Article written by Nancy Mayer

English: William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce        (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Wilberforce was a British politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade.
Born: August 24, 1759, Kingston upon Hull
Died: July 29, 1833, London
Spouse: Barbara Spooner
Education: St John’s College, Cambridge
Buried: Westminster Abbey

William Wilberforce

 

William Wilberforce is now well-known for leading the parliamentary fight for abolition of slavery in England.

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Jul 022012
 

Laurie Alice Eakes is today’s Featured Author for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Laurie at booksigning

 

Laurie Alice Eakes used to lie in bed as a child telling herself stories  so she didn’t wake anyone else up.

Sometimes she shared her stories withothers; thus, when she decided to be a writer, she surprised no one.

Family Guardian, her first book,  won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007. In the past three years, she has sold six books to Baker/Revell, five of which are set during the Regency time period, five books to Barbour Publishing, as well as two novellas to Barbour Publishing and one to Baker/Revell.

Seven of her books have been picked up by Thorndike Press for large print publication, and Lady in the Mist, her first book with Revell, was chosen for hardcover publication with Crossings Bookclub.

She also teaches on-line writing courses and enjoys a speaking ministry that takes her from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast.

Laurie Alice lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs and two cats, and is learning how to make tamales.

Laurie Alice Eakes   –  http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com

Laurie Alice Eakes Hearts Safe Passage

Jun 302012
 

New Book Releases for July 2012 and upcoming ones for August 2012 from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter ( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.

 

 July/ August 2012

 

AN UNLIKELY HERO  by  Gail Eastwood                                  Gail Eastwood An Unlikely Hero

Penguin/NAL Intermix –Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, iTunes.com

Signet Regency Romance reissue (traditional) 

Release Date – July 2012

 

 

A beautiful twin’s promise to protect her sister’s secret at all costs forces an unassuming Cambridge scholar into the unsought role of hero. Will blackmail and promises made destroy their chance for true love? (a sequel to A PERILOUS JOURNEY)

An Unlikely Hero sparkles!” –The Literary Times   “A terrific read with unexpected villains and a worthy hero thrown into the fray! Gail Eastwood weaves intrigue seamlessly through the Regency setting, adding mystery to a delightful plot and set of characters.

www.gaileastwoodauthor.com

www.facebook.com/gaileastwoodauthor

www.twitter.com/GEastwoodAuthor

Barbara Monajem To Rescue or To Ravish

 

TO RESCUE OR RAVISH?  by  Barbara Monajem

Publisher Harlequin – ISBN  978-1-459-23427-7
Regency Historical Novella
Release Date –  July, 2012

When heiress Arabella Wilbanks flees a forced betrothal, the last person she expects to find at the reins of her getaway hackney is Matthew Worcester.  It’s been seven long years since they gave in to their mutual desires, but Matt still burns with regret for having to leave her without a word. He should escort her to safety, but the chance to reclaim her proves impossible to resist…
Author website URL / www.BarbaraMonajem.com
Author blog www.BarbaraMonajem.blogspot.com
twitter  @BarbaraMonajem
facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=765733209

Sabrina Darby The Short and FascinatingTale of Angelina Whitcombe

 


THE SHORT AND FASCINATING TALE OF ANGELINA WHITCOMBE  by   
Sabrina Darby
Avon Impulse,  9780062230713
Regency Historical

Release Date – July 2012 

Wanted:  A beautiful young woman–preferably one with no connections, who won’t ask too many questions–to spend two weeks in the North of England with an obstinate, aloof, and utterly handsome man.
 Must love dogs, fixing up crumbling castles, and gorgeous and complicated war heroes who may or may not be hiding hearts of gold under their gruff exteriors.
 Must not, under any circumstances, fall in love…   Simpering misses need not apply.

HTTP://SABRINADARBY.COM


Mary Jo Putney Dark Destiny

DARK DESTINY  by   M. J. Putney

St. Martin’s Griffin, ISBN 978-0-312-62286-2(Book 3 of the Dark Mirror Series) 

Young Adult Time Travel Regency

Release Date – July 2012  


Twice the young Regency mages of Lackland Abbey have traveled through time to World War II to helpBritain survive Nazi assaults.  Now the threat is closer to home as Napoleon Bonaparte prepares to invade England in their own time.  

As the Irregulars fight to stave off invasion, England’s future rests in the hands of one inexperienced twentieth century mageling who travels to the past to pay her debt to those who saved her family.  

But does Rebecca have the power to save her friends and herself?

 “Putney’s latest Dark Mirror outi

ng is more romantic than previous action-packed installments.  She tackles both religious and familial conflicts, among other new challenges, for Merlin’s Irregulars.”   Raven Haller, Romantic Times Bookclub

http://maryjoputney.com/

www.wordwenches.com

http://www.facebook.com/MJPutney

 

Ann Lethbridge Lairds Forbidden Lady
THE LAIRD’S FORBIDDEN LADY   BY    Ann Lethbridge
Harlequin Historical 978-0373296972
Regency Historical
Release Date – July 2012

 

 

Ian Gilvry, Laird of Dunross, is as rouch and wild as the Highland heather. Yet the return of Sassenach Selina and her family to claim his land ignites hatred and passion in equal measure. Lady Selina is torn betwee family loyalty and wanton need for Ian. Tricked into marriage, she finds the laird fulfils her every burning desire.

But Ian is a man bound by duty. Can Selina be sure that his heart belongs not only to his clan…but also the woman he has made his wife?

http://www.annlethbridge.com

Regina Scott The Captains Courtship
THE CAPTAIN’S COURTSHIP  by   Regina Scott
Inspirational Regency  from Love Inspired Historical
ISBN 978-0-373-62924-8
Release Date – July 10, 2012

 

 

The dashing Captain Richard Everard has faced untold dangers at sea. Steering his young cousin through a London season, however, is a truly formidable prospect, especially when the only person who can serve as her sponsor is the lovely widow Lady Claire Winthrop-the woman who jilted him years ago.

www.reginascott.com
www.nineteenteen.blogspot.com

 

Katharine Ashe How to Be A Proper Lady

HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY
  by Katharine Ashe

Avon, ISBN
978-0062031761

Regency Historical

Release Date – July 2012 

 

 

A man with a mission, a woman who refuses to be controlled, and a delectable wager that both of them just might win…  

An Amazon Editors’ Choice Best Book of the Month!

http://www.KatharineAshe.com

twitter.com/KatharineAshe

facebook.com/KatharineAsheAuthor

 

COMING IN AUGUST 

Kate Pearce Simply Voracious
SIMPLY VORACIOUS  by  
Kate Pearce
Kensington Aphrodisia    – 
ISBN: 978-0-7582-6946-1

Erotic Regency romance  

Release Date – August 2012

With the knowledge that her reputation, and more importantly, her father’s reputation is at stake, Lady Lucinda is happy to accept a proposal of marriage in name only from her best friend Paul St. Clare. But Paul is determined to give Lucinda exactly what she wants from their marriage and is more than willing to find her a man who is worthy of her.
What he doesn’t expect is how perfectly the arrangement satisfies everyone’s desires…
twitter / kate4queen
Keiran Kramer Loving Lady Marsha
LOVING LADY MARCIA   by  Kieran Kramer
St. Martin’s Press 978-1-250-00988-3
Regency Historical  
(first in the House of Brady series)
Release Date – August 28th 2012 

 

Marcia gets schooled…  Of the three Brady sisters, Lady Marcia has always seemed the girl most likely to lead a perfectly charmed life. But after a handsome cad breaks her heart, she swears off love and devotes her life to teaching girls at a private school. In spite of her family’s wish for a London debut, Marcia is happy where she is—until terrible news sends her back to the Brady clan…and into the arms of an unexpected suitor.

On the subject of love. …A dark and dashing earl who knows Marcia’s past, Duncan Lattimore is surprised by what a fascinating and independent woman she’s become. Marcia, too, is surprised—by the fiery attraction she feels for Duncan. But why—why—must he be the brother of the scoundrel who broke her heart? Why must Marcia’s rival at school forbid her from seeing him? How can this lady possibly resist this fellow—when they know that it’s much more than a hunch…?

@kierankramer
www.regencyrockstars.com (my street team with Vicky Dreiling)

I also have a free “Kieran Kramer” reader app on the iPhone and Droid

 

Good news from Cara Elliott

WOOT! Am delighted to announce that three new titles from my out-of print traditional Regency romance (written as Andrea Pickens) are now available as e-books on Amazon. For excerpts, please visit www.andreapickensonline.com
Jun 252012
 
Kathleen Woodwiss

How We Got to Where We Are Today

Modern Historical Romance Over the Last Several Decades.

Or, A Recommended Reading List for the Uninitiated

from Regan’s Romance Reviews

Regan Romance Photo

Sometimes when I talk to fellow readers of historical romance, or even authors, and I mention a name from the past, an author who helped shape the genre, like Kathleen Woodiwiss or Rosemary Rogers, I get a blank stare in return.
Kathleen Woodiwiss's The Flame and the Flower

Kathleen Woodiwiss (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  It occurred to me that as lovers of a genre it might be helpful to read   some of the classics to see where we’ve come from and to enjoy the greats who have contributed so much to the craft.

 

I’m not going as far back as IvanhoePride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre.

 

 

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I’m not even reaching back to the seminal novels of Georgette Heyer in the early 20th century.

 

No, I’m starting in the 1970s when the bedroom door was flung open never to close again. And while I may not have included your favorite author, by reading the romances on this list, you’ll have a good idea of our beginnings and what so many wonderful authors have done for the genre.

Think of it as an education in modern historical romance. Where an author has written many novels (some early ones are still writing best sellers today), I tried to use their earliest work that influenced the genre.

So, here’s the list of the historical romances I recommend you read. Each has something to show you. Some may require you to shop online for a used book, though many are available as eBooks. I’m not saying they will all be your favorites, or that they are all mine. And I realize some readers will think I left off one I should have included.

This is a sampling meant to give you a picture of how the genre has developed over time. Most are novels I’ve rated 5 stars, so I promise you won’t be bored.

Included because of its significance…

• Bond of Blood by Roberta Gellis (1965)

Cover of "Devil's Embrace (Devil's Duolog...

The 1970s: The Pioneering Years

• The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss (1972)
• Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers (1974)
• Devil’s Desire by Laurie McBain (1975)

Devil's Desire, 1975

Devil’s Desire  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

• Love’s Tender Fury by Jennifer Wilde (aka Tom Huff) (1976)
• Captive Bride by Johanna Lindsey (1977)
• Caroline by Cynthia Wright (1977)
• This Loving Torment by Valerie Sherwood (1977)
• The Rainbow Season by Lisa Gregory (1979)

The 1980s: The Explosive Years

• Lady Vixen by Shirlee Busbee (1980)
• Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small (1981)
• Devil’s Embrace by Catherine Coulter (1982)

Cover of "Rose of Rapture"

Rose of Rapture

• Rose of Rapture by Rebecca Brandewyne (1984)
• Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught (1985)
• The Wind and the Sea by Marsha Canham (1986)
• The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley (1988)
• Capture the Sun by Shirl Henke (1988)
• Edin’s Embrace by Nadine Crenshaw (1989)
• Sweet Savage Eden by Heather Graham (1989)
• Heartstorm by Elizabeth Stuart (1989)

 

Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon – Outlander                 

 

The 1990s: The Developing Years

• Dark Fires by Brenda Joyce (1991)
• Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale (1992)
• Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1992)
• Enchanted by Elizabeth Lowell (1994)
• The Passions of Emma by Penelope Williamson (1997)
• Kilgannon by Kathleen Givens (1999)

Cover of "The Passions of Emma"

The Passions of Emma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flame and The FlowerThe 2000s: The “Standing On The Shoulders of Giants” Years
• By Possession by Madeline Hunter (2000)
• Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry by Amanda Hughes (2002)
• The Captain of All Pleasures by Kresley Cole (2003)
• Laird of the Mist by Paula Quinn (2007)
• Broken Wing by Judith James (2008)
• My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne (2008)
• The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran (2008)
• Raeliksen by Renee Vincent (2008)

Cover of "The Captain of All Pleasures"

The Captain of All Pleasures

 

 

 

 

 

Cover of "Sweet Savage Eden (North Americ...

Heather Graham

Reposted on The Beau Monde with the kind permission of member and author, Regan Walker, from Regan’s Romance Reviews.

Regan Walker

A blog for lovers of romance novels, particularly historical romance–a forum where we can share great novels and our views about those we have read.

In addition to authors guest blogging, I will share my reviews, my favorite authors and my “best” lists. Come join us!

Jun 212012
 

Regency Glossary by Donna Hatch (Part 2)

Carriages

 

Donna Hatch says…..

People in Regency England depended upon either horseback or carriage to get around. Many of them traveled extensively from their country homes to London for the Season, which was both a social and political time of year while the House of Lords was in session.

Roads were terrible, and weather and highwaymen often made travel uncomfortable as well as dangerous. To accommodate the Regency gentry or nobility, the styles, paint design and features of carriages were as varied as today’s automobiles.

Image, status, and money, as well as personal taste, were all factors in choosing a carriage. Nobility had their family coat of arms painted on the side of their family coach.

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Jun 202012
 
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 Regency Glossary by Donna Hatch Part 1.

Lots of Regency authors, especially the members of The Beau Monde Regency Romance Chapter, use glossaries to explain words no longer in common use.

The Beau Monde will post some of these, bit by bit, and then combine them to make a larger glossary.

Do you have any words or lists that we can add to our expanding glossary?  Types of carriages? Names for servants or workers?  Commonly used items in the Regency Era?

 We’d love to hear from you.

Our first glossary is Part 1 from Donna Hatch, regency romance author and a member of The Beau Monde chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Part 2 is a glossary of Carriage Types and will be in tomorrow’s post.

Donna Hatch says…..

The Regency has its own terminology with which the modern reader may not be familiar. The following are a few terms I often use in my books that bear explanation.

Jun 182012
 

What I Learned About Love From Reading Romance Novels

     by Regan Walker.

English: Romance icon

Romance icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regan Walker

Regan Walker

There is much to be gained from reading romance novels—more than just a good story to curl up with on a rainy night.
For those of us who love the sweeping historical sagas, there can be lessons in love as well as history. If I ever write a book about this, the list below may well be my chapter titles (I’d have illustrations, of course).

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Jun 172012
 

Karen Erickson  is today’s Featured Author for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.

 

Karen Erickson

Karen Erickson

 

Bestselling romance author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read — sexy contemporary romance and sensual historical romance.

Karen has been a tireless worker for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America, taking on the organization of The Beau Monde’s annual Mini-conference and volunteering for other roles.

Digitally published since 2006, she currently writes for Samhain Publishing and Carina Press.

A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.

A RWA member for the last seven years, she currently serves on the Beau Monde board as their conference chairperson.
Karen’s historical romance series The Merry Widows, is published at Carina Press.
The third in the series, A Scandalous Affair, will release July 30th.
A Scandalous Affair by Karen Erickson
Find Karen  at –  
Jun 152012
 

Assembly Room – Roundup of Regency posts

        by Angelyn Schmid

Lady writing at desk

 

 

 

 

 

The prime minister’s assassin:  http://bit.ly/JSTJvw
1800 Punchbowl-Vauxhall

1800 Punchbowl-Vauxhall

Vauxhall on a punch bowl
 –I’ll have some of that, please:  http://bit.ly/K1JVB6
Regency portraiture: http://bit.ly/Mkl1vv
Law Courts Solicitors

Law Courts Solicitors

Laws of succession  (and good advice to a certain contest judge): http://bit.ly/KuvwOv
Distinctions of a Regency dandy–notorious, effeminate or just plain slavish:  http://bit.ly/Jlq9mR
Not a blog post, but a book review on eye miniatures that were all the crack: http://bit.ly/KTcB0K
New characters from a Jane Austen world:  https://auaublogarchive.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/writing-unknown-austen-characters-by-sharon-lathan/
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne

 Regency hotties
 (even the Lord Chancellor gets a vote):  http://bit.ly/Ka3TM0
Princess Amelia from The Georgian Era 1832

Princess Amelia from The Georgian Era 1832

                               Princess Amelia, Papa’s favorite:  http://bit.ly/MWs2HC
Love this table setting for dessert:  http://bit.ly/LekThH
In the mood for Jubilee, Regency style?  http://bit.ly/Nfd9hn
Brighton Pavilion The Steyne Front

Brighton Pavilion The Steyne Front

Brighton Pavilion –   even Princess Lieven was astonished:  http://bit.ly/JrFWy5
She was appalled, I daresay, by these caricatures of the Regency waltz:  http://bit.ly/MOiQCD
1806 Thomas Rowlandson’s image of the waltz

1806 Thomas Rowlandson’s image of the waltz

Blog links collected by Angelyn Schmid, member of The Beau Monde. 
Like history?  Fall in love with it!  
Check out my blog at www.angelynschmid.com on history and romance.
Jun 122012
 

Gail Whitiker is today’s Featured Author for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Gail WhitikerWriters of America.

Gail Whitiker

 Originally hailing from Wales, Gail says her fascination with the Regency period began during frequent trips back to visit family and friends, when Sunday afternoon drives would inevitably lead to a castle, a cathedral, or a country house hotel (where she also discovered an unfortunate fondness for Devonshire cream teas and sticky toffee pudding).

She wrote her first novel in high school, but it was another twelve years before she actually sent something to a publisher and got The Call.

Improper Miss Darling      Since then, she has written over twenty historical and paranormal romances, both as Gail Whitiker and Gail Crease.            

      Her latest Regency novel, IMPROPER MISS DARLING, was a February release from Mills & Boon Historicals.

   

 

 

Gail makes her home on the beautiful west coast of Canada, where she’s happy to say that umbrellas outnumber snow shovels.

She loves to travel and thinks the idea of writing a novel while sipping wine in Tuscany would have to be about as good as it gets!

 LINKS:

Website:   www.gailwhitiker.com

Twitter: @gailwhitiker

Blog:   www.penwarriors.com

 

Jun 102012
 

 The Origins of the Modern Look Men’s Clothing

18th Century –  21st Century by Maggi Andersen

I don’t pretend to be an expert on fashion. I wanted to show some of the changes which have taken place over the last few hundred years to men’s clothing, as well as the styles which have remained constant.

I’ve added a few tidbits I thought might be of interest. I’ve had to be selective here –the military influence on fashion, for example, is for another blog.

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Jun 082012
 

 Regency Dueling Protocol by Donna Hatch 

Regency Duelling Pistols

Regency Duelling Pistols

In England, dueling was part of a long-standing code of honor, far beyond a mere tradition. Gentlemen took their dueling very seriously; they would rather die than be dishonored.

Does your heart go pitter patter just at the sound of that? I admit, at times, mine does.

How many man that honorable do you know? Okay, maybe we’d call it misplaced pride, or an overdeveloped sense of vengeance, but hey, that was a different world with a different set of rules. And yeah, I’m glad they don’t do it these days.

By the Regency Era, dueling was outlawed. However, duels still happened more frequently than many people knew. The problem was, because courts were made up of peers, they were reluctant to charge another peer with murder as a result of a duel.

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