Feb 102017
 

Today’s featured Beau Monde author is Bliss Bennet!

Photo of author Bliss Bennet.

Author photo Copyright © 2015 by Jessica Boyatt

Bliss Bennet writes smart, edgy novels for readers who love history as much as they love romance. Despite being born and bred in New England, Bliss finds herself fascinated by the history of that country across the pond, particularly the politically-volatile period known as the English Regency. Though she’s visited Britain several times, Bliss continues to make her home in New England, along with her husband, daughter, and two monstrously fluffy black cats.

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Oct 272016
 

Today’s featured Beau Monde author is Julie Daines!

Photo of author Julie Daines.Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner. She returns to the UK to refill her soul every year or so.
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Oct 212016
 

Today’s featured Beau Monde author is Suzan Lauder!

Photo of author Suzan Lauder.A love for Jane Austen’s novels and Regency and Austenesque romance novels inspired Suzan Lauder to write her own variations, which led her to a passion for Regency era history and costuming, as well as social media book marketing. She cherishes the many friends she’s made as a result of these interests: readers, authors, historians, costumers, milliners, and more!
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Aug 232016
 

Today’s featured Beau Monde author is Julia Justiss!

Photo of author Julia Justiss.Award-winning historical romance author Julia Justiss has written more than twenty-five novels and novellas set in the English Regency. Her awards include the Golden Heart for Regency from Romance Writers of America, The Golden Quill, and finals in Romantic Times Magazine’s Best First Historical, the National Readers Choice, the Daphne du Maurier and All About Romance’s Favorite Book of the Year.

A voracious reader who began jotting down plot ideas for Nancy Drew novels in her third grade spiral, Julia has published poetry and worked as a business journalist. An avid fan of Georgette Heyer, while unable to work a regular job when her husband was posted at the U.S Embassy in Tunisia, she decided to write her own Regency novel. And never looked back.
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Aug 122016
 

Today’s featured Beau Monde author is Wareeze Woodson!

Photo of author Wareeze WoodsonWareeze Woodson, is a native of Texas and still lives in that great state. She writes period romance tangled with suspense. Years and years ago, she married her high school sweetheart. They raised four children and have eight grandchildren, and grandchildren are Grand. At the moment, all their children and grandchildren live within seventy miles of their home, which means lots of visits. Her husband and she still love each other after all these years — the stuff romance is made of, Happy Ever After!

Cover of Before She Became a Lady by Wareeze Woodson

BEFORE SHE BECAME A LADY
by Wareeze Woodson
Released: 07/30/16
ISBN: 978-1535498326


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Feb 222016
 

Today’s featured Beau Monde author is Donna Hatch!

Photo of author Donna HatchDonna Hatch, author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” has won writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award, and has also been nominated twice for the Whitney Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She is a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children. A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

Cover of The Suspect's Daughter by Donna Hatch

THE SUSPECT’S DAUGHTER
by Donna Hatch
Released: 12/15/2015
ISBN-10: 1519395906
ISBN-13: 978-1519395900

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Mar 062015
 

Amy Quinton is today’s featured Beau Monde author.

Photo of Regency Romance author, Amy QuintonAmy Quinton is an author and full time mom living in Summerville, SC. She enjoys writing (and reading!) sexy, historical romances. She lives with her British husband, two boys, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to go camping, hiking, and canoeing/kayaking… And did she mention reading? When she’s not reading, cleaning, or traveling, she likes to make jewelry, sew, knit, and crochet (Yay for Ravelry!). Her favorite place to visit is England and the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Cover image for What The Duke Wants by Amy Quinton

WHAT THE DUKE WANTS
by Amy Quinton
Released: 01/26/15 ISBN: 978-1-62210-184-9 (ebook) 978-1-50330-469-7 (Print)

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Dec 082014
 

Sally OrrSally Orr is today’s featured Beau Monde Author

After her graduate education at the University of California Irvine and Caltech, Sally worked for thirty years as a Ph.D. scientist specializing in the discovery of gene function. Several years ago, she joined an English message board, where she posted many, many examples of absolute tomfoolery. As a result, a cyber-friend challenged her to write a novel. Since she’s a hopeless Anglophile, it’s not surprising that her first book is a Regency-era romance. Today she’s writing three novels for Sourcebooks. The first one, The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide, was published on November 4, 2014. The second, When a Rake Falls, will be published on April 7, 2015. She lives with her husband in San Diego, surrounded by too many books and not enough old English cars.Sally Orr book

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Nov 172014
 

Kathryn Kane is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author.

Tuxedo cat with green eyes sniffing a pink rose

Kathryn is a historian and former museum curator who has enjoyed Regency romances since she first discovered them in her teens. She credits the novels of Georgette Heyer with influencing her choice of college curriculum, and she now takes advantage of her knowledge of history to write her own stories of romance in the Regency. She now has a career in the tech industry but she has never lost her love of the period and continues to enjoy reading Regency romance novels and researching her favorite period of English history. Though she was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Kat now lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. She misses the warm sunny winter days of the desert southwest, but access to the rich research collections of the libraries of Boston is some compensation for the snow and cold of New England. Kat is occasionally assisted (or impeded) in her writing by a furry feline friend whose primary responsibilities are neighborhood surveillance and cuteness, at both of which she excels, along with exuberant purring.

Deflowering Daisy is Kathryn’s debut Regency romance. As a play on the title, she has woven a number of snippets of floral history into the story, some of which may be unknown even to life-long Regency aficionados. Others maybe known to some readers, though probably not used in the contexts in which they will be found in this story. An extended excerpt can be found at Kat’s web site.

Find her at KathrynKane.net — The Regency RedingoteKathryn Kane Romance

Aug 122013
 

Tammy Jo Burns sepia photo near an ornate stone bench

Tammy Jo Burns is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author.

From a young age Tammy Jo could always be found carrying around books to read while watching her grandmother’s soap operas with her. She read anything and everything she could get her hands on and even made up skits and stories for herself and her friends to act out. Once she outgrew the children’s and YA books, her mom introduced her to an entirely new world—contemporary romance. Upon discovering she had a love for history, she began devouring historical romances. One day, sitting in a college British History class, something the professor said made her think, "I wonder." She quickly called her mom (also a writer) and ran the idea by her. After being told, "Of course you can do it, you’re my daughter," the rest, as they say, is history.

Tammy Jo currently shares her love of reading with the next generation as a high school librarian, and shares her personal life with her demanding dog trapped in a cat’s body, Ajax.

Her debut novel, A Traitorous Heart, Book One of The Reluctant Lords series, can now be found on Amazon.

Find her at Facebook Fan Page@tammyjoburnswww.tammyjoburns.com

Jun 032013
 
Jane LarkWhen Jane completed her first novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write.
You might think Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality.
 
Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots.
 

Illicit Love

Now she is writing Regency Romance for Sapphire Star Publishing, and her debut novel, Illicit Love, was released May, 2nd.
Jan 282013
 

Wendy Herrington pen name Collette CameronCollette Cameron is the pen name for Wendy Herrington. 

In February 2011, Collette decided to sit down and write a Regency romance. She wrote HIGHLANDER’S HOPE, the first book in her blue rose series. It releases from Soul Mate Publishing in April 2013. She has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. She’s been married for almost 30 years, has 3 amazing adult children, and 5 dachshunds. Her puppy, Ayva, sits on her lap while she writes. Ayva also nibbles at and lies on the keyboard. Collette love a good joke, the beach, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. She just finished THE VISCOUNT’S VOW, the second book in the series. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels.

Collette Cameron Highlander's HopeYou can learn more about Collette by visiting her website, collettecameron.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Linked In.

 

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Jan 112013
 

 

SusanaEllisA former teacher, Susana is finally living her dream of being a full-time writer. She loves all genres of romance, but historical – Regency in particular – is her favorite. There’s just something about dashing heroes and spunky heroines waltzing in ballrooms and driving through Hyde Park that appeals to her imagination.

 

In real life, Susana is a lifelong resident of northwest, Ohio, although she has lived in Ecuador and studied in Spain, France, and Mexico. More recently, she was able to travel around England and visit many of the places she’s read about for years, and it was awesome! She is a member of the Maumee Valley and the Beau Monde chapters of Romance Writers of America.

 

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Find out more about Susana and her latest release, Treasuring Theresa, on her website, http://www.susanaellis.com, or her blog, Susana’s Parlour, http://susanaellisauthor.wordpress.com/.

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Sep 082012
 

Award winning Australian author Alison Stuart always wanted to be a writer. As a teenager she scribbled turgid historical novels in shorthand notebooks, some of which are still in existence. Only when she dislocated a shoulder in a skiing accident, which left her stranded in a snow bound chalet in the Australian Alps with nothing for company but a notebook computer, did she dare to write the story that had been tugging at her sleeve for so long.

Her family moved from Kenya, where she had been born, to Australia in the late 1960s. Alison had imagined Australia as a place where kangaroos roamed the streets (just as, no doubt, children in Australia imagined Africa as a place where lions roamed the streets), but the inner suburbs of Perth seemed short of roving marsupials.

She studied Law and Arts at university and has worked all her life as a lawyer, both in private practice and in a range of different organizations including the military and the emergency services and a fatal attraction for men in uniform (including her husband) may explain her leaning towards soldier heroes!

Alison has been a finalist in competitions, including the shortlist of the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. In 2007 her first two novels BY THE SWORD and THE KING’S MAN were published. BY THE SWORD won the 2008 Eppie Award for Best Historical Romance.

These days Alison is writing full time and is officially an empty nester, with a wonderfully supportive husband (and resident military expert) and two needy cats to keep her company.

www.alisonstuart.com

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Aug 282012
 

Regan Walker, Featured Beau Monde AuthorRegan didn’t begin to write romance until she’d already had a decades-long career in law. But she wrote stories as a child and never lost her love of seeing fantasy come to life on the page. When she discovered the world of historical romance, she began reviewing novels. She has 500 reviews on Amazon and 10 “best” lists as well as her own blog, Regan’s Romance Reviews.

As she was describing one story that had captivated her to her best friend, the friend said, “Why don’t you write one? You tell great stories and you write well.” So she did.

Her first novel, RACING WITH THE WIND, is set in London and Paris in 1816, and tells the story of a rebellious young woman, Lady Mary Campbell who determines to go to Paris with her statesman uncle over the objections of a British lord.

There is much of her in that character, not surprisingly. As Regan had served at high levels of government, it’s not surprising that her first trilogy, of which RACING is book 1, is Agents of the Crown, and features heroes who tackle unusual assignments for the Prince Regent.

It’s available on Amazon and the Prologue can be read on Regan’s website, http://www.reganwalkerauthor.com.

Regan is a member of RWA and The Beau Monde, San Diego and Greater Seattle chapters, as well as Savvy Authors and Romance Writers Uncensored. She likes to stay connected with other authors, to support them and vicariously enjoy their successes. She lives in San Diego with her Golden Retriever and considers it paradise! She has one son, 23, who is gorgeous. (You can see his pic on her website.)

LINKS:
Regan’s Romance Reviews blog: http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @RegansReview (https://twitter.com/RegansReview)
Interview on the Ravishing Romances blog on ePublishing:
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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  
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 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 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
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