Here’s the monthly assemblage of links of interest to lovers of the Regency era — everything from prisoners’ mementos to dishonest valets.
Assembly Rooms = a list of links to blogs and articles of interest to members of the Beau Monde.
Information on our members’ new releases (along with other new Regency Romance fiction releases) and other Regency related articles are available for download at The Regency Reader – December 2014. If you wish to receive The Regency Reader via email, we ask that you subscribe through MailChimp using this short subscription form.
New Releases for December 2014
Could you use some tips on how to write that oh-so important opening paragraph for your next novel? The paragraph which will draw a reader in deeply enough to induce them to carry your novel from the bookstore bookshelf to the check-out counter? In today’s article, Cheryl Bolen will share some valuable information which she learned during a workshop offered by author Colleen Thompson.
The six principles which will help you write a powerfully compelling first paragraph …
Do the scenes in the novel on which you are working sometimes play in your mind like a movie? That could very well work to your advantage as you write. In today’s article, Cheryl Bolen shares tips from screenwriters which can help you strengthen the structure of your story.
The Beau Monde’s annual one day mini-conference and soiree will be held Wednesday, July 25th during the RWA National conference at the Anaheim Marriott in California.
Starting with breakfast and the annual general meeting, the conference will include a variety of Regency-themed workshops throughout the day with knowledgeable presenters, including Candice Hern, Isobel Carr and this year’s three time RITA nominee Vicky Dreiling. Our luncheon keynote speaker is the amazing Delilah Marvelle. Plus there will be a silent auction with plenty of Regency-themed items, critiques, etc. for you to bid on!
The evening’s soiree will include music, dancing and the winners announcement of the Royal Ascot writing contest.
Registration fees are as follows:
Soiree Only Member: $60
Soiree Only Non Member: $75
Early Bird Members: $155
Early Bird Non-Members: $175
Regular Members: $170
Regular Non-Members: $190
Early bird registration ends June 15th.
For more information and to register, please visit the conference page.
With the entry period for Beau Monde’s Royal Ascot Contest now underway, many of us are polishing our manuscripts and daydreaming about what effect a win might have on our budding writing careers. In today’s article, Cheryl Bolen, award-winning published author of several historical romance novels, records her conversations with a group of Golden Heart award finalists. They share their thoughts on the impact which Golden Heart recognition had on their careers and their success in publishing their books.
Taryn Kincaid is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author.
Taryn Kincaid began writing as soon as she could and has never stopped. She is particularly pleased when she is lucky enough to be paid for her words. In additon to her books, she is also an award-winning reporter and columnist, covering stories ranging from fires and homicides to corrupt politicians and heroic dogs. Taryn is a member of the Beau Monde as well as the Hudson Valley RWA, in addition to the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapters. Her most recent tale, a Regency novella, is Healing Hearts, which was published earlier this year.
Taryn enjoys reading in all genres, but she says she likes writing historical romance and romantic paranormals best. She has a couple of paranormal stories in progress, but is eager to write another Regency, perhaps a story linked to the main characters in her novella, Healing Hearts.
Shereen Vedam, a fantasy and regency author, is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author.
She has published several short stories but her one and only published regency short story (with no magic involvement whatsoever) is available for sale through The Wild Rose Press and is called To Capture Love. This short story has garnered some very nice reviews, such as this one :
Coffee Time Romance Review – Reviewed by: Maura – Sensuality rating: Sweet
I loved the way Pauline is able to live in both worlds, as a marriageable young woman of society, and as a very talented artist, all with the approval of her family. This is a great story that fans of this genre will definitely want to read.
Recently, one of Shereen’s unpublished novels (The Coven At Callington) was chosen as one of six semi finalists in Terry Pratchett’s Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now fantasy contest.
Set in 1815, Cornwall, England, this is a tale of a witch and a church guard who become entangled in Church politics and a battle with the fey. This light-hearted romance is an alternate-history fantasy that takes a quirky look at the strengths and weaknesses of love, magic and religious beliefs.
Find her at – Web
Donna’s passion for writing began at age 8 when she wrote her first short story. During her sophomore year in high school, she wrote her first full-length novel, which was recently published.
Her writing has won or been nominated as a finalist in many writing awards including the Whitney, SARA Merritt, and Golden Quill. In between caring for six children, (7 counting her husband), her day job, and her many volunteer positions, she manages to carve out time to indulge in her writing obsession.
A native of Arizona, she writes Regency Romance and Fantasy. And yes, all of her heroes are patterned after her husband of over 21 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.
Books – The Guise of a Gentleman; Book 2 of the Rogue Hearts Series
Queen in Exile, a fantasy