Jun 302011

Linda Banche is today’s featured Beau Monde Author and she is going to tell us her writing story.

How Much Do I Know About the Regency?  More than I used to. *g* I will never know everything, but part of the fun is finding out new things.

About six years ago, when I got it into my head the idea to write a regency, I looked for library books on the subject. One of the books I found was What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool. I was in alt. Here was a list of lots of the things I read about in regencies, but had no idea what they were. Pounds and pence, Parliament sessions, Whitsunday and Michaelmas, quarter days and consols, pelisses, footmen and scullery maids. I was also totally confused. How would I ever remember all this stuff?

I recently reread the book. And, lo and behold, much of the information has become second nature. I guess I’ve learned a lot in the past few years. Some will scoff at the book. What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew covers both the Regency and the Victorian eras, so not everything is valid for the Regency. And the information is general. But the book is a good overview and has an extensive bibliography and a great glossary.

I will always make errors, and I hope my readers will be forgiving because I try to get things right. If you want to see if I’ve learned anything, The Wild Rose Press has released my latest Regency novella, Gifts Gone Astray on June 29.

Thank you all,


Welcome to My World of Historical Hilarity! http://www.lindabanche.com/


Cover image for Gifts Gone Astray by Linda Banche

Gifts Gone Astray

A gift is a wonderful surprise. Or maybe not.

At the Earl of Langley’s family gathering, everyone receives a gift, including the servants. Tutor Stephen Fairfax expects a small token, but the present from family member Mrs. Anne Copley, the widow who has caught his eye, is a dream come true.

Until he opens it. What a gift! How did that demure lady acquire such a book? And she wants to “study” the positions in it with him? If he accepts her offer, tempting as it is, he could lose his job.

Anne has no idea why Mr. Fairfax is in such a flutter. Her present is a simple book of illustrations. The subject interests them both, and she would like nothing better than to examine the book–and Mr. Fairfax–more closely.

About the Author –
Welcome to My World of Historical Hilarity!

I’m Linda Banche, and I write witty, sweet/sensual Regency romances with nary a rake or royal in sight. Most contain humor, some fantasy, and occasionally a little paranormal. But comedy is my love, and I’ve created my own wacky blend of humor and Regency with stories that can elicit reactions from a gentle smile to a belly laugh.

Like many other romance authors, I read romances for years before I wrote my own. Once I tried, I quickly discovered how difficult writing is. Did I stop? No, I’m persistent–that’s French for “too stupid to quit”.

I live in New England and like aerobics and ducks. So, laugh along with me on a voyage back to the Regency era. Me and my ducks. Quack.

You can reach me here:

Website: http://www.lindabanche.com
Blog: http://lindabanche.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LindaBanche

  2 Responses to “Linda Banche -Beau Monde Author”

  1. Great post Linda! I agree, no matter how much research you do there’s always room for little mistakes! I’m a big fan of Venetia Murray’s “An Elegant Madness”.

  2. Jennifer, I liked AN ELEGANT MADNESS, but from what I hear, there are a lot of errors there. Try OUR TEMPESTUOUS DAY by Carolly Erickson. This book is about 30 years old, but I found it online for about about $7.

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