Guest Post: Regency Romance by Ella Quinn
In the Regency World, we tend to focus a lot on heroes. Rakes, otherwise tortured souls, ranging from the results of bad parenting, to war injuries. And I do like to torture, um, tortured heroes. Tight pantaloons, a well tied cravat, but what about the ladies? I mean after all, if you have a fantastic hero you must also have an equally fantastic heroine. Some people think that is more difficult for an historic woman to be strong, like a contemporary one. I disagree.
There are historical accounts of ladies running estates, think large companies. They were involved in politics and influenced votes, even when they didn’t have the right to vote. Ladies of the time, were many times more educated than many of our contemporaries, piano, voice, literature, art, French and Italian, were the minimum requirements, and they got to ride horses and drive carriages; all while wearing awesome clothes. Read more
Why I write historical romance? Why do you read it? by Wendy Vella + Giveaway!
I’m often asked why I write about the Regency and Victorian eras and I always say it was never an option after picking up my first Georgette Heyer novel as I was smitten from the first page.
It’s a time that no one alive today has ever experienced, therefore you really are only limited by your imagination. I always make sure that any events or characters I use are accurate; however you can build a world that comes to life on the page. A ballroom filled with hundreds of elegantly primped and pampered people, their objective to see or be seen lends itself to scandal and intrigue as does a dawn appointment with two terrified men walking onto a mist shrouded field unsure if they will leave alive. Correspondence was by letter or word of mouth. Imagine a note placed in the wrong hands and the damage that could do. One wrong word and a young lady’s reputation could be in tatters. Read more
Author Brownwen Evans Guest Posts – Regency Pin Money and Secret Spending +Giveaway
I’m saving up for some landscaping work to be done at my beach/vineyard house. Boy, is having a lovely garden an expensive business when you’ve just built a house. I have an acre section that needs grassing at a cost of $5k. Then there is drainage, irrigation etc. On top of that is all the planting…
It made me thankful that I can earn my own income. As a single woman, imagine if I was reliant on someone else for my upkeep. I was thinking of my heroine, Miss Beatrice Hennessy, in A Promise of More, my second book for Loveswept, and the fact that in Regency times, women of nobility relied on male members of their family, or their husbands, to support them. Read more
The good, the bad, the ugly – by Sharon Cullen
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Of course we all gloat about the good reviews. We spread the word and pat ourselves, and each other, on the back. And that’s what we should do. We work hard to put a good book out there. We pour everything we have into the pages of those books and when someone says they like it, it’s a relief in a lot of ways.
But what about the bad reviews? Read more
He’s Just Not That Into You: The Historical Version by Valerie Bowman
You may recall a few years back, a book that caused quite a hub bub. The book was titled, He’s Just Not that Into You. Based on an episode of the wildly popular HBO show, Sex and the City, the book caused such an uproar among the ladies who read it, that a film was soon commissioned.
I admit it. I saw the episode of Sex and the City. Then I read the book. Then saw the movie. Yes, I was that into the concept. It was absolutely maddening in its simplicity yet fascinating in its compelling layers at the same time. Read more
WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL by Ashlyn Macnamara!
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL by Ashlyn Macnamara, in which two childhood friends in Regency England discover love with the most unlikely of partners: each other. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below!
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Ruthie’s Reality: An interview with Stefanie Sloane + Kindle & $50 GC Giveaway!
I’m delighted to have Stefanie Sloane here today to talk about The Scoundrel Takes a Bride, the latest release in her Regency Rogues series. Stefanie burst upon the historical romance scene with 2011′s The Devil in Disguise, which was nominated for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award for best first book. Her historical romances have witty dialogue, strong heroines, and lots of intrigue. I was lucky enough to have my Christmas novella collected alongside Stefanie’s in the Naughty and Nice Christmas anthology. Read more
Guest Post: Favorite Scenes by Grace Burrowes + Giveaway
Everyone has favorite scenes from the books we read – I wanted to share a few of mine, then would love for you to tell me what some of yours are from your favorite romance books.
We begin with Ian MacGregor — he finds his intended’s spinster cousin, Augusta Merrick, in her dressing gown, searching for the bathing chamber. As a conscientious host, he takes it upon himself to see her to her destination…
“Has anyone shown you how to work the taps?”
And from the look on her face, Miss Augusta Merrick would perish of excessive train travel before she’d ask.
“It’s not complicated.” Ian moved into the marble temple to cleanliness and refined English sensibilities and felt Miss Merrick mincing along behind him. “The one on the right is the cold, the one of the left, hot. You start with cold because the boiler can be cranky, and…” Read more
Book Release – When You Wish Upon A Duke by Isabella Bradford, a sizzling historical romance
In a sparkling new series filled with irresistible charm and sizzling romance, award-winning author Isabella Bradford introduces us to the eldest of three Wylder sisters—unruly country girls whose passion for life leaves their London suitors breathless.
Raised in the Dorset countryside, Lady Charlotte Wylder doesn’t care one bit about well-bred decorum. The dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty would rather ride a horse than attend a stuffy ball. So when Charlotte learns that she is to leave immediately for London to wed the Duke of Marchbourne, a perfect model of aristocratic propriety, she is less than enchanted with her arranged marriage. Read more