Traveling to the UK – What to Know Before You Go
It’s that time of year to think about a vacation/research trip to the UK.
Okay, any time of year is good, but many trips to the UK are in the late spring, summer, or early fall.
2012 is a very exciting year for the UK. With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Summer Olympics, make sure you’re up to date on what is happening where. My husband and I are heading to the northeast this spring, and we are keeping an eye on where the Olympic torch will be traveling. We hope to see it, but we also want to be aware of possible traffic restrictions. For information on events occurring in conjunction with the Jubilee, check sites such as http://www.2012queensdiamondjubilee.com/ or http://www.thediamondjubilee.org/
Information on the Olympic events as well as route of the Olympic torch can be found at:
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Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, and others.
Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”
Her latest Regency Historical Romance, Paths of Desire, can be found as an ebooks on Kindle, Nook and at Smashwords, along with her Regency romances, and her free novella, Cats Cradle. She has had novellas published in several anthologies, has had young adult horror stories published, and is the author of several computer games.
Shannon is a regular speaker at writing conferences, and will be speaking at the 2012 RWA National conference in Anaheim. She gives online workshops and is the author of Story Telling; Story Showing, an ebook that compliments her popular online class Show and Tell: An Interactive Workshop. She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and the one love of her life.
Find Shannon at – sd-writer.com
Google+ as SdonnellyNM@gmail.com
A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:
In great agitation, she took a sheet of foolscap from the desk drawer.
Placing it on the blotter, she dipped her sharpened quill into the inkwell and began to write furiously …
Or, something like that. How many characters in how many Regency romances have written or received a missive on a sheet of foolscap? More than I can count. So, just what is foolscap?
As promised, here are some more of the New Release Books from our wonderful Beau Monde members. Enjoy more great reading!
Historical Regency – March 22nd, 2012
Ellora’s Cave, Blush line - http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9927-my-elusive-countess.aspx
Although Amanda was born into the merchant class, she married into the aristocracy, a fact she would regret were it not for the son she bore to the Earl of Willowvale. Now widowed for two years, Amanda is attempting to protect her son from exposure to the vices of the nobility when her plans are overset by the unexpected appearance of a guardian for her son. Unknown to the countess, the Marquess of Blackbourne is guardian to her young son, and he intends to see that the boy is raised as befits his station, even if that means taking him away from his mother.
Short & sweet (sex-wise) novel of 31,000 words
Ebook at Amazon, B&N, Smashwords – March
Plain spinster Jane Featherstone helps lord she’s long loved woo an heiress to honor the deathbed vow he made to his father.
RUINED BY RUMOR by Alyssa Everett
Carina Press, 978-14268-9378-0
May 21, 2012
After waiting five years for her fiancé to return from the war and marry her, Roxana Langley has been jilted! She may have longed for excitement, but this was not what she had in mind… Who could possibly throw over a woman as beautiful and vivacious as Roxana? Certainly not the Earl of Ayersley, who has spent years trying in vain to forget his unrequited love. When he learns she’s been abandoned by her cad of a fiancé, he finds himself offering a shoulder for her to cry on.
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Regency Historical – March 2012
Publisher – Kone Enterprises
Can the daughter of a jumped-up tradesman find happiness with a handsome and charming viscount, or does her destiny lie elsewhere? Perhaps with a man who isn’t trying to kill her?
Author blog http://mosaicmoments.blogspot.
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Maddie Vincouer conceals her father’s death in 1809 after promising to save her family from Cousin Sanford’s greed. A Riding Officer endangers this pretense with his insistent demands to meet her father. Then chance reveals her secret to the cruel French spy Donatien. Matters go completely awry when Maddie aids a wounded “free trader”. In a desperate attempt to save her Bellaport enlists the help of Baron de la Croix and rolls the dice on the fate of all their lives. If they survive will Maddie forgive his deceit.
Regency Historical - Loose-Id - 978-1-61118-557-7
April 17, 2012
Regency Historical - e-novella
Kensington Zebra Books, ISBN-13: 9781420123203 – May 2012
The day was as hot as the pond was inviting. It’s not as if anyone in Little Huffington was going to happen upon a secluded vale on the Duke of Greycliffe’s lands. And Venus Collingswood didn’t want to get her shift all wet. It was the perfect setting in which to plan her lovely bookworm of a sister’s betrothal to the mysterious new duke arriving seven days hence. If only she had a suitable accomplice. Andrew Valentine, Duke of Greycliffe, never thought arriving at his own household a week early would cause so much trouble. The housekeeper thinks he’s his own cousin. Actually, the chance to not be the duke for a while is a pleasant opportunity indeed. It might even help him interrogate the delectable little nymph he’s discovered swimming in his pond–if he can manage to get a word in edgewise.
BEDDING LORD NED by Sally MacKenzie
Regency Historical – June, 2012
Kensington Zebra Books, ISBN-13: 9781420123210
Ellie Bowman is determined: during this year’s Valentine house party, she will choose one of the men the matchmaking Duchess of Greycliffe–aka the Duchess of Love–has invited for her. Unfortunately, that man will not be Lord Ned, the duchess’s second son. Ned is still mourning his wife and will never see Ellie as anything other than a childhood friend. Lord Ned has vowed to finally cooperate with his mother’s matchmaking efforts. He wants a family; he needs an heir. Ergo, he must get a wife–and this year’s candidate even looks like his lost love. But his old friend Ellie is behaving strangely, and Reggie, Mama’s cat, keeps bringing him a pair of shocking red drawers. This outrageous, alluring scrap of silk couldn’t be Ellie’s could it?
Publisher: Camel Press May 1, 2012, Available in both print and e-book format
Few mourn the sudden and shocking passing of the Earl of Lansdown. Certainly not Jane Elton, the young and beautiful widow whose life he made a misery. After her initial relief, Jane must contend with an unexpected and devastating reality: because she is childless, she and her family must descend several rungs down the social ladder. One hope remains. Could she be pregnant? Enter Douglas Cartland, a notorious rake with a tragic past. During these first months of widowhood, Jane’s conduct must be above reproach, but she cannot keep her distance. Especially when Cartland contrives to turn up everywhere she looks.
by Angelyn Schmid
The Proliferation of Newspapers in Regency England
By Cheryl Bolen
Despite heavy taxation, high cost, and government censorship that included prosecution for libel, newspapers proliferated during the Regency.
In 1816, there were 31 national newspapers, including 14 in London. Daily papers included The Times, The Morning Chronicle, Morning Post, and The Morning Herald.
The leading newspapers of those were John Walters’ Times, which catered to the Tories; James Perry’s Morning Chronicle, a vehicle for the Whigs; and The Morning Post, which was heavily supported by the Prince Regent. Each of these was a morning newspaper.
Evening newspapers included The Sun, The Courier, The Globe, The Star, The Traveller, and The Statesman. Other daily papers were The British Press, The Public Ledger, and The Morning Advertiser.
Newspapers published Monday-Wednesday-Friday included The London Chronicle, The London Packet, and The Evening Mail.
On Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday, the Commercial Journal, the St. James Chronicle, General Evening Post, and The English Chronicle appeared.
Those periodicals published only on Mondays included the Farmers Journal, Country Chronicle The News, the Hunt Brothers’ infamous Examiner, the National Register, and Bell’s Messenger.
Saturday-only publications included Cobbett’s influential Political Register and Mirror of the Times while Baldwin’s Journal appeared only on Friday, as did the Country Herald.
Cost of newspapers was a hefty 7 pence. It was estimated that because of the high cost, each newspaper passed through twenty pair of hands. They were also available at coffee houses and circulating libraries.
A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:
The English wake during the Regency had nothing to do with the ceremony which many people in westernized nations today observe in honor and memory of someone recently departed. In fact, wakes in England by the early nineteenth century were considered by many such profane and unruly events that there were many efforts being made to suppress them completely. By the time the former Prince Regent, George IV, died in 1830, at least a third of the wakes in England had been abolished or severely curtailed. Few survived past the end of the reign of his niece, Queen Victoria.
The origins and history of the English wake …
Horse racing can be an exciting aspect of a Regency romance novel. In today’s article, Cheryl Bolen gives us a brief overview of the origins of the sport and some historical details about some of the most prominent racing venues in England.
Railways in the Regency era?
Linda Banche explains how Regency Railways did exist.
Linda Banche says….. We think of the railroad as a Victorian invention, but railroads as we know them today got their start during the Regency.
Goods and people have always traveled from one place to another. But such movement was limited to what animal power could provide (hence the term “horsepower”) until the invention of the steam engine.
Elena Greene grew up reading her mother’s Georgette Heyer novels, but it wasn’t until she went on an international assignment to the United Kingdom that she was inspired to start writing her own.
Her first Regency romance was published in 2000 and was followed by five more Regencies and a novella.
Her books have won the Desert Rose Golden Quill and Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence.
Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING’S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club’s award for Best Regency Romance of 2005.
Elena lives in upstate New York with her stroke survivor husband and two daughters.
Website: Elena Greene
Laughing Gas at Landsdowne House by Angelyn Schmid
The third Marquess of Lansdowne was no stranger to the rich and famous that came to the great London house. His father had hosted Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) when the latter came to negotiate the terms for American independence.
One who was credited with the discovery of oxygen, Joseph Priestley (1733 – 1804) ran tame at Lansdowne House as well, living off the largess of the first marquess when he was still Lord Shelburne.
Grace Kone (Blair Bancroft) is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author
Grace Kone’s Biography -
I began writing (as Blair Bancroft) later than most because my mother was the successful author of children’s books, and it never occurred to me we could have two writers in the same family.
When I did make the attempt, the Regency was closest to my heart. But since I truly believe variety is the spice of life, I also write Romantic Suspense, Thrillers, Mystery, Futuristic, and Steampunk.
My Tarleton’s Wife won a Golden Heart and The Indifferent Earl, a RITA finalist, was chosen Best Regency by Romantic Times.
In 2011 I went “indie” with my backlist and am thoroughly enjoying the renaissance of my traditional Regencies.
A new Regency novella, Mistletoe Moment, was published by Ellora’s Cave (Blush) for the holidays.
And in January 2012 I uploaded my first indie-published new work, the thriller, Orange Blossoms & Mayhem.
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Today’s Featured Beau Monde Author is Deb Marlowe.
Deb Marlowe adores history, England and Men in Boots.
Clearly she was destined to write Regency Historical Romance. A member of RWA, the Heart of Carolina RWA and the Beau Monde for nearly 15 years, she’s won the Royal Ascot and the Golden Heart and has been nominated for a Rita.
She sold her first book to Harlequin Historicals in 2006 and her newest, Tall, Dark and Disreputable releases in March 2012. She is a director of the Raleigh/Durham satellite of Lady Jane’s Salon.
She lives in North Carolina where she spends her days with the people in her head and her evenings with her wonderful husband, her two charming, active and hungry boys and one spoiled cat.
In our Regency Promenade today, Nancy Mayer looks at the lives of The Brothers Scott.
William, who became Lord Stowell, and John, who became Lord Eldon.
Their father, William Scott of near Newcastle upon Tyne who made a modest fortune selling coal. He had thirteen children with his wife but only three sons and two daughter survived to adulthood….
William born with a twin sister in 1745; Henry; and John born 1751. Henry followed in his father’s footstep’s.
ASSEMBLY ROOM – Round-up of Regency and historical posts – March 2012
Lighting in the Georgian period – so that’s where snot comes from: http://historicalromanceuk.blogspot.com/
( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.
THE RELUCTANT MARQUESS by Maggi Andersen
Author blog http://www.maggiandersen.
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Passion and Pretense by Susan Gee Heino
Regency Historical, Berkley Sensation, Available March 2012, 978-0-425246986
From the national bestselling author of Temptress in Training… Miss Penelope Rastmoor has always been a bit of a troublemaker. Determined to thwart her brother’s plans to get her properly married, she decides what she needs is the most horrible, unsuitable fiancé ever imagined. Unfortunately, she never quite imagined Lord Harry!
Lord Harry Chesterton has his own reasons for agreeing to Penelope’s scheme. A man’s life hangs in the balance and Lord Harry needs what Penelope has—a mysterious Egyptian scarab. Yes, he’ll pose as her unsuitable fiancé and he’ll get his hands on her scarab. But will he be content with that, or will Lord Harry end up stealing something more precious?
Traditional Regency Novella, Ebook available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords
Regency Historical, On sale: February 28, 2012,>Avon, ISBN 978-0-06-202232-5
First book in the Royal Entourage series. Six Regency heroes—One royal hangover
An infamous night has been lost to memory. The scandalous Dukes of the Royal Entourage must make amends. The first step is a heroic rescue. One of England’s most disreputable peers, Alexander Barclay, Duke of Kress, has stumbled upon a perfect opportunity for redemption. Having been exiled to Cornwall by the Prince Regent himself, Barclay discovers lovely Roxanne Vanderhaven clinging to the edge of a cliff, stranded there by her murderous blackguard of a husband . . . just waiting to be rescued. Back on solid ground, Roxanne is desperate for a new life— once she’s retaliated for her husband’s despicable actions. Surprisingly, she finds herself drawn to her unlikely champion, certainly the last man in England she could count on. Yet, the infamous Duke of Kress isn’t quite the scoundrel he seems . . .
THE ART OF DUKE HUNTING By Sophia Nash
Second book in the Royal Entourage series.
The Hangover meets Regency England in RITA Award-winning author Sophia Nash’s wickedly clever and wonderfully sensual Royal Entourage historical romance novels. In The Art of Duke Hunting, the second in her series, the dashing Duke of Norwich—on the morning after a most extravagant royal bachelor party that he simple cannot recall—awakens on board ship and well out to sea…and in the arms of a stranger, an enchanting and most proper lady. The Art of Duke Hunting is funny, sexy, and wonderfully romantic, as fans of Karen Hawkins, Elizabeth Boyle, and Victoria Alexander will most assuredly agree. And unlike the members of the Royal Entourage, you will happily recall every delicious moment of it!
The Hunter Files / Risky Business – Carina Press, June 2012
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March 2012, Avalon, ISBN 978-0-8034-7462-8
Deverell Bromfield hasn’t trusted women since Ariadne threw him over for a viscount. Can he set aside his distrust of women to pursue the delightful and beautiful Alexandra Moreton? When his brother, Nat, is accused of murder Alexi’s father forbids her to see Deverell. Determined to save his brother and win her hand, Deverell sets out to find the real murderer only to discover the evidence points to Alexi’s brother. Deverell is on the horns of a dilemma.
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Just as Amanda begins to get a little concerned about the identity of her secret fan, she receives another note promising she’ll learn who the author is within the next few days. When the person who has been writing the messages is finally revealed, what follows is an evening full of teasing, flirting, laughing and, best of all in Amanda’s opinion, romance.
Anna Small is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author.
Anna is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America and according to her, it seems like she’s been writing romance forever!
Anna says….My western historical, TAME THE WILD WIND, was published by The Wild Rose Press in 2010 and a contemporary romance, TAKING A CHANCE ON FOREVER, was published in 2011 by Bookstrand.
My website is www.annasmallbooks.com.
In Proper Conduct, Shannon Donnelly’s heroine spends a good deal of time worrying about money that is not there, particular after her father spends nearly 1,000 pounds on a horse.
Not an excessive sum to someone such as the Prince Regent, whose racing stud farm cost him 30,000 pounds a year.
But all these numbers seemed to need a bit of perspective.