New Book Releases for July 2012 and upcoming ones for August 2012 from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter ( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.
July/ August 2012
Penguin/NAL Intermix –Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, iTunes.com
Signet Regency Romance reissue (traditional)
Release Date – July 2012
A beautiful twin’s promise to protect her sister’s secret at all costs forces an unassuming Cambridge scholar into the unsought role of hero. Will blackmail and promises made destroy their chance for true love? (a sequel to A PERILOUS JOURNEY)
An Unlikely Hero sparkles!” –The Literary Times “A terrific read with unexpected villains and a worthy hero thrown into the fray! Gail Eastwood weaves intrigue seamlessly through the Regency setting, adding mystery to a delightful plot and set of characters.
TO RESCUE OR RAVISH? by Barbara Monajem
Regency Historical Novella
Release Date – July, 2012
Author blog www.BarbaraMonajem.blogspot.
THE SHORT AND FASCINATING TALE OF ANGELINA WHITCOMBE by Sabrina Darby
Avon Impulse, 9780062230713
Release Date – July 2012
DARK DESTINY by M. J. Putney
St. Martin’s Griffin, ISBN 978-0-312-62286-2(Book 3 of the Dark Mirror Series)
Young Adult Time Travel Regency
Release Date – July 2012
Twice the young Regency mages of Lackland Abbey have traveled through time to World War II to helpBritain survive Nazi assaults. Now the threat is closer to home as Napoleon Bonaparte prepares to invade England in their own time.
As the Irregulars fight to stave off invasion, England’s future rests in the hands of one inexperienced twentieth century mageling who travels to the past to pay her debt to those who saved her family.
But does Rebecca have the power to save her friends and herself?
“Putney’s latest Dark Mirror outi
ng is more romantic than previous action-packed installments. She tackles both religious and familial conflicts, among other new challenges, for Merlin’s Irregulars.” Raven Haller, Romantic Times Bookclub
Ian Gilvry, Laird of Dunross, is as rouch and wild as the Highland heather. Yet the return of Sassenach Selina and her family to claim his land ignites hatred and passion in equal measure. Lady Selina is torn betwee family loyalty and wanton need for Ian. Tricked into marriage, she finds the laird fulfils her every burning desire.
But Ian is a man bound by duty. Can Selina be sure that his heart belongs not only to his clan…but also the woman he has made his wife?
The dashing Captain Richard Everard has faced untold dangers at sea. Steering his young cousin through a London season, however, is a truly formidable prospect, especially when the only person who can serve as her sponsor is the lovely widow Lady Claire Winthrop-the woman who jilted him years ago.
HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY by Katharine Ashe
Avon, ISBN 978-0062031761
A man with a mission, a woman who refuses to be controlled, and a delectable wager that both of them just might win…
An Amazon.com Editors’ Choice Best Book of the Month!
COMING IN AUGUST
Erotic Regency romance
Release Date – August 2012
Regency Historical (first in the House of Brady series)
Marcia gets schooled… Of the three Brady sisters, Lady Marcia has always seemed the girl most likely to lead a perfectly charmed life. But after a handsome cad breaks her heart, she swears off love and devotes her life to teaching girls at a private school. In spite of her family’s wish for a London debut, Marcia is happy where she is—until terrible news sends her back to the Brady clan…and into the arms of an unexpected suitor.
On the subject of love. …A dark and dashing earl who knows Marcia’s past, Duncan Lattimore is surprised by what a fascinating and independent woman she’s become. Marcia, too, is surprised—by the fiery attraction she feels for Duncan. But why—why—must he be the brother of the scoundrel who broke her heart? Why must Marcia’s rival at school forbid her from seeing him? How can this lady possibly resist this fellow—when they know that it’s much more than a hunch…?
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Good news from Cara Elliott
Some very informative articles have been posted at the Working on the Web forum this month. These articles include one in the ongoing SEO series about how to correctly use the keyword meta tag successfully for enhancing the search engine optimization of your web pages without risking penalties from any of the search engines. Members who are engaged in research of the Regency period will find an article on the very first online library, which, after more than forty years, continues to add new material to its collections daily. This free online library offers a host of publications which were available during the Regency. And, unlike Google Books, this site offers only complete books and other materials, as well as a wide selection of audio books in multiple formats. Another article offers recommendations by Beau Monde members for the best online sources for promotional items. Want a mug, mouse pad or canvas tote with your latest book cover art? Click into the Working on the Web forum for recommendations from your fellow Beau Mondaines on the best sources. And, finally, for the convenience of all our members, the log in credentials for the online Regency Encyclopedia have been posted in the Working on the Web forum. Now, those credentials are available to you from any computer, at any time.
Next month, in the Working on the Web forum will be found an article on a valuable HTML meta tag which many web site owners overlook. Even though this particular tag is not technically used by search engines, it can be employed by web masters to entice searchers to click on the link to their site when it comes up in search results. For those seeking that special out-of-print or used book on a certain Regency topic, an article on the top three bookseller aggregators. Once you know about these sites, you will be able to search the inventories of literally hundreds of online booksellers, enabling you to locate and quickly compare prices on that hard-to-find book you need to complete the research for your next novel or that old-fashioned traditional Regency you read years ago and would like to read again.
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A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:
And why should you care? Well, it was everywhere during the Regency, and the word actually referred to more than one material, each of which could be put to a different purpose, though all were somewhat similar in appearance. The uses for shagreen ranged from carpentry to scientific instruments to high fashion.
Those living in the Regency would have known the difference, and I thought perhaps those of us who like to slip back to that decade through novels set during that time would like to share that knowledge. To avoid chagrin, or perhaps, to embrace it?
How We Got to Where We Are Today
Modern Historical Romance Over the Last Several Decades.
Or, A Recommended Reading List for the Uninitiated
It occurred to me that as lovers of a genre it might be helpful to read some of the classics to see where we’ve come from and to enjoy the greats who have contributed so much to the craft.
I’m not going as far back as Ivanhoe, Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre.
I’m not even reaching back to the seminal novels of Georgette Heyer in the early 20th century.
No, I’m starting in the 1970s when the bedroom door was flung open never to close again. And while I may not have included your favorite author, by reading the romances on this list, you’ll have a good idea of our beginnings and what so many wonderful authors have done for the genre.
Think of it as an education in modern historical romance. Where an author has written many novels (some early ones are still writing best sellers today), I tried to use their earliest work that influenced the genre.
So, here’s the list of the historical romances I recommend you read. Each has something to show you. Some may require you to shop online for a used book, though many are available as eBooks. I’m not saying they will all be your favorites, or that they are all mine. And I realize some readers will think I left off one I should have included.
This is a sampling meant to give you a picture of how the genre has developed over time. Most are novels I’ve rated 5 stars, so I promise you won’t be bored.
Included because of its significance…
• Bond of Blood by Roberta Gellis (1965)
The 1970s: The Pioneering Years
• The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss (1972)
• Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers (1974)
• Devil’s Desire by Laurie McBain (1975)
• Love’s Tender Fury by Jennifer Wilde (aka Tom Huff) (1976)
• Captive Bride by Johanna Lindsey (1977)
• Caroline by Cynthia Wright (1977)
• This Loving Torment by Valerie Sherwood (1977)
• The Rainbow Season by Lisa Gregory (1979)
The 1980s: The Explosive Years
• Lady Vixen by Shirlee Busbee (1980)
• Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small (1981)
• Devil’s Embrace by Catherine Coulter (1982)
• Rose of Rapture by Rebecca Brandewyne (1984)
• Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught (1985)
• The Wind and the Sea by Marsha Canham (1986)
• The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley (1988)
• Capture the Sun by Shirl Henke (1988)
• Edin’s Embrace by Nadine Crenshaw (1989)
• Sweet Savage Eden by Heather Graham (1989)
• Heartstorm by Elizabeth Stuart (1989)
The 1990s: The Developing Years
• Dark Fires by Brenda Joyce (1991)
• Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale (1992)
• Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1992)
• Enchanted by Elizabeth Lowell (1994)
• The Passions of Emma by Penelope Williamson (1997)
• Kilgannon by Kathleen Givens (1999)
The 2000s: The “Standing On The Shoulders of Giants” Years
• By Possession by Madeline Hunter (2000)
• Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry by Amanda Hughes (2002)
• The Captain of All Pleasures by Kresley Cole (2003)
• Laird of the Mist by Paula Quinn (2007)
• Broken Wing by Judith James (2008)
• My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne (2008)
• The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran (2008)
• Raeliksen by Renee Vincent (2008)
Reposted on The Beau Monde with the kind permission of member and author, Regan Walker, from Regan’s Romance Reviews.
A blog for lovers of romance novels, particularly historical romance–a forum where we can share great novels and our views about those we have read.
In addition to authors guest blogging, I will share my reviews, my favorite authors and my “best” lists. Come join us!
In today’s article, Cheryl Bolen gives us a glimpse of the extent of the rage for all forms of gambling in the late Georgian era, which includes the Regency. Some of the tales she tells would probably be rejected by today’s Regency romance editors as completely unbelievable and yet, they are all true.
How the chips fell in Georgian times …
Regency Glossary by Donna Hatch ( Part 2)
Donna Hatch says…..
People in Regency England depended upon either horseback or carriage to get around. Many of them traveled extensively from their country homes to London for the Season, which was both a social and political time of year while the House of Lords was in session.
Roads were terrible, and weather and highwaymen often made travel uncomfortable as well as dangerous. To accommodate the Regency gentry or nobility, the styles, paint design and features of carriages were as varied as today’s automobiles.
Image, status, and money, as well as personal taste, were all factors in choosing a carriage. Nobility had their family coat of arms painted on the side of their family coach.
Regency Glossary by Donna Hatch Part 1.
Lots of Regency authors, especially the members of The Beau Monde Regency Romance Chapter, use glossaries to explain words no longer in common use.
The Beau Monde will post some of these, bit by bit, and then combine them to make a larger glossary.
Do you have any words or lists that we can add to our expanding glossary? Types of carriages? Names for servants or workers? Commonly used items in the Regency Era?
We’d love to hear from you.
Our first glossary is Part 1 from Donna Hatch, regency romance author and a member of The Beau Monde chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Part 2 is a glossary of Carriage Types and will be in tomorrow’s post.
Donna Hatch says…..
The Regency has its own terminology with which the modern reader may not be familiar. The following are a few terms I often use in my books that bear explanation.
What I Learned About Love From Reading Romance Novels
by Regan Walker.
Karen Erickson is today’s Featured Author for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.
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.
Assembly Room – Roundup of Regency posts
by Angelyn Schmid
A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:
Over the years, I have read a number of biographies of George IV, as well as biographies of some of those who made up his circle. There were always brief, sometimes vague, references to one shadowy member of that circle, Sir William Knighton. But the substance of the man always seemed just out of reach. I could never get a good picture of who he really was or his true position in the Regent’s household. I had the sense that Knighton may have been Prinny’s éminence grise, just as Friar Leclerc had been to Cardinal Richelieu. But there was never enough information on Knighton to know for sure. Now there is.
In 1976, Dr. William I. C. Morris, an eminent doctor and professor of obstetrics and gynecology in Manchester, wrote a brief biography of Knighton, entitled "Sir William Knighton: The Invisible Accoucheur." That article was the first, and only, biography of William Knighton written since Knighton’s death. But that article was published in the Manchester Medical Gazette, which was not widely circulated outside the medical community. Thus, there has, to all intents and purposes, been no biography of William Knighton available to scholars and those of us who are interested in Regency history, particularly of the people who surrounded the Regent himself. Until now. A few weeks ago, I received an email from Charlotte Frost, a historian who has written the first full biography of William Knighton in the nearly two centuries since his passing. She asked if I would like to review her new book, and sent me a copy when I replied that I would. Those of you who have corresponded with me privately know that I do not pull my punches regarding my opinion of Regency research materials, regardless of how I come by them, nor will I do so here.
What I think of Charlotte Frost’s new book, Sir William Knighton: The Strange Career of a Regency Physician …
Gail Whitiker is today’s Featured Author for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Originally hailing from Wales, Gail says her fascination with the Regency period began during frequent trips back to visit family and friends, when Sunday afternoon drives would inevitably lead to a castle, a cathedral, or a country house hotel (where she also discovered an unfortunate fondness for Devonshire cream teas and sticky toffee pudding).
She wrote her first novel in high school, but it was another twelve years before she actually sent something to a publisher and got The Call.
Her latest Regency novel, IMPROPER MISS DARLING, was a February release from Mills & Boon Historicals.
Gail makes her home on the beautiful west coast of Canada, where she’s happy to say that umbrellas outnumber snow shovels.
She loves to travel and thinks the idea of writing a novel while sipping wine in Tuscany would have to be about as good as it gets!
The Origins of the Modern Look Men’s Clothing
18th Century – 21st Century by Maggi Andersen
I don’t pretend to be an expert on fashion. I wanted to show some of the changes which have taken place over the last few hundred years to men’s clothing, as well as the styles which have remained constant.
I’ve added a few tidbits I thought might be of interest. I’ve had to be selective here –the military influence on fashion, for example, is for another blog.
Regency Dueling Protocol by Donna Hatch
In England, dueling was part of a long-standing code of honor, far beyond a mere tradition. Gentlemen took their dueling very seriously; they would rather die than be dishonored.
Does your heart go pitter patter just at the sound of that? I admit, at times, mine does.
How many man that honorable do you know? Okay, maybe we’d call it misplaced pride, or an overdeveloped sense of vengeance, but hey, that was a different world with a different set of rules. And yeah, I’m glad they don’t do it these days.
By the Regency Era, dueling was outlawed. However, duels still happened more frequently than many people knew. The problem was, because courts were made up of peers, they were reluctant to charge another peer with murder as a result of a duel.
Sarah MacLean is today’s Featured Author for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance
Sarah MacLean spent much of her childhood lurking in the stacks of her local library, where she developed both her passion for history and her commitment to the romance genre. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees in history and cultural anthropology from Smith College and Harvard University before she moved to New York City, where she finally set pen to paper and wrote her own book. Since then, Sarah’s romance novels have been New York Times and USA Today best-sellers, translated into more than a dozen languages, and nominated for numerous awards.
In early 2012, she released the first book in her new, pre-Victorian Rules of Scoundrels series, A Rogue by Any Other Name (Avon).
When she is not writing, Sarah travels the country to discuss the romance genre and its place in both gender and cultural studies. She is also a vocal advocate for issues relating to education and literacy.
She lives in New York City with her husband, their dog and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.
In our Regency Promenade today, Nancy Mayer looks at Beau Brummell.
Beau Brummell (1778 – 1840)
I do not like Beau Brummell and think he has been credited with more than he accomplished.
George Brummell was born in 1778. His father is said to have been a private secretary to Lord North, who was prime Minister of England from 1770- 1782.
It is said that his father had been a tradesman and he was determined that his children should be raised as gentry. Wikipedia says George was sent to Eton and Oxford. These institutions seemed to have turned him against books and learning, or any deep thought.
He was enrolled in the 10th Hussars, the Prince’s Own, also called the Prince’s Dolls, The Prince of Wales liked to design uniforms. A majority of the officers of this regiment were heirs to peerages and or were wealthy. Brummell, like another George, George Leigh couldn’t keep up with them.
Joanna Bourne is today’s Featured Author for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Joanna Bourne lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with her family, a medium-sized mutt and a faux Himalayan cat.
She writes Historical Romances set in England and France during the Napoleonic Wars.
She’s fascinated by that time and place – such passionate conviction and burning idealism
… and really sexy clothes.
Website — http://www.joannabourne.com/
Group historical blog – http://wordwenches.typepad.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/
( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.
MORE THAN A STRANGER by Erin Knightley
NAL Signet Eclipse, 9780451237712
Regency Historical – June 5th (debut!) release
When his family abandoned him at Eton, Benedict Hastings found an unexpected ally in his best friend’s sister. Her letters kept him going—until the day he had to leave everything behind.
Years later, Benedict has seen his share of betrayal, but when treachery hits close to home, he turns to his old friend for safe haven….
After five torturous years on the marriage circuit, Lady Evelyn Moore is finally free to live her life as she wishes. So when her brother shows up with a dashing stranger, she finds herself torn between her dreams…and newfound desires.
Despite his determination to keep Evie at a distance, Benedict cannot deny the attraction that began with a secret correspondence. Yet as they begin to discover one another, the dangers of Benedict’s world find them, threatening their lives, their love, and everything they thought they could never have…
“Knightley’s entertaining debut sparks the imagination, as she connects her story with snippets of letters — through which the characters begin a sweet, emotional, courtship. It’s the tenderness Knightley evokes, as well as her appealing characters, that wins our hearts. Readers will eagerly await the next Sealed With a Kiss novel.” – RT Book Reviews