The August articles in the Working on the Web forum range from advice on book promotion to the SEO value of images and tips on the legal use of those images. Featured Beau Monde author Regan Walker shared her advice and experience on promoting her newly-released book, Racing with the Wind. She has provided a plethora of marketing tips of which any author can take advantage to help spread the word about their own books. Our ongoing SEO series offers an article about how the images you use on your web site or blog can help you to increase the search engine optimization of your site. Those same techniques will also help to make your web pages more user-friendly for your visitors with visual impairments. A companion article considers the issues related to the use of images on web and blog pages and includes links to several sites which explain how to avoid legal problems which can arise if images are not used appropriately.
Next month, the Working on the Web article on SEO will explain the intricacies of incoming and outgoing links and how to understand their varying value in terms of search engine optimization. It is these links which make the Web a web. You can learn how to build your own "web" to make your web site or blog more visible in search engine results listings. The blogging article originally planned for this month, which will explain an important feature available for blog posts which most bloggers overlook, even though it helps them capture statistics on those individual posts, has been postponed until next month.
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Regan didn’t begin to write romance until she’d already had a decades-long career in law. But she wrote stories as a child and never lost her love of seeing fantasy come to life on the page. When she discovered the world of historical romance, she began reviewing novels. She has 500 reviews on Amazon and 10 “best” lists as well as her own blog, Regan’s Romance Reviews.
As she was describing one story that had captivated her to her best friend, the friend said, “Why don’t you write one? You tell great stories and you write well.” So she did.
Her first novel, RACING WITH THE WIND, is set in London and Paris in 1816, and tells the story of a rebellious young woman, Lady Mary Campbell who determines to go to Paris with her statesman uncle over the objections of a British lord.
There is much of her in that character, not surprisingly. As Regan had served at high levels of government, it’s not surprising that her first trilogy, of which RACING is book 1, is Agents of the Crown, and features heroes who tackle unusual assignments for the Prince Regent.
Regan is a member of RWA and The Beau Monde, San Diego and Greater Seattle chapters, as well as Savvy Authors and Romance Writers Uncensored. She likes to stay connected with other authors, to support them and vicariously enjoy their successes. She lives in San Diego with her Golden Retriever and considers it paradise! She has one son, 23, who is gorgeous. (You can see his pic on her website.)
New Book Releases from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter
( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.
Paths of Desire: Sweet Regency Edition by Shannon Donnelly
New edition for Traditional Regency Fans!
NO MAN’S MISTRESS…
She wants a rich lord for a husband—she won’t end like her mother, abandoned and broken.
NO WOMAN’S FOOL…
He wants to prove to his friend she’s the wrong woman—he knows too well the pain of a bad marriage.
The last thing either wants is to fall in love, but when desire leads to a passion that won’t be denied, how can the heart do anything but follow?
Romantic Historical Lovers notes: “a story where in an actress meets an adventurer wouldn’t normally be at the top of my TBR pile; but I’ve read and enjoyed other books by this author and so I thought I’d give this one a go. I’m glad I did. I was hooked and pulled right into the world of the story from the very beginning…Highly recommended.”
Harlequin Historical, 978-0373297016
Since Leo Fitzmanning returned to London, he’s kept his seat at the card table warm, his pockets full of winnings, but he’s learned that Mariel Covendalt, the raven-haired heiress who jilted him in his lowest hour, is being forced into marriage with a sadistic fortune-hunter. Will Leo return to
the society he detests to stop the marriage or go back to his clandestine existence and protect his heart?
Spin-off of The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor, “England’s most scandalous family” (RTBook Reviews)
A Scottish Highland Romance, c 1717 *Not a Regency*
Avon Books, 978-0-06-212288-9
Haunted by horrors of his childhood, Dugan MacMillan has sworn to protect his clan at any cost… even if he must search for a rumored treasure and kidnap a beautiful thief to do it.
The MacMillan laird has never crossed paths with anyone quite like Lady Maura Duncanson. After he saved her from certain death, the comely vixen had the audacity to disappear with his treasure map, his only key to restoring his clan. Dugan has no qualms about taking Maura hostage, especially when he learns she is to wed a wealthy old baron who will pay him a fortune in ransom…a fortune his people desperately need.
But of course, Maura has no intention of returning to her despicable fiance.
And the longer Dugan spends in the bewitching hellion’s presence, the less willing he is to surrender her to any man… at any price.
“Maguire’s latest may be her most emotionally moving novel yet. Replete with incredible passion and characters who quickly grab readers’ heartstrings, THE WARRIOR LAIRD will not be easily forgotten.” 4 1/2 stars, RT Top Pick.
From Publisher’s Weekly – “Maguire makes smooth, fast-paced writing look effortless…”
Signet Regency Romance (InterMix)
Kindle Edition, Barnes & Noble.com, iTunes.com (eBook only)
Penniless and without prospects, Lord Edmund Debham has returned from war longing for a peaceful life in the English countryside. In a rustic tavern he plays a cocky young gentleman a few games of cards, hoping for some sorely needed funds. But he loses over and over, until he finds himself the prize, forced to marry an unattractive spinster.
Beautiful, fiercely independent Olivia Ormhill distrust all men since her former fiancé betrayed her hopes for happiness. She believes Edmund to be a gamester and opportunist, and refuses to countenance her brother’s odd wager.
Time reveals Edmund to be more than a handsome and charming wastrel, and her to be more than a frosty, arrogant blue-stocking. But before their mutual attraction has time to ripen into something more, Olivia’s former fiancé returns seeking to regain her affection. Confused and wary, can Olivia chose the best man for her while there is still time?
Signet Regency Romance (InterMix)
Traditional Regency e-reissue
Publicly humiliated by a society snob, Caitlin Campbell flees unescorted into the London streets. When a stranger kisses her to cause a distraction and evade a gang of scoundrels, she’s aghast at his audacity. Then she discovers his identity as the dashing nobleman engaged to the very woman who insulted her! Now she finds herself drawn into a web of dangerous romantic intrigue, in which the only way out is to trust her heart.
“Diane Farr strikes all the romantic chords” (The Romance Reader) in this award-winning Signet Regency Romance classic, available digitally for the first time!
The Best by Farr
Belgrave House/Regency Reads
Escaping scandal following her husband’s death (In Milady’s Chamber), Lady Fieldhurst accepts an invitation to a Yorkshire house party. Tragedy follows her there when the vicar, author of a dull local history, dies in a fire. She suspects murder, and sends to Bow Street for John Pickett. Posing as her footman, he investigates from belowstairs while she gathers information above. But Pickett finds her assistance both a help and an all-too-pleasant hindrance.
Coming in September 2012
St. Martin’s Press 978-1-250-00988-3
A Season for Sin by Vicky Dreiling
Regency Historical Novella
FOREVER YOURS: Hachette Book Group
Love Inspired Historical, 978-0373829323
The Way to a Duke’s Heart by Caroline Linden
Avon Romance, 978-0062025340
Today, Cheryl Bolen shares with us her review of a compendium of information on British culture which covers the late eighteenth century through the mid-nineteenth century, including the Regency.
A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:
Well, not the whole ballroom, just the sound of the music which was heard there as elegantly attired couples danced the night away. Have you ever wondered what it might have sounded like to attend a ball in Regency England? Not the overly orchestrated dance numbers which embellish films of the Regency era, particularly those from the pen of Jane Austen, such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, or Sense and Sensibility. Would you like to hear the dance music of the Regency as Jane Austen herself might have heard it? Then, you might like to treat yourself to a privately released CD, entitled The Regency Ballroom, from a group of musicians who specialize in historic dance music.
I recently ordered a copy of this CD for myself and I am so pleased with it that I want to let others in on the "secret."
In this Jubilee Year for Queen Elizabeth II, there has been much attention on the Queen and on all the Royal Family. In today’s article, Cheryl Bolen explains the intricacies of the titles granted to the sons of the British monarch, in the Georgian era and in modern times.
A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:
In the opinion of many art historians, myself included, it was during the decade of the Regency that the sideboard reached the pinnacle of its design and craftsmanship. Regency sideboards were elegant, graceful, but highly functional furniture forms, not equaled before or since.
But this board at the side of the table had been in use for centuries before the decade of Regency and would continue in use right up to the present day. What was so special about the sideboard in the Regency?
Anna Small is today’s Featured Author
for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Anna Small wrote her first romance novel when she was 16. Anna had completed four more by the time she was out of college. She grew up in England, so all those early manuscripts are set there.
Anna says…… I’m going back to my writing roots with a new Regency historical romance, IN THE ARMS OF AN EARL, contracted with The Wild Rose Press for release in 2013. It’s my third published novel.
I live in Florida with my husband, Walter, and our two kids who challenge us every day. I enjoy traveling, history, reading, crafts, and boating.
A member of RWA for the past several years, I’m a proud member of the Tampa Area Romance Authors, The Beau Monde, and the Sunshine State Romance Authors, where I’m the PRO Liaison and Librarian!
I have a B.A. in English and Anthropology from Monmouth University, which I chose because my favorite Shakespearean hero, Henry V, was from Monmouth, Wales.
I believe in love at first kiss, and enjoy writing emotionally satisfying romances.
Tame the Wild Wind - available from www.thewildrosepress.com
Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales is on our Regency Promenade by Nancy Mayer
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES
March 1806 La Belle Assemblee
HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS OF WALES
CAROLINE AMELIA ELIZABETH, the present Princess of Wales, and wife of his Royal Highness George, Prince of Wales, was born May 17, 1768.
She is the second daughter of the present Duke of Brunswick, of the Electoral line of Hanover, and of consequence, closely connected before her marriage with the Royal Family of Great Britain.