In the Working on the Web section of the myRWA forums this month can be found an article on the blog feature which makes it easy for a blogger to capture statistics on the number of readers of each of their blog posts. That same feature also enables bloggers to present a tighter and more appealing home page to their visitors. This month’s SEO series article covers the value of both incoming and outgoing links from other sites, how to get them, and how to know which links are a danger that can actually damage the search rankings of your web site or blog.
Be sure to check in on the Working on the Web forum next month. The SEO series will continue with an explanation about how those handy heading tags can be used to enhance the search engine rankings of your web pages. Those same heading tags, when used correctly, can make your web pages much easier to navigate for folks with visual impairments. And for authors seeking just the right name for one of the characters in their current WIP, a review of a pair of web sites which offer a plethora of both first and last names which can be searched and sorted by a wide range of criteria.
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A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:
I must admit, I purloined that delicious phrase from the title of a brief article in The Republican, written by Richard Carlile, about Thomas Bowlder. In fact, it is a very apt description of what he did to some well-known books. His expunged editions of various books remained popular through the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. Bowdler’s name eventually came to be the source of a verb indicating expurgation.
But was Thomas Bowdler the lone "expunger of naughtiness" in the family?
A Review By Cheryl Bolen
Do authors feel obligated to provide positive reviews of the work of other authors, or do they feel a stronger obligation to be honest about their opinion of the book they have just read? Find out for yourself as you read Cheryl Bolen’s review of the one and only biography of Mary Nisbet, the woman whose husband "liberated" the famed marbles from the Parthenon in Greece.
( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.
e -book Reissue
They call him Lord Heartless for good reason. Brandon Pellidore, Marquess of Hartley, knows that a slip of his tongue or the least sign of emotion, and the trustees overseeing his fortune will brand him as mad as his grandmother and father before him. But a runaway beauty with a sparkle in her eye may prove his undoing. Celia Rider is determined to discover why her own fortune has gone missing, and her search leads her to Brandon’s door. As secrets and dangers mount, can Celia convince Brandon to remove his mask so that they can share a love that is nothing short of perfection? (Note that this is a sweet Regency romance–kisses only.)
Gather The Bones ~ Alison Stuart
Ebook: pdf, epub, mobi formats
Available: Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all reputable ebook stores.
War leaves no one untouched
The horrors of the Great War are not the only ghosts that haunt Helen Morrow and her late husband’s reclusive cousin, Paul. Unquiet spirits from another time and another conflict touch them.
A coded diary gives them clues to the mysterious disappearance of Paul’s great-grandmother in 1812, and the desperate voice of a young woman reaches out to them from the pages. Together Helen and Paul must search for answers, not only for the old mystery, but also the circumstances surrounding the death of Helen’s husband at Passchandaele in 1917.
As the mysteries entwine, their relationship is bound by the search for truth, in the present and the past.
St. Martin’s Press
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…?
www.regencyrockstars.com (my street team with Vicky Dreiling)
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The final chapter of the Truth About the Duke! Charles de Lacey is running out of time to discover the truth about his father’s scandalous past—and prove himself the rightful new Duke of Durham. Unfortunately, his only clue lies with Tessa Neville, an independent woman who really wishes he would stay out of her life…and out of her thoughts…and most importantly, out of her heart…
twitter / @Caro_Linden
Signet Regency Romance (InterMix)
Kindle Edition, Barnes & Noble, iTunes.com
Though new to the London marriage mart, Miss Davida Gresham already has three eligible men in her young life. One was the devastatingly attractive Baron Montgomery Pelham, newly jilted by the most beautiful belle of the ton. Another was handsome and fabulously wealthy Harrison Curzon, bored with experienced mistresses and lusting for an innocent bride. The third was the gentle and kindly Duke of Harwood, the father of Davida’s best friend, looking for a wife to replace the one he had tragically lost.
Each man represented a most advantageous match for the daughter of a country squire, but which one could win her heart?
Crimson Romance http://www.crimsonromance.com/,
Regency Paranormal (time travel)
“A time-traveling 21st century female archeologist and a dashing Regency Earl? Tamara Gill has written every Historical Romance fan’s dream!” – Deb Marlowe, author of Tall, Dark and Disreputable and Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick
Archaeologist Sarah Baxter had a clear directive: travel back to nineteenth century London to retrieve the measuring device she left behind. But her bungled attempt at thievery left an English Earl dead and his brother bent on revenge. Sarah must once again go back in time to find the device and return to her own time before her tragic mistake puts a noose around her neck. Unfortunately, the only way to get close to the device is to befriend the very man who wants her dead.
Eric, the new Earl of Earnston, was determined to catch the woman who killed his brother, but she’d disappeared without a trace. Twelve months on and there are still no clues to her whereabouts. As luck would have it, he finds a distraction. A new family have arrived in town and Miss Sarah Baxter is a delightful diversion among the stale debutantes in the ton.
Sarah knows it is madness to seduce the man who would want her dead should he know who she was, but the Earl is an alarmingly persistent gentleman. Can Sarah procure the device without her secret being revealed? And what will the Earl do when he finds out the woman he’s in love with is not the woman he thought he knew?
The Spies of Mayfair, Book One
Knox Robinson Publishing: http://www.knoxrobinsonpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=124 – 978-1908483348
(Available from Amazon.com UK; American readers can buy the book from The Book Depository UK. http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Baron-Her-Bed-Maggi-Andersen/9781908483348 14% off and free delivery)
Regency Historical (Series)
London, 1816. A handsome baron. A faux betrothal. And Horatia’s plan to join the London literary set takes a dangerous turn.
Regency Historical Novella
FOREVER YOURS: Hachette Book Group
Some years ago, Cheryl Bolen spent some time talking to three authors and their editor who shared their suggestions on how to distinguish your work from all the other submissions which flood into every publisher. Though this article was originally published five years ago, much of the advice it contains is still relevant today, and the four ladies with whom Bolen spoke all offered encouragement to persevere despite rejection, by defining what a rejection actually means in the publisher’s terms.
by Ann Lethbridge
Yes, pesky titles. I know I should have this down pat by now. But I started a book several years ago, and lo and behold the darn hero was the second son of a duke. Not the heir. Now there are all kinds of pitfalls with Dukes, not just what you call them, but what you call their sons, their wives, their sons wives and so on. I am going to deal with just a couple of them here.
I thought rather than do a dry list, I would use the 5th Duke of Devonshire as a living — a well a previously living– example. His first wife was Georgiana, a very interesting woman, but in the matter of titles I have chosen this particular Duke because he was around in the Georgian era.
This is a portrait of the fifth duke. Now how would you address the starchy looking gentleman. Oh and by the way, his family name (like your surname) is Cavendish. That becomes important later.
Many modern newspapers carry a column titled News of the Weird. But weird behavior is not just a modern phenomenon. Below are some of my favorite Regency oddities:
Award winning Australian author Alison Stuart always wanted to be a writer. As a teenager she scribbled turgid historical novels in shorthand notebooks, some of which are still in existence. Only when she dislocated a shoulder in a skiing accident, which left her stranded in a snow bound chalet in the Australian Alps with nothing for company but a notebook computer, did she dare to write the story that had been tugging at her sleeve for so long.
Her family moved from Kenya, where she had been born, to Australia in the late 1960s. Alison had imagined Australia as a place where kangaroos roamed the streets (just as, no doubt, children in Australia imagined Africa as a place where lions roamed the streets), but the inner suburbs of Perth seemed short of roving marsupials.
She studied Law and Arts at university and has worked all her life as a lawyer, both in private practice and in a range of different organizations including the military and the emergency services and a fatal attraction for men in uniform (including her husband) may explain her leaning towards soldier heroes!
Alison has been a finalist in competitions, including the shortlist of the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. In 2007 her first two novels BY THE SWORD and THE KING’S MAN were published. BY THE SWORD won the 2008 Eppie Award for Best Historical Romance.
These days Alison is writing full time and is officially an empty nester, with a wonderfully supportive husband (and resident military expert) and two needy cats to keep her company.
In my Regency Romance, The Guise of a Gentleman, my Regency lady faced down a group of bad guys. Since I’d done my research, I knew if she were to defend the man and boy they were trying to kill, she’d only be able to get off one shot because of the time and difficulty loading guns. So, I had decided to either have her ride with two loaded guns or have a groom riding with her but wasn’t crazy about either option.. Then I found just what I needed: a double-barrel flintlock which could fire two shots, without having to reload. Huzzah!!!