Tag: Fantasy Romance
Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download at The Regency Reader – December 2014.
New Releases for December 2014
In Bed With A Spy (A Spy In The Ton)
Revenge has never been so seductive.
When her husband is killed at Waterloo, Lilias Fairchild takes up his cavalry sword and boldly storms the front, earning herself the nickname Angel of Vengeance. But there is another angel on the battlefield who is just as single-minded, and just as ruthless…
Alastair Whitmore, the Marquess of Angelstone, is a British spy. Code name: Angel. Still haunted by a first love felled by assassins, his mission draws him to Waterloo, where he is captivated by a beautiful and mysterious woman fighting amongst the men—a woman who becomes his most intoxicating memory of war.
Passion has never been so dangerous.
Two years later, Lilias and Angelstone lock eyes in a crowded ballroom and the memory returns in an exhilarating rush. The history they share, and hide from the world, is as impossible to ignore as the heat of their attraction. But it’s that very connection that spells doom for their scandalous affair. When someone from the shadows of their past proves a dire threatheir past proves a dire threat to their lives, passion might not be enough to save them.
December 2 2014
Never trust a spy!
Nicoletta, the Countess Vilandry, is on a dangerous mission—to lure fellow spy Gabriel D’Arcy into bed and into revealing his true loyalties. With such sensual games at play and such strong sensations awakened, suddenly Nicky’s dangerously close to exposing her real identity.
Gabe knows that the countess has been sent to seduce him. The only question is to what end? He’s never met such a captivating woman—and he’s determined to enjoy every seductive second she spends as his very willing captive!
December 1 2014
Unlaced by the Outlaw (Secrets in Silk)
A lady and an outlaw…
When straitlaced spinster Margaret Andrews tries to stop her headstrong younger sister Amelia from eloping with the wrong man, the last thing she expects is to be caught in a coach accident. Stranded in Scotland with a dangerously handsome Highlander, she must put aside her genteel sensibilities and learn to survive.
Cain Sinclair rescues the prim and proper Margaret, but he knows she’ll never want a man like him. As a self-proclaimed sinner, he lives his life from one day to the next. He unravels every thread of decorum she possesses, tempting her to throw away propriety.
Margaret sees a man worth saving, but Cain fights her efforts to reform him. When Cain risks everything to save his brother from the hangman’s noose, Margaret must break all the rules to get him back…or lose him forever.
December 2 2014
A Christmas Code (The Code Breakers)
Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has long awaited the opportunity to show Viscount James Ashworth, the object of her childhood infatuation, she is longer the impetuous child who dogged his footsteps. Now, a much sought after debutante, she sets out to prove to the hard-headed rake that she is a grown woman and a worthy competitor in both the game of love and the spy game.
Ash, just returned from a wearying three years undercover in France in his majesty’s service, wants nothing more than to complete his final mission and retire to the bucolic solitude of his country estate. However, what seemed a simple matter of protecting the Prince Regent against a death threat soon reveals itself to be a bigger danger than anyone realizes.
Adding to the complications of the rapidly escalating risk is one factor Ash never anticipated: the appearance of the head-strong, enticing Gwyneth, who has blossomed into a gorgeous woman and self-appointed spy.
Can he protect the interfering Gwyneth and the Prince from French assailants and win the lady’s hand? If Ash fails in his quest to save those dearest to home and country, the loss could be unfathomable.
November 11 2014
I’ve Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm (The Lords of Worth)
WHERE SECRETS SMOLDER . . .
. . . PASSION IGNITES
December 16 2014
Triumph and Treasure (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series)
A disillusioned Scottish gentlewoman.
Angelina Ellsworth once believed in love—before she discovered her husband of mere hours was a slave-trader and already married. To avoid the scandal and disgrace, she escapes to her aunt and uncle’s, the Duke and Duchess of Waterford. When Angelina learns she is with child, she vows she’ll never trust a man again.
A privileged English lord.
Flynn, Earl of Luxmoore, led an enchanted life until his father committed suicide after losing everything to Waterford in a wager. Stripped of all but his title, Flynn is thrust into the role of marquis as well as provider for his disabled sister and invalid mother. Unable to pay his father’s astronomical gambling loss, Flynn must choose between social or financial ruin.
When the duke suggests he’ll forgive the debt if Flynn marries his niece, Flynn accepts the duke’s proposal. Reluctant to wed a stranger, but willing to do anything to protect her babe and escape the clutches of the madman who still pursues her, Angelina agrees to the union.
Can Flynn and Angelina find happiness and love in a marriage neither wanted, or is the chasm between them insurmountable?
December 3 2014
One Winter’s Night: A Regency Yuletide Collection (Regency Yuletide)
YULE BE MINE by Jo Ann Ferguson
NO ROOM AT THE INN by Karen Frisch
IN THE SEASON OF LIGHT AND LOVE by Sharon Sobel
A SEASON FOR GIVING by Shereen Vedam
October 28 2014
A Captain and A Rogue (English Rogues and Grecian Goddesses)
Captain Benjamin Forrester’s mission is clear:
Thessa Cherroll desperately needs Ben’s help, so with the wind at their back, they set sail for the horizon. But in such close quarters, can either resist the temptations that surface during those long, hot days—and nights—at sea?
December 1 2014
A Love Laid Bare (Four Gentlemen)
Missing, presumed dead
Devastated after his young bride vanishes at sea only months after their wedding, Lord Halcombe is finally beginning to accept her loss when she suddenly reappears almost two years later—with a child she claims is his daughter. Where has she been, and why had she stayed away all this time? Hard questions he needs answered before he dares allow her back into his life. Torn between the pain she has caused him and the love he still feels for her, Halcombe is forced to decide both her fate and his. Just what was he to do about Frances?
Pregnant, penniless and trapped in a foreign country, Frances has but one goal—survival for herself and her daughter. Only after a perilous move to Portugal is she free to choose her destiny—return to the husband she still loves and who may have betrayed her, or build a new life far from England. Frances is no longer the naïve girl Lord Halcombe married. Can he accept the determined, self-reliant woman she is now?
Two strong-willed people must navigate a rocky path strewn with heartache and risk. Only if they can learn to put the past aside and build on the future will they succeed in creating the loving union they both desperately desire.
November 20 2014
The Secret Heart (No Better Angels)
She’s a fortune-hunter. He’s nobody’s prey.
Adam, Earl of Bexley, lives to work. His only relief is the sordid savagery of bare-knuckle boxing. Not women, and definitely not a disreputable, scheming woman who dances in secret with such passion…
Caro Small is desperate to escape her selfish family. Her only chance is a good marriage, and she intends to marry Adam—whether he likes it or not. But the more she schemes to entrap him, the more she risks trapping her own heart.
Adam won’t be caught by a fortune-hunter’s ambitious schemes. But the vulnerable, passionate woman underneath the plots might just bring him to his knees.
November 5 2014
Christmas Revels : Four Regency Novellas
“A Light in Winter or The Wicked Will” – Debt-ridden Connor Grayson inherits his uncle’s title and ruined estate. But in order to receive his uncle’s money, the new Viscount Roxbury must marry an ancient crone—a fate he considers… until he meets her companion.
“The Lord of Misrule” – Everyone expects the Earl of Morrell to propose to Alice Caruthers during the Christmas holidays. Finally! But when the earl’s best friend arrives as the lucky First Foot on New Year’s Eve, Alice’s world turns upside-down.
“God Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen” – Newlywed Eugenia, Lady Hunter, wants to impress her aristocratic in-laws with her first Christmas house party — but blackmail, dead bodies, and being snowed in with a killer are not part of her plan.
“A Perfectly Dreadful Christmas” – Three not-so-wise gentlemen, a pregnant stranger, several tumbling footmen, and an unexpected snowstorm will turn Elizabeth’s Perfectly Ordinary Christmas into a disaster … or a Christmas miracle with the man she loves.
December 1 2014
The Lover’s Knot (No Better Angels)
Memory is his weapon. Forgetting is her armor.
Sophie Roe was once a wealthy young lady, with an adoring fiancé. But that was ten years ago.
Now Sophie barely scrapes a living in trade. Her benefactor, the Duke of Clive, is dead. And the man she jilted is the new duke: rich, powerful, and determined to think the worst of Sophie.
Julian has never been able to forget Sophie. He intends to find out just why she rejected him—and why she’s lying about the old duke’s death.
Sophie is hopelessly entangled in the past. But as long-buried secrets and betrayals come to light, Julian may be the man to set her free…
December 5 2014
The Duke of Dark Desires (The Wild Quartet)
Julian Fortescue never expected to inherit a dukedom, nor to find himself guardian to three young half-sisters. Now in the market for a governess, he lays eyes on Jane Grey and knows immediately she is qualified–to become his mistress. To find the man responsible for the deaths of her family, Jeanne de Falleron enters the Duke of Denford’s house as governess Jane Gray. As she discovers more clues about the villain she seeks, she’s faced with a possibility more disturbing than her growing feelings for the duke: What will she do if the man she loves is also the man she has sworn to kill?
December 30 2014
Goosed! or A Fowl Christmas (The Feather Fables)
A goose playing cupid? Why not? When Regency gentleman Robert returns Julia’s pet goose, Julia finds the man devastatingly attractive. Until he insults her and her goose. Robert wants nothing more to do with the plague of a goose, or the disagreeable lady who owns him. Too bad she is so lovely. But the time is Christmas, when miracles and magic can and do happen.
November 20 2014
A Viking for the Viscountess (A Most Peculiar Season)
Juliana Arthur, the Viscountess Hawthorne, has been thrown out of her husband’s estate and her marriage declared invalid. With a small son to care for, she desperately needs a strong hero to rescue them from poverty and suffering.
A Viking wasn’t quite what she had in mind.
Arik Thorgrim is caught between worlds. After dying from a battle wound, he expects to find the glory of Valhalla where he can dwell among the gods. Instead, he’s brought forward a thousand years in time, to a beautiful woman who tempts him beyond reason.
Juliana doesn’t know what to do with this sinfully handsome Viking warrior who brings weapons into a ballroom and refuses to be tamed. Yet beneath his barbaric ways is a man of honor, a man who vows to face down her enemies and fight for her son’s future. But as Arik wages a battle against her heart, Juliana is afraid of loving a man whose time has already run out…
November 18 2014
All I Want for Christmas is Blue (Lord and Lady Spy)
The thrilling follow-up to Shana Galen’s popular Lord and Lady Spy novella The Spy Wore Blue!
This Christmas, retired spy Blue and his wife Helena have more to worry about than a holiday ball with his frosty parents. Months ago Blue promised Helena to put her first in his life and retire from spying. But when operatives from his past suddenly reappear, Blue will have to choose between the love of his life and the mission that could prove too enticing to refuse.
December 10 2014
The Rogue’s Prize (The Nelson’s Tea Series)
The Rogue’s Prize ~ Book Two in the Nelson’s Tea Trilogy by Katherine Bone
An unlikely alliance earns Henry the ultimate prize…
Captain Henry Guffald is no ordinary sea captain. A member of Nelson’s Tea, he’s been ordered to rescue a comrade captured in Spain or resign his commission. The rescue is Henry’s last chance to prove his loyalty to Admiral Nelson. Not so easy a task when the job entails joining forces with disreputable men ― pirates ― and a female pirate who not only wins his loyalty and respect but his heart.
Lady Adele Seaton would no sooner give up the call to rove than marry, contrary to her father’s wishes. When news arrives that her brother has been captured in Spain, Adele quickly develops a plan to rescue him and sets sail to intercept the first royal navy ship she encounters. A brilliant tactician, she doesn’t count on meeting her match in a navy captain bound and determined to outwit her at every turn. But can a pirate be tamed?
December 9 2014
Her Impetuous Rakehell (Bridgethorpe Brides)
Laurence Pierce never wanted a wife or children. He preferred his freedom and his bachelor’s rooms in London. Then his cousin, Lord Oakhurst, dies, making Laurence guardian of a four-year-old girl. He knows nothing about children, and even less about girls. In desperation, he turns to the only lady friend he’s never seduced and begs for help.
Lady Hannah Lumley know Laurence for exactly what he is, since he’s been her brother’s closest friend for as long as she can remember. He’s the last man she could imagine as a father, and the very last man her brother would consider letting her marry. Yet one little kiss leaves her unable to think of anything but the new Baron Oakhurst. Now her Season has taken a twist she never expected. How can the nice young lords and gentlemen in London ever compare to this impetuous rakehell?
The more time Laurence spends with Lady Hannah, the more jealous he becomes over her many beaux. There’s no possible way he can let her marry some popinjay. Yet there’s no possible way her brothers will allow him to court her. He’ll simply have resort to secretive measures.
December 30 2014
Still Available in 2014
A Christmas in Bath (Brides of Bath)
All the characters from the first five Brides of Bath books will be serving up some Christmas cheer in this novella, while Glee Blankenship sharpens Cupid’s arrow.
Unbeknownst to scholarly Jonathan Blankenship, his sister-in-law Glee has decided this Christmas he needs a little push to make him see that his dear friend of four years, Miss Arbuckle, will make his perfect mate.
Sale price of $.99 only for preorders and release day. Thereafter, the price will be $2.99 (digital). Print price is the same.
November 4 2014
A Diamond in the Rough (The Dangerous Liaisons series)
CAN A DESPERATE LORD AND AN IMPUDENT CADDIE MAKE THE PERFECT MATCH
Miss Derrien Edwards is not a typical Scottish lass. Opinionated and headstrong, she dares go where no woman has gone before—the golf links at St. Andrews. With her bouncy blond curls tucked under a woolen cap and her freckles hidden by smudges of dirt, she satisfied her love of the game by passing as a young caddie—a male caddie!
Adrian, Lord Marquand is not a typical English lord. Careful and self-controlled, he spurns the gaming hells and brothels frequented by other members of the ton in order to engage in his own secret passion of landscape design. But when his wastrel father bets the ancestral estate on a game of golf, it’s up to him to save his beloved home. His trip to Scotland to learn the game throws his well-ordered life into turmoil, especially when he’s paired with an impudent caddie. Secrets swirls, and soon he must decide whether to take a chance on love that is not par for the course.
November 1, 2014
Sweeter Than Sin (The Dangerous Liaisons series)
CAN THE HEALING POWER OF CHOCOLATE MEND TWO BROKEN HEARTS?
Her reputation ruined by one impetuous mistake, Lady Kyra Sterling lives as a recluse, determined never to make herself vulnerable to love again. Then she meets Rafael, a half-Spanish, half-English war hero.
Hoping to heal his own inner guilt over the death of his cousin, Rafael has come to England to visit his uncle. He doesn’t expect to strike up friendship with his neighbor, the shy Lady Kyra, but when he coaxes her into helping him translate his Spanish grandmother’s notes and recipes for chocolate, a special bond begin to form. But then the man who ruined and then jilted Kyra returns, demanding marriage and her dowry. Now she must choose: make herself vulnerable again and seek Rafael’s help, or quietly return to her reclusive life and succumb to a loveless marriage.
November 1, 2014
When Bella Holsworthy returns to England after fifteen years roaming the globe with her husband, an elderly diplomat, she quickly finds herself in a position more perilous than any in her travels—the Court of King George IV. As the newly elevated Earl and Countess settle into an unfamiliar life in London, this shy, not-so-young lady faces wicked agendas, society’s censure, and the realities of a woman soon to be alone in England.
Unaccustomed to the ways of the beau monde, she is disarmed and deceived by a dissolute duke and a noble French émigré with a silver tongue. Hindered by the meddling of her dying husband, not to mention the King himself, Bella must decide whether to choose one of her fascinating new suitors or the quiet country life she has searched the world to find.
November 28 2014
Tammy Jo Burns
Seducing the Ruthless Rogue (The Rogue Agents)
As Director of The War Office, Stuart McKenzie, has proven himself capable of making difficult decisions in times of crisis and keeping government secrets safe. When he walks in on someone ransacking his study he quickly moves to apprehend them, only to be tossed on his back as the burglar escapes into the night.
Cassie’s father has become a pawn in the fight against Napoleon. When the enemy kidnaps him, she will do anything it takes to get him back – including stealing government secrets from Stuart McKenzie, the Director of the War Office.
When Cassie is caught, she reluctantly agrees to Mack’s assistance as there is something far more sinister going on. As Mack embarks on his mission, he will find that enemies are often closer than one would think and that sometimes your ally will come in the least likely form. When passion erupts between Mack and Cassie, they find their lives forever altered. But just as they believe their lives to be free of danger, a new threat is lurking about, promising to rip their happiness away from them. Will they be able to trust each other enough to defeat this new threat, or will they be torn apart for all eternity?
A Scandalous Rogue
Bound by Scandal
Better a rich man’s doxy than a poor man’s wife…or so her father, a dissolute gambler, assures Olivia Hart on the evening he trades her virtue to a scandalous rogue as payment for his debts. Now Olivia’s only hope of salvaging her reputation and safeguarding her sister depends upon a too-handsome scoundrel whose every look, every touch, tempt her to toss aside honor and yield to her passions. She must not succumb…
Tempted by Love
A reclusive nobleman haunted by his past sins, Gabriel Townsend, Lord Beaudeville, wants no new gossip attached to his name as he escorts his sister through her season. When a seemingly random encounter throws a young lady of gentle birth in his path, Gabriel suspects a devious marriage trap. To divert this disaster, he must join forces with a woman he knows he should despise, even as she stirs his desire and awakens long-denied dreams…
As irresistible passion leads to love, a desperate enemy sets out to destroy them. Will they discover the truth behind the nefarious plot? Or will a new scandal prove the ruination of their fragile alliance?
October 6 2014
Tall, Dark, and Royal (The Renegade Royals)
He’s the man behind the mission to track down the illegitimate children of England’s Royal Princes and help them get their due. But his deepest desire is far more personal…
Magnificent and stubborn. Fourteen years apart had not changed Chloe Steele, or Dominic Hunter’s love for her. He’d been a street urchin, a boy raised at court, and finally a magistrate, yet he’d never belonged anywhere–except by her side. Now Chloe devoted herself to girls threatened by scandal–like she had been. But she was in danger, and Dominic was determined to help–and hopefully make up for lost time…
Even in childhood, Dominic had made Chloe feel safe. Now she also felt thrillingly flustered by the powerful man he’d become, and by the longing he inspired. Because Dominic meant not only to protect her, but to untangle the lies that had separated them. Yet for Chloe, surrendering to temptation may be easier than risking a future that could ruin them both…
November 25 2014
A Spy Unmasked (The Crown’s Secret Service)
The mission did not go quite as Robert Ware–known in society as the new Earl of Kirkland–planned. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert is a “guest” at a masquerade party as he retrieves vital information for a murder investigation. Until he’s quite unexpectedly interrupted by an exquisite, masked woman with glittering green eyes. And a pistol she has cocked and aimed right at him…
Lady Sophia Merrill has defiantly taken up justice’s shining sword, determined to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father, and stole his latest invention. Now she must masquerade as Robert’s betrothed in order to infiltrate the Inventor’s Society and find the killer. But the undeniable potent attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia’s reputation… and both of their lives.
November 10 2014
Honor Among Thieves (The Honorables)
Grave robbing ain’t no job for a lady…
To pay off her recently deceased brother’s debts, however, Lorna Robbins must take drastic measures. When she happens upon a resurrectionist gang stealing his corpse, she does the unthinkable and joins the criminal outfit to save her family estate and her younger sibling. For the first time in her lonely, duty-driven life, Lorna finds herself leading a treacherous and exciting double existence. By day, she becomes a popular lady of the ton, relying on society gossip to help her body-snatching gang. By night, she becomes the grave robber known only as the Blackbird.
Surgeon and anatomy teacher Brandon Dewhurst relies on resurrectionists to bring him the specimens he needs to further his research on pregnancy. When his usual suppliers become unreliable, and then downright sinister, he’s reluctantly drawn further into the black market. As Lorna and Brandon both target the same body—a pregnant woman who is still very much alive—they find themselves powerfully drawn together time and again while trying to maintain their own respectable facades. But this daring duo is courting danger, and romance is a complication neither can afford.
October 27 2014
The Rebellious Heart (The Heart Trilogy)
The Rebellious Heart starts in the summer of 1813 and moves into the winter, a particularly bitter one which plays a major role in the plot. The Rebellious Heart, is the last book of the original Hearts Trilogy, telling the story of Ethan Hawthorne and Melissa Preston, who didn’t want to be in Ireland in the first place.
They are not much taken with each other, either. Ethan will eventually inherit an earldom and Kendall House, so it makes sense to come to Ireland to learn about the estate, but he would rather remain a dashing young blade in London. Melissa has been dispatched to stay with her brother in Ireland by her mother who is at her wits’ end, not knowing how to cope with her daughter’s unwillingness to accept marriage at any price. Reluctant allies, they escape from the estate to Dublin, which has the merits of being a city, but they now have to cope with one another. Love is all around them, but love is not as easy as it looks.
Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventures (Victorian Adventurers)
Lady Elinor is searching for treasure
The intrepid Lady Elinor Tremaine is caught up in the Victorian fervor for exploring distant lands. Her travels throw her back in the company of an old friend—this time far from the security of polite society.
And uncovering the secrets of her own heart
Harry de Vaux, Vicount Tunbury, has loved Lady Elinor for as long as he can remember—but his family’s sordid background put her completely out of his reach. Prowling through Etruscan ruins in Italy with Elinor is exquisite torture. She is so close, and so forbidden…
November 4 2014
Sheri Cobb South
Family Plot (Another John Pickett Mystery)
The third installment of the John Pickett series of humorous Regency mysteries finds Bow Street runner Pickett in Scotland investigating a woman found unconscious on the beach—a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the local laird’s daughter, a girl missing and presumed dead for the last fifteen years. Pickett is surprised and gratified to discover that the woman was found by none other than Lady Fieldhurst and her three young nephews—and that her ladyship has registered at the seaside inn as Mrs. Julia Pickett. When old Angus Kirkbride dies only hours after announcing his intention of changing his will in his daughter’s favor, “Mr. and Mrs. Pickett” must join forces to discover the truth about a family reunion suddenly turned deadly.
November 19 2014
The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide
The definitive guide to seduction…
The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies—who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook—but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross’s notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart.
Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross’s country estate. She’s appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross’s seductive ways. But he keeps coming around…impressing her with his vision for England’s future and stunning her with his smiles.
How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?
November 7 2014
It’s Never Enough
Lady Selina Durwood has been in love with Lord Robert Crestor since she was a young girl. As the years passed by and their relationship matured, it was assumed by all who knew them they would eventually marry. But before leaving to join the fight against Napoleon, Robert releases her from any such agreement.
Invited to spend the Christmas holidays with her parents at Robert’s family’s estate, Selina agrees to attend believing Robert is still stationed with his cavalry in Brussels. But upon entering the kitchen with her maid for a late-night meal, she unexpectedly encounters Robert.
Through his strange questions and behavior, it becomes clear to Selina that Robert is quite confused about her feelings for him. Will she be able to convince him that he is the only one for her? With a little help, she just might.
November 6 2014
Spy Fall (Regency Spymasters)
When a fiery French parachutist lands on a drunken Lord Cosmo Dunsmore, he surmises she’s an angel sent from above. But is she a spy after something far more sinister than his debauched soul?
A fearless parachutist is out of her depth …
Mari Lamarre is gaining fame for her daring aeronautic endeavors, but her riskiest adventure begins when she collides with the darkly charismatic son of the Marquess of Aldridge. If her mission succeeds, Cosmo’s father will be ruined.
A rakehell falls for a dangerous woman …
Surrendering to a fierce passion, the two embark on a torrid affair, even as Cosmo vows to protect his family at all costs. But in doing so, will he risk losing the captivating beauty who’s swept into his life and made off with his heart?
October 22 2014
Shana Galen, Miranda Neville, Carolyn Jewel, Grace Burroughs
Christmas in the Duke’s Arms
Holiday anthology from bestselling authors Grace Burrowes, Carolyn Jewel, Shana Galen and Miranda Neville. The Duke’s Arms is an undistinguished little inn in the tiny village of Hopewell-on-Lyft. But one Christmas season sees both inn and village seething with adventure, intrigue, rabbits, and, above all, love as four couples find Yuletide happiness.
October 15 2014
Lord Wastrel (The Curse of True Love)
When Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, plays matchmaker, true love can seem like a curse. . .
Lord Wastrel–the most notorious rake in London–has a child? Clearly he knows how to sire one, but he has no idea how to actually raise one. He has to learn quickly, since he is the little girl’s only surviving parent, and he’s determined to find a wife who can be a suitable mother. All he needs is someone demure, and biddable, and most importantly, scandal-free.
Lady Felicia Selby is no stranger to scandal, thanks to her numerous failed elopements and Society’s insatiable curiosity about her misadventures. She has devoted many years to finding her one true love, desperate to escape the consequences of the family curse if she fails. But she has begun to give up hope.
Then, one evening, a chance encounter with Aphrodite changes everything.
November 2 2014
What A Lady Demands (The Eton Boys Trilogy)
Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and sharp tongue—a tempting distraction, it is true, but not a welcome one.
Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.
November 4 2014
Rogue Spy (Spymasters)
Ten years ago, he was a boy, given the name ‘Thomas Paxton’ and sent by Revolutionary France to infiltrate the British Intelligence Service. Now his sense of honor brings him back to London, alone and unarmed, to confess. But instead of facing the gallows, he’s given one last impossible assignment to prove his loyalty.
Lovely, lying, former French spy Camille Leyland is dragged from her safe rural obscurity by threats and blackmail. Dusting off her spy skills, she sets out to track down a ruthless French fanatic and rescue the innocent victim he’s holding—only to find an old colleague already on the case. Pax.
Old friendship turns to new love and Pax and Camille’s dark secrets loom up from the past. Pax is left with the choice — go rogue from the Service or lose Camille forever.
November 4 2014
A Scandalous Wager
Notorious Widow Lisbeth Carslake, Countess of Blackhurst was acquitted of her husband’s murder, but no one believes in her innocence. Known as the Black Raven, bringer of bad luck and death, she is eviscerated by the gossips and mocked in the clubs. She’s also the subject of London’s most scandalous wager.
Oliver Whitely, Earl of Bellamy, needs money, but it takes more than a few drinks to take on The Black Raven Wager. He finds himself drunk, at her house, and – more surprisingly – inside, and agreeing to a business proposal at the end of a fire poker. She will let him win the wager, and he will help find her husband’s killer before the killer finds her. But business agreements don’t mean trust, and Lisbeth certainly doesn’t trust Oliver, her body’s reaction to him, or her heart.
Love may be the biggest gamble of their lives, but is it a wager their hearts can afford to lose?
November 8 2014
The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane (Rhymes with Love)
As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor’s house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.
Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her “improvements,” and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he’s scorned society ever since his return…until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.
“RITA Award–winning Boyle (If Wishes Were Earls, 2014) once again displays her deft hand at combining buoyant wit with deep emotion. With its perfectly matched protagonists, surfeit of simmering sexual chemistry, and deliciously amusing cast of secondary characters, the latest addition to the Rhymes with Love series is entrancing in every way.” -Booklist
“The fresh take on Beauty and the Beast and Boyle’s fine storytelling and fabulous characters make this a not-to-be-missed romance. Readers will delight in the sharp dialogue, fast pace, humor and poignancy even as they laugh through their tears.” —Romantic Times, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick!
October 28 2014
A Christmas Reunion
Gabriel Shepherd has never forgotten his humble origins. So when he discovers a war orphan at Christmastime, he resolves to find a home for her—even if that means asking help from the very family who found and raised him, only to cast him out for daring to love the wrong woman.
Lady Catherine Trevilan has spent five years poring over the British Army’s casualty list, dreading the day she sees Gabe’s name. She’s never forgotten him, and she’s never forgiven herself for not running away with him when she had the chance, though she’s agreed to a marriage of convenience with a more suitable man.
When Gabe returns home on Christmas leave just days before Cat’s wedding, a forbidden kiss confirms their feelings haven’t been dimmed by distance or time. But Cat is honor-bound to another, and Gabe believes she deserves better than a penniless soldier with an orphan in tow. How can Cat reconcile love and duty? She must convince Gabe she’d rather have him than the richest lord in all of England…
November 24 2014
Could you use some tips on how to write that oh-so important opening paragraph for your next novel? The paragraph which will draw a reader in deeply enough to induce them to carry your novel from the bookstore bookshelf to the check-out counter? In today’s article, Cheryl Bolen will share some valuable information which she learned during a workshop offered by author Colleen Thompson.
The six principles which will help you write a powerfully compelling first paragraph …
Do the scenes in the novel on which you are working sometimes play in your mind like a movie? That could very well work to your advantage as you write. In today’s article, Cheryl Bolen shares tips from screenwriters which can help you strengthen the structure of your story.
The Beau Monde’s annual one day mini-conference and soiree will be held Wednesday, July 25th during the RWA National conference at the Anaheim Marriott in California.
Starting with breakfast and the annual general meeting, the conference will include a variety of Regency-themed workshops throughout the day with knowledgeable presenters, including Candice Hern, Isobel Carr and this year’s three time RITA nominee Vicky Dreiling. Our luncheon keynote speaker is the amazing Delilah Marvelle. Plus there will be a silent auction with plenty of Regency-themed items, critiques, etc. for you to bid on!
The evening’s soiree will include music, dancing and the winners announcement of the Royal Ascot writing contest.
Registration fees are as follows:
Soiree Only Member: $60
Soiree Only Non Member: $75
Early Bird Members: $155
Early Bird Non-Members: $175
Regular Members: $170
Regular Non-Members: $190
Early bird registration ends June 15th.
For more information and to register, please visit the conference page.
With the entry period for Beau Monde’s Royal Ascot Contest now underway, many of us are polishing our manuscripts and daydreaming about what effect a win might have on our budding writing careers. In today’s article, Cheryl Bolen, award-winning published author of several historical romance novels, records her conversations with a group of Golden Heart award finalists. They share their thoughts on the impact which Golden Heart recognition had on their careers and their success in publishing their books.
Taryn Kincaid is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author.
Taryn Kincaid began writing as soon as she could and has never stopped. She is particularly pleased when she is lucky enough to be paid for her words. In additon to her books, she is also an award-winning reporter and columnist, covering stories ranging from fires and homicides to corrupt politicians and heroic dogs. Taryn is a member of the Beau Monde as well as the Hudson Valley RWA, in addition to the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapters. Her most recent tale, a Regency novella, is Healing Hearts, which was published earlier this year.
Taryn enjoys reading in all genres, but she says she likes writing historical romance and romantic paranormals best. She has a couple of paranormal stories in progress, but is eager to write another Regency, perhaps a story linked to the main characters in her novella, Healing Hearts.
Shereen Vedam, a fantasy and regency author, is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author.
She has published several short stories but her one and only published regency short story (with no magic involvement whatsoever) is available for sale through The Wild Rose Press and is called To Capture Love. This short story has garnered some very nice reviews, such as this one :
Coffee Time Romance Review – Reviewed by: Maura – Sensuality rating: Sweet
I loved the way Pauline is able to live in both worlds, as a marriageable young woman of society, and as a very talented artist, all with the approval of her family. This is a great story that fans of this genre will definitely want to read.
Recently, one of Shereen’s unpublished novels (The Coven At Callington) was chosen as one of six semi finalists in Terry Pratchett’s Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now fantasy contest.
Set in 1815, Cornwall, England, this is a tale of a witch and a church guard who become entangled in Church politics and a battle with the fey. This light-hearted romance is an alternate-history fantasy that takes a quirky look at the strengths and weaknesses of love, magic and religious beliefs.
Find her at – Web
Donna’s passion for writing began at age 8 when she wrote her first short story. During her sophomore year in high school, she wrote her first full-length novel, which was recently published.
Her writing has won or been nominated as a finalist in many writing awards including the Whitney, SARA Merritt, and Golden Quill. In between caring for six children, (7 counting her husband), her day job, and her many volunteer positions, she manages to carve out time to indulge in her writing obsession.
A native of Arizona, she writes Regency Romance and Fantasy. And yes, all of her heroes are patterned after her husband of over 21 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.
Books – The Guise of a Gentleman; Book 2 of the Rogue Hearts Series
Queen in Exile, a fantasy