Mar 102015
 

Silhouettes of a man and woman in Regency dress against a background of the number 80

In today’s article, romance reader and author, Mimi Matthews, shares her views on one of the most popular of Georgette Heyer’s novels, These Old Shades. It is not a Regency, yet, had it not been her first best-seller, Heyer might never have gone on to write all those Regency novels which remain so popular even today. It is an important milestone in Heyer’s body of work. As Mimi explains, These Old Shades, for all its delightful and witty dialog, is the antithesis of a Regency romance. Do you agree?

Visitors are welcome to share their thoughts on this novel in comments to this article.

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Feb 242015
 

Silhouettes of a man and woman in Regency dress against a background of the number 80

Many of you may not recognize the title of this novel as that of one written by Georgette Heyer. The Transformation of Philip Jettan was indeed written by Heyer, though initially published under a pseudonym. When the novel was re-released a few years later, under Heyer’s own name, her new publisher changed the title to Powder and Patch. But that was not all that was changed when the book was republished. Something else went missing. It is very fitting that Susan McDuffie, a writer of historical mysteries, and a talented sleuth, has tracked down the missing bit and provided visitors here with the means by which to view it.

As always, visitors are welcome to share their views about this book in comments to this article.

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Jan 272015
 

Silhouettes of a man and woman in Regency dress against a background of the number 80

Almost a century ago, a teenage boy, suffering from hemophilia, was ordered to bed for an extended period of rest. To a bright, eager thirteen year-old, this was a devastating sentence of unutterable boredom. At this time, there were no game consoles, computers, the Internet, or even television. The radio had only recently become available to the public, but the sets were expensive and stations only broadcast a few hours each day. Most of the time, the air waves were silent. Oh, the tedium of it all!

Fortunately, this boy had an older sister who was very fond of him. Like him, she was an avid reader, especially of adventure stories by authors such as Baroness Orczy, Rafael Sabatini and H. Rider Haggard. The children’s father had always encouraged them to read, and there were many books in the house, but after a time, the teenage boy was running out of new stories. His sister decided to write a story for him in the form of a serial, producing multiple new installments for his amusement, which she usually read aloud to him as they were finished. This story was set in the mid-eighteenth century and was filled with much swashbuckling and derring-do. The boy’s name was Boris, and this special gift from his sister, Georgette, would be edited to become her very first published novel, The Black Moth.

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Dec 022014
 

Our members’ new releases (along with other new Regency Romance fiction releases) and other Regency related articles are available for download at The Regency Reader – December 2014. If you wish to receive The Regency Reader via email, we ask that you subscribe through MailChimp using this short subscription form.
 

New Releases for December 2014

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Jul 272012
 

As was recently announced, Aurora Regency is actively seeking traditional regency novels for publication. From their submission guidelines: "Think Georgette Heyer, Barbara Cartland and, of course, Jane Austen." Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen retain their popularity even today, but how many born after the last couple of decades of the last century recognize the name Barbara Cartland? Offered here is a brief overview of her work by one who read and enjoyed many of her novels.

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

She was called the "Queen of Romance" in her day, though I suspect there are many romance readers today who have never heard her name. And yet, she is credited with writing more than seven hundred romance novels over the course of a seventy-year career. With her big hair, plumed hats and pink dresses, she became something of a caricature of herself in her later years. But she also did a lot of good in her long life, working diligently for many charities, and I think she was entitled to do as she pleased.

There are those who might dismiss her work as fluff, and perhaps some of her later novels might merit that description, but not her earlier work. The novels of Barbara Cartland gave me a lot of pleasure in my early years as a Regency romance devotee. May I share some reflections on the work of Barbara Cartland?

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Jul 082012
 

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 …

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May 292012
 

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.

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May 242012
 

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.

Feb 272012
 

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.

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Dec 072011
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

We seek him here, We seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven? — Is he in hell?
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel.


Recited by Sir Percy Blakeney
in Chapter 12 of The Scarlet Pimpernel
by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The stories of The Scarlet Pimpernel take place during the French Revolution, more than a score of years before the beginning of the English Regency. And yet, without the work of Baroness Orczy, we might not have all those delightful Regency novels written by Georgette Heyer.

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Oct 012011
 

Madelynne Ellis - Beau Monde Author headshot

Madelynne Ellis is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author.

Madelynne has a healthy obsession with a certain Japanese rock star, drinks decaf out of preference, and enjoys scaring the wobblies out of people at gothic horror weekends. Multi-published in both traditional print and ebook formats, Madelynne began writing in 1996 after escaping the Hotel California, the nickname for the parasitology laboratory where she worked. Her aim is to deliver scorching, character-driven stories that both enchant and torment. She writes in a variety of genres, of which Georgian-set erotic romance is her favourite.

Find her at Twitterhttp://madelynne-ellis.blogspot.com/http://www.madelynne-ellis.com/

Sep 152011
 

Maggi Andersen, today’s Featured Beau Monde Author, is an Australian author who writes historical romances filled with intrigue and adventure. She sets her stories in the Georgian, Regency and Victorian eras. She lives with her lawyer husband and cat in the Southern Highlands of Australia.

Find her at – Web – Blog –  Facebook – Twitter

Apr 212011
 

Ann Lethbridge

Our Featured Beau Monde Author is the chapter’s current President and tireless worker, Ann Lethbridge.

She regularly attends, assists, and signs books at both chapter and national romance writing conferences in Canada and the USA. She also attended the inaugrual Australian Romance Readers Convention in 2009.

Romance Writers of America, the Beau Monde chapter, plus the other chapters she is involved with, are appreciative of Ann’s knowledge, expertise, and her willingness to share her valuable time to help other authors.

An army brat born in England, Ann lived all over the UK in her youth. She grew up loving history, but majored in business, with history on the side.

Now living in Canada, she has a husband and two lovely daughters and a Maltese Terrier called Teaser, who likes to sit on a chair beside the computer while she works.

She loves the Georgian era, and within that, the period known as the long Regency. She also adores happy endings.

You will find her print books in bookstores in the month of issue, as well as on line where you will also find her e-books.

The Gamekeeper’s Lady, HH, April 2011
More than a Mistress, HH, May 2011

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Twitter: @annlethbridge