May 152014

Award-winning Regency romance author, Cheryl Bolen, whose romance novel, A Lady By Chance, is part of the Scandalous Brides boxed set, offers some valuable writing tips. In today’s article, Cheryl shares some secrets from a prolific author on how to avoid those sagging middle sections which can bog down a great story.

Perhaps some of these tips will be just the thing you need to help you liven up the middle part of your book when your enthusiasm for the story begins to flag.

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Sep 182012

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.

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May 162012

Over the past few years, Cheryl Bolen has been publishing a Spotlight series of biographical sketches of a number of romance writers at her web site. She has graciously allowed us to re-post those biographical sketches here at the Beau Monde blog.

Today, we begin with a biographical sketch of award-winning romance author, Barbara Dawson Smith …

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Mar 092012

Grace Kone (Blair Bancroft) is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author

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I began writing (as Blair Bancroft) later than most because my mother was the successful author of children’s books, and it never occurred to me we could have two writers in the same family.

When I did make the attempt, the Regency was closest to my heart. But since I truly believe variety is the spice of life, I also write Romantic Suspense, Thrillers, Mystery, Futuristic, and Steampunk.

My Tarleton’s Wife won a Golden Heart and The Indifferent Earl, a RITA finalist, was chosen Best Regency by Romantic Times.

In 2011 I went “indie” with my backlist and am thoroughly enjoying the renaissance of my traditional Regencies.

A new Regency novella, Mistletoe Moment, was published by Ellora’s Cave (Blush) for the holidays.

Grace Kone Orange blossoms & Mayhem

Grace Kone Orange blossoms & Mayhem

And in January 2012 I uploaded my first indie-published new work, the thriller, Orange Blossoms & Mayhem.



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Mar 072012

Today’s Featured Beau Monde Author is Deb Marlowe.

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Deb Marlowe

Deb Marlowe adores history, England and Men in Boots.

Clearly she was destined to write Regency Historical Romance.  A member of RWA, the Heart of Carolina RWA and the Beau Monde for nearly 15 years, she’s won the Royal Ascot and the Golden Heart and has been nominated for a Rita.

She sold her first book to Harlequin Historicals in 2006 and her newest, Tall, Dark and Disreputable releases in March 2012.  She is a director of the Raleigh/Durham satellite of Lady Jane’s Salon.

She lives in North Carolina where she spends her days with the people in her head and her evenings with her wonderful husband, her two charming, active and hungry boys and one spoiled cat.

blogging at The Lady Scribes
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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Jun 192011


Christine Wells, today’s Featured Beau Monde Author, was a corporate   lawyer before resigning to write romance novels.

She lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and two small but very noisy boys and is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of Australia.

A 2009 RITA nominee for THE DANGEROUS DUKE, Christine was also the first Australian to win the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award.

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May 172011

Valerie Bowman

Valerie, today’s Featured Beau Monde Author, is a PRO member of RWA and a former Vice President of the First Coast Romance Writers chapter in Jacksonville, FL.

She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in History from Smith College and has been writing and editing professionally for nearly 15 years as a technical writer and editor at a computer software company.

She is a 2011 finalist in the Regency category of the prestigious Golden Heart® Awards and is professionally represented by literary agent Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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Apr 092011

Diane Gaston.

Diane’s dream came true in 2003 with an unexpected phone call from England.                      The Harlequin Mills & Boon editor who judged her Regency Historical manuscript in the Golden Heart wanted to buy it—and it also won!

Diane’s Regencies have gone on to win RWA’s most prestigious RITA award, the National Readers Choice Award, The Orange Rose (now Bookseller’s Best), the Golden Quill and Holt Medallion.

She continues to write for Harlequin Historical. A member of Beau Monde for at least a decade, Diane enjoys being among like-minded people who love the Regency as much as she does.

She blogs at Risky Regencies on Mondays, Diane’s Blog on Thursdays, and eHarlequin the third Wednesday of the month. You can also find her on Facebook and on Twitter as DianeGaston.


Apr 052011

Susan Gee Heino

Susan began her writing career as a Theatre student, where she discovered writing plays for others to perform was much easier than memorizing lines and showing up to rehearsal every day. After several years working in forsaken little theatres, she settled into her current role as preacher’s wife and child herder.

To preserve her sanity, she took her love of Historical Romance and turned her focus back onto writing. In 2008, she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart ® Award in the Regency Historical category.

MISTRESS BY MISTAKE was released in 2009 by Berkley Publishing. DAMSEL IN DISGUISE, came out in 2010 and TEMPTRESS IN TRAINING will hit shelves in July of 2011. She is currently working on the fourth book in this series.

Mar 242011

It’s Golden Heart Week

It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for! Doesn’t last November, when we cautiously and optimistically FedEx’d our bulging packages full of manuscript copies and binder clips goodbye on the crisp autumn breeze, seem SO long ago?On Friday, the calls go out from RWA to the winners of the Golden Heart Contest for unpublished writers. I’m very excited because this year, I know so many more people who are “going for the gold” thanks to Cyndi D’Alba setting up a loop for a bunch of us who entered. Plus, I have friends who are anxiously (or not so anxiously) holding their breath.

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I am a writer of Regency historical romance currently working on my third manuscript. Please join me as I blog about research, craft, community, and the road to publication. I am co-vice president of my local RWA chapter and a reviewer for The Season website and blog.

I’ll be following the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood all week. They are posting GH-related topics all week. Today’s was “T-minus Four and Counting to Golden Heart Day.”

It was a great hoot to follow their blog last year where they celebrated with everyone’s announcements as they happened, and the winners often stopped in to say hi and give their reactions.

To the friends I know who entered, GOOD LUCK!!!

See you all on Friday–I am going to stock up on my secret chocolate stash for fortitude!

Posted with permission of the author.