Feb 202015
 

Award-winning author Ann Lethbridge first published this blog when she started writing the Gilvrys of Dunross series. She graciously gave the Beau Monde permission to recycle it here.

Being Scotch

Did you think I had made a dreadful mistake? Or did you know I was talking about a drink, not a
person. I do of course mean Scotch whisky (and that too is the correct spelling).

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Feb 142015
 

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

Next in order of publication is Georgette Heyer’s Regency, The Corinthian. Romance author, Renée Reynolds, shares how she read this story for the first time and what this story means to her. She also explains how she views Heyer as a Regency romance author in comparison to authors writing today. If you have never read a Heyer Regency before, Reynolds makes it clear why The Corinthian would be a good first choice.

Please feel free to share your thoughts about this delightful novel in comments to this post.

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Feb 092015
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Though seldom used today, gimmel rings had been in use since the late Middle Ages as wedding or betrothal rings. And they continued to be used for that purpose right through the Regency. Long before the Regency began, a variation on this type of ring had become even more complex, these more elaborate versions being most commonly known as puzzle rings.

A basic background of how the bands embodying the bonds of love became nearly as much a puzzle as love itself …

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Jan 312015
 

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

Today, romance author, Judith Laik, shares her views on the third of Georgette Heyer’s Regency-set novels, The Spanish Bride. This is a substantive novel for which Heyer did a great deal of research. Laik gives us a peek into the scope of research in which she is engaging in preparation for her upcoming Regency novel and the part which The Spanish Bride plays in that research. In this article, she also compares her feelings about the novel when she read it as a young woman to how she felt when she read it again more recently.

As we will continue to do throughout our celebration of the 80th anniversary of Regency romance, we welcome comments by our visitors.

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Jan 182015
 

Silhouettes of a man and woman in Regency dress against a background of the number 80
The next "Regency" novel which Georgette Heyer published after Regency Buck was An Infamous Army. But it was a radical departure from her first Regency-set novel. Today, romance author Shannon Donnelly explains how An Infamous Army differs from Regency Buck as well as how it is connected to it, and other historical novels in Heyer’s oeuvre.

We invite our visitors to share their impressions of this important Heyer novel in comments to this post.

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Jan 052015
 

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

The Beau Monde is pleased to begin our year-long celebration of the 80th anniversary of Regency romance with an article by Alina K. Field on the very first Regency romance novel, Regency Buck. Alina is a Regency romance author herself, as well as a Regency romance reader, and she brings both viewpoints to her discussion of this seminal Regency romance novel.

We invite our visitors to post comments sharing their views on this article and the book which gave us our favorite romance genre.

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Jan 042015
 

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 – January 2015. 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 January 2015

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Jan 012015
 

Silhouettes of a man and woman in Regency dress against a background of the number 80
Eighty years ago, in 1935, the very first Regency romance novel went to press. That novel, Regency Buck, was written by Georgette Heyer. It was not her first novel. In fact, Heyer had been writing historical fiction for more than fifteen years, and Regency Buck was her seventeenth novel. She had set her stories in a number of different time periods before she chose the scant decade of the Regency for her new book. Though few people, beyond a small number of historians, knew much about that period of time prior to 1935, before the year was out, many readers of historical romance were seeking to return to that so very elegant period in the pages of more Regency novels. Over the course of her career, Heyer would go on to write more than twenty-five novels which were set during the Regency. They sold so well that other authors began doing the same, and thus was born the Regency romance genre.

As most visitors here know, the Beau Monde is the specialty chapter of Romance Writers of America which is dedicated to the Regency. We simply cannot let this important anniversary of our favorite romance genre pass unnoticed. Therefore, throughout 2015, we will be posting articles here, each one written by one of our members, about Heyer’s Regency novels. These articles will be posted in the order in which the novels were originally published. We will also be posting articles about several of Heyer’s other historical novels, since many of our members write historical romances set in periods other than the Regency. These articles about Heyer’s books will not be standard reviews. Rather, they will serve as a point of departure to discuss her work and Regency romance in general. We also hope each article will generate discussions on the topic among our blog visitors as well, and we invite everyone to post comments to the articles with their own thoughts and opinions.

Happy 80th Anniversary, Regency Romance!



The Beau Monde would like to thank Mari Christie (who writes Regencies as Mariana Gabrielle) for our lovely new Regency Turns 80 image. In addition to writing romance, Mari also provides a number of services to authors above and beyond her talents as a designer.

Dec 302014
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

How many Regency novels have you read in which the hero and his cronies share one or more rounds of brandy, drowning their sorrows, or in celebration? And how many times is that brandy served in a snifter, or a balloon? Yet that simply was not possible during the decade of the Regency or for many decades thereafter. It may surprise you to know that the brandy snifter was an American creation introduced near the end of the Victorian era. It did not become common in England until the middle of the twentieth century.

The word "snifter" had entered the English language by the second half of the eighteenth century, but it had other, quite different meanings having nothing to do with drinking vessels. So what was a "snifter" in the Regency decade, and how was brandy most probably served during those years?

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Dec 222014
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote

Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding are on the menu for traditional Christmas dinner in many homes in Great Britain and in parts of the former British empire, even today. They were, of course, a regular part of many British Christmas dinners during the Regency. But just what is Yorkshire pudding, where and when did it originate, and how was it made?

The rise of Yorkshire pudding …

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Dec 082014
 

Sally OrrSally Orr is today’s featured Beau Monde Author

After her graduate education at the University of California Irvine and Caltech, Sally worked for thirty years as a Ph.D. scientist specializing in the discovery of gene function. Several years ago, she joined an English message board, where she posted many, many examples of absolute tomfoolery. As a result, a cyber-friend challenged her to write a novel. Since she’s a hopeless Anglophile, it’s not surprising that her first book is a Regency-era romance. Today she’s writing three novels for Sourcebooks. The first one, The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide, was published on November 4, 2014. The second, When a Rake Falls, will be published on April 7, 2015. She lives with her husband in San Diego, surrounded by too many books and not enough old English cars.Sally Orr book

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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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Nov 172014
 

Kathryn Kane is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author.

Tuxedo cat with green eyes sniffing a pink rose

Kathryn is a historian and former museum curator who has enjoyed Regency romances since she first discovered them in her teens. She credits the novels of Georgette Heyer with influencing her choice of college curriculum, and she now takes advantage of her knowledge of history to write her own stories of romance in the Regency. She now has a career in the tech industry but she has never lost her love of the period and continues to enjoy reading Regency romance novels and researching her favorite period of English history. Though she was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Kat now lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. She misses the warm sunny winter days of the desert southwest, but access to the rich research collections of the libraries of Boston is some compensation for the snow and cold of New England. Kat is occasionally assisted (or impeded) in her writing by a furry feline friend whose primary responsibilities are neighborhood surveillance and cuteness, at both of which she excels, along with exuberant purring.

Deflowering Daisy is Kathryn’s debut Regency romance. As a play on the title, she has woven a number of snippets of floral history into the story, some of which may be unknown even to life-long Regency aficionados. Others maybe known to some readers, though probably not used in the contexts in which they will be found in this story. An extended excerpt can be found at Kat’s web site.

Find her at KathrynKane.netThe Regency RedingoteKathryn Kane Romance

Nov 032014
 

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 – November 2014. If you wish to receive The Regency Reader via email, we ask that you subscribe through MailChimp using this short subscription form.
 

A Note from the Editor of the Regency Reader

As of release time, we were having problems with the submission form for the newsletter. Please check with the Beau Monde Website for the link for December’s issue, in case we have to create a new form.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Aileen

 

New Releases for November 2014

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Sep 092014
 

September releases from members of the Beau Monde Chapter of Romance Writers of America

Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download in 
The Regency Reader – September 2014.

Heather Boyd
Keepsake (The Distinguished Rogues)
LLD Press
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact
 
A BATTLE OF WILLS…

When the Marquess of Taverham married at eighteen, he was certain his life would be smooth and well ordered—right up till the moment his exuberant bride ran away on their wedding night, never to be seen again. Ten years later, when Kit is finally prepared to set his rash marriage aside by having his wife declared dead, she makes a shocking return, still beautiful but distrustful, and once more throws his life off-balance by refusing to live with him and resume their marriage.

…A WAR OF PASSION

Despite some lingering attraction, Miranda Reed has no love left for the heartless rogue she married. Older and wiser, she refuses to be a convenient wife for a man who expects everything to be his way with no care for her feelings. Keeping her husband at arm’s length is essential; her secrets will bring him to his knees. But in a battle of wills where hope and trust are both the prize and the casualty of war, the victor isn’t always the winner. Sometimes it takes an act of rebellion to recapture a fragile love.

September 8, 2014
http://www.heather-boyd.com

 
Alina K. Field
Bella’s Band (The Ring Series)
Soul Mate Publishing
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Bullets, blades, and incendiary bombs—
Major Steven Beauverde, the latest Earl of Hackwell, belongs in that world, and is determined to get back to it. His brother’s murder has forced Steven into a new and completely unwanted role, and worse, he has no idea how to salvage his family’s depleted estate. A rumor that his brother had a son by a woman who may be a) the murderer, and b) his brother’s secret wife, sets Steven on a mission to find her, the boy, and—Steven ardently hopes—the proof of a marriage that will set him free.

Confirmed spinster Annabelle Harris is a country heiress with a penchant for taking in orphans and helping the downtrodden. Her philanthropy hides her desperate search for her disgraced sister, the mistress to the Earl of Hackwell. When the Earl is murdered, her sister thrusts her child into Annabelle’s care and disappears. Now, with suspicion pointing at the sister, Annabelle has begun a new quest, to find the woman, and clear her name.When their paths converge, the reluctant Earl and the independent spinster find themselves rethinking their goals, and battling the real murderer together.

September 3, 2014
http://alinakfield.com

 
Leslie Carroll
Inglorious Royal Marriages: A Demi-millennium of Unholy Mismatrimony
NAL
Print, eBook
Historical (Non-fiction)/No Sexual Content

Why does it seem that the marriages of so many monarchs are often made in hell? And yet we can’t stop reading about them! To satisfy your schadenfreude, INGLORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES offers a panoply of the most spectacularly dysfunctional mismatches in five hundred years of royal history…Brimming with outrageous real-life stories of royal marriages gone wrong, this is an entertaining, unforgettable book of dubious matches doomed from the start.

September 2, 2014
http://www.lesliecarroll.com

 
Rose Lerner
A Lily Among Thorns
Samhain Publishing
eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

Honesty can be the deadliest policy of all.

Lady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London’s most prosperous women, but she’s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success. Nor has she forgotten the drunken young gentleman who gave her the means to start her long, tortuous climb out of the gutter. When he knocks on the door of the Ravenshaw Arms to ask her help in retrieving a stolen family heirloom, she readily agrees to help, and to let him stay rent-free. After all, Serena prefers debts to fall in her favor.

Still grieving the death of his twin brother, Solomon Hathaway just wants to be left alone in his dye-making shop—until his highborn uncle sends him to the infamous Lady Serena to scour London’s underworld for the missing bauble. He’s shocked to discover she’s the same bedraggled waif to whom he once gave his entire quarterly allowance. Yet as they delicately tread common ground, they must negotiate a treacherous world of crime, espionage and betrayal before they can learn to trust—and love—again.Warning: Contains toasty warm pastries, scorching hot chemistry, and a web of treason that just might see England in flames.

September 2, 2014
http://roselerner.com

 
Regina Scott
Ballrooms and Blackmail (The Lady Emily Capers)
Regina Scott
eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

The toast of London is about to get burned.  Priscilla Tate, most celebrated debutante of 1815 London, is determined to make a brilliant match to save the family fortunes.  She’s well on her way to wringing a proposal out of the Season’s most eligible bachelor, the Duke of Rottenford, when blackmail notes start arriving, threatening to expose a dark secret unless she ceases her pursuit. It’s up to her dear friends, Lady Emily Southwell and Ariadne and Daphne Courdebas, to help her uncover the mastermind before disaster strikes. But more than one secret is waiting to be revealed, not the least of which is Priscilla’s growing feelings for a most unlikely ally, Nathan Kent, the duke’s personal secretary. But will Nathan, no, no, the duke, understand if her secret should be revealed?

September 5, 2014
http://www.reginascott.com

 
Callie Hutton
The Lady’s Disgrace (The Marriage Mart Mayhem)
Entangled – Scandalous
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

To save a lady’s reputation…

A lady is nothing without her reputation. Jilted and humiliated by her once-betrothed, Lady Abigail Lacey is the laughingstock of London. Worse still, the humiliation is now reflecting badly on her family. Now her brother, the Duke of Manchester, is desperate… until he finds a way to rescue his sister’s damaged reputation, and remove her from the glare of disapproving society. He must marry her off. Quickly.When Rector Joseph Fox drops by the Lacey household, he certainly didn’t expect to leave as a man engaged to a longtime family friend! Yet while he never could have aspired to have her, Lady Abigail always ignited a forbidden longing in him. But Abigail has one condition—their marriage is to be void of passion or physical pleasures, once she becomes with child. Faced with a platonic marriage of convenience, Joseph is determined to embark on a sensuous adventure with only one goal: to seduce his new wife…

September 8, 2014
http://www.calliehutton.com

 
Judith Laik
The Lady in Question (The Unsuitable Bride Series)
Judith Laik
eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

“ An unusual journey to historical Regency England coupled with a moving romance.”
Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today website

A fateful toss of the dice

Charlotte Treadwell is outraged when she learns her gaming-mad papa has just forfeited her in a game of hazard.  Suddenly she is the “property” of Hugh Brooks, Earl of Rayfield, a rake and a gambler who couldn’t possibly understand that her passionate heart is taken up with helping those less fortunate than she.A perilous game of chanceRayfield must stop an aristocratic spy from inflicting the horrors of revolution upon England.  How can he keep his mind on his duties when the tempting woman he has just won is the fiery daughter of his prime suspect?Love is the most dangerous gamble of all . . .

“With a little matchmaking from Charlotte’s former servants, Charlotte and Rayfield find themselves embroiled in a much more dangerous game – that of love, and then the sparks really fly.”
Valarie Pelissero, Rakehell

September 1, 2014
http://www.judithlaik.com

 
Blair Bancroft
The Mists of Moorhead Manor
Kone Enterprises
eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissing

The orphaned Penelope Ruth Ballantyne has lived at the tail of the army all her life but must now find her own way in the world. Fate brings her to a mist-shrouded manor on the Devon coast, where she must cope with hysteria, multiple murders, a bevy of young men who may not be as charming as they seem, and a startling dilemma worthy of the judgment of Solomon.

August 8, 2014
http://www.blairbancroft.com

 
Tracey Devlyn
Night Storm (Bones and Gemstones)
TDC Creations, Inc.
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

When the love of his life chose an apprenticeship in Scotland over his marriage proposal, thief-taker Cameron Adair buried himself in his work—building an unmatched network of underworld spies. Forged by his reputation as a ruthless, greed-driven businessman, he has amassed a fortune. But he has one vulnerable spot in his armor—a brilliant, green-eyed apothecary, who continues to haunt his heart. When a murder investigation brings him back into contact with Charlotte Fielding, Cameron sets aside the past to find a killer and to distract a headstrong apothecary, clue by clue, kiss by kiss.

September 15, 2014
http://traceydevlyn.com

 
Linda Banche
A Distinct Flair for Words (Love and the Library)
Linda Banche
eBook
Traditional/No Sexual Content

Every woman should have her own Mr. Darcy—unless she prefers Mr. Bingley.

Something strange goes on in that library. 

Not one, but two of Mr. Frank Wynne’s friends found the ladies of their dreams at the library over a copy of “Pride and Prejudice”. Magic? Divine providence? Hardly. Coincidence or luck? Perhaps. And to prove or disprove the possibilities, he’ll go to the library and read “Pride and Prejudice”. Day after day after day. To his surprise, the book is funny, and he does like that Bingley chap. His lady doesn’t appear, though. Of course not. But still…

Miss Felicity White adores “Pride and Prejudice”. But while most ladies swoon over Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley is the man after her own heart. Happy, good-natured, cheerful, outgoing Mr. Bingley. She loves him so much, she even rewrote “Pride and Prejudice” from his perspective. Now, if she can only find a gentleman like him…

When Felicity and Frank run into each other, the enchantment of “Pride and Prejudice” and the library just might strike again.

August 11, 2014
http://www.lindabanche.com

 
Aileen FIsh
Her Secondhand Duke
Aileen Fish
eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kisses
(This novella was originally published in The Heart of a Duke anthology).

For the past year, Lady Charlotte has waited patiently for her turn at possessing the magical pendant given to her friends when they were young. A gypsy girl swore the necklace would lead the wearer to the heart of a duke, which only made sense since Lady Eleanor was betrothed to the Duke of Langley at the time. Now Charlotte’s three friends and her sister are all married or betrothed, and not one of them has landed the most eligible, and quite unbearably handsome, Langley. Does Charlotte stand a chance?Langley had thought his fate was settled: he was to marry the young lady his father had chosen. Then she fell for another, and since then, every marriageable miss he set his sights on has done the same. His mother wants him to marry and get on with providing an heir, but he has lost interest in the entire matter.The final young ladies on his mother’s list have come to stay at Hawking Hall, and the meek and mousy Lady Charlotte seems perfect, until she comes right out to say she has no desire to marry him. Never a man to back down from a challenge, Langley is intrigued. What would it take to change her mind?

September 10, 2014
http://aileenfish.com

Aug 192014
 

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

In her debut novel, Deflowering Daisy, romance author, Kathryn Kane, lets her heroine, Daisy, put her importunate suitor in his place by use of a dog-cart. In today’s article, you can learn more about this very handy Regency vehicle.


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How many times have you been reading a novel set in the Regency and come upon characters who ride in or discuss riding in a dog-cart? I have run across a great many over the years, and the descriptions of these vehicles varied widely. So much so I could never get a clear mental picture of a dog-cart. I decided to do some research to learn more about the appearance, use and construction of dog-carts during the Regency. The more I read about them, the more I realized they were often used rather like the SUV of today.

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Aug 112014
 

August releases from members of the Beau Monde Chapter of Romance Writers of America

Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download in 
The Regency Reader – August 2014.

Tammy Jo Burns
Taming the Wicked Wulfe (The Rogue Agents)
Tammy Jo Burns
eBook
Traditional/Some Sexual ContactRebekah is forced into a proxy marriage to a man she despises for the sake of her orphaned niece and nephew. Her new husband, Thorn Wulfe, holds the key to all the secrets of her long-buried past.Thorn, considered the Wicked Wulfe by many of the ton, operates one of London’s most notorious gaming hells, the Lady Luck. When his brother is killed, he finds his life turned upside down with a wife he does not want, and two children to care for.When old secrets come to light and enemies make themselves known, Rebekah and Wulfe are going to have to decide what is more important…the past, the present, or the future? Will they be able to learn to trust and love one another along the way? Or will their secrets keep them apart forever?July 15 2014
http://tammyjoburns.com
Julia Blaine
Shot Through the Heart
Julia Blaine
eBook
Traditional/Inferred Sexual ContactSince Galatea Fuller’s birth, she has been betrothed to Lord Harte Whatley. Without fail, he dutifully visits her every Tuesday and Friday. But only on Tuesday and Friday. Surely her
up-coming, magical London Season will kindle love between them, overcoming obligation. Then Harte replaces his younger brother, Pierce, in a duel — with fatal results. A third shooter is hidden in the shrubbery. Who is the intended victim? Believing both shooters are dead, Galatea and Pierce are thrown together. Despite meddling aunts and a mischievous monkey, they attempt to solve the mystery. How can Galatea — or any woman — know who she really loves?July 17 2014
Shana Galen
Love and Let Spy (Lord and Lady Spy)
Sourcebooks
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactHer name is Bonde, Jane Bonde…
A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love…until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife…
Talk, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.August 5 2014
http://www.shanagalen.com
Ashlyn Macnamara
What A Lady Craves (The Eton Boys Trilogy)
Loveswept
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactHenrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time.For Alexander, honor always comes first. Only too late does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run with his life in tatters and a pair of daughters in tow, Alexander burns for Henrietta. He knows he does not deserve forgiveness. And yet he longs to wrap his arms around her warm body once again. What’s more, he is sure the lady craves the same.August 12 2014
http://ashlynmacnamara.net
Katharine Ashe
I Adored a Lord (The Prince Catchers)
Avon Books
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactSnowbound in a castle with a bevy of the ton’s scheming maidens all competing for a prince’s hand in marriage, Ravenna Caulfield’s worst nightmare has come true.Playing babysitter to his spoiled prince of a half-brother and potential brides, Lord Vitor Courtenay is champing at the bit to be gone.When a stolen kiss in a stable leads to a corpse in a suit of armor, a canine kidnapping, and any number of scandalous liaisons, Ravenna and Vitor find themselves wrapped in a mystery they’re perfectly paired to solve. But as for the mystery of love, Vitor’s not about to let Ravenna escape until he’s gotten what he desires . . .July 29 2014
http://www.katharineashe.com
Aileen Fish
A Danby Duet (Danby Summons)
Aileen Fish
Print, eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

The Duke of Danby’s granddaughters are together in one book, now with bonus epilogues!

THE VISCOUNT’S SWEET TEMPTATION:
Lady Harriet Thornhill knows the summons from her grandfather means he’s decided whom she must marry. Determined that she’d only marry a man of her choosing, she stows away in her friend’s father’s carriage, only to find herself alone with young Archibald Napier,Viscount Morley.

Morley’s plans for a quiet Christmas vanish when he discovers the sweet young lady hiding under the blankets in his carriage. As she claims an acquaintance with his sister, he feels duty-bound to see her safely back to her family.

A broken carriage wheel leaves them stranded, and Harriet’s reputation is at stake. Morley’s not ready to take a wife, until he’s told he wouldn’t be a suitable husband for her. With memories of her sweet, tempting kiss filling his thoughts, he prepares to fight for the hand of the woman he believes he could love.

CHASING LORD MYSTERY
Lord Northcotte is not in the holiday spirit when he joins his sister’s family shortly after the brutal death of a friend. Discovering a matchmaking scheme is afoot, he tells them he will never marry Lady Miriam or any other woman. Now if only his heart would listen.

Lady Miriam’s mother accused her of chasing Lord Mystery after a noble act by a handsome gentleman six years ago became the measure of all other men. Now he’s staying at the home where she’d hoped to escape a summons from her grandfather, the Duke of Danby. Terrified Northcotte will recognize her and reveal the contents of the scandalous letter she wrote him years ago, she can’t decide which is the bigger threat: the duke armed with a special license, or Lord Mystery, who carries a secret she’d never live down.

July 30 2014
http://www.aileenfish.com

Virginia Carmichael, Keta Diablo, Aileen Fish, Linda Ford, Sarah Jae Foster, Regina Scott, Brenda B. Taylor
Timeless: Historical Romance Through the Ages
self-published
eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissing

Sweet romance through the ages! From turn of the century Chicago to 1890’s Montana to the Civil War era to Regency times, there is something for every historical romance reader. This sweet romance boxed set charms with seven novels by bestselling authors, starring unforgettable characters falling in love in the most captivating settings.

This collection includes:

ALL THE BLUE OF HEAVEN by Virginia Carmichael

SKY TINTED WATER by Keta Diablo

THE INCORRIGIBLE MR. LUMLEY by Aileen Fish

LASSO MY HEART by Linda Ford

A MILE APART by Sarah Jae Foster

SECRETS AND SENSIBILITIES by Regina Scott

THROUGH THE STORM by Brenda B. Taylor

August 12, 2014
http://www.aileenfish.com

 

Jul 142014
 

July releases from members of the Beau Monde Chapter of Romance Writers of America

Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download in 
The Regency Reader – July 2014.

Jane Lark
The Lost Love of a Soldier ~ The prequel to The Illicit Love of a Courtesan
Harper Impulse
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

The stunning prequel to Kindle bestseller The Illicit Love of a Courtesan! Life is for grasping and living…Naïve and innocent, Lady Ellen Pembroke falls for a dashing young army officer. Captain Paul Harding has such an easy, enchanting smile and his blue eyes glow; vibrancy and warmth emanating from him. She is in love. In turn, the Captain finds his attention captured by the beautiful young daughter of the Duke of Pembroke at a house party in the summer. Finding Ellen is like finding treasure on the battle field. His sanity clings to her – something beautiful to remind him that not all in the world is ugly. Ellen is someone to fight for and someone to survive for when he is inevitably called to arms in the battle of Waterloo…

July 17 2014
http://www.janelark.co.uk/

Kathryn Kane
Deflowering Daisy
Jupiter Gardens Press
eBook
Erotica/Graphic Sexual Contact

“She cannot remain a virgin!”

For so she was, after nearly a decade of marriage. When she was sixteen, Daisy had willingly, happily, married a man more than fifty years her senior, to escape a forced marriage to a man she abhorred. Though Sir Arthur Hammond had been a wild rake in his youth, he was so deeply in love with his late, beloved first wife that he never considered consummating his second marriage, certainly not with a woman he considered a daughter. But now, knowing he was dying and that he would be leaving sweet, innocent Daisy ignorant of the physical intimacies which could be enjoyed between a man and a woman, he felt that it was imperative she be given the knowledge which would prepare her for the life of a wealthy widow. Armed with the knowledge of physical intimacy, she would be much better prepared to deal with any fortune hunter who might try to seduce her into marriage for her money. And who better to initiate Daisy into the pleasures of the bedchamber than his godson. David had become nearly a recluse since a tragedy which occurred while he was serving the Crown against the forces of Napoleon Bonaparte. Prior to that, his skill as a tender and considerate lover had been bruited about in certain circles. Therefore, Sir Arthur believed that David was just the man to introduce Daisy to physical pleasure. And, what might spending time with true and gentle Daisy do for David?

July 10 2014
http://regencyredingote.wordpress.com/

Judith Laik
The Lady Is Mine (The Unsuitable Brides)
Judith Laik
eBook
Traditional/Some Sexual Contact

“A deliciously improper debut…”
–Eloisa James, Much Ado About You

He needed a solution.
When an innocent carriage drive leads to a few stolen kisses and a hasty proposal, Lord Beldon must find a way out of a most inconvenient betrothal. Miss Harriet Vernon is not the tall, elegant lady he envisioned for his wife. His solution:  invite her to his country home.  He believes a fortnight with his quarrelsome family will send her running the other way. She had a plan.
Harriet is no happier with the situation. If only she hadn’t been so dazzled by Lord Beldon’s handsomeness and dazed by his kisses, she never would have agreed to his proposal. Marriage isn’t in her plans—she wants to travel and see the world.  If she brings her ravishing younger sister to his country home, the beautiful pair is bound to fall in love, leaving Harriet free to pursue her goal.Unfortunately it wasn’t working . . . for either of them
Harriet and Beldon can’t seem to keep their hands off each other, and with interfering families, hot pursuit by other candidates for their hands and a pantomime to perform, will these two misguided lovers ever discover they were meant for each other?

“Sometimes what the mind thinks it wants, the heart will speak another language all it’s own, called love… ”
Janalee Ruschhaupt, Love Romances website

July 1 2014
http://www.judithlaik.com

Charlotte Russell
A Spy’s Honor
Boroughs Publishing Group
eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

LOVE & LIES At seventeen, Lady Claire Talbot thought she’d found her one true love. But after rescuing her from a dangerous situation, in undue haste he fled to the Continent instead of marrying her. Now, after years of suppressing her romantic side and honing her practicality, Claire is on the verge of an altogether convenient match. A man of few words but much passion, Lord John Reyburn always regretted his decision to turn back from Gretna Green. Now, wounded in more ways than one, he is in the place—but not the position—to correct his mistake. His mission in England is to capture an assassin. And, so, one of His Majesty’s more unconventional spies, John must add yet a further deceit: cold indifference to Claire’s impending marital bliss. For unless sweet loyalty and devotion couple with suspicion and betrayal, nothing can make things right.

July 15 2014
http://www.authorcharlotterussell.com

Valerie King
A Daring Courtship
Twin Bridges Creations LLC
eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissing

Secretly betrothed to a Scotsman in order to repair her family’s fortunes, Madeline Piper must bring Sir Roger Mathieson into fashion or risk losing what she cherishes most: her place in her beloved Sussex society. A sweet Regency romance, A DARING COURTSHIP, is heartwarming and family-oriented.  Valerie King has published over 50 sweet Regency novels and novellas and has won the prestigious Romantic Times Career Achievement award in Regency Romance.

June 7 2014
http://www.valerieking-romance.com

Kathleen Baldwin
Cut from the Same Cloth
Ink Lion Books
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

Scarlet O’Hara meets the Scarlet Pimpernel…Why must Lord St. Evert dress like an overdone Dandy? His outlandish wardrobe belies the hard unyielding lines of his face. Whoever he is, he’s ruining Elizabeth Hampton’s desperate scheme to secure a rich husband. Terribly vexing, to arrive at the most fashionable gathering of the Season wearing a perfectly stunning Chinese silk gown, only to discover Lord St. Evert is clad in unmentionables cut from identical cloth. Lord St. Evert cannot abide the self-important airs put on by some members of the Ton and takes pleasure in making a mockery of Brummell’s fashion strictures. Conceited frauds! Hadn’t his grandfather’s snobbery made his mother’s life a misery? All the more maddening to discover that the one woman who captures his interest is the biggest pretender of all. He vows to teach Miss Elizabeth Hampton a lesson she won’t soon forget.

June 18 2014

Cheryl Bolen
The Regent Mysteries (Box Set)
Harper & Appleton
eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissing

Three romantic, lighthearted, Regency historical mysteries in which dastardly deed doers are discovered by Lady Daphne Chalmers and her lover, super spy Captain Jack Dryden.

Praise for With His Lady’s Assistance: “A delightful Regency romance. . .The mystery is nicely done, the romance is enchanting, and the secondary characters are enjoyable.” 4 Stars. RT Book Reviews magazine.

June 6 2014
http://www.cherylbolen.com

Sabrina Darby
Scandal Before Sunset (The Weekly Scandal)
Sabrina Darby
eBook, eNovella, Box Set
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

When a reformed bad girl meets a rogue with dishonorable intentions, it’s guaranteed to be a Scandal Before Sunrise. Scandal Before Sunrise is the introductory novella to the new The Weekly Scandal series and is being released on June 30th as part of a box set of series starters with six other authors (Jennifer Haymore, Grace Calloway, Sandy Raven, Sue London, Kate McKinley and Vivienne Westlake)!

June 30 2014
http://SabrinaDarby.com

Bronwen Evans
Invitation To Passion (My Lord’s) (Invitation To)
Bronwen Evans
Print, eBook
Historical, Some Sexual Contact

Consummate rake, Lord Richard Craven, has his heartbroken when the woman he loves is forced into an arranged marriage to a violent brute. To make matters worse, circumstances force him to marry Lady Madeline Knight—a woman he views more like a sister-only for fate to play the cruelest of tricks. Shortly after his wedding his former lover is widowed, and Richard learns she could be pregnant with his child. Madeline Knight thought she was doing the right thing when she saved Richard Craven from his lover’s irate husband. Now her silly schoolgirl crush has left her married to a man who’s in love with another woman. Consumed with guilt over trapping Richard, she tries her best to be the perfect wife and win his heart. Failure is not an option. For if she fails she loses everything, she loves him too much not to set him free… While Richard and Madeline confront the reality of their marriage, Madeline’s life comes under threat. A family enemy is set on revenge. Will Richard learn the truth of his heart, and what is truly precious to him, before the unknown enemy destroys their world?

July 29 2014
http://www.bronwenevans.com

Michelle Willingham
Undressed by the Earl (Secrets in Silk)
Montlake Romance
Print, eBook, Audiobook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

A man shrouded in grief… David Hartford, the Earl of Castledon, is tormented by the death of his wife. Though everyone expects him to remarry and beget an heir, he is a man living in shadows, unwilling to break out of his prison of sorrow. A spirited young woman who embraces life… Impulsive Amelia Andrews befriends Lord Castledon and decides that he would make the perfect match for her prim older sister. Though she tries to bring the pair of them together, Amelia cannot help but see the lonely man behind David’s grim exterior. Even worse, she finds herself caught beneath his piercing stare…and she wonders how to melt his icy heart. An unlikely match. No woman can ever replace his first wife…but when Amelia is caught in a web of ruin, David cannot stand aside and let her suffer. Can an unexpected marriage bring about a love even greater than the one he lost?

July 1 2014
http://www.michellewillingham.com

Diane Gaston
A Lady of Notoriety 
Harlequin Historical
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

When fallen beauty Daphne, Lady Faville, is carried to safety from a rampaging fire, she’s horrified to recognize her rescuer as Hugh Westleigh—a man with every reason to despise her! But Hugh has been blinded and Daphne must nurse him back to health. Unable to see, he is driven to distraction by her tantalizing scent and gentle touch. For the first time Daphne feels truly desired for herself alone. But when Hugh finally regains his sight will she find forgiveness in his arms?
The Masquerade Club.
Identities concealed, desires revealed…

July 1 2014
http://dianegaston.com

Gaelen Foley
The Secrets of a Scoundrel (The Inferno Club)
Avon Romance
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Inferno Club series finale! Nick, Lord Forrester’s reputation is legendary—both as a lethal warrior and a wicked lover. But when his rule-breaking ways land him in a Scottish dungeon he’s left there to rot, until a mysterious lady visits his cell, offering him a way out. All he must do is risk his neck on the mission she proposes—and obey her every command.  One look at the luscious beauty has Nick ready to promise her anything, but he must resist his desire, or she could send him straight back to prison. Virginia, Lady Burke, is well aware that the powerful ex-spy will try to take command of their quest, but it’s her job to keep him under control.  Yet how can she keep this untamable scoundrel under her thumb when all she really wants is to unleash the smoldering passion between them?

June 24 2014
http://www.gaelenfoley.com

Liz Tyner
SAFE IN THE EARL’S ARMS
Harlequin Historicals
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

A DARING ESCAPE, AND AN EVEN MORE DARING ATTRACTION! Melina’s discovery of a priceless statue is her one hope of saving her family from ruin, if she can only persuade the Earl of Warrington to grant her safe passage on his ship to London. But Melina knows she’s gone too far when he takes her for a lady of easy virtue! Thrown together during the voyage, he shockingly comes to realize his mistake. Now he’s honor-bound to keep her safe. But thrust into London’s social whirl, how long will it take before she discovers his scandalous, dark past?

July 1 2014
http://liztyner.com/