New Releases from Authors of The Beau Monde Chapter (Regency Historical) of Romance Writers of America
Madeline’s Protector by Vanessa Riley
Pelican Book Group
If all young men leapt off a cliff, Madeline St. James wouldn’t care. Yet, a chance meeting and a bullet wound change everything. She must trust the Good Shepherd has led her to marry a dashing stranger, Lord Devonshire. Can they forge a true bond before the next disaster strikes?
http://www.christianregency.com/blog/ & http://www.infinitecharacters.com/
Also available in ebook and audiobook April 19, 2013
Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman
St. Martin’s Press, 978-1250008961
RT Book Reviews 4.5 stars, TOP PICK!
THE THRILL OF ESCAPE
Miss Annie Andrews is finally free to marry the man she loves. With her overprotective sister out of the country on her honeymoon, nothing can prevent her flight to Gretna Greene-nothing, that is, but an abduction by the wrong gentleman.
THE SWEETNESS OF SURRENDER
When Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, promised to look after his best friend’s sister-in-law, he didn’t realize she would prove so difficult. But when he spirits her away to his country house to prevent her elopement, he discovers that the tempting beauty knows how to put up a fight. To make matters worse, he’s stuck playing the role of honorable protector…when what he really wants is to run away with her himself.
Sweet Madness by Heather Snow
NAL Signet Eclipse ISBN-13: 978-0451239679
Regency historical with mystery
There’s a fine line between love and insanity…
Ever since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has dedicated herself to studying maladies of the mind, particularly those of soldiers returning from the Napoleonic Wars, but Gabriel Devereaux’s unpredictable episodes are like none she’s ever seen. Even though she knows the folly of loving a broken man, she can’t help herself from trying to save him, no matter the cost…
“In this emotional, compassionate romance…the powerful love story will sweep readers away.”
~RT BookReviews, 4 1/2 stars
“The brilliance ofSweet Madness shines strongly and completely. Heather Snow is cutting edge…a master storyteller. Sweet Madness is a magnificent story.”
~Book Obsessed Chicks 5 stars
A Beastly Scandal by Shereen Vedam
ImaJinn Books, 978-1-61026-124-1
Regency Historical (fairytale-inspired)
“A treat to enjoy!” Jo Beverley, Author of A Scandalous Countess
A BELLE OF THE BALL…
Lady Annabelle Marchant was a belle of the ball in London until she used her psychical senses to save a man’s life. She failed miserably, leaving him dead and her disgraced. All she wants now is a chance to comfort his widow by cleansing the woman’s home of her husband’s restless spirit. But the widow’s son, the beastly Lord of the Manor, accuses her of coming to the wilds of Cheshire to snag him as a husband. Thoroughly disgusted, she is bent on proving him wrong.
…BECOMES PERSONA NON-GRATA…
Lord Rufus Marlesbury, the Earl of Terrance, is suspected of murdering his father. He has come home to clear his name by finding the real killer before the new year or the king has promised that Rufus will be called in front of the House of Lords to answer for the crime. He does not have time to waste fending off a marriage-minded miss who has inveigled an invitation to his home by playing on his grief-stricken mother’s worst fears.
…WHEN A MURDERER IS ON THE RAMPAGE
With an unruly manor ghost terrorizing the occupants and corpses piling up in the village, Belle must find a way to see the man beneath the beast and Rufus must learn to believe in the love of a woman who has no reason to trust him. Only by working together can they stop a vengeful ghost before it torments the guests or before the killer strikes again.
Late March, 2013
Never to Part by Joan Vincent
De Rigueur Press ebook 978-0-9852913-4-1
The Dremore Legend promises treasure but more importantly, enduring love. When treachery threatens the current Lord Dremore, the family ghosts contrive to aid him. Daphne, our heroine, who believes Dremore responsible for her brother’s huge gaming losses, is desperate to find the treasure. As they follow the clues ever closer to the treasure they risk losing their lives, the treasure, and most of all their hearts.
Available at RegencyReads.com http://tinyurl.com/cs8lkxe
A very limited number of print books are available at http://joanvincent.net/booksNever.php
Late March, 2013
The Rake to Redeem Her by Julia Justiss
Book 2 of The Ransleigh Rogues
Will Ransleigh wants to track down the woman who ruined his cousin’s diplomatic career and bring her back to England to absolve Max. But Elodie Lefevre hasn’t survived revolution, war and poverty to bow to the wishes of any man. ”Justiss brings an infamous seductress together with an unreformed rogue and lets the sparks fly.” -Romantic Times Magazine
–An RT KISS award to hero Will Ransleigh
A former teacher, Susana is finally living her dream of being a full-time writer. She loves all genres of romance, but historical – Regency in particular – is her favorite. There’s just something about dashing heroes and spunky heroines waltzing in ballrooms and driving through Hyde Park that appeals to her imagination.
In real life, Susana is a lifelong resident of northwest, Ohio, although she has lived in Ecuador and studied in Spain, France, and Mexico. More recently, she was able to travel around England and visit many of the places she’s read about for years, and it was awesome! She is a member of the Maumee Valley and the Beau Monde chapters of Romance Writers of America.
It turns out that Cheryl Bolen is the founder of Society for the Prevention of the Writer’s Block Myth. Today, this best-selling romance author explodes that myth and shares a number of tips on how to entice your muse to perch on your shoulder and help you to write that next chapter of your WIP. She also reveals the secret known to all successfully published authors on how to finish that next book
New Book Releases from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter
( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.
The Persistent Earl by Gail Eastwood
Penguin Intermix, Signet Regency Reissue
Traditional Regency (with a thread of suspense)
Nursing a wounded war hero back to health is no task for a reclusive young widow, especially when he is the Earl of Devenham, a notorious rake. Lady Phoebe Brodfield already helps to care for her young niece and nephews, but she is in no position to refuse. He has never known true love, and betrayed in marriage, she never wants to know it again. Can these two damaged souls heal each other? Unsuspected and escalating danger puts both their lives at risk, and they must solve a riddle from Phoebe’s past to have a chance for a future bright with love.
Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee (1995) –Romantic Times
“ROMY” Award finalist –A Little Romance
“A fast-paced plot and well-drawn characterizations combine into a wonderfully delightful read…” –Affaire de Coeur
“…the reader won’t be able to stop until all is revealed…:–Rendezvous
Five Golden Rings (Five Author Holiday Anthology eBook including Karen Erickson)
Avon Impulse/Harper Collins, 9780062264992
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Golden-Rings-Collection-ebook/dp/B009CX9VR4
Barnes & Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/five-golden-rings-sophie-barnes/1113013109
The Duke of Ashton has had three years to plan for his perfect Christmas present—the Lady Eleanor Fitzsimmons as his wife. Now, all he has to do is convince the reluctant lady…(novella entitled HIS PERFECT GIFT)
Stolen Away by Shannon Donnelly
A Regency Novella
Cool Gus Publishing
Traditional Regency (Novella)
Tangled lies…and even more tangled hearts…
As the mastermind behind her cousin’s London success, Audrey Colbert has even managed to obtain a proposal from the elusive Marques of Arncliffe. But when the bride-to-be is stolen away by a fortune hunter, Audrey sets out to fetch her back…only to run into Arncliffe. Audrey tells one set of fibs and then another, but Arncliffe insists on accompanying her. As she comes to know the man behind the title, Audrey realizes the truth…she really wants Arncliffe for herself.
Conner, Lord Arncliffe, resisted every matchmaking attempt in the belief that someday he would fall in love. When a dazzling beauty crossed his path, it was the letters she wrote…charming, funny, warm letters…that captured his heart. However, meeting up with his bride’s cousin, Audrey, on the road, he soon realizes she wrote him those letters. Now, how can he honorably break his engagement to the wrong woman so he can court the right one?
Silver Links by Shannon Donnelly
A Regency Novella
Cool Gus Publishing
Traditional Regency (Novella)
The perfect marriage gone perfectly wrong…
Olivia has what seem the ideal marriage to the rising politician, Lord Duncastle. But when she lets slip a secret to the wrong person, the gossip damages his trust in her—and her marriage. How can she mend the broken links of their love?
Swept away by a whirlwind romance, Layton, Lord Duncastle, fears now that he acted too fast and chose a wife who will ruin him. Malicious gossip destroyed his father’s ambitions—and now he fears he is repeating his father’s mistakes. Can he find it in him to give his wife a second chance—or will he remake his marriage into a loveless match for the sake of his political career?
Caversham’s Bride by Sandy Raven
Sandy Raven LLC, 978-1-939359-0-1 (CreateSpace)
Sold into slavery by the men who were supposed to kill her, Angelia Gualtiero must now convince the man who purchased her to help her. Lia would do anything to save her little brother from her murderous aunt, even marry a man she knows wants nothing more than use of her body.
Marcus Renfield Halden, Ninth Duke of Caversham, needs an heir to secure his legacy and the futures of his young sisters from a desperate cousin whom he suspects of targeting him in pursuit of the title and fortune. When he sees a woman running from her guard in a market in Tangier, he is at first captivated by her beauty. After Ren learns her story, he’s in awe of her bravery. He then makes Lia an offer she cannot refuse.
Her brother for an heir.
What neither expected was to fall in love.
Miss Quinn’s Quandary by Shirley Marks
Montlake Romance, ASIN: B00A22BCY4, 978-1477811818
Larissa Quinn travels to Westmoreland to care for her aunt. After the day’s journey, the barn of an inn with a single vacancy is the only place for the weary travelers.
Convinced they will never see one another again and that no one will be the wiser, Larissa steps forward to claim the last room, saying she is newly wed to Sir Randall Trent, baronet.
Both are surprised to be thrown together in London for the Season where life is about to offer Larissa an adventure unlike any she had ever imagined.
His Lordship’s Chaperone by Shirley Marks
Montlake Romance, ISBN-13: 978-1477811825, ASIN: B00A9TMRFS
Robert the Marquess of Haverton desires a chaperone to keep from falling prey to the married, widowed, and single ladies of London. The Duchess of Waverly is sympathetic to her son’s predicament and help him find a suitable female to fill the position.
Miss Catherine Hayward accepts this unusual job. She is surprised to find the need to keep her new charge from being compromised is genuine. Soon she finds herself falling for her employer which makes her the exact type of woman from whom he is to be protected.
Lady Eugenia’s Holiday by Shirley Marks
Montlake Romance, ISBN-13: 978-1611097726, ASIN: B00A9T63U8
Traditional Holiday Regency
Even though she missed her London Season debut, Lady Eugenia Abbott’s dreams of attending parties and meeting young gentlemen comes true as she travels with her aunt to Brighton for some post-Season gaiety.
Lady Eugenia becomes a social success. She even catches the attention of an elusive duke, whose curious behavior causes her to question his intentions. In her pursuit of the duke, Lady Eugenia stumbles upon a deadly plot that places her life and that of the man she loves in danger. Given time, Eugenia can forgive the duplicity, but what about the betrayal of her heart?
To Catch a Captain by Ava Stone
Night Shift Publishing, 9781301183395
Available at Amazon, B&N, iBooks
Still smarting from his brother and former fiancée’s betrayal, rakish Captain Russell Avery arrives at his sister’s Derbyshire estate, looking for something or someone to help soothe his bruised ego. When a pretty little Irish maid stumbles into his chamber one morning, Russell is certain he’s found just the distraction he’s looking for. Well, at least until he learns who the lass truly is and the place she’s to hold in his sister’s household.
Ladies and Gentlemen by Ava Stone
Night Shift Publishing, 9781301799022
Available at Amazon, B&N, iBooks
A compilation of three connected novellas—A COUNTERFEIT CHRISTMAS SUMMONS (originally in A Summons From Yorkshire). Lady Emma Whitton tricks the object of her desire into attending the holidays at her family’s home. BY ANY OTHER NAME (originally in The Betting Season). Lady Philippa Casemore is supposed to stay far away from wicked Lord St. Austell. If only she remembered what he looked like. MY LORD HERCULES (originally in A Season to Remember). Miss Miranda Bartlett will do anything to locate her missing friend no matter how dangerous. Unfortunately, Lord Harrison Casemore seems determined to thwart her plans and keep her safe at all costs.
Redeeming Jack by Kate Pearce
e-book available on kindle, nook, iBook, ARe etc
Regency historical romance.
Disowned and disinherited by his aristocratic family, Jack Llewelyn survives on his wits and his ability to nurse officers returning from the Napoleonic Wars. He is prepared to go to any lengths to clear his name, but fate, and the Duke of Diable Delamere, have different plans for Jack. Soon, he will be hunting a missing spy, discovering old family secrets, and risking his life pursuing a woman who has changed beyond recognition Only then will he be able to face his lost love, ask her forgiveness and finally deserve his very happy ending.
The Viscount’s Pleasure House by Suzi Love
Crimson Romance, an Imprint of F & W Media, 1440560460
Regency Erotic Historical
In exchange for information about his mother and sisters, London’s most notorious Viscount is coerced into allowing three respectable women to visit his Pleasure Houses. The goal of the ladies is to learn how to hold men’s attention by giving them exquisite pleasure. Each lady comes to the pleasure gardens a little naive, but leaves as knowledgeable as a well schooled courtesan. Though the world-weary viscount falls in head over heels in love with one of the ladies, he struggles to find reasons to convince her to trust him, and to marry him, after their visit to the country Pleasure House is over.
Twitter – @suzilove
Facebook – Suzi Love’s Face Book Author Page - http://on.fb.me/NGeZcp
Suzi Love Magazine - http://www.glos.si/suzilove
New Book Releases from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter
( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.
The Importance of Being Wicked by Miranda Neville
Georgian Historical (1800)
The first in a new series
The first in a new series, named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Romances for the fall. Thomas, Duke of Castleton, has every intention of wedding a prim and proper heiress. That is, until he sets eyes on the heiress’s cousin Caro, easily the least proper woman he’s ever met. His devotion to family duty is no defense against the red-headed vixen whose greatest asset seems to be a talent for trouble…
Demon’s Curse by Alexa Egan
Book #1 of The Imnada Brotherhood
Pocket Books, 978-1-4516-7290-9
One of the mythical race of shape-shifting Imnada and a member of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery suffers under a ruthless curse. As the result of a savage massacre on the eve of Waterloo, he and the men he served with are forced to live the hours of darkness trapped as their animal aspects. Now one of them has been murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada may finally have been discovered. His only link to unearthing the truth—Bianca Parrino, the beautiful actress whom every man desires.
Forging a new life for herself after escaping the clutches of her abusive husband, Bianca Parrino is once again drawn into violence when a dear friend is brutally murdered and she becomes a suspect in his death. Forced to place her trust and her life in Mac’s hands as they flee a determined killer, Bianca cannot deny she is falling for the mysterious soldier. But will his dark secrets tear them asunder? Or will love be the key to breaking even the cruelest of spells?
A Suitable Wife by Louise M. Gouge
Harlequin Love Inspired Historical, 978-0-373-82945-3
An Impossible Attraction
Lady Beatrice Gregory has beauty, brains—and a wastrel brother. With her family fortune squandered, her only chance of a Season is as a lowly companion. London’s glittering balls and parties are bittersweet when Beatrice has no hope of a match. Even when every marriageable miss in London is paraded before him, the only woman to capture Lord Greystone’s attention is the one he shouldn’t pursue. Yet Lady Beatrice may be the only wife to suit his lord’s heart.
4 stars from RT: “This story perfectly portrays the rules of London’s aristocracy, as both the heroine and hero learn lessons in equality and humility.”
Ripe for Seduction by Isobel Carr
Grand Central, 0446572748
Georgian Historical (1800)
The League of Second Sons
A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost…
After the scandalous demise of her marriage, Lady Olivia Carlow knows the rakes of the ton will think her fair game. So when a letter arrives bearing an indecent offer from the incorrigible Roland Devere, she seizes the opportunity. Turning the tables on the notorious rogue, she blackmails him into playing her betrothed for the season. But no matter how broad his shoulders or chiseled his features, she will never fall prey to his suave charm.
When Roland boasted he’d be the first into Lady Olivia’s bed, he couldn’t have imagined that behind those brilliant blue eyes lurked a vixen with a scheme of her own. Still, Roland is not about to abandon his original wager. If anything, learning that the lovely Olivia is as bold as she is beautiful makes him more determined to seduce her into never saying “never” again.
“A delightful and erotic page-turner.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review )
***Don’t miss the bonus scene on Isobel’s website!***
A Taste for Scandal by Erin Knightley
A TEMPTING DIVERSION
Things have always fallen into place for Richard Moore, Earl of Raleigh. His good looks, abundance of charm, and the small matter of being heir to a marquisate make him quite the catch. So when a delectable young woman wants nothing to do with him, he can’t help but seize the irresistible challenge.
AN UNLIKELY COURTSHIP
Jane Bunting knows all about responsibility—she has managed to support herself and her brother with their bakery—but she knows nothing of excitement or passion. When dashing Lord Raleigh crosses the threshold of her shop, she has no idea of the potential danger to her reputation…or to her heart.
AN IMPOSSIBLE MATCH
Neither imagined things would go so far—until the night their worlds collide, irrevocably changing both their lives. But when duty calls for Richard, and with everything Jane’s worked for suddenly at stake, will their taste for scandal be their downfall?
“One of the…most beautifully crafted romances I’ve read in years!” -New York Times Bestselling Author Jillian Hunter
Simply Scandalous by Kate Pearce
Kensington Aphrodisia, 978-0-7582-6947-8
Erotic Regency romance
After years of fighting on the continent, Richard Ross has finally returned to London to make peace with his father. And the erotic delights of his stepmother’s Pleasure House provide a welcome distraction for his war-weary heart. But he is shocked to encounter someone there whose resemblance to his lost love leaves him both tempted and tormented…
Recipe for Treason by Andrea Penrose
Signet Onyx, 978-0-451-23886-3
Regency-set Historical Mystery
England, 1814. Lady Arianna Hadley and her husband, the Earl of Saybrook, want nothing more than to savor a quiet life embellished by the occasional cup of the finest chocolate. However, when they receive orders to travel to Scotland and capture an elusive traitor, they feel their duty to the Crown must come first.
In a laboratory in Scotland, they discover a dying chemistry professor and cryptic papers hinting at a dangerous new discovery now in enemy hands. Racing against time, Arianna and Saybrook pursue their most cunning and dangerous adversary yet through a complex network of intrigue involving exotic chocolates, daredevil aviators, a missing inventor, and a secret recipe that must be recovered at any cost …
Anna Small is today’s Featured Author
for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Anna Small wrote her first romance novel when she was 16. Anna had completed four more by the time she was out of college. She grew up in England, so all those early manuscripts are set there.
Anna says…… I’m going back to my writing roots with a new Regency historical romance, IN THE ARMS OF AN EARL, contracted with The Wild Rose Press for release in 2013. It’s my third published novel.
I live in Florida with my husband, Walter, and our two kids who challenge us every day. I enjoy traveling, history, reading, crafts, and boating.
A member of RWA for the past several years, I’m a proud member of the Tampa Area Romance Authors, The Beau Monde, and the Sunshine State Romance Authors, where I’m the PRO Liaison and Librarian!
I have a B.A. in English and Anthropology from Monmouth University, which I chose because my favorite Shakespearean hero, Henry V, was from Monmouth, Wales.
I believe in love at first kiss, and enjoy writing emotionally satisfying romances.
Tame the Wild Wind - available from www.thewildrosepress.com
Laurie Alice Eakes is today’s Featured Author for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Laurie Alice Eakes used to lie in bed as a child telling herself stories so she didn’t wake anyone else up.
Sometimes she shared her stories withothers; thus, when she decided to be a writer, she surprised no one.
Family Guardian, her first book, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007. In the past three years, she has sold six books to Baker/Revell, five of which are set during the Regency time period, five books to Barbour Publishing, as well as two novellas to Barbour Publishing and one to Baker/Revell.
Seven of her books have been picked up by Thorndike Press for large print publication, and Lady in the Mist, her first book with Revell, was chosen for hardcover publication with Crossings Bookclub.
She also teaches on-line writing courses and enjoys a speaking ministry that takes her from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast.
Laurie Alice lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs and two cats, and is learning how to make tamales.
Laurie Alice Eakes – http://www.lauriealiceeakes.
This month, new articles have been posted in the Working on the Web forum. A search engine optimization article explains how to get the greatest value from the single most important HTML tag on any web page, not only for improving your site’s search engine rankings, but also to enable your visitors to easily return to your site. An article in the safe web surfing category details how to construct strong passwords which will protect your online accounts, yet will be easy to remember, written specifically for romance authors. In this article you will also find a URL to a site recommended by online security experts where you can test your new password for strength. Drop into the Working on the Web section of the forum to learn how to build your own strong passwords, and then share those skills with your family and friends to help keep them safe on the web, too.
Next month, articles planned for the Working on the Web forum include a cautionary tale on the correct use of the keyword tag and a review of a web site which is a massive treasure trove of resources which will be of great value to any historical author, and they are all there, free for the taking.
If you are not yet a Beau Monde member, and would like to join us, please visit our Membership page for details.
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.
Carina Press, [ASIN] B007BBVC6M
After waiting five years for her fiancé to return from the war and marry her, Roxana Langley has been jilted! She may have longed for excitement, but this was not what she had in mind…
Who could possibly throw over a woman as beautiful and vivacious as Roxana? Certainly not Alex Winslow, the Earl of Ayersley, who has spent years trying in vain to forget his unrequited love. When he learns she’s been abandoned by her cad of a fiancé, he finds himself offering a shoulder for her to cry on. Comfort soon turns into a passionate kiss—and scandal when they are caught in an embrace.
Only one thing will save Roxana from certain ruination: marriage to the earl. The match may save her reputation, but responsible, tongue-tied Ayersley is a far cry from her dashing former fiancé. She’s convinced Ayersley is merely doing his duty…while he’s sure Roxana is still in love with another man. Are they trading one disaster for another?
Kensington ISBN: 9780758259219
Her secrets are coming undone…
Plagued by scandalous rumors, Rheda Kerrich will stop at nothing to restore her reputation and make an honest living for herself-and she’s determined to do it without a husband.
But times are hard, and smuggling is a risky though profitable trade. So when a dashing agent for the English government catches her in the act, she desperately resists his charms and conceals her illicit profession. Until she realizes he may be the key to her ultimate freedom-and unbridled passion.
Rufus Knight, Viscount Strathmore, has never had trouble beguiling the ladies of Kent. When his search for “Dark Shadow,” a cunningly elusive smuggler, leads him to alluring and headstrong Rhe, her objections to his amorous advances merely incite a tantalizing game of cat and mouse. Soon, they’ll find the very secrets driving them apart could ensnare them in a love they can’t escape…
A Regency Romance ebook reissue – Signet Regency (ebook),
Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, itunes.apple.com
Beset by troubles, a young runaway and her twin brother are helped on their journey by a handsome stranger who they later learn is the Earl of Brinton.
Crowded inns, bad weather, thieves and Bow Street Runners in pursuit are not enough to stop either the growing attraction between Gillian Kentwell and the earl or the trio’s progress across the miles to Scotland where Gillian hopes to find freedom and a new life.
But will even greater setbacks ahead shatter the fragile trust forged on the road and destroy their chances for true happiness?
Gail Eastwood - Winner of the 1994 Golden Leaf Award “Best Regency” and finalist for CoRWA’s Award of Excellence
eISBN: 978-1-937776-29-9 Amazon, B&N, Apple
She plays a deadly game, but nothing is as dangerous as love.
Benedict de Malorie, Earl of Trevisan, can never forget the masked woman he met one night at a London pleasure garden. The clever pickpocket stole his heart and his family’s prized jewel – the Malorie Phoenix. But the family treasure reappears in Benedict’s darkest hour, returned by its thief, along with the unexpected gift of his infant daughter.
Believing that she is dying, Jenny Smith leaves her daughter in the custody of the baby’s blueblood father. Seven years later she finds herself in good health and alone, yearning for her only child. To raise enough money to support them both, she takes part in a daring escapade that requires her to impersonate a woman of quality. She fools the ton and Benedict himself.
When Jenny finds herself entangled in a murderous plot against Benedict, the father of her child, her carefully laid plans begin to fall apart. All she wants is her daughter back, but she never thought she’d fall in love with Benedict. Revealing her part in the plot means she will almost certainly lose Benedict and their daughter forever. But continuing to play her role puts them all in terrible danger.
Regency Historical Novella
Harlequin, 978-1-459-23427-7 Release date July, 2012
THE UNREPENTANT RAKE, Available Now
TO RESCUE OR RAVISH? July 2012
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Regency Historical - e-book Published May 17th, 2012
Evernight Publishing, 978-1-77130-026-1, asin B0083WA1G0
What’s the harm in a little white lie?
Especially when it could carry so much good—a new life for a wounded soldier, catharsis after long years of war, and an opportunity for lady composer Olivia Delancey to finally hear her music played in public.
Newspaper publisher Will Marsh refuses to compound the sins of his father’s generation by taking money to print propaganda. But with the end of the wars in France and America, he needs something new to drive Londoners to grab his paper first. Why not publish the score of the “Tune That Took Waterloo,” by a wounded vet, no less? As Olivia struggles to keep her secrets from this unsuitably alluring publisher, and Will fights to find the truth without losing his hold on this bright-eyed angel who has descended into his life, both discover another sort of truth.
Being the talk of London can be bad—or very, very good.
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Regency Romance – Released June 2012
Decadent Publishing - http://www.decadentpublishing.
After a frightful first season, Miss Suzanna March is after one thing, revenge on the elusive rake, Lord Danning.
But with pockets to let, Lord Danning has other ideas and the newly improved Suzanna fits all his credentials as a future wife. But will Suzanna fall for such pretty words from a charmer only after one thing.
Or will Danning prove to Suzanna and himself that she is more than his ticket out of debtor’s prison.
- Aloha to Alyssa Everett and A TRYST WITH TROUBLE (sosaloha.blogspot.com)
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 …
This month, the Beau Monde Chapter of the Romance Writers of America is pleased to announce the debut of a new section in the Chapters/Special Interest Groups area of the myRWA.org forum. This new section is entitled "Working on the Web." It is intended to be a place where Beau Monde members can come to learn, or to share, tips and tricks on how to enhance our outcomes when working on the Internet.
The World Wide Web is now a fact of life for most authors, but we all have different attitudes, needs and levels of experience as we work in the online environment. This new section of the myRWA forum will be devoted to discussing those issues so that members will have one place where they can come to ask questions, get information and/or share it. Thus, we can all better understand and maximize our usage of the Web to our mutual advantage and benefit.
Some of the topics in this new forum will include:
- Blogging: Tips and Best Practices
- eBook Publishing: Authors’ Advice and Experiences
- General Web-Related Topics
- Online Safeguards: Protecting Your Work & Safe Surfing
- Search Engine Optimization: Getting Found on the Web
- Social Media: FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter &c.
- Web Site Usability and Accessibility
This month, articles have been posted in the Working on the Web forum which explain the basic theory of search engine optimization (SEO) and how to select the necessary keywords in order to optimize your own web site. There is also an article which discusses the different digital denizens who inhabit the web and why each group tends to approach the use of the web in different ways. Visit the new Working on the Web forum to determine into which "digital" category you fall.
Next month, articles planned for the new forum include details on taking maximum SEO advantage of the single most powerful HTML tag on any web page, as well as a safe-surfing article on the whys and hows of constructing strong passwords to increase the security of your online accounts. In addition, all Beau Monde members are invited to drop in to this new section of the forum any time, to ask questions, or to share any information you have gleaned in your online travels and adventures.
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In today’s article, Cheryl Bolen, award-winning romance author, tells us about Nielsen’s BookScan, which tracks point-of-sale statistics on book sales at a number of retail outlets. This article was written in 2005, and sadly, some of those retail outlets have fallen to the economic pressures of recent years. Nevertheless, publisher’s do use this list to guide many of the decisions they make, including whether or not to acquire another book from one of their authors.
If you are not already aware of the importance of the Nielson BookScan, let Cheryl Bolen explain …
Sophia Nash is today’s Featured Author for The Beau Monde Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Sophia Nash’s first three novels won eight national awards including the prestigious RITA Award and a spot on the American Library Association’s “Top Ten Romances of the Year.”
Sophia was born in Switzerland, raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. Her ancestor, an infamous French admiral who traded epic cannon fire with the British Royal Navy, is surely turning in his grave.
Before pursuing her long held dream of writing Historicals, Sophia was an award winning television producer for CBS, a congressional speechwriter, and a nonprofit CEO.
Now writing for Avon/Harper Collins, Sophia’s back to back releases of her brand new Royal Entourage series are: Between the Duke and The Deep Blue Sea and The Art of Duke Hunting.
Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, and others.
Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”
Her latest Regency Historical Romance, Paths of Desire, can be found as an ebooks on Kindle, Nook and at Smashwords, along with her Regency romances, and her free novella, Cats Cradle. She has had novellas published in several anthologies, has had young adult horror stories published, and is the author of several computer games.
Shannon is a regular speaker at writing conferences, and will be speaking at the 2012 RWA National conference in Anaheim. She gives online workshops and is the author of Story Telling; Story Showing, an ebook that compliments her popular online class Show and Tell: An Interactive Workshop. She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and the one love of her life.
Find Shannon at – sd-writer.com
Google+ as SdonnellyNM@gmail.com
As promised, here are some more of the New Release Books from our wonderful Beau Monde members. Enjoy more great reading!
Historical Regency – March 22nd, 2012
Ellora’s Cave, Blush line - http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9927-my-elusive-countess.aspx
Although Amanda was born into the merchant class, she married into the aristocracy, a fact she would regret were it not for the son she bore to the Earl of Willowvale. Now widowed for two years, Amanda is attempting to protect her son from exposure to the vices of the nobility when her plans are overset by the unexpected appearance of a guardian for her son. Unknown to the countess, the Marquess of Blackbourne is guardian to her young son, and he intends to see that the boy is raised as befits his station, even if that means taking him away from his mother.
Short & sweet (sex-wise) novel of 31,000 words
Ebook at Amazon, B&N, Smashwords – March
Plain spinster Jane Featherstone helps lord she’s long loved woo an heiress to honor the deathbed vow he made to his father.
RUINED BY RUMOR by Alyssa Everett
Carina Press, 978-14268-9378-0
May 21, 2012
After waiting five years for her fiancé to return from the war and marry her, Roxana Langley has been jilted! She may have longed for excitement, but this was not what she had in mind… Who could possibly throw over a woman as beautiful and vivacious as Roxana? Certainly not the Earl of Ayersley, who has spent years trying in vain to forget his unrequited love. When he learns she’s been abandoned by her cad of a fiancé, he finds himself offering a shoulder for her to cry on.
twitter / @RegencyTwisters
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Regency Historical – March 2012
Publisher – Kone Enterprises
Can the daughter of a jumped-up tradesman find happiness with a handsome and charming viscount, or does her destiny lie elsewhere? Perhaps with a man who isn’t trying to kill her?
Author blog http://mosaicmoments.blogspot.
twitter / @blairbancroft
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Maddie Vincouer conceals her father’s death in 1809 after promising to save her family from Cousin Sanford’s greed. A Riding Officer endangers this pretense with his insistent demands to meet her father. Then chance reveals her secret to the cruel French spy Donatien. Matters go completely awry when Maddie aids a wounded “free trader”. In a desperate attempt to save her Bellaport enlists the help of Baron de la Croix and rolls the dice on the fate of all their lives. If they survive will Maddie forgive his deceit.
Regency Historical - Loose-Id - 978-1-61118-557-7
April 17, 2012
Regency Historical - e-novella
Kensington Zebra Books, ISBN-13: 9781420123203 – May 2012
The day was as hot as the pond was inviting. It’s not as if anyone in Little Huffington was going to happen upon a secluded vale on the Duke of Greycliffe’s lands. And Venus Collingswood didn’t want to get her shift all wet. It was the perfect setting in which to plan her lovely bookworm of a sister’s betrothal to the mysterious new duke arriving seven days hence. If only she had a suitable accomplice. Andrew Valentine, Duke of Greycliffe, never thought arriving at his own household a week early would cause so much trouble. The housekeeper thinks he’s his own cousin. Actually, the chance to not be the duke for a while is a pleasant opportunity indeed. It might even help him interrogate the delectable little nymph he’s discovered swimming in his pond–if he can manage to get a word in edgewise.
BEDDING LORD NED by Sally MacKenzie
Regency Historical – June, 2012
Kensington Zebra Books, ISBN-13: 9781420123210
Ellie Bowman is determined: during this year’s Valentine house party, she will choose one of the men the matchmaking Duchess of Greycliffe–aka the Duchess of Love–has invited for her. Unfortunately, that man will not be Lord Ned, the duchess’s second son. Ned is still mourning his wife and will never see Ellie as anything other than a childhood friend. Lord Ned has vowed to finally cooperate with his mother’s matchmaking efforts. He wants a family; he needs an heir. Ergo, he must get a wife–and this year’s candidate even looks like his lost love. But his old friend Ellie is behaving strangely, and Reggie, Mama’s cat, keeps bringing him a pair of shocking red drawers. This outrageous, alluring scrap of silk couldn’t be Ellie’s could it?
Publisher: Camel Press May 1, 2012, Available in both print and e-book format
Few mourn the sudden and shocking passing of the Earl of Lansdown. Certainly not Jane Elton, the young and beautiful widow whose life he made a misery. After her initial relief, Jane must contend with an unexpected and devastating reality: because she is childless, she and her family must descend several rungs down the social ladder. One hope remains. Could she be pregnant? Enter Douglas Cartland, a notorious rake with a tragic past. During these first months of widowhood, Jane’s conduct must be above reproach, but she cannot keep her distance. Especially when Cartland contrives to turn up everywhere she looks.
Elena Greene grew up reading her mother’s Georgette Heyer novels, but it wasn’t until she went on an international assignment to the United Kingdom that she was inspired to start writing her own.
Her first Regency romance was published in 2000 and was followed by five more Regencies and a novella.
Her books have won the Desert Rose Golden Quill and Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence.
Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING’S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club’s award for Best Regency Romance of 2005.
Elena lives in upstate New York with her stroke survivor husband and two daughters.
Website: Elena Greene
Grace Kone (Blair Bancroft) is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author
Grace Kone’s Biography -
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.
And in January 2012 I uploaded my first indie-published new work, the thriller, Orange Blossoms & Mayhem.
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Today’s Featured Beau Monde Author is 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.