17
Apr

Attingham Family Tales, Sophia Dubochet and the 2nd Lord Berwick   By Jane Lark

Jane Lark, whose most recent Regency romance is The Passionate Love of a Rake, was released this past November. Today, Jane tells us about her visit to the grand estate of Attingham, which was the home of Lord Berwick and his young wife, the former courtesan, Sophia Dubochet, in the early years of the nineteenth century. Fortunately, this elegant house is now the property of the National Trust, and is open to visitors. Once you have read Jane’s tale of its history, you may want to see it for yourself.

13
Apr

It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Clock

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Well, by now, it might be. But there were no grandfather clocks anywhere during the Regency because the song by which they acquired their name had yet to be written. However, by the beginning of the Regency, nearly every affluent household, and some more prosperous middle-class households, were in possession of a very expensive, free-standing clock in a tall wooden case resembling a coffin.

This symbol of prosperity would begin to loose its status even before the debut of the song which changed its name. By the beginning of the reign of William IV, brother of the erstwhile Prince Regent, the Industrial Revolution had set its sights on that most complicated device, the clock. From about 1830, most clocks were no longer made by hand, they were made by machine. Other technological factors had also come into play which reduced the consequence of these once purposeful clocks.

The development and importance of the long-case clock during the Regency and how its name was changed …

9
Apr

April New Releases from Beau Monde Members

New 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 – April 2014

 

Theresa Romain
TO CHARM A NAUGHTY COUNTESS(Matchmaker trilogy)
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Historical/ Some Sexual Contact
Print/eBookCAN A RECLUSIVE DUKE…Brilliant but rumored mad, Michael Layward, the impoverished Duke of Wyverne, has no success courting heiresses until widowed Lady Stratton takes up his cause–after first refusing his suit.WIN LONDON’S MOST POWERFUL COUNTESS?Caroline Graves, the popular Countess of Stratton, sits alone at the pinnacle of London society and has vowed never to remarry. When Michael–her counterpart in an old scandal–returns to town after a long absence, she finds herself as enthralled with him as ever. As she guides the anxiety-ridden duke through the trials of society, Caroline realizes that she’s lost her heart . But if she gives herself to the only man she’s ever loved, she’ll lose the hard-won independence she prizes above all.
 
May 6 2014
http://theresaromain.com 
 
Bronwen Evans
A PROMISE OF MORE (Disgraced Lords #2)
Random House Loveswept
Historical/ Some Sexual Contact
eBookIn the second novel in Bronwen Evans’s sexy new Disgraced Lords series, two very independent souls find themselves fighting to resist a deepening passion.When Beatrice Hennessey sets out to confront Lord Coldhurst, the notorious rogue who killed her brother in a duel, her intent is to save her family from destitution. She’s determined to blackmail the man into a loveless marriage. She’ll make the wealthy Lord Coldhurst pay for the rest of his life. But while greeting his ship, Beatrice takes a tumble into the Thames—only to be fished out by a pair of strong masculine arms that tempt her to stay locked in their heated embrace forever. That is, until she realizes those arms belong to Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst himself.The little drowned mermaid has an interesting proposition indeed; one that Sebastian is surprised to find quite agreeable. Although he’s had women more beautiful, she is pleasing to the eye, and besides, it’s time he fathered an heir. Beatrice promises to be the ideal wife; a woman who hates him with an all-consuming passion is far too sensible to expect romance. However, it isn’t long before Sebastian’s plan for a marriage of convenience unravels, and he’s caught up in the exhilarating undertow of seduction.
 
April 15 2014
http://www.bronwenevans.com 
 
Alexa Egan
CURSED: The Complete Imnada Brotherhood Novellas
Pocket Books
Paranormal/ Some Sexual Contact
eNovellaThe complete collection of “not-to-be-missed” (Romantic Times) Imnada Brotherhood novellas—a dark and sexy series about a clan of shape-shifters living secretly as humans.Awaken the Curse
University student James Farraday and professor’s daughter Katherine Lacey embark on a curse-ridden quest to find Katherine’s father, who vanished while studying a mysterious ancient obelisk. As they unravel the mystery, legends point to the existence of the Imnada, a race of shape-shifters said to have died off a thousand years ago. Or is the professor’s disappearance the result of a very human villain? Soon James and Kate’s search for the truth means fighting for their lives. Yet every hour they spend together exploring the past leads them to a very present and irresistible temptation…Unleash the Curse
Neither actress Sarah Haye nor London’s most eligible bachelor, Sebastian Commin, the Earl of Deane has ever forgotten their scandalous night of white hot passion—and the differences that make a future together impossible. Yet they find themselves back together as they try to solve the mystery of a brutal attack on an Imnada shape-shifter and a sinister entity known as the Naxos. When the Naxos strike again, Sarah realizes she’s willing to risk a little scandal to save the world…and the man she loves.Vanquish the Curse
Lady Estelle Swann didn’t come to London in search of a husband. Instead she’s here hunting for one of the magical Keys of Gylferion in hopes of preventing a war between Fey-blood and shape-shifter. So when the notorious scoundrel Lt. Jack Ramsay turns his dangerous charms her way, she’s more than a little suspicious. But he’s after something else—something that leads the couple on a mission both complicated and deadly. Soon Estelle and Jack find themselves fighting not only unseen enemies but their own very dangerous attraction.
 
March 29 2014
http://www.AlexaEgan.com
 
 
 
Cara Elliott
PASSIONATELY YOURS (The Hellions of High Street Book 3)
Grand Central Forever
Historical/ Graphic Sexual Contact
eBookThe youngest of the Hellions of High Street, Caro Sloane has watched her two sisters have exhilarating encounters with dashing heroes, and now she is longing for some excitement of her own. After all, how can she write truly passionate poetry until she has experienced a Grand Adventure? But that seems unlikely to happen as she’ll be spending the next few weeks in the quiet spa town of Bath, where nothing grand or adventurous ever happens . . . until she and her new friend Isobel are nearly abducted while walking on a quiet country road—only to be rescued by Alec McClellan, the moody and mysterious Scottish lord she met at Dunbar Castle.Alec has come to England to deal with a treacherous betrayal and fears that his half-sister Isobel is in peril from an old enemy. Does he dare share his secrets with Caro? The bold and brave beauty leaves him no choice, and together they are quickly caught up in a swirl of dangerous intrigue . . . but it’s the fiery desire between them that may ignite into the greatest danger of all.March 4 2014
http://www.caraelliott.com
 
Ella Quinn
DESIRING LADY CARO (The Marriage Game)
Kensington
Historical/ Some Sexual Contact
eBook
 
Ella Quinn’s bachelors are clever, charismatic—and determined to remain single. Yet one by one, they find that fate—and certain irresistible women—cast doubt on even the best laid plans…Haunted by her past, Lady Caroline Martindale fled England for the solace of her godmother’s palazzo in Venice. But if Caro was hoping to escape the charms of marriage-minded men, she’s come to the wrong place. And she’ll resort to extreme measures to spurn the advances of a dangerously determined Venetian marquis…Though most of his friends have married off, Gervais, Earl of Huntley, remains bent on eluding the parson’s mousetrap. But his convictions begin to falter when he arrives in Venice and meets his match in the alluring Lady Caro. What began as a hastily concocted lie to save her from the marquis may become a chance for them both to relinquish their fear—and embrace what they can no longer deny…April 3 2014
http://www.ellaquinnauthor.com 
 
Shana Galen
SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND(Jewels of the Ton)
Sourcebooks
Historical/ Some Sexual Contact
Print/eBookLily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm, has the gentlemen of the ton eating out of her hand—all but one. As one of The Three Diamonds, Lily has borne her share of scandal, but none so great as the scandal that forced her into a the role of a courtesan. But there’s more to Lily than a pretty face. What better disguise for a secret agent than that of a courtesan?Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington, is in love with Lily’s best friend. He wants to hate Lily for taking up with his father. When he discovers there’s more to her flirtation with his father than greed, he knows he must help her uncover a traitor, even if that traitor is his own father.
 
March 4 2014
http://www.shanagalen.com
 
Valerie Bowman
THE UNEXPECTED DUCHESS (Playful Brides #1)
St. Martin’s Press
Historical/ Some Sexual Contact
Print/eBook/AudiobookIN THIS BATTLE OF WITSLady Lucy Upton’s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the Duke of Claringdon…but it turns out that he’s made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she’s had in ages.KISSES ARE THE BEST WEAPONLord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she’ll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And the spoils of this war just may be true love…April 29 2014
http://www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com
 
Regina Scott
THE HUSBAND CAMPAIGN (The Master Matchmakers)
Love Inspired Historical
Inspirational/ Nothing more than kissing
 
When John, Lord Hascot, encounters a woman sheltering in his abandoned stable, his future is sealed. To prevent scandal, and protect Lady Amelia from her parents’ ire, he must propose. John’s ability to trust vanished when his former love married his twin brother. Yet he offers Amelia everything she could want, except affection. Amelia sees John’s true nature shine when he cares for his horses. But the brooding aristocrat seems determined to keep her at arm’s length. Little by little Amelia will turn Hollyoak Farm into a home, but can she turn a marriage of convenience into a joyful union?
 
April 1 2014
http://www.reginascott.com
 
Regina Jeffers
A TOUCH OF HONOR (The Realm)
White Soup Press
Historical/ Inferred Sexual Contact
Print/eBookFor two years, BARON JOHN SWENTON has thought of little else other than making Satiné Aldridge his wife; so when he discovers her reputation in tatters, Swenton acts honorably: He puts forward a marriage of convenience that will save her from ruination and provide him the one woman he believes will bring joy to his life. However, the moment he utters his proposal, Swenton’s instincts scream he has made a mistake: Unfortunately, a man of honor makes the best of even the most terrible of situations.SATINE ALDRIDGE has fallen for a man she can never possess and has accepted a man she finds only mildly tolerable. What will she do to extricate herself from Baron Swenton’s life and claim the elusive Prince Henrí? Obviously, more than anyone would ever expect.ISOLDE NEVILLE has been hired to serve as Satiné Aldridge’s companion, but her loyalty rests purely with the lady’s husband. With regret, she watches the baron struggle against the impossible situation in which Miss Aldridge has placed him, while her heart desires to claim the man as her own. Yet, Isolde is as honorable as the baron. She means to see him happy, even if that requires her to aid him in his quest to earn Miss Satiné’s affections.The first fully original series from Austen pastiche author Jeffers is a knockout. – Publishers WeeklySacrifice and honor, betrayal and redemption, all make for an exceptionally satisfying romance. A Touch of Honor is a mesmerizing story of extraordinary love realized against impossible odds. – Collette Cameron, Award-Winning AuthorApril 1 2014
http://rjeffers.com
 
Vanessa Kelly
CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM(The Renegade Royals)
Kensington Zebra
Historical/ Some Sexual Contact
Print/eBook/AudiobookONLY ONE WOMAN IS WORTHY OF HIS SECRETS…Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London’s most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy—and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him…Justine Brightmore may be a viscount’s niece, but she’s also a spy’s daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction…April 1 2014
http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com
 
Georgie Lee
RESCUED FROM RUIN
Harlequin Historical
Historical/ Some Sexual Contact
Print/eBookWhat the ton doesn’t know…During the years since Randall Cheltenham, Marquess of Falconbridge, last saw Cecelia Thompson, he has turned into a dissolute rake. Catching sight of her now, bittersweet memories threaten to shatter his carefully constructed façade.Although in the eyes of the ton Cecelia is a wealthy widow, in reality she has barely a penny to her name. Randall seems to offer a safe haven, but how can she trust a man who has hurt her before and who seems to have only become darker with the passing of time?April 1 2014
http://georgie-lee.com
 
Elena Greene
LORD LANGDON’S KISS
Elena Greene
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing
eBookJames Mayland, Earl of Langdon, returns from war to find his family in debt and his brother courting the vicar’s daughter, whom James suspects of social climbing. Determined to expose her schemes, he tries to lure her into pursuing him instead.Already angry with Lord Langdon for neglecting the people who work his lands, Nell is infuriated by his kiss. She vows to bring him to a sense of his responsibilities and keep him from destroying her chance for happiness with his brother.As they learn from their mistakes, they create a tangle of hearts that only true love can unravel.*This is a reissue of a 2000 Zebra Regency*April 10 2014
http://www.elenagreene.com/
 
Elena Greene
THE THREE DISGRACES SERIES
Elena Green
Traditional/ Some Sexual Contact
eBookA rebel, an heiress, and a wallflower find love where they least expect it… This trilogy by award winning author Elena Greene includes the following reissued, full length Regency romances: The Incorrigible Lady Catherine, The Redwyck Charm, and Saving Lord Verwood.March 25 2014
http://www.elenagreene.com/
 
Jane Lark
THE SCANDALOUS LOVE OF A DUKE (The Marlow Intrigues)
Harper Impulse
Historical/ Some Sexual Contact
eBookLove must be won with an open heart, not bought.Isolated by life and choice, John Harding, the Duke of Pembroke, sees an angel in a pale mauve dress across a room and is drawn closer as lust grips firm and hard in his stomach.The wheat-blonde hair escaping her dull dove-grey bonnet and caressing her neck lures his eyes to a spot he’d like to kiss.She speaks with animation her hands moving. Then as if she senses his gaze the stranger turns and looks at him.A rush of pain and longing spilled from Katherine’s heart into her limbs. It was so long since she’d seen John but her reaction was the same as it had been more than half-a-dozen years before. She
loved him, secretly, without hope, but a chasm of years and status stood between them.
 
April 3 2014
http://www.janelark.co.uk/ 
 
 
Laurie Alice Eakes
A LADY’S HONOR (Cliffs of Cornwall)
Harper Collins Christian Publishing
Print/eBook
Inspirational/Nothing more than kissingOn the cliffs of 19th-century Cornwall, a spirited, impetuous young woman is torn between the honor of her family and the longing of her heart. England, 1811 A tarnished reputation. A distant home. A forced engagement to a dangerous man.When Elizabeth Trelawny flees London, she has more than one reason to run. And when her carriage, pursued by her would-be fiance, is caught in a storm, she quickly accepts the help of a dark stranger. Anything to get back to Cornwall.Rowan Curnow is not exactly a stranger. Not quite a gentleman either, class disparity once kept him from courting Elizabeth . . . even if it didn’t keep him from kissing her. The couple elude their pursuers and reach Bastian Point, Elizabeth’s future inheritance and the one place she calls home. But in the very act of spiriting her to safety, Rowan has jeopardized Elizabeth’s inheritance—if her Grandfather ever learns she spent the night, however innocently, in the company of a man.When smugglers unite the pair in a reckless, flirtatious alliance—an alliance that challenges the social norms that Elizabeth has been raised to revere and rattles Rowan’s fledgling faith in God—Elizabeth must choose between the obedience of a child and the desires of a woman: whether to cling to the safety of her family home or follow the man she loves.
 
April 22 2014
http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com
 
Beppie Harrison
THE DIVIDED HEART (The Heart Trilogy)
Beppie Harrison
Historical/ Some Sexual Contact
Print/eBookThe Divided Heart takes place in 1810, the Regency period in England. It tells the story of Lady Anne Wadsworth, daughter of the English Earl of Kendall, born and brought up on her family’s estate in Ireland, a place of rolling open country and a thousand shades of green. Her duty may belong to England, but her heart belongs to Ireland, especially after Diarmaid, a red-headed enigmatic Irishman, enlightens her to the plight of his people under British rule. Anne is more than sympathetic to Diarmaid’s cause, but at the same time she’s drawn to Hugh, the Marquess of Ashbourne, the new English owner of an Irish estate. Hugh falls in love with Anne, but is appalled that she intends to turn her sympathy for the Irish into action When he proposes marriage, Anne knows that accepting his offer will keep her in Ireland but feels honor-bound to help Diarmaid, even if it means losing Hugh.
 
March 20 2014
http://RomancingtheEras.com
 
 
Susan Gee Heino
THE EARL’S PASSIONATE PLOT
Susan Gee Heino
Traditional/ Nothing more than kissing
Print/eBookShe’s scheming to get him out of her house. He’s plotting to get her into his arms.When her step-father died, Miss Mariah Langley inherited Renford Hall, her home for the past twenty years. The Earl of Dovington has just arrived to evict her, waving legal proof that the property is his and informing her he’s already leased it to someone else. With nowhere else to go, Mariah agrees to host his potential lessees in exchange for additional time there.With guests arriving and tempers flaring, there seems but one obvious solution. The spinster and the earl engage in a battle of wits and wooing: they each scheme to find a partner for the other, hoping romance will give the enemy reason to relinquish the house. It’s hard to focus on matchmaking, however, when they can’t keep their hands off each other!
 
April 15 2014
http://SusanGH.com
 
Kathleen Baldwin
MISTAKEN KISS
Ink Lion Books
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing
Print/eBook
 
Willa is nearly blind, but she knows trouble when she trips over it.The vicar’s little sister knows full well that her prospects are bleak. When she accidentally kisses Alexander Braeburn, her dull predictable world turns upside down. Logic dictates that she should stay away from the handsome Corinthian. He’s the black sheep of their village. But how can she resist? She yearns for one more taste of the most tantalizing excitement she has ever experienced. Just one more, before Willa settles back into her dreary life forever.Alex is intrigued by the refreshingly forthright Willa. Her genuine character warms his jaded heart and makes him smile. When her notorious Aunt Honore leads naïve Willa into trouble, Alex feels duty bound to rescue her. Is it duty? Or something else that compels him to watch over the vicar’s little sister?Mistaken Kiss is an Award-winning Sweet Traditional Regency Romance
March 2 2014
http://kathleenbaldwin.com/

5
Apr

City of Laughter:   Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London   A Review By Cheryl Bolen

Cheryl Bolen, award-winning Regency romance author, today reviews an important historical reference with which most Regency authors and aficionados will want to be aware. As Cheryl point out, this book is most definitely not for children, but it is a treasure trove of previously unpublished images and information. She has added this book to her own Regency research library, and many other Regency devotees may very well want to do the same.

1
Apr

Puzzle Jugs in the Regency

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

A diverting drinking vessel which could be found in village inns and public houses for centuries had a resurgence in popularity in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. These vessels had been made throughout England and northern Europe since at least the fifteenth century. Most commonly called puzzle jugs, they were also sometimes called teasing pitchers or wager jugs. It was a challenge to determine how to drink the liquor which they contained and wagers were often placed on the outcome of the attempt.

By the time of the Regency, puzzle jugs were being made not only for use in inns and taverns, but also for home use. Many gentlemen enjoyed entertaining their male visitors with drinking games using their own puzzle jugs.

29
Mar

The Ha-Ha Revisited   By Angelyn Schmid

Today, Angelyn Schmid shares with us her research into that fiendishly clever barrier which was often found within the grounds of English country estates, the ha-ha. By use of a ha-ha, the view from the manor house would be over an unbroken rolling green sward, but any cattle, sheep, or other animals which were grazing on the other side of the ha-ha would be unable to approach any nearer the house. Angelyn’s article will give you other important details with regard to a ha-ha, should you wish to incorporate one into an upcoming story.

25
Mar

Educating Your Daughters — A Guide to English Boarding Schools in 1814   By Susanna Ives

In today’s article, Susanna Ives, most recently author of Wicked Little Secrets, gives us some insights into the education of young women two centuries ago. Compare the usual course of study which was typically provided to these young ladies to the education of young gentlemen which was shared with us earlier this month by Cheryl Bolen.

21
Mar

New Regency Releases for March

New Releases For March 2014

 
 
Wareeze Woodson
AN ENDURING LOVE IS WORTH KEEPING
Soul Mate Publishing
Historical/Some Sexual Contact
Print/eBookBorn and raised in Latvia, Rebecca Balodis marries Rhys Sudduth, an English diplomat. Shortly thereafter, he is summoned home to attend his father’s death-bed. Rebecca cannot accompany him at the time and becomes trapped in the turmoil plaguing her country. He is informed she died in the upheaval.Nearly four years later, she escapes and arrives in London with their son in tow. Arriving in the middle of his sister’s ball is very awkward, especially since Rhys plans to announce his betrothal to a young debutante later in the evening.Trouble, tangled in suspense and danger, follow her from Latvia. Can this pair ever find or even recognize an enduring love? Is it worth keeping?March 26 2014
http://www.wareezewoodson.com/
 
Regan Walker
WIND RAVEN
Boroughs Publishing Group
Historical/Some Sexual Contact
Print/eBookOrdered by the Prince Regent into the Caribbean, English sea captain and former privateer Jean Nicholas Powell has no time for women onboard the Wind Raven, especially not Tara McConnell. The impudent American forced herself aboard, and so she’ll get more than she bargained for: Instead of a direct sail to Baltimore, she’ll join their quest to investigate a rampaging pirate, the infamous Roberto Cofresi.But the hoyden thinks she can crew with his men, and though he bans her from the rigging, Nick is captivated watching her lithe, luscious movements on deck. Facing high seas, storms, cutthroats and the endless unknown, he must protect his ship, his passenger, his crew. But on this voyage, with this woman, there is a greater danger: to his heart.March 7 2014
http://www.reganwalkerauthor.com/
 
Alyssa Everett
AN HEIR OF UNCERTAINTY
Harlequin/Carina Press
Historical/Some Sexual Contact
Print/eBookYorkshire, 1820Lina, Lady Radbourne, thought being a countess would rescue her from poverty. Unfortunately, her young groom failed to plan for the future, and his drunken accident left her widowed and pregnant. Now Colonel Winstead Vaughan—Win—will inherit her late husband’s fortune…unless she gives birth to a boy. Win is her natural enemy, so why can’t she stop thinking about him?Win is stunned to learn he stands to inherit a vast fortune. He’s even more surprised to find himself falling for the beautiful, spirited Lady Radbourne, who is the one woman who stands in the way of a life he’d only imagined.When someone tries to poison Lady Radbourne, suspicion falls on Win. There’s a clever killer in their midst, and if Win doesn’t solve the mystery fast, Lina may perish. He needs to win her trust, but how can he prove it’s she he wants, and not the fortune?March 10 2014
http://alyssaeverett.com/
 
Jo Ann Brown
A BRIDE FOR THE BARON
Harlequin Love Inspired Historical
Inspirational/Nothing more than kissing
Print/eBookVera Fenwick is everything a vicar’s sister should be—helpful, modest and sensible. She knows the perils of falling for a man above her station, but it does no harm to admire Edmund Herriott, Lord Meriweather—from afar. She’s perfectly content to help him restore the local rectory…and she’s much too reasonable to risk her heart.Working alongside Vera to rebuild the church and foil a smuggling ring is restoring the confidence Edmund lost in battle. Vera may be sure she’s not suited to be an aristocrat’s wife, but Edmund is utterly confident of one thing—that this unexpected love was built to last.Sanctuary Bay: Where three war heroes find the healing power of love.March 4 2014
http://joannbrownbooks.com/
 
Katherine Bone
DUKE BY DAY, ROGUE BY NIGHT
EsKape Press
Historical/Some Sexual Contact
Print/eBookCONSTANCE DANBURY is desperate to escape an arranged marriage to a man nearly twice her age. Her only hope is to board a merchantman bound for Spain to enlist her aunt’s help. Her plans go awry when she’s captured by pirates. Even more alarming, her traitorous body longs for the man who’s returning her to England! Pushed into a marriage of convenience, she’s caught between two men—one owns her heart, the other is bent on stealing it.PERCIVAL AVERY is a member of Nelson’s Tea, an elite group assigned to protect England’s shores at any cost. On a mission to avenge his sister’s death, Percy infiltrates the gang of cutthroats responsible. When his vessel attacks a merchantman, Percy must choose between vengeance and saving the life of his commander’s niece. His only choice is to mutiny, but mutiny obliterates his well-laid plans. Forced on a new course that leads straight back to Constance Danbury, Percy has to make a decision—chase revenge or allow himself to love again.March 4 2014
http://www.katherinebone.com/
 
Amylynn Bright
THE DUKE OF MOREWETHER’S SECRET
Historical/Some Sexual ContactThea Ashbrook comes to London on a mission to do right by her half-brothers — not to find a husband. Homesick for Greece, she causes an incident at a Salon lecture on Greek architecture where she is introduced to the annoyingly handsome Duke of Morewether. The gossips have told her of every deviant escapade for which he’s so famous, and she is not impressed. When she discovers that his love of family mirrors her own, she gives herself permission to open her heart to him.Christian, Duke of Morewether, is infamous for his scandalous ways. He thinks his life lacks nothing, until he meets Miss Althea Ashbrook and, for the first time in his life, he finds himself tongue tied. When his past comes back to haunt him, it will take all his powers of persuasion to convince Thea he is worthy of her love.The duke has a secret – one that Thea thinks she could never forgive and sends her racing for home. To find redemption and win her back, Christian must realize mistakes can’t be ignored forever.March 1 2014
http://www.amylynnbright.com/
 
Aileen Fish

CHARMING THE VICAR’S DAUGHTER (The Bridgethorpe Brides #3)
Traditional/ Nothing More than Kisses
eNovella

What’s a gentleman to do when the local Widows’ League insists on a marriage over a simple misunderstanding? How does he honor his family name without damaging that of a vicar’s daughter?  For Neil Harrow, the journey to obtain a matched pair of horses for his new curricle has taken a wrong turn. While his uncle is not insisting Neil marry Patience Cookson, in his heart he knows it’s the thing to do.

Patience wants nothing to do with the popinjay who came to her aid, no matter how the situation appeared. The meddling old widows are a formidable opponent, but Patience will do everything in her power to avoid such an ill-suited match. As charming Mr. Harrow might be, Patience is determined to only marry a man she can love with all her heart.

March 25 2014
http://aileenfish.com

 
Callie Hutton
THE DUKE’S QUANDARY
Entangled – Scandalous
Historical/Some Sexual Contact
Print/eBookLondon 1814…Drake, Duke of Manchester is searching the Marriage Mart for a perfect bride. He wants a woman who is poised, sophisticated, and worthy of the title Duchess. But most of all, he wants a woman who does not want the useless emotion of love.Socially awkward Miss Penelope Clayton isn’t meant for marriage. A serious botanist, she has no desire to wed, so being forced by her guardian to participate in the Season to find a husband is torture. She’ll never fit in with the ton, especially if they discover she’s been pretending to be a man within the scientific community.As Drake’s family makes over Penelope, turning her from naive bluestocking to enchanting debutante, he is put upon to introduce her to society and eligible bachelors. Despite dance lessons and new gowns, Penelope is the opposite of poised and sophisticated as she stumbles from one mishap to the next. Why then, does he find it so hard to resist her?March 10 2014
http://calliehutton.com/
 
Vicky Dreiling
WHAT A RECKLESS ROGUE NEEDS
Grand Central: Forever Romance
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact
Print/eBookWILL THE ROGUE’S PERFECT PLAN . . .Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn’t comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.LEAD TO THE PERFECT SEDUCTION?Regardless of the ton’s whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won’t settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her-until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more . . .March 25 2014
http://www.vickydreiling.com/
 
Regina Jeffers
CAPTAIN FREDERICK WENTWORTH’S PERSUASION
White Soup Press
Historical/Inferred Sexual ContactHe has loved her from the moment their eyes met some eight years prior, but Frederick Wentworth is determined to prove to Anne Elliot that she has made a mistake by refusing him. Persuaded by her family and friends of his lack of a future, Anne had sent him away, but now he is back, and it is Anne whose circumstances have brought her low. Frederick means to name another to replace her, but whenever he looks upon Anne’s perfect countenance, his resolve wavers, and he finds himself lost once again to his desire for her. Return to the Regency and Austen’s most compelling love story. Jeffers turns the tale upon its head while maintaining Jane Austen’s tale of love and devotion.February 26 2014
http://www.rjeffers.com/
 
Julie Johnstone
DANCING WITH A DEVIL
Historical/Some Sexual ContactA Lord Chained To His Past…Lord Trent Rutherford’s past has left him guarded, jaded and perfectly content to spend the rest of his life moving from one meaningless affair to the next. Until he meets Lady Audrey Cringlewood, an innocent beauty who makes him question everything he believes. His devilish demeanor guards more than a wounded heart. Behind his swagger lie secrets he’d rather forget than face, but the price of forgetting may be his second chance at life.A Lady Determined To Shape Her Future…Audrey Cringlewood longs to marry for love, not convenience. After several months of flirtatious banter, secret smiles and three very unforgettable kisses, Trent Rutherford, the rake known as Sin, proves himself the man of her dreams. Audrey suspects she understands the pain he hides behind his devil may care attitude, but when the truth comes to light, is her love enough to heal all wounds or will the secrets Trent guarded so carefully tear them apart forever?February 27 2014
http://juliejohnstoneauthor.com/
 
Sandy Raven
LOVING SARAH
Sandy Raven LLC
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact
Print/eBookLady Sarah Halden stows away on the wrong boat when she thinks to enter a sailing race with her brother. She lands in the company of Lucky’s business partner, Ian Ross-Mackeever, heir to the Earl Mackeever. Sarah finds the gruff captain handsome and desires him in ways she’d never wanted a man before. With the help of a salacious little book filled with erotic images, Sarah decides to seduce her captain. At the halfway point of the race, instead of simply letting her return home with him, Lucky forces Sarah and Ian to marry.Ian Ross-Mackeever doesn’t believe in family. His own father sends him away when he is a boy to live in a different country with his grandfather who despises him and aunts who don’t know what to do with him. He is immediately sent away to school where he becomes friends with Lucky Gualtiero, a young man whose family is everything Ian’s is not.After a rocky start upon discovering his stowaway, Ian warms to Sarah’s presence in his life during the voyage home from New York. Her sense of adventure and unwavering love for family forces Ian to embrace her affections and the possibilities of a future with her at his side. Sarah shows Ian that running from destiny is more difficult than accepting fate, and every day spent not cherishing and loving those who love you is a day wasted.February 24 2014
http://www.sandyraven.com/
 
Tammy Jo Burns
TO LOVE AND PROTECT (Reluctant Lords Book Three)
Traditional/Some Sexual ContactLady Clarissa Blackerby enjoyed the peaceful life she and her father lived among the ton. That is until he remarried. Clarissa does not trust her new step-mother nor her step-mother’s brother, but being an only child she has no one to look to for help. When her father disappears and she is attacked, she turns in desperation to her aunt.When Lord Justin Southerby receives a plea from his godmother he dreads what he will walk into. Expecting to have to save her from another of her madcap capers, he instead finds her niece in desperate need of protection.As they join forces to find her father, Clarissa and Justin find themselves being pulled into a deeper intrigue. As they find themselves in more danger, they realize they can only trust each other. Will they find answers before it is too late? Will the trust they develop lead them to a love that will last a lifetime? Or will the past drive a wedge between them that not even love can span?March 5 2014
http://www.tammyjoburns.com/
 
Suzi Love
SCENTING SCANDAL
Historical/Some Sexual ContactThe second in my scandal series with heroines whose scientific knowledge and intellect are an affront to early Victorian’s increasingly staid society.The second Jamison sister uses her extraordinary olfactory senses to sniff out her perfect match, a husband who fits her scientific criteria. She joins forces with the earl to stop a mad-woman eliminating other investors in Britain’s railways. Richard evades marriage, but by accepting each other’s strengths and weakness, Laura and Richard discover a passion neither counted on.February 24 2014
http://suzilove.com/
 
Heather Boyd
AN ACCIDENTAL AFFAIR
Historical/Graphic Sexual ContactLondon’s ballrooms and bedrooms thrive on scandal and decadent pleasure and the summer of 1814 will be no exception for the Distinguished Rogues in Heather Boyd’s latest Regency romance.An Accidental AffairWidowed beauty, Arabella Lawson, Lady Farnsworth, knows the value of independence after being trapped in a marriage that left her unfulfilled. Although she longs for a lover at last, she’s expected to chaperone her flirtatious niece during her first season. However, given the way the girl keeps disappearing every chance she gets, there is little hope of a good or speedy result. While searching for her charge yet again, she blunders into one of Lord Rothwell’s scandalous assignations. This time it’s Arabella’s turn to be on the receiving end of his hungry kisses, and she’s far from prepared to make the most of the opportunity.Gossip may paint Merrick Bishop, the Earl of Rothwell, as a notorious scoundrel when it comes to women, but this season his intentions are honorable.March 12 2014
http://heather-boyd.com/
 
Shelley Munro
MISTRESS OF MERRIVALE
Samhain Publishing
Historical/Graphic Sexual ContactA marriage of convenience…full of inconvenient secrets.Jocelyn Townsend’s life as a courtesan bears no resemblance to the life she envisioned in girlish dreams. But it allows her and her eccentric mother to live in relative security—until her protector marries and no longer requires her services.Leo Sherbourne’s requirements for a wife are few. She must mother his young daughter, run his household, and warm his bed. All in a calm, dignified manner with a full measure of common sense. After his late wife’s histrionics and infidelity, he craves a simpler, quieter life.As they embark on their arrangement, Leo and Jocelyn discover an attraction that heats their bedroom and a mutual admiration that warms their days. But it isn’t long before gossip regarding the fate of Leo’s first wife, and his frequent, unexplained absences, make Jocelyn wonder if the secrets of Merrivale Manor are rooted in murder.March 25 2014
http://www.shelleymunro.com/
 
Darlene Marshall
THE PIRATE’S SECRET BABY
Amber Quill Press
Historical/Graphic Sexual ContactThe captain of the Prodigal Son has a deserved reputation as the deadliest (and best dressed) pirate in the Caribbean, but Robert St. Armand’s totally at sea when it comes to “Marauding Mattie”, the daughter he never knew he had. How in the world can he deal with the littlest pirate, one who prefers knife-throwing to arithmetic lessons, and who’d rather be keelhauled than eat her beets? He needs help!Lydia Burke is living a safe life, separated from England by an entire ocean. It’s exactly what she needs and she’s not going to risk her boring, but secure, position as a governess to consort with pirates, especially one who’s too pretty for his own good or her peace of mind.No self-respecting governess would be willing to come aboard the notorious Prodigal Son, but Robert didn’t fight his way to the top by letting small obstacles like scruples stop him. If he can’t hire Lydia Burke, he’ll steal her and take her to England with them, certain he can charm her into his bed along the wMarch 11 2014
http://www.darlenemarshall.com/
 
Rose Lerner
SWEET DISORDER
Samhain
Historical/Graphic Sexual ContactEver since a bullet sent former infantry officer Nick Dymond home to his emotionally distant, politically obsessed family, he’s lived alone with his depression. But with his younger brother desperate to win the local election, Nick has a new set of marching orders: dust off the legendary family charm and maneuver the beautiful Phoebe Sparks into a politically advantageous marriage.One marriage was enough for Phoebe. Under her town’s by-laws, though, she owns a vote that only a husband can cast. Much as she would love to simply ignore the unappetizing matrimonial candidate pushed at her by the handsome earl’s son, she can’t. Her teenage sister is pregnant, and Phoebe’s last-ditch defense against her sister’s ruin is her vote—and her hand.Nick and Phoebe soon realize the only match their hearts will accept is the one society will not allow. But as election intrigue turns dark, they’ll have to cast the cruelest vote of all: loyalty…or love.March 18 2014
http://www.roselerner.com/
 
Aubrey Beck
JUST ONE NIGHT
Nightshift Publishing
Erotica/Graphic Sexual Contact
AudiobookBlurb Good things come to those who wait, and James Armstrong, the wicked Earl of Haswell has been waiting a very long time to spend just one night with Emma, Lady Alnwick; a night that neither of them will ever forget.March 18 2013
http://www.aubreybeck.com/
 
Aubrey Beck
LADY MISTAKEN 
Night Shift Publishing
Erotica/Graphic Sexual ContactWhen Grace Garwood entered Berridge Downs in search of her wayward brother, she never imagined she’d be mistaken as a lightskirt by the notorious Lord Simon Berridge. And she certainly never imagined that she’d allow the man such wicked, shocking, and yet surprisingly delightful liberties.March 25 2014
http://www.aubreybeck.com/
 

17
Mar

Belgravia — Not a Regency Address

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Unless you like living in a swamp infested with thieves!

Despite the use of Belgrave Square, Eaton Square, or other locales within Belgravia as the address for one or more characters in recent Regency novels I have read, Belgravia did not exist in the Regency. Wishing, or in this case, writing, cannot make it so. The area which encompasses Belgravia was known as Five Fields during the decade of the Regency, and for centuries before that. It was a marshy, muddy lowland and a known haunt of footpads and highwaymen. It was by no stretch of the imagination a posh address during the Regency. In fact, there were only a few ramshackle sheds in the fields, some used for bull-baiting or cock-fighting. Large sections of the fields were unhealthy as they were heavily saturated with brackish water.

When and how did this marshy wasteland become the address in London?

12
Mar

How to Learn What Regency Gentlemen Knew   By Cheryl Bolen

Would you like to get inside the head of a Regency romance hero? Would you like to better understand his upbringing, education and what society would expect from him as a gentleman? In today’s article, award-winning Regency romance author, Cheryl Bolen, tells us about an instruction manual, written in the form of letters from a peer to his son, which explains what a young gentleman about town needs to know to succeed in life.

8
Mar

Anastasius — The Novel Which Made Byron Weep!

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

With jealousy!   Because he did not write it.

Initially published anonymously in the last year of the Regency, this racy novel telling the tales of a young Greek’s adventurous travels through the Levant was a runaway best seller and remained in print for thirty years. Yet few today even know of its existence. It was originally attributed to Lord Byron, but in the second edition, published the following year, the shy yet cultured man who wrote it admitted his authorship. And practically no one believed him.

4
Mar

Regency Debt and Prisons   By Ann Lethbridge

In today’s article, Ann Lethbridge, author of Falling for the Highland Rogue, completes her two-part series on Regency prisons, in particular, the two other debtors prisons located in London. After reading today’s article, you may consider imprisonment in the Fleet prison rather a treat when compared to these other prisons.

1
Mar

Prisons in the Regency   By Ann Lethbridge

Today, Ann Lethbridge, Regency romance author, whose most recent book is Falling for the Highland Rogue, begins a two-part series on Regency prisons. In this article, Ann focuses on the famous, or perhaps, the infamous Fleet prison in London. The majority of prisoners held in the Fleet during the Regency were those who could not pay their debts. This may be difficult for many of us living in the twenty-first century to understand, since people are no longer imprisoned for debt in modern times. But it was a common practice during our favorite period, and Ann’s article will help us all better understand life in the Fleet during the Regency.

25
Feb

Grosvenor House — Regency Treasure House   By Angelyn Schmid

Though it no longer stands, during the Regency, Grosvenor House held one of the finest collections of paintings in all of England. In today’s article, Regency romance author, Angelyn Schmid, shares her research into this remarkable house and the extraordinarily wealthy family that owned it, and the surrounding property. The question is, once you have read Angelyn’s article, would you want to live in this house?

21
Feb

February New Releases from Beau Monde Members

New Releases from Authors of The Beau Monde Chapter (Regency Historical) of Romance Writers of America

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

The Heart of a Duke
Samantha Grace, Christi Caldwell, Olivia Kelly, Robin Delany, Aileen Fish
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing
Print/ eBook

Five friends receive a pendant from a gypsy along with a prophecy that whoever
wears the necklace will win the heart of a duke. With varying expectations, each girl accepts
her turn with the good luck charm—and a chance at happily ever after—secretly fearing
the gypsy’s tale may be nothing more than a plot to sell a worthless piece of jewelry.

February 3, 2014

http://samanthagraceauthor.com

 

Jade Lee
What the Groom Wants (Bridal Favors)
Sourcebooks
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact
Print/eBook

An honest love…

Radley Lyncott has been in love with Wendy Drew as long as he can remember. When he went to sea, she was too young to court. Now that he’s returned to take up his Welsh title, he is appalled to find that debt has ruined the Drew family, and—even worse—Wendy is being courted by another man.

Or a dangerous attraction?

Family comes first for seamstress Wendy Drew, who is forced to settle her brother’s debt by working nights at a notorious gambling den. But her double-life hasn’t gone unnoticed—she has captivated none other than Demon Damon, a nefarious rake who understands Wendy’s darkest desires and is hell bent on luring her into his arms.

Praise for Wedded in Scandal:
“An erotic tale full of emotion…. Jade Lee is an exceptional author, filling her stories with color and excitement.” —Fresh Fiction

Praise for What the Bride Wore:
“Passion-filled Regency…Readers will savor the red-hot love scenes.” —Publishers Weekly

February 4, 2014
www.jadeleeauthor.com

Ava Stone
My Favorite Major (Heroes Returned)
Night Shift Publishing
Historical/Some Sexual Contact
eBook/audiobooks

When her longtime fiancé returns home from the victory at Waterloo, Amelia Pritchard suspects he’s not the noble, upstanding gentleman she’s always believed him to be. After breaking their betrothal, she flees to London with the hope of starting her life over and putting the past firmly behind her.

Battle weary Major Philip Moore finds himself intrigued by the lovely Miss Pritchard. Though he’s recovering from a broken heart of his own, more than just his honor urges him to protect the lady when her nefarious ex-beau arrives in Town with the most wicked of intentions.

February 1, 2014

http://www.avastoneauthor.com

 

Cara Elliott
Sinfully Yours (The Hellions of High Street, Book 2)
Grand Central Forever
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact
Print/eBook
Graphic Sexual Contact

Miss Anna Sloane is in desperate need of some of peace and quiet.  Much as she’s enjoyed being part of her older sister’s madcap misadventures with the Earl of Wrexham, they have wreaked havoc with her own secret endeavors. And with a deadline looming for her next racy romance novel, London—and the notorious “Devil” Davenport—is proving all too distracting. So Anna is happy to accept an invitation to a remote Scottish castle, even though she knows her mother will be matchmaking with the visiting German prince and his shooting party.

But the visit quickly takes an unexpected turn. Something sinister is afoot . . . including Davenport, whose presence ignites all sorts of alarming questions. Determined to discover just what he is up to, Anna decides to do some investigating—only to find that he, too, is hiding a surprising secret. They agree to a grudging alliance in order to foil a cunning conspiracy. But as danger swirls all around them, the biggest threat may be their own fiery passio

February 4, 2014
http://www.caraelliott.com

18
Feb

The Regency:   "So long, Long S"

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

As with many other curious things which have been chronicled here, the decade of the Regency saw the last lingering use of the Long S, at least in print. Most people continued to use it in those documents which they wrote by hand, regardless of its demise on the printed page.

The Long S, what it was, its origins, its rules of usage and how it passed into history … almost.

14
Feb

Nighty Night …   By Regina Scott

What is your bedtime routine? How does the bedtime routine of a Regency lady compare with yours? Regency romance author, Regina Scott, whose latest print book is The Wife Campaign, gives us a glimpse into the preparations a Regency lady must make before she could retire for the night. Would you be willing to go throught that, every night?

11
Feb

Of Lodestones & Smith’s Dust

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Stones and dust hardly seem the things of romance. And yet the behaviour of these particular stones and this special "dust" is frequently used as a metaphor for the power of romantic attraction. However, that may not be immediately obvious to those of us living in the twenty-first century, because these are the names which would have been used in the Regency for naturally occuring elements. Today’s romance authors tend to use the modern-day names for similar, but man-made, versions of these objects.

Of lodestones and smith’s dust …

7
Feb

The Duke of Wellington’s Disastrous Marriage   By Cheryl Bolen

Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, married comparatively late in life, to a woman whom he had loved as a young man. Sadly, his wife was not suited to life as the spouse of a public figure, and the marriage was not a success, for either party. Today, Cheryl Bolen, award-winning Regency romance author, whose most recent book, A Lady By Chance, was released last month as part of the Scandalous Brides boxed set, gives us a picture of the unfortunate marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington.

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