THE BEAUTIFUL ONE by Emily Greenwood

"THE BEAUTIFUL ONE has all the things I enjoy in a good historical romance—verbal sparring, a strong heroine, a brooding hero, and a ticking time bomb of a conflict."

When Characters Break the Rules

Manners, manners, manners. Most of us had them drilled into us at an early age. This was certainly true of the gentry and aristocracy of the Regency’s upper ten thousand. As historical romance writers trying to get the attention of a modern reader we sometimes let that slip a bit for our characters. But what happens when your characters refuse to play along? That is what happened to me in A KISS FOR LADY MARY.

THE UNLIKELY LADY by Valerie Bowman

"Feminist heroines in historical romance are an interesting paradox. On the one hand, given how restricted women in Regency England were, it’s hard not to wonder how realistic a character that defies societal expectation really is. Would a woman of the period have even thought to forego marriage or sneak out unchaperoned or be with a man before marriage? On the other hand, it’s really nice to see strong female characters that can hold their own, and romances with two partners who feel like equals."

Two Truths and a Lie (about the hero!)

My newest historical romance, SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS, features a wily heroine pretending to be someone else: a mixed-race hero hunting his cousin’s blackmailer, and—of course!—a happily-ever-after once Joss and Augusta begin to help each other and reveal their true selves. I’m here to tell you a little about Joss Everett, the hero of SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS. But in the spirit of a historical romance full of so many secrets and scandals, I’ll fudge the truth a little. Two of these statements about Joss are true, and one is a lie. See if you can pick it out!


"Wonderful things happen in Tessa Dare novels. In this particular story, those wonderful things are cakes. A dining room full of them, in fact. There’s a fine story and delightful characters, but also cake."


The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior is a light hearted romp through 1840s London, with all of its class wars, whispered gossip, cravat wearing, observatory building, governess having grandeur. I’m a big fan of funny, especially rapier-like wit from a heroine who is worth more than her weight in gold. Lily Russell is a force to be reckoned with and the rakish Duke of Rutherford, Marcus, doesn’t quiet know what’s hit him…but he certainly wants to figure her out and he plans on taking more than two minutes to do it.
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Talking PLAYFUL BRIDES with Valerie Bowman

As the latest in Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series, The Accidental Countess beautifully juxtaposes a mischievous ruse played during a house party with devastating emotional consequences. And the deepening romance between Cassandra Monroe and Captain Julian Swift is intensified by a lively supporting cast who practically bounce off the page.   R@R: Cassandra Monroe, your heroine, is reluctant to confide her true feelings to Julian. At the urging of her friend, she adopts the identity of the fictitious “Patience Bunbury,” and under that guise pushes herself to take emotional risks. What would you say are the major differences between Cass and “Patience”? VB: The plot idea is from Oscar Wilde’s fun play, The Importance of Being Earnest. All of my Playful Brides stories are based on famous romp plays! But you’re exactly right, as Continue
Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret

Five Fascinating Facts about Regency

Ella Quinn is here today to talk about the endlessly fascinating Regency era. It’s the setting for her Marriage Game series, the latest of which publishes this week, Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret. In anticipation of this Regency romp, she shares five fascinating facts about that scandal-prone time period:
  • It was a place out of time that made the 1960’s look tame, unless you were an unwed female.
  • Women’s stays (corsets) were not tight. Their sole mission was to smooth the lines of the gowns.
  • Women weighed a lot more. It was considered vulgar for ones collar bone to show.
  • More than 50% of births took place in less than nine months of marriage among the gentry and aristocracy. This can be explained by the growing interest in love matches and the fact that once
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    Collette Cameron

    My Favorite Historical Fashion – It’s the Shoes

    Anyone who knows me at all knows I’m a shoe person. I love shoes. Not impractical five-inch heels, but give me something frou frou or lace trimmed, and I adore them. With all the glorious historical clothing and accessories, why are shoes my favorite? Have you seen any historical shoes? I’m not talking just vintage, but shoes dating back a few hundred years. Just do a quick search on Pinterest for historical shoes and start drooling.
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    Reviewer Gives the Skinny on SECRETS OF SEDUCTION by Nicole Jordan

    From the Goodreads description: The most charming Wilde cousin, Lady Skye has secretly loved the enigmatic Earl of Hawkhurst since girlhood, long before the tragedy that left him scarred both physically and emotionally. When Skye learns that the celebrated hero has returned to England from his self-imposed exile to make a cold marriage of convenience, she brazenly plants herself on his castle doorstep, determined to convince Hawk that she alone is his true mate and destiny. An elite member of the Guardians of the Sword, Hawk has vowed never again to risk the pain of loving—but that’s before he deals with the most enchanting, annoyingly persistent seductress he’s ever encountered. One night of blazing passion leaves him impossibly torn. Will Hawk choose duty over love, or will he open his heart and let Skye’s healing Continue

    Guest Post: Regency Romance by Ella Quinn

    In the Regency World, we tend to focus a lot on heroes. Rakes, otherwise tortured souls, ranging from the results of bad parenting, to war injuries. And I do like to torture, um, tortured heroes. Tight pantaloons, a well tied cravat, but what about the ladies? I mean after all, if you have a fantastic hero you must also have an equally fantastic heroine. Some people think that is more difficult for an historic woman to be strong, like a contemporary one. I disagree. There are historical accounts of ladies running estates, think large companies. They were involved in politics and influenced votes, even when they didn’t have the right to vote. Ladies of the time, were many times more educated than many of our contemporaries, piano, voice, literature, art, French and Italian, were the… Continue

    Why I write historical romance? Why do you read it? by Wendy Vella + Giveaway!

    I’m often asked why I write about the Regency and Victorian eras and I always say it was never an option after picking up my first Georgette Heyer novel as I was smitten from the first page. It’s a time that no one alive today has ever experienced, therefore you really are only limited by your imagination. I always make sure that any events or characters I use are accurate; however you can build a world that comes to life on the page. A ballroom filled with hundreds of elegantly primped and pampered people, their objective to see or be seen lends itself to scandal and intrigue as does a dawn appointment with two terrified men walking onto a mist shrouded field unsure if they will leave alive. Correspondence was by letter or word of… Continue

    Author Brownwen Evans Guest Posts – Regency Pin Money and Secret Spending +Giveaway

    I’m saving up for some landscaping work to be done at my beach/vineyard house. Boy, is having a lovely garden an expensive business when you’ve just built a house. I have an acre section that needs grassing at a cost of $5k. Then there is drainage, irrigation etc. On top of that is all the planting… It made me thankful that I can earn my own income. As a single woman, imagine if I was reliant on someone else for my upkeep. I was thinking of my heroine, Miss Beatrice Hennessy, in A Promise of More, my second book for Loveswept, and the fact that in Regency times, women of nobility relied on male members of their family, or their husbands, to support them.

    The good, the bad, the ugly – by Sharon Cullen

    “Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    The other day a few fellow authors and I were talking about reviews—the good, the bad and the ugly. Of course we all gloat about the good reviews. We spread the word and pat ourselves, and each other, on the back. And that’s what we should do. We work hard to put a good book out there. We pour everything we have into the pages of those books and when someone says they like it, it’s a relief in a lot of ways. But what about the bad reviews?

    He’s Just Not That Into You: The Historical Version by Valerie Bowman

    You may recall a few years back, a book that caused quite a hub bub. The book was titled, He’s Just Not that Into You. Based on an episode of the wildly popular HBO show, Sex and the City, the book caused such an uproar among the ladies who read it, that a film was soon commissioned. I admit it. I saw the episode of Sex and the City. Then I read the book. Then saw the movie. Yes, I was that into the concept. It was absolutely maddening in its simplicity yet fascinating in its compelling layers at the same time.

    WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL by Ashlyn Macnamara!

    This week we’re giving away 10 copies of A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL by Ashlyn Macnamara, in which two childhood friends in Regency England discover love with the most unlikely of partners: each other. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below! As always, you can head over to Romance at Random’s Giveaway Tab, for any giveaway details you might need, and we’ll remind you every day during this week to enter via Facebook and on Twitter. Follow us now so you won’t miss out!

    Ruthie’s Reality: An interview with Stefanie Sloane + Kindle & $50 GC Giveaway!

    I’m delighted to have Stefanie Sloane here today to talk about The Scoundrel Takes a Bride, the latest release in her Regency Rogues series. Stefanie burst upon the historical romance scene with 2011’s The Devil in Disguise, which was nominated for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award for best first book. Her historical romances have witty dialogue, strong heroines, and lots of intrigue. I was lucky enough to have my Christmas novella collected alongside Stefanie’s in the Naughty and Nice Christmas anthology.

    Guest Post: Favorite Scenes by Grace Burrowes + Giveaway

    Everyone has favorite scenes from the books we read – I wanted to share a few of mine, then would love for you to tell me what some of yours are from your favorite romance books. We begin with Ian MacGregor — he finds his intended’s spinster cousin, Augusta Merrick, in her dressing gown, searching for the bathing chamber. As a conscientious host, he takes it upon himself to see her to her destination…

    “Has anyone shown you how to work the taps?” “No.” And from the look on her face, Miss Augusta Merrick would perish of excessive train travel before she’d ask. “It’s not complicated.” Ian moved into the marble temple to cleanliness and refined English sensibilities and felt Miss Merrick mincing along behind him. “The one on the right is the cold, the

    Book Release – When You Wish Upon A Duke by Isabella Bradford, a sizzling historical romance

    In a sparkling new series filled with irresistible charm and sizzling romance, award-winning author Isabella Bradford introduces us to the eldest of three Wylder sisters—unruly country girls whose passion for life leaves their London suitors breathless. Raised in the Dorset countryside, Lady Charlotte Wylder doesn’t care one bit about well-bred decorum. The dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty would rather ride a horse than attend a stuffy ball. So when Charlotte learns that she is to leave immediately for London to wed the Duke of Marchbourne, a perfect model of aristocratic propriety, she is less than enchanted with her arranged marriage.