Regency Friday Fun And Giveaway

On February 1, my novella will be released to the world!  It’s part of an anthology put out by Kensington Publishing called An Invitation To Sin, and it also contains stories by Jo Beverley, Sally MacKenzie, and Kaitlin O’Riley.  My novella is called The Pleasure Of A Younger Lover, and you can read an excerpt here.  It’s the story of a war widow who’s shut herself off from the world, and the dedicated soldier determined to win her love.

Like a lot of writers, I sometimes imagine certain actors or actresses playing my characters.  It’s a fun way to help flesh out my hero and heroine’s physical characteristics, and also more fully imagine their personalities.  For the hero of my novella, Captain Christian Archer, there was only one choice I had in mind:  Sean Bean in Sharpe.

Seriously, what’s not to love?

And since it’s Friday Fun, I’m giving away a book.  This week it’s Promise Me Tonight, by the talented historical romance author, Sara Lindsey. Just comment and tell me which actors you would cast as heroes in your favorite historical romances.

 


Pleasure Me With Romance

I’m pleased as punch to be taking part in one of the biggest blog events of 2011 – author Monica Burns’ Pleasure Me With Romance contest and blogging extravaganza.  Starting today and running until March 1st – the release date of her book, Pleasure Me – Monica will be hosting an incredible array of authors like Jayne Ann Krentz, Julianne MacLean, and Madeline Hunter.  Monica is also running a fantastic contest to celebrate her upcoming release.  The winner will received a deluxe spa basket, packed with oddles of cool stuff.  There will also be daily giveaways, so you don’t want to miss this!

I was thrilled when Monica invited me to kick-off the Pleasure Me event with the opening post.  Stop by to read what I have to say about romance and pleasure, and to win a copy of An Invitation To Sin, the Kensington anthology with stories by Jo Beverley, Sally MacKenzie, Kaitlin O’Riley, and moi!


Regency Friday Fun and Giveaway!

One of the best things about writing historical romance is that I get to do research about the clothing of the period.  By the strictest definition, the Regency period coincided with the tenure of the Prince of Wales as Regent while his father (George III) was deemed unfit to rule.  But in terms of cultural and social definitions, most of us recognize the Regency as spanning the years between the 1790’s all the way up to 1830. Fashions changed pretty drastically during that time and there’s lots of research fun to be had when setting a book during the Regency.

I stumbled across a very entertaining website that allows you to dress up your Regency hero and heroine like paper dolls.  There’s everything from undergarments to accessories, including a gentleman’s pistol and a lovely bouquet of flowers to give to his latest flirt.

Two other great stops on the web to learn about clothing of the Regency period are Candice Hern’s lovely and hugely informative website and Loretta Chase’s Two Nerdy History Girls blog, which she writes with historical fiction author, Susan Holloway Scott. If you love the Regency period as much as I do, I guarantee you’ll really enjoy following both Candice and Loretta.

So, what’s your favorite historical period for clothing?  Is it the Regency period with it’s beautiful, flowing dresses, the Tudor and Elizabethan eras with dresses that were more like works of art, or do you love the changing fashions of the Victorian Age?  One commenter will win a copy of my novella in the upcoming anthology, An Invitation To Sin.


December Contest Winner

The winner of my fabulous December contest is Elizabeth Banda! Congratulations, Elizabeth.  You’ll be receiving a My Favorite Countess bag stuffed full of books, and a My Favorite Countess tee shirt.  Your gift package will be on its way to you soon.

I’d like to thank everyone who signed up for my contest.  And don’t worry if you didn’t win.   I’ll be running more contests – including ARC giveaways of My Favorite Countess and my upcoming Kensington anthology, An Invitation To Sin – over the next few months.  Stay tuned for details!

My Favorite Countess

Keep your eyes peeled for An Invitation to Sin, coming in February.

An Invitation To Sin

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