Welcome!

Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog! I’ve done a round-up of some of my own favorite posts over the years (both here and when I’ve guested at other blogs), for people who are visiting for the first time:

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This is the famous forensic wig, whose pattern is still used today

I really enjoyed writing today’s Risky Regencies post: historical romance plot bunnies I came across while researching, from Humphrey Ravenscroft, wig inventor, to an incredible theatrical naval spectacle involving an 8000 cubic foot tank of water (I WANT A ROMANCE ABOUT THIS SO BAD), to an investment plan whose shares pay out more when other investors die!

New contest: Victoria Dahl’s “Too Hot to Handle” and Lauren Dane’s “The Best Kind of Trouble”

Hi all! This month’s giveaway is a sexy feminist contemporary two-fer. I’ve got a signed copy of Victoria Dahl’s Too Hot to Handle and a Dahl Looking for Trouble button that says “You’re a nice girl who likes to have dirty sex, aren’t you?”, plus Lauren Dane’s (unsigned) The Best Kind of Trouble.

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Pictured: Spokesmodel T-Rex with prizes, ready for a Girls’ Night Out in Jackson Hole. T-Rex and pink champagne not included in giveaway. ;)
Background image credit: Dhtrible via Wikimedia Commons.

Too Hot to Handle is the second book in Victoria’s Jackson Hole series:

This good girl’s finally going bad…

TooHotToHandleTinyMerry Kade has always been the good girl. The best friend. The one who patiently waits for the guy to notice her. Well, no more. Merry has just scored her dream job, and it’s time for her life to change. As the new curator of a museum in Wyoming, she’ll supervise some—okay, a lot of—restoration work. Luckily she’s found the perfect contractor for the job, and even better, he lives right next door.

Shane Harcourt can’t believe that someone wants to turn a beat-up ghost town into a museum attraction. After all, the last thing he needs is the site of his dream ranch turning into a tourist trap. He’ll work on the project, if only to hasten its failure…until the beautiful, quirky woman in charge starts to change his mind.

For the first time ever, Merry has a gorgeous stud hot on her heels. But can she trust this strong, silent man, even if he is a force of nature in bed? When Shane’s ulterior motives come out, he’ll need to prove to Merry that a love like theirs may be too hot to handle, but it’s impossible to resist.

I absolutely loved Merry. She was nerdy and dorky and shy, with a sense of fun and enthusiasm and kindness and intellectual curiosity, and I wanted to be her friend. (My Goodreads review: “I laughed so hard through this whole book, and then the ending snuck up and made me cry.”) Read this book!

The Best Kind of Trouble is the first book in Lauren’s Hurley Boys series:

She has complete control…and he’s determined to take it away

thebestkindoftrouble-250x375A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton’s world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly—especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley…

And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for.

Even after years of the rock and roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more…even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there’s a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved—and the only compromise is between the sheets!

The rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winner will be chosen at random using random.org.
3. US and Canada only.
4. Open for entries through April 9th, 2015.
5. I got this book signed at a conference. Victoria isn’t involved in the giveaway (and neither is Lauren).

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Good luck!

I’m an official Risky now!

I have been invited to join the Risky Regencies blog! I will be posting there on fourth Mondays. My first post went up Monday, about a butler’s duties in the wine cellar (and some pretty disgusting recipes for fining wines…some of which are still in use!).

It’s Ash Wednesday!

This is one of Ash’s favorite days of the year (Ash: “Rafe, it’s my day again!” Rafe: [groans] “That isn’t any funnier this year than it was last year, Ash.” Ash: [laughs and laughs]) and I wanted to do something to celebrate.

So give me a prompt, related to either of the Lively St. Lemeston books (Sweet Disorder and True Pretenses), and I will write you at least 100 words of fiction in response.

Open until midnight 2/18 (in your own time zone).

ETA: I’ve been asked what kind of prompts I’m looking for. I think what I was imagining was like, “I want to see tiny Rafe steal something,” etc., but if there’s another way you like to give prompts, I am open to whatever!

ETA2: I’m not sure I’ll get to any more of these today (Wednesday). They’re coming out a bit longer than I was expecting and I need to do some research for a few of them! This is so much fun, guys, thanks for loving these characters. All your prompts are awesome. Keep ‘em coming, and I will work on them over the next few days. <3

I’m teaching a workshop!

I’m teaching an online class on Regency politics! It’s open to everyone ($20, with $5 off for Beau Monde members).

Covent Garden Market, Westminster Election by Rowlandson

Image via Wikimedia Commons.

I am happy to answer questions and provide supplemental info, and I will be assuming that you came in knowing nothing about the subject (since I knew nothing myself before I started researching), so don’t worry that you have to be a historian to sign up.

The Regency British political system was complex, evolving, and unique—and even if women couldn’t sit in Parliament, they were involved in it everywhere, as patronesses, hostesses, possessors of pocket boroughs, information brokers, canvassers, and more. You’ll get a detailed overview of Parliament, political parties, elections, and the patronage system, and then explore the many ways that contemporary women (particularly elite women) participated.

Sign up through the Beau Monde Regency Academe (but you DO NOT have to be a member to register).

Good starter romances masterlist

Have a friend you think would love romance, but when you think about where to start recommending, your mind goes blank? Below is my own shortlist of proven starter romances, plus I asked for recommendations on Twitter and have compiled the answers.

See this post at Delilah Devlin’s blog for why this list came to be, tips for pimping friends into romance, and detailed commentary on my shortlist. If you just want the list, you’re in the right place!

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[Image credit: Patrik Neckman via Wikimedia Commons.]

My list of go-to books to loan to non-romance readers (mostly historical):

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer. Regency historical. (Please warn for anti-Semitism.)
Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie. Contemporary. (Or Bet Me.)
Fall From Grace by Megan Chance. Western historical.
Loretta Chase (historical, Regency and early Victorian). Lord of Scoundrels or Miss Wonderful are my picks but Mr. Impossible got the most Twitter votes.
A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant. Regency.
The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan. Victorian.

Now here is the full list of Twitter recommendations plus some of my own. Thanks to everyone who shared their tried-and-true conversion tools! I apologize if I’ve mis-sorted anyone; I did my best, but I haven’t read most of these books. I also have not included content warnings because figuring out which books included dubcon, etc., proved to be way more work than I could do. Please recommend responsibly!

Corrections, suggestions, and additions welcome.

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Ash/Lydia playlist

I made an Ash/Lydia playlist for True Pretenses!

album cover for playlist

When did you last let your heart decide?

[image credit: “The flesh of hassaku fruit” by Froggieboy via Wikimedia Commons.]

The italicized songs are Ash, the bold are Lydia.

01 – Cry for Judas – Mountain Goats // 02 – Grown Woman – Beyoncé // 03 – The Crow – Dessa // 04 – Down to the Wire – Kris Delmhorst // 05 – A Ghost to Most – The Drive-by Truckers // 06 – A Whole New World – Aladdin // 07 – Treacherous – Taylor Swift // 08 – The Bargain Store – Dolly Parton // 09 – Wake Up – Ditty Bops // 10 – Do It Anyway – Ben Folds Five // 11 – Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

YouTube playlist

(OMG you guys if you have not seen the video of “Uptown Girl”…you need to. NOW.)

Night Owl Reviews Scavenger Hunt!

Hi guys! I’m excited to be a sponsor of the Night Owl Reviews February Scavenger Hunt. This is an awesome event where you basically read book blurbs and do fill-in-the-blanks, and you learn about new books and are entered to win e-books and gift cards. (OMG that $500 Amazon card is calling to me, singing its siren song. “Boooooooooooks,” it croons seductively. “Boooks books fa la la booooooooooks.”) And since I’m a sponsor, one of the e-book prizes is True Pretenses!

You can use this Rafflecopter form to enter, or go here.

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Happy reading!

Plot bunnies adopted here

Hey! I’m taking suggestions for my next hero’s profession. Must require going into country houses. Art appraiser? Architect? 1770s-1810s OK. This is brainstorming, it doesn’t have to be brilliant, just throw it at the wall and we’ll see if it sticks!

Goodreads giveaway

Hey guys! I’m doing a Goodreads giveway for the Sweet Disorder paperback. Check it out!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner

Sweet Disorder

by Rose Lerner

Giveaway ends February 14, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win