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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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Before Mendoza, boxers generally stood still and merely swapped punches

Today at Risky Regencies, I’ve come up with a Jewish-themed list of awesome Regency romance scenarios, since the dearth of Jewish historical romance became pretty obvious when people started asking for recommendations after the whole For Such a Time imbroglio. I’d love to read ALL of these ideas. Bodysnatchers, boxers, and Brighton, oh my!

New contest: “Fool Me Twice” by Meredith Duran

ETA: This contest is now closed. jcp won the book!

Duran’s Lady Be Good (about an ex-thief trying to go straight, who must do one last job for an aristocratic and very angsty veteran) smashed my reading slump into bits at RWA, and I can’t wait to read the next one, about the ice queen manager of the auction house, so I thought this would be a good time to give away a signed-by-the-author copy of book 2 in the series and a 2015 RITA winner, Fool Me Twice!

Spokesmodel T-Rex (not included in giveaway) poses as the dashing, dangerous but agoraphobic slob, Alastair Marwick.

Spokesmodel T-Rex (not included in giveaway) poses as the dashing, dangerous but agoraphobic slob, Alastair Marwick.

cover of fool me twice, a billowing orange gown and bright blue sky
A LADY WITH A SECRET

Running for her life, exhausted and out of options, Olivia Holladay wants nothing more than the chance to make a home for herself. So when she realizes that the infamous Duke of Marwick might hold the key to her freedom, she boldly disguises herself as the newest and bravest in a long line of the duke’s notoriously temperamental housekeepers. Little does she know that the wickedly handsome Alastair de Grey has very different plans for her.

A MAN WITH A PASSION—FOR VENGEANCE

As his new employee, Olivia is a fearless upstart. As a woman, the daring redhead is just what Alastair needs to rouse him from darkness to the siren call of revenge. He has suffered a betrayal so deep that he will use whatever means necessary to destroy his enemies—even his brazen and beautiful domestic. But his vengeful plan fails to account for his single weakness: an irresistible and growing passion for the enigmatic Olivia.

What is it about “I am pretending to be his housekeeper and out of sheer frustration bring his horrible house into spotless order” stories that I am such a sucker for???? I don’t know but I love it every time. Put-upon competence is my thing, I guess, which is why I love Captain America so much. But seriously, this book is amazing and the romantic tension is some of the best I’ve ever read. Read my full flaily Goodreads review (including a trigger warning).

Contest 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 August 28th, 2015. [NB: I’m changing up my contest rules a little so they only run for a week. Contests will still be more or less monthly. I’m making this change because the first week is when I get all my entries anyway, so it shouldn’t actually affect anyone but should just let me get the book out to the winner sooner. But I point it out because I don’t want you to think I’m trying to pull a fast one.]
5. I got this book signed at a conference. Meredith isn’t involved in the giveaway.

If you’d like to be alerted when new contests go up, you can sign up for my newsletter.

Good luck!

the Russians with fire and passion prefer Borsch

My Risky Regencies post today is a repost of my scans and excerpts from Barbara Cartland’s amazing “romantic” cookbook, The Romance of Food. This was one of my very first blog posts ever, so if you are a new reader and haven’t seen them, you owe it to yourself to check it out. A sample caption (for a lobster):

An exotic creature from the deep, the color of two red lips, which can invite, provoke, and surrender.

New contest: “In for a Penny” paperback!

ETA: This contest is closed. Karin won the book!

Hey all! I realized I never properly celebrated In for a Penny‘s paperback release…so, I’m giving away a signed personalized copy.

t-rex leaning out of an old penny to offer you the book

Regency penny photo credit: Detecting via Wikimedia Commons.

If you haven’t read it, this was my first book, and some people liked it!

In for a Penny is a charming and original Regency that will make you wish a man like Nev would stroll through your front door.” —Eloisa James for the Barnes & Noble Review.

“Georgette Heyer watch out! With believable characters and a keen eye for period detail, Rose Lerner serves up a sprightly and splendid take on the classic marriage of convenience plot. Not to be missed by fans of the Regency romance.” —Lauren Willig, NYT Bestselling Author

“It basically restored my faith in Historical Romance…I loved this novel so much and can’t wait to read more from Rose Lerner—I welcome the author to the genre with open arms. More please!” —Ana, The Book Smugglers.

And maybe my very favorite review ever:

“[A] Georgette Heyer style historical romance but with sex & explicit fellatio…” —seton, Goodreads.

(Moar reviews here)

InForAPenny500The back-cover copy:

Lord Nevinstoke revels in acting the young wastrel, until his father is killed in a drunken duel. Never one to do anything halfway, Nev throws off his wild ways to shoulder a mountain of responsibility—and debt—vowing to marry a rich girl and act the respectable lord of the manor. Manufacturing heiress Penelope Brown seems the perfect choice for a wife. She’s pretty, proper, and looking for a husband.

Determined to rise above her common birth, Penelope prides herself on her impeccable behavior and good sense. Grand Passion? Vulgar and melodramatic. Yes, agreeing to marry Nev was a rare moment of impulse, yet she’s sure they can build a good marriage based on companionship and mutual esteem.

But when they arrive at the manor, they’re overwhelmed with half-starved tenants, a menacing neighbor, and the family propensity for scandal. As the situation deteriorates, the newlyweds have nowhere to turn but to each other. To Penelope’s surprise, she begins to fervently hope that her first taste of Grand Passion in her husband’s arms won’t be her last.

Read the first chapter or buy the book here. The paperback links aren’t up yet there though! (They will be soon.) So here they are:

amazon · amazon uk · amazon ca
samhain · b&n · powell’s
book depository

Contest 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 August 15th, 2015.

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Good luck!

I was trying to find the artist who painted Nathan’s portrait and the second google hit is for a forum titled “How the Jews Stole Britain”

Today at Risky Regencies, I posted an updated and expanded version of my old post about historical urban legends, and the Rothschilds and the news of the victory at Waterloo.

Mini-stories for Waterloo Bicentennial!

lily coverToday is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. (My critique partner Susanna Fraser is in Belgium right now for the reenactments and I am so jealous!) Now you may remember that A Lily Among Thorns ends with news of the battle of Waterloo reaching England (which of course didn’t happen until days later). So in honor of the holiday:

Give me a prompt, related to any of the characters or to the world of A Lily Among Thorns, and I will write you at least 100 words of fiction in response.

When I did this for Ash Wednesday, I was asked what kind of prompts I like. I was imagining something like, “I want to see Sophy and Antoine playing cards,” etc., but if there’s another way you like to give prompts, I am open to whatever!

This is open until I get around to writing them, which will be probably be in early July once I’ve turned in the next Lively St. Lemeston book. I’m only promising to write the first 10 prompts but if I get more and I’m still enjoying myself after 10, I’ll do more.

I made a survey!

I made a short survey about whether romance readers sympathize more with heroes and heroines, and whether they more often sided with their mom or dad (if they had both) growing up. I’m super curious about the results, so if you have time to take it, please do!

Survey

“A human leg and thigh in armour, couped, and dropping blood, all proper, garnished, or”

Today’s Risky Regencies post is about historically accurate names, including resources and hilarious examples! (In particular, the Page-Turner family continues to amaze and delight me.)

I also found some great family crests as you can see from the title of this post.

Goodreads giveaway for TRUE PRETENSES

I’m doing a giveaway for the paperback edition of True Pretenses. Check it out!

(US/Canada only, sorry readers who live elsewhere.)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

True Pretenses by Rose Lerner

True Pretenses

by Rose Lerner

Giveaway ends August 01, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to Win

Funny search terms: Dec 2014 – April 2015

These are all terms people searched for that somehow brought them to my site!

December:

nicholas and his brother fall in love with the same woman novel
iron cage on a tower in paris

January:

author rose lerner jewish? [awwww! I have done similar searches SO MANY TIMES. I hope they discovered that yes, I am Jewish.]
short story about hungry hans who ate the pig he was supposed to be roasting
scarlet pimpernel fanfiction erotic stories [I hear you, searcher]

February:

isolde drinks the draught and guinevere explanation
someone making cakes [this is a pleasantly vague search. Did you just want to watch videos of people making cakes? That does sound soothing.]
serena can t believe the dick size between her thighs

March:

at first percy was glad that he stayed
edwardian man on holiday
reformed rakes in history [OMG OMG yes I want to know the REAL stories of history’s reformed rakes not these watered down romances]

April:

cuckold symbology
edwardian sports