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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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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

New contest: “Summer is for Lovers” by Jennifer McQuiston

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

With summer just around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought this was a good time to give away a signed copy of a unique historical I just read by Jennifer McQuiston: Summer is for Lovers.

Pictured: Spokesmodel T-Rex (not included in giveaway) chilling at the Brighton Pavillion (also not included) with Summer is for Lovers (included) and a romantic picnic for a lady or gentleman friend (not included).

Background image credit: Jagandrk via Wikimedia Commons.

The book (linked to McQuiston’s first book, What Happens in Scotland, but I’m not sure how because I haven’t read that one yet) is set in 1840s Brighton, and the heroine is a swimmer!!!! Jen did an amazing job of giving things a historical feel while still being very relatable—for example, there’s one scene where the popular girl throws a party while her father’s out of town, and everyone plays naughty party games, wrecks the house, and smokes up. I felt like I was reading historical Judy Blume in the best possible way! The swimming is delightful, the romance is hot, Caroline was a wonderful heroine, and I definitely cried at some of the family stuff at the end.

The back-cover copy:

His heart is unavailable. Luckily, her interest lies in the rest of him…

Though she was just a girl when they first met, Caroline Tolbertson’s infatuation with David Cameron remains undimmed. Now fate has brought the handsome Scotsman back to Brighton for what promises to be an unforgettable summer. Soon, Caroline will have to choose a husband, but for now she is free to indulge her curiosity in things of a passionate nature.

That is, if David will agree to teach her.

Past mistakes have convinced David he’ll make a terrible husband, though he’ll gladly help the unconventional Caroline find a suitor. Unfortunately, she has something more scandalous in mind. As the contenders for her hand begin to line up, her future seems assured…provided David can do the honorable thing and let them have her.

When a spirited young woman is determined to break Society’s rules, all a gentleman can do is lend a hand…or more.

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 June 15th, 2015.
5. I got this book signed at a conference. Jen isn’t involved in the giveaway.

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Good luck!

Question

I’m thinking of doing a voice post on tumblr where I read aloud a scene from one of my books. Any requests?

“As a common-councilman swallows turtle”

My Risky Regencies post today is about Regency single-purpose serving dishes: epergnes (originally designed for pickles!), ice cream pails, turtle soup tureens, pineapple stands…with bonus link to an amazing video of a Solomon’s Temple pudding jiggling!

Sorry about the delay on the new contest, by the way. I’ve got a new one all lined up, I just need to take T-Rex to Brighton for a quick photoshoot…No, seriously, I’m hoping to have it up this weekend, but at the moment, finishing Toogood and Sukey’s book is priority. I’m sure you understand. ;)

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!