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“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

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.

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

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!

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

ETA: This contest is now closed. Ada won the books!

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