Monthly Archives: February 2016

Theresa Romain, ladies and gentlemen!

ETA: the giveaway is closed. Kim won!

Readers, thanks for visiting! Today, Theresa Romain and I are chatting about our recent historical romances. Mine is Listen to the Moon; hers is A Gentleman’s Game.

Theresa Romain author photoTheresa Romain is the author of a dozen historical romances, including the Romance of the Turf trilogy and the Royal Rewards series. She loves having coffee with friends, baking with her daughter, and reading (preferably alone). Please find her on Facebook or Twitter, and visit her website at http://theresaromain.com for free short stories and excerpts.

Theresa is the bomb, y’all! And someone I am deeply honored to have drunk blue Klingon drinks with.

This is part 2 of 2 of the conversation. You can find the beginning on Theresa’s blog here. And please stick around to comment, because we’re offering a book + snack giveaway on each site!

A little orientation before we start:

gentleman's game coverIn A Gentleman’s Game, when valuable racehorses fall ill before a rich stakes race, Nathaniel Chandler must work with his father’s mysterious new secretary, Rosalind Agate, to protect the horses and get them safely across England to Epsom. Along the road, Rosalind and Nathaniel fall for each other—but she’s keeping some secrets that will tear them apart. Read the first chapter here.

And in Listen to the Moon, John Toogood is a very starchy, very proper valet…who’s currently out of a job. Sukey Grimes is a maid-of-all-work with a big mouth and a mean boss. The local vicar is looking for a married couple to head his staff of servants….Read the first chapter here.

You may remember we were talking about the Romance of the Turf series and the other Chandler siblings’ books…

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Riskies post: Box pews

I have a blog post up at Risky Regencies today about Anglican church layouts, seating, and box pews in the Regency.

I had never heard of box pews until I started writing the Lively St. Lemeston series! However, they were much more common in England during the Regency than bench-style pews. Wikipedia explains:

“Box pews provided privacy and allowed the family to sit together. In the 17th century they could include windows, curtains, tables and even fireplaces, and were treated as personal property that could be willed to legatees. Sometimes the paneling was so high it was difficult to see out, and the privacy was used as a cover for non-devotional activity….By the eighteenth century it became normal to install formal box pews instead of random personal constructions. This provided a more classic line to the church, although Sir Christopher Wren objected to pews in his churches. With the mid-19th century church reforms, box pews were generally swept away and replaced by bench pews. However a number of examples still remain in various churches throughout the United Kingdom.”

Note that part of the church reforms involved changing how clergymen were paid—fees from renting pews provided a good chunk of their salaries previously, so they resisted replacing them with more efficient seating.

Read the rest. (There are a lot more illustrations!)

Lively St. Lemeston: State of the Borough

Last updated: 9/14/17

So. The current Lively St. Lemeston series is over, BUT I will be writing more books set in that world! They will just be new series with new series names. Some will be set in the town itself, and some will be linked in other ways. For the most part, I’m not sure what order I’ll write them in.

My plans change regularly! I’m going to try to keep this post updated but you are always welcome to leave a comment or email me if you have questions.

The next two books I am working on are both the opening books of separate Lively St. Lemeston-adjacent series:

Falsely, Madly, Deeply is Rafe Cohen’s book. You might remember Rafe as Ash’s little brother from True Pretenses. His heroine is the star actress of a traveling theater company who has agreed to do a command performance at a duke’s country house party. There’s just one problem…she told the flirtatious duke she was married and he expects her husband to accompany her.

I’m also starting an f/f Gothic trilogy, the Rye Bay series, in which Lady Tassell finds jobs for Mrs. Humphrey’s boarders among her neighbors in Rye Bay, a windswept, lonely village on the Sussex Coast. (You might remember that Toogood’s parents went to work there at the end of Listen to the Moon.)

The working title of book 1 is Sea Lavender. It’s about the plain, impoverished Miss Oliver (briefly mentioned in Listen to the Moon as the owner of a guitar), who takes a job as governess at an isolated house on the Sussex coast. She likes her employer at once, but she has yet to meet his sick wife, who never leaves her room…

Other books I want to write

  • Rye Bay #2: Iphigenia Lemmon (who appears in Listen to the Moon) is far too beautiful to work in a house with men, but Lady Tassell has the perfect job for her: companion to a troubled gentlewoman recently separated from her husband and exiled to (you guessed it) an isolated house on the Sussex Coast…
  • Rye Bay #3: No idea but I’m sure it will come to me!
  • Stephen Dymond’s book, set at the Congress of Vienna. (Stephen is Nick’s older brother and Toogood’s former boss. He appears briefly in Listen to the Moon.)  (I was planning to write this book next and I even started the research, but I just couldn’t write a book about politics in 2017. Sorry everyone.)
  • Imogen Makepeace’s book, set during the last Frost Fair on the Thames (I think! Maybe someone else will get the Frost Fair. It depends what Imogen ends up doing.) Her hero is a sailor seeking revenge. (You may recognize Imogen as the barista from True Pretenses and Listen to the Moon.) (Research note to self: the big Customs House fire was just after the thaw.)
  • Noor Khaleel’s book. I can’t tell you anything about her book because it would be a SPOILER! (You may recognize Noor as one of Sukey and Toogood’s coworkers from Listen to the Moon.)
  • I really want to write about British-occupied Paris after Waterloo. Not sure whose book this is! I’ll know once I read up on Paris, I guess.
  • Jamie Wheatcroft’s book. Involves a handsome orchid collector/dealer from Puerto Rico who looks suspiciously like Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • A young borough-mongering Duke wants to buy the Wheatcroft political interest in the town. I don’t know who his heroine is yet!
  • Ada, Tony’s wife. (Probably.) (May be a novella.) (Maybe she can be Rye Bay #3! Or 4, if she’s a novella.)
  • Maybe Lydia and Jamie’s third cousin who will one day inherit Wheatcroft.
  • ???? If you have requests let me know! Who knows, it may spark an idea.

 

I would also love to do a series themed around, like, civic infrastructure: the Whigs are trying to bring in gaslighting (engineer protagonist!), a Police Act, a new parish with a new church and new vicar (the church is getting overcrowded)…and someday they’ll build that theater, right?What’s going on with Mr. Fairclough’s powder mill once the war is over? So much story potential in all those things! I’ve also got the first three chapters of a story I wrote a long time ago, about a girl that wants a marriage that is Just A Political Partnership and her guy best friend who is madly in love with her, and they’re part of a circle of radical bluestockings, that I’d like to finish and that would tie in nicely with the Lively St. Lemeston world…

tl;dr: I am making this up as I go along. Please don’t be disappointed when these plans change! 🙂

Contest: Ever After Box coupon code

This contest is now closed. MaryG won the box.

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You’ve heard about Jeannie Lin’s new brainchild, the Ever After Box, right? It’s a subscription box service for romance readers! As the website explains:

Ever After Box is a subscription box for romance readers that delivers great reads and romance community collectibles centered around a fun theme each month. Each box contains at least one book plus 3-5 gift items. Items include exclusive fan merchandise, bookmarks, cool product finds and more! All in a pretty box!

You can see what was in their first box here (the theme was coffee).

February’s theme is dessert, and anyone who’s read my books probably knows I love dessert. I teamed up with Elisabeth Lane from Cooking Up Romance to contribute something fun to the box, so Jeannie and her team are letting me give away one free box! I have a coupon code to give away to one lucky commenter.

Contest rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winner will be chosen at random using random.org.
3. US only.
4. Open for entries through February 18, 2016.
5. This is a single use code and will expire on Feb 23. It can be used to either get the SWEET TOOTH box free, OR to sign up for the monthly subscription and get the first box free.

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

Good luck!

Funny search terms: October 2015 – Jan 2016

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

October

download romance novel sweet disorder by rose lerner [fuck you pirates is all I have to say about that. October was a sadly unfunny months for search terms!]

November

one special feature like thorn prickle in lilly
today hasband looking waif sex brighton [???]
petticoats that rustle
how many books has theresa romain written [9 not counting novellas, if I’m counting correctly]

December

short story on smell of sweet and sound of coins
forced to be lillie the maid by my wife
who is called as a rough diamond and must first be polished before he shines by dryden? [answer: chaucer; honestly dryden really embarrassed himself with that one]
turkey with pineapple recipe [I include this because I have no idea how this brought anyone to my site, I would NEVER cook that]

January

i never eat muscatel grapes meanimg [answer: it’s a quote from the count of monte cristo]
meaning of a man ain t nothing but a man [i get this one all the time! how many people are googling this and why??? it just means that a man ain’t nothing but a man, it’s not code!]
putting butter choclate on breasts kissng story [BUTTER CHOCOLATE????]