Fave Five: Regency Research Resources

For some writers it’s the bane of their existence. For others it’s a beautiful way to procrastinate yet still feel productive.

It’s research.

For the historical novelist, it’s essential. If your Regency romance or Medieval mystery sounds like it could be set in southern Texas or northern Australia, your readers will ditch your book for one with more authenticity.

For me, research is just plain fun 🙂  I fell in love with history when I was a kid, and made it my major in college. I can spend many happy hours in front of the computer or browsing through a library, in search of a specific detail or wandering through time. My personal collection of research material isn’t vast (yet!), but I’ve already discovered a few favorites: Continue reading

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Book Review: It Happened One Night

With the popularity of novellas on the rise, I thought I’d pull out one of  my favorite novella anthologies: It Happened One Night.

Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D’Alessandro, and Candice Hern wondered what would happen if they each wrote separate novellas, but used common plot elements.  Would the stories be the same?  Good scientists that they are, they decided not to discuss their work until after the experiment was over.  The premise for all four stories: “A man and a woman, who have neither seen nor heard from each other in ten years, meet again when they find themselves staying at the same inn for a twenty-four hour period.”  All are set in Regency England, each in a different season. Continue reading

Cora’s Next Big Thing

What’s the Next Big Thing Blog Hop?

My friend and critique partner Susana Ellis tagged me. The idea is for me to answer ten questions about my latest project, then tag other authors to keep hop going (kind of a like a chain letter, lol). I haven’t tagged anybody yet, though, so if you’re looking for an excuse to tout your latest work-in-progress or new release let me know 🙂

Ten Questions about…The Only Exception Continue reading

The 95th Regiment of Foot (Rifles): The first of all Services in the British Army

“In this distinguished Service, you will carry a Rifle no heavier than a Fowling-Piece. You will knock down your Enemy at Five Hundred Yards, instead of missing him at Fifty.

On Service, your Post is always the Post of Honour, and your Quarters the best in the Army; for you have the first of everything; and at Home you are sure of Respect—because a BRITISH RIFLEMAN always makes himself Respectable.

GOD SAVE the KING! and his Rifle Regiment!”

—Wellington’s Rifles: Six Years to Waterloo with England’s Legendary Sharpshooters by Mark Urban

95th Rifles at Battle of Pyranees 1813Ah, the Wounded Warrior. By now you’re all aware of my great affection for such heroes, particularly in Regencies. But who are they? What did they do? Here’s a little background on one of my favorite historical regiments. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

champaignValentine’s Day is the high holiday of romance writing, and we’re celebrating our pages off here at Teatime with an e-Scavenger Hunt and six—count ’em six—giveaways!

Lisa’s prize pack: With Seduction in Mind by Laura Lee Guhrke and MacGregor Grooms by Nora Roberts (for Nook or Kindle)

Jennelle’s prize pack: Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl and Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (for Kindle)

Katherine’s pirate prize pack: Captive Embrace by Fern Michaels and Duke by Day, Rogue by Night by Katherine Bone (for Nook or Kindle)

Erica’s paranormal prize pack: The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton and Awake by Jessica Grey (for Kindle)

Cora’s historical prize pack: It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn and Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes

Amy’s contemporary prize pack: Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl and Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins Continue reading

Book Review: The Viscount Who Loved Me

Two weeks ago Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I hit the the USA Today bestseller list…13 years after it’s release.  To celebrate the occasion I’m reviewing my favorite book in the series, The Viscount Who Loved Me.

Published twelve years ago, The Viscount Who Loved Me is a bit of an oldie, but definitely a goodie.  It’s the second in Ms. Quinn’s Bridgerton series (the first is The Duke and I), featuring Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest of eight siblings and the title viscount.  HisThe-Viscount-Who-Loved-Me-9780380815579
partner in romance is Kate Sheffield, the older of two daughters in a family not exactly overburdened by wealth.  To save money, both sisters make their debut at the same time, and twenty-one-year-old Kate is constantly compared to the golden, petite beauty that is her sister.  In a lot of other authors’ hands, this would have caused friction to one degree or another between the siblings, but Ms. Quinn elected to let that plot device pass on by, and the two have a genuine affection for each other. Continue reading