Saturday, February 22, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020
Series: London League Genre: Adult, Historical, Regency, Romance Publisher: Phase Publishing Publication date: February 1, 2020
Gone, but not forgotten... Alex Sommerville should have been dead. To the world, he had been dead for almost five years, and with him, the secrets he had carried as Trace, the most elusive member of the London League. When a chance to escape finally comes, Alex finds just enough life left in him to take it, and races off to return to the woman he loves...Back, but at what cost?
The last person Poppy Edgewood ever expected to see suddenly falls into her life again - literally. Alex is a shell of the man he once was, and on the brink of the death she thought him already lost to. What answers will he have for her when he recovers, and can she even bear to hear them?
Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.
(1) winner will receive a $15 Amazon GC + an ecopy of Falling for Trace.
Thursday, February 20, 2020
A Rational Attachment by Lauren Gilbert
Publication Date: December 26, 2019
Hardcover, Paperback, and eBook
Genre: Historical Fiction
Lauren is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and has delivered presentations for chapter meetings, as well as a break-out session at the 2011 JASNA Annual General Meeting. Now semi-retired after a career spanning almost 30 years, HEYERWOOD: A Novel is her first published novel. Another novel, A RATIONAL ATTACHMENT, has just been released and a non-fiction work is in process.
Lauren is a contributor to the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, and has several articles in CASTLES, CUSTOMS, AND KINGS True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors volumes 1 and 2. Lauren Gilbert lives in Florida with her husband.
1. The Regency period is one of my favorites to read about--how did you decide to wanted to research and write about this era of literature?
I grew up reading English authors with my mother and grandmother. English history has always intrigued me. The Regency period is interesting to me because it has much in common with our time: income inequality, job losses resulting from new technology, a desire for reforms struggling with conservatism, questions regarding the role of women…. When added to the beauty of the art, architecture, furnishings and fashion, and the glamour of Society, the Regency era is irresistible.
2. I visited York, England years ago, and I fell in love with the city. Have you traveled there, and if so, what were some of your favorite things?
I have traveled to England several times but have not yet made it to York (it’s on my bucket list). I did a lot of research, and have so many things I want to see with my own eyes! York Minster, the New Walk along the River Ouse, the Shambles, Fairfax House, the Jorvik Viking Center, the York Castle Museum and more. So much to see, so little time….
3. What or who inspired you to become and author?
My mother was a great reader and wrote poetry. She always encouraged me. I used to write books for my dolls.
4. Do you have any advice to give to upcoming novelists?
Write something every day, even if only notes of ideas and passing thoughts. Beware of predatory publishing companies.
5. I read that you are a member of the Jane Austen Society--how exciting! What do you love most about being a part of this wonderful group of people?
Our South Florida region and JASNA in general, is filled with interesting people with common interests. We not only study Jane Austen’s work, we study her life and time as well. The members of our local region present the programs, and the programs are a fascinating mixture that never fails to hold interest and provoke stimulating conversation.
6. I had the honor of visiting Jane Austen's home in Chawton, England--she is one of my favorite authors. What do you love most about her works?
The layers of character and meaning she managed to convey. I first read Jane Austen’s works as a teenager, and reread them periodically. Each time I pick up one of her novels, I find something I had not previous perceived. I love the books now as much as I did on first reading, but for very different reasons. The books in turn stimulate my curiosity about her life and times-she wrote for her contemporaries, who knew the jokes and the situations about which Austen wrote. The more I learn, the better I understand and appreciate her writing.
7. What books do you have planned for the future?
I am currently researching a non-fiction project due next year. I have also made notes for two novels: another set in Regency England, and a novel set in Tampa Florida at the end of the 19th century.
Monday, February 17 Review at Books and Zebras Interview at Passages to the Past Tuesday, February 18 Review at A Chick Who Reads Wednesday, February 19 Review at YA, It's Lit Thursday, February 20 Feature at I'm Into Books Interview at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen Friday, February 21 Review at Gwendalyn's Books Monday, February 24 Review at Passages to the Past
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A Rational Attachment
Margaret Brinton keeps her promises, and the one she is most determined to keep is the promise to protect her heart.
Warwickshire, England, 1812
Fooled by love once before, Margaret vows never to be played the fool again. To keep her vow, she attends a notorious matchmaking party intent on securing the perfect marital match: a union of convenience to someone who could never affect her heart. She discovers a man who exceeds all her hopes in the handsome and obliging rake Mr. Northam.
There’s only one problem. His meddling cousin, Lord Williams, won’t leave Margaret alone. Condescending and high-handed, Lord Williams lectures and insults her. When she refuses to give heed to his counsel, he single-handedly ruins Margaret’s chances for making a good match—to his cousin or anyone else. With no reason to remain at the party, Margaret returns home to discover her father has promised her hand in marriage—to Lord Williams.
Under no condition will Margaret consent to marrying such an odious man. Yet as Lord Williams inserts himself into her everyday life, interrupting her family games and following her on morning walks, winning the good opinion of her siblings and proving himself intelligent and even kind, Margaret is forced to realize that Lord Williams is exactly the type of man she’d hoped to marry before she’d learned how much love hurt. When paths diverge and her time with Lord Williams ends, Margaret is faced with her ultimate choice: keep the promises that protect her or break free of them for one more chance at love. Either way, she fears her heart will lose.
"Promising Regency-set debut. Vivid period details and the hero's grand romantic efforts will please fans of historical romance."—Publishers Weekly "Debut -author Garriott's smooth prose and character-driven story will enthrall readers looking for sweet historicals with Austenesque plots."—Library Journal
"Garriott's impressive debut distinguishes itself with its expertly evoked Regency setting, a cast of realistically flawed yet eminently relatable characters, and a sweetly satisfying love story. Teen fans of Austen-era love stories will fall hard for this impeccably crafted romance."—Booklist
“Promised is a sweet regency romance and one that I recommend to all of you romance fans, especially those of you that enjoy stories inspired by Jane Austen.”—The Book Diva’s Reads
“…a fun, entertaining, and perfect addition to the Proper Romance collection.”—The Readathon
“With an Austen-like focus on minute emotional detail and some amusing secondary characters, Garriott’s gentle novel promises a treat for Regency fans who like their characters well-bred, their interiors comfortable, and the romance no racier than the hero turning up in a wet shirt.”—Historical Novel Society
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