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Category Archives: Regency

Romance set during the Regency period in England.

Alcohol Abuse in the Regency Era by AngelinaJameson @RegencyLady #RLFblog #HistoricalRomance #RegencyAngelina Jameson welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here!

Looking forward to reading about your research on alcohol abuse in the Regency Era, but first, please tell us about A Lady’s Addiction.

A Lady’s Addiction by Angelina Jameson

Genre Historical Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Anna, a widow battling alcohol addiction, is convinced she is worthless unless she bears a child. Devlyn, sterile after an accident, has returned to England from an assignment for the Foreign Office. Anna and Devlyn join forces to protect an innocent child from a blackmailer. Can they come to terms not only with their feelings for each other but whether they will allow society to dictate the true significance of life?

Alcohol Abuse in the Regency Era

The heroine of my book A Lady’s Addiction has a problem with alcohol. Anna used it to self-medicate, to deal with the disgusting attentions from her husband. Now a widow, Anna struggles to rid herself of her nightly ritual of drinking a bottle of wine to dull her senses.

The term alcoholism wasn’t around in the Regency era and wasn’t coined until 1852. Reformers labeled those who often drank in excess as habitual drunkards. At the time habitual drunkenness wasn’t seen as a disease. I portrayed Anna as an alcohol abuser not an alcoholic. She uses alcohol to de-stress. If she continues on this path she would most likely become an alcoholic.

Anna’s drink of choice was wine. Wine was plentiful in upper class Regency households. Wine was a gentlemanly drink. It was imported and expensive, perfect as a posh drink for the upper classes. During the years of war between France and England it was harder to get French wine. The English turned to new favorite wines from Spain, and Portugal. These wines were Madeira, Malaga, port, or sherry. The hero in my book refers to Portuguese wine in the first chapter.Alcohol Abuse in the Regency Era by AngelinaJameson @RegencyLady #RLFblog #HistoricalRomance #Regency

During the Gin Craze in 18th century London binge drinking became a huge social problem. Gin was cheap and readily available to the lower classes. The heavy consumption of alcohol continued during the Regency. In the Reminisces of Captain Gronow, the author stated: “Drinking was the fashion of the day.”

It is well known that George IV drank heavily. Did George’s excessive drinking reflect current fashion or set it? I think both. Drinking played an extremely important social role in eighteenth century England. Anyone who reads Regency historical novels has heard of gout. The high consumption of port and fortified wines led to the upper class disease of gout.

What about women drinking in the Regency era? While there are many cartoons and articles from the Regency showing excess drinking by men, it was much harder to find information about those Regency women who may have abused alcohol. Lady Caroline Lamb was known to be addicted to alcohol and laudanum near the end of her life. It is taken for granted that women of society drank to relieve the boredom and monotony of their lives. Women drank wine with their meals and drank sherry in the drawing room after dinner. It is not hard to imagine women overindulging with all the alcohol surrounding them.

The prevailing attitude seemed to be that as long as your addiction didn’t affect your social obligations you were not rebuked for it.

Where to buy A Lady’s Addiction

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0851N17NR/

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Angelina Jameson is a multi-published author of historical Regency romance. Growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada, Angelina joined the US Air Force to see the world. Dreams of visiting the United Kingdom were fulfilled when she was stationed at RAF Lakenheath in the beautiful countryside of Suffolk, England. Five years later she returned to the states having acquired a love of not only all things British but also Regency and historical romance.
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Image credit: James Gillray (18th century) copyright CC by 4.0

Know the Heroine from A Leap Into Love by Alina K Field @AlinaKField #RLFblog #SweetRegencyRomanceAlina K Field, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

A Leap Into Love by Alina K Field

Genre Sweet Regency Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Can a gentleman be too charming? The ladies of Upper Upton think so. And it’s almost Leap Day, when a man who refuses a lady’s proposal of marriage must offer a forfeit.

When the single ladies of the village conspire to teach their charmer a lesson that might bankrupt him, the town’s loveliest young widow steps up to warn him.

His secrets and hers make them a perfect match—and she’s the lady he wants. But she won’t accept his proposal, not even to rescue him.

As Leap Day approaches, the clock is ticking. Can he convince her in time to say yes to his offer and take a leap into love?

Know the Heroine from A Leap Into Love

It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?

Boredom is a welcome respite for Mrs. Myra Smith, who chases children all day. In the rare evenings when she has nothing to do, she has a cup of tea and a chat with her friend and employer, Mrs. McClintock.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

Something sweet.

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

She would dearly love a new dress, something pretty and stylish.

Does she know how to fix things?

Mechanical problems are best left to others, but fixing an injustice is another matter.

She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

Once upon a time, she fell in love with a neighbor’s son, and made the mistake of trusting his good intentions. That one mistake changed the course of her life, with dire, nearly fatal results.

How does she act around children she doesn’t know?

As a teacher at a children’s home, Myra can be both gentle and firm, as needed.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

Slipping out of bed in her unheated cottage on a cold morning requires rapid dressing!

How does she handle things when in a “proper” social situation?

Raised as the daughter of the gentry class, Myra has excellent manners.

Maid or takes care of herself?

Takes care of herself.

Proper dress or casual clothes?

Proper work dress.

Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?

When helping with baths or cooking, she’ll roll up her sleeves.

Powdered wig or natural hair?

Myra couldn’t afford either, even if they were in fashion.

Carriage or horseback?

Walking is her usual mode of transportation, but when hauling supplies, she’ll take the donkey cart.

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy A Leap Into Love

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Leap-Into-Love-Regency-Romance-ebook/dp/B079W9HRW3
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USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning author Alina K Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but prefers the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California where she shares a midcentury home with her husband and her spunky, blonde, rescued terrier.
She is the author of several Regency romances, including the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring. She is hard at work on her next series of Regency romances, but loves to hear from readers!
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Read Midnight with the Marquess @AlexaAston #RLFblog #RegencyRomanceAlexa Aston, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Midnight with the Marquess (The St. Clairs Book 2) by Alexa Aston

Genre: Regency Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Can love heal a wounded army officer who doesn’t believe it exists?
Lady Rachel St. Clair has witnessed how powerful love can be, thanks to the example her brother and wife set, and she won’t settle for anything less. At a house party, Rachel meets an officer returning from the Peninsular War and believes she may have found love, thanks to their clandestine midnight lessons in kissing.
Major Evan Drake, Marquess of Merrick, witnessed his father murder his mother and believes love doesn’t exist. He’s returned from combat wounded in both body and soul. When he meets Rachel he changes his mind about love, drawn to the raven-haired beauty’s spirit. Yet Rachel devastates him by rejecting him before he can declare his feelings for her, sending Evan into a downward spiral that almost ends in death.
Nursing her broken heart, Rachel continues her search for love the next Season, though her thoughts linger on those midnights with her marquess.
Will Evan be able to regain Rachel’s trust—and open his heart to love?
Find the answer in bestselling author Alexa Aston’s second book of The St. Clairs, Midnight with the Marquess.
Each book in The St. Clairs Trilogy is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Devoted to the Duke
Book #2 Midnight with the Marquess
Book #3 Embracing the Earl

Where to buy Midnight with the Marquess

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ZKs7Yf (and read for free in KU!)

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Native Texan and former history teacher Alexa Aston lives with her husband in a Dallas suburb, where she eats her fair share of dark chocolate and plots out stories while she walks every morning. She enjoys reading, Netflix binge-watching, and attending sporting events when she’s not watching Survivor, The Crown, or Game of Thrones.
Alexa’s Medieval and Regency historical romances bring to life dashing knights and loveable rogues and include the series The Knights of Honor, The King’s Cousins, and The St Clairs.
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Meet Alina K Field @AlinaKField Author of The Marquess and the Midwife #RLFblog #RegencyRomance #ReadaRegencyAlina K Field, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about The Marquess and the Midwife.

The Marquess and the Midwife by Alina K Field

Genre Regency Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Once upon a time, the younger brother of a marquess fell in love with his sister’s companion. He was sent off to war, and she was just sent off, and they both landed in very different worlds.

Now Virgil Radcliffe has returned from his self-imposed exile on the Continent to take up his late brother’s title and discover the whereabouts of the only woman he’s ever loved.

Abandoned by her lover and dismissed by her employer, Ameline Dawes has found a respectable identity as a Waterloo widow, a new life as a midwife, and a safe, secure home for her twin girls. Called to London at Christmas to attend her benefactress’s lying-in, she finds herself confronted by an unexpected house guest–a man determined to woo her anew and win her again.

But is loving the new Marquess of Wallenford a mistake Ameline cannot afford to repeat?

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Tell us about yourself as a person.

What makes you different from other people?

I honestly don’t think I’m much different from other people!

What is your personality type?

I’m an introvert, and something of a workaholic, though I never seem to get as much done as I want to. If we’re talking Meyers-Briggs, I’m an ISFJ.

What was your favorite childhood game?

I loved racing around outside playing tag with my brother and friends.

What is your favorite subject to talk about?

I confess, I’m not very good at the art of conversation. I’m the silent one at gatherings of strangers listening to everyone else talk and trying to draw them out on their subject of interest. But when I’m with family and old friends, I like to hear about their kids, and grandkids and tell them about mine.

What is your favorite book?

Honestly, I have many, but I absolutely adore Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase.

What is your favorite meal?

I have many favorites (and the extra pounds that come with!), but let’s just say, anything but seafood and organ meats!

Tell us about yourself as a writer.

What made you want to be a writer?

I always loved story. As a child, I used to dream up stories when I had trouble going to sleep at night, something that I think is pretty common among people who go on to write fiction.

What are your favorite books for writing advice?

Books with intricate plotting schemes often freeze up my muse, but after hearing John Truby speak recently at a conference, I’m re-reading helpful parts of his book, The Anatomy of Story. My very favorite writing book is Techniques of the Selling Writer, by Dwight V. Swain. An oldie, but goodie.

What are your favorite reference books?

Not books, but websites: etymonline.com, a free Etymological Dictionary, invaluable for deciding whether a word was used in my story’s time period; and Wikipedia! I go there first for a summary of the topic, and then check the links at the bottom of the article.

When you go to a convention, what kinds of things do you take along?

A notebook and paper and a heavy sweater or shawl because I’m always freezing.

What’s your best advice for a new writer?

Finish that story to the end. Let yourself write ugly pages, but get the story down all the way to the end. Go back later to make it pretty. Learn what works best for you (plotting vs. pantsing; critique group vs. on your own; Scrivener or Word; daily or weekend writing) and follow that path to publication. There’s no one way to do this work.

What are your writing goals for this year?

My goals for 2020: a sequel to this year’s Christmas novella in the Winter Wishes Regency Christmas Anthology; another Regency novella set around Michaelmas; a retelling of Macbeth as a romance with a happy ending; and work on a prequel series to my Sons of the Spy Lord books.

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Award winning author Alina K Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but she prefers the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband, her spunky, blonde, rescued terrier, and the blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.
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Magic in the Storm by Meredith Bond @merrybond #RLFblog #RegencyRomance #ParanormalRomanceMeredith Bond, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Magic in the Storm

Genre Paranormal Regency romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

He was destined for power, but born male when he should have been a girl. She paints with a passion and is about to learn that it’s more than she ever knew. Only together can they unlock the magic in the storm that is approaching.

Where to buy Magic in the Storm

Publisher Anessa Books
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Storm-Paranormal-Regency-Romance-ebook/dp/B007387N5M
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Meredith’s books straddle that beautiful line between historical romance and fantasy. An award-winning author, she writes fun traditional Regency romances, medieval Arthurian romances, and Regency romances with a touch of magic. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart,” Meredith loves to take her readers on a journey they won’t soon forget.
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Read the new Regency novel Suddenly a St Clair by Alexa Aston @AlexaAston #RLFblog #NewRelease #RegencyRomance #FreeKUAlexa Aston, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Suddenly a St Clair (The St Clairs Book 5) by Alexa Aston

Genre: Regency romance

Book heat level: PG-13

Will a marriage of convenience blossom into one filled with love?

At age eighteen, Hudson St Clair learns he’s the Duke of Everton’s bastard. Though never claimed by his father, the new duke, Hudson’s half-brother, accepts Hudson into the family, gifting him with a university education and teaching him about the myriad of businesses controlled by the St Clair family. His grandmother, Cor, guides Hudson in how to become a gentleman and molds his character, making him a man to be reckoned with. Upon Cor’s death, her wealth and estate will go to him—provided Hudson weds within sixty days after the reading of her will.

Lady Mia Sloane is an inventor, caring for her feeble-minded father on their crumbling country estate. Upon his death, Mia is swept away to London by her pushy but loving aunt, who tries to turn Mia into a woman she’s not. Attending society events at night, Mia spends her days working on her devices, especially the new steam engine she’s sold to Hudson St Clair and his family.

When Mr. St Clair proposes a marriage of convenience in order to allow Mia to continue working on her prototypes, she leaps at the offer, despite never having desired a husband or children. The only thing troubling her is her new husband tells her she’s not expected to share his bed—the very thing Mia has become most interested in doing since their experiments in kissing have awakened something within her that only Hudson St Clair can fill.

Can two misfits rejected by society come together and grow stronger through the lasting bond of love?

Find the answer in bestselling author Alexa Aston’s fourth book of The St Clairs, Defending the Duke.
Each book in The St Clairs Trilogy is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Devoted to the Duke
Book #2 Midnight with the Marquess
Book #3 Embracing the Earl

Book #4 Defending the Duke

Book #5 Suddenly a St Clair

Why did you write this book?

This is the final entry in my St Clairs series. Hudson is the last of his St Clair siblings to find love. It was very satisfying bringing this series to a close with Hudson and Mia’s love story.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I am an eclectic reader and look for a great story no matter what the genre.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

I love so many characters. Jack Reacher is a current favorite of mine.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m hard at work on my Medieval Runaway Wives trilogy, which will be released next summer.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Soldiers & Soulmates is a new Regency trilogy I’ll publish soon. To Heal an Earl comes out in February; To Tame a Rogue is a March release; and To Trust a Duke is due in April.

Where to buy Suddenly a St Clair (The St Clairs Book 5)

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081BDSLLS/ (free in KindleUnlimited)

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Native Texan and former history teacher Alexa Aston lives with her husband in a Dallas suburb, where she eats her fair share of dark chocolate and plots out stories while she walks every morning. She enjoys reading, Netflix binge-watching, and attending sporting events when she’s not watching Survivor, The Crown, or Game of Thrones.
Alexa’s Medieval and Regency historical romances bring to life dashing knights and loveable rogues and include the series The Knights of Honor, The King’s Cousins, The St Clairs, and The de Wolfes of Esterley Castle.
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