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Category Archives: Regency

Romance set during the Regency period in England.

Lord Rakehell’s Love 
Donna Cummings, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character, Aphrodite, from the book, Lord Rakehell’s Love.
Genre: Regency Historical
Publisher: Donna Cummings
Cover artist: Carrie Spencer of Cheeky Covers
Length: 44 pages
Heat rating: PG
Tagline: Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, is playing matchmaker
in Regency London, only she’s put a curse on the lovers instead
First in The Curse of True
Simon is known as Lord Rakehell, so any sane woman would be wary
of wedding a man of his reputation. He truly loves Georgiana, and is determined
to prove it to her, but how can he convince her after being late to their wedding?
Georgiana knew the dangers of falling instantly in love with
a celebrated rake, but even she had not expected him to show up for their nuptials
with ladies-of-the-evening in tow. Now she must determine whether Simon’s protestations
of love are genuine, or if she is being led astray by the passion he continues to
incite in her.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Simon Blakely, Lord Winbourne (aka Lord Rakehell), 30, rake
Georgiana Kirkwood, late 20s, wallflower

Interview with Aphrodite, Goddess of Love

Tell us about yourself.
I am the Greek Goddess of Love, and I adore jewelry, and all
things involving beauty and love. However, I have recently grown bored with the
perfection of my existence. Who can bear to eat ambrosia and nectar every single
day? I decided I would entertain myself by helping mortals find their one true love.
And what better place than Regency London, where they are enamored of anything to
do with the ancient Greek world.
Tell us about Ares.
I utterly adore him, even though he loves war, and fighting,
and conflict of all kinds. He is the complete opposite of me, which may be why we
are so passionate for each other. It is also what gave me the idea to play matchmaker.
Or maybe I should say “mismatchmaker”. It hasn’t gone as smoothly with
Lord Rakehell and Georgiana as I’d hoped. . . But I’m confident I can remedy everything.
After all, my reputation is at stake here.
What do you think is your strongest point?
My persistence.
What would Ares say is your biggest weakness?
My persistence.
What do you wish was different about your life?
I adore my life! I am having so much fun masquerading in Regency
London as Lady Aphrodite Carramont, with only Ares aware of my true identity. I’m
not sure when I’ll be ready to return home to Mount Olympus.
It could be a while.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
That everyone would fall madly in love with their one true love
and live happily ever after. BUT, only after I’ve had a chance to be involved, of
course. It wouldn’t be much fun otherwise. I’m definitely looking forward to the
next rogue on my list, the one known as Lord Wastrel. He’s proving to be a bit of
a challenge.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
I don’t suppose I can say the bedchamber
I share with Ares, can I? Well, that is still my answer, even if I shouldn’t say

About the Author

Summer Lovin’
I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and
retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after
Currently I reside in New England,
although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing
flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.
I can usually be found on Twitter, chatting about writing and
coffee, or on Facebook, chatting about coffee and writing.

Previous Books

Summer Lovin’ (contemporary novella)
Lord Midnight (Regency historical)
I Do. . . or Die (contemporary romantic mystery)
Back on Track (contemporary novella)

Books Coming Soon

Lord Wastrel (Regency historical–Book 2 in The Curse of True
Love series)

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Seduction of Lady Phoebe
Ella Quinn, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe.
Genre: Regency
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Cover artist: Kensington
Length: 101,623 words
Heat rating: Spicy
Blurb: Polite
society has its rules for marriage. But for Ella Quinn’s eligible bachelors, their
brides will show them that rules are for the weak of heart…
Phoebe Stanhope is not a typical Lady. As feisty as she is quick
witted, no one can catch her, especially when she is driving her dashing phaeton
with its perfectly matched horses. And unlike her peers, experience has guarded
her against a growing list of would-be suitors. But when she encounters Marcus Finley,
what she fears most burns deep within his blue-eyed gaze…
For Lord Marcus, the spark of recognition is but a moment in
the love he has held these many years. Now that he’s returned to England,
all the happiness he desires rests on Lady Phoebe never finding out that he was
the one who turned her heart so cold and distant. He must work fast to gain the
advantage—to convince her what she wants is exactly what she denies—but in order
to seduce her into his arms, he must be willing to give up more than he can control…

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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Lady Phoebe Stanhope, three and twenty, lady
Lord Marcus Finley, eight and twenty, gentleman


What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
I work on my social media platform. When I first started all
I did was write. By the time it dawned on me that I needed to get involved in social
media, I’d written four books. So during the time I was working with my agent’s
assistant learning to edit, I took a class and began building my platform.
What websites do you visit daily?
I try to support other authors, and visit many websites on a
daily basis. I regularly visit Writers in the Storm, for interesting writing tips
and Rakes and Rascals, for new historical releases.
If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
LOL. All the head-hopping I did when I first wrote it, and continuing
to exercise. I gained a lot of weight that first year.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Telling my characters’ stories and the research. I love learning
new things.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
Each morning, I catch up on email, Twitter and Facebook. Then
in the afternoon I write. I would love to write first thing, but I can’t think until
the other stuff is out of the way. Of course, that gives me an incentive to get
off Facebook.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
Mostly historical romance, though I still enjoy spy stories.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
I actually have a couple of people who don’t read romance that
are going to Read the Seduction of Lady Phoebe. I recommend the first one, because
it’s the start of the series and introduces the characters.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
A ski holiday in Austria. I love being on the mountain,
and we have very good friends in the area we frequent.
What good book have you read recently?
Miranda Neville’s The Ruin of a Rake.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new
century started?
We were in London wishing we’d gone to Edinburgh instead.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Apple green.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible.”

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with Gorgonzola cheese, spinach and mushrooms.
I’m always ready for time with my husband.
When I’m alone, I write, read, and take walks.
You’d never be able to tell, but I love riding on the back of my husband’s Harley.
If I had a halo it would be just a bit crooked.
If I could twitch my nose like Samantha I’d be the happiest person on earth.
I can never jump out of a plane because no one will let me.

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Temptation of Lady Serena
Ella Quinn, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, The Temptation of Lady Serena.
Genre: Regency
Publisher: Kensington
Cover artist: Kensington
Length: 105,800 Words
Heat rating: Sensual
Ella Quinn’s bachelors in The Marriage Game series are charming
and cunning when it comes to the ways of love—until the right woman captures their
unsuspecting hearts…
Custom-made gowns…nights at the theater…and a host of eligible
bachelors. Accustomed to living a quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands, Lady Serena
Weir has never had any of these luxuries. But when Serena’s brother demands she
finally have a Season in London,
she’s thrust into a glamorous world she’s only dreamed of…
Robert, Viscount Beaumont remembers all too well what it feels
like to be in love. That is why he must keep his distance from Serena. He’s only
felt his pulse stir the way it does now when he made the mistake of loving the wrong
woman once before. Yet the more he strives to resist his feelings, the nearer he
is to falling under Serena’s seductive spell…
“Supported by a wonderful cast of characters, Quinn’s thoughtfully
drawn lovers teach each other the value of love in this delicious Regency treat.”
~ New York Times Bestselling author Eileen Dreyer
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What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Lady Serena Weir is age
26, and making her first come out. She is the daughter of the deceased Earl of Vere
and sister of the current earl.
Robert, Viscount Beaumont,
is 30 years old. He is a major landowner and rake.


Tell us about your story’s world. What is it like in this
period or place?
The story is a Regency.
It begins during the main Season in London, from
there we move to Paris, then Yorkshire, England.
1816 is known as the year without summer.
What inspired you to write this book?
This is the 3d book in
my series The Marriage Game, however it was the second one I wrote. Robert kept
badgering me until I had his story down. As anyone who has read the book can tell
you, he is a very difficult man.
Which character in your current book do you think readers
will like the most? Why?
Well I hope they like
Serena and Robert. They’ve both had difficult but different experiences they’ve
had to overcome. Robert is used to getting what he wants, but Serena won’t be bullied.
Getting to their HEA was, at times, a struggle. One of my favorite secondary characters
is the Dowager Lady Beaumont, Robert’s grandmother.
Why do you write?
Because I love it. It’s
the best job I’ve ever had.
Who has helped you the most in your career as an author?
That’s a hard question.
My mother-in-law has been my biggest cheerleader, but for actual help, it is other
authors. My critique groups played a big part. I had a great mentor in Delilah Marvelle,
and my agent’s assistant, Claire Cavanaugh, who taught me how to edit and polish
my books.
When you’re not writing, what would we find you doing?
Social media, supporting
other authors on Facebook and Twitter. I blog three times a week. Almost every morning
I walk the beach and on the weekends I paddleboard.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur
of the moment?
It’s more spur of the
moment, but I will plot a scene in my head.
Any advice for new authors?
Learn about the business,
and know that this is a huge business. Join a supportive critique group, and professional
organizations, such as RWA and its chapters. Develop your voice. Don’t give up.
What other jobs have you held besides writing?
Boat cleaner, sales clerk,
musician, soldier, college professor and lawyer.
What are you currently reading for fun?
I’m reading Jo Beverly’s
Malloren Series, but I’ve got new releases from Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen and
several others on my Kindle waiting for me.
If you could time travel what era would be your first stop?
LOL, Regency England.
Do you believe in luck?
I do believe in luck.
I also believe in hard work.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question
for Writing
I don’t. I listen to
NPR. I have to have silence when I write.
Do you play any musical instruments?
I play piano, but not
as well as I used to.

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with Gorgonzola cheese.
I’m always ready for snuggling with my husband.
When I’m alone, I write and read.

Previous Books

The Seduction of Lady Phoebe
The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

Books Coming Soon

The first book in the Marriage Game, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe
release on September 19, 2013

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Racing with the Wind

This is Publisher Week at Romance Lives Forever. Three publishers
will be featured, each during one special week. Those publishers are Boroughs Publishing Group, Liquid Silver Books in June, and JMS Books LLC in September.

Today’s festivities feature the Boroughs Publishing Group, Where
Story Matters. E-publishing has changed the way the world reads. Boroughs Publishing
Group is part of that revolution and joins with readership from Abu-Dhabi to Vancouver in demanding memorable
stories that you’ll return to over and over.
Day One – Lunchbox Romances
Day Two – The Red Ridge Pack series
Day Three – Celebrating Regencies
Some Like it Haute
Day Four – Our Editor-in-Chief, Chris Keeslar, on Writing
Day Five – Naughty and Loving it – Bad Boy Heroes
Day Six – The New Year’s Eve Club series
Day Seven – True Love, Romance and Valentines
We’re on day three of our journey with a look at their Regency

In honor of 200 years of Pride and Prejudice, the quintessential
Regency Romance, we invite you to read our wonderful Regency line up.
The Holly and the Thistle
The intrepid daughter of an earl leaves Regency London for the
Parisian court of Louis XVIII. She finds adventure, mystery, and above all, love.
(Book 1 of the Agents of the Crown trilogy.)
Too haute for comfort? A stylish gentleman meets his match when
he wagers he can make a dowdy spinster the talk of the ton in Regency England.
Returning the Favor
A chance meeting at Berry’s wine shop, a misunderstanding and
Christmastide all come together to allow the most handsome Scot in London to give
Lady Emily Picton the best Christmas gift ever: a marriage not of convenience, but
of love.
Shamrock and the Rose
Cat James fell out of a tree and into Colin Barringer’s heart.
Now the viscount must make her fall again—for him.
Against the Wind
A stint playing Portia at the Theatre-Royal at Haymarket in London, a dropped valentine
and a dangerous desire lead gentle-born Rose Collingwood into the arms of an Irishman
whose love will hazard all she knows and is.
Cover reveal for Book 2 of the Agents of the Crown trilogy:

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Some Like it Haute.

Jillian Leigh, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Some Like It Haute. What a great title! Tell us more about it.
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Boroughs Publishing Group
Length: 10,000 words
Heat rating: Sweet
Tagline: Too haute for comfort? A stylish gentleman meets his
match when he wagers he can make a dowdy spinster the talk of the ton in Regency
Blurb: Stylish leader of the beau monde Sir Richard Sheridan
has managed to avoid most forms of vulgarity for almost thirty years, but one evening,
when he is goaded by a drunken young pup in the middle of a ballroom, Sherry finds
himself embroiled in the most vulgar of wagers: to turn a dowdy young woman into
the talk of the ton. Jane Smith, in town as chaperone to her niece, isn’t interested
in a dandy such as Sir Richard, even if he is the most handsome man she’s ever encountered.
But when he offers to help make her niece’s season a success, how can she refuse
his company? Soon, they discover that they are–despite appearances to the contrary–
more evenly matched than either could have imagined.
What are your main
characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Sir Richard Sheridan,
known to the world as Sherry, is almost 30. He’s a Regency gentleman, so
naturally he does as little as possible.
Jane Smith is about
the same age, though it’s impolite to speculate about a lady’s age. Suffice to
say she’s old enough to play chaperone to her young niece in London society.


Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does
it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Some Like It Haute is an historical Romance, set during the period
of English history known as the Regency. It’s my take on traditional Regency. I
hope I’ve captured some of the elegance and wit that this kind of historical is
noted for.
How do you come up with ideas?
Ideas come from all sorts of places. Sometimes I’ll see a scene
in my head. I don’t know exactly who these people are or what they’re doing there,
precisely, but it’s fun to find out. Or I might start with a premise: a what if?
Movies and books often start little ‘fires’ in my brain. Not all my ideas are suitable
for turning into stories, though, or they may need to be tweaked and refined a bit
first. Occasionally I’ll get a kernel of an idea that ends up sounding almost unrecognizable
by the time I’ve finished with it. But that’s writing for you.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
As Dorothy Parker famously said, “I hate writing. I love having
written.” While I don’t hate writing–or I probably wouldn’t do it–it’s hard work.
Once the draft is written, though, it’s fun to edit, revise, shudder at what’s on
the page, then come back and realize it’s not so awful after all. Even though reading
your own work can be a humbling experience, occasionally you come across a bit of
dialogue or a scene that you almost forgot you wrote–and it’s not bad!
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline,
A great deal depends upon what sort of idea has possessed my
mind. I do try not to do a lot of research before I start, because it can become
a distraction. So I either look up something as I need to, or make a note to come
back later (as long as an important plot point doesn’t hinge on knowing the answer).
Generally, I try to start with a vague but almost coherent outline. I used to think
I was a plotter, someone who needed to dot the ‘I’s and cross the ‘T’s before starting
to write. Somewhere along the way, I came to the conclusion that I was either too
lazy or too impatient to be a dedicated plotter. So then I decided I must be a pantser,
who wanted to launch into things and work out the finer points later. Now I realize
that I’m somewhere in between. I do need some sort of plot to work with, but writing
outlines and character sheets just makes me grumpy. Does that mean I’m a plantser?
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
I would tell young me to ‘go for it’–not worry so much about
what I should be doing and do all the things I want to do, no matter how wild or
improbable they may seem at the time. I’d tell myself that your regrets tend to
be about what you wished you’d done, rather than the things you did do. I would
also tell young me to start writing sooner.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your
I would love to think that readers are transported to another
world for a little while, so much so that they forget their everyday existence and
go along for an entertaining and amusing ride.
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break
from your own writing.
If I had to choose two only, I suppose I’d have to include Jane
Austen and Georgette Heyer. But if I could mention more than two–which I’m going
to do blatantly and unapologetically now–I would want to include writers such as
Dickens and Trollope. In the genre of historical Romance I enjoy, amongst others,
the fabulous Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think
the title would be in six words or less?
She was a good girl, but…
If money were not an object, where would you most like to
I’ve often thought, being an Anglophile and a history buff, that
I’d love to live in the UK. In some picturesque English hamlet, no doubt. I’d grow
a cottage garden and visit all the places I’ve mostly read about. But then I think
of how cold it would get and suddenly I’m thankful I live in Australia, where it’s
warm (no, make that hot). Actually, I’d love to have residences all over the world,
like Summer and Winter Palaces, that I could drop in on from time to time as the
mood took me. A girl can dream!
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality
and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
My store is a cross between an elegant department store and something
out of a Dickens novel. You’d find an eclectic mix of old and new. In one corner,
you can try on the latest fashions, gorgeous shoes, sample makeup and perfume. In
another, you’ll wade through old collectibles and antiques. In a third corner of
the store, you’ll find books and DVDs. People will be dancing, performing live theater
and having debates. Of course there would be a café where you can enjoy a cup of
something and a great pastry. I don’t know whether my store would make any money,
but it would be a fun place to browse.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Keep Her Fed and Watered Properly

Please Fill in the Blanks

Jillian Leigh
I love
pizza with almost anything except olives.
I’m always
ready for a good laugh or a great conversation.
When I’m
alone, I daydream.
never be able to tell, but I can swear with the best of them.
If I had a halo it would be chipped, dented and slightly
crooked, but basically intact
If I could
go back in time I’d visit the 19th century (of course).
I can
never read a map properly because I’m spatially challenged.

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Wendy Soliman, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
Compromising the Marquess.

Genre: Regency
Carina Press
Length: 83,000
Heat Rating:
Tagline: A sparkling
Regency in which a marquess finds his destiny in an impecunious siren with a beautiful
voice and a scorching pen.

Leah Elliott
and her sister Bethany remove to the south coast, where Leah makes a living by picking
up tidbits of gossip for a scandal sheet about the local family of consequence,
the Forsters. She erroneously reports that the marquess, Hal Forster, is about to
marry a local lady. To make up for her mistake, Leah offers to act as Hal’s paramour.
In return he agrees to educate her in matters of romantic love, acting out scenes
from Fanny Hill, a book which they have both read.

Leah discovers
that Hal has a young Frenchman hidden on his boat, which makes her suspicious. During
a grand ball at Forster Hall, the Frenchman kidnaps Leah, using her to lure Hal
into a trap. Using her wits, Leah manages to warn the man she has fallen in love
with that he’s in deadly peril. Managing to overcome his foes, Hal concentrates
on discovering the truth behind the fire that killed Leah’s father and supposedly
destroyed the rare books he so treasured. His efforts lead them both into more danger
when they have a deadly confrontation with a scoundrel at an inn in the backstreets
of London.
Has Leah led
the man she loves into a trap from which he’s unable to escape.
What are
your main characters’ names, ages and occupations?
My Hero, Hal
Forster, is Marquess of Denby. Aged thirty, he not only carries out covert assignments
for the government but also has responsibility for his three younger siblings.
At 21 Leah Elliott
must support herself and her sister by whatever means she can. If that means writing
gossip for a scurrilous scandal sheet then so be it.


How did you
get your start in the industry?
I owe that to
the wonderful British Romantic Novelists’ Association. I joined when I started writing
seriously and thanks to their New Writer’s Scheme was able to find a home for my
first five regencies with a small London publisher.
If you could
change something about your first book, what would it be?
Just about everything!
I think I made the mistake common to new writers and way overwrote the thing. Far
too many adjectives and ‘telling not showing’. I couldn’t see it at the time, of
course, but when I came to re-release the book with an e-publisher, I was able to
put that right.
How do you
cope with stress as an author?
Wine helps –
a lot! So too does chocolate and going for long solitary walks with my dog to clear
my head and make sense of life.
Which statement
is more like you?
“I am
a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a
ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible.”

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza
with wine.
I’m always ready
for wine.
When I’m alone
I drink wine.
You’d never
be able to tell, but I love wine.
If I had a halo
it would be tipsy.
If I could fly
I could avoid airports for the rest of my life.
I can never
relax because I’ve always got stories waiting to be told.

Previous Books

Lady Hartley’s
Duty’s Destiny
The Social Outcast
The Carstairs’
A Bittersweet
A Reason to
Of Dukes and
A Scandalous
The Perfect
A Class Apart
Silver Lining
The Name of
the Game
Unfinished Business
Risky Business

Books Coming Soon

The Forsters
# 2 – Beguiling the Barrister – Carina Press June 2013
The Forsters
# 3 – Finessing the Contessa
Lethal Business
– Carina Press – March 2013


I’m giving away
a copy of Compromising the Marquess. Just leave a comment here, along with your
contact details, telling me why you enjoy Regency romances. Good luck!

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