Once Upon a Regency

If you’ve subscribed to my newsletter, Corsets and Kisses, you know I have a fascination with historical idioms and ideals and delight in sharing my discoveries with my readers. In December’s issue I will explore the phrase Happily Ever After

Sometimes my curiosity leads me down twisting paths and it was on one of these paths that I encountered an archaic word that, long ago in a bygone era, was considered perfectly proper English.

Sometime around 1620 the word Happify meant just what it ought to: to make happy.

So, let’s Happify December with all sorts of fun events and fabulous giveaways in celebration of the coming release of Once Upon a Regency: Timeless Tales and Fables!

Pre-Order Now for Only $.99

Once upon a time nine historical romance authors created a fairy tale inspired Regency world…

We hope you’ll join us on a Regency adventure of love and romance in our limited edition box set Once Upon A Regency: Timeless Tales And Fables! Read on to learn more about the authors involved and for your chance to win all kinds of prizes.

We’d love for you to join us for the Once Upon a Regency Release Party on February 5th. Pre-Release festivities begin December 7th and run through February 4th so join the party now chat with the authors and win all sorts of amazing prizes.

Speaking of prizes, we have a Pre-Order Giveaway running now with the chance to the box set and signed paperbacks from all nine authors as well as a Kindle Fire.

Our fabulous of timeless tales and fables and their talented authors:

Resisting Romeo by Samantha Grace

Enchanted By The Earl by Amanda Mariel

Wish Upon A Kiss by Meara Platt

A Duke Worth His Salt by Allison Merritt

Masquerading as a Miss by Ari Thatcher

Searching for my Rogue by Dawn Brower

The Enchanted Cave by Sue London

Taming Beauty by Lynne Barron

Stealing a Lady’s Heart by Tammy Andresen

To read a short blurb of each story, please visit my page,

Once Upon a Regency.

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Black Friday Bonanza


One of the things I enjoy most about reading and writing Historical Romance is getting lost in a bygone era, be it Georgian, Regency or Victorian.

Falling in love was a complicated affair, conducted face to face while chaperons looked on, or perhaps through letters painstakingly written with quill and ink and delivered days or weeks later by mail coach or pony express. A rendezvous with one’s sweetheart required forethought, ingenuity and plenty of patience, rather than good phone reception, nimble texting fingers an email address.

So while I like to imagine falling in love in the nineteenth century, I cannot imagine having to shop for my loved ones. The carriage rides hither and yon in search of just the right gift, carrying packages from one shop to another. And can you imagine how heavy a lady’s reticule must have been with all those coins jangling around?

Ah, the wonders of online shopping.

Better still, winning books and book swag from your favorite and perhaps future favorite authors!

Enter for a chance to win my Black Friday Bonanza Giveaway

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A Fascination with Feminine Fripperies

As we all know, I’ve developed something of an obsession with corsets. My fascination began innocently enough the first time I wrote a love scene featuring a heroine laced into a silk and whalebone gilded cage. As I was choreographing a love scene (author speak for placing hands here, lips there and various other body parts elsewhere) I realized I hadn’t the faintest notion how my hero might divest the lady of her corset.

Writers of Historical Romance are nothing if not expert researchers, and while google is oftentimes my best friend in the world, sometimes only hands on experience will do. So I ordered a corset and enlisted my husband’s assistance lacing me into the convoluted contraption. If you missed my blog post about hooks, laces, sadistic lady’s maids and over-protective husbands, please feel free to read it here.

I liked the first corset so well, I ordered two more, then another and another. If you’ve read my earlier post, you know I discovered that wandering through life wearing a corset can be something of a challenge, not to mention downright dangerous at times.

Still, there is just something exquisitely decadent and luxurious and wonderfully feminine about the frilly, lacy, elegant undergarments from a bygone era. So I ordered a curvaceous wire mannequin to display my growing collection of corsets. Next came the fans and the antique perfume atomizers, the fragile glass vases and bottles, the velvet and satin pillows, the damask drapes and spindly furniture. Before I quite knew how it happened I’d turned my office into a pretty nineteenth century boudoir.

And when I’m lounging on the pillow-strewn daybed, writing, reading, or simply daydreaming, I am inspired by all the feminine fripperies surrounding me. Inspired to write stories of women who would have lived amid such adornments on a daily basis. Women as complicated and contrary as a corset, as fragile and strong as spun glass, as elegant and endearing as silk and velvet and lace.

Women like all of us…writers, readers, and daydreamers.

Speaking of writers, readers and daydreamers, thank you all for the wonderful suggestions of books and authors. My kindle library has grown by leaps and bounds. Now if I could just find time to read them!

Congratulations to Darlene, October’s Corset winner…your Floral Denim Corset is on its way!

And congratulations to LilRed1268, winner of my Halloween Book Hop Giveaway…A signed Copy of Pretty Poison, Two Wine Bottle Corsets and Two Corset Bookmarks will be shipping soon!

I love to hear from my readers so please Subscribe to my Newsletter above if you haven’t already done so, and then simply post a comment below and you’ll be entered to win November’s Vintage Black and White Floral Corset. Share what inspires you, a book recommendation, a bit of news, a notion of any sort, an idiom that’s always struck you as amusing, a regency ideal you’ve found ludicrous, or just a random thought. I’ll draw one winner on December 1st.

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November Events Not To Be Missed:

Holiday Pre-Funk at Booktrope Publishing!
More than 200 books of all different genres
will be FREE  on Amazon 
from November 9th through November 14th. 
You don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity, 
so click on the link above for a list of the freebies on offer,
 including my latest release, Pretty Poison.

Fall Favorites Giveaway Hop
Join Dozens of Fabulous Authors for a Fun Blog Hop
November 9th through 14th.
Each stop will offer readers and opportunity to win a prize.
To win a Signed Copy of Pretty Poison,
2 Wine Bottle Corsets and 2 Corset Bookmarks
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Dukes, Earls and Viscounts, Oh My!
November 8th through November 14th I’ll be joining 
Monica Burns and Amanda Mariel’s 
celebration of Historical Romance. 
There will be games, giveaways and a Scavenger Hunt 
with a Grand Prize of more than 40 signed print books 
and ebooks. Authors include Gina Conkle, 
Julie Johnstone, Meara Platt, Erica Ridley, 
Alexandra Hawkins, Victoria Vane 
and many, many more.
Black Friday Book Bonanza! 
Caffeinated Book Reviewer will be hosting
 this amazing Blog Hop from November 27th through the 30th.
  Dozens of authors and bloggers will be offering all sorts of fantastic prizes, from books and ebooks to gift cards to swag. 
This is a great opportunity to stock your bookshelves
 with stories from your favorite authors
 and perhaps discover some new favorites.




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