Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for Regency and a REWARD!


UPDATE: The winner of one of Susan's books is Natalie Aguirre!! Congrats Natalie! Please contact Susan as soon as possible via her website, http://www.susangh.com/ContactMe.html 

Our guest today on the monthlong A-Z Challenge is Susan Gee Heino, discussing all the Reasons "R" is for Regency! And quick note, the winner of Donna MacMeans' book from our P is for Paranormal day is Chrys Frey. Chrys, please contact Donna via her web site at www.DonnaMacMeans.com . And now, on to Susan!
 
 
Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy

Thanks so much for having me here today! I hear we're doing a run-through of the alphabet, so today's blog is brought to you by the Letter "R". Yes, it's an awesome letter. I love it. Why? Because "R" is for Regency!
 
I'm a little bit passionate about the Regency time period, and especially for historical romances set in that time period. Basically, the English Regency was a short little span of years, 1811 through 1820. The king was suffering from an ailment that made him, well, completely off his rocker. While he was out of commission--locked in a tower, really--his son became Prince Regent to look after things in his stead. That's where the term "Regency" comes from.
 
So what makes romance novels set in this time period so very special? Well, I'm glad that you asked! Let me give you a whole list of What I Love About Regency Romance. You might even notice, they all start with the handy little Letter "R".


Rules:  Society of the time had some very strict rules and regulations for respectable behavior. Our heroes and heroines have to tread very carefully on that thin line between risk and ruin, destruction or bliss. It makes for a very entertaining dance!


Romance:  History, nobility, love, longing and beautiful dresses. Who could want more?

Rescues:  The era was still a time when women had few opportunities in life. My heroines often feel trapped, hopeless, confused. Sometimes they need a little help, but once they learn who they really are they find a way out.

Risk:  The course of true love never does run smooth. Sometimes you just have to be willing to lose it all in order to gain everything.

Rogues and Rakes:  Oh yes, what would a Regency Romance be without the hero and his checkered past? We love to read about the hard-hearted duke who's sworn never to love; the cynical earl with emotional scars, the dashing lord who can't be snagged--but then is. By the end of the book you can sum these ruffians up in one fabulous word:  Reformed.

Rollicks and Romps:  Witty banter, quirky characters, boisterous ballrooms, mistaken identities, compromising situations, and all manner of clever misadventures. Yes, this is what sets Regency Romance apart from the crowd, if you ask me. Love love love these rambunctious elements of fun.
 
REWARD!!!
One lucky commenter will win their choice of either a sexy (hot) or a mild (sweet) Regency romance! The winner will be announced on this post on Wednesday, as well as on the regular Wednesday post. So join the conversation!
 

Let's chat: "R" you a reader of Regency Romance?  Recite, relate or reiterate what you enjoy most. If you've got a favorite author or a recent read or even a pet peeve about Regency Romance, tell me about it. Even if it doesn't start with the Resilient letter "R".



 

Want to get a taste of Susan's hilarious Regency?
 
When Miss Mariah Langley inherited beautiful Renford Hall she planned to stay there forever. Now the Earl of Dovington has shown up to evict her! With guests arriving and tempers flaring, the spinster and the earl engage in a battle of wits and wooing! The Earl's Passionate Plot novella is available for only 99 cents on Amazon!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Susan Gee Heino's lighthearted Regency Romances are full of quirky heroines, wicked banter, and dashing cravat-wearing heroes. Adventures ensue, hilarity happens, but the hero always ends up with his lady. And vice versa. Ms. Heino lives in rural Ohio with her non-cravat-inclined husband, two very remarkable children, and an accidental collection of critters. She loves to hear from readers so please visit her at www.SusanGH.com or connect on social media.
 
 
The "R" book list:
 
 
 
James Rollins: Action adventure blending science and history
 
M.J. Rose: Thrillers that blend mystery and magic
 
Raven Morris: Scorching hot erotic romance
 
 

 


 

28 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Seeing Mr. Darcy reminds me how much I love romances from this era.

Kat Sheridan said...

Good morning, Susan! We're so glad you could join us! And I do love this era (OK, so I'm more a Victorian girl these days, but I also devour Regencies!) I particularly love your brand of Regency, with it's wonderful sense of humor that's pitch-perfect for this genre!

And Natalie, whenever I see Colin Firth/Mr. Darcy, my brain pretty much stops working. LOL!

Susan Gee Heino said...

I'm so happy to be here today, Kat! And yes, I'm with you and Natalie: Mr. Firth as Mr. Darcy just sends my brain to a happy place with silk gloves, flowing gowns, and sparkling dialog. I'm always happy to hear that others feel just the same way.

Janie Mason said...

While I'm so glad I was born at a time with more conveniences of everyday life, I love to escape to a good regency romance. Of course I picture myself as the heroine in the lovely gown, not the poor maid who empties the chamber pots. ;)

Susan Gee Heino said...

LOL! Exactly, Janie. I do try to be as historically accurate as possible in my books, but on the whole I realize what I write is a fantasy. In my Regency world, I imagine that everyone is sparkling clean, deodorant has been invented, and people have access to modern dentistry and indoor plumbing.

Colorful Heart said...

I confess...I really don't read romances much any more. However, I Relish those written by Susan Heino! I enjoy the plot twists and witty Repartee... (got a few "R"s in there!)

saraleee said...

I grew up reading Georgette Heyer's fabulously witty Regency romances, so I always love to find more stories that whirl me back into that wonderful world!

Susan, your Regencies are so much fun to read. I'm looking forward to more!

Jo said...

For me Regency romance started with Georgette Heyer's Devils Cub and I have every single Regency book she wrote. I never realised that the Regency period was so short. It seems like it went on for so much longer.

I like the pic of Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice, I have the movie and love it.

Liza said...

I'm a fan with a great big R of the romance.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Sia, Hi, Susan....

I must admit is is a very intriguing time for setting these fun and witty romances...

I love details and the details in stories such as these do entertain me.

Thanks Sia for featuring Susan today!

Susan Gee Heino said...

Ah, Georgette Heyer. Yes, those are some stellar regencies. she's the founder of our modern Regency Romance genre. I just love the snappy back-and-forth between characters, and the wonderful turn of phrase. I'm so glad you mentioned her work, Jo and Saralee! Of course now I want to go dig out my collection and read for a few days when I'm really supposed to be writing.... lol

Susan Gee Heino said...

Colorful Heart--I'm so happy that you enjoy my books, even though they're outside your usual reading zone. That's really encouraging for me! Thanks for dropping by here today.

Susan Gee Heino said...

Liza--I'm cheering for that big R right along with you. I just love Love, and the fact that there's always a happy ending in Romance.

Susan Gee Heino said...

You're right, Michael, it is all about the detail, isn't it? Those fun little details authors tuck into their books are really what hook us and make the story come alive.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat Thank you for bringing Susan to our attention.

As a young teen I rambled through Barbara Cartland's sweet regencies. Like many others here I absolutely love Georgette Heyer's stories and read them all and more than once.

Susan, I'm with you, loved the walking the risky edge of the rules, the gowns, and the pageantry. Reformed rakes and rogues were a great addition. :-)

I have to say I also loved stories set in Georgian and Victorian times--so many new things coming on the scene and so many adventures.

Good choices--I've enjoyed the complexity of MJ Roses books. And Raven does write some scorching hot erotic romance if you like it hot. :-)

Chrys Fey said...

I don't often read Regency novels, but I do love those Rogues. ;)

cleemckenzie said...

For me, the fascination with Regency is the dress and code of manners. All of that covering human foibles and passion makes for compelling stories.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I know it's not with today's standards, but I like the idea of being rescued.

Susan Gee Heino said...

Thanks so much for having me here, Sia. I cut my teeth reading Barbara Cartland. I still blame her for my hopeless addiction to ellipses... lol. It's also really great to see the Historical Romance market opening up more to Georgian and Victorians, and now even some Edwardian settings. I guess every era has some wonderful pageantry and propriety to keep things interesting.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's not my genre, but I have read a regency romance before!
Do I get bonus points?

Jeff Hargett said...

Can't say I'm much of a romance reader, regardless of the period or flavor. (My wife, of course, used to love them--especially Amish romances of all things.) You did pack a lot of good-book qualities into that list of Rs though. :) Nicely done.

Kat Sheridan said...

I've been having so much fun reading these comments! Jo, I have a confession to make: Susan sent along a number of possible images to use with the article, but I knew most of the ladies would appreciate Mr. Darcy the most!

Kat Sheridan said...

L. Diane, I think the whole idea of feminism is to be able to say and feel what we want. And I like those rescue things, too. My favorite, though, is the "Pretty Woman" concept. He asks her what happens after the handsome prince rescues the damsel. And she responds,"She rescues him right back." Yeah, I like that in a romance, where the characters "save" each other.

Kat Sheridan said...

Alex, of course you get points! If women can read crime thrillers, love space cowboys, and fly starfighters, then guys can read Regency romances!

Kat Sheridan said...

Jeff, Susan is one of the "punniest" people I know. When you read her books, you're hearing her true, authentic voice (if you want hilarity on a regular basis, follow her on Facebook and read about the pet goats that knock on her door to be let in, or the mourning dove named Chirp that she rescued as a baby and raised and who lives in her house now and sits on her head while she writes!) And author friend Karen Harper writes some great Amish romance if your wife hasn't read them yet.

Of course, there is also the Amish Vampire genre, but that's a bit different. There is also a book called "Amish Vampires in Space" which has over 40 reviews and a near perfect 5-star rating.

Susan Gee Heino said...

Wow, thanks for all the high praise, Kat. You know I love your work and your crazy ability to drag me down into long, dark corridors common sense would tell me not to go, right? lol Jeff, I love to chat about romance novels with guys! It always surprises me to find out they don't know all the fun stuff we "women writers" pack into them. Then again, sometimes I'm happy that men haven't discovered our little genre and we can kind of keep all these juicy secrets to ourselves. lol And yes, Alex, extra credit for anyone who reads a Regency! Although, I should warn you they're like potato chips--it's hard to stop at just one.

Carol said...

I do enjoy the occasional regency romance, where the characters don't exactly play by society's rules.

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Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Oh how neat! I had no idea that's where the term came from and really didn't realize it was such a short time period. Amazing how many books and movies have been sparked because of those few short years!

Happy A to Z-ing!
~Anna
herding cats & burning soup.