The Gift of Love

on December 14, 2015
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by Julie LeMense The holidays are many things to many people. For some, they’re a chance to reunite with friends and family. For others, they’re an opportunity to give of ourselves and to receive. I count myself lucky in that I usually get to do both. Yet I also find that I’m very reflective at… Read More

Julie LeMense

Julie LeMense

A Georgetown University graduate with a degree in English Literature, I have been a Regency romance addict since I read my first deliciously bad Barbara Cartland novel. These days, I prefer the complex characterizations and plotting of Julie Anne Long, Sherry Thomas and Meredith Duran, but I’m always excited to find new authors.

Once Upon A Wager is my first novel, and you might be interested to learn that other than the primary characters, most of the people in my book actually lived during the Regency. Dr. Robert Chessher, for instance, is known as the Father of British Orthopedics. Arbury Hall, the home of Alec Carstairs, my hero, is a glorious estate in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Lord and Lady Daventry currently live there, and open the home to tourists during certain times of the year. Astley Castle, where my heroine, Annabelle Layton lives, was a ruin until just a few years ago. It was recently restored, and is available for overnight stays. I can’t wait to go!

A member of the Romance Writers Association of America, I am currently working on my next two novels, as the ghosts who live in my old, gilded age-era home try to sneak their way into my stories.

New eBooks to Survive those Long Holiday Lines . . .

on December 8, 2015
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Whether you’re looking for the perfect eBook to give a friend or just need to refresh your own tablet offerings to get you through the long lines at the post office or mall this holiday season, there’s a new December eBook for every taste. From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Victoria Alexander comes Shakespeare… Read More

Writing a Book is Like Hiking

on December 8, 2015
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by Ally Broadfield We recently embarked on our annual family camping trip, which included two adults, three teens, and two of our four dogs (our one hundred and ten pound Great Pyrenees, and our twenty pound poodle/something cross). We chose to go during the Thanksgiving break because it’s too hot to camp in Texas during… Read More

Psychic Moments & THE MADNESS OF LORD WESTFALL

on September 21, 2015
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by Mia Marlowe People often ask why I decided to write a Regency-set series based on characters with psychic abilities. It seems to fly in the face of the delicate, comedy-of-manners style of story readers expect from a Regency romance. After all, a hero like Lord Westfall, who’s spent time in Bedlam, is not exactly… Read More

Readers Make Writing Romance Awesome…

on June 30, 2015
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by Bronwen Evans Waving from a very cold and wet New Zealand.  It’s winter here and we have had what we call an unusual cold snap with loads of snow in the South Island. Definitely the kind of weather to stay tucked up inside writing! Or reading! Last week I braved the elements to be… Read More

Regency Beliebers?

on May 29, 2015
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By Jenny Holiday Are you a Belieber? Perhaps your tween daughter is? (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t fret: you’re totally normal. Beliebers are obsessive fans of Justin Bieber.) I myself am not a Belieber, but I have fallen under the spell of one or two massive celebrity crushes in my… Read More

Breaking the Rules

on October 8, 2014
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by A.S. Fenichel I blame Jane Austen for making the early 1800s so romantic to me. I love the period. I love the rules and I hate the rules. No touching or even being alone together. I love this because when they finally do touch, even if it’s incidental, it’s earth-shattering. Then there is the… Read More

A ROGUISH DELIGHT

on April 4, 2014
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The Harrow Band. That was my name for my group of Regency guys when I first wrote about them back in 1976. I still have the handwritten original. Later I changed their name to The Company of Rogues, which I’m sure you’ll agree was an improvement. I completed the book in 1977, but it wasn’t… Read More