Regency Romance

Falling in Love in Regency England with Nicola Cornick

Monday, September 17th, 2012 | Uncategorized | No Comments

As I have mentioned, Nicola Cornick’s latest novel, FORBIDDEN, is out, and I have it in hand. I am about to dive in, and I can’t wait.

 

What is it about the Regency period that draws us back to it again and again? Is it the clothes?  There is something graceful about the Grecian line of the gowns that appeals to me. Such elegant simplicity is lovely. Not to mention that they look a lot more comfortable than the gowns that came before and after them.

 

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Maybe I have Jane Austen to thank for making me fall in love with this time period. I had the joyous pleasure of playing Lizzie in a high school production of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE the same year I read that novel for the first time. Like so many others, Lizzie and Mr. Darcy made me fall in love with the world Jane Austen created. She drew my imagination into the Regency period and kept it there.

Modern Regency romance has been one of my favorite genres even before I was writing my own stories.  Nicola Cornick’s latest novel is drawing me right back into the Regency again. FORBIDDEN is about a lady’s maid who discovers that she has inherited a title. I love this idea…as it happens, there were titles that could be passed down directly to women in Regency England.  I find yet another pleasure in Nicola Cornick’s work…I get to learn something new.

FORBIDDEN is available on Nooks & paperback on B&N.com If you’re a fan of great Regency fiction, come and check it out.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forbidden-nicola-cornick/1109520990?ean=9780373776672

Description:

As maid to some of the most wanton ladies of the ton, Margery Mallon lives within the boundaries of any sensible servant. Entanglements with gentlemen are taboo. Wild adventures are for the Gothic novels she secretly reads. Then an intriguing stranger named Mr. Ward offers her a taste of passion, and suddenly the wicked possibilities are too tempting to resist….

Henry Atticus Richard Ward is no ordinary gentleman. He’s Lord Wardeaux and he is determined to unite Margery with her newfound inheritance by any means—including seduction and deception. But when the ton condemns the scandalous servant-turned-countess and an unknown danger prepares to strike, will Margery accept Henry’s protection in exchange for her trust?

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Juggling Worlds: A Fiction Writer’s Adventure

Friday, December 16th, 2011 | The Writing Life | 5 Comments

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This week I have had the pleasure of living in two worlds: the world of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the world of Regency England. As I write the Regency romance series Shakespeare in Love for Sourcebooks, I find myself immersed daily in a past that I have visited often as a reader, but only now have come to live in as a writer. I have been exploring the challenges of bringing Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to life in a new way and in a new setting, this time in Regency England just after Bonaparte has been defeated and my hero returns from the war. Anthony Carrington comes home to an arranged marriage to a woman he likely would have never chosen for himself.  Caroline Montague, the daughter of his commanding officer, will be left penniless and alone upon her father’s death if Anthony does not marry her. He agrees to take her on, in spite of her wild ways, and a great deal of Shakespearean fun ensues.

Of course, in his efforts to control and dominate his bride, Anthony does not resort to starvation as Petruchio does in The Taming of the Shrew. And Caroline does not conform to her husband’s demands, but struggles to be accepted as an equal, something unheard of at the time. So needless to say, I am having a ball mediating between these two, knowing always that true love will triumph in the end. One of the wonderful blessings of romance.

The second world I have been living in is, of course, Eleanor of Aquitaine’s. True love does not win in Eleanor’s world, and power, the by word of Eleanor’s life,  is almost always elusive. This week I had the pleasure of answering questions about Eleanor and her world for RT Book Reviews. Thinking of Eleanor and reminding myself of all the reasons I adore her, why others adore her as well, is always a joy, and no more so than when people ask me about her. She is an amazing woman with more facets than we fiction writers will ever fully explore.

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It is always a joy to move between the worlds of my fiction, to explore my characters’ lives and to take part in their adventures. And there are always more stories shimmering on the horizon, along the edge of the ocean of imagination on which I sail. I look forward always to the next port, the next elusive shore on which I will wash up, only to discover the next story that is waiting to be told.

I have said it before, and no doubt I will say it again. I am a lucky woman indeed.

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Revisions: Seeking the Perfect Novel

Monday, November 14th, 2011 | The Writing Life | 2 Comments

I have been reading and loving a great many Regency romances by Nicola Cornick as I begin the revisions on my first Regency romance, How To Tame A Willful Wife. There is such joy in reading good books, in being transported by a clever story and,  more importantly, in coming to know and love an author’s characters. Nicola Cornick does all these things: transports me, brings me joy while creating fabulous characters with whom I can fall in love.

As I begin the revisions on my own novel, I keep the lessons of Nicola Cornick’s work in mind. As I revamp the book, I search for the balance between conflict and maintaining tension in the plot and drawing real characters on the page who are genuinely in love. It is my job not only to tell a good story, the story my characters want told, but also to bring those characters to life on the page in the same vibrant way they live in my mind. It is a joyous challenge. Though I may never reach the ideal of perfection, the harder I work, the closer I can get to it.

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