Happy Birthday to Us!

This week marks the 6th anniversary of Risky Regencies, the original, riskiest, and forever the friskiest Regency Romance Blog. (Actually, our first blog was August 11, 2005, but we reserve the right – like the Queen – to celebrate our birthday whenever we wish)

All this week we’ll be celebrating…..Us! And we’ll be giving away prizes! Today I’m giving away a signed copy of Regency Improprieties, a UK rerelease of Innocence and Impropriety and The Vanishing Viscountess. Comment for a chance to win.
Throughout Risky Regencies, we haven’t always remained the same. Things have changed and evolved over the years. When Risky Regencies began all the Riskies were writing traditional regencies. Now look at us! That love of Regency remains, but our lives have all evolved into many other areas.
I joined the Riskies April 12, 2006, (You can read that first interview here) and lots has changed for me, certainly!
In 2006, I was introduced as Diane Perkins, who also wrote as Diane Gaston for Harlequin Historical. I had just become a Rita finalist (as Diane Gaston) for A Reputable Rake, the book with my favorite cover ever. My first blog posting was April 17, 2006, called My First Time, about why I love the Regency. I’ve revisited this topic many times over the years, in various ways.
At the time I had also written two books for Warner Forever (as Diane Perkins), The Improper Wife and The Marriage Bargain, and was working on a third. Shortly after that, my Warner life ended and Diane Perkins retired.
Diane Gaston is still going strong, though, with 9 books, 2 novellas, and one short story. Valiant Soldier, Beautiful Enemy will be released at the end of the month and is available right now from eHarlequin.
Last week I challenged everyone to come up with five things that makes them happy. Five things that make me happy about Risky Regencies are:
1. My fellow Riskies. I think our Riskies are brilliant, clever, witty, impassioned, and completely individualistic.
2. Our Risky community. I love our frequent commenters who feel like friends to me. And I love it when someone new finds us.
3. Our Risky guests. We have had an incredible array of guests, from a cover model to an author of gay historical fiction. But our emphasis on new authors especially makes me happy.
4. Our diversity. I love that each of us has our own style, our own particular interests, and our own particular bent on the Regency.
5. The information! I learn so many things at Risky Regencies. All about fashion from Amanda, for instance, and the definition of “Steampunk” from Megan (I’d never heard of it before). Not to mention all the information about the Regency that I learn here.
What about Risky Regencies makes YOU happy?
Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a signed copy of Regency Improprieties!

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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Kat
Kat
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary!!! The thing I love most is the information and insight all you lovely Riskies provide and the way it’s delivered with dash, verve and such ardor. Thank you, for being a bright spot in my everyday. Thank you,Kat

Maria
11 years ago

Happy 6th Anniversary! I love all of the different things I learn on your blog and the graphics and different covers are very eye catching. Throwing a party is good anytime:)

Cathy P
Cathy P
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary! I love Riskies because of all the great and interesting people that post here and all the things I have learned from them.

CrystalGB
11 years ago

Happy 6th Anniversary. I love all the information about your books, the time period, the fashion, the notable people that you share. Wonderful blog to visit.

Linda
11 years ago

Happy Birthday/Anniversary. I love the Regency period – the fashions, the customs, etc. Thanks for the giveaway.
lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

Virginia
11 years ago

Happy Aniversary!!!! I love the authors here and the books they right. I get a lot of information about the Regencie period that I find very interesting. Thanks for being here with us over the years.

Jo's Daughter
11 years ago

Happy Aniversary to you all!!

Reading the wonderful posts makes me happy. It’s such a warm and comforting feeling I get reading about the wonderful times in the past, fun info or the awesome books taking place there. The writing is so fluent and easy that it often feels like you guys talk to me personally & I love that!

gamistress66
11 years ago

Happy B-day πŸ™‚ I beleive such things take more than a single day to celebrate properly πŸ™‚ I enjoy the variety of info and tidbits that you share on the blog as well as the guests & book info. Looking forward to enjoying more πŸ™‚

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

I’ve loved this blog forever, tho my daily visits have diminshed somewhat. (Damn these writing deadlines.JUST KIDDING!) I’ve been so honored to be a guest here several times, and of course, my one big claim to fame was winning a LOLRegency caption contest. Congratulations on the anniversary, and many more to come!

catinbody
11 years ago

I love all the primary accounts–you always have some original diary edited and published and full of historic references. You make me want to buy non-fiction as much as fiction.

Diane Gaston
11 years ago

Wow. What nice things you are all saying! It warms my heart. Truly.

The celebration is just beginning, though. Look for more fun all week.

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

I totally can’t believe we have been here that long!!! It feels like no time at all…

Jaime W.
Jaime W.
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary/Birthday!! I love your Blog. πŸ™‚

Di
Di
11 years ago

Wow – 6 years! I’ve just recently found you (I’v known about book blogs for less than a year). I read all genres of romance, but I always have Regencies on hand. There’s just something about that time period which is so glittery!

Barbara E.
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary! I love the interesting topics and books that are featured and the giveaways are always fantastic here at Risky Regencies.

Cara King
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary, O Riskies!

There once were some Regency writers,
Such wits; they were endless delighters.
They said “happy to see ya!”
As they drank ratafia
And dashed off to see bare-knuckled fighters.

πŸ™‚

kmannrn
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary! I like all of the infor on the authors and their books.

Artemis
11 years ago

Happy 6th Birthday/Anniversary! I just found you Lovelies this year and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I’m learning something new all of the time and discovering new authors in the meantime. I have got to find a copy of A REPUTABLE RAKE. The cover is delish!

Dee
Dee
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary! I love the info on this blog and love meeting new authors. You’ve re-awakened my latent historian gene and I am now slowly learning many things re: the era I never knew. There are some interesting memoirs out there. I was also introduced to your work, Diane, in this last year and am (slowly, as real life and an out-of-sight TBR pile allow) catching up on your novels. Agree with earlier poster re: the cover on Reputable Rake. Love your Gallant Soldier cover, too (mmm). πŸ™‚

chey
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary!
I like learning about upcoming books.

Diane Gaston
11 years ago

Cara! I miss you! Some of the blog postings I remember the most were yours.

Artemis, A Reputable Rake is for sale on Kindle…but to actually have the cover you’d need to buy it used. I love that cover.

Dee, I’m so glad we awakened your latent historian. I hope you enjoy my books.

Thanks for posting everyone!!

cyn209
11 years ago

how awesome!!! HappyAnniversary!!!!

this is a GREAT accomplishment!!

thank you also for the giveaway!!!!

cyn209(AT)juno(DOT)com

Deb
Deb
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary! That’s exciting! I don’t pop in much here at RR, but do enjoy reading the posts when I do. Congratulations on your success!

Jane George
11 years ago

haha, Cara, bravo! Miss you as a Risky too.

I ‘ve been coming here a long time, and I keep returning because you’re all so wonderful and warm, yet there is always something interesting & intelligent being talked about.

girlygirlhoosier52
11 years ago

Yes!!! Congrats to you all!!! and I’ve found another blog to love!

Louisa Cornell
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary to one of my FAVORITE places to visit!! I love the fun, the wit, the information, the provocative questions, the fashion, the opportunity to meet new writers via the guests featured here.

Most of all I love the friendships I have forged with the Riskies! This group really is the very best ton imaginable!!

Long may the Riskies Reign!

Diane Gaston
11 years ago

We love all our visitors, new and old!!!

Na
Na
11 years ago

Happy Anniversay Riskies!
I love learning about romance in the Regencies. There’s always an interesting post and I learn something new. Keep up the great work!

catslady
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary! I love learning new things while reading and especially about the past. I enjoy hearing all the different authors and comments. I always learn something and everyone is so nice πŸ™‚

Sheree
11 years ago

Happy 6th Anniversary!