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    Featured 99 cent ebook – Lord Ruin by Carolyn Jewel

    Lord Ruin by Carolyn Jewel
    The Duke of Sin

    The Duke of Cynssyr didn’t believe in love. He planned to marry for beauty. But a night of unforgettable passion left him a changed man — a man tied to a bespectacled spinster. Anne Sinclair’s long legs drove him wild with desire, and her quick wit challenged his mind. Ruined for any other, the notorious rake had only one choice; to court his wife. To win her condfidence, however, nothing less than his love would do.

    The Old Maid of Bartley Green

    Anne Sinclair had sworn to protect her sister from the infamous Lord Ruin. Yet she never expected to sacrifice her own virtue. Forced to give the rogue her hand in marriage, she vowed never to relinquish her heart. But Ruan worshipped her body and valued her intelligence, making Anne long to succumb to the ultimate temptation: falling for her husband.

    Lord Ruin is full of engaging, loveable characters, a wonderful, interesting storyline, and true, realistic romance. — Carla Hesom, Romance and Friends

    “With a captivating, innocent young woman and a handsome virile rake of a man, Ms. Jewel’s sensual and powerful love story keeps to the classic lines of the Regency Historical and while adding a fresh voice.” — (4 stars) Joan Hammond, Romantic Times

    Buy at: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Apple ~ Kobo

    Carolyn Jewel portrait
    Carolyn Jewel

    Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award-winning author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has three cats and two dogs. Also a son. One of the cats is his.

    Learn more and connect with Carolyn at:
    Carolyn’s website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ Carolyn’s newsletter

    For a complete listing of titles offered in this sale, please visit the Risky Regencies 99 Cent Sale Page.

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    World-Building!

    Last week, Blogger was being a pain, so I wasn’t able to post. I know you all missed me!

    So I have been writing (although a snail would mock me at how slowly I’m going!), and reading, and such, and I was pondering just why I read so much fantasy and paranormal in addition to my previous inhalation of historical romance:

    It’s the world-building.

    I read historical and PNR/UF novels for the same reason: I like to escape the everyday world into a fantastical one, whether it’s populated by men in waistcoats and cravats or men in leather and armor. I like the authors’ world-building, which is likely why anachronisms and tweaking of the ‘real’ history in Regency-set novels doesn’t bother me as much as it does some people.

    Right now, I am reading A Feast for Crows, the fourth novel in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (currently showing on HBO as Game of Thrones). I’ve got Laurel McKee’s next book on its way, as well as Carolyn Jewel’s (and wouldn’t it be neat if they came in the same package?), both of whom are incredible at creating their particular worlds. Laurel’s book is set in Georgian Ireland, while Carolyn’s is sets sort of now, but with demons and mages and magic.

    Two completely different books with a common thread of world-building.

    That’s why, with a few exceptions, I don’t read contemporary romance. I don’t find it compelling to read about the world in which I do, or could theoretically, live. I like escapism, fantasy, elegance, the occasional dose of magic.

    Could that be why you read historical romance? Or other genres that include world-building?

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    Happy Birthday to Us

    My birthday present to you! My bookcover for Gallant Officer, Forbidden Lady coming Dec 2009 from Harlequin Historical. I LOVE this cover

    My real Risky Regencies birthday is April 17, because I joined this lovely group on April 17, 2006, but, the Queen doesn’t celebrate her birthday on the anniversary of her birth, so why should I? I choose to celebrate with my other Riskies.

    I was so creative. I called my first blog “My First Time by Diane Gaston Perkins” (I was still writing for Warner Forever as Diane Perkins at the time). I talked about why I think the Regency is so popular as a Romance genre. And I sounded reasonably intelligent! Who knew?

    Risky Regencies came about when there were still Signet and Zebra Traditional Regencies, but we all knew they would not last. Janet, Amanda, Elena, and Cara were innovating, trying to give the subgenre new life. It was a risk, but that was the reason to name the blog Risky Regencies.

    I decided to see what these Riskies chose to write about for their first times.

    Janet’s first blog was, as you might expect, extremely witty with creative surprises, telling what was risky about her first book, Dedication.

    Megan talks
    about her risky Regency, A Singular Lady, in the sassy slightly self-depreciating style we’ve come to love, admitting she made mistakes with titles.

    Cara’s first blog was about cards! She talks about the idea that became My Lady Gamester. (I still miss Cara, so I’m including her here!)

    Amanda’s first real blog (after a brief one about covers, citing both a movie and fashion, natch) was a cute Jane Austen quiz. We’ve had lots of quizzes since.

    Elena does another thing we’ve repeated often–talking about other books and authors we admire. Elena will be blogging on Sept 26. Yay!!!

    And finally our newest Risky, Carolyn, who started her time here with a quirky introduction in Regency-speak and her first real blog about The Regency Ottoman Empire. What could be more Risky than that???

    Like the Regency genre, we’re still evolving. I love the community we’ve become, and that includes our commenters!

    Do you have any Risky Regency blogs you remember? What ones have stuck in your memory?

    My prize, awarded at the end of the month, like Janet’s, is a DVD: 1815 The Battle Of Waterloo. It is a documentary released by Kultur.com that I used in writing my Three Soldiers Series (and ordered twice because I forgot I already owned it). If you don’t win you can order your own from Amazon.

    My website is updated! And there is a new contest there.
    And I’m now on Twitter as well as Facebook.

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