Regency Quick Fix

Christina here. We all lead very busy lives and sometimes we might not have time to read an entire novel – that’s when a short story collection or a novella comes in handy. A few years ago, I wrote some Regency novellas and I was delighted to find that Choc Lit are relaunching them this month with gorgeous new covers! It’s lovely to see them going out into the world again and I hope they are picked up by new readers. If you want a “quick fix” of the Regency period, these should do the trick!

In a recent post, some of the Wenches mentioned how they fell in love with Regency romance thanks to Georgette Heyer. It was the same for me. I first discovered her novels in my high school library when I was supposed to be doing homework. Always a voracious reader, I couldn’t resist checking out the shelves to see what was on offer, and her novels looked intriguing. At the time, I was hooked on Victoria Holt’s gothic romances and had never read anything set in the Regency period. That was soon remedied. Luckily for me, that library had at least half of Ms Heyer’s stories, and I was very happily reading those instead of the boring books I was supposed to read for class.

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The Long and Short of It

Lady authorAndrea/Cara here, As we here in the U. S. head into the LONG holiday weekend signaling the end of lazy summer reading and recreation, I thought I’d muse a little on the SHORT of things . . . as in the craft of writing. I'm releasing the latest addition to my Lady Arianna series on Monday, September 4th, and it’s not only a new book but also a new form of writing for me.

The Stolen Letters (you can read an excerpt here) is a novella, something I’ve never done before. Yes, I’ve penned short pieces for anthologies—including two for the Word Wenches Christmas anthologies! But I’ve never tackled a stand-alone short-form book, which is more than an expanded short story and less than a full novel. Here's a quick synopsis:

THE STOLEN LETTERS-smallWith the hunt for a diabolical traitor finally over, Lady Arianna is looking for some peace and quiet in which to resolve lingering tensions with her husband over her daredevil exploits during the final chase. But an unexpected late night visit from The Dragon—Saybrook’s feisty and independent great aunt—puts her in the middle of a very difficult dilemma . . .

Constantina confesses that some very private personal letters, along with some sensitive diplomatic documents, have been stolen from her French paramour. She’s desperately hoping Arianna can help get them back, but says it must be discreetly and without anyone knowing—including Saybook.

 

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