Talking Regency Scandal with Louise Allen!

Louise Allen Nicola here. Today it’s my very great pleasure to welcome Louise Allen to the Word Wenches. Louise is one of Mills & Boon/Harlequin Historicals star Regency authors and a long time friend and colleague of mine. Louise has been described as "one of the most gifted writers in historical romance" and her books as "sheer reading delight" and I won't argue with that! Her heroes are to die for and her books are on my autobuy list. Next month Louise launches Harlequin's fabulous new Regency continuity series Regency Silk and Scandal with The Lord and the Wayward Lady.

NC: Louise, welcome to the Word Wenches! Please could you start by telling us a bit about yourself?

 

LA: Well, first of all thank you very much for the invitation to Word Wenches, it is an honour to be here! I’m a Regency enthusiast who has the great good fortune to be able to write about the period – I’m working on my thirty-eighth story for Harlequin Mills & Boon, and all but two have been set in the early 19thc. When I’m not writing I am trying to escape to North Norfolk where I hope my husband and I will move later this year; walking around London with an 1809 guidebook; plotting the next holiday or adding to my collection of Regency ephemera which I justify as essential for research.

 

The Pleasures and challenges of writing series

 

NC: Your Regency collections are the source of much envy in this household and I completely accept that this is essential research! We'll talk about research and sources in a little while; first though, let's discuss Regency Silk and Scandal! Your new book, The Lord and the Wayward Lady, launches this exciting new Harlequin Regency continuity series. Could you give us a little taster of the book – and of the new series?

 

LA: It is an eight book continuity with six authors, and I had the challenge of writing the first and the The Lord and the Wayward Lady US cover seventh story. A twenty-year old scandal and tragedy lies at the heart of the series and the now-adult children of the original protagonists find themselves entangled with a mysterious and shadowy figure, apparently bent on vengeance. Who he is, what he wants, is a mystery, but his presence weaves though the eight books and acts as a catalyst for the love stories of our heroes and heroines.

 

The Lord and the Wayward Lady introduces the Carlow family. Lord Narborough, was a key player in the original tragedy and his sons Marcus and Hal are the heroes of my two books, his daughters Honoria and Verity are the heroines of two others in the series and their companion, Diana, also has her own book. When Lord Narborough receives a sinister and alarming object Marcus has the deepest suspicions of the woman who delivered it – the apparently innocent and impoverished milliner, Nel Latham. Nel is not what she seems and Marcus, determined not to trust her, has a hard time keeping his emotions out of the equation as things become increasingly dangerous – and passionate.

NC: I'm sure I'm not alone in loving series with intertwined characters and I can't wait to get my hands on the first book and meet the Carlows! What is special about the Regency Silk and Scandal series other than that it has such a stellar line up of contributing authors?)

LA: I am blushing modestly in some great company, believe me! The really special thing, we all agreed, was that we were given a completely free hand to come up with both the overarching plot and the individual stories that hang off that. We were given aspects that the editors would like included – scandal, a range of social backgrounds for the protagonists and so forth – but we were allowed a wonderful, and scary, free hand – subject to editorial approval, of course. Our first suggestion was turned down because it was too similar to a contemporary continuity that was rather further along, but our second proposal was accepted and off we went!

NC: I imagine that having a free hand to devise the series was wonderful freedom but possibly tricky to control in practical terms! What was it like to work on a series with so many other authors? What were the aspects that you enjoyed the most? And the challenges?

 

The Lord and the Wayward Lady LA: There were only two challenges. Firstly most of us had never met any of the others, or knew them only by reputation and from brief encounters at conferences and secondly we were hundreds (thousands!) of miles apart. Three of us are widely spaced in the UK, three even more widely separated in the US. Emails (going on 3,000 now) and a Yahoo group were the answer.

 

But the aspect that was so special was how quickly we bonded and became friends. Despite the pressure and the unfamiliarity of working in this way, there wasn't a single cross word. Everyone developed their own role in the process and found their characters with apparent ease. The spirit of co-operation and ownership of the whole project was even more vital because of how tightly the books interweave. We were all using each other's characters in our own books to a greater or lesser extent and, as we were writing simultaneously, we had to rely on each other constantly for advice. As an example – I wanted to use one of Annie Burrows minor characters in a small, but vital, role in my second book – The Officer and the Proper Lady. And I needed to put him in the middle of the Battle of Waterloo. How badly could I injure him? Annie was generous in lending him – and all his details – but I was very firmly reminded that he was her heroine's favourite step-brother and she wanted him back safe and sound!

 

NC: Which character did you have the most fun creating and why?

 

LA: I enjoy them all while I’m writing them, but I think the one I found most interesting recently was Hal Carlow, the hero of The Lord & the Proper Lady, the seventh of the continuity. Hal is a major in the 11th Light Dragoons – a paragon of a soldier but a completely irresponsible and hard-living rakehell with the most shocking reputation. I loved getting inside his head and seeing what happens to a man like that when he comes up against a virtuous young lady. Behave himself? Hardly. Marriage? Run a mile. And then along comes the Battle of Waterloo and his proper young lady proves she is as courageously unconventional as he is – which leaves him with a most uncomfortable dilemma!

 

NC: I must admit that having seen a sneak preview of the cover of Hal's book, I fell in love with him straight away! That is one sexy uniform he's half-wearing! Anyway, (clearing throat), your previous series, Those Scandalous Ravenhursts, was an absolute delight to me as a reader as well as so being so hot that at several points in the reading I had to fan myself with damp rhubarb leaves to calm myself down! You do seem to be drawn to series as you also have a new book out in the UK in June, Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress, the first in your Shelley Sisters series. Can you tell us a little about the background to this book? What was the inspiration for the series?

 

LA: I wanted to explore what would happen to young women who fell into sin by the standards of the time – Practical widow which were pretty unforgiving of feminine “weakness”. The three Shelley sisters are brought up in the stifling atmosphere of a vicarage dominated by a dourly repressive father. They want to escape, and in doing so find themselves social outcasts – Meg elopes and it all goes horribly wrong, stranding her in the middle of the war-torn Peninsula;  Bella believes she has fallen in love – and is left pregnant and alone and Celina runs away to her mysterious aunt only to find she is the Madam of a high class brothel. It was interesting to see what would happen with three “sinful” heroines and three, apparently respectable, heroes – who aren’t so respectable, as it turns out! In the process all three sisters are transformed and Meg, whose story comes first, changes from dreamy romantic into a strong foil for the dark, wounded hero.

 

The Lure of the Regency Genre

 

NC: If you could describe your writing with a word or phrase, what would it be?

 

LA: Scandalously witty Regency romance is what I have on my website  – and that's what I hope to achieve every time.

 

NC: You're certainly hitting the mark!  Why the Regency genre?  What was the draw for you?

 

LA: I love the period because it seems to be on the cusp of the modern world, with all the glamour and squalor of the Georgian period merging into an age of massive change in politics, arts, technology – every aspect of life was in transition. And I do love the style of the long Regency. My period is the one where waists were high, roughly 1795-1822. I try hard not to think about the my heroes having to grow massive side whiskers and my heroines encumbered with vast skirts as they enter the Victorian period.

 

NC: I'm not too disturbed by the vast skirts but I have to admit that massive side whiskers don't really work for me in a hero. Why do you think that the Regency genre is so popular with readers?

 

LA: For the reasons I love it – and the fact that it has been made so accessible by classic TV series and authors such as Austen and Heyer. It is exciting, glamorous, different enough from our age to intrigue and close enough to be tantalisingly familiar.

 

NC: One of your other hats is as the UK Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers' Scheme Co-ordinator and as such you have a lot of experience of the market. What do you believe are the most important ingredients in a historical romance novel?

 

LA: A really strong dynamic between hero and heroine is key, I think. They need to be people with interesting internal lives as well as existing in an appealing historical milieu. Accurate historical detail is important to me as are humour and adventure, and I enjoy novels that explore the less familiar aspects of a period.

 

NC: And now for that Regency ephemera… Which aspect of your research do you enjoy the most?

 

Napoleon Bonaparte's carriage LA: Visiting places and seeing objects. Book research is interesting and can be fascinating, but there is nothing to beat standing on the wide sloping floor of Berry Bros and Rudge in St James’s Street and knowing Byron stood on those very boards before being weighed on their famous scales; or standing in the steamy heat of a Calcutta cemetery reading the epitaphs of the men, women and children who made up the British settlement there in the 18th and 19th centuries; or holding the boot bill from Hoby’s to the man who captured Napoleon’s carriage after Waterloo.

 

NC: What resources did you find most helpful for this period? Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?

 

LA: There are so many sources! To name a few that I wouldn’t be without: Original newspapers and magazine; the London Topographical Society’s wonderful London A-Z series (Regency London lives on my desk); the Cunnington’s series of books on costume and the treasure trove that is the London Library.

 

My advice to aspiring authors would be – find your characters first then immerse yourself in their world so it will become alive for you and the reader. But keep 99% of your research in your head so the characters still stand out from their background.

 

NC: Louise, thank you very much for coming to chat with the Wenches!

 

Louise's website is here and you can find out more about the Regency Silk and Scandal series and her other wonderful books. I also recommend checking out her Et Cetera page where there are always some fascinating snippets of research.

 

Now, over to you! If you have questions for Louise, or comments on reading – or writing – series, don't hold back! Louise is very generously offering a copy of her new release Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress plus a copy of the anthology Wicked Regency Nights to one commenter. Here is her question:  Do you prefer the world of High Society – the ton and the drawing room – or do you prefer grittier backgrod glimpses into the world below stairs, on the streets and in the countryside? 

165 thoughts on “Talking Regency Scandal with Louise Allen!”

  1. Aloha, Nicola and Louise! Mahalo for a fun interview. I have anticipated The Lord and the Wayward Lady since it “debuted” on a TV commercial in the US for women’s vitamins, “ For the all the things made for women …”, spotlighting a jewelry box, a nail file, and then Louise’s book, I have no doubt that the Lord and the Wayward Lady will live up to the hype!

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  2. Aloha, Nicola and Louise! Mahalo for a fun interview. I have anticipated The Lord and the Wayward Lady since it “debuted” on a TV commercial in the US for women’s vitamins, “ For the all the things made for women …”, spotlighting a jewelry box, a nail file, and then Louise’s book, I have no doubt that the Lord and the Wayward Lady will live up to the hype!

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  3. Aloha, Nicola and Louise! Mahalo for a fun interview. I have anticipated The Lord and the Wayward Lady since it “debuted” on a TV commercial in the US for women’s vitamins, “ For the all the things made for women …”, spotlighting a jewelry box, a nail file, and then Louise’s book, I have no doubt that the Lord and the Wayward Lady will live up to the hype!

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  4. Aloha, Nicola and Louise! Mahalo for a fun interview. I have anticipated The Lord and the Wayward Lady since it “debuted” on a TV commercial in the US for women’s vitamins, “ For the all the things made for women …”, spotlighting a jewelry box, a nail file, and then Louise’s book, I have no doubt that the Lord and the Wayward Lady will live up to the hype!

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  5. Aloha, Nicola and Louise! Mahalo for a fun interview. I have anticipated The Lord and the Wayward Lady since it “debuted” on a TV commercial in the US for women’s vitamins, “ For the all the things made for women …”, spotlighting a jewelry box, a nail file, and then Louise’s book, I have no doubt that the Lord and the Wayward Lady will live up to the hype!

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  6. Hello, Ladies! I love the title “Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress”. Oh, my…it sets my mind to wandering, yes it does : ) Risky and risque are some of the more enjoyable elements of Regency Romance. A sharper air of mischief, perhaps due to a spoiled social set seeking to relieve boredom, is part of the fun. However, it is the contrast between “the upstairs and downstairs” which gives a deeper, meatier flavor to certain Regencies. The Ton would not have their drawing rooms and other comforts without the working class, whose labor allows for the luxury of others. Some of the most interesting and satisfying Regency relationships are those between “Societal and Servant”. When there is affection and codependency, whether obvious or subtle, the relationship becomes even more enjoyable.

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  7. Hello, Ladies! I love the title “Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress”. Oh, my…it sets my mind to wandering, yes it does : ) Risky and risque are some of the more enjoyable elements of Regency Romance. A sharper air of mischief, perhaps due to a spoiled social set seeking to relieve boredom, is part of the fun. However, it is the contrast between “the upstairs and downstairs” which gives a deeper, meatier flavor to certain Regencies. The Ton would not have their drawing rooms and other comforts without the working class, whose labor allows for the luxury of others. Some of the most interesting and satisfying Regency relationships are those between “Societal and Servant”. When there is affection and codependency, whether obvious or subtle, the relationship becomes even more enjoyable.

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  8. Hello, Ladies! I love the title “Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress”. Oh, my…it sets my mind to wandering, yes it does : ) Risky and risque are some of the more enjoyable elements of Regency Romance. A sharper air of mischief, perhaps due to a spoiled social set seeking to relieve boredom, is part of the fun. However, it is the contrast between “the upstairs and downstairs” which gives a deeper, meatier flavor to certain Regencies. The Ton would not have their drawing rooms and other comforts without the working class, whose labor allows for the luxury of others. Some of the most interesting and satisfying Regency relationships are those between “Societal and Servant”. When there is affection and codependency, whether obvious or subtle, the relationship becomes even more enjoyable.

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  9. Hello, Ladies! I love the title “Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress”. Oh, my…it sets my mind to wandering, yes it does : ) Risky and risque are some of the more enjoyable elements of Regency Romance. A sharper air of mischief, perhaps due to a spoiled social set seeking to relieve boredom, is part of the fun. However, it is the contrast between “the upstairs and downstairs” which gives a deeper, meatier flavor to certain Regencies. The Ton would not have their drawing rooms and other comforts without the working class, whose labor allows for the luxury of others. Some of the most interesting and satisfying Regency relationships are those between “Societal and Servant”. When there is affection and codependency, whether obvious or subtle, the relationship becomes even more enjoyable.

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  10. Hello, Ladies! I love the title “Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress”. Oh, my…it sets my mind to wandering, yes it does : ) Risky and risque are some of the more enjoyable elements of Regency Romance. A sharper air of mischief, perhaps due to a spoiled social set seeking to relieve boredom, is part of the fun. However, it is the contrast between “the upstairs and downstairs” which gives a deeper, meatier flavor to certain Regencies. The Ton would not have their drawing rooms and other comforts without the working class, whose labor allows for the luxury of others. Some of the most interesting and satisfying Regency relationships are those between “Societal and Servant”. When there is affection and codependency, whether obvious or subtle, the relationship becomes even more enjoyable.

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  11. Fascinating interview, Louise! Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting. The continuity books sound incredibly fun—challenging for an author, I imagine, but such a creative concept that makes for a special experience for readers,
    Speaking of which, are you going to be doing any of the new books that will link with the National trust houses> That’s another brilliant idea, IMO, and should be great fun.

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  12. Fascinating interview, Louise! Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting. The continuity books sound incredibly fun—challenging for an author, I imagine, but such a creative concept that makes for a special experience for readers,
    Speaking of which, are you going to be doing any of the new books that will link with the National trust houses> That’s another brilliant idea, IMO, and should be great fun.

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  13. Fascinating interview, Louise! Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting. The continuity books sound incredibly fun—challenging for an author, I imagine, but such a creative concept that makes for a special experience for readers,
    Speaking of which, are you going to be doing any of the new books that will link with the National trust houses> That’s another brilliant idea, IMO, and should be great fun.

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  14. Fascinating interview, Louise! Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting. The continuity books sound incredibly fun—challenging for an author, I imagine, but such a creative concept that makes for a special experience for readers,
    Speaking of which, are you going to be doing any of the new books that will link with the National trust houses> That’s another brilliant idea, IMO, and should be great fun.

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  15. Fascinating interview, Louise! Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting. The continuity books sound incredibly fun—challenging for an author, I imagine, but such a creative concept that makes for a special experience for readers,
    Speaking of which, are you going to be doing any of the new books that will link with the National trust houses> That’s another brilliant idea, IMO, and should be great fun.

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  16. Looking forward to reading your 3 sisters trilogy, Louise.
    And once again, thanks for sparing Rick. Midge had been through so much already, it would have been too upsetting for her to lose her favourite step-brother at Waterloo as well.

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  17. Looking forward to reading your 3 sisters trilogy, Louise.
    And once again, thanks for sparing Rick. Midge had been through so much already, it would have been too upsetting for her to lose her favourite step-brother at Waterloo as well.

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  18. Looking forward to reading your 3 sisters trilogy, Louise.
    And once again, thanks for sparing Rick. Midge had been through so much already, it would have been too upsetting for her to lose her favourite step-brother at Waterloo as well.

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  19. Looking forward to reading your 3 sisters trilogy, Louise.
    And once again, thanks for sparing Rick. Midge had been through so much already, it would have been too upsetting for her to lose her favourite step-brother at Waterloo as well.

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  20. Looking forward to reading your 3 sisters trilogy, Louise.
    And once again, thanks for sparing Rick. Midge had been through so much already, it would have been too upsetting for her to lose her favourite step-brother at Waterloo as well.

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  21. Hi everyone! Melinda – I set a target number of words each morning – the amount left to write divided by the number of days I know I have free to do it in. Then I do those plus a couple of hundred – that means I have revision time left at the end.So time depends on number of words that day – 903 today and I’ll try and do 1,200 so 3 hours today perhaps?
    Virginia – I absolutely agree with you about the upstairs/downstairs contrast being so interesting. The Shelley sisters – this is their first book – go from drab vicarage to, respectively, battlefield, brothel and stately home!
    Cara – I haven’t been asked, but I’d love to have a go. It is a fascinating concept and such fun to visit the house with that additional layer of interest in your imagination

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  22. Hi everyone! Melinda – I set a target number of words each morning – the amount left to write divided by the number of days I know I have free to do it in. Then I do those plus a couple of hundred – that means I have revision time left at the end.So time depends on number of words that day – 903 today and I’ll try and do 1,200 so 3 hours today perhaps?
    Virginia – I absolutely agree with you about the upstairs/downstairs contrast being so interesting. The Shelley sisters – this is their first book – go from drab vicarage to, respectively, battlefield, brothel and stately home!
    Cara – I haven’t been asked, but I’d love to have a go. It is a fascinating concept and such fun to visit the house with that additional layer of interest in your imagination

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  23. Hi everyone! Melinda – I set a target number of words each morning – the amount left to write divided by the number of days I know I have free to do it in. Then I do those plus a couple of hundred – that means I have revision time left at the end.So time depends on number of words that day – 903 today and I’ll try and do 1,200 so 3 hours today perhaps?
    Virginia – I absolutely agree with you about the upstairs/downstairs contrast being so interesting. The Shelley sisters – this is their first book – go from drab vicarage to, respectively, battlefield, brothel and stately home!
    Cara – I haven’t been asked, but I’d love to have a go. It is a fascinating concept and such fun to visit the house with that additional layer of interest in your imagination

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  24. Hi everyone! Melinda – I set a target number of words each morning – the amount left to write divided by the number of days I know I have free to do it in. Then I do those plus a couple of hundred – that means I have revision time left at the end.So time depends on number of words that day – 903 today and I’ll try and do 1,200 so 3 hours today perhaps?
    Virginia – I absolutely agree with you about the upstairs/downstairs contrast being so interesting. The Shelley sisters – this is their first book – go from drab vicarage to, respectively, battlefield, brothel and stately home!
    Cara – I haven’t been asked, but I’d love to have a go. It is a fascinating concept and such fun to visit the house with that additional layer of interest in your imagination

    Reply
  25. Hi everyone! Melinda – I set a target number of words each morning – the amount left to write divided by the number of days I know I have free to do it in. Then I do those plus a couple of hundred – that means I have revision time left at the end.So time depends on number of words that day – 903 today and I’ll try and do 1,200 so 3 hours today perhaps?
    Virginia – I absolutely agree with you about the upstairs/downstairs contrast being so interesting. The Shelley sisters – this is their first book – go from drab vicarage to, respectively, battlefield, brothel and stately home!
    Cara – I haven’t been asked, but I’d love to have a go. It is a fascinating concept and such fun to visit the house with that additional layer of interest in your imagination

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  26. I prefer the glitter of high society, though it need not be so high as princes and dukes, nor need the story be set any higher than gentry level.
    I dislike stories that deal with the grittier aspects of life. I can read history and biography for gritty and painful stories, I don’t want them in my recreational reading.
    An enjoyable blog with much of interest.

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  27. I prefer the glitter of high society, though it need not be so high as princes and dukes, nor need the story be set any higher than gentry level.
    I dislike stories that deal with the grittier aspects of life. I can read history and biography for gritty and painful stories, I don’t want them in my recreational reading.
    An enjoyable blog with much of interest.

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  28. I prefer the glitter of high society, though it need not be so high as princes and dukes, nor need the story be set any higher than gentry level.
    I dislike stories that deal with the grittier aspects of life. I can read history and biography for gritty and painful stories, I don’t want them in my recreational reading.
    An enjoyable blog with much of interest.

    Reply
  29. I prefer the glitter of high society, though it need not be so high as princes and dukes, nor need the story be set any higher than gentry level.
    I dislike stories that deal with the grittier aspects of life. I can read history and biography for gritty and painful stories, I don’t want them in my recreational reading.
    An enjoyable blog with much of interest.

    Reply
  30. I prefer the glitter of high society, though it need not be so high as princes and dukes, nor need the story be set any higher than gentry level.
    I dislike stories that deal with the grittier aspects of life. I can read history and biography for gritty and painful stories, I don’t want them in my recreational reading.
    An enjoyable blog with much of interest.

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  31. Thanks for the practical info, Louise. And I think you would be a brilliant choice to write about a National Trust house – the behaviour of some of their past owners is as scandalous as anything you can make up!

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  32. Thanks for the practical info, Louise. And I think you would be a brilliant choice to write about a National Trust house – the behaviour of some of their past owners is as scandalous as anything you can make up!

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  33. Thanks for the practical info, Louise. And I think you would be a brilliant choice to write about a National Trust house – the behaviour of some of their past owners is as scandalous as anything you can make up!

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  34. Thanks for the practical info, Louise. And I think you would be a brilliant choice to write about a National Trust house – the behaviour of some of their past owners is as scandalous as anything you can make up!

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  35. Thanks for the practical info, Louise. And I think you would be a brilliant choice to write about a National Trust house – the behaviour of some of their past owners is as scandalous as anything you can make up!

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  36. Gushing fan here. Louise, I LOVE your books. Like Nicola, your books are on my auto-buy list. If I didn’t already love the Regency, you would have converted me. I love your heroes, and I love your heroines. I especially like that your heroes always put their heroines first.
    I just noticed that I used the word “love” multiple times. Time to turn the gushing off!

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  37. Gushing fan here. Louise, I LOVE your books. Like Nicola, your books are on my auto-buy list. If I didn’t already love the Regency, you would have converted me. I love your heroes, and I love your heroines. I especially like that your heroes always put their heroines first.
    I just noticed that I used the word “love” multiple times. Time to turn the gushing off!

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  38. Gushing fan here. Louise, I LOVE your books. Like Nicola, your books are on my auto-buy list. If I didn’t already love the Regency, you would have converted me. I love your heroes, and I love your heroines. I especially like that your heroes always put their heroines first.
    I just noticed that I used the word “love” multiple times. Time to turn the gushing off!

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  39. Gushing fan here. Louise, I LOVE your books. Like Nicola, your books are on my auto-buy list. If I didn’t already love the Regency, you would have converted me. I love your heroes, and I love your heroines. I especially like that your heroes always put their heroines first.
    I just noticed that I used the word “love” multiple times. Time to turn the gushing off!

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  40. Gushing fan here. Louise, I LOVE your books. Like Nicola, your books are on my auto-buy list. If I didn’t already love the Regency, you would have converted me. I love your heroes, and I love your heroines. I especially like that your heroes always put their heroines first.
    I just noticed that I used the word “love” multiple times. Time to turn the gushing off!

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  41. Great interview, Louise! It was an honor and a pleasure to participate in Regency Silk & Scandal with you (and now have a Regency research expert to consult for those little details I can’t track down. Want to know to which parish a church in an imaginary town in Cornwall might belong? Ask Louise!)
    I loved the Ravenhursts and your new sisters trilogy sounds wonderful, too. I hope you’ll get the NA release dates so…or I may have to break down and order the UK ones!

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  42. Great interview, Louise! It was an honor and a pleasure to participate in Regency Silk & Scandal with you (and now have a Regency research expert to consult for those little details I can’t track down. Want to know to which parish a church in an imaginary town in Cornwall might belong? Ask Louise!)
    I loved the Ravenhursts and your new sisters trilogy sounds wonderful, too. I hope you’ll get the NA release dates so…or I may have to break down and order the UK ones!

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  43. Great interview, Louise! It was an honor and a pleasure to participate in Regency Silk & Scandal with you (and now have a Regency research expert to consult for those little details I can’t track down. Want to know to which parish a church in an imaginary town in Cornwall might belong? Ask Louise!)
    I loved the Ravenhursts and your new sisters trilogy sounds wonderful, too. I hope you’ll get the NA release dates so…or I may have to break down and order the UK ones!

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  44. Great interview, Louise! It was an honor and a pleasure to participate in Regency Silk & Scandal with you (and now have a Regency research expert to consult for those little details I can’t track down. Want to know to which parish a church in an imaginary town in Cornwall might belong? Ask Louise!)
    I loved the Ravenhursts and your new sisters trilogy sounds wonderful, too. I hope you’ll get the NA release dates so…or I may have to break down and order the UK ones!

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  45. Great interview, Louise! It was an honor and a pleasure to participate in Regency Silk & Scandal with you (and now have a Regency research expert to consult for those little details I can’t track down. Want to know to which parish a church in an imaginary town in Cornwall might belong? Ask Louise!)
    I loved the Ravenhursts and your new sisters trilogy sounds wonderful, too. I hope you’ll get the NA release dates so…or I may have to break down and order the UK ones!

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  46. Wow – thanks for all the positive vibes, Linda! Just what I need to spur me on for today’s writing.
    And hi, Julia and Annie – great to see two of the other continuistas here.

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  47. Wow – thanks for all the positive vibes, Linda! Just what I need to spur me on for today’s writing.
    And hi, Julia and Annie – great to see two of the other continuistas here.

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  48. Wow – thanks for all the positive vibes, Linda! Just what I need to spur me on for today’s writing.
    And hi, Julia and Annie – great to see two of the other continuistas here.

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  49. Wow – thanks for all the positive vibes, Linda! Just what I need to spur me on for today’s writing.
    And hi, Julia and Annie – great to see two of the other continuistas here.

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  50. Wow – thanks for all the positive vibes, Linda! Just what I need to spur me on for today’s writing.
    And hi, Julia and Annie – great to see two of the other continuistas here.

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  51. This is the really exciting part of the publishing process when all an author’s and editor’s hard work finally comes together in the finished book, and it’s now down to the reader to savour it and give their response. Those of us at Harlequin Mills & Boon involved in this wonderful Silk & Scandal miniseries are delighted with the way its come together and are very appreciative of the dedicated hard work that Louise and the other incredible authors have put in. I know readers will get totally swept away by Silk & Scandal. Happy Reading!

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  52. This is the really exciting part of the publishing process when all an author’s and editor’s hard work finally comes together in the finished book, and it’s now down to the reader to savour it and give their response. Those of us at Harlequin Mills & Boon involved in this wonderful Silk & Scandal miniseries are delighted with the way its come together and are very appreciative of the dedicated hard work that Louise and the other incredible authors have put in. I know readers will get totally swept away by Silk & Scandal. Happy Reading!

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  53. This is the really exciting part of the publishing process when all an author’s and editor’s hard work finally comes together in the finished book, and it’s now down to the reader to savour it and give their response. Those of us at Harlequin Mills & Boon involved in this wonderful Silk & Scandal miniseries are delighted with the way its come together and are very appreciative of the dedicated hard work that Louise and the other incredible authors have put in. I know readers will get totally swept away by Silk & Scandal. Happy Reading!

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  54. This is the really exciting part of the publishing process when all an author’s and editor’s hard work finally comes together in the finished book, and it’s now down to the reader to savour it and give their response. Those of us at Harlequin Mills & Boon involved in this wonderful Silk & Scandal miniseries are delighted with the way its come together and are very appreciative of the dedicated hard work that Louise and the other incredible authors have put in. I know readers will get totally swept away by Silk & Scandal. Happy Reading!

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  55. This is the really exciting part of the publishing process when all an author’s and editor’s hard work finally comes together in the finished book, and it’s now down to the reader to savour it and give their response. Those of us at Harlequin Mills & Boon involved in this wonderful Silk & Scandal miniseries are delighted with the way its come together and are very appreciative of the dedicated hard work that Louise and the other incredible authors have put in. I know readers will get totally swept away by Silk & Scandal. Happy Reading!

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  56. I love to read about High Society, immersing myself in this world that I can only imagine (my own life more resembles that of the “below stairs” people, so I like the chance to escape from it in a book).
    Louise, when researching, have you ever come across something that truly shocked you about the times, whether it’s a fact of life or scandalous behavior?
    Margay

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  57. I love to read about High Society, immersing myself in this world that I can only imagine (my own life more resembles that of the “below stairs” people, so I like the chance to escape from it in a book).
    Louise, when researching, have you ever come across something that truly shocked you about the times, whether it’s a fact of life or scandalous behavior?
    Margay

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  58. I love to read about High Society, immersing myself in this world that I can only imagine (my own life more resembles that of the “below stairs” people, so I like the chance to escape from it in a book).
    Louise, when researching, have you ever come across something that truly shocked you about the times, whether it’s a fact of life or scandalous behavior?
    Margay

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  59. I love to read about High Society, immersing myself in this world that I can only imagine (my own life more resembles that of the “below stairs” people, so I like the chance to escape from it in a book).
    Louise, when researching, have you ever come across something that truly shocked you about the times, whether it’s a fact of life or scandalous behavior?
    Margay

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  60. I love to read about High Society, immersing myself in this world that I can only imagine (my own life more resembles that of the “below stairs” people, so I like the chance to escape from it in a book).
    Louise, when researching, have you ever come across something that truly shocked you about the times, whether it’s a fact of life or scandalous behavior?
    Margay

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  61. Thank you, Linda! The continuistas are still delighted by the brilliant matchmaking of the editorial team (we are convinced they also run a very sucessful dating agency!)- we loved working together, and with the editors, and hopefully that shows in the finished product

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  62. Thank you, Linda! The continuistas are still delighted by the brilliant matchmaking of the editorial team (we are convinced they also run a very sucessful dating agency!)- we loved working together, and with the editors, and hopefully that shows in the finished product

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  63. Thank you, Linda! The continuistas are still delighted by the brilliant matchmaking of the editorial team (we are convinced they also run a very sucessful dating agency!)- we loved working together, and with the editors, and hopefully that shows in the finished product

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  64. Thank you, Linda! The continuistas are still delighted by the brilliant matchmaking of the editorial team (we are convinced they also run a very sucessful dating agency!)- we loved working together, and with the editors, and hopefully that shows in the finished product

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  65. Thank you, Linda! The continuistas are still delighted by the brilliant matchmaking of the editorial team (we are convinced they also run a very sucessful dating agency!)- we loved working together, and with the editors, and hopefully that shows in the finished product

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  66. Hi Margay. The hypocrisy often shocks me – men behaving very badly, yet women “ruined” for small mistakes. One of my ancestors was hanged at the end of the 18thc for poisoning her husband – OK, not a small mistake! – but it was clear he had been abusing her. She made no effort to hide what she did, but that, and his behaviour, made no difference. She was not only executed, but her body was anatomised which was considered to be part of the punishment.

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  67. Hi Margay. The hypocrisy often shocks me – men behaving very badly, yet women “ruined” for small mistakes. One of my ancestors was hanged at the end of the 18thc for poisoning her husband – OK, not a small mistake! – but it was clear he had been abusing her. She made no effort to hide what she did, but that, and his behaviour, made no difference. She was not only executed, but her body was anatomised which was considered to be part of the punishment.

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  68. Hi Margay. The hypocrisy often shocks me – men behaving very badly, yet women “ruined” for small mistakes. One of my ancestors was hanged at the end of the 18thc for poisoning her husband – OK, not a small mistake! – but it was clear he had been abusing her. She made no effort to hide what she did, but that, and his behaviour, made no difference. She was not only executed, but her body was anatomised which was considered to be part of the punishment.

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  69. Hi Margay. The hypocrisy often shocks me – men behaving very badly, yet women “ruined” for small mistakes. One of my ancestors was hanged at the end of the 18thc for poisoning her husband – OK, not a small mistake! – but it was clear he had been abusing her. She made no effort to hide what she did, but that, and his behaviour, made no difference. She was not only executed, but her body was anatomised which was considered to be part of the punishment.

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  70. Hi Margay. The hypocrisy often shocks me – men behaving very badly, yet women “ruined” for small mistakes. One of my ancestors was hanged at the end of the 18thc for poisoning her husband – OK, not a small mistake! – but it was clear he had been abusing her. She made no effort to hide what she did, but that, and his behaviour, made no difference. She was not only executed, but her body was anatomised which was considered to be part of the punishment.

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  71. Hi Louise,thank you for the great interview,I enjoyed it.I love reading series books and look forward to reading this one

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  72. Hi Louise,thank you for the great interview,I enjoyed it.I love reading series books and look forward to reading this one

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  73. Hi Louise,thank you for the great interview,I enjoyed it.I love reading series books and look forward to reading this one

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  74. Hi Louise,thank you for the great interview,I enjoyed it.I love reading series books and look forward to reading this one

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  75. Hi Louise,thank you for the great interview,I enjoyed it.I love reading series books and look forward to reading this one

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  76. We rely on the authors to do their own research and Louise certainly does that!
    The Silk & Scandal continuity is something the authors and editors alike can be very proud of. All the books work individually, but believe me, once you’ve read one, you will HAVE to read on! Saying that, I am of course very biased, so you’ll have to read them for yourself 😉
    Great interview Louise and Nicola 🙂

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  77. We rely on the authors to do their own research and Louise certainly does that!
    The Silk & Scandal continuity is something the authors and editors alike can be very proud of. All the books work individually, but believe me, once you’ve read one, you will HAVE to read on! Saying that, I am of course very biased, so you’ll have to read them for yourself 😉
    Great interview Louise and Nicola 🙂

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  78. We rely on the authors to do their own research and Louise certainly does that!
    The Silk & Scandal continuity is something the authors and editors alike can be very proud of. All the books work individually, but believe me, once you’ve read one, you will HAVE to read on! Saying that, I am of course very biased, so you’ll have to read them for yourself 😉
    Great interview Louise and Nicola 🙂

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  79. We rely on the authors to do their own research and Louise certainly does that!
    The Silk & Scandal continuity is something the authors and editors alike can be very proud of. All the books work individually, but believe me, once you’ve read one, you will HAVE to read on! Saying that, I am of course very biased, so you’ll have to read them for yourself 😉
    Great interview Louise and Nicola 🙂

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  80. We rely on the authors to do their own research and Louise certainly does that!
    The Silk & Scandal continuity is something the authors and editors alike can be very proud of. All the books work individually, but believe me, once you’ve read one, you will HAVE to read on! Saying that, I am of course very biased, so you’ll have to read them for yourself 😉
    Great interview Louise and Nicola 🙂

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  81. I hadn’t heard the term “continuity series” before, but it became immediately clear what it means and I’m definitely intrigued. It must take a lot of work — 3000 emails worth — to ensure that there is, in fact, continuity of personality, events, descriptions (no raven tresses in one book only to have them turn blonde in the next). I look forward to the series; I find scandalously witty Regency romance irresistible.

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  82. I hadn’t heard the term “continuity series” before, but it became immediately clear what it means and I’m definitely intrigued. It must take a lot of work — 3000 emails worth — to ensure that there is, in fact, continuity of personality, events, descriptions (no raven tresses in one book only to have them turn blonde in the next). I look forward to the series; I find scandalously witty Regency romance irresistible.

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  83. I hadn’t heard the term “continuity series” before, but it became immediately clear what it means and I’m definitely intrigued. It must take a lot of work — 3000 emails worth — to ensure that there is, in fact, continuity of personality, events, descriptions (no raven tresses in one book only to have them turn blonde in the next). I look forward to the series; I find scandalously witty Regency romance irresistible.

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  84. I hadn’t heard the term “continuity series” before, but it became immediately clear what it means and I’m definitely intrigued. It must take a lot of work — 3000 emails worth — to ensure that there is, in fact, continuity of personality, events, descriptions (no raven tresses in one book only to have them turn blonde in the next). I look forward to the series; I find scandalously witty Regency romance irresistible.

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  85. I hadn’t heard the term “continuity series” before, but it became immediately clear what it means and I’m definitely intrigued. It must take a lot of work — 3000 emails worth — to ensure that there is, in fact, continuity of personality, events, descriptions (no raven tresses in one book only to have them turn blonde in the next). I look forward to the series; I find scandalously witty Regency romance irresistible.

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  86. P.S. Realized that I didn’t answer the question. I like both. As Nancy says, it need not be dukes and marquesses, but I do love the esthetics of the Regency and you don’t get that too far down the social scale. OTOH, I agree with Virginia C that a mix of upstairs/downstairs gives added depth and richness to the story. Gritty need not include details about death, disease and/or personal hygiene (or lack thereof), but it does mean a recognition that there were many layers to the Regency world. Each story is different, so what is appropriate for that story differs, and I happily follow a good author into whatever world she has created.

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  87. P.S. Realized that I didn’t answer the question. I like both. As Nancy says, it need not be dukes and marquesses, but I do love the esthetics of the Regency and you don’t get that too far down the social scale. OTOH, I agree with Virginia C that a mix of upstairs/downstairs gives added depth and richness to the story. Gritty need not include details about death, disease and/or personal hygiene (or lack thereof), but it does mean a recognition that there were many layers to the Regency world. Each story is different, so what is appropriate for that story differs, and I happily follow a good author into whatever world she has created.

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  88. P.S. Realized that I didn’t answer the question. I like both. As Nancy says, it need not be dukes and marquesses, but I do love the esthetics of the Regency and you don’t get that too far down the social scale. OTOH, I agree with Virginia C that a mix of upstairs/downstairs gives added depth and richness to the story. Gritty need not include details about death, disease and/or personal hygiene (or lack thereof), but it does mean a recognition that there were many layers to the Regency world. Each story is different, so what is appropriate for that story differs, and I happily follow a good author into whatever world she has created.

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  89. P.S. Realized that I didn’t answer the question. I like both. As Nancy says, it need not be dukes and marquesses, but I do love the esthetics of the Regency and you don’t get that too far down the social scale. OTOH, I agree with Virginia C that a mix of upstairs/downstairs gives added depth and richness to the story. Gritty need not include details about death, disease and/or personal hygiene (or lack thereof), but it does mean a recognition that there were many layers to the Regency world. Each story is different, so what is appropriate for that story differs, and I happily follow a good author into whatever world she has created.

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  90. P.S. Realized that I didn’t answer the question. I like both. As Nancy says, it need not be dukes and marquesses, but I do love the esthetics of the Regency and you don’t get that too far down the social scale. OTOH, I agree with Virginia C that a mix of upstairs/downstairs gives added depth and richness to the story. Gritty need not include details about death, disease and/or personal hygiene (or lack thereof), but it does mean a recognition that there were many layers to the Regency world. Each story is different, so what is appropriate for that story differs, and I happily follow a good author into whatever world she has created.

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  91. Louise, thanks so much for taking time from your very busy life (writing AND moving!) to visit the Word Wenches. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not familiar with your books, but obviously, I must change that!
    3000 E-MAILS! Imagination boggles and web servers crash. *g* But I know from my own experience that weaving together related stories with other compatible writerly souls is some of the best creative fun there is. The six of you need to get together some day and share a case of champers. *g*

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  92. Louise, thanks so much for taking time from your very busy life (writing AND moving!) to visit the Word Wenches. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not familiar with your books, but obviously, I must change that!
    3000 E-MAILS! Imagination boggles and web servers crash. *g* But I know from my own experience that weaving together related stories with other compatible writerly souls is some of the best creative fun there is. The six of you need to get together some day and share a case of champers. *g*

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  93. Louise, thanks so much for taking time from your very busy life (writing AND moving!) to visit the Word Wenches. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not familiar with your books, but obviously, I must change that!
    3000 E-MAILS! Imagination boggles and web servers crash. *g* But I know from my own experience that weaving together related stories with other compatible writerly souls is some of the best creative fun there is. The six of you need to get together some day and share a case of champers. *g*

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  94. Louise, thanks so much for taking time from your very busy life (writing AND moving!) to visit the Word Wenches. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not familiar with your books, but obviously, I must change that!
    3000 E-MAILS! Imagination boggles and web servers crash. *g* But I know from my own experience that weaving together related stories with other compatible writerly souls is some of the best creative fun there is. The six of you need to get together some day and share a case of champers. *g*

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  95. Louise, thanks so much for taking time from your very busy life (writing AND moving!) to visit the Word Wenches. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not familiar with your books, but obviously, I must change that!
    3000 E-MAILS! Imagination boggles and web servers crash. *g* But I know from my own experience that weaving together related stories with other compatible writerly souls is some of the best creative fun there is. The six of you need to get together some day and share a case of champers. *g*

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  96. Great interview!
    I sometimes prefer the grittier background glimpses into the world below stairs, on the streets and in the countryside.

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  97. Great interview!
    I sometimes prefer the grittier background glimpses into the world below stairs, on the streets and in the countryside.

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  98. Great interview!
    I sometimes prefer the grittier background glimpses into the world below stairs, on the streets and in the countryside.

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  99. Great interview!
    I sometimes prefer the grittier background glimpses into the world below stairs, on the streets and in the countryside.

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  100. Great interview!
    I sometimes prefer the grittier background glimpses into the world below stairs, on the streets and in the countryside.

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  101. What a great interview! Thank you.
    I like to read about high society and the lords and ladies because it is a life that is so different than mine. 🙂 You are a new-to-me-author, Louise, so I look forward to reading your books. They sound wonderful.

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  102. What a great interview! Thank you.
    I like to read about high society and the lords and ladies because it is a life that is so different than mine. 🙂 You are a new-to-me-author, Louise, so I look forward to reading your books. They sound wonderful.

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  103. What a great interview! Thank you.
    I like to read about high society and the lords and ladies because it is a life that is so different than mine. 🙂 You are a new-to-me-author, Louise, so I look forward to reading your books. They sound wonderful.

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  104. What a great interview! Thank you.
    I like to read about high society and the lords and ladies because it is a life that is so different than mine. 🙂 You are a new-to-me-author, Louise, so I look forward to reading your books. They sound wonderful.

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  105. What a great interview! Thank you.
    I like to read about high society and the lords and ladies because it is a life that is so different than mine. 🙂 You are a new-to-me-author, Louise, so I look forward to reading your books. They sound wonderful.

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  106. Loved the interview!
    And I enjoying reading about world of High Society – the ton and the drawing room! All the pretty dresses and dancing….makes me wish, at least for a time, that I could travel inside the book I’m reading! But even though I like the setting, I still adore me a deep, brooding hero! Kinda like your sounds in Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress!

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  107. Loved the interview!
    And I enjoying reading about world of High Society – the ton and the drawing room! All the pretty dresses and dancing….makes me wish, at least for a time, that I could travel inside the book I’m reading! But even though I like the setting, I still adore me a deep, brooding hero! Kinda like your sounds in Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress!

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  108. Loved the interview!
    And I enjoying reading about world of High Society – the ton and the drawing room! All the pretty dresses and dancing….makes me wish, at least for a time, that I could travel inside the book I’m reading! But even though I like the setting, I still adore me a deep, brooding hero! Kinda like your sounds in Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress!

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  109. Loved the interview!
    And I enjoying reading about world of High Society – the ton and the drawing room! All the pretty dresses and dancing….makes me wish, at least for a time, that I could travel inside the book I’m reading! But even though I like the setting, I still adore me a deep, brooding hero! Kinda like your sounds in Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress!

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  110. Loved the interview!
    And I enjoying reading about world of High Society – the ton and the drawing room! All the pretty dresses and dancing….makes me wish, at least for a time, that I could travel inside the book I’m reading! But even though I like the setting, I still adore me a deep, brooding hero! Kinda like your sounds in Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress!

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  111. That is a hard question. The world of the Ton has strict rules of conduct and expectations. Step outside the lines and social ruin or scandal are probable. The wealth give possibilities for travel and adventure.
    If you set the stories in the “real world” you broaden the possibilities of what you can deal with. The rules for dealing with the Aristocracy are still there, but the characters you deal with have a different set of rules to live by. The mid-level of society is still genteel and has some of the advantages and characteristics of the TON. They also are a bit more at the mercy of fate and their circumstances can change rapidly. This part of society has lots of good possibilities for stories.
    These include the country squire, the vicar, wealthy merchants. Seeing life and society from their point of view and that of those of even lower stations in live is rich with possibilities.
    I enjoy series. I admire you ladies for being able to coordinate and work together when so far apart.
    Best of luck with the release of your books and all of those in the series.

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  112. That is a hard question. The world of the Ton has strict rules of conduct and expectations. Step outside the lines and social ruin or scandal are probable. The wealth give possibilities for travel and adventure.
    If you set the stories in the “real world” you broaden the possibilities of what you can deal with. The rules for dealing with the Aristocracy are still there, but the characters you deal with have a different set of rules to live by. The mid-level of society is still genteel and has some of the advantages and characteristics of the TON. They also are a bit more at the mercy of fate and their circumstances can change rapidly. This part of society has lots of good possibilities for stories.
    These include the country squire, the vicar, wealthy merchants. Seeing life and society from their point of view and that of those of even lower stations in live is rich with possibilities.
    I enjoy series. I admire you ladies for being able to coordinate and work together when so far apart.
    Best of luck with the release of your books and all of those in the series.

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  113. That is a hard question. The world of the Ton has strict rules of conduct and expectations. Step outside the lines and social ruin or scandal are probable. The wealth give possibilities for travel and adventure.
    If you set the stories in the “real world” you broaden the possibilities of what you can deal with. The rules for dealing with the Aristocracy are still there, but the characters you deal with have a different set of rules to live by. The mid-level of society is still genteel and has some of the advantages and characteristics of the TON. They also are a bit more at the mercy of fate and their circumstances can change rapidly. This part of society has lots of good possibilities for stories.
    These include the country squire, the vicar, wealthy merchants. Seeing life and society from their point of view and that of those of even lower stations in live is rich with possibilities.
    I enjoy series. I admire you ladies for being able to coordinate and work together when so far apart.
    Best of luck with the release of your books and all of those in the series.

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  114. That is a hard question. The world of the Ton has strict rules of conduct and expectations. Step outside the lines and social ruin or scandal are probable. The wealth give possibilities for travel and adventure.
    If you set the stories in the “real world” you broaden the possibilities of what you can deal with. The rules for dealing with the Aristocracy are still there, but the characters you deal with have a different set of rules to live by. The mid-level of society is still genteel and has some of the advantages and characteristics of the TON. They also are a bit more at the mercy of fate and their circumstances can change rapidly. This part of society has lots of good possibilities for stories.
    These include the country squire, the vicar, wealthy merchants. Seeing life and society from their point of view and that of those of even lower stations in live is rich with possibilities.
    I enjoy series. I admire you ladies for being able to coordinate and work together when so far apart.
    Best of luck with the release of your books and all of those in the series.

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  115. That is a hard question. The world of the Ton has strict rules of conduct and expectations. Step outside the lines and social ruin or scandal are probable. The wealth give possibilities for travel and adventure.
    If you set the stories in the “real world” you broaden the possibilities of what you can deal with. The rules for dealing with the Aristocracy are still there, but the characters you deal with have a different set of rules to live by. The mid-level of society is still genteel and has some of the advantages and characteristics of the TON. They also are a bit more at the mercy of fate and their circumstances can change rapidly. This part of society has lots of good possibilities for stories.
    These include the country squire, the vicar, wealthy merchants. Seeing life and society from their point of view and that of those of even lower stations in live is rich with possibilities.
    I enjoy series. I admire you ladies for being able to coordinate and work together when so far apart.
    Best of luck with the release of your books and all of those in the series.

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  116. Hello Louise. I like a combination of both, especially with the hero/heroine not knowing who or what their real background is, although I sometimes do wonder how anyone who has been brought up in the country with little help can successfully transfer to high society. However, I suppose that is what the author is for – to succeed where in real life you don’t. By the way, I am unable to access your web page here in Tasmania. I wonder if anyone else here in Australia is having the same problem?

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  117. Hello Louise. I like a combination of both, especially with the hero/heroine not knowing who or what their real background is, although I sometimes do wonder how anyone who has been brought up in the country with little help can successfully transfer to high society. However, I suppose that is what the author is for – to succeed where in real life you don’t. By the way, I am unable to access your web page here in Tasmania. I wonder if anyone else here in Australia is having the same problem?

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  118. Hello Louise. I like a combination of both, especially with the hero/heroine not knowing who or what their real background is, although I sometimes do wonder how anyone who has been brought up in the country with little help can successfully transfer to high society. However, I suppose that is what the author is for – to succeed where in real life you don’t. By the way, I am unable to access your web page here in Tasmania. I wonder if anyone else here in Australia is having the same problem?

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  119. Hello Louise. I like a combination of both, especially with the hero/heroine not knowing who or what their real background is, although I sometimes do wonder how anyone who has been brought up in the country with little help can successfully transfer to high society. However, I suppose that is what the author is for – to succeed where in real life you don’t. By the way, I am unable to access your web page here in Tasmania. I wonder if anyone else here in Australia is having the same problem?

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  120. Hello Louise. I like a combination of both, especially with the hero/heroine not knowing who or what their real background is, although I sometimes do wonder how anyone who has been brought up in the country with little help can successfully transfer to high society. However, I suppose that is what the author is for – to succeed where in real life you don’t. By the way, I am unable to access your web page here in Tasmania. I wonder if anyone else here in Australia is having the same problem?

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  121. Hi again everyone – sorry you can’t get my web page, Jenny, I must ask my site providers to check that out. Just in case it is a problem with the link the url is http://www.louiseallenregency.co.uk.
    Chelsea – I can assure you that Major Ross Brandon in Practical Widow broods – deeply and darkly. I loved writing him!
    I’m sorry to have to tear myself away from such an interesting discussion, but I’m off to get a train up to London – research in the London library then the Romantic Novelists’ Association Summer Party – should be fun.

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  122. Hi again everyone – sorry you can’t get my web page, Jenny, I must ask my site providers to check that out. Just in case it is a problem with the link the url is http://www.louiseallenregency.co.uk.
    Chelsea – I can assure you that Major Ross Brandon in Practical Widow broods – deeply and darkly. I loved writing him!
    I’m sorry to have to tear myself away from such an interesting discussion, but I’m off to get a train up to London – research in the London library then the Romantic Novelists’ Association Summer Party – should be fun.

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  123. Hi again everyone – sorry you can’t get my web page, Jenny, I must ask my site providers to check that out. Just in case it is a problem with the link the url is http://www.louiseallenregency.co.uk.
    Chelsea – I can assure you that Major Ross Brandon in Practical Widow broods – deeply and darkly. I loved writing him!
    I’m sorry to have to tear myself away from such an interesting discussion, but I’m off to get a train up to London – research in the London library then the Romantic Novelists’ Association Summer Party – should be fun.

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  124. Hi again everyone – sorry you can’t get my web page, Jenny, I must ask my site providers to check that out. Just in case it is a problem with the link the url is http://www.louiseallenregency.co.uk.
    Chelsea – I can assure you that Major Ross Brandon in Practical Widow broods – deeply and darkly. I loved writing him!
    I’m sorry to have to tear myself away from such an interesting discussion, but I’m off to get a train up to London – research in the London library then the Romantic Novelists’ Association Summer Party – should be fun.

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  125. Hi again everyone – sorry you can’t get my web page, Jenny, I must ask my site providers to check that out. Just in case it is a problem with the link the url is http://www.louiseallenregency.co.uk.
    Chelsea – I can assure you that Major Ross Brandon in Practical Widow broods – deeply and darkly. I loved writing him!
    I’m sorry to have to tear myself away from such an interesting discussion, but I’m off to get a train up to London – research in the London library then the Romantic Novelists’ Association Summer Party – should be fun.

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  126. Fascinating interview, Louise.
    It was great fun working with you on the Regency Silk and Scandal series. And having read The Lord and the Wayward Lady, rest assured, it is most definitely scandalously witty romance!
    Looking forward to your Shelley Sisters series.

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  127. Fascinating interview, Louise.
    It was great fun working with you on the Regency Silk and Scandal series. And having read The Lord and the Wayward Lady, rest assured, it is most definitely scandalously witty romance!
    Looking forward to your Shelley Sisters series.

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  128. Fascinating interview, Louise.
    It was great fun working with you on the Regency Silk and Scandal series. And having read The Lord and the Wayward Lady, rest assured, it is most definitely scandalously witty romance!
    Looking forward to your Shelley Sisters series.

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  129. Fascinating interview, Louise.
    It was great fun working with you on the Regency Silk and Scandal series. And having read The Lord and the Wayward Lady, rest assured, it is most definitely scandalously witty romance!
    Looking forward to your Shelley Sisters series.

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  130. Fascinating interview, Louise.
    It was great fun working with you on the Regency Silk and Scandal series. And having read The Lord and the Wayward Lady, rest assured, it is most definitely scandalously witty romance!
    Looking forward to your Shelley Sisters series.

    Reply
  131. Good morning Nicola and Louise.
    Interesting post.
    I prefer reading about High Society because I cannot even imagine living like that. It is so intriguing. The fashion and manners are so different than today.

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  132. Good morning Nicola and Louise.
    Interesting post.
    I prefer reading about High Society because I cannot even imagine living like that. It is so intriguing. The fashion and manners are so different than today.

    Reply
  133. Good morning Nicola and Louise.
    Interesting post.
    I prefer reading about High Society because I cannot even imagine living like that. It is so intriguing. The fashion and manners are so different than today.

    Reply
  134. Good morning Nicola and Louise.
    Interesting post.
    I prefer reading about High Society because I cannot even imagine living like that. It is so intriguing. The fashion and manners are so different than today.

    Reply
  135. Good morning Nicola and Louise.
    Interesting post.
    I prefer reading about High Society because I cannot even imagine living like that. It is so intriguing. The fashion and manners are so different than today.

    Reply
  136. Certainly the sparkle and glamour of the Beau Ton is always engaging, but I am drawn to the stories of ordinary people without the monetary or social advantages of birth who find their own niches in life whether it is in their own “class” or in another, without giving up what makes them remarkable or intriguing.

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  137. Certainly the sparkle and glamour of the Beau Ton is always engaging, but I am drawn to the stories of ordinary people without the monetary or social advantages of birth who find their own niches in life whether it is in their own “class” or in another, without giving up what makes them remarkable or intriguing.

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  138. Certainly the sparkle and glamour of the Beau Ton is always engaging, but I am drawn to the stories of ordinary people without the monetary or social advantages of birth who find their own niches in life whether it is in their own “class” or in another, without giving up what makes them remarkable or intriguing.

    Reply
  139. Certainly the sparkle and glamour of the Beau Ton is always engaging, but I am drawn to the stories of ordinary people without the monetary or social advantages of birth who find their own niches in life whether it is in their own “class” or in another, without giving up what makes them remarkable or intriguing.

    Reply
  140. Certainly the sparkle and glamour of the Beau Ton is always engaging, but I am drawn to the stories of ordinary people without the monetary or social advantages of birth who find their own niches in life whether it is in their own “class” or in another, without giving up what makes them remarkable or intriguing.

    Reply

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