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Thursday, January 5, 2012

GUEST BLOG: BERENGARIA BROWN

Writing Regency Romances
by
Berengaria Brown


I’ve written several Regency romances. I adore Georgette Heyer and love the Regency era so it was natural for me to try writing a few romances set then myself. But it’s a lot of work, checking all the facts, and making sure characters don’t act like twenty-first century people. Women had basically no rights back then, so life was very different. But, none-the-less, women managed to make their dreams come true. They just used different methods from how we might do things today.

A well-born woman couldn’t just leave home, get a job in an industry that interested her, rent an apartment, and live alone. None of those steps was possible. She had to be chaperoned 24/7, preferably by an older male family member, although an older married female would do. She couldn’t rent property, or open a bank account, or work in most areas. Governessing or being a companion was about the limit of the options open to her. This means plots need to be built around the conventions of the day.

Every time I finish writing a Regency story I say, “It’s too much work. Never again.” And yet…

The third and final book in my Regency series about the Arnott family, Virgins No More will be out in January.

Book 1: The Vicar’s Virgin

The Reverend Mr. Ridley needs a wife so he focuses his attentions on Georgina Arnott, a sensible, intelligent, yet attractive woman.

On their wedding night he’s relieved to discover she enjoys the pleasures of the bed, and, after a slow start, their evenings are full of passion and joy for both of them.

Unfortunately, when she takes an interest in his parish, it seems to involve filling his house with noisy people tramping muddy boots through the hallways, and filling his kitchen with dirty children.

He loves his wife. But can this marriage work?

Book 2: Almost a Virgin

Theodora has loved John Smith ever since she was a little girl. But he’s very wealthy and she is only a vicar’s daughter and sister.

John had been waiting for Theodora to grow up. When he kisses Theodora in the garden at the ball, lust roars through him and he takes her there in the garden, fully dressed, only a few yards away from a hundred people. She’s warm and more than willing in his arms, and it’s not until the deed is done that he realizes he’s just dishonored his best friend’s sister.

Theodora doesn’t regret what she’s done. She enjoyed it and wants more of him. Even though he’s only marrying her because he dishonored her, she doesn’t care. She’ll make him so happy in bed and in his home he’ll stay with her even though he may never love her.

Book 3: A Promising Virgin

Zethan, Earl of Mitcham, decides that the stunningly beautiful Miss Sapphira Arnott will make him the perfect wife. It’s only when she declines his oh-so-flattering offer, that he realizes how rude and arrogant he’d been, and how much he loves her. The only solution is to woo her properly.

Meanwhile Simeon Arnott is in love with Miss Anne Smith. But she’s incredibly rich and he’s a mere Baronet. Fortunately her brother and she herself accept his proposal and they have an extremely successful wedding night. Their ball, however, was almost less than successful thanks to the “help” of the three youngest Arnotts and their plans to go one better than a recent much-talked-about society event.

Will Sapphira trust Zethan? And what other disasters will the children get involved in?

About the Author: Berengaria is a multi-published author of erotic romance: contemporary, paranormal (ghosts, vampires, fairies and werewolves) and Regency-set historical. She loves to read all different kinds of romance so that is what she writes: one man/one woman; two women; two men; two men/one woman; three men, two women/one man…. Whatever the characters need for their very hot happily-ever-after, Berengaria makes sure they get it.

Find Berengaria online at:
http://berengariasblog.blogspot.com/
http://berengariabrown.webs.com/

11 comments:

Debby said...

I enjoy regencies a lot as well. These look like a wonderful set of stories.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Cheryl said...

Wow! These sound fabulous. Regencies are one of my favorite historicals.

Wishing you the best,

Cheryl

ccmal(at)charter(dot)net

Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you, Debby, and Cheryl. I think Regency is likely one of the most popular historical eras.
Berengaria

anny cook said...

I also love Georgette Heyer. And these stories as well! :-)

Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you, Anny.
I love the way women have, throughout history, "managed" their environment to circumvent the rules and find true happiness.
Berengaria

Marianne Stephens said...

Congrats on writing regencies. I got hooked on romance books by reading regencies...love to read them but too much to worry about (facts). You seem to have accomplished researching and getting your facts straight...good for you!

Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you, Marianne. I love the era, and even though I keep saying I'll never write another one, it's too hard, so far I keep doing it.

Maggi Andersen said...

My favorite historical era, Marianne. Love writing it and love reading it, especially Heyer. Your books sound great. I hope you sell a garage full!

Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you, Maggi.
Berengaria

Ingeborg said...

Love regencies

Berengaria Brown said...

Me too, Ingeborg.