Archive for May, 2012

Favorite Lines

At first, I thought I’d blog about reading a book when you didn’t like the writing, but loved the plot. But it turns out that, apparently, I’m the only one that does that. So, what I am going to do is ask everyone to post their favorite lines. It can be from your book, a book you love, TV, movies or radio.


Huntley kept his voice low. “Try not to be so easy, m’dear. Gentlemen like a challenge.”

Opening her eyes wide, she purred, “But, don’t you remember how good it was?”

“I remember how expensive it was.

Read Full Post »

From Jane Austen’s Blog

Jane Austen's World

Since the 18th century, satirists have had a fun time mocking dandies. In Hogarth to Cruickshank: social change in graphic satire, 1967, (Walker Publishing)  Mary Dorothy George classified 3 different kinds of print-shop dandies: 1.) the notorious dandy, 2) the effeminate dandy, and 3) dandies who were slavish in their imitation of  Beau Brummel.

I would add to those categories two more distinctions: the powerful dandy and the ridiculous dandy, or one who, from behavior or social standing, is a wholly ridiculous and insignificant creature. The latter exquisites, along with the slavish imitators and effeminate dandies, were fodder for cartoonists, especially Robert and Isaac Cruikshank, who took great glee in lampooning them in a series of hand colored engravings.

According to Jane Rendell in a Pursuit of Pleasure, the word dandy may have originated from “jack-a-dandy”, a Scottish description of a person dressing up at a fair. The…

View original post 480 more words

Read Full Post »

From Angelyn’s Blog

Angelyn's Blog

Elizabeth Fox, Baroness Holland, was the daughter of a Jamaican planter.  Married off to Lord Webster, a man twenty years her senior, she gave birth to three children before falling in love with another man, bearing him a child out-of-wedlock.  Not two days divorced, she married her lover Lord Holland.

The ton could not forget her scandalous past and so declined to receive her.  No matter, Lord and Lady Holland did their own receiving, hosting the most influential men of the day at Holland House.  The few women who came were fellow Whigs, the Duchess of Devonshire and that fashionable marchioness from Berkeley Square, Lady Lansdowne.

Baroness Holland was the complete opposite of her husband.  She was gruff where he was affable, imperious when he would give way.  Long, boring discourse was not tolerated at her table–her ladyship was known to dispatch her footman to admonish the offending guest.

Thomas Moore, which this blog christened Regency Poet of Wine and Love, once said…

View original post 224 more words

Read Full Post »

From Jane Austen’s Blog.

Jane Austen's World

I became acquainted with Lori Smith when she wrote her first book, A Walk With Jane Austen. Our association has continued with her new book, The Jane Austen Guide to Life. (Read my review here.) Please welcome Lori as I talk to her about her most recent writing experience. I hope to meet her, as well as many other Janeites, at the JASNA meeting in New York this fall:

Hi Lori! What were your reasons for writing this book as your follow up to A Walk With Jane Austen?

You know, I didn’t expect to write another Jane Austen book, so this book, which was actually my editor’s idea initially, came as a great gift and a surprise. It covers some of the same material as A Walk with Jane, but from a completely different viewpoint. While A Walk with Jane was so deeply personal…

View original post 664 more words

Read Full Post »

Angelyn’s Blog

Angelyn's Blog

Its turrets and gables lacked the elegance of London’s newer, Palladian town homes.  Its “relics and curios” were dusty books and historic English papers.  Its location was staid Kensington, not fashionable Mayfair.  Its mistress was not even received at court.  But this Regency seat of influence was nontheless a formidable rival to glittering Lansdowne House:

Yet great things were done at Holland House–reforms planned and accomplished, literary lions fed with appreciation and encouragement.  All the great names of that period may be found on the lists of the Holland House entertainments.

—  Charles Dickens, “Holland House,” All the Year Round, A Weekly Journal, Vol. 66, 1890

With the Regency barely on the horizon, the house was known as Cope Castle and practically a ruin when it came into the possession of Lord Henry Richard Fox, third Baron Holland.  He was a mere baby and presumably not ready to take on any renovations even though the house had an illustrious history.  Its…

View original post 281 more words

Read Full Post »

The Regency Redingote

Certainly not during the years of the English Regency. And yet, in the past couple of years, I have read perhaps a dozen novels set during the Regency in which characters select a decanter containing their alcoholic beverage of choice from a tantalus. And never once did any of these characters use a key to liberate their preferred libation from this devious device.

So, what is a tantalus, and when did it make its debut on the stage of English domestic furnishings?

View original post 816 more words

Read Full Post »

Please help me welcome multi- published author Jenna Jaxon. She is promoting her book Almost Perfect, which has been chosen as Decadant Publishing’s Read For A Cure.

Jenna, thank you so much for being here today.

Thanks for allowing me to guest for Ella! 🙂

Pirates and Romance:  Let the Fantasy Begin!


Pirates and Romance just seem to go together like love and marriage–which between the pages of a romance novel they often do.  The Pirate trope in historical romance has been around since at least the 1940s, with Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek published in 1941. It has been popular, however, in earlier literature, such as Lord Byron’s The Corsair (a book-length poem that sold 10,000 copies on its release day in 1814).  Pirate tales are good business.


The pirate romance continued in popularity throughout the late 20th century and into the 21st with works such as Joanna Linday’s A Pirate’s Love, Cordia Byrus’ Pirate Royale, and Kathleen Drymon’s Pirate Moon.  These are representative only–there have been hundreds of pirate themed romances published in the last 40 years.  And countless other romance novels have had some kind of encounter with pirates.  They make great villains for the hero to protect his heroine from, and equally dashing heroes, sailing the seas in search of adventure.


So, what exactly about pirates is so attractive to romance readers? The fact or the fiction?


The heyday of piracy was the late 17th/early18th century in the waters of the Caribbean Sea. Many pirates were originally privateers–commissioned by a government to defend their colonies on the water and split the profits of any loot taken. Others were buccaneers–escapees from the colonies with boat making skills–who banded together and formed ships’ crews to survive by robbing other ships.  A pirate’s life, while far from easy, was much pleasanter than for sailors on Royal Navy ships or private merchants. Pirates elected a captain and could remove him at will.  And while everyone shared the hard work, everyone also shared in the booty equally.  This democratic and independent lifestyle fulfills several tenets of classic romanticism–lack of specific rules, individuality, and desire for freedom.


All well and good. However, pirates’ treatment of prisoners, especially female prisoners, hardly seems the stuff of romance novels.  Pirates–particularly captains in command–thought nothing of torturing and raping women prisoners.  Romance novels of from the late 1970s through the 90s, did portray pirate captains raping their heroines.  Joanna Lindsay’s A Pirate’s Love and Lisa Kleypas’ Only With Your Love, have the captains raping/forcing their prisoners to have sex, which is much closer to reality than today’s romance novels would have us believe.  Of course, the two heroines of the above mentioned books did fall in love with their rapists.


The rape fantasy trope is still prevalent in romance today, though publishers’ rules on how it is portrayed are very strict.  Many women still enjoy rape fantasy as a means of relinquishing control.  Many others do not enjoy it. And some are very outspoken in their dislike. (Which seems like a post for another day.) As this post has pointed out, the pirate fantasy trope has many facets to it, only one of which is the rape fantasy.  

My erotic contemporary novella, Almost Perfect, gives a nod to the pirate rape fantasy.  The heroine, Pam Kimball, has set up a 1Night Stand adventure in which she wants to be ravished by an “Orlando Bloom look-a-like” pirate (though since Pam is a very willing participant, it’s not really rape).  She does not, however, get her little fantasy played out, as the following blurb indicates:

 Almost Perfect

 Pamela Kimball’s birthday present, a 1Night Stand adventure, promises to jump-start her life, put a new man in her bed, and help her forget her past.  Unfortunately, movie-buff Pam’s Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy takes an alarming wrong turn when she’s abandoned on a not quite deserted island—with ex-husband Roger Ware.  

Forced by hunger to accept Roger’s offer of dinner,  Pam realizes the geek she married has transformed into one of the most charming, sexiest men she’s ever met. His newfound confidence—and hot body—re-kindle old fires.  A simple kiss leads Roger to challenge her to discover how much his lovemaking skills have improved, leaving Pam torn between self-preservation and burning desire.  

With time running out before they’re rescued, Pam must decide if her heart can survive the consequences of becoming Roger’s “almost” perfect 1Night Stand. 

Almost Perfect Excerpt  

She inched into the lapping surf, searching for movement. Reflection off the water made this task harder than expected. Wasn’t the Caribbean supposed to be teeming with fish?  Now that’s something she’d had a lot of instruction in. Almost every marooned-on-an-island movie had a scene where the heroine learned to catch fish. Six Days, Father Goose, Blue Lagoon. All you needed was your hands and patience. She could do this.

Pam waded out further then stopped just before the water hit her now dry shorts. “Not gonna to have a damp crotch all night.” The words reminded her of exactly what she had hoped for tonight. “But not from wet shorts!” She headed back to shore to remove and drape them next to her shirt. The bandeau was a different story. Still damp, even after several hours, and uncomfortable. Might dry better if not next to her skin anyway. “Screw it!  Live dangerously.”

Standing as good as naked on the deserted beach, Pam smiled as the warm breeze caressed her bare body. The sense of being slightly naughty added to her delight in the sensual feel of the air as it dried her breasts. Her nipples peaked as the wind cooled them. She strutted down to the water’s edge to sink her toes in the sand, the salty tang in the air adding to the perfect moment.

“If you’re skinny dipping, you forgot to remove one very important piece of clothing.”

Pam whirled around. Roger stood on the beach behind her, a green bottle of Perrier in one hand. His gaze played up and down her naked torso and his salacious grin widened. “Mind if I join you?”


Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance who has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own writing.

Jenna lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets.  When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director.  She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage. 

She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

Read Full Post »

From Angely’s Blog

Angelyn's Blog

Sir James Mackintosh was a doctor in Lansdowne House.  But you may remember from an earlier post that his presence was required for something other than practicing medicine.  He was called to exercise his great conversational power.

He might have needed a doctor.  He died from a chicken bone lodged in his throat.

Jane Austen’s World has a lovely article on physicians during the Regency.  I particularly enjoyed the discussion on a doctor’s place in society.

The Beau Monde’s collection of articles is another favorite source of mine.  Alicia Rasley contributed a very comprehensive outline on the subject here.

Actually, this post was inspired by a recent article in a major newspaper http://on.wsj.com/IKwNny.  Click on the link to test your knowledge of old medical terms.  See if you can match them with the modern ones.

If someone were to become ill at Lansdowne House, they might be suffering from the following:


View original post 54 more words

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: