When it comes to reading I absolutely love the Regency genre. I love being transported back to such a wonderfully interesting time with such colourful characters. Lenora Bell is author to The Disgraceful Dukes series with the second instalment about to be released. I’m so happy to have Lenora on the blog today telling us all about why she chose to write Regency novels.
Hi Lyndsey! Thanks for hosting me today! You asked me why I chose to write Regency Era historical romance. I think I can sum that up in two words: Jane Austen. Yep, it’s all Jane’s fault. I’m such an Austen super fan that I forced my husband to read Pride and Prejudice before I would agree to marry him (of course he prefers Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). And when I was living in Bolivia and wanted to improve my Spanish, what did I choose to translate? That’s right…Orgullo y Prejuicio!
I loved Austen’s novels from a very early age and devoured every movie and BBC series version of the books, watching them over and over and wishing I could jump into the pages and wear the beautiful muslin dresses, carry a fan, and give that arrogant Mr. Darcy the proper set-down he so richly deserved. I loved the British TV show Lost in Austen where Jemima Rooper finds a portal into Pride and Prejudice in her bathroom. Brilliant!
So many of my favorite modern authors write in the Regency as well: Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, Maya Rodale…if I listed all my favorites this post would be way too long. I love the Victorian era as well, and I’m always game to read something set in a new time period, such as Joanna Shupe’s new Gilded Age series, but my heart belongs to the Regency.
IF I ONLY HAD A DUKE, by Lenora Bell
ABOUT IF I ONLY HAD A DUKE:
After four failed seasons and a disastrous jilting, Lady Dorothea Beaumont has had more than enough of her family’s scheming. She won’t domesticate a duke, entangle an earl or vie for a viscount. She will quietly exit to her aunt’s Irish estate for a life of blissful freedom. Until an arrogant, sinfully handsome duke singles her out for a waltz, making Thea the most popular belle of the season.
Well, the duke ruined her plans and now he’ll just have to fix them.
Dalton, Duke of Osborne, is far too heartless for debutantes or marriage – he uses dalliances to distract from his real purpose: finding the man who destroyed his family. When his search leads to Ireland, the last thing he needs is the determined, achingly innocent Thea, who arrives in the dead of night demanding he escort her to her aunt. His foolish agreement may prove his undoing. The road to the Emerald Isle is fraught with unforeseen dangers, but the greatest peril of all might just be discovering that he has a heart . . . and he’s losing it to Thea.
Praise for Lenora Bell:
‘Message to my readers: You’ll love Lenora Bell!’ Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author