Pleasure Me With Marissa Day

>Originally, Lucy Monroe was scheduled to blog, but family illness prevented her from doing so. The water at the event well was about to go dry when the wonderful Marissa Day volunteered to step in and save the day. She’s a fellow Berkley author who has this incredibly awesome cover and a blurb that makes you want to run out and grab the book and settle in for a couple hours of escape! Please welcome Marissa, our kick-butt heroine who saved the day, for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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LOVE AND THE REGENCY

    When I realized I was about to commit romance, I had second thoughts, and third, and fourth.  My first attempt at a romance novel, made umpty-ump years ago, was an unmitigated disaster.  No, really.  After twenty plus years in the business, I know a bit about bad writing and my first novel was all that and a bag of chips. 

    This was partly because I was simply not a very good writer at that point.  It was also partly because I wasn’t really a romance reader back then.  Since then, I’ve gotten better, and I’ve become a dedicated romance fan.


    So far so good.  But could I really be thinking about writing a Regency?  Regency is, after all, the largest, most well-explored portion of the genre.  It’s portion with the tightest links to Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.  What, was I nuts?  If I went to the Regency, I wasn’t going to be wading into the romance pool, I was going to be jumping into the deep end.
And what on earth did I think I was going to have to say about relationships in the Regency that hadn’t already been said?

Then, I noticed something.  There are few, if any, Regency romances that actually take place in or around the court of the Regent/George IV.  For all that Regency romances are populated by an elegant, rakish, colorful crowd of earls, dukes, marquises, and viscounts, they seldom seem to have actual court connections, let alone be influenced by the rapidly, and I do mean rapidly, shifting power struggles there.  There are a growing number of books that deal with the Napoleonic wars and their aftermath.  Almost none, however, take for their background the chaos caused in England itself by the mad king, his hedonistic, spendthrift heir, and the positive raft of illegitimate children created by the royal dukes.

The Seduction of
Miranda Prosper

The game begins…

In the rarified atmosphere of London’s upper-crust society, the restless and willful Miranda Prosper is widely considered unmarriageable. She is therefore stunned to find the mysterious and unsettlingly handsome Mr. Corwin Rathe asking to accompany her for a waltz at a summer ball. But this dance will become far more than she ever imagined.

…with the touch of his flesh.

Corwin is a sorcerer. With his partner Darius Marlowe, he fights a hidden battle against a magic-force invasion of England. But Miranda has a power in her own right, and together all three are drawn into a sensuous web of sexual enchantment and intense erotic desire. But they also find themselves enmeshed in a dark game of magical intrigue, with stakes higher than any of them have ever conceived.


All of this came as a bit of a surprise to me.  Stories require conflict, and if there was one thing the family of George III had in spades, it was conflict.  That conflict spread out to engulf not just the nobility, but the entire country.  Even more importantly for me as a romance writer, was that where the conflict wasn’t centered on money, it was centered on love, marriage and children.  Or, rather, the lack of some and the super-abundance of others.
 

George III had a good and…active marriage and his queen, Charlotte, was a strong and healthy woman.  Between the two of them, they managed to bring an even dozen princes and princesses to adulthood.  For a whole set of personal and dynastic reasons, however, George III also created a law saying that children of the sovereign could only marry with the sovereign’s approval.  Oh, and Parliament’s.  The idea here was to make sure his kids didn’t go off marrying anybody without the proper connections, or who practiced the wrong religion.Unfortunately, this law worked about as well as most attempts to put tight controls on one’s offspring.

First off, it didn’t stop the Prince of Wales from marrying inappropriately.  Probably the man who would become George IV did marry his favorite mistress, Mrs. FitzHerbert, an untitled Catholic widow.  Certainly the rumor of that secret marriage dogged him his entire life.  Of course, it didn’t stop him from engaging in a really impressive number of other liaisons, both before and after he married the woman his father approved for him, Princess Caroline of Brunswick. 
 

Unlike his parents, Prince George did not have a healthy and active marriage.  He couldn’t stand Caroline.  In fact, he spent most of his marriage trying to divorce her.  They did manage to produce one legitimate daughter, however, the Princess Charlotte.

 While the Prince of Wales was trying to get out of his marriage, none of his brothers seemed interested in getting into theirs.  They pretty much didn’t even bother with the institution.  Instead, they took up with whole slews (is that the proper plural of “slew?”  or would it be sleew?  Slewen?) of women, some of whom became their long term mistresses, and would have, if they had been private citizens, become common law wives. 
 

While the king harangued the royal brothers for not seeking appropriate connections, the royals sisters were not permitted to marry, at all.  Husbands were not sought for them, suits for their hands went unanswered.  They were rarely even permitted to go out.  Their lives consisted of a round of drawing rooms and other closely watched palace events and pursuing various hobbies like painting china and decorating fans.  One of them did have a child.  Probably.  No, she wasn’t married.  Yes, there were a lot of rumors about who the probable father of the probable child was.  Those rumors include the possibility that the father was one of her brothers.
 

Then, of course, their father went mad and couldn’t give his consent to anything, and their eldest brother who might have been able to got busy with his own problems, like trying to get divorced and trying to get more money out of Parliament, and maintaining his party-prince lifestyle.
 

So, far from solving dynastic issues, the Royal Marriage Act combined with this, frankly incomprehensible, reluctance to marry off his daughters, created an incredible range of difficulties for the royal family.  While Princess Charlotte lived and grew, the problems were held at bay.  But Princess Charlotte died in childbirth — possibly as a result of the illnesses she inherited down the paternal line — and her son was still born.
 

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To say all hell broke loose would be putting it mildly.  Here was the Continent still reeling from Napoleon, the mercantile empire of the British beginning to expand in a serious way, labor riots at home, discontent in Ireland increasing (again), and no heir to the throne.  The Prince of Wales hated his wife, who was anyway past childbearing.  None of the other brothers were married, although all were pretty fertile.  By the time of Charlotte’s death, between the lot of them, the royal brothers produced at least fifty children.
 

I want you to think about just that for a minute.  Fifty children, a large number of them adult sons, all thiiiiiiisss close to the throne of England.  If only their fathers would work with Parliament power-brokers and some back dated marriage licenses to get them declared legitimate.
 

There’s a story right there.  Probably more than one. What really happened was given a terrific name in the popular press; Hyman’s War Triumphant. Because suddenly all those royal brothers dropped their mistresses like the proverbial hot potatoes (at least publicly) and set about marrying German princesses of childbearing age as fast as they could be found.  The one who won the race never became king.  This was the Duke of Kent, who fathered the girl who would become Queen Victoria.  But think about just that for a second.  The hopes of an entire empire pinned on one baby girl.  And don’t forget about all those illegitimate offspring who were thiiiiiiiissss close to the throne, the spurned or set-aside mistresses, and continental forces jockeying for power.  England had sent abroad for kings before. 

And this was before I put my own twist on things as an author coming out of the fantasy genre and added in magic.
 

Can you imagine trying to form a strong, loving relationship in this storm?  What it would be to be part of a family caught up in the whirlwind?  How much you would have to sacrifice to get the one you loved out of the storm?  Perhaps there is still something new to say about relationships in the Regency after all.

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Marissa Day writes her steamy historical, paranormal romances for Berkely Heat. Her first romance novel, LOVE’S OWN TIME was written 20 years ago and was, according to the author, “an absolute disaster which thankfully never saw the light of day.”  Since then, thanks to her agent, her editors and a very patient critique group, she’s learned some more about writing, and, thanks to her husband, a lot more about happily-ever-after.
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A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

58 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Marissa Day

  1. >"I feel kind of bad for those mistresses who got pushed aside for the German princesses and for the German princesses who were considered broodmares and knew their husbands' affections lay elsewhere. I hope out of all of that, at least one of those couples found love and happiness without it being at the expense of another."

    Well, interestingly enough, although he rather unceremoniously set aside his mistress of a dozen years, and the mother of his 10 illigitmate children (all of whom he acknowledged and some of whom did kick up trouble), the Duke of Clarence, who became King William IV after George IV, apparently established a good relationship with his queen, although she was not very popular with people because she was a bit shy and dowdy. He also always treated Victoria very well, coming to her defence publically when George IV, who hated the fact he had no direct heir (um, and WHO'S fault was that?), had dissed her.

    Actually, William IV, whom no one ever remembers, is probably the reason there was a monarchy LEFT for Victoria.

  2. >I like when a regency incorporates real world events in the sotry even peripherally since I feel like it grounds the fiction.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com
    WA

  3. >I've never heard that encapsulation of events and it's fascinating-I can't wait to read historicals that involve more politics of the regency, and before and after. I feel kind of bad for those mistresses who got pushed aside for the German princesses and for the German princesses who were considered broodmares and knew their husbands' affections lay elsewhere. I hope out of all of that, at least one of those couples found love and happiness without it being at the expense of another.

    jbrink83 at hotmail dot com

    Arizona

  4. >Marissa, it was great meeting you here. I absolutely loved your post. I'd love to see a list of your research books. I'll be reading your books. I am so greatful I was born now instead of then. What a nightmare for women during that time. Look forward to reading your books Marissa.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750@aol.com
    NJ-USA

  5. >Marissa,

    Wow! Just image what a creative writer could do with all this information!
    -Vonda

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  6. >Egad! I've always know the royal family was messed up during the Regency period but I didn't realize it was that crazy! Poor Victoria!

    I love the cover of "The Seduction of Miranda Prosper"! Not only for Paul Marron but fpr the bit of leg she's showing and the sparkly stars.

    ironss[at]gmail.com
    California

  7. >I love interesting historical facts and the Regency period is one of my favorites – enjoyed the blog very much.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  8. >Wowzer! What a family tree. This blog was so interesting! Ms. Day, you are officially on my TBR list! Most Excellent! You had my head reeling….

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  9. >Favorite romances? How much time do we have?

    Actually, my latest favorite are the Johanna Bourne Spymaster books; MY LORD AND SPYMASTER, THE SPYMASTER'S LADY and THE FORBIDDEN ROSE. I can't say enough about these books; the characters, the setting, the dialogue the romance. Oh, lordy! I still run around shoving them at people saying "This! This is how you do it! Right here!"

    I'm also a big, big fan of Juila Quinn's Bridgerton books, particularly ROMANCING MR. BRIDGERTON.

    For a light contemporary, just read and really enjoyed Julie James's SOMETHING ABOUT YOU. Smart, sexy, lots of fun

  10. >Wow, Marissa!

    Thanks for the great summary. And you are absolutely right. What a great quagmire from which to draw a romance. I never realize that exactly as you say, I don't think anyone has thought to set a romance in the middle of such a dynastic firestorm.

    Any favorite Regency resources?

    I LOVE your cover and can't wait to read your book.

    louisa@louisacornell.com

    Alabama

  11. >Marissa, I'm sorry this is the first time I've been on the blog today. I'm dealing with a bad sinus headache today.

    I deeply appreciate you stepping up to the plate today. You did a WONDERFUL job from all of the great comments I see here. Please come back whenever you like. You were a delight to have here on the blog!!

  12. >For my part, I want to thank everybody for this great conversation. I'm sure we all send our thoughts and prayers to Lucy Monroe and her family, and hope that the illness is minor and swiftly recovered from. But, at the same time, I am delighted for this opportunity to "meet" everybody and introduce myself to new readers.

  13. >Sounds like a fantastic read. Really what is better them steamy historical paranormal romance!? Perfect! I will be adding Marissa Day to my TBR List!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com
    MN – USA

  14. >Hello, Ladies!

    I knew some of that information, but not all of it. And here I though MY family was mixed up!!

    Anyway, I just found out I am one of last weeks winners, so to be fair to others, please don't enter me in this drawing. I'll make sure I find your book elsewhere and buy it!

    Later,

    Lynn

    Madison, Wisconsin
    lwrettig@wisc.edu

  15. >This family dynamic sounds crazy. There was always a battle for the throne and by keeping his sons so close to thr throne, it made it even harder to keep stability. I do not think with the time period and the type of king he was that there was any chance for a love match.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

    Florida

  16. >I can't imagine weathering this storm. I would like to think I was strong enough to rescue a loved one from this.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com
    NY

  17. >PREVIOUS POST COPIED
    Someone before me must have been logged on, and it posted under the wrong name sorry… Public computers! 🙂

    Thanks for the blog Marissa! I haven't read your books before, but from your info & your great covers, I will definitely look for your name next time I go shopping! I think it's interesting that you wrote romance, then became a fan of the genre. So glad you did looks like great books I'm a big fan of both paranormal & historical, and this looks like a crazy era that you tackled. Thanks for the contest!
    Jessica OR
    jessikazee at ymail.com

  18. >Thanks for the blog Marissa! I haven't read your books before, but from your info & your great covers, I will definitely look for your name next time I go shopping! I think it's interesting that you wrote romance, then became a fan of the genre. So glad you did looks like great books I'm a big fan of both paranormal & historical, and this looks like a crazy era that you tackled. Thanks for the contest!
    Jessica OR
    jessikazee at ymail.com

  19. >What an interesting and informative post.

    Wow, to be a fly on some of those walls…

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com
    Maryland

  20. >Can't even imagine….
    Your book sounds great, though! 🙂

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com
    Mississippi.

  21. >Ugh, what a mess. Reading your post makes me very grateful to be living in modern times. A friend and I were having a conversation about how things seem to be harder for women today holding down all the traditional roles and usually working as well. I will gladly carry all of those titles, because at least women today can (usually) live their lives more fully than they could then. I hate drama, and can you imagine the backstabbing, lying, cheating, and hysterics that would have been present with all of elements you discussed. Thanks for not just stepping in, but coming through with an awesome post as well.
    sylvia humphrey
    Mississippi
    shumphremlt@gmail.com

  22. >Thanks so much, Marissa, for stepping in today and bringing
    an interesting view of history
    to us. It seems there was more
    than one type of madness rampant
    in those days! I'm interested in
    the possibility of reading some
    of the books on your research
    list. BTW, love the covers and I
    look forward to reading your books.

    Pat Cochran
    p-cochran@juno.com
    Texas

  23. >Wow, I never released it was like that. I love Regency books and I knew men had ilegitament children but that many? Wow. I also haven't read that many that are based on royals. I guess you are right, just not that many out there. Well I definitely want to read your book. I think it would be refreshing to see this era through your eyes.

    iqb99@yahoo.com
    Florida

  24. >Hi, Marissa-

    While would have enjoyed Lucy's post, I got to meet a new to me author instead.

    If I was one of those illegitimate children, I don't know how I could have lived with the betrayal of my father. I'd heard about royals with illegitimate children, but good grief, 50 between a few????!!!

  25. >Hi Marissa,

    Thank you for such an interesting blog. I really enjoyed reading what you had to say today. In spite of reading hundreds of historicals set primarily in the Regency period, I never knew about what really went on just prior to and during that time period. And now that you mention it, I don't recall reading that many books where the illegitimate royal children were even discussed. Sabrina Jeffries did her Royal Brotherhood trilogy a few years back about 3 siblings rumored to be illegitimate offspring of the Prince Regent.

    Since you are a new-to-me author, I'll have to look deeper into your work. Your book does sound very interesting and I think I would like it.

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  26. >Jeanne: I strongly urge you to support your local independent book shop, but, if they don't have it, there should be a link to Nicola's Books on this page. They ship, and carry the books. Nicola's a great booster of authors and I'm glad to send business her way.

    Laura: Whoa is right. And we haven't even gotten to the scheming around poor little Victoria. It's really amazing she turned out half as well as she did…

  27. >Whoa! And we think we have issues nowadays! I'm worn out from reading this but it was VERY enlightening!! I had no idea how dysfunctional the aristocracy was back then but I guess that's what a whole lot of money and a whole lot of power will do to you! And to think these are the same people who had the power to put countless numbers of people to their death! This book is going right on my TBR list.

  28. >What a fantastic interview! I love historical romance and it's wonderful to see a different more realistic side of Regency England. The intrigue of the royals is fascinating and sometimes it seems part of the past infiltrating into the thoughts and minds of todays gentry, royals and commonors. How far we've come but how far we still have to go.

    Your books sound terrific and if they are not available locally I hope to find them at an on-line retailer.

  29. >Moving along…

    Julie: Yeah, I wouldn't be born anywhere but where I am for love or money. I'm a middle-aged woman in good health with one kid and full rights for voting and property ownership. Not interested in any place/time that would not afford same.

    As to the sister with the child, Here's the thing, nobody knows how she managed it. Nobody's even sure that it happened. Except, there were a lot of letter between her and this officer, and she did "adopt" a kid who had the officer's name. Which I think was William, but I'd have to look that up.

    ABOUT ME:

    Thanks to everybody who has said they'd be interested in taking a look at a new author. I am new to the romance world and am thrilled with the welcome I've gotten. I do write under 3 different names; Sarah Zettel (that's the one I was born with) and CL Anderson (mostly SF) as well as Marissa Day (all the romance, so far anyway).

  30. >Okay, looks like I'm back in the systems good graces. Next topic:

    THE ROYAL FAMILY

    Now, I love the romance of titled folks as much as the next person, but the history of the Regency shows why maybe this is not the best system in the world. In fact, it was as a result of actions of the Prince Regent/George IV that Parliament removed a lot of the remaining royal perogatives.

    George III was a controversial king. Before he became Mad King George, he was known as Farmer George for his obsession with English pastoral life. He was a stunningly faithful husband for his time and place, but he was also an unyeilding man who believed firmly in royal perogative. You may have heard about his refusal to negotiate with a bunch of colonials who had some issues with tax policy… Regards his health, it is now believed he had the blood disorder porphyria, which is treatable in modern times. It is also hereditary and there is some evidence both the Prince Regent and Princess Charlotte had it. The fact that Victoria _didn't_ but did have hemophilia have lead some to speculate on Victoria's legitimacy (well that and the fact that her mother was probably carrying on with her father's secretary).

    The Prince Regent himself was a mess. An absolute, total, nearly irredeemable mess. When his father fell ill, he pushed and pushed hard to be named Regent so he could also push for an increase in his allowance which he consistently outspent. He had absolutely no problem with bending to his politics in whatever direction he thought would get him a) cash and b) his divorce.

    THE ROYAL SISTER

    Were a really interesting group in a really interesting mess. I totally agree about the incest rumor..ewww! Fortunately, that probably was not true. Probably the father was an army officer.

    What started this whole saga in fact, was my reading a book called PRINCESSES by Flora Fraser about the daughters of George III that made heavy use of their personal correspondence. Excellent read, if a bit dense.

  31. >This just reinforces my belief that, were I to be living in that time period, I would be one of those who stayed as far away from court as regionally possible. I'd like to hear about the daughter who actually managed to have a child…how sneaky did she have to be??

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com
    California

  32. >Well, bleep. For whatever reason, it looks like that last post didn't make it. It was big one, so maybe I overloaded the system. I'll break it up here.

    Starting with the general comments:

    THE COVERS

    Aren't they fabulous? I just about swooned when I saw them.

    THE SERIES

    Yes, this is a series. The second book, THE SURRENDER OF LADY JANE will be out in July. This one takes place right in Kensington House before the birth of Queen Victoria and brings in a lot of the actual historical personages. Think Tam Lyn meets English dynastic politics. I'm hard at work on the third THE FASCINATION OF LORD CARSTAIRS.

    Yes, these are blended genre; erotic paranormal regency.

    Okay, posting this now to see if it goes through.

  33. >Wow. I hope that last comment posts. It was a long one.

    This is test to see if it comes through. Fingers crossed@

  34. >I've always enjoyed the regency period but it seems like this is a blended genre and I love that. I've always enjoyed variety and this seems to be a very fascinating read! Very striking cover too.

    catslady5(at)aol.com
    PA

  35. >I love regency romance. Nice to meet you as you are an author I did not know much about. I do know Lucy Monroe. So glad I could get to know you.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com
    USA – Mo.

  36. >Gosh, and I though that today's society was messed up. 50 children…. I didn't know that my favorite romance era had so much going on 😉 Thanks for enlightening me. I absolutely love the cover of your book btw.

    lotsofgingers AT hellokitty DOT com
    International.

  37. >This book sounds great!!! I would have hated to be caught up in all that mess. All the brothers having so many illegitimate children, and then dropping their long-term mistresses, whom at least some must have loved, to try to race to produce an approved marriage and child–it sounds so interesting.

    I would LOVE the chance to read this book! I am always looking for new authors to read. Are there going to be more in this series?

    June in KY
    hmanning[at]bellsouth[dot]net

  38. >Great post Marisssa! First I want to say that I have some serious mad love for the cover of "The Seduction of Miranda Prosper"…definitely going on my purchase list!

    The truly sad thing about King George III and the "Marriage Act" is that he would not have gone nuts if he had had some decent medical care- his "illness" was completely and easily treatable…I do think it's sad that "royalty" seem to always be messed up when it comes to marriage and that so few of them are able to actually make a love match…we always think it would be so romantic to marry a prince but the reality is pretty scary.

    junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com
    US Resident

  39. >It does always seem funny how we all want to look up to royalty and back in the day, some were just about as unworthy of admiration as they could be. A little too much cheating, a little too much inbreeding, you name it, you can find true stories about it! Yikes! I cannot imagine being caught up in that and trying to find true love in an atmosphere that was all about politics, personal gratification, and power.

    Knowing all that, your book sounds interesting indeed. 🙂

    julieboo18 at gmail dot com
    Arizona

  40. >Very interesting post! You're a new to me author, and I'd love to give you a shot! I'm still new to the historical romance genre, but one of my goals this year is to read outside my comfort level. 🙂

    Alice
    TX
    alice DOT mcelwee AT gmail DOT com

  41. >Good morning, everybody!

    So glad you all like the post, and many thanks to Monica for giving me this opportunity. I've got to rush off to yoga class right now (gotta keep those wrists stretched, don' cha know), but I will be back later in the day to answer individual questions and comments.

    If people are interested in Regency history and where I got some of this stuff, I can also start up a reading list…

    Marissa Day

  42. >While I knew the monarchy at the time was considered a bit of mess & laughing stock at the time, I hadn't realised how messed up and wild it was. Very interesting indeed as does your book sound.

    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com
    VA

  43. >What interesting info.Just think what a book on just some of the mistresses of those children would be like and their offspring.Trying to hide so many from public eye.Talk about incense,how awful.
    What chaos.So many rumors about,makes you wonder how much and which ones where correct,doesn't it?I enjoy Regency romance.Wait,I enjoy alot of genres,although Regency is my favorite.Makes you glad you where not in that era.Women of where little value,mostly except to breed it seems.This story sounds interesting and I just put it on my wishlist.Thank you for the post.
    tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com
    North Carolina

  44. >Hi Marissa,

    I can't wait to read both of your books! The covers are stunningly beautiful.

    Congrats!

    Laura
    heartoftexasbooks[at]yahoo[dot]com

  45. >Good morning Marissa and Monica,
    what a great blog post we have today. I learned I am so glad I wasn't born back then..what a mess that was. I enjoyed reading your blog post, very informative…I had no idea.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com
    Nevada, USA

  46. >Good morning, Marissa! Wow, your post enlightened me a bit about the era. Very interesting stuff! Makes me glad I live now. LOL

    Gorgeous cover, btw!

    ~Andrea
    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org
    Georgia

  47. >Hello, Marissa! You are a new author to me, so I looked you up on the web. Wow! You write under numerous pen names and in a variety of genres. How delightful that you are combining Regency Royals & Mystical Mayhem! "The Seduction of Miranda Prosper" has its own intriguingly unique appeal : ) Britannia may rule, but chaos often reigns in matters of the royal family. Adding in magic and elements of mystery and erotic enchantment seems to create a perfectly wonderful combination! Throughout the centuries, the small country of England has extended its mighty royal reach around the globe. I really consider England to be a super-absorbent sponge, soaking up cultures and changing societies in its wake. Is there a part of the world that hasn’t been influenced by England and its royals in some way? Risky and risque are some of the more enjoyable elements of Regency Romance.

    Hope all is well with Lucy!

    VA–USA Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas@aol.com

  48. >Hi Marissa! Thank you for such an informative post! It makes me thankful that I wasn't born then! Kudos to you for tackling such a controversial time period. And congrats on your beautiful covers!

    cbandy10(at)hotmail(dot)com

  49. >Good morning Marissa & Monica! Thank you, Marissa, for stepping in! I loved reading your blog today. I had no idea that all those shenanigans were going on back then! I love it when I learn something about history whiel enjoying a romance novel. Thank you. Please do enter me in your drawing.
    Linda T.
    lindalou@cfl.rr.com
    Florida, USA

  50. >good morning ladies! thankyou for fillng in marissa 🙂 very interesting information but I think there was soooo much promiscuity back then! I dont know how everyone kept track of everyone else who had who's child and who slept with who very confusing! I wouldnt want to think about it or track it! LOL I do enjoy reading what others track though! as long as I can keep up with it! and I am very glad I didnt live back then either! too much drama I am thinkin!

    Kris b Indiana
    krysti33 @ frontier dot com

  51. >Wow! I had never realized how crazy the whole situation was…those poor daughters, talk about birds in a gilded cage, huh?!? Honestly, this is wilder that any soap opera storyline I ever encountered. Not sure with all the politics and machinations most people would have any energy left for romance!

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com
    Virginia

  52. >Hello ladies!
    Oh my goodness I had NO idea that period was such a mess. That seems like a well that would never go dry of ideas. I did cringe when I read a few facts you listed. Possible love child between brother and sister – ew. I would love to see how you were able to weave a romance in the middle of all that chaos!

    Stacie
    GeishasMom74 on twitter
    Illinois
    User1123@comcast.net