The right man doesn’t know she’s alive. The wrong man’s out to change that.
Coralie Busche can only admire Kenneth Rainier from afar. He’s a most handsome philosopher of the Romantic movement and for months she’s eavesdropped on his conversations at the coffee house. If only she had the courage to join his debates… and perhaps more. Her feminine education of singing and sewing could be of no interest to such a man — but then that vexing rake, the Duke of Cumberland, brings her to Rainier’s attention and she can’t hide any longer.
Rainier has lived with his mercenary sisters for too long to suffer any illusions about women. They value money, position, and precedence, not life’s important things such as poetry or painting, and only very lucky men find true love. But when he notices Cumberland staring at a dark-eyed beauty hiding in the coffee house’s corner, Rainier is smitten. Perhaps there’s a chance he could be one of those lucky men.
Cinderella meets Romeo and Juliet with a gorgeous gown, an unusual ducal matchmaker with motives of his own, and two cynical, jealous sisters. With All Hallow’s Eve approaching, tempers flaring, and a duelist’s challenge thrown down, how can His Grace, the Scoundrel of Mayfair, teach some loving sense to two soaring sensibilities?
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Regency is a funny sort of genre, because readers’ expectations vary tremendously. Some Regency readers want a book similar to those squeaky clean stories Jane Austen wrote; others want their heroines to behave in a more modern manner, for example, having sexual relations before marriage. Some Regency readers want strict historical accuracy, down to which spoon the hero picks up for the soup course; others could care less about the history, so long as the romance is compelling. This makes Regency a wide-ranging genre, with something for just about every romance reader.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
If you’re writing genre fiction, take some time to explore your readers’ expectations before you get started. Meeting those expectations counts as part of telling a good story.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Well, Jane Austen, of course! Doesn’t every Regency romance author look to the remarkable Jane for inspiration?
About the Author:
Vivian Roycroft is a pseudonym for historical fiction and adventure writer J. Gunnar Grey. And if she’s not careful, her pseudonymous pseudonym will have its own pseudonym soon, too. Plus an e-reader, a yarn stash, an old Hermès hunt saddle, and a turtle sundae at Culver’s.
You can find Vivian and her writing compadre, J.L. Salter, at their shared blog or follow her on Twitter.