I am so glad you are reading this book because it tells me you love Regency romances as much as I do. I wrote this book to entertain my invalid mother who was a huge Austen and Heyer fan, as am I. The first book, Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball, started out as a quick holiday novella for Valentine’s Day, of course. The sequel, The Lady’s Revenge, just had to be written. The characters kept nagging me, demanding the rest of their stories be told. Writing Regency romance is an incredibly immersive experience for me. It is like going back in time on a holiday. I love the era, the clothes, the manners, and social mores. It was also a time when people respected each other more, I think, and I like that. I enjoy it when a man opens a door for me or helps me in some way as a mark of respect. That’s why Regency is such a wonderful era to write about. Plus, I love doing the research.
A Regency novel can be fun, flirtatious, and vivacious as well as deep and intense. Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball is a simple love story about two people who can’t bring themselves to declare their feelings. It takes effort on the part of others to maneuver them into a situation where they must take a stand and accept their feelings for each other: the Valentine Ball. The build-up is slow, and the courtship is almost invisible until the final moment. The second book, The Lady’s Revenge, delves into the dark and murky past of Lord Blackwood’s fiancée Letitia DeVere. I really enjoyed writing her character and although she is the woman you want to hate, you have to grudgingly admire her efforts to reinvent herself and claw her way back into society. My word, but Letitia has certainly been up to a few tricks while absent from London. Letitia is prepared to stoop to quite nefarious tactics to win back her lover. But Fate has a funny way of rebounding… I hope you enjoy both books!
About the Author
Arabella Sheraton grew up reading her mom’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels, the queen of modern-day Regency romance, and of course, Jane Austen’s iconic Regency novels. Although Arabella’s literary background was in publishing and editing, she had never written a fiction book. Her first novel started out in response to her mom’s complaint that she had nothing new to read. That first Regency novel was The Dangerous Duke! Since then, Arabella has penned six more authentic Regency novels and a romance self-help guide to finding the right partner, with useful quotes by none other than Jane Austen. Arabella has branched out with a mash-up of genre in her latest work in progress. A murder-mystery, time travel, Regency romance coming soon!
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