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The winter holidays are upon us, and I couldn’t be more excited. Cooler weather here in the USA has me wanting to curl up with a good Holiday Historical Romance.

And it just so happens that the USA Today HEA blog has a collection of holiday historical romances for you to consider, including the latest from yours truly and the Bluestocking Belles…

Some of my favorite authors are here to bring you warmth and joy in the form of a great romance. Check it out!

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New Release – Follow Your Star Home

It’s here! Woot!

Follow Your Star Home, A Bluestocking Belles Holiday Collection is available now…

Divided sweethearts seek love and forgiveness in this collection of eight seasonal novellas…

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Forged for lovers and lost souls…

The Viking star ring is said to bring lovers together, no matter how far, no matter how hard.

In eight stories covering more than a thousand years, our heroes and heroines put this legend to the test. Watch the star work its magic, as prodigals return home in the season of goodwill, uncertain of their welcome.

25% of all our sales will be donated to the Malala Fund!

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You can help us celebrate!

We’re having a virtual party on Facebook today to celebrate our release!  Games and Prizes and All Sorts of  Shenanigans are sure to ensue…

Stop on by for a chance to win one of three grand prizes, enter one of the many individual author prizes, or just chat with the Belles and their guests:

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First Kiss Friday with guest Amy Quinton

Thanks for having me on! ❤

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Welcome, my lovelies, to another First Kiss Friday with my guest, Amy Quinton. Today Amy has an excerpt from her novel, What The Scot Hears. Isn’t this cover gorgeous? You might want to get out a fan… you’re going to love everything about this excerpt! Happy reading and enjoy!

Excerpt:

His hand, just there before her, was large—oh, so much bigger than her own—and rough; the hands of a man who had seen plenty of hard work in his life.

She inhaled in steady, measured breaths, desperate to slow her racing pulse. What she got for her efforts was the complex scent of his very essence, the subtle hint of which sprang from his palm like a smoking candle.

His was an intricate aroma made up of the smell of leather from his gloves and a distinctive scent she’d come to associate specifically with MacLeod, an earthy note that brought…

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Throughout time, it has never been too late for love…

1814

I hope you enjoyed your stay in Revolutionary France of 1795 via Elizabeth Ellen Carter’s Blog. You are now in Regency England!

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Coronation portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence of King George IV

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to 1814: a time of decadent balls, glorious gowns, sharp dressed men, and, unfortunately, war. Our time machine will be visiting 1814 twice, so for this stop, we are focusing on the first half of 1814.

1814 is the year my novella, The Umbrella Chronicles: George & Dorothea’s Story, in the Never Too Late anthology takes place.

The setting is England during a period of time known as The Regency. This is because King George III had become unfit to rule and so his son, George, ruled by proxy as the Prince Regent beginning in 1811 until his father’s death in 1820, at which time the Prince Regent became King George IV.

Napoleonic Wars: The Sixth Coalition versus the French

One couldn’t talk about the year of 1814 without mentioning the Napoleonic Wars. 1814 saw the Sixth Coalition of allied forces (Austria, Russia, Prussia, UK, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, and several German states) battling the French under emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Numerous battles took place over the course of the year, concluding with a very short-lived time of peace (for despite exile to Elba in April, the infamous Battle of Waterloo (1815) has yet to take place).

Here are some of the major battles and events surrounding the Napoleonic Wars that occurred in the first half of 1814:

January 14 The Treaty of Kiel is signed ending hostilities between Denmark-Norway (French ally) and the UK and Sweden (part of the 6th Coalition).

January 29 The French defeat Russia and Prussia in the Battle of Brienne.

February 1 The French defeat Russia in the Battle of Champaubert.

February 17 The French defeat Russia and Austria in the Battle of Mormant.

February 18 The French defeat the Austrians and Württembergers in the Battle of Montereau.

March 1 The Sixth Coalition sign the Treaty of Chaumont.

March 7 The French defeat Russia and Prussia in the Battle of Craonne.

March 21 The French, severely outnumbered, flee from the Battle of Arcis-sur-Aube.

March 30 Sixth Coalition forces march into Paris after defeating Napoleon.

March 31 Forces allied against Napoleon capture Paris.

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April 11 Napoleon abdicates unconditionally; he is exiled to the island of Elba, and the French Bourbon monarchy and King Louis XVIII is restored. The Treaty of Fontainebleau is signed, allowing the Congress of Vienna to redraw the map of Europe.

April 26 King Louis XVIII lands at Calais from England.

May 4 Bourbon reign restored in France.

May 30 The Treaty of Paris (1814) is signed returning French borders to their 792 extent.

 

War of 1812

The War of 1812 is a conflict between the US and the UK and their respective allies. The War was fought from 1812 – 1815 and was declared by the US against the UK as a response to the British blockade of trade with France (due to the Napoleonic Wars) and impressment of American sailors into the British Royal Navy to fight against the French.

March 27 Battle of Horseshoe Bend: General Andrew Jackson defeats the Red Sticks, part of the Creek Indian tribe near Dadeville, Alabama.

May 5 British attack Ft Ontario, Oswego, NY

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Attack at Ft. Ontario Artist Unknown

Other European Politics

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King Ferdinand VII by Francisco Goya

February 11 Norway proclaims its Independence.

May 4 King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decree of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.

May 17 Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden (National Day).

May 17 Norwegian constitution passed.

May 17 Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.

The Arts

February 1 Lord Byron’s “The Corsair” is published and sells 10,000 copies the first day.

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Lord Byron by Richard Westall

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Febuary 27 Ludwig von Beethoven’s 8th Symphony in F premieres.

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Potrait of Ludwig von Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler

The Environment

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Mayon Volcano, Albay, Philippines photo by Tomas Tam

February 1 Tragedy strikes when Volcano Mayon in the Philippines erupts killing 1,200

 

 

 

 

 

Notable Deaths

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Potrait of Joséphine de Beauharnais by Firmin Massot

March 26 Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French physician and freemason who proposed and became the namesake of the guillotine, dies of natural causes at 75

May 29 Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I and first Empress of France (1804-14), dies of pneumonia aged 50

 

 

 

 

Fashion & Style

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Embrace by Frédéric Soulacroix Note the Regency classical style of the room and the Regency clothes.

We can’t talk about Regency without noting the fashions and decorating styles of the day; it’s one of the many reasons romance readers love romances that take place in the Regency time period.

Classicism was the favored style in Regency England, particularly Roman and Greek motifs which were blended with French and Egyptian elements giving Regency Classicism a visually rich elegance.  Noted in this style are heavy floral motifs, gilded designs, scrolling leaves, and classical friezes. You can see more at http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/s/style-guide-regency-classicism/.

 

 

 

 

Women’s Fashion

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Confidences by Frédéric Soulacroix

Women’s dresses of the period, particularly among the haute ton (society), were noted for their high, empire waists. Women would wear their gowns over a shift or chemise, which would be made of a sturdier material so that it could be washed frequently. Whereas the gowns themselves would be made of much finer material and would not be washed with each use unless particularly soiled.

Society women would change their clothes often during the day, depending on what activities were planned. They usually had specific types of dress for different activities. For example, a society lady might have several:

  • morning gowns
  • visiting gowns
  • walking gowns
  • promenade dresses
  • carriage dresses
  • riding habits
  • dinner dresses/gowns
  • ball gowns

No wonder they employed a lady’s maid to sort their daily attire! Not to mention that fashions were constructed such that one couldn’t put on all the requisite stays, petticoats, dresses without assistance.

There is so much I could say about the fashions of the day, but Author Kristen Koster has an excellent Primer on Regency Women’s Fashion, here that covers all the major terms and forms of dress for women in Regency, England.

 

Men’s Fashion

display_imageBe still my beating heart. Society Men were well dressed and also put forth a lot of effort toward their toilette. In fact, society men usually employed a valet to care for and dress them appropriately.

Regency men’s dress is most noted for it’s waistcoats, cravats, and Hessian boots.

In the picture to the left, you will note the hallmark Regency characteristics of a cravat, jacket, knee breeches, boots, and even a caped great coat draped over the back of the chair.

For more details on men’s regency fashion, author Kristen Koster has an excellent Primer on Regency Men’s Fashion, here.

 

Beau Brummell

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Beau Brummell by Richard Dighton

We cannot talk about fashion and style in Regency England without mentioning the infamous society figure and self-proclaimed dandy: Beau Brummell.

George Bryan “Beau” Brummell was born in London in 1778. The son of a politician, he became an iconic figure in Regency England as a an arbiter of men’s fashion and well-known friend of the Prince Regent. If Brummell did it, every dandy in London copied it.

Brummell was a witty, educated man having attended Eton College and then Oxford before joining the military in 1784 as part of the Tenth Royal Hussars, which was later renamed to the 10th (Prince of Wales’s Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars) in honor of King George IV.

After leaving the military, Brummell took a house in Mayfair, where he became a major influencer of style and personal hygiene. He was known to be fastidious, cleaning his teeth, bathing and shaving on a daily basis. It was once rumored that he spent 5 hours a day on his toilette, and that the Prince Regent, himself, visited Brummell’s rooms to witness this man’s morning lengthy ablutions.

Unfortunately, being an icon of fashion does not pay well, quite the opposite in fact, and in 1816, Brummell fled London for France to avoid debtors prison where he lived the remainder of his life in exile.

Giveaway!

Comment on all eight blogs in the tour and be entered to win a $25 gift voucher from Amazon and a print copy of Never Too Late!

You can get to all eight blogs via the time machine page on our Bluestocking Belle’s website once all tour stops are published.

The Umbrella Chronicles

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Farewell from 1814

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you found your stay informative and glamorous. For your next stop, you’ll be traveling to 1916 Picardy, France via Caroline Warfield’s blog. Or you can return to the time machine page on our Bluestocking Belle’s website and pick a year as they are posted over the next few weeks.

I wish you safe travels. Good luck. Try not to land in the midst of the Battle of the Somme!

Love,

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Never Too Late – Available Now!

My latest short story, the first in the Umbrella Chronicles, is available now via Never Too Late – A Bluestocking Belles Collection, and it is only $.99 for a limited time!

It’s Never Too Late to find love!

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Eight authors and eight different takes on four dramatic elements selected by our readers—an older heroine, a wise man, a Bible, and a compromising situation that isn’t.

Set in a variety of locations around the world over eight centuries, welcome to the romance of the Bluestocking Belles’ 2017 Holiday Anthology and More.

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The Umbrella Chronicles

George & Dorothea’s Story

by Amy Quinton

The Umbrella Strikes Again: St. Vincent’s downfall (aka betrothal) is assured.

George St. Vincent doesn’t realize it, but his days as a bachelor in good standing are numbered.

He has a fortnight, to be precise—the duration of the Dansbury House party.

For I, Lady Harriett Ross, have committed to parting with several items of sentimental worth should I fail to orchestrate his downfall—er, betrothal—to Miss Dorothea Wythe, who is delightful, brilliant, and interested (or will be).

If I have anything to say about matters, and I always have something to say about matters, they’re both doomed.

Did I say doomed? I mean, destined—to a life filled with love.

I’m just an old woman with opinions. On everything.

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