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Except for Forbidden Magic below, these are all in the world of the Company of Rogues. You can find out more about the Rogues here.
The Regency period is the time in England between 1811 and 1820 when the Prince of Wales was regent for his father, King George III. Thus he was the Prince Regent and the period is called the Regency. It ended when George III died in 1820 and his son became George IV.
But "Regency style" expands wider, perhaps beginning with the century. It's marked by classical influences and elegant designs. It is the period familiar to many of us today through the works of Jane Austen, especially the recent TV series and movies of her novels such as Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and of course, Pride and Prejudice.
The Regency period was framed as magical for romantic stories by the wonderful Georgette Heyer and I encourage you to sample her work. I started reading her at about aged eleven, and it was my life-long love of her work that inspired me to write in the period.
All the Rogues books are now available as e-books.
e-book cover, e-pubbed July 2013
(RITA finalist; Reader's Choice Award; Romantic Times Best Regency Novel; Bookrak bestseller.)
Ruined through her vile brother's schemes, Eleanor Chivenham is in despair until she is offered rescue by marriage, but marriage to a charming rake with an infamous French mistress. Eleanor accepts, but she is determined to treat this arranged marriage with cool dignity. Once she meets Nicholas Delaney, however, her confidence in her ability to do that is shaken. Not only does he stir her senses and touch her heart, but she glimpses trouble and pain beneath the smooth exterior.
Nicholas is indeed troubled. Committed to serving his country by seducing secrets out of a French spy, he is then persuaded by his brother to marry the woman the earl has ruined. Are even his fabled abilities with women up to this task? To assist him, he gathers together again the schoolboy group he started years before, the Company of Rogues, but even they cannot protect Eleanor and Nicholas from the dark plots being woven around them. Plots that threaten not only their fragile marriage, but their lives.
In 1991 Romantic Times acclaimed An Arranged Marriage as "a splendid love story.... This immensely appealing pair of lovers will utterly captivate readers, while Ms. Beverley's commanding ease with the Regency period provides a veritable feast of delight for the true connoisseur. Bravo!"Zebra Regency, June 1991 Reissue in print coming in 2014
Read an Excerpt here.
Buy the e-book here.
Cover on left is print edition, 2011. Cover on right is e-edition, 2013
The Duchess of Belcraven committed a folly, and bore her husband another man's child. Only a third son, however, so all was patched over. Then the two older boys drowned, leaving disaster. Now, over twenty years later, the duke discovers that he has a daughter, a child of his blood, and he compels the two to marry -- the arrogant ducal heir, devastated to learn for the first time that he is illegitimate; and the independent schoolteacher raised in the principles of the Rights of Women. Is there any common ground at all?Read an Excerpt here.
"Ms. Beverley is a storyteller par excellence, whose vivid and mesmerizing characters totally engage all the reader's emotions...topnotch Regency reading pleasure." Romantic TimesFirst published 1992 Print reissue September 2011
Buy the e-book here.
Cover on the left is the e-edition. On the right, the print reissue, 2013
Leander, Lord Charrington has a problem. Raised to be a charming diplomat, women fall in love with him. He, however, seems unable to fall in love with them. For wife, therefore, he wants a woman he can live with on honest terms, and an impoverished widow seems ideal. Judith Rossiter thanks heaven for this escape from disaster. But can she keep to the terms of their agreement and not fall in love with her charming husband?
A "splendid new Regency novel by one of the genre's most gifted storytellers.... a beautifully complex love story that will become a treasured addition to every Regency connoisseur's shelf." Romantic Times.Zebra Regency, November 1992
Print reissue coming, October 2013
Cover on the left is the print reissue, 2011. Cover on the right is the e-edition, 2013Sensual. (Please note. There are references to the heroine's previous sexually abusive marriage that some people may find disturbing.)
The death of her husband has freed Serena Riverton from life as an abused sex-object, but now her brothers plan to force her into another similar marriage. Fleeing, she is helped by Francis, Lord Middlethorpe. A passionate encounter leaves her pregnant, but no keener on marriage than before. He is virtually committed to marrying a sweet-natured lady. They marry anyway, and struggle to make something of their lives amid the disapproval of all around them.Read an Excerpt
"Nobody does Regency better than Jo Beverley, and this latest tale adds to the argument that she may just be the best." Rendezvous
"Ms. Beverley breaks just about every rule in the book and makes us beg for more in this enthralling love story. A fabulous dreamspinner, Ms. Beverley is well on her way to becoming one of the great names of the romance genre." Romantic Times.Zebra Historical, March 1994
Print reissue, June 2011
E-edition, August 2013
Miles Cavanagh just wants to be in the Shires hunting, but instead he is unwilling guardian to a twenty-year-old heiress. He hopes this will be merely a symbolic position, but that's before he discovers that Felicity Monahan is hell-bent on marrying a fortune-hunting wretch. And before he begins to fall in love with her.
Despite her own growing love for Miles, Felicity has excellent reasons for her choice. Miles is determined to thwart her. Equal in will and ruthlessness, they are soon on a course that is dangerous indeed.
"...a smashing book: fast paced, tense and compelling, with a touch of Irish magic." GEnie Romance ExchangeNov. 1995 Zebra, 0-8217-5129-8
E-edition reissue August 2013
Excerpt from Dangerous Joy
Left penniless after her parents' death, Meg Gillingham is in dire straits. Her cruel landlord threatens to turn her and her siblings out of their home at Christmastide -- unless she surrenders her young sister to his lecherous whims. Only a miracle can save them: a magic statue that grants wishes -- for a price. Meg never expected the statue to bring her a handsome earl offering marriage, and warily waits for the sting in the magic's tail. Soon, however, charming, eccentric Sax is weaving magic of his own -- until the statue is lost and Meg is plunged into danger of losing him, her family, and perhaps even her life.
NAL, November 1998
Reissue February 2011
Excerpt from Forbidden Magic
THE DEMON'S MISTRESS(RITA finalist) a novella described on the novella page which begins the Georges trilogy and is followed by The Dragon's Bride and The Devil's Heiress below.
Reissue as an e-book in July 2011.
All three stories were published together in June 2004 as THREE HEROES
Con Somerford, Viscount Amleigh, is not pleased to have inherited the Earldom of Wyvern and the monstrous house that goes with it. He's even less pleased when the first person he encounters there is Susan Kerslake with a pistol in her hands. Susan and he have a past, a bitter one. The years in between, however, have been years of war. That must, surely, have armed him so he can resist her, and deal with the smuggling with which she is clearly involved.
NAL Signet, May 2001 ISBN=0-451-203585
A trade paperback reissue in August 2011. This will also be available as an e-book.
Excerpt from The Dragon's Bride
Major "Hawk" Hawkinvale has reluctantly returned home after ten years of war. He longs for his ancient Sussex home, but his despised father is still alive there. Upon his return, however, he finds matters are even worse. To pursue a family title, Squire Hawkinville has mortgaged Hawkinville Manor to a wealthy industrialist who will soon own it, tear it down, and built a modern villa in its place.
There is one way out. The title his father has won at such cost is Viscount Deveril, and foul "Lord Devil" had died possessed of a fortune. It will go to pay the squire's debts if Hawk can prove that the inheritor, a trollop who had been prepared to marry Deveril, had played a part in his violent death. His investigations reveal a very complex picture, however, threatening to hurt some of the people he most cares for in the world. And soon one of them is Clarissa Greystone, the Devil's Heiress.
NAL Signet, August, 2001, ISBN 0-451-20254-6
Also January 2006.
Excerpt from The Devil's Heiress
You may have met Lady Anne Peckworth in FORBIDDEN, being exquisitely polite after being jilted. You may have heard about her in THE DRAGON'S BRIDE, being pitied from afar because another suitor found a woman he truly loved. Anne may have been the perfect lady once, but twice is her limit! Now she's angry, and to torment her further she has a mysterious, infuriating interloper called Race de Vere to turn her life upside down. And to tempt her to play hazard -- with dice, and with her heart.
NAL Signet, May 2002 ISBN=0-451-20580
Look for the reissue in January 2006.
Read an excerpt from Hazard
Tristan Tregallows, Duke of St. Raven is playing the highwayman. His plan is to hold up one coach in order to prove that a man is prison is not the infamous Le Corbeau. However, his target coach is carrying vile Lord Crofton and an obviously innocent lady. Tris has to rescue her, no matter how reluctant she is. And then, of course, he has to help her on her quest, especially as it will take her to an orgy. He is, he assures her, an expert guide to orgies.
NAL Signet, February 2003 ISBN=0-451-20807-2
Read an excerpt from St. Raven
More than that, Stephen dearly loves Laura Gardeyne, who as Laura Watcombe was his sister's best friend and as close as a sister to him. He realized too late that his feelings weren't brotherly, and anyway, he was too young to think of marriage when she married the dashing Hal Gardeyne.
Now, however, Hal is dead and Stephen visits Laura to try again to woo her. She's in no mood for romance. Someone might have tried to poison her son and a dangerous mystery hangs over the whole Gardeyne family. Stephen decides that the best way to win his beloved would be to solve the mystery and ensure Laura and Harry's safety. If his plan gets her alone with him in disguise in a small seaside town, all the better.
NAL Signet, May 2004 ISBN=0-451-21183-9
Read an excerpt here.
NAL Signet, March 2006 ISBN=0-451-21788-8
Read an excerpt here.
My assistant in this is Lady Mara St. Bride, sister to Simon St. Bride of The Rogue's Return. She has the St. Bride need to champion causes, and shares Simon's tendency to plunge into action. She's always thought of Dare Debenham as a beloved brother, and she cannot let a beloved brother suffer. She soon finds, however, that he is simply beloved.
"An exquisitely rendered story" Library Journal
"...well-crafted, delicious and wickedly captivating." Romantic Times
NAL Signet, September 2006 ISBN=0-451-22011-0
Read an excerpt here.
NAL Signet, June 2007 ISBN=0-451-22149-4
Read an excerpt here.
NAL Signet, April 2014
The man she shouldn't love. The woman he shouldn't marry.
At the end of The Dragon's Bride, the heroine's brother, David Kerslake, was left with two inherited burdens -- the role of Captain Drake, leader of the smugglers on the south coast of Devon, and Earl of Wyvern, who should support law and order. To make matters worse, the earldom is broke. He sets out to find a richly-dowered bride who'll be too feather-witted to realize his secrets.
He chooses merchant's daughter Lucinda Potter, but soon discovers she's not at all the what he needs, even though she's everything he desires. Lucy knows she should be wary of the mysterious and dangerous lord, but the power of love might overule her usual good sense.
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