There’s less than a week until Christmas Day and if you’re like me, you’re not done shopping yet! If you’ve got a reader of Regency Romance on your list, we’ve got something that might just be a perfect fit. Join us in celebrating the holiday release from Boroughs Publishing, 3 YULETIDE WISHES, an anthology by Deneane Clark, Alanna Lucas and Charlotte Russell. I know Charlotte and Alanna through The Beau Monde chapter of RWA® and I hope to get to know Deneane Clark better in the future. I’m looking forward to some holiday reading after downloading this to my e-reader and I hope you will too!
3 Yuletide Wishes
an anthology by Deneane Clark, Alanna Lucas and Charlotte Russell
THREE MEN. THREE VOWS.
THREE HOLIDAY NOVELLAS—
WITH AND WITHOUT PEERS.
Hope by Deneane Clark
His gambler brother the viscount took everything from Milton Anthony Windham, including his chance at love, but Tony is nonetheless determined to save his family estate from ruin. Success will require the help of his cousins the Ackerly sisters and a hasty marriage to a well-situated woman, all before the end of the holiday season. Hope awaits.
A Marchioness for Christmas by Alanna Lucas
Dracon, the 7th Marquess of Trawden, detests Christmastide, which is a reminder of all he has lost. This year, however, during his flight from London merriment to his ancestral home in the country, he will encounter a carriage accident that brings him face to face with Miss Antonia Madeley…and a chance to reverse the mistakes of the past.
The Kissing Bough by Charlotte Russell
Years ago, Jack Telford did what he must in order to “succeed.” It cost him his one true love. Now, haunted by memories of what could have been and dreams of what still might be, despite her “unsuitability”, despite what the act may cost him, he will travel through snow and across country to reunite with Isabella wherever she may be and make her understand the words she was always meant to hear.
If you’ve ready any of my author interviews before, you know I like asking people a particular set of questions in addition to asking some specific ones about themselves. In the interest of space, I’ve asked these three authors fewer questions, but I hope you find their answers as interesting as I did.
1. What drew you to writing Historical Romances in general and specifically to setting stories during the Regency Era?
Charlotte: History has always been my favorite subject. England’s history, to be honest. I never really gave much thought to writing fiction until I had to write a short historical fiction scene for a test in college. It was a different kind of writing and I enjoyed it. I loved it even more when the professor praised my writing and said I really set the scene =)
Alanna: I have always loved history and reading historical romances. Being a Jane Austen fan, it seemed natural to write what I love reading.
Deneane: I love its position in history. It’s caught right between the excesses of the French Revolution and the very straitlaced Victorian Era. The Regency sort of straddles those sensibilities.
2. What’s the strangest bit of historical trivia you’ve picked up in your research?
Charlotte: I’m sure I’ve read some very strange things but it being the holidays, my brain is mush! I will say, however, that I just love researching villages and places in England. The names really tickle me sometimes. For instance, I needed a small Herefordshire village for this Christmas story, The Kissing Bough. As soon as I saw Much Marcle on the map, I knew my story had to take place there. My editor even questioned if this was a typo! No, it is an actual English village. Turns out “much” means “large or great” in Middle English and there are a few villages with this qualifier in the Herefordshire area.
Alanna: I don’t know that this is the strangest, but it is certainly mindboggling to think how much was wagered– £3,000 –to see which two raindrops would reach the bottom of the windowpane first.
Deneane: I don’t know if it’s strange trivia, but I once had a reader email me to let me know that the gray squirrel a character in my first book was watching could not have possibly been gray, as there were only red squirrels in England at that particular time. I should probably look that up : )
3. These next few questions assume that time travel is possible. What modern conveniences would you miss most? What would you miss least?
Charlotte: I would miss central heating! I am always so cold and I’m fairly certain I would not have survived in an era when room temperature averaged 55-58 degrees. I would not miss the constant noise of TV, radio, cars, planes, etc. I love quiet.
Alanna: I would definitely miss indoor plumbing (and hot water) the most! I wouldn’t miss any of the technology stuff- cell phones, Internet, TV. Give me a book and I am happy 🙂
Deneane: The most … toilet paper. Without question. The least … 24/7 breaking news.
4. What would be the hardest for you to adapt to in the Regency Era?
Charlotte: Dancing. I am a complete klutz with no rhythm. I would have been the sorry wallflower hanging out around the fringes!
Alanna: The lack of daily baths and indoor plumbing.
Deneane: Horses. So many horses. I do not like horses.
5. Where would you fit into the society?
Charlotte: I think I probably would have been the daughter of a solicitor or a steward or some kind of respectable but not wealthy gentleman.
Alanna: I don’t know if I would fit into this aspect of society, but I would want to be in the upper echelon of society. They have the best clothes!
Deneane: On the fringes with artistically minded people. I certainly wouldn’t have socialized with the haute ton. I would possibly have written about them.
6. What Regency Christmas tradition would you most like to participate in?
Charlotte: Stirring up the Christmas pudding. I love to cook and bake so somehow or other, I would have snuck into the kitchen to help with this Christmas treat.
Alanna: Decorating the house with holiday greens- I love to decorate!
Deneane: Boxing Day
About the Authors
Deneane Elise Clark is an historical romance novelist. Her published work includes the THE VIRTUE SERIES, a lighthearted romp through the ballrooms and bedrooms of Regency London. The books tell the love stories of the motherless Ackerly sisters, beginning with GRACE, continuing with the stories of FAITH and CHARITY, and concludes with the newly released MERCY. Her upcoming work includes stand-alone continuations featuring the Ackerly sisters in HOPE, a novella featured in a Christmas Regency anthology, and will continue in 2016 with PRUDENCE and TEMPERANCE. Deneane’s books have been published in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia, and have been translated into several languages, including Dutch, Norwegian, and Turkish.
Deneane grew up in New Orleans and misses it dreadfully. Currently, she resides near Charlotte, NC, but has also lived in the Northeast, the Midwest, and on the West Coast. She prefers mountains to beaches, cities to suburbs, and suburbs to rural areas, and would be perfectly content if she could just manage to convince the world to flip flop the working day so people slept during the day and worked at night.
A single mom, Deneane raised her now grown up children while working full time and writing at night. Her daughter enjoys traveling, so moves in and out as the mood strikes, and her son is serving our great country in the United States Marine Corps. She enjoys sparkling beverages, music, plays trivia with an amazing bunch of friends, and travels any time she gets the chance.
Deneane loves interaction with her readers. You can friend and/or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. If you’re not a fan of social media, she also writes a blog. And, although it sometimes takes a while, she makes every attempt to respond to all emails, messages and comments.
To connect with Deneane, please visit: https://deneaneclark.net/
She can also be found on Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Deneane’s Amazon author page | Boroughs author page | Barnes and Noble author page
Multi-published historical romance author Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California, but always dreamed of distant lands and bygone eras. From an early age, she took an interest in history and travel, and is thrilled to incorporate those diversions into her writing. Alanna writes Regency and Western historical romance.
When she is not daydreaming of her next travel destination Alanna can be found researching, spending time with family, or going for long walks. She makes her home in California with her husband, children, one sweet dog, and hundreds of books.
Just for the record, you can never have too many shoes, handbags, or books. And travel is a must.
To connect with Alanna, please visit: http://www.alannalucas.com
She can also be found on Facebook | Twitter | Alanna’s Borough’s author page | Alanna’s Amazon author page | Alanna’s Romance Books ‘4’ Us author page
Charlotte Russell didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. At one point she had grand plans to be an architect, until she realized she couldn’t draw anything more complicated than a stick figure. So, she enrolled at the University of Notre Dame and studied her first love—history. Now she puts all that historical knowledge to good use by writing romances set in Regency England. When not pounding on the keyboard, she watches sports with her husband (yes, he’s lucky!), chauffeurs her three kids around, volunteers for too many things, and entertains two cats.