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Just A Fairy Tale?

My one reason for reading regency/historical books is because they resemble fairytales and Cinderella stories, those of impossible loves but some how they manage not to turn into Romeo and Juliet. There is a certain virginal and yet rakish tune to it that you can’t help dance to. The sway of emotion takes you places you wished you could live in, praying for a time portal to send you back to a time when the words ‘I love you’ and fighting for love meant something. Where people were more shocked by the confession of not being a virgin unlike today declaring virginity was like declaring you spotted a unicorn in the streets.
All that kind of gets destroyed when some authors decide to add a little modern spice to it. Some don’t ruin it completely but others… it’s like drowning puppies!

We love the heroes in these books because they are the original bad boys, RAKES, SCOUNDRELS and yet we pant after them as do the book characters! So yes, we expect them to hop from one bed to another even cheer it on before he is finally shot by cupid and as he battles his way to the realisation that he would never know true sexual satisfaction ever again unless it was with the one who held his heart.

But when it’s the heroine? Dear Lord why! Why do you have to make her this ditzs who can’t decide who’s bed she likes spending time in? Miss loose panties is the one we don’t like, the supporting character that makes us love virginal Mary more because she understands true love, body soul and mind and she wouldn’t dare dance the naked dance with either one of her suitors until she was sure which one her heart beat for. In this modern day and age, whatever–and in fact I’ve seen some authors like their heroines to have very little sexual experience if not none at all– it’s a different time with different rules. But when you’re writing about the fairy tale times, it should be sighs and tissues for those stray tears and of course the quick heart beats when the love birds steal private moments to kiss and hold hands knowing their taking major risks before they finally make love, and the readers heart explodes with emotion!

For a romance author, i’m not much of a romantic about many things but when it comes to regency/historical romance? Some people believe in Cinderella stories, Romeo & Juliet. Historical/regency romance novels are my fairy tales.

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On that note, watch out for A Lady Unbecoming (Slave Bound Series #2) the sequel to Trial Of Love to be released in November.

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Interview With Jerrica Knight-Catania, Author of More Than a Governess

What is your book about?

It’s about two people, who probably shouldn’t fall in love, falling in love. It’s about facing your demons, both internal and external. It’s about finding closure, finding happiness and finding love.

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?

More than a Governess was about 10 days in the making. They were the 10 days I spent in London a few years ago, and by the time I got home, I was itching to write so badly that it only took me about 6 weeks to complete the book.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

A combination of things. Like I said before, 10 days in London had me itching to write. And I was inspired by my own life and the many years I spent taking care of children. Much to most people’s surprise, I was not inspired by Jane Eyre. I had no idea what Jane Eyre was about until about two years after I’d written More than a Governess.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?

There’s always a little of me in every heroine. Becky reflects my maternal side. I’ve taken care of children since I was about 11-years-old, so writing about a governess and her two wards came somewhat naturally.

Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite?

In this book, I would have to say that Lydia, the little girl, is my favorite. She has an imaginary friend, and she will only speak to that imaginary friend, so conversations with her could get frustrating for the other characters, especially the hero. I was quite amused.

How (or when) do you decide that you are finished writing a story?

This is a funny thing for me. I typically get one or two chapters from the end and have no idea how the book is going to end. Sometimes I’ll toil for days, or even weeks, trying to figure it out. But ultimately, it comes to me in a dream or in that half awake/half asleep state in the morning. Once that happens, I can usually bang out the ending in a couple days, and then I know I’m done!

What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?

I used to have a writing schedule. I had an evening job answering phones for several years, and that’s where I wrote most of my books. Those 15 hours/week were like gold. But then I had a baby, and I’m lucky to get 10 minutes to myself these days where I’m not doing dishes or picking up toys or brushing my teeth.

What do you like to read?

I mainly stick to Regency Romance, but I also love chicklit. Sophie Kinsella has been a huge influence in my writing – maybe a little too much. I get a lot of feedback on my historicals that I would make a good chicklit writer. I love YA paranormal as well: Twilight, Evernight, and Harry Potter are among my favorite series.

How have you marketed and promoted your work?

I’m big into social networking. Facebook, Twitter, blogging – I’ve found these methods to be far more effective than book signings and mailers.

Where can people learn more about your books?

My website is fairly up to date now, and I also blog a few times a month. www.jerricasplace.com and http://romancingthebook.wordpress.com/

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Q&A wtih Jerrica Knight-Catania, author of More Than a Governess

What is your book about?

It’s about two people, who probably shouldn’t fall in love, falling in love. It’s about facing your demons, both internal and external. It’s about finding closure, finding happiness and finding love.

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?

More than a Governess was about 10 days in the making. They were the 10 days I spent in London a few years ago, and by the time I got home, I was itching to write so badly that it only took me about 6 weeks to complete the book.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

A combination of things. Like I said before, 10 days in London had me itching to write. And I was inspired by my own life and the many years I spent taking care of children. Much to most people’s surprise, I was not inspired by Jane Eyre. I had no idea what Jane Eyre was about until about two years after I’d written More than a Governess.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?

There’s always a little of me in every heroine. Becky reflects my maternal side. I’ve taken care of children since I was about 11-years-old, so writing about a governess and her two wards came somewhat naturally.

Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite?

In this book, I would have to say that Lydia, the little girl, is my favorite. She has an imaginary friend, and she will only speak to that imaginary friend, so conversations with her could get frustrating for the other characters, especially the hero. I was quite amused.

How (or when) do you decide that you are finished writing a story?

This is a funny thing for me. I typically get one or two chapters from the end and have no idea how the book is going to end. Sometimes I’ll toil for days, or even weeks, trying to figure it out. But ultimately, it comes to me in a dream or in that half awake/half asleep state in the morning. Once that happens, I can usually bang out the ending in a couple days, and then I know I’m done!

What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?

I used to have a writing schedule. I had an evening job answering phones for several years, and that’s where I wrote most of my books. Those 15 hours/week were like gold. But then I had a baby, and I’m lucky to get 10 minutes to myself these days where I’m not doing dishes or picking up toys or brushing my teeth.

What do you like to read?

I mainly stick to Regency Romance, but I also love chicklit. Sophie Kinsella has been a huge influence in my writing – maybe a little too much. I get a lot of feedback on my historicals that I would make a good chicklit writer. I love YA paranormal as well: Twilight, Evernight, and Harry Potter are among my favorite series.

How have you marketed and promoted your work?

I’m big into social networking. Facebook, Twitter, blogging – I’ve found these methods to be far more effective than book signings and mailers.

Where can people learn more about your books?

My website is fairly up to date now, and I also blog a few times a month. www.jerricasplace.com and http://romancingthebook.wordpress.com/

Read the first chapter of: More Than a Governess

Click here to buy: More Than a Governess

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More Than A Governess by Jerrica Knight-Catania

Becky Thorn has been keeping a secret for more than seven years. A secret that, if found out, could destroy her. So before she gets too ensconced in London society, she accepts a position as a governess for a reclusive Viscount and his wife, far away from the ton.

Stephen Hastings, the third Viscount Hastings, is nothing short of perturbed when the tart Miss Thorn shows up on his doorstep. He is a man with little time and even less patience, who feels his pushover housekeeper is doing a fine job keeping his wards out of his hair. But Miss Thorn thinks differently and needles her way into becoming his governess, and eventually, the object of his affection.

Excerpt:

“Good evening.”

Becky gasped and spun from the bookshelf to find herself face to face with the lord of the manor. She stammered as she fished for an appropriate excuse. Truth be known, she should not have been traipsing about the house at this hour, let alone on a mission to borrow one of the library’s books. She would be dismissed before she’d even had a chance to begin.

“I’m so sorry, my lord, I was just…”

Lord Hastings raised his brows in question and sipped lazily from the snifter he held in his hand.

“I was just leaving, actually. Good night.”

Becky bobbed a shallow curtsy and then backed towards the door, eager to return to her room.

“Miss Thorn, you needn’t leave on my account,” Lord Hastings said dryly. “You interrupted the rest of my day, why not finish it out?”

Becky stood frozen, trying to decide whether she should be grateful for the chance to stay and choose a book or outraged that he’d insulted her yet again. Unable to keep her thoughts or feelings to herself, she opted for the latter.

“Forgive my impertinence, my lord,” she began, “but may I ask why you have taken it upon yourself to be exceedingly rude to me since my arrival?”

A sinister chuckle escaped from Lord Hastings’ lips. “Don’t take it personally, Miss Thorn. You’re a servant. I treat you no differently than I treat anyone else in my employ.”

“Considering I’ve been brought here under false pretenses, I find your behavior reprehensible.”

“Behavior?” he asked indignantly. “Need I remind you that you are governess to my niece and nephew and not to me? However you find my behavior it is none of your concern.”

“It is when it affects me.”

“Then I suggest you grow a thicker skin, Miss Thorn, for I am not in the habit of walking on eggshells for the sake of my servants’ feelings.”

Becky remained silent. She had already overstepped her boundaries more than once today and she would not put it past Lord Hastings to turn her out even at this late hour. Though a thousand retorts swirled in her head, she merely clamped her lips shut and walked to the shelves of books that lined the walls, drawing her robe tighter around her as she did.

But there was no hope of concentrating on the books or their titles. She was outraged and tired and feeling completely lonesome and helpless. All she really wanted was to go to sleep but she was still too wound up from the day’s events.

When the hairs on her neck stood involuntarily, she was certain she was being watched. She turned around to see Lord Hastings regarding her with a cynical smile.

“Would you please stop staring at me? It makes me uncomfortable.”

“Would you care for a drink, Miss Thorn?”

That caught her off guard. She was prone to a glass of wine or a pint of ale from time to time, but only amongst friends, never with intimidating strangers.

“No, thank you,” she said proudly and turned her attention back to the books.

“It might help you sleep.”

He had a point there.

“All right, then,” she sighed. “Perhaps just a little.”

 ***

After obtaining a degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and years of pursuing a career on the stage, Jerrica left the “glamorous” life of an actress in favor of writing romance. She continues to reside in the New York City area with her husband, cat, and precious daughter.

Click here to read the first Chapter: More Than a Governess by Jerrica Knight-Catania
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Help Us Celebrate the Release of Love Trumps Logic by Lucy Balch

Second Wind Publishing is proud to present our newest regency romance, Love Trumps Logic, by Lucy Balch:

When suitors are baffled by Miss Fiona’s scientific turn of mind, her mother tearfully predicts that her daughter will be doomed to spinsterhood—until Lord Henry comes along. Nicknamed “the Mad Scientist,” Henry appreciates Fiona’s mind as well as her face. Fiona thinks she’s found the perfect husband in Henry until notorious Lord Beaumont crashes through her neatly laid plans.

To celebrate, Lucy is sponsoring a contest to win a signed copy of Love Trumps Logic, along with a surprise love-inspired gift and a vial of Arnica (a homeopathic remedy for sore muscles). You can find the contest and the rules here: Prizes and Giggles and Games, Oh Yes! 

In addition, we are giving away a free ebook of Love Trumps Logic. All you have to do is go to Free Regency Ebook! and leave a comment. One lucky person, chosen at random, will win a copy of Lucy’s long awaited regency romance. Hurry! You only have two days to enter — Sunday February 28 and Monday March 1.

If you are not one of the lucky winners, we have a consolation prize for you. Just click on the photo of the cover of Love Trumps Logic and have fun!

And here’s more fun:
Read the first chapter of Love Trumps Logic by Lucy Balch
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Read A Never-Before-Seen Interview with the Hero of Love Trumps Logic by Lucy Balch

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Free Regency Ebook!

If you love regency romances, this is a giveaway for you! We are celebrating the release of author Lucy Balch’s new romance with an ebook giveaway. All you have to do enter to win is leave a comment, and one lucky person, chosen at random, will win an ebook of Love Trumps Logic. Hurry! You only have two days to enter — Sunday February 28 and Monday March 1.

You also have a chance to win a signed copy of Love Trumps Logic, along with a surprise love-inspired gift and a vial of Arnica (a homeopathic remedy for sore muscles). You can find the contest and the rules here: Prizes and Giggles and Games, Oh Yes!

And if you are not one of the lucky winners, we have a consolation prize for you. Just click on the cover and have fun!

And there’s more fun at: Help Us Celebrate the Release of Love Trumps Logic by Lucy Balch

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Party Time!

ITS CELEBRATION TIME! Id like to announce the release of my first novel, Love Trumps Logic, a regency romance. It’s now available at Amazon.com, just in time for Valentines Day. (Kindle buyers will need to check back later, as it takes a little longer for the Kindle version to become available.)

Readers might ask: What is Love Trumps Logic about? Heres a glimpse at some of the main characters. Ive been working with them for so long now that they feel like old friends. I hope that they can become your friends, too.

Lord Albert Beaumont (Beau) is the George Clooney of his era in that his charisma and disinclination to marry make him prime gossip material. At the beginning of the story, he breaks with his latest mistress, Daphne Tarkington, whose beauty is far outweighed by her nasty personality. Beau’s weary cynicism about the breakup makes his valet think that hes ready to turn away from courtesans and settle down, but Beau disagrees. Even though his dying father wishes him to be married, he cant stomach the idea of wooing a naive and awestruck debutante. But he promises his father that hell try to find a suitable bride, agreeing to attend an insipid garden party for the express purpose of looking for one.

Fiona Fairmont, a reluctant debutante if ever there was one, is more interested in herbal remedies and reading than she is in finding a husband. Eccentricities notwithstanding, her beauty has won her two marriage proposals, both of which she has turned down. After the second refusal, Fionas mother whisks her off to the country to meet a rich and science-minded recluse, Lord Henry Featherstone. She hopes that his love of academia will intrigue her unusual daughter, and the plan appears to be working … until Beau meets Fiona at the garden party.

But is he too late? Fiona is already fully enmeshed in Henrys world of homeopathy, assisting him in his laboratory, her respect for him growing every day. The attraction she feels for Beau isn’t worthy of notice, especially since, according to the gossip papers, he can have his pick of any woman in England. Besides, she’s certain that Beau’s marked attention toward her is his way of alleviating the tedium of country life. Flirting is his passion as much as homeopathy is Henry’s passion. Once he returns to London, he’ll forget her completely.

With a heart that isn’t in full agreement with her decision, she accepts a proposal from Henry, certain that she’s taking the only sensible path.

Beau almost gives up, but when Daphne Tarkington’s vengeful mind causes him to be badly injured, Fiona finally realizes that love trumps logic.

Their story doesn’t stop there. Daphne Tarkington’s evil interference almost ruins their newfound bliss. Read their story in Love Trumps Logic to find out how they triumph in the end.

Ill be celebrating all month and plan to host a contest on my next blog. Stay tuned!

Lucy Balch

Author of Love Trumps Logic

Available now at Amazon.com

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New Release: A Gentleman Never Tells by Jerrica Knight-Catania

Benjamin Wetherby, Earl of Glastonbury and heir to the Marquessate of Eastleigh, has just received an urgent letter from home. His father is dying and he must return to England at once. Benjamin is a man bound by honor and duty, to both his country and his family. So, despite his reservations, he leaves his life in New York City behind so he may find a wife and assume his role as the Marquess of Eastleigh.

Miss Phoebe Blake is finally out of mourning for her father, and just in time. She and her mother could be days away from being carted off to debtors’ prison, so Phoebe returns to society with the intent and determination to secure a rich husband.

Sparks fly when Benjamin and Phoebe meet, and it appears they have both found just what they are looking for. But will a dark secret keep them from finding their happily ever after?

A Gentleman Never Tells is available from: Second Wind Publishing, LLC

Excerpt from A Gentleman Never Tells:

      “Would you like to hold one?”

      “Hold one?” Phoebe choked out. “What if it pecks at me?”

      Benjamin laughed and waved her over. “They’re tame, Phoebe. Come.”

      She did as she was bid with a hint of reluctance. She wasn’t known for her adeptness with animals, but she supposed if Benjamin were there to assist, she might be all right.

      As she approached, Benjamin reached a gentle hand into the cage and closed it around one of the bright yellow birds. It struggled for only a moment before it realized it was in good hands. Then he unclenched his fist, leaving it cupped slightly, cradling the small bird.

      “Why does he not fly away?” Phoebe wondered, reaching a tentative finger out to pet him.

      “She,” Benjamin corrected, “has had her wings clipped, for her own safety, of course.”

      “Ah . . . like the ravens at the Tower. Is it painful for them?”

      “Far less painful than getting loose and flying head-first into those windows. Besides, it’s only temporary. When she molts, they’ll have to clip them all over again.”

      “May I hold her?”

      Phoebe met Benjamin’s soft gaze and felt the color rise to her cheeks. The looks he gave her were so intimate they tended to reduce her insides to mush. She hated to get her hopes up for fear she might be let down, but her instincts told her a proposal might not be too far in the offing.

      Benjamin carefully transferred the bird to her cupped hands, taking care to brush lightly against the exposed skin of her wrist before he pulled back.

      “If you don’t stop that,” she whispered, “I’ll never be able to look your sister in the eye.”

      “Stop what?” Benjamin asked, a playful smile lighting his dark eyes.

      “Being so . . . familiar with me.”

      “Why? Don’t you like it?” His voice lowered to a gravelly whisper and he leaned in closer, close enough that she could smell the distinct scent of his cologne. It was sharp and manly, and it made her feel . . . tingly inside.

      “I like it very much,” she replied, matching his whisper. “That is the problem.” Desperate to change the subject before the duchess came upon them, she asked, her voice noticeably shaky, “Why does this one not sing?”

      “Because she is a female. Typically, only the males sing.”

      “Typically?”
 

      “Yes.” He paused and captured her chin gently in his hand. “There are exceptions, though. Many of the females can sing . . . with the right coercion, of course.”

      Phoebe wasn’t exactly sure what Benjamin was talking about, but she had a sinking feeling they were no longer on the subject of birds. Instinct very clearly told her that much. And his lips confirmed it as he swept low, like a bird of prey, and captured her lips.

After obtaining a degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and years of pursuing a career on the stage, Jerrica left the “glamorous” life of an actress in favor of writing romance. She continues to reside in the New York City area with her husband, cat and ever-expanding belly, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the newest addition to their family. In the meantime, she continues to work on the fourth installment of the Wetherby Brothers’ Novels.

 

Read the first chapter here: A Gentleman Never Tells

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The hobby in ‘Love Trumps Logic’

The hobby in Love Trumps Logic

In Love Trumps Logic, a Second Wind Publishing regency romance due out mid-July, Lord Henry Featherstone’s huge hobby is homeopathy. To be honest, it’s more of an obsession than a hobby; he’s a rich peer of the realm, but instead of spending his time in typical ways—balls, betting, and being fashionable—he spends it mostly in his laboratory. Miss Fiona Fairmont is impressed by his philanthropic bent and thinks she wants to marry him. Luckily, Lord Beaumont comes along and makes her realize that hobbies are no substitute for love.
Why did I choose to inject homeopathy into my novel? Because I find homeopathy fascinating too; maybe not quite as much as Lord Featherstone, who is willing to make himself sick testing the solutions he creates, but enough to treat my family when the situation calls for it. Homeopathy has been a hobby of mine for over fifteen years. Used correctly, it’s quite miraculous. A few of my happy cure stories are:
1) Calcarea Carbonica took my infant daughter’s fever down to normal from 102 in less than one hour.
2) Staphysagria helped my dog stop peeing in the house after he was neutered. His cure is the most extreme one I’ve ever seen with homeopathy. He not only stopped peeing in the house, his demeanor went from depressed to happy immediately after he drank the solution.
3) Natrum Muriaticum eased my son’s fear of performing in public after his choir teacher assigned him a solo.
4) Arnica Montana has helped my children, my friend’s children, and just about everyone I know recover from strained muscles and bruises.
5) Cantharis instantly took away the pain and redness of a scalding, after I spilled hot water on myself. I put that cure in Love Trumps Logic. Lord Featherstone first became fascinated with homeopathy when he was cured of a hot chocolate scalding.
6) Magnesium Phosphoricum quickly took away the pain of my pinched sciatica nerve.
I also used Symphytum in Love Trumps Logic.  It helps Lord Beaumont recover from his broken leg. Miss Fiona Fairmont is terrified that Lord Featherstone’s remedy won’t work; after all, she’s familiar with herbs, not homeopathy, but she feels compelled to try it to save Beau’s leg from amputation. And, of course, it works.
I hope readers of Love Trumps Logic will enjoy Beau and Fiona’s story, but I also hope they finish the book with a better understanding of homeopathy. Does that mean people should rush out and start using homeopathy without some training? No, it’s less benign than many think, and needs to be used with as much caution as one uses typical pharmaceuticals.
I’d love to hear other people’s experiences with homeopathy.
Lucy Balch

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