Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Guest Post w/ Kieran Kramer -- Top 10 *totally completely innocent* Regency Items ::snort:: + giveaway

**Hey chickies-Kieran was away from the comp for a while. But she'll be back so feel free to keep leaving her some love for when she's able to get back on :) **

Morning dearlings! We're welcoming Kieran Kramer back to the blog today. She's one of my favorite historical authors and is just the sweetest lady. Check out her guest post (it so made me gigglesnort) and leave her some comment love. Oh and feel free to hop over and check out my 4.5 star review of Say Yes to the Duke!!   ~Anna
Janice Sherwood wants to marry for love, but she’s failed to make a match after two Seasons. Her parents, the Marquess and Marchioness of Brady, arrange to send her to the Duke of Halsey’s country estate as a short-term guest of his grandmother, the dowager, in hopes that she might win the duke’s affections. What they never could have imagined is that Janice would fall for the ruggedly handsome servant Luke, who lives in the stables and carries an air of mystery and temptation.

When Luke Callahan learns that he is the legitimate heir to a dukedom, he will stop at nothing to claim what is his. But first, he must begin a game of disguise to secure his rightful inheritance. Janice isn’t part of his plan. But by engaging her in this dance of deception, might he lose her forever?

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Top Ten Regency Items
by Kieran Kramer

I can do this! I can get my mind out of the gutter and stop thinking of the top ten Regency men I want to name here. No, I won’t. Men aren’t items! I refuse to treat them as objects, right? I’m a modern woman, and…and I value every man’s dignity, especially that of the fictitious hunky Regency gentlemen who grace the covers and stories on my keeper shelf!!

Besides, I can’t limit that list to just ten. I’d be sitting here all day fighting with myself over whom to pick and be absolutely exhausted by the end of the day.

No, it’s much better that I list my top ten Regency items….

Ahem. All right. These are merely items, after all. Here I go. Every object I name here really is one of my favorite Regency things. Each of them also is a serious, prim and proper representation of that glittering Regency world we all love to imagine ourselves occupying!

  1. the fan—Such an elegant accessory for the demure debutante or serious matron to carry! It’s also totally sexy to hide behind! Any debutante worth her salt learned to flirt using a fan!
  2. Calling cards—Imagine what you’d have done if your favorite ducal gentleman had left his card on the silver platter while you’d been out riding with an excruciating bore of a viscount! You’d be devastated. And you just might tuck that calling card into your bodice for safekeeping. Or kiss it when no one was looking….
  3. Quizzing glass—Don’t tell me those matrons and stuffy gents using these weren’t really  checking out some backsides while pretending to look austere and intimidating, eh?
  4. Carriages—They were beautiful, functioning works of art…as well as trysting places! Imagine the shenanigans that went on in them between parties. “Oh, Lady Belinda, we have fifteen minutes before we get to the Blevingstokes’ rout.  Sorry your maid is asleep in the corner. Shall we…chat?” We know what that chat involved!!!
  5. The Elgin marbles—I’m so glad they were brought to Regency London to educate the masses on classic Greek sculpture. It’s an elevating topic. We won’t mention that all the innocent young debutantes also got an excellent education on the male anatomy!
  6. Gloves—Oh, yes, the glove! These were practical items, indeed. However, the kiss placed on the wrist below the short glove--or the gentle tug on the long glove, inch by inch, to remove it--had nothing to do with practicality, as we all know….
  7. London newspapers—such edifying items, these were. You could read all about the politics of the day—or go straight to the gossip columns and catch up on the latest scandal!! Did you hear about the earl’s daughter who ran away with the footman? It’s all there, in black and white!
  8. Boots by Hoby and jackets by Weston—the boots and jackets were so well-made. Well worth the money. We don’t need to think of the men wearing them, do we, with their broad shoulders straining against those jackets and their boots gleamed to a shiny finish with champagne? No, it’s all about quality boot and jacket making. Yes, it is (wink).
  9. Smelling salts—another practical Regency item. I’m sure I’d faint all the time, too, if I were surrounded by young bucks in tight breeches!!! Wouldn’t you?
  10. Country homes—Thank God for these architectural marvels! Without them, many a young debutante wouldn’t have wed. After all, house parties in the country provided them an opportunity to get lost in the woods “by accident” with their current beaus. Or engage in witty banter with many men at a quickly formed ball in the drawing room with the carpet pulled back. But it’s really all about the architecture, isn’t it? Let’s dwell on that, and not on the fact that at this very moment, a debutante and her beau are “talking” in the wine cellar!

Oh, that was fun. I hope I was scholarly enough for your tastes. What are some of your favorite Regency items? Do tell! And thanks so much for stopping by today. I loved visiting with you all, and I wish you many hours of blissful reading this autumn!!! ~Kieran Kramer

Double Rita®-finalist and USA Today bestseller Kieran Kramer writes Regency historical romances and now contemporary romance for St. Martin’s Press. THE EARL IS MINE, the second in her House of Brady series, is her latest release. SAY YES TO THE DUKE premiers in August 2013. SWEET TALK ME, set in present-day South Carolina, comes out in March 2014. A former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, Kieran’s also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer. She lives where she grew up--in the Lowcountry of South Carolina--with her Naval Reserve commander husband and their three children.

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