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Archive for December, 2012

Happy (nearly) New Year, A New Novella, and a Bit about Boxing During the Regency! (Giveaway)

Happy (nearly) New Year Ladies and Gentlemen! May 2013 find you and your families in good health and good sprits. I, myself, have spent the last week a bit under the weather but realized about halfway through my bout of illness that sleeping, reading, and eating was actually a fantastic vacation after all. I quickly got over my melancholia at being bedridden.

SecretProposalTomorrow is a big day for me! My first ever novella, A SECRET PROPOSAL, will be released on 1/1/13 by St. Martin’s Press and I’m so excited to share this story with everyone. It’s the tale of Amelia Templeton. Amelia was introduced as a minor character in my debut novel, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, and in the novella, you finally get to find out what happened to her.

Amelia’s story is set against the backdrop of a Regency-era boxing saloon. I did a bit of research on the sport  to ensure that my premise was sound. The Regency did, in fact, have a great love of pugilism and pugilists, the most famous of the lot being John Jackson or “Gentleman Jack.” He owned and operated a boxing school of sorts from rented rooms on Bond Street and this is the inspiration for the boxing saloon operated by the hero of A SECRET PROPOSAL, Thaddeus Hammond. Read the rest of this entry »

Robin Hood: Men Are Back in Tights!


Meggings? What are meggings? Until last week, I’d never heard of them. I should have known something was amiss when the TV commentator sort of snickered when she announced the upcoming story about meggings. Seconds later, the screen filled with photos of men who were dressed in tights. Had Robin Hood become a fashion icon? Were pointed shoes and feathered hats next?


Alas, this story was not about Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Meggings are a new fashion trend and famous men across America are wearing these brightly colored leggings proudly.


And youngsters laugh at images of 80’s mall hair, cone bras, and disco fashions.  

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Season’s Greetings From the Duchesses


All the best of the holiday season from the Duchesses to you and your family!

SURRENDER this holiday season with Tracy Brogan!

Tracy Brogan Pub PhotoI was born on December 25th. Personally I have always enjoyed this fact about myself. While it is true, upon occasion my birthday celebration gets lost amidst the holiday madness, I like to think that while everyone else is having a jolly, old, standard-fare Christmas, I’m having something a little more spectacular. In fact, I *see* your Christmas and I *raise* you a birthday.

My birthday is the whipped cream on top of the hot fudge that is Christmas.  And what duchess doesn’t adore a little whipped cream?


I’m also fortunate that my dear husband makes an effort to remember my birthday in a way which all husbands should, and so few do. Considering the haste and mayhem often surrounding Christmas, he could by all accounts plead ignorance, forgivable forgetfulness, or testosterone-triggered indifference. He does none of these. Every December the 24th he scurries to the nearest bake-shoppe to obtain a frosted confection bearing my name and, most thoughtfully, not my age. On the 25th, after all the paper from the family presents has been torn asunder, he gets out this cake, lights the candles, and I get to make a wish.

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RELEASE DAY! The Trouble with Being Wicked by Emma Locke

The Trouble with Being Wicked (final) @ 800 high resToday is the day I’ve been dreaming of for eight years! THE TROUBLE WITH BEING WICKED is available in the US at all of the major e-tailers, and will soon be available at The Book Depository for those of you outside the US. I hope this is a story you fall in love with!

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING WICKED is my debut novel and the first book in my Naughty Girls series. The Naughty Girls is a six-book series set to be released over the next two years, and can be summarized as a double trilogy featuring three courtesans and three country hoydens who marry into the notorious Alexander family. These five charming Alexander rogues (and their deliciously starchy neighbor) give my girls six excellent reasons for behaving badly. Read the rest of this entry »

Author Robyn DeHart Gets Scandalous!

Award-winning author Robyn DeHart is known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters.

Publishers’ Weekly calls her writing “comical and sexy”Robyn DeHart  while the Chicago Tribune dubs her “wonderfully entertaining.”

A four-time RT Bookclub Reviewers’ Choice award nominee and three-time RomCon Reader’s Crown nominee, Robyn’s new trilogy on forbidden love comes from Entangled Scandalous, beginning with “A Little Bit Wicked.”

Today, she takes tea with Duchess Diana Quincy and reveals why she decided to get Scandalous!

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A Regency Rendition of Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Greetings one and all. Originally published for SheLovesHotReads.com, I thought I’d share with you my Regency romance rendition of Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Enjoy! And happy, happy holidays!


To the tune of Walking In a Winter Wonderland…

by Duchess Valerie Bowman

Dukes are hot; earls are to–oo.
Viscounts make me want to dro-ool.
If he wears a cra-vat, he’s super hot.
Oh, Re-gen-cy, his-tor-i-cal romance.

Make a be-et in White’s bo-ok.
Run off and kiss, inside a no-ok.
A romance novel for me, must be Re-gen-cy.
Oh, Re-gen-cy, his-tor-i-cal romance.

(In the meadow…)
In the novel, there may be a wedding.
Someone could run off to Gretna Green.
Maybe toss in a virgin widow.
And all the fun tropes in between.

Dance cards and…reti-cu-les.
Someone may just fight a duel.
Full of corsets and tea; our beloved Prin-ny.
Oh, Re-gen-cy, his-tor-i-cal romance.

Don’t forget about the war-rs.
And the ma-ny social more-es.
A country house par-ty.
Makes me squeal with glee.
Oh, Re-gen-cy, his-tor-i-cal romance.

(In the meadow…)
What the heck is a pianoforte?
And how come they take so many baths?
Why is hot chocolate so thrilling?
And why are all the heroes good at maths?

Arch a brow, crook a finger.
Steal a kiss and let it linger.
Scandals and misdeeds; see ‘em on SheLovesHotReads.
Oh, Re-gen-cy, his-tor-i-cal romance!


Duchess Valerie Bowman writes Racy Regency Romps! Her debut novel, Secrets of a Wedding Night, was published by St. Martin’s Press in October 2012 and has been nominated by Romantic Times Book Reviews as  Best Historical Romance debut of 2012!

Her first novella, A SECRET PROPOSAL, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on 1/1/13. It is the story of what happened to Amelia Templeton from Secrets of a Wedding Night. Please join Duchess Valerie on the Dashing Duchesses blog on 12/31 while she kicks off the launch party for this fun story and gives away a copy of the novella!

Find Duchess Valerie on the web at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com, on Twitter @ValerieGBowman or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValerieBowmanAuthor.

Lori Brighton and the Ultimate Rake

I am thrilled to introduce to the Duchesses my good friend and talented authoress, Lori Brighton.

I met Lori a lifetime ago (i.e. before my boys were born) when we were both fledgling authors in the first blush of our careers. What cute ideas we had, thinking that writing books would be FUN and EASY. Over six years have passed, with thousands of pages critiqued between us. I have watched Lori’s career take off–fans rallying for her next story, publishing houses seeking her out, and sales climbing the charts. I couldn’t be happier to have Lori with us today talking about her latest release, TO SEDUCE AN EARL. My comments on this book were “I think this is my favorite writing of yours so far.” “Awesome.” “I want the rest! Now.” Read the rest of this entry »

Erin Knightley Shares Her Taste For Scandal and Other Goodies

Thank you so much to the kind and benevolent Duchesses, who have seen fit to allow me to join them today :)


As some of you may know, I’m a bit of a foodie. Not the snobby kind—no, I’m the close-your-eyes-and-eat-in-utter-bliss kind of foodie who loves nothing more than discovering new and exciting flavors. I’m also quite the baker (did you know ErinKnightley.com used to be HaveYourCakeAndReadItToo.com?). So, even though I write firmly in the Regency era, I couldn’t possibly resist the lure of writing a foodie romance.


And that, my friends, is how Jane Bunting: baker, proprietor, and heroine extraordinaire was born :)

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Seasons Greetings From the Duchesses

As you can see, winter has set in around here.

original photo by blmiers2, used under a creative commons license

The duchesses would like to spread a little holiday cheer to all our readers. If you would like to receive a card from one of us please send us an email indicating your direction to holidaycheer at dashingduchesses dot com.  We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all, dear readers, the merriest of holiday seasons!

And do make sure you read on for more posts!