Shana Galen - Not the Same Old Regency
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The Regency period in England, roughly 1795-1830, was a time that still influences us today. It was the time of Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Napoleon, and Beau Brummell. There has never been a time like it since.
If you have read more than a couple of historical romances, you have undoubtedly read a romance set in the Regency period. It is one of the most popular and best selling time periods for readers. Regency-set novels are marked by rigid class structure, with the aristocracy firmly entrenched at the top. Their rituals and rites of passage—the London Season, presentation at Court, the opening of Parliament, the country house party—are the center of any Regency novel. These are often novels where the nuances of manners are of the utmost important. One misstep and a woman was ruined.
I have always loved these novels, from the drawing room banter to the shocking couple dancing a waltz, but you might be surprised to learn that my newest Regency-set novel doesn’t feature a drawing room or a waltz or any of the other common Regency tropes. That’s because in the last few years I, like many of my readers, have been looking for more fast-paced, adventurous books. And when I couldn’t find enough to keep me reading, I started adding more adventure and action in my own books.
From my very first Regency to my latest If You Give a Rake a Ruby, intrigue and adventure have always played a part in my stories. That’s because in my Regency, life was not quiet and staid. There were wars to be fought, clandestine meetings afoot, spies lurking here and there, and the last of the Barbary pirates sailed the Mediterranean. If You Give a Rake a Ruby deals with the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon is exiled and there is peace in Europe, but what about the men called to fight? For my hero, Warrick Fitzhugh, his role in the wars comes back to haunt him—literally as he’s been targeted for his part in the war—and figuratively as he still suffers from flashbacks of the most gruesome moments of his time on the battlefield.
And though we Regency writers love to set our stories in ballrooms and opera houses, there were plenty of sections of London in the Regency where people struggled just to find a crust of bread to survive. This is where our heroine Fallon comes from. She grew up on the streets of London and escaped it by becoming a notorious courtesan. But can we ever really escape our past?
Like the Regency period itself, my books are full of contrasts—dark and light, love and hate, rubies and ruin.
What is your favorite time period to read about?
IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY BY SHANA GALEN – IN STORES MARCH 2013
Her Mysterious Past is the Best Revenge...
Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She's adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.
Only He Can Offer Her a Dazzling Future...
Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in London. He knows he's putting his life on the line...
To Warrick's shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she's keeping are exactly what makes her his heart's desire...
Praise for If You Give a Rake a Ruby
"Galen is at the top of her game... Galen is a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick of the Month
“The writing is excellent and the characters are captivating. Ms. Galen delivers a steamy romance between a determined hero and a reluctant heroine.” — Night Owl Reviews, 5/5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice Winner The Making of a Gentleman and the RT-nominated When You Give a Duke a Diamond. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.