Guest Author & Giveaway: Stefanie Sloane featuring The Saint Who Stole My Heart

Friday, April 27

I think many a romance reader will say that Jane Austen (& Mr. Darcy), played a large part in their love of historical romance.  I know it did mine.  But very few have successfully found a way to live their dream of being a Regency Miss like historical romance author Stefanie Sloane has.

Stefanie is my guest today to share her top ten reasons why being a Regency Miss is better than living in the modern world, LOL.  Enjoy!


I’m often asked why, exactly, I chose to set my Regency Rogues series during the English Regency—roughly 1790 – 1820s. And I’ve offered many answers, most of which were true. But do you want to know the real reason? My first Jane Austen novel did me in. Absolutely ruined me for the modern world. Ever since, and many BBC productions later, I’ve dreamed of being a British lady of the ton. And when I discovered I could live vicariously through my characters? Even better.

And so, gentle reader, I offer you the top ten reasons why being a Regency Miss would absolutely kick ass:
  1. While one would most certainly not be allowed to use the aforementioned “ass,” there is a whole host of delightfully colorful words that would be at one’s disposal, including “faradiddle,” “foxed,” and “bamboozle.”
  2. If set upon by an overly amorous suitor or mind-numbingly boring acquaintance, one would have the option to simply faint! Yes, there were smelling salts. But consider this argument: who would continue to berate you with obnoxious conversation or wandering hands once you’d dropped to the floor in a fit? No one, that’s who!
  3. The fashionable empire waist dresses would hide one’s muffin top exceedingly well.
  4. There is no technology to speak of, at least not in terms of what we consider useful and forward thinking. No phoning. No texting. No IMing. No skyping. No ing-ing at all.  When not in the company of others, one would be left to her own devices—perhaps to think, or read, or stare into space and dream of Mr. Darcy.
  5. Mr. Darcy!
  6. More often than not, there was no makeup to be applied. Unless one was a prostitute or mistress—two positions one would do best to avoid. Just imagine, your natural beauty would actually be appreciated.
  7. No Snookie!
  8. One would speak with a posh British accent, which everyone knows makes you sound much more highbrow, even when murmuring words such as “crikey,” “bloody hell,” and “bollocks.” Of course, one would be required to murmur such words within the confines of one’s own room, in a very faint whisper, and completely alone. But even so, one’s newly acquired accent would be smashing, indeed!
  9. The confinement period required of all pregnant women could be used as a sort of BFF get together—minus the martinis, club music, and beer goggles.
  10. Mr. Darcy!

To celebrate the Regency woman, one gentle reader will walk away with all four books in my Regency Rogues series. Simply comment below and you’re automatically entered to win!

Desire, danger, intrigue, and steamy seduction unite a sexy spymaster and an intrepid bluestocking as Stefanie Sloane’s luscious new series continues.

Possessed of a brilliant mind and a love for puzzles, Dashiell Matthews, Viscount Carrington, is a crucial member of the elite Young Corinthians spy league. Assuming the façade of an addle-brained Adonis, he hunts for a notorious London murderer known as the Bishop. When fate causes him to cross paths with Miss Elena Barnes, Dash discovers an enigma that will prove delightfully intoxicating to unravel: a voluptuous beauty as intelligent as she is fearless.

Only the lure of a collection of rare books bequeathed to her family by Dash’s late father could tempt Elena from her cozy rural life to the crush and vanity of London. But if Elena finds his lordship to be the most impossibly beautiful man she’s ever seen, he also seems to be the stupidest. Which made her body’s shameless response to his masterful seduction all the more unfathomable. Yet when she discovers Dash’s mission to track the dangerous Bishop, she willingly risks everything—her trust, her heart, her very life—to join him.


Thank you Stefanie for being my guest today, and BIG congrats on being a double RITA nominee for The Devil in Disguise which has been nominated in both the Best First Book and Best Regency Historical Romance!! (I think it deserves an exclamation mark for each nomination, don't you?)  Imagine getting a phone call from author Lorraine Heath telling you the good news?  That alone is a reward in and of itself!!! (and another one for Lorraine Heath, LOL).

If you'd like to learn more about Historical Romance author Stefanie Sloane and the books she writes you can find her at her website, Facebook, Twitter,  & Goodreads.  I just love the titles of her books.  For instance the fifth book in the series is called The Scoundrel Takes a Bride (Oct 2012), and the sixth, and I think my favorite is, The Wicked Widow Meets Her Match.  Doesn't that sound like so much fun?  And I also loved learning about the origins of the Young Corinthians, the organization her characters are associated with.

To celebrate the release of the fourth book in her Regency Rogues series, The Saint Who Stole My Heart, Stefanie has very generously offered to giveaway ALL four of the books in the series (The Devil in Disguise, The Angel in My Arms, The Sinner Who Seduced Me, & The Saint Who Stole My Heart), in print to one extremely lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  What do you think would make your top ten reasons for being a Regency Miss? You don't need to list all ten...but go for it if you'd like :)  (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.  
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
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Good Luck!

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gamistress66 April 27, 2012 at 12:31 AM  

fabulous list ;D don't forget all the handsome & charming rakes & rogues (at least according to all the fab books I enjoy there are lots of them) ;)

Sheree April 27, 2012 at 1:13 AM  

Can I deter overzealous suitors/fortune hunters with modern self-defense moves? I'm not the fainting kind (unless my neck is in dire need of a chiropractor, which doesn't exist during the Regency period). How about driving a team of horses or ride (but I suppose I'd have to learn to ride side saddle)?

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erin April 27, 2012 at 1:26 AM  

I love this list!!!! Thanks for a fun post and giveaway! I've been dying to read Stefanie's books and I'm grateful for the giveaway!

I love the empire waist dresses to hide the muffin top :) I don't wear dresses, but these dresses make anyone look good. And Mr. Darcy... siiiigh... the epitome of tall, handsome and aloof...

Carol L. April 27, 2012 at 4:05 AM  

Hi Stefanie,
I'd love to read this series. It's on my TRL now. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a generous giveaway.
Hard to come up with 10 reasons why being a Regency miss was Kick a**. :)
Let's see. Okay, Mr. Darcy, parties galore and dresses and jewels to dazzle the eye. The Dukes and Rakes at our disposal lol.
Just to name a couple.

Carol L. April 27, 2012 at 4:07 AM  

sorry forgot to say up above that I'm a GFC follower under Lucky47. Email subscriber.
Carol L.
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Lexi H April 27, 2012 at 7:13 AM  

Fun post! Hard not to imagine yourself as a member of the ton when reading historical romances like yours. The wonderful parties and dresses you would get to wear! No obnoxious celebrities (like Snookie), if they weren't in the right level of society they just aren't allowed. And you were expected to let a man take care of you, how romantic is that!

Congrats on your newest release Stephanie!

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Anonymous,  April 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM  

Firstly, I love your reasons, Stefanie. Fun.
1. I would add the picnics. Having servants carry out table, chairs, dishes, the food, serve, and then clean it all up while you just relax and enjoy it sounds like fun to me.
2. Leisurely rides in the park, either in a carriage or on horseback. A pleasant way to be seen and keep up with the who is out and about with whom.
3. Going to the opera. The clothes, the jewels, the crush, being seen on the arm of your handsome escort.
4. Going to Bath to take the waters or stroll the beach.
5. And yes, Mr. Darcy.

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Ora April 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM  

I love your books. I have already bought the ebook and hoping that I will have time by myself this weekend so I can start it. So far James Marlowe is my favorite hero. I have liked each hero more than the last so I am excited to see what Dashiell Matthews has offer.
I have totally agree with Mr. Darcy and the fainting. I didn't really think about it too much until you mentioned about getting out of situations. And I am all for anything hiding your stomach and showing off other assets, especially after having kids. I am not too sure if diddle daddle and tad bit are phrases that was used in that particular time period, however I have always liked them. To a certain extent the strictures of society, as far as what would be acceptable in public with dress and behavior.

Soft Fuzzy Sweater April 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM  

I once was flipping channels between The Jerry Springer show and Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility. My brain nearly exploded!

I love Regencies because of the politeness and society's rules. Perhaps a little stifling, yet so civilized!


Maggie May April 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM  

Darcy...empire waist line...meeting Napolean..meeting Wellington...Prinny/maybe...dancing/waltz..all those buckskins and Hessians....Darcy...Lizzy for a friend because of her wit. Google: /follwerMaggie add'l, Margaret Murray-Evans

LilMissMolly April 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM  

I would be a good Regency Miss because I believe in the "old ways" of men opening building doors and car doors. Also men should pay for the date/meal/entertainment until the relationship is firmly established. And the man should ask a lady's father for permission to marry.
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Stefanie Sloane April 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM  

gamistress66, really good point! Rakes and rogues are absolutely one of the BEST things about the Regency.:)

Stefanie Sloane April 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM  

Sheree, I am totally down with kung fu moves during the Regency. Actually, this comes up in the 5th book, THE SCOUNDREL TAKES A BRIDE. It's true!

Stefanie Sloane April 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM  

Erin, so nice to see you here! Guys, look at Erin's avatar. Is that the cutest puppy or what?!

Stefanie Sloane April 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM  

Carol, dukes at your disposal? Yes, please!

Stefanie Sloane April 27, 2012 at 3:26 PM  

Lexi, is that your dog in your avatar? Love me some huskies--after all, I do live in the same city as the U of WA!:)

Stefanie Sloane April 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM  

Oh, Librarypat, we need to start a new list. Your reasons are delicious!

Stefanie Sloane April 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM  

Ora, I hear you on the dress hiding what having kids has done to your body. I tell my girls that it was so rude of them to leave behind the roll of fat around my middle when they "moved out!"

Stefanie Sloane April 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM  

Soft Fuzzy Sweater, Jerry Springer and an Ang Lee film? That, my friend, is truly terrifying.:)

Stefanie Sloane April 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM  

Maggie May, yum. I think I just drooled a little while reading your list.;)

Stefanie Sloane April 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM  

LilMissMolly, I agree. Chivalry should make a comeback!

Christine A. April 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM  

Congrats on the release Stefanie! For me I would love to wear the outfits- dresses. Would love to learn to ride horses. Learn to sew better. More time to read- awesome! Learn to dance for all of the parties! Have servants who help me- would love some pampering. I would love to have temper tantrums- how fun. I would love to live in a castle. Learn to grow flowers and plants. And last but not least, the manners were way better back then compared to present day. I will throw in lucky #11- no going to work!
TGIF everyone!

Barbara E. April 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM  

I definitely like the clothes, so that would be #1 on the list. I would add the wonderful parties, the lovely manners, and lots visiting with friends to pass the time.

Barbara E. April 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM  

Forgot my email:

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ckane5937 April 27, 2012 at 7:03 PM  

There is no better time period to immerse yourself into during my 12 hour night shifts at 911!

JessS April 27, 2012 at 8:09 PM  

Awesome post! It's hard not to imagine living in the Regency era when you read so many books about it! I can't think of ten, but my top points are definitely the clothes, the language, the men and the servents (yes that sounds bad but I would just love someone to do my hair each day because it's such a hassle and I''m kinda crap at it). Thanks for the giveaway!

GFC - JessS

Snookie April 27, 2012 at 9:32 PM  

Great post, except my name is Snookie and I got it in 1955 so was long before Ms Snooki of Jersey Shores. So, I don't agree with # 7 on the list :). I do love regencies though and am reading one right now!

Robin April 28, 2012 at 2:16 AM  

I like the wearing fancy clothes, and going to parties all the time.


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