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Erin Knightley Brings Twitter to Regency England

The Duke Can Go to the DevilFor our last day of #RegencyWeek we wished to LOL, so naturally we went to Erin Knightley, who kindly brought Twitter to Regency England and the hero and heroine of  The Duke Can Go to the Devil.

Mei-li Bradford @WorldTravelerMay

Daughter of a sea captain, possessor of own mind.

The Far East will always be home, even when temporarily

stuck in not-so-jolly old England.

 

The Duke of Radcliffe @DukeOfRad

   You may call me Your Grace.

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Mei-li Bradford @WorldTravelerMay

Met a pompous duke last night. But then again, is there any other kind? #beaumondesnobs

The Duke of Radcliffe @DukeOfRad

@WorldTravelerMay Might you be referring to our disastrous meeting last night? Funny. All I remember is your legendary impertinence. #rude

Mei-li Bradford @WorldTravelerMay

Surprise! The @DukeofRad is sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong again. I bet butting into conversations is a special talent of yours.

The Duke of Radcliffe @DukeOfRad

@WorldTravelerMay Merely a talent for knowing when I’m being discredited. Is your aunt speaking to you yet? Surprised you’re on here at all…

Mei-li Bradford @WorldTravelerMay

@DukeofRad My aunt would never be here — she’s still stuck in the last century. Of course, I would have thought the same of you… #oldfashioned

The Duke of Radcliffe @DukeOfRad

@WorldTravelerMay Propriety never goes out of fashion. Neither do apologies. *waits patiently*

Mei-li Bradford @WorldTravelerMay

@DukeofRad LMAO! Get comfortable, because you’re going to be waiting a looong time. Oh! Unless you meant you’re waiting to apologize to *me*

Mei-li Bradford @WorldTravelerMay

@DukeofRad *waits patiently*

The Duke of Radcliffe @DukeOfRad

I’m pleased to be attending the ball this week. Thank you to the committee for their excellent organisation of this event.

Mei-li Bradford @WorldTravelerMay

@DukeofRad Decided to ignore me, I see. If only you’d done so last night, I wouldn’t be stuck groveling for my aunt’s mercy. >:-{

The Duke of Radcliffe @DukeOfRad

@WorldTravelerMay You’ve only yourself to blame, Miss Bradford. *Such* a pity you won’t be attending the ball. #sorrynotsorry

Mei-li Bradford @WorldTravelerMay

@DukeofRad Aw, was that your first “I’m sorry?” I’m honored! *frames tweet*

The Duke of Radcliffe @DukeOfRad

@WorldTravelerMay You know very well that was no apology.

Mei-li Bradford @WorldTravelerMay

@DukeofRad Well, we both know it couldn’t have been sarcasm since, as you so condescendingly pointed out, “Sarcasm is the lowest from of wit.”

Mei-li Bradford @WorldTravelerMay

@DukeofRad Therefore…apology accepted. #May1Duke0

The Duke of Radcliffe @DukeOfRad

@WorldTravelerMay *scowls* I am not amused.

Mei-li Bradford @WorldTravelerMay

@DukeofRad Ah, but I am, which means I win. #quittingwhileimahead #MayOut

We absolutely adore May and The Duke of Rad, as he will be henceforth known in the office. If you’d like more of them, get Erin’s latest book here:

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Happy Publication Day to Penelope Douglas and Erin Knightley

The sky may be grey, the wind cold and people may be struggling to shift out of holiday mode, but the January blues don’t stand a chance with us today as we release Penelope Douglas Falling Away and Erin Knightley’s The Earl I Adore.

The Earl I Adore

Sophie Wembley is about to discover two hard truths: When planning a rushed betrothal, one must not be picky; and when the perfect earl happens by, one must not be shy . . .

After receiving word that her sister has eloped, even ever-optimistic Sophie has trouble staying positive. She needs to secure her future before the scandal destroys her prospects, although she doesn’t relish the idea of a hasty marriage. But her longtime crush has just shown up for the summer festival in Bath. He may be the key to avoiding disgrace and getting a happily ever after . . . if she can bring herself to pursue him.

John ‘Evan’ Fairfax, Earl of Evansleigh, is one of the most popular bachelors in the ton. However, his easygoing ways hide a dark past he’s determined to keep secret. Evan has always kept acquaintances at arm’s length for self-preservation, but there’s something irresistible about Sophie . . . and her seductive charms may well sway the confirmed bachelor to seize a chance at love.

The Earl I Adore publishes in print and in ebook today, and is available from all good retailers. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Falling Away

Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid . . .  

K. C. Carter has always followed the rules – until this year,  when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully  arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown  for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make  matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away . . .

Jaxon Trent is the  worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in  high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him  the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into  his life – except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too  close for comfort. As they grow closer, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get  out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his  soul is nearly impossible.

Falling Away publishes in ebook for the first time today. Are ready for Jax and K. C.? We feel they were well worth the wait!

Erin Knightley’s English Adventure – Part 3

In this last installment of Erin Knightley‘s adventures in England, we come back to the beginning, to that fated day when she would finally try . . . black pudding . . .

Which brings us back to the hockey puck . . .

We were staying at a delightful little bed and breakfast that was probably a good 200 years old, tucked away deep in the country. The floorboards were squeaky, the stairs precipitously steep, and the bathroom roughly the size of my broom closet. In other words, it was terribly rustic and charming. But when the kind innkeeper got it in his head that we should try his famous black pudding, well, what was a girl to do?

So I ate it. The pudding, with the oh-so-appetizing ingredient of pig’s blood, somehow passed my lips, and it was . . . not awful. Meatier than I expected, a little bready like stuffing, and not at all gelatinous like us Americans expect when encountering something called pudding. Thank God – things would have gone very differently if it had been wiggly! Still, I can now say that I have experienced it, and when my characters refer to it, you can rest assured this author knows what she’s talking about.

And no, I won’t be eating it again 😉

So wrong-side driving, a bit of rain, and one slightly embarrassing mishap involving a radiator, a sleepy, robe-wearing innkeeper, and a nearly melted television aside, this trip was truly everything I hoped it would be. I certainly hope that my writing will be that much richer in the future because of it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to treat myself to a cream tea. I’ll leave the pudding to you, dear reader.

 

Come back soon, Erin! We promise we won’t make you eat pig’s blood again! WE PROMISE!!!!!

 

The Baron Next Door is out now in both paperback and ebook. The Earl I Adore releases on the 6th of January 2015  in both paperback and ebook!

Erin Knightley’s English Adventure – Part 2!

Read on for Part 2 of what happened once Erin Knightley alighted on English soil . . .

With my mother as my traveling companion and nine glorious days set aside for the experience, I anxiously awaited the trip for what it was: a dream come true. And was it ever! First things first: shortly after arriving, I met my editor, Anna, and publicist, Clara, at Fortnum and Mason for my very first tea. Oh, the decadence! Smartly attired waiters, gentle piano music in the background, personal pots of fragrant teas, and a delectable selection of finger foods. This was where I encountered that oft-mentioned treat of the Regency novels: clotted cream. My characters had eaten it, yes, but I had no idea what it actually looked like, let alone what it tasted like!

Astonished that I had never tried it, Anna and Clara watched with interest as I topped a scone. I was thinking it might be closer to whip cream, but quickly discovered it was more of a pot of buttery clouds than sweetened fluff. So rich, so creamy, so perfectly delicious – I could easily see why the lords and ladies of the ton would indulge!

Emboldened by the success, I eagerly went about experiencing even more. A tour of the Tower of London? Check! Hyde Park? Check! A spot of tea and a bun at The Pump Room in Bath? Check! We explored Sydney gardens, which was such a big part of The Earl I Adore, and we toured the Assembly Rooms, which was prominent in all three of the Prelude to a Kiss Series. We stayed in a Georgian townhome with its original 1790 kitchen (and kindly ignored the slightly burnt toast). We ogled Chatsworth and ooo’d and ahh’d our way through Blenheim Palace and Stourhead. I soaked in every detail of the fabrics, furniture, and furnishings of those glorious old homes, and paid more attention than was probably proper to the detailed and often naughty ceiling murals and statues.

It was all so very magical and wonderful (minus that one time I almost got us hit by a bus five minutes after picking up the rental car, which we’ll just pretend never happened).

 

Check back tomorrow for the final part of Erin’s trip! Does she eat the black pudding? Have we scarred her for life?!

Erin Knightley’s English Adventure!

Blightly was honoured recently with a visit from one of our favourite authors, Erin Knightley! Her warm and clever Regency romance The Baron Next Door had only just come out in paperback and we were getting reading for the upcoming sequel The Earl I Adore!

Over the next three days Erin will be telling the story of her trip to England where she visited the inspirations for her books! Keep reading below for Part 1 of Erin Knightley‘s English Adventures!

 

 

 

 

I sat there, staring at the plate before me, trying to figure out how I had gotten into this. The eggs, rasher of bacon, and toast were normal enough—delicious even—but beside them was a round, black, hockey puck slab of food, the likes of which I had never laid eyes on.

“Go on,” the innkeeper said, nodding encouragingly. “You’ll love it, I promise!” His charming enthusiasm was endearing, despite the eyebrow-raising breakfast he had just set in front of me.

Right. When in Rome, etc., etc. I took a deep breath, cut the tiniest morsel you have ever seen from the black disk, and crossed my fingers that my constitution was as good as my characters’ in the Regency world in which I write. 

I, Erin Knightley, romance author, world traveler, and thoroughly modern girl, was about to try black pudding.

So, dear reader, you may be wondering how I came about finding myself in this position, some 4,000 miles away from my cozy little house on a lake in North Carolina and the obligatory bowl of cereal with which I usually break my fast.

It had all started with an email. “Congrats!” it had said, the exclamation point effusive coming from my wonderful agent. “Piatkus has purchased the UK rights to both The Baron Next Door and The Earl I Adore!” It went on to explain that in a few short months, my Regency-set novels would be on the shelves of the country I had adored since the moment I picked up WHITNEY, MY LOVE back in the ‘90s.

And thus began my giddy, gleeful planning of a trip to England to coincide with the debut of The Baron Next Door. Not only could I meet my new publisher, sign books, and stay at the quaintest of quaint bed and breakfasts across the country, but this was my chance to really research the places I wrote about. Oh, to wander the venerated halls of manor houses, to visit the streets Jane Austen had tread, and traverse the ‘rolling countryside’ so often described in Regency-set novels (guilty!). I wanted to sample the traditional English fare, take tea with a side of scones, and discover what, exactly, clotted cream was.

Check back tomorrow for more of Erin’s story!

The Baron Next Door is out now in ebook and paperback!

Erin Knightley’s Top 10 Tips for Historical Romance writers!

Do you think you could be a historical romance writer? Have a story inside you waiting to be put down with quill and ink? Does Colin Firth walking out of the water in history’s first ever recorded wet t-shirt contest inspire you to publish your own dashing duke or rogue?

Well, both us at Entice and the wonderful Erin Knightley think you should do it. And Erin has provided you with some tips for how to begin, how to research and how to stay find your own particular voice. Read on and write on, Enticers!

 

1. Read, read, read! No matter what genre you write in, this is important. Know what’s out there, know the trends, and know the elements that you like and dislike about the genre. And, you know – you get to read, so this is the easiest step of them all 😉

2. Write, write, write! I know, it sounds obvious enough, but a lot of times we can get caught up in the planning and research stages. While those are important, actually putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) is what makes us better. After all – practice makes perfect!

3. Decide what type of historical romance writer you want to be. Do you want to be the type of writer who meticulously recreates the setting one detail at a time (construction of the settee, fabric of the drapes, livery of the servants, etc.)? Do you want to have a historical flavor while focusing on the characters? Do you prefer some anachronistic elements so that modern readers thoroughly relate? None of these are right or wrong – just be sure that you chose your path and do it with purpose! Oh, and if you fudge historical details, I do recommend saying so in the acknowledgements.

4. If at all possible, travel to the places you are writing about. My newest series is set in Bath, a place I had the pleasure of visiting a few years ago. It was so rich in historical elements, I felt as though I could close my eyes and be back in the time Jane Austen called the city home. Best part? If you’re a professional writer, the trip is a tax write-off!

5. Research books are your friends. I have amassed a small personal library filled with books about the Regency era. What they wore, recipes for what they ate, diagrams of the houses they lived in . . . the list goes on!

6. Google Books is also your friend.  By setting the publication dates to a window suitable to your time period (for me I usually go from Jan 1, 1810 through Jan 1, 1830), you can search books written during the era you wish to write in. I’ve been able to read journals of doctors treating the kinds of wounds my hero had in one book, to find a traveler’s perspective of how the city looked at that time, to discover exactly what an archery target would have looked like during a competition in the decade my book was set in—the list goes on and on. That kind of first hand information is priceless!

7. Chocolate.

8. Don’t be afraid to challenge conventions. We may imagine a certain time period with certain givens, but the truth is, human nature has and always will make us unpredictable. Just because they may not have written home about such behaviors doesn’t mean it didn’t happen!

9. Embrace your inner historical writer. If you’re not using bluestocking, bloody hell, dicked in the knob, wonton, and on-dit in everyday life, then you’re not doing it right 😉

10. Realize that you are never going to get everything perfect, historically speaking. And even when you do, someone will inevitably think you are wrong anyway. But as far as I’m concerned, a good story trumps all!  Write the story of your heart, write it well, and everything else will fall into place.

 

The Baron Next Door is already out in ebook, but the paperback will grace the bookshelves on the UK on September 30th!

Happy Publication Day to Laura Wright and Erin Knightley!

Happy Tuesday! And what a great one it is, because we have not one, but TWO incredible publications out today for Entice! Where do you wish to go first? The Cavanaugh Ranch or Regency England?

Have a look below and pick your (tasty) poison . . .

Branded by Laura Wright

In the small town of River Black, Texas, sits the Triple C – a working cattle ranch that sustains the town. But it also holds painful memories and shocking secrets for the Cavanaugh brothers . . .

When the Cavanaugh brothers return home for their father’s funeral, they discover unexpected evidence of the old man’s surprising double life – a son named Blue, who wants the Triple C Ranch as much as they do. The eldest son, Deacon, a wealthy businessman who couldn’t wait to leave the ranch and move on with his life, is looking to use his powerful connections to stop Blue at any cost. He never expected the ranch’s forewoman, Mackenzie Byrd, to get in his way.

Mac knows Deacon means to destroy the ranch and therefore destroy her livelihood. But as the two battle for control, their attraction builds. Now Deacon is faced with the choice of a lifetime: Take down the Triple C to feed his need for revenge, or embrace the love of the one person who has broken down every barrier to his heart.

 

The Baron Next Door by Erin Knightley

Charity Effington learned two valuable lessons from her first betrothal:


1) When one loses the attention of an earl, one gains the attention of every gossip in London
2) Despite the lingering scandal, she’s not prepared to marry for anything less than love

After an exhausting Season spent at the mercy of the whispering Ton, Bath’s first annual music festival offers Charity the perfect escape: freedom to indulge her true passion and play the pianoforte to her heart’s content. That is, until their insufferably rude, though undeniably handsome, neighbour tells her to keep the “infernal racket” to a minimum.

Hugh Danby, Baron Cadgwith, is in Bath to heal hidden wounds, both mental and physical. He may think he’s finally put an end to the noise next door, but he has no idea what he’s begun. The more he discovers about Charity, the more he finds her bothersome, vexing, and . . . inexplicably enchanting. Before long, Hugh suspects that even if his body heals, it’s his heart that might end up broken.