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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Guest Post - My Love For Regency by Anabelle Bryant

My love for Regency
Guest post by Anabelle Bryant

Regency obsessed. It sounds like an affliction. A psychiatrist’s somber diagnosis. But I beg to differ. For me, it’s a pre-existing condition. One I’ve managed since my teenage years. For more than three decades, I’ve read hundreds of historical romance novels and while the genre has changed, evolved, and expanded over time, I’m no less in love with the intimate stories of enduring romance which feature dashing heroes in shiny Hessian boots.

I think my love of the Regency era lies in how well the unique qualities of the time period parallel the beliefs I hold dear. Honor, pride, and reputation come to mind. Courtship was romantic, sometimes, scandalous, and always interesting. The thought of transcending tradition, defying social custom, and following one’s heart at all costs, is an eternal temptation I cannot ignore.

And so, I embrace the historic escape of a well written Regency romance, unable to experience the era any other way than through literature. The Regency era is a feast of culture, closely connected to the works of masterful romantic poets like Shelly, Byron and Coleridge, fashion, wealth, aristocracy and the delightful propriety of social grace. It’s revered as one of the most idyllic periods in world history.

Once I began writing, it was natural to place my stories in the Regency era. I’ve lived there in my mind for decades. And while it’s true to some degree that the modern world still possesses similar qualities, I find that point debatable. Until I walk into a gathering and have a proper introduction to a handsome gentleman in waistcoat and breeches, his top boots buffed to a brilliant shine or have my dance card filled by an aristocratic triple play – viscount, earl and duke— I’ll keep my nose in a book, my pen to the paper, and my love of the Regency forever locked in my heart.

About Anabelle Bryant

Anabelle began reading at age three and never stopped. Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born. Happy to grab a suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel, especially imaginary jaunts into Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey. Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn't want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?

Though teaching keeps her grounded, photography, running and writing, counterbalance her wanderlust. Often found with her nose in a book, Anabelle earned her Master's Degree and is completing her Doctorate Degree in education. Thrilled to be an author for Harlequin's Carina line, Anabelle's historical romances are character driven. She strives to provide a heartfelt connection between her hero, heroine, and the reader, believing the emotional journey on the path to true love is the most important bond. Clever secondary characters and lively conversation keep the pages turning.

Anabelle knows sometimes life doesn't provide a happily ever after, but her novels always do. She enjoys talking with her fans. Follow her on Facebook and join her mailing list for the latest news concerning her upcoming novels.


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  1. I need to read more Regencies!


    1. I hope you'll give The Bastard series a look. :) ~ Anabelle

  2. I never knew those tasseled boots were called 'Hessian' after the area in Germany. Just goes to show you're never to old to learn something new!

  3. Love Regency romance! Your covers are beautiful and I will be adding your books to my tbr list. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love the courtship in regency romances.

  5. I like that her novels end with happily ever after. I know life isn't like that, but a book should be.

  6. I agree. today it's not the same :)

  7. Love the Regency era and it's poetic side. Lovely covers

  8. Recency isn't one of my usual genre's, but I'll have to give this series a try.

  9. I love Regency Romances!
    This series sounds really great :)