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Guest Post: Jane Ashford’s Favorite Parts of Writing Historical Fiction

Lord Sebastian's Secret Jane Ashford

There are lots of things I enjoy about writing historical fiction. In terms of plot, I appreciate the social constrictions of earlier times, because they provide so many opportunities for complications.

I love research. I can happily dive into sources, drawn from one fascinating fact to another until I surface hours later with a treasure trove of material. There’s so much to learn!

The clothes are great, too. Gloves and cloaks and bonnets. Ballgowns and walking dresses. Half boots and dancing slippers.

But if I have to pick one favorite thing it’s the language, particularly in the Regency period where I hang out, with a huge shout-out to Georgette Heyer for showing us the way in this regard. Who could resist the phrases?

A stupid or silly person can be — bacon-brained, beef-witted, bird-witted, a chucklehead, a fatwit, a nincompoop, a rattleplate, a slowtop, or scatter witted.

They called gin blue ruin, Flash of Lightning, Old Tom, and Stark Naked. The latter presumably because of the state in which you might find yourself after a drinking bout. And the wonderful terms they had for those who’d overindulged — drunk as a wheelbarrow, in your cups, castaway, disguised, eaten Hull cheese, foxed, jug-bitten, properly shot in the neck, tap-hackled, and top-heavy. And if you tried to lie about your condition, you were telling bouncers or Canterbury tales or plumpers, cutting shams, or pitching the gammon.

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Guest Post: Jane Ashford’s Top Favorite Romance Movies

What The Duke Doesn't Know Jane Ashford

What are my top five favorite romance movies you ask? Here they are, starting with the classic –

Sense and Sensibility I’m betting that most of you are familiar with Jane Austen’s story of two sisters with different temperaments, re-imagined as a film by the wonderful Emma Thompson. I’m all Team Elinor (Emma) here. I guess I identify with the person holding it together while those all around melt down.

This is a classic Regency story. The Dashwood estate is entailed, and Elinor and Marianne (Kate Winslet) lose their home upon their father’s death. Their brother’s wife is a shrew and convinces him not to help them. They and their mother and little sister retreat to a cottage (which looks rather nice to me), where Marianne falls for Willoughby, a charming lightweight. Elinor is already in love with Edward Ferrars, but both sisters discover that marriage is problematic without money in the nineteenth century. Marianne has a breakdown; Elinor keeps quiet about her pain. Two approaches to the vicissitudes of life. In the end they both get a happy ending, though Elinor’s is a little happier.

Truly Madly Deeply

Truly Madly Deeply This movie is an unconventional romance, but I find it touching. Nina (Juliet Stevenson) is mourning the recent death of her boyfriend, Jamie (Alan Rickman). When she’s falling into despair, Jamie comes back as a ghost and haunts her. She’s delighted! Until Jamie begins to be annoying — turning the heat up to tropical, rearranging the furniture, filling the place with irritating ghost friends. Even so, when Nina meets Mark, an attractive psychologist, she holds back because of Jamie’s continued presence in her life, infuriating as he’s become. Jamie leaves to allow her to move on, and it becomes clear that he came back to help Nina recover by tarnishing her idealized image of him. He cared that much.

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Cover Reveal: WHAT THE DUKE DOESN’T KNOW by Jane Ashford

We were so delighted when we got the sneak peek to What The Duke Doesn’t Know‘s cover we just had to ask the author a little more about it. So, without further ado, we turn the (metaphorical) microphone over to the amazing Jane Ashford!

Why am I so excited about the release of What the Duke Doesn’t Know? The book has a very original heroine. Only half English, Kawena grew up in Polynesia, giving her an outsider’s view of Regency culture. It also has a charming hero, Lord James Gresham, who’s been sailing the seas in the British Navy since the age of sixteen. He’s not fully at home in England either. The two have that in common. Several of James’s beguiling brothers make an appearance. Missing jewels turn up in a humorous place.

Through it all, James is very glad that his father the duke doesn’t know: that James was called a thief and nearly shot; that James is traipsing all over England with a South Seas beauty; that James has thrown the idea of a ‘proper English bride’ to the four winds. Because what else can he do when he’s bowled over by the most dazzling woman?

You heard it straight from the lovely Jane Ashford herself. There’s so much to be excited about for this Cover Reveal and we are thrilled to host it! The minute we saw it, we knew it was one of our favorite Historical covers, possibly ever. There’s just so much charm and—You know what? We’ll stop teasing! Check out this stunning cover below and get What The Duke Doesn’t Know September 6th, 2016:

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Guest Post: “A Writer’s Inspiration” by Jane Ashford

Heir to the Duke Jane Ashford

It was many years ago, in a small town Ohio public library, in the back where there weren’t any book jackets, that I first found Georgette Heyer. I was moving along the rows searching for something new to read. I pulled a volume down to investigate. And I was hooked.

I don’t remember which novel it was. Arabella? Faro’s Daughter? I do know I gobbled up every Heyer the library possessed in short order. I was entranced by her writing, her humor, her rich casts of characters, the wit and sophistication of the Regency society she so wonderfully portrayed. I also found, that day, a source of inspiration. I already longed to be a writer myself, and in Heyer I found so many things I wanted to learn.

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