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Something Not-So-New Sunday

My Something New Sunday post today has been moved to next week due to technical difficulties, or in other words, I was going to present something myself, but my husband didn’t realize I was saving a  particular item and tossed it in the trash, so now I have to wait until my kids go through another jar of jelly.

So…instead I’m going to do some updates (those are new, aren’t they), answer a few reader questions (hopefully one or two will be new), and announce winners (and this WILL be new). So it all works out:

Updates:

  • Exciting news! I have found another narrator for two of my audiobooks. The one doing Her Sudden Groom cannot start until later this month, and the one one who is doing the audio for His Contract Bride has already begun, and we should have a book the first half of March!
  • More exciting news: His Brother’s Bride is coming along very, very well. I’ll have no difficulty, barring any sort of extreme, having it out in April.
  • I am still accepting donations for libraries. In fact, I have now made a page for it on my blog where I’ve listed all 50 states and have put a link to every library that I have sent books to. (Note: the link went up the day the books were mailed, if the library chooses not to accept the books or they have not been processed yet, they will not show up in the catalog, so give them a few weeks.) If you’d like your library to be included, even if I’ve already sent books to your state, please email me with the name of the library system and I’ll see what I can do.
  • Even more exciting news (but probably only for me)! While putting up the links to where my books are available in libraries, I got snoopy. I’ll admit it, I snoop around on things and already two library systems have my books available for checkout: Bartlesville Public Library in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Tulsa City County Library in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And it gets even better, one of the books was already checked out from the Tulsa library! Sounds silly, but for me it was totally cool! Thanks, Tulsa. In all fairness, I did send both of these libraries in December so they had a head start.
  • Still taking submissions for guest posts. If you have something interesting you’d like to talk about, a craft to share, or just want to be a star for a day, I’d love to have you on. I’m trying not to make it so inane on here, so since variety is the spice of life, I’d love to feature something unusual or fascinating on here.  Just email me or use the form on the page dedicated to this and we’ll schedule you a day!

Reader Questions:

  • Does His Jilted Bride pick up where Her Imperfect Groom ended? Yes and no. It’s a year later, and nothing crucial has happened in between the times. So in other words, no it is not necessary to have read His Contract Bride or His Yankee Bride first.
  • Will Henry get a story, if so, when? Henry will be the hero in His Brother’s Bride due out in April, 2013.
  • Can Jack, Emma and Marcus’ adopted son, inherit his title, he technically is a male. No. Jack was the son of a daughter of the title, heirs have to be sons of heirs. If Marcus had had a brother, then his brother would have inherited first upon Marcus’ death, then his brother’s son after Marcus’ brother died. Or if Marcus’ brother died before Marcus, it would go straight to Marcus’ nephew at his passing. The title cannot pass to a female, so her children out out. I suppose Marcus and Emma could have tried to lie about the parentage, and being recluses it might have worked except for two things: 1. Emma was seen for a few weeks in London during the Season–this wouldn’t have happened if she were pregnant. 2. While both a bit scandalous and ready to bend rules, neither of them were just outright liars or deceitful. Could they have pulled something like that off? Possibly, if they had the help of friends, but this never entreated the equation. They were flawed characters, to be sure, just not THAT flawed.
  • Why did X happen or X not happen in His Jilted Bride? I’ll be glad to answer all questions about this title privately now and will post any questions (with answers) publicly a month after the book has been available. I try not to give out too many spoilers as I realize there are still some people who have not read any of my books and would like to be surprised, but I also realize there are some with questions and it’s easier to answer them publicly so if anyone else has the question, they don’t have to wonder forever or email me if they don’t wish. I prefer to wait to answer publicly to give everyone who might happen by a fair chance to read the book first.
  • When will X book be out? Frankly, your guess is often as good as mine. I don’t have any control over that, other than how fast I type–and even that can be a challenge with kids and a family. I can only give estimates, and even those aren’t always guaranteed. I, do, however, have a mailing list you can sign up for that will email you automatically when a new book is available. It also provides direct links to many of the eBookstores for a convenient way to find the book. A sign up form is located at the top right corner of my blog and I have two on my website–on the home page and on the “Book” page. If you cannot get the form to work, email me personally. Believe it or not, I do respond (unless it goes to the Junk folder, then I might miss it…) and I can manually add your name to the list.
  • Will you autograph a book for me? Absolutely. The easiest way to do this is to order a book from me here at my website. All books come from me personally and will be signed/personalized. The second best way is to meet me in person! Unfortunately, that’s not a very likely possibility as I am more socially awkward than Alex and Wallace combined and hate going out in public. You can also mail me a copy of your already purchased book and I’d be happy to sign and return it.

That’s all–I think. If you have a question, please feel free to ask. There are NO stupid questions. None.

And now for the giveaway winners from the Sober Stupidity post…

1. Linda S. Merrill

2. Lauralynn Elliott

3. Moonprincess 111

Congrats, ladies, I’ll be emailing you shortly!

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Heartbreaker Blog Hop

To me, heartbreaker heroes aren’t necessarily the ones who are “sexy and they know it”, but the ones who are and either don’t flaunt it or don’t even know it.

A few months back I was participating in an Alpha Hero Hop and had a picture of a man’s abs on the sideboard of my blog. A reader emailed me and asked whose abs those were because up until then, I hadn’t released a book with a guy being THAT muscular (huge difference between what was muscular back in the late 1700s, early 1800s and today). A few weeks later, I released a book titled His Yankee Bride which had a hero who did all sorts of physical labor and could very well have been as muscular as the man featured.

(And his future wife is looking rather swanky on the cover, wouldn’t you say?)

Red Beauty

John, the hero from His Yankee Bride doesn’t give a second thought to his muscles; but our heroine Carolina sure does:

Carolina willed herself to stay calm as she walked over to where John was working on the roof of the carriage house. It wouldn’t do to let her excitement get the better of her and spill the water.

John’s tall, broad form came into view, and Carolina halted beneath a shade tree to watch him for a minute as he straightened and pulled his shirt over his head. The sun glistened off the sweat that covered his muscled abdomen and chest. She swallowed. Hard. He was very well formed with hard planes and thick muscles; he looked like he’d been chiseled from marble. He balled up his shirt and ran it across his face and shoulders.

He could certainly use some water, she thought, resuming her steps. “John,” she called.

John’s body jerked in surprise at her shout, and he lost his footing. With what Carolina thought might be an Englishman’s curse—something about Zeus—or was it deuce?—John slid down the steep incline of the roof and over the edge. He was spared an untimely, and quite possibly painful, meeting with the rock-covered ground when his hands found purchase with the edge of the roof just as he went over.

Did you require something, Carolina?” he asked as cool as can be while dangling from the edge of the roof.

T-to give you water,” she stammered; still in shock.

Later in the book, she admires his muscular form a bit more but I couldn’t find another appropriate passage that was longer than a sentence…

But it’s not just about a great body that makes a hero a heart throb, in my opinion. That only goes so far. But rather his actions. I’m not a fan of the brute who tells the heroine just how it’s going to be. I prefer to see a softer side. One that’s there when she needs him–even if he does fight his attraction for her every step of the way:

I’ll go after Carolina,” John said automatically, as his friend stumbled up the stairs. “Wait, Carolina,” he called as he chased after her.

She didn’t slow.

He sped up his pace. She didn’t have that much of a lead on him, besides she was wearing slippers and a skirt!

He continued to run after her and grimaced every time she stumbled or tripped. But she kept running and he stayed right behind her. “Carolina, stop.”

She didn’t.

She was within arm’s reach now, and he reached for her, grabbing a fistful of fabric and bringing her to the ground with a strangled whimper. “Let me go. I must find Gabriel,” she cried, trying to break free of his hold.

He already knows.”

Are you sure?” she choked between sobs as she took to her feet and wiped her eyes.

John nodded. His mother had been prone to vapors—leaving him with just enough knowledge to comprehend that when these moods hit, it was best to stand there quietly and not say anything, lest you upset them further.

Stop staring at me!”

Or perhaps he was wrong. “I’m not staring,” he said slowly.

She sniffled and used the heel of her hand to dry under her red-rimmed eyes. “Yes, you are. Now go away.”

I came—”

To tell me Gabriel knows…”

No,” he said gently, stepping closer to her. “I came because I thought you might like some company.”

For once, John, I don’t want your company.”

He was taken aback. The past few weeks, he’d tried everything he could to avoid her company, and now she was telling him she didn’t want his? “Then what do you want?”

To go far, far away,” she said with a sob.

He started. Her broken tone would suggest she wasn’t jesting. “Carolina, what’s happened?”

Sobs wracked her body again, and she crumpled to the ground before him.

He sank down next to her. “Shh,” he crooned in her ear, taking a seat on the grass as close to her as he could. “It’ll all work out.”

No, it won’t,” she said between sobs.

On impulse, John wrapped his arms around her and pulled her onto his lap, then bent his head and pressed his cheek atop the crown of her head. Her soft, curly brown hair felt good against his skin. He closed his eyes. He was here because she could use a friend, nothing more, he reminded himself as he began to rock her from side to side.

Carolina leaned closer to him, pressing her face against his chest. “I hate her,” she whispered.

Who?”

My mother.”

And then of course is the moment when he gives in:

Just then, something else hit her window; then again; and again; almost like it was raining small stones. Somebody clearly wanted her attention; but who, and why? Had one of the hands been injured today and in need of her salve? Her blood turned to ice at the thought, and she shoved the window up as fast as she could. “Who’s there?”

Shh,” was the only response.

Carolina scanned the moonlit ground outside her window. “Who’s there?” she asked again, whispering this time.

Me.”

Carolina’s breath caught. “John?”

The very one,” John said, stepping out into the moonlight from a little grove of bushes.

What are you doing?”

I came to talk to you.”

Talk?”

A series of soft thuds sounded, presumably created by the rocks he’d been holding hitting the ground. “And possibly something else.”

Carolina’s chest tightened painfully. “Does this something involve a bed?”

Gads, Carolina,” he burst out in a harsh whisper. “Must you always be so forward?”

Stung by his harsh words which only compounded the hurt she’d already felt from his not-so-subtle insinuation, Carolina gripped the edge of the window pane and brought it down decisively.

Immediately, rocks or acorns, or whatever it was he was throwing, started pelting her window again. Thank goodness her room was the only one on this side of the house and her mother was a sound sleeper, or they might have a visitor.

A slow smile spread across her lips. He was mighty determined to talk to her. Slowly, she eased the window back open.

Did that make you feel better?” John asked from below.

Perhaps a little.”

John shook his head and took a step closer to the window. “All right, just jump whenever you’re ready.”

Jump?”

Yes, jump,” he confirmed. “I originally thought I’d scale the wall and convince you to leave with me in a dignified manner, but then I realized you’d probably find jumping all the more romantic.”

And why would I be jumping?” She cringed at her tone. It was that same sarcastic, condescending tone Mother used when speaking to anyone she felt inferior.

So you can ride off with your prince—or should I say, me—into the moonlight.”

Wh-what?”

John ran his hand through his hair. “You were right, Carolina. Must I say more?”

Yes. I think you must.”

Of course you’d think so,” he muttered. He blew out a deep breath. “Carolina, I want to marry you.”

John has several other scenes that chalk him up to one of my favorite heartbreaker heroes, but I can’t give away the entire book or it wouldn’t be so fun to read on your KindleNook or other eReader.

So…what qualifies a hero as a heartbreaker in YOUR opinion.

Comment to enter for a signed, not available for purchase yet paperback copy of my latest release, His Jilted Bride.

Red Beauty

Also, be sure to leave your email address so you can be entered into the grand prize drawing (across all hops). The prizes are:

A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet; a $100 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble; a giant box of swag*.

After you’ve entered, be sure to click the graphic below to go hop again.

*My giveaway and the grand prize giveaways are open internationally, with the exception of the large box of swag.

**Winners for my earlier “Sober Stupidity” giveaway will be announced Sunday, as I’ve extended the deadline, so feel free to leave a comment there, too, for another chance to win if you haven’t already.

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Sober Stupidity

After yesterday’s post about donating to the libraries, I’d like to offer all of YOU a chance to win a copy of each of these books from me, too.

As an aside, I am still collecting names/addresses for libraries in need of two very scandal-ridden, juicy historical romances, so feel free to keep them coming.

But now it’s time for a confession…

I am often the victim of myself. I’ll admit it, more often than not, I am my own worst enemy. A wonderful example of this happened last Friday.

I was in a hurry to get dressed and drive my kids to school so I could get home before the ladies who were coming over to clean our house (hey, after you’ve had the flu, you want to take no chances of a lingering germ). So, like most mornings, I threw on my clothes, made my kids breakfast, packed their lunch, then took them to school.

I came back and walked through the house to make sure toys were picked up and all laundry was in the hamper, etc. Then I waited. About nine, two ladies arrived to clean an I showed them around and was walking here and there. Then I sat down and did some writing, got up, walked around, moved this, moved that, tried to be helpful.

About eleven, my husband comes home from school and we go into his office area to chat for a few minutes. Mid-conversation, the rude man has the nerve to ask me if I’d put my pants on backwards. Outraged he’d even suggest such a thing, I tell him no, they’re just pants without pockets. Ladies wear them, you know. He drops the conversation and we go back to talking about whatever, then I turn to leave and my husband who rarely laughs just starts laughing uncontrollably. When I asked what was so funny, between bursts of laughter he says, “Your parents are on backwards and not only that, but your fly is down!”

I reached back there and about died of mortification when I realize he was right! For the last two hours, I’d been walking around in front of people I don’t know with a gaping hole in the back of my pants. (At least I was wearing panties, I did feel better about that, but still…) Now, I tell this story, only because A. I live in fear that any embarrassing thing I do will wind up on the Internet anyway because some people live to make fun of others; and B. it might seem that writers are these fabulously presented, flawless creatures who live the life of glamour and are all around perfect, but we’re not. We’re a bit dingy, too–probably more so than average, even.

All right, I don’t really know exactly how you can comment back to this as my mortification is still present and I had the strangest urge to crawl under my desk as I wrote this; but if you can  manage some sort of comment, and even better yet, if you can top my story–and it doesn’t have to be one where you’re the star–then I’ll enter you into random.org and select three random winners to win signed copies of both books on Friday.

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12th Day of Christmas–Winners Announced

First, let me say thank you to all who participated.

Second, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas (unless you live in the far stretches of Russia and Australia, then I hope you had a good Christmas). Thanks so much for all the support and humor you’ve all given to me. I greatly appreciate it.

All right, I said no more sap after the post about Christmas songs, so let’s get to it!

Yesterday’s 11th Day winner is: Jess1

The seven random Facebook or Twitter followers who have won one signed paperback of their choice from my backlist (in no specific order) are:

Cindy Converse

Susan Haworth

Amanda DiDonato

LaShonda Mcwilliams

Cindy Whitcomb

Emily Weaver

Kelly Carmona

Likers of the posts winners, with their prizes in parenthesis, are:

Ronnie Buck (full set of signed books)

Tiffany Davis (One full series of signed books, your pick)

Jessica Harvey (One full series of signed book, your pick)

Sharers and/or RT’er winner of a $150 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble:

Karen Miller

Grand Prize Winner of Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet:

Me! Oh wait, all of my comments don’t gain me that many entries into the drawing??

All right then, how about Joanie

Once again, a huge thanks to all who entered. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday no matter how you celebrate or what you believe!

Winners will be contacted soon!

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11th Day of Christmas: Procrastination

The winner of yesterday’s $100 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble is…Sandy!

12 Days of Christmas

Today’s random topic for your last chance to win a signed paperback (and to get your name in the drawing for the Grand Prize) is:

Besides cooking the meal, what have you waited for today to do to  to prepare for Christmas? Buy presents? Decorate the tree? It doesn’t have to be this year, I’d love to hear stories from the past where you waited too long and learned your lesson!

A few years ago, our entire family which included children ages not yet one and two stood in line at a department store for more than an hour and a half the night before Christmas to buy me my gift. I really wanted–nay, needed–what we were purchasing and my husband had been working from 6:30 am to 8pm days all of December so we braved the crowds together. After that, I told him I’d rather have nothing on special occasions than to do that ever again. And starting the following year, he started ordering my gifts on line the first week of December!

As of now, less than 18 hours (my time) before Christmas Day, I don’t have the presents wrapped. None of them. I didn’t do this on purpose, I’ve just been so distracted with other things that I haven’t had the time to wrap them. All I can hope for is that I have enough wrapping paper…otherwise I’ll have to dig in the recycling bin and get out some junk mail coupons because you couldn’t pay me enough to brave the stores today!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

If you’d rather not comment, not to worry there are other ways to enter and more prizes to win:

*Share my post on Facebook and you’ll be entered into a drawing on the 25th for a $150 gift card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Each day you share, you’ll get an entry, for a possible 11 entries. (You must share my original post on Facebook not using the social share at the bottom of this post, otherwise there is no way to track it–sorry.) If the post is not coming up in your newsfeed, follow this link, it should be the top story.

*Like my post on Facebook Like the post and you’ll be entered into a drawing on the 25th for an entire signed series of my books. Each day you like, you’ll get an entry, for a possible 11 entries. You’ll have to like my original post on Facebook not using the social share at the bottom of this post, otherwise there is no way to track it–sorry.) If the post is not coming up in your newsfeed, follow this link, it should be the top story.

*Like me on Facebook–Find me here,http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rose-Gordon-historical-romance-author/178033968907233 and like my page. On the 25th I’ll select seven random people to receive a signed paperback from my back list, winner’s choice.

**Giveaway is opened internationally.

 For more in-depth details, please see the page at the top of the website titled 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.
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10th Day of Christmas: What’s on the menu???

The winner of yesterday’s signed paperback is: Marlena!

12 Days of Christmas

Today’s random question for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (and to get your name in the drawing for the Grand Prize) is:

What are you having for the big meal? Whether you do the big meal on the 24th or 25th, it doesn’t matter, just what are you making or being made to eat if you’re not the one cooking?

I have no idea what I’ll be eating on either of those days. We’re eating on Christmas Eve with my father-in-law and his wife’s family, then eating on Christmas day with his mother and her family. All I know is I’m supposed to bring a vegetarian loaf to each and that’s all I know.

So for as uninteresting as my menu is, I thought instead I’d post a Christmastime Regency recipe:

  • The English Royal Family’s Christmas Pudding
    • 1 ¼ ob. Suet 1 lb. Demerara (cane) sugar
    • 1 lb. Raisins 1 lb. Sultanas
    • 4 oz. Citron peel 4 oz. Candied peel
    • 1 tsp. Mixed spice ½ tsp. Nutmeg
    • 1 lb. Breadcrumbs ½ lb. Sifted flour
    • 1 lb. Eggs (weighed in their shells)
    • 1 wineglassful brandy
    • ½ pint of milk
    • Prepare all ingredients, well whip the eggs, add to milk, and thoroughly mix. Let stand for 12 hours in a cool place. Add brandy and put into well-greased basins, boil 8 hours or longer. Serves 20 – 28 people.

What’s on your menu?

If you’d rather not comment, not to worry there are other ways to enter and more prizes to win:

*Share my post on Facebook and you’ll be entered into a drawing on the 25th for a $150 gift card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Each day you share, you’ll get an entry, for a possible 11 entries. (You must share my original post on Facebook not using the social share at the bottom of this post, otherwise there is no way to track it–sorry.) If the post is not coming up in your newsfeed, follow this link, it should be the top story.

*Like my post on Facebook Like the post and you’ll be entered into a drawing on the 25th for an entire signed series of my books. Each day you like, you’ll get an entry, for a possible 11 entries. You’ll have to like my original post on Facebook not using the social share at the bottom of this post, otherwise there is no way to track it–sorry.) If the post is not coming up in your newsfeed, follow this link, it should be the top story.

*Like me on Facebook–Find me here,http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rose-Gordon-historical-romance-author/178033968907233 and like my page. On the 25th I’ll select seven random people to receive a signed paperback from my back list, winner’s choice.

**Giveaway is opened internationally.

 For more in-depth details, please see the page at the top of the website titled 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.
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9th Day of Christmas–Accidental injuries, anyone?

The winner of yesterday’s signed paperback is: Lisa W!

12 Days of Christmas

Today’s random question for a chance to win a signed book from my backlist (and to get your name in the drawing for the Grand Prize) is:

Have you ever accidentally injured yourself around Christmastime? And don’t say you haven’t we all have, and now’s your chance to tell us all about it! (Disclaimer, you can share your mishap, but don’t expect an abundance of sympathy!)

I once heard a radio trivia question that asked what accounted for the highest percentage of trips to the emergency room around Christmastime. People guessed hanging up lights or being assaulted at the store. But the answer was clamshell packages. You know those packages you buy that have the item encased in a huge plastic bubble that you have to use a knife, a pair of scissors, and a razor blade to open? Yeah, those. Apparently lots of stitches happen around Christmastime due to these little jewels.

So when Bob and I shop for our kids, we’ll try to veto the other’s choice of toy by saying, “Beware of the clamshell packaging!”

To this end, and just because we didn’t find anything we really wanted that was packaged that way, we won’t have to help our boys open any clamshell packages this year. Therefore we thought we were out of the woods…

But we didn’t count on me being an idiot…

Last night I was outside in the frigid night’s air getting something out of my car (I can’t even remember now thanks to the events that happened next). In my hurry to close the door and get inside, I grabbed hold of the door–not the handle, nor just placing the flat of my hand on the outside of the door, but actually holding the edge. Then, with all my might, I slammed it. Of course it didn’t latch because my finger was wedged between the door and the metal frame of the door! Very carefully, I opened the door to reveal a mangle finger. As it would happen, I broke the middle bone in my index finger and I have no one to blame but myself.

So, what’s your story? When have you ever been the victim of yourself? 

If you’d rather not comment, not to worry there are other ways to enter and more prizes to win:

*Share my post on Facebook and you’ll be entered into a drawing on the 25th for a $150 gift card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Each day you share, you’ll get an entry, for a possible 11 entries. (You must share my original post on Facebook not using the social share at the bottom of this post, otherwise there is no way to track it–sorry.) If the post is not coming up in your newsfeed, follow this link, it should be the top story.

*Like my post on Facebook Like the post and you’ll be entered into a drawing on the 25th for an entire signed series of my books. Each day you like, you’ll get an entry, for a possible 11 entries. You’ll have to like my original post on Facebook not using the social share at the bottom of this post, otherwise there is no way to track it–sorry.) If the post is not coming up in your newsfeed, follow this link, it should be the top story.

*Like me on Facebook–Find me here,http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rose-Gordon-historical-romance-author/178033968907233 and like my page. On the 25th I’ll select seven random people to receive a signed paperback from my back list, winner’s choice.

**Giveaway is opened internationally.

 For more in-depth details, please see the page at the top of the website titled 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.
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8th Day of Christmas: Favorite New Word or Phrase you’ve picked up from a book…

The winner of yesterday’s $75 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble is: Miki!

12 Days of Christmas

Today’s random question for a chance to win a signed paperback from my back list is: What is your favorite term that you learned from reading a historical romance?

Mine is Ice Queen.

Living in a house full of boys–heck, even the dog is male!–I feel like a queen. But, contrary to what one might think due to me being a writer of romance, I’m not overly affectionate. It takes a while for me to warm up to new people. And even with my husband sometimes I’m not always warm and sweet. So in a way, as strange as it might seem, I think if I were to live in those times, I’d be what the gentlemen at White’s would call an Ice Queen. Plus, you have to admit the mental image that comes to mind is humorous.

And now for the answers from yesterday’s quiz:

  1. A couple could get an annulment for lack of consummating their marriage? — False. A marriage could not be annulled based on non-consummation alone, i.e. if the couple just didn’t like each other or had been married by proxy. The reason for the non-consummation had to be due to impotence and even that had to be proved publicly.
  2. Duke was the highest title not held by a royal?–True. There are, however, archdukes who are above dukes, but they are considered royals.
  3. People ate Yule Logs (long cakes decorated to look like logs) at Christmas time. —False. As someone said, it was truly just a log.
  4. An earl’s children are styled Lord First Name (for his son) and Lady First Name (for his daughter)?–False. This was a trick question of sorts. An earl’s daughter (no matter if she were the first or the 5th is Lady First Name. The boys, however, were just Mr. Last Name, with the exception of the oldest. If the earl held any minor titles, his oldest son would receive the highest of those. If not, he’d just be a mere mister, heir to the title. Marquesses and Dukes younger sons were the ones styled Lord First Name.)
  5. In early December a large Christmas tree was erected in front of St. Gregory’s church. This was a large social event that even the Prince Regent attended.–False. I made this completely up and cannot find anything to suggest that I made up a true fact. Everything I’ve ever read on Christmas in Regency times states that those in the city were less likely to even decorate for Christmas with yule logs, mistletoe, boughs and other items than those in the country. It wasn’t until after Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843 that celebrating and decorating while in Town became the popular thing to do. As for the city putting up a Christmas tree for all of it’s citizens to enjoy…unheard of at the time, particularly since Christmas trees themselves didn’t become popular in England until after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were featured in the paper standing by theirs.
  6. Tinsel was all the rage–so much so that most trees looked silver!–False. Tinsel was a German tradition, not English.
  7. Children were visited on the night of December 24th by a jolly, slightly overweight fellow named Kris Kringle who’d leave them little treats their parents wouldn’t approve of. — False. The Germans believed in Kris Kringle, the English lads and lasses believed in Father Christmas.
  8. Mistletoe was hung over common walkways–True and False. As someone mentioned the wording was a bit misleading. I’d meant in common walkways around the house… But I can see where it might have been thought common walkways as in public places. So yes, drawing rooms, foyers, hallways, and any other common room in one’s house (maybe even a few private rooms, too…) were all decorated with mistletoe. Outside? Probably not.

Bonus Question:

Would Lady Olivia Sinclair would have been a hoarder of mistletoe? —True. Not only would it serve her purposes to trap someone into kissing her, but mistletoe was also used for medicinal purpose such as increased fertility (something none of us want for Lady O) or to be an antedate for poison. Since Lady O is always in need of medicine, and a hoarder of everything she’s ever touched, no less, then yes, I do believe she’d have been a hoarder of mistletoe, too!

There you have it. I hope you learned at least something from me today and now I an learn something from you: your favorite term learned from a historical romance!

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*Like my post on Facebook Like the post and you’ll be entered into a drawing on the 25th for an entire signed series of my books. Each day you like, you’ll get an entry, for a possible 11 entries. You’ll have to like my original post on Facebook not using the social share at the bottom of this post, otherwise there is no way to track it–sorry.) If the post is not coming up in your newsfeed, follow this link, it should be the top story.

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Contests, Polls

7th Day of Christmas: Quiz Time!

The winner of yesterday’s signed paperback is: Monica Weaver!

12 Days of Christmas

Today will be a little different–as will the prize. Without using Google or a similar website, please, see how you do with this short True or False Regency Era quiz for a chance to win a $75 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble:

  1. A couple could get an annulment for lack of consummating their marriage?
  2. Duke was the highest title not held by a royal?
  3. People ate Yule Logs (long cakes decorated to look like logs) at Christmas time
  4. An earl’s children are styled Lord First Name (for his son) and Lady First Name (for his daughter)?
  5. In early December a large Christmas tree was erected in front of St. Gregory’s church. This was a large social event that even the Prince Regent attended.
  6. Tinsel was all the rage–so much so that most trees looked silver!
  7. Children were visited on the night of December 24th by a jolly, slightly overweight fellow named Kris Kringle who’d leave them little treats their parents wouldn’t approve of.
  8. Mistletoe was hung over common walkways

Bonus Question:

Lady Olivia Sinclair would have been a hoarder of mistletoe?

All right, give it a go! (Note, you do not have to get them all correct to be entered. Just think about it and have fun. I’ll post the answers tomorrow.)

If you’d rather not comment, not to worry there are other ways to enter and more prizes to win:

*Share my post on Facebook and you’ll be entered into a drawing on the 25th for a $150 gift card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Each day you share, you’ll get an entry, for a possible 11 entries. (You must share my original post on Facebook not using the social share at the bottom of this post, otherwise there is no way to track it–sorry.) If the post is not coming up in your newsfeed, follow this link, it should be the top story.

*Like my post on Facebook Like the post and you’ll be entered into a drawing on the 25th for an entire signed series of my books. Each day you like, you’ll get an entry, for a possible 11 entries. You’ll have to like my original post on Facebook not using the social share at the bottom of this post, otherwise there is no way to track it–sorry.) If the post is not coming up in your newsfeed, follow this link, it should be the top story.

*Like me on Facebook–Find me here,http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rose-Gordon-historical-romance-author/178033968907233 and like my page. On the 25th I’ll select seven random people to receive a signed paperback from my back list, winner’s choice.

**Giveaway is opened internationally.

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