From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:
Yes, gentle readers it’s time for a new reading challenge—and for 2013 we are stretching our wings and embracing a new author.
We are very pleased to announce the Regency Romance Reading Challenge 2013 featuring the very talented author Candice Hern. If you are unfamiliar with Candice, I am excited to introduce her to you. She writes witty and romantic traditional Regency romance novels with endearing heroines and swoon-worthy heroes highlighted by incredible historical accuracy. If you enjoyed any of Georgette Heyer’s great romance novels or laughed along with Lauren Willig’s characters in the Pink Carnation series, I highly recommend joining in the challenge—affording you the perfect opportunity to discover Ms. Hern’s great novels and short stories along with other Janeites, historical fiction and Regency romance lovers.
We will be reading and reviewing one title a month and posting on the third Wednesday through September. Here is our schedule:
The Regency Romance Reading Challenge Review Schedule
- Wed Jan 23 – A Proper Companion
- Wed Feb 27 – A Change of Heart
- Wed Mar 27 – An Affair of Honor
- Wed Apr 24 – A Garden Folly
- Wed May 22 – The Best Intentions
- Wed Jun 26 – “Desperate Measures”
- Wed Jul 24 – Miss Lacey’s Last Fling
- Wed Sep 25 – “Lady Ann’s Excellent Adventure”
Time-line: The Regency Romance Reading Challenge runs January 1, through September 30, 2013.
Levels of participation: Neophyte: 1 – 2 novels & short stories, Disciple 3 – 5 novels & short stories, Aficionada 6 – 9 novels & short stories.
Enrollment: Sign up’s are open until July 01, 2013. First, select your level of participation. Second, copy the Regency Romance Reading Challenge graphic and include it in your blog post detailing the novels or short stories that you will read in 2013. Third, leave a comment linking back to your blog post in the comments of this announcement post. If you do not have a blog you can still participate. Just leave your commitment to the challenge in the comments below.
Check Back Monthly: The Regency Romance Reading Challenge 2013 officially begins on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 with my review of A Proper Companion. Check back on the 4th Wednesday of each month for our next review in the challenge.
Your Participation: Once the challenge starts, leave a comment including the novel or short story that you finished and a link to your blog review. If you do not have a blog, just leave a comment about which novel or short story you finished with a brief reaction or remark. It’s that easy.
Oh, of course there are prizes! Author Candice Hern has very generously offered one paperback or an eBook of each of the novels, and one eBook of the short stories that we will be reviewing each month here on Austenprose. The winners will be drawn from comments left with each post. There will also be one lucky Grand Prize Winner who will receive a copy of the entire set: either print or eBook of the novels, and an eBook copy of the short stories drawn from comments left at any and all of the Regency Romance Challenge reviews left on this blog. Winners will be announced monthly one week after the blog post, and a Grand Prize Winner will be announced on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Print book shipment to US addresses only. Ebooks available internationally.
Bonus Stuff: Yes, of course there is more to get happy about. Availability of each of the novels and short stories is great. The novels can be purchased as print copies or eBook download at most online book retailers and the short stories are available as eBooks. Your local library might have copies too, so do check there if that it your preference.
One of the delights of Ms. Hern’s stories is the incredible historical detail. To expand upon our reading journey in 2013, visit author Candice Hern’s extensive website including her Regency World pages where you will find information on many aspects of the era such as fashion, people, places, a glossary and much more.
So, make haste and join the challenge today. I am so looking forward to re-visiting many of the novels and short stories in the Regency Romance Reading Challenge 2013 and hope you can join in too.
Cheers, Laurel Ann
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