Monday, September 12, 2011

Historical Hearts Launch Party - Day 1

Hi and welcome to the Historical Hearts Blog Launch Party!

We're all very excited to announce a blog for Australian Historical Romance Writers. Over the next five days we'll be giving away books, critiques, bookmarks, wonderful prizes of all kinds to celebrate the launch of this fabulous blog.

I'm Tamara Gill and will be kicking off the celebrations by telling you a little about myself. Country born and bred I started reading historical romances while on maternity leave with my first child but didn't start to write them until my second son was a year old. To this day I blame Stephanie Laurens who made me fall in love with the Regency era and the beautiful 'Empire Style' gowns. What can I say, those dresses are divine.

Jump ahead four years and I'm now published with Noble Romance Publishing. I have two Regency (ebooks) for a randomly picked guest who can answer my Regency trivia question correctly. I'll also be giving away bookmarks to the first five guests who leave a comment. Just remember to leave your email address so I can contact you about the prizes.

Question: "Where did the ton like to promenade, ride and gossip in the afternoon?"

Okay, I'll admit, my question isn't very hard, and any loyal reader of Regency historicals will know the answer immediately, but...we're here to have fun, not to tax our loyal followers too much.

So, two books up for grabs, To Sin with Scandal and A Captain's Order - A Duke's Command. Both I should warn you, are a little naughty. *grin*
Good Luck!


I’m Suzi Love and I’m so glad you’ve joined us for the Historical Hearts Launch Day.

I’ve always loved reading historical romances, so I’m very excited to now be writing them. My books are set in England around the end of the Regency and the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign. The true Regency era is admired for its glittering ballroom scenes, gorgeous fashions, and its often ridiculous adherence to social manners and class distinctions while the Victorian era began with drastic changes to those rigid social structure as inventors, scientists, and tradesmen became more important and wealthier than those who held titles and land. These years of upheaval offered amazing opportunities for adventurous women and men of all classes to break free from convention and follow their own paths.

I’m very grateful that those rapidly changing times allow me to write about heroines who devote time to scientific pursuits rather than embroidering. Heroes who ignore old rules and welcome inventions on their estates or in everyday life, openly use their talents, and participate in money-making ventures rather than watch their inheritance become worthless.

If you’d like to read more weird and wacky things I find fascinating in history, pop over to my other blogs. I’m at Suzi Love and also at The Beau Monde World.

Now, for the exciting bit! I have three wonderful historical books for one lucky commenter, though I’m not going to make it too easy for you. Whoever answers the most questions correctly will win the prize.

  1. Around 1810, an open-air owner-driven two-wheeled vehicle came into use but only reached its peak of popularity during the early Victorian years. It was designed for a single horse and with only a small platform at the back for the ‘Tiger’ to stand. What was it called? 
  2. In 1822, the word ‘tranquilizer’ was invented to describe the effect of opium. The book was called Confessions of an English Opium Eater and the author was….Who?
  3. In 1822, Charles Babbage proposed a difference engine. This was an early version of ….. What?
  4. In 1840, the earliest adhesive postage stamps in the world were placed on sale in the United Kingdom. They carried the head of Queen Victoria and were called….What? 
  5. During Napoleon’s military campaigns, he reportedly always carried something with him which he ate when he needed a boost of energy. What did he carry?

Good Luck!

Welcome to Historical Hearts. My name is Sheridan Kent and I’m on a quest to become a historical romance author. I started with reading and progressed to writing when storylines and characters started running through my head at the most inopportune times. I’m currently dipping my fingers into the Victorian era, plucking out the juicy bits to bring my adventures to life!
My heroes are heart-stopping, tortured souls, while the women who love them are bewitching and bold. I’d love you to join my characters as they fight to overcome all obstacles on the way to love. Also, check back regularly to catch my post on some of the wacky laws of Old England, some you will not believe! To celebrate the launch of Historical Hearts, I have a copy of ‘The Perfect Rake’ by Anne Gracie to give away. Just mention the first name of the hero within your comments to go into the draw.

Good Luck!

Note: For your chance to win today's prizes, when answering the trivia questions or replying, please leave your name, email address and what draw you'd like to enter. Of course, you are more than welcome to enter all prize draws up for grabs. Good Luck!


Joan Kilby said...

I can't answer a single question! I'm just popping in to wish you historical ladies all the best for your new blog.

Keziah Hill said...

Congratulations on your launch ladies!


Have a lovely day, ladies. I'll spread the news and drop back later.

Danielle Lisle said...

Three amazing woman and three amazing prizes! Good luck everyone!

Annie Seaton said...

Congratulations on a wonderful launch! Great prizes!

Cassandra Samuels said...

Fantastic start to the blog ladies. Such a wealth of historical knowledge. Have a great day!

Joanna Lloyd said...

I love the blog and each of the intro's. You have all done an amazing job and the prizes are very tempting. Good luck.


Nikki Logan said...

Tamara - does it count if I say I have *no* idea where they like to promenade, ride & gossip (I'm guessing a park? A heath?) but the whole reason I want to win something it to start getting into more regency.

Great looking site and great launch event, ladies.


Eleni Konstantine said...

Oh I'm going to try for Tam's giveaway - Hyde Park :))

Suzi, love that you are making people work, but I have not time to do the research today :))

Sheridan, just love The Perfect Rake, and the hero is such a cool character.

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to reading your books Tamara! And LOL--even though I'm not a Regency writer--I know the answer to your question! Too bad I'm a HH and am ineligible for the prize!

Anonymous said...

Awesome questions! You've got me Googling! I love it!

Anonymous said...

LOL Love that your stories come to you at inopportune times! Looking forward to reading some of them!

Cheryl Leigh said...

Congratulations on the launch! It's going to be a great week. Have fun today!

Kelly Ethan said...

LOL looove historicals ;) secret vice.

For Suzy's comp...

2-Thomas De Quincey
3-First computer
4-Penny stamps or sometimes penny black stamps
5-chocolate-smart man...or not ;)

And for Sheridan... love that name.

Kelly Ethan

Christina Phillips said...

What a fabulous start to the party! Lovely to see everyone having fun :-)Good luck to everyone entering the contests!!

Cassandra Samuels said...

Suzi those questions were hard but I think I got most of them. It will be interesting to see what the correct answers are. Kelly has only one different to me. Pity I'm not eligible for that fantastic prize.

Sheridan - The Perfect Rake is one of my favourites.

Tam I know the answer to yours too - tee hee.

Can't wait to see who wins all the prizes.


Great blog!!! I will be here a lot finding links and bloggers and books..............

congrats on the launch ladies :)

Tam..I'm too late ,you have a lot of readers lol

for sheriden Gideon

for suzi :
1 cabriolet
2 Thomas De Quincey
3 a calculator, his later design for an analytical machine was the basis for the first computer.
4. the Penny black
5 chocolate

Bronwyn said...

Haha, Tam, I think Stephanie Laurens has a lot to answer for re getting us all hooked on Historicals!

Great start to the day ladies, and thanks to every one who commented already!


Anonymous said...

Wow! Good afternoon everyone. Sorry I'm late, been a very hectic morning.

Not that it matters, seems the party has well and truly started.

Thank you Joan, Keziah, Maggi, Danielle, Annie, Cassie, Joanna, Nikki, Eleni, Dana, Cheryl, Kelly, Christina, Bronwyn and iwasntbloggedyesterday, for dropping in and answering our trivia questions.

In the next day or two we'll announce the winners. So good luck and thanks again, we're so very happy to finally be here!!

Tam :D

Suzi said...

Hello everyone,
I'm so exited to see soooo many wonderful friends dropping by already to help us celebrate our Launch Day no1.
To give international commenters time to check us out from every time zone, I'm not going to say a word abpout the answers to my questions yet. You'll just have to wait and see- He he!
Oooh, I do love being evil!
So keep giving me answers, and íf more than one person gets every answer correct, I'll increase the prize pool and draw names from a hat. Love making people get their google fingers working!

Sheridan Kent said...

Thank you to all those who have left comments so far. Dana, those characters are a nuisance sometimes, especially when I'm suppose to be concentrating on my day job.

Keep the answers to the giveaways coming, you won't be disappointed by 'The Perfect Rake' *sigh*.

marilyn said...

Just dropped by to congratulate you on the launch ladies. Looks like it will be a great resource. I haven't read an historical romance for far too long but you've got me interested again. Cheers, Marilyn

Raven McAllan said...

I LOVE this.

As a to be published regency romance writer (ok bragging but hey I am over the moon here. October 7th), I'm not going to go in for the competitions... but will be reading the blog avidly. I too LOVE Stephanie Laurens.

Keep up the good work all!

Allison Butler said...

Fabulous day 1 of the Historical Hearts Blog launch ladies.

Tam - your stories are a little bit naughty - LOVE THEM BOTH:)

Suzi - you're a hard task master, and cheeky - LOVE IT:)

Sheridan - Anne Gracie's hero in 'The Perfect Rake' is - YUMMY!

WOW! If I could be in the draw I sure wouldn't want to miss out on the FANTASTIC prizes up for grabs. Best of luck to all who tackle the clever questions.
Most of all, Have Fun!

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone,
what a lovely array of visitors, gifts AND questions. I think there are one or two of yours Suzi that made me work overtime to check on. Now I have seen others comments I may be wrong... :) will have to wait to find out.
Tamara I have both your e-books and to anyone wanting excitment and adventure (and she is right.. a little bit naughty :) ) with their history, dont miss these. :)

Hello Sheriden, you are correct about The Perfect Rake, one of my favourites of Anne's works. And ou know, with so many talented published and up/coming historical authors, readers and writers alike shall never be bored.
Good luck to all ... and if you are not lucky today-don't worry there is more to come... :)

Helen said...

Whoo Hoo Ladies

I have not long got home from work it will be great getting to know everyone.

I love historicals and so love to be taken back in time to the ballrooms and country house parties and to be driven around Hyde Park in a Curricle. Gideon is the name of The Perfect Rake and I still love him to this day one of the best regency's I have ever read

Congrats on the blog Ladies
have Fun

Bronwyn said...

Hey Raven, thanks for dropping in! If you want to take a sec for a shameless plug, I'm sure the gals won't mind =)

Raven McAllan said...

ok thank you SHAMELESS PLUG
i started writing again for N.V. last year, and as I said on the NV site, my effort was terrible. I wrote as I thought i should not as I could.
My Crit group, who i met through N.V, dared me to write Wallflowers Don't Wilt, a regency romance with a twist, ad now it is being Published by Breathless Press on October 7th
And I am SOOO pleased. And excited, scared, worried, happy.......

Darlene Marshall said...

Congratulations on your launch! I love historicals and wish I could be in Australia right now, munching on an Anzac biscuit while sipping a long black, and enjoying the springtime weather with a good book.

Alice V said...

Lovely party, ladies. I'm on the other side of the world in Canada so I've no idea what day we're on in Australia. I see no one has answered the first question re riding, walking, etc. Wasn't that "The Mall"?

Valerie Bowman said...

Congratulations on the blog launch, ladies. I, too, love historical romance!

Suzi said...

Congratulations on the laucnh of your Regency next month,
And you're allowed be excited,

Suzi said...

Thanks so much for dropping in to help us celebrate Down Under!

Suzi said...

As a Regency author in the Beau Monde Chapter, you should know the answers to all the questions.
Sooo, where are your answers??
I'm giving the international visitors time to comment & answer,

Suzi said...

As another Regency author with the Beau Monde chapter, I also expected some fast answers from you.
I'll go and munch on another Anzac buiscuit and have a cuppa while I wait for all of you from the Regency and Historical chapters in the USA to flaunt your amazing historical knowledge before I draw prize winners,

Jimmy Thomas said...

Congratulations on your launch! Woo-hoo! :):):)

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I can't keep up with all you wonderful visitors!!

Thanks for stopping by and making our launch day so much fun, we really appreciate it.

Suzi, Sheridan, Marilyn, Raven, Allison, Maryde, Helen, Darlene, Valerie and Jimmy, thanks for dropping in.


Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to hear about the cloths and the adventure that those strong women lead those hero's on.
Good luck with the launch.


Anonymous said...

Please check back soon on the Historical Hearts Blog for a list of winners! If you see your name listed, please post your email address (if you haven't done so already) so we can get your prizes out to you.

Thanks again for a great launch week!

Tamara Gill

Suzi said...

Woo Hoo!
i'm very excited to announce that
IWASNTBLOGGEDYESTERDAY wins the prize of Three historical books. She answered all 5 of my Regency Historical questions correctly, and I must add, in record time.
Congratulations. I've sent you an email confirmation so I'll be waiting to hear from you.
Suzi Love