9 December 2012

A Regency Christmas Blog

This blog runs from the 3rd or 10th December
 
Welcome to Astraea Press's Regency Christmas Blog hop, where there will be lots of prizes on offer at each stop.
Each stop will include certain information

The first is an author Bio:
Multi-published author, Sherry Gloag is a transplanted Scot now living in the beautiful coastal countryside of Norfolk, England.  She considers the surrounding countryside as extension of her own garden, to which she escapes when she needs "thinking time" and solitude to work out the plots for her next novel.  While out walking she enjoys talking to her characters, as long as there are no other walkers close by.

Apart from writing, Sherry enjoys gardening, walking, reading and cheerfully admits her books tend to take over most of the shelf and floor space in her workroom-cum-office.  She also finds crystal craft work therapeutic.

The second is a copy of Mrs. Peabody's scandal sheet whic covers information about my story, Vidal's Honor, and  Kristin Vayden's Redeeming the Deception of Grace.

Earlier this year Astraea Press invited several authors to write a Christmas Rgency story that must include certain perameters.

a) A character called Lord Kringle.
b) the sotrty must take place in the year of 1812
c) there must be a scene that included a Christmas Eve Ball at Holy  Hall, the home of Lord and Lady Kringle.

For the rest of the story - the sky, as the saying goes, is the limit.

Eleven authors participated and thier stories couldn't be more varied if they'd tried.  :-)

Here is the Blurb for Vidal's Honor

Which will Honor lose first? Her head or her heart?
 
When plunged into a world of spies, agents and espionage during the Peninsula wars, Honor, Lady Beaumont, flees for her life when the French capture her husband at Salamanca, and relies on his batman to arrange her safe passage back to England.

Viscount Charles Vidal is ordered by Robert Dumas, the First Lord of the Admiralty, to travel to Spain and escort the only woman he’s ever loved, Lord Devlin Beaumont’s widow back home before the French discover her whereabouts.

Their journey is fraught by danger, least of all knowing whether they are surrounded by friends or foe. Will they survive long enough to explore the possibility of a future together or will whispers of treason be enough to see Honor dispatched to Tyburn first?
 
Excerpt:
While Vidal joked with his cousin, the viscount scanned the room. The smell of fine wine, whiskey and cigar smoke blended into a rich aroma that was as much a part of Whites as the card games, the background chatter, and outbreaks of lewd laughter from the younger members of the club.
One member in particular interested Vidal tonight, and he watched Robert Dundas, second Viscount Melville, and First Lord of the Admiralty, take leave of his friends and head in his direction.
 
He wondered why the man spent the best part of the night watching his every move, and paused in the act of fobbing his snuff box while he waited for the viscount to join him.
 
“Take a walk with me?” Although couched as a question, Vidal noted the quiet steel of command in the other man’s voice. Dundas laid a hand on his arm; a companionable gesture for anyone interested enough to observe the two men leaving the club together. “I believe I live not far beyond your own house. I’d appreciate your company, and this is not the place for such a discussion. ”
 
With an indolent twist of the wrist Vidal returned the modish lacquered box, unopened, to his pocket and nodded agreement. A man’s club was no setting for private conversation, and it was plain the man wanted to talk about something away from flapping ears.
 
Together they strolled across the room stopping to take leave of several mutual friends.
 
What are others saying about Vidal's Honor ~~
"Vidal's Honor" is a captivating book. It's rich in history and beautiful descriptions...
 
"This is a full-length novel, not a traditional Regency but a surprisingly intricate cloak-and-dagger, spy-and-adventure story with a generous splash of romance...The clever, well-sorted resolution, and the sweet romance, are more than satisfying...."
 
 
GIVEAWAY ~ PRIZES
 
Astraea press have published three of my stories,
and I am giving away three prizes -
winners will be chosen by random.org
 
All you have to do is leave a comment,
and the winners will get a book of their choice
 
 
 
Before you take off for the next hop, this is what people are saying about Kristin Vayden's - Redeeming the Deception of Grace.
 
"I really enjoyed this story. The chemistry flew off the pages..."
 
"This is a great, short read that will warm your heart!"
 
"This is my first from this author. And I LOVE it!!! Since I love Christmas and love story this is definitely for me. I would recommend it to anybody."
 
Don't miss this opportunity to visit Kristin Vayden's hop. 

I hope you have a wonderful and romantic holiday.

All authors included in this hop are:-
 
Kay Sprinsteen - The Toymaker
Vivian Roycroft - Scandal on Half Moon Street
Sherry Gloag - Vidal's Honor
Lindsay Downs  - Christmas Surprise
Patricia Kiyono - Partridge and the Peartree  
Ruth Hartman - Time for a Duke
Christina Graham Parker - Ghosts of Christmas Past 
Kim Bowman - The Duke Of Christmas Past
Rachel Van Dyken - The Devil Duke Takes a Bride 
Kristin Vayden - Redeeming the Decption of Grace

28 comments:

Krista Raven said...

I love regency romance its a passion of mine. Awesome Excerpt thanks so much
Krista
lollipopsandbooks AT aol DOT com

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Krista, thanks for coming by. If you love Regencies, you'll love this selection. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Brea Essex said...

Great hop, Sherry! I can't wait to check out Vidal's Honor and the rest of the AP Christmas Regencies!

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks for coming by Brea. I hope all's well with you and your family.

Leah said...

I love your cover, Sherry!

Tin said...

Stopping in from the hop!

Very interesting premise!

Thanks for the great giveaway!

- khriscc (at) yahoo (dot) com

Kay Dee Royal said...

Great Cover and I enjoyed the excerpt - thank you for the opportunity:) I'm fairly new to this genre, but getting better acquainted;)

kaydeeroyal at msn dot com

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Leah, Elaina did a wonderful job on all the covers, didn't she?

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks for your comment Tin.

SherryGLoag said...

Thanks for coming by Kay. I'm delighted you are enjoyed this genre, too.

Liz R said...

What a fun hop! Regency and Christmas is a wonderful idea =) You're book sounds like a good read, thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

Inga Kupp-Silberg said...

Thank you so much for the chance! I think it's the cutest giveaway hop I have ever seen and there are so many good books to win and auhtor blogs to visit!

Thanks again,
inga from Me and Reading
inga.kupp at gmail.com

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Delighted to know you are enjoying the hop Liz R. Thanks for coming by.

SherryGLoag said...

YVW Inga, and thank you for your kind words.

Alegna B said...

I love clean Regency Romance. Thanks for contributing to the contest. Merry Christmas!

alegnab at hotmail.com

SherryGLoag said...

Thanks for coming by Alegna. It's great when you come across new authors in your favourite genre. I hope you come away from the blog with lots of choices.

Linda said...

Hi Sherry! A Scot in England-isn't that considered scandalous? :)

Interesting idea that Astrea Press came up with & I' love to read your story. Most curious on the insistence of a Lord Kringle!

thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

SherryGLoag said...

Ha-ha, Linda :-) At first glance I thought that was a shamrock on your pic!! :-)

Thanks for coming by and your kind words. I hope you have a good w.end.

Ruth J. Hartman said...

I really enjoyed your book, Sherry! Merry Christmas :)

SherryGLoag said...

Thanks for coming by, Ruth, and for your kind words. I thoroughly enjoyed your book too, you have a lovely sense of humour.

scottsgal said...

I'm just starting to read Regency romance books and have enjoyed the genre so far.

Goofy Gals Scrappin' said...

I'm so excited to read after reading the excerpt. I'm definitely going to be putting it on my TBR shelf.

Sherry Gloag said...

That's great to hear Scotsgirl. There are some fantastic authors in the Regency genre. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.

Sherry Gloag said...

Goofy Gals Scrappin' thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. I'm delighted you enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for your kind words.

Stephanie Michels, author said...

Sherry, this sounds like a wonderful story. I love romances with a bit of intrigue in them. It doesn't matter whether they are contemporary or historical, intrigue gives them the spice I like.

joselynvaughn said...

Sounds great. I love Regencies.

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks for coming by, Stephanie. I appreciate your comment.

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks for your support Joselynn