Ruth Axtell

Ruth has loved regencies ever since she read Pride and Prejudice and discovered Georgette Heyer in her high school years. Everything from the wit of the dialogue, the formality of the courtship and the variety of hero types draws her to this genre of romance. She will have a single title regency out in March 2013 for Baker/Revell Books and an Americana historical for Moody Publishers. Her books have been translated into Dutch, Italian, Polish, Czech and Afrikaans. She was a Golden Heart finalist in 1994. Her second published book, Wild Rose, was a Booklist ďTop Ten Christian FictionĒ selection in 2005. She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), RWA (Romance Writers of America), HisWriters and Maine RWA. Ruth studied comparative literature at Smith College with a concentration in French and English literature, and spent her junior year in Paris. Since then she has lived in the Netherlands and the Canary Islands. Shortly after college, she committed her life to Christ. Fourteen years later, she committed her writing to Him. Currently, Ruth lives on the down east coast of Maine with her three children and two cats. She enjoys the challenge of vegetable and flower gardening in a cool, foggy climate, long walks, reading, watching British period dramas like Downton Abbey, and doing historical research for her novels.

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Favorite Regency Food: Oysters or Roast Goose
Favorite Regency Setting: Mayfair
Favorite Books

Victory Summer by Dawn Lindsay (published 1981). This one draws from the plot of Persuasion, my favorite Jane Austen novel: about love lost and regained after many years.

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Linore Rose Burkard

Linore Rose Burkard's Inspirational Regency Series, beginning with Before the Season Ends takes readers back in time to early 19th century England with eye-popping detail and heart-warming adventure. Fans of romance in the tradition of Austen and Heyer, such as Pride & Prejudice, Cotillion, and even My Fair Lady, will enjoy meeting Linore's feisty heroines and dashing heros.

Linore blends Christian faith and romance with well-researched details to bring the regency dazzlingly to life. Sign up for Linore's free monthly ezine which will arrive in your inbox chock full of historical tidbits to captivate and inspire. And remember, happy endings are always possible!

Ms. Burkard began writing when she couldn't find a Regency romance with an inspirational twist. "There were Christian books that approached the genre," she says, "But they fell short of being a genuine Regency. I knew that many women like me want stories that are historically authentic and offer glimpses of God's involvement in our lives. So, I finally gave up looking and decided to write such books myself."

Ms. Burkard was raised in New York, where she graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. She lives with her husband, five children and two cats (Calvin and Hobbes) in a town full of antique stores and gift shops in southwestern Ohio. Besides writing, her hobbies include family movie nights, swimming, and decorating.

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Favorite Regency Food:

I'd love to sit down at dinner with the choices they had, such as pheasant, grouse, pigeon, etc.  So many game meats we don't have available today.

Favorite Regency Setting: An upper class townhouse; in particular a drawing room scene with just a few characters to zero in on.
Favorite Books I have many favorite authors, but a few regency-interest favs would be Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen & Marion Chesney. Also love Dickens, Thackeray, Twain, Pearl S. Buck, James Herriot, the Brontes, and many more!
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Kristy L. Cambron

Kristy fell in love with the arts when she stepped into her first Art History classroom as a college freshman. Since then she's chased after anything related to European history, especially Jane Austenís England. She collects copies of Jane Eyre (her literary hero) and dreams of one day getting lost in all the museums of Europe.

Kristy is a Leadership Capability & Performance Learning Consultant for a Fortune 100 Company who has traveled across the country to facilitate training classes and continues to develop learning programs that are in use today around the globe. She is a former Director of Communications at Christian Academy of Indiana and as of 2013, will be a three-time graduate of the Disney Leadership Institute in Orlando, FL, as a Perfect Service Experience (PSX) Program Guide. She was named Outstanding Art History Student Award winner for her 2010 graduating class and after earning her B.A. in Art History, is continuing her post-graduate education at Indiana University to study English Literature. She is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency and writes Regency and WWII Era titles.

When sheís not writing, Kristy enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and three football-loving sons. The last and most important thing? Jesus Christ is awesome - let her tell you about Him sometime.

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Favorite Regency Food: Gingerbread cookies, Christmas plum pudding and spiced wassail by a roaring fire
Favorite Regency Setting:

Upstairs nobility and downstairs service staff character clashes in a posh English manor. Also pastoral settings in Northern England (or even venturing out to France or Ireland. I adore the manners and the lavish courtship that is so characteristic of Regency Era romance.   

Favorite Books Iím a pretty classic girl, loving works of literature that you can read and still find something fresh or inspiring each time. I couldnít count how many times Iíve read Jane Austenís Pride and Prejudice or Charlotte BrontŽís Jane Eyre. Also on my list of favorites: Elizabeth Gaskell, Elie Wiesel, C. S. Lewis and John Keats
Awards

First Place, Inspirational, 2012 Unpublished Beacon Contest

Finalist, 2013 Great Expectations Contest

Laurie Alice Eakes

Since she discovered Georgette Heyer books at the age of fourteen, Laurie Alice Eakes has been in love with the fashion and foibles of the Regency era. When she decided to write herself, she turned to the Regency for her time period. Family Guardian, her first book, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007. In the past three years, she has sold six books to Baker/Revell, five of which are set during the Regency time period, four books to Barbour Publishing, as well as two novellas to Barbour Publishing and one to Baker/Revell. Six of her books have been picked up by Thorndike Press for large print publication, and Lady in the Mist, her first book with Revell, was chosen for hardcover publication with Crossings Bookclub. She also teaches on-line writing courses and enjoys a speaking ministry that has taken her from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast. Laurie Alice lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs and two cats, and is learning how to make tamales. The Regency is a time when society is poised on the edge of leaving the old world behind and launching into the new world. The tension between class and industry, mores and morals, philosophy and faith sets my imagination alight.

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Favorite Regency Setting: London
Favorite Books Sanguinetís Crown by Patricia Veryan. The last in a series, this story holds all the elements of Regency social mores with high adventure, intrigue, and, above all, romance. Mitchell and Charity are two physically and emotionally damaged people who are the strongest hero and heroine Iíve read about. Despite overwhelming odds, they get done what needs to get done.
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Kristi Ann Hunter

Kristi Ann Hunter lives on the south side of Atlanta with her youth minister husband and three wonderful children. She is active in the church alongside her husband and spends a little too much time on the computer. She discovered the romance of the regency time period in college and never looked back. Initially drawn by the humor, wit, and transitions of the period, she also loves the clothes, the horses, and the atmosphere. Writing snuck up on her without warning after a short career in computer programming. She is currently seeking publication and maintains a blog where the readers contribute to the plot of a free online story. You can learn more about Kristi by visiting AmeliasDrawingRoom.blogspot.com.

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Favorite Regency Food: Ices or anything with chocolate
Favorite Regency Setting:

London, Mayfair

Favorite Books I Iove Julia Quinn. If I have to pick an actual favorite it would probably be It's In His Kiss or The Lost Duke of Wyndham.
Susan Karsten

I am an ACFW member, aspiring writer, home-educating mom of 3 teens with a Realtor husband in small-town Wisconsin. My first two fiction books are complete, post-first draft: ďA Match for MelissaĒ my first Regency novel, and ďEscape from PudgelandĒ my first middle-grade novel. My hobbies include running, sewing, scrapbooking, and fitness.

I do public speaking, have a degree in apparel design, and am a nationally award-winning home-educator. My interest in Regency fiction began with reading Jane Austen's books and I soon branched out to Heyer, Chesney, and beyond. I enjoy reading and writing within the confines of the rules of society and structured courtship portrayed in the Regency genre.

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Favorite Regency Food: Ices at Gunther's
Favorite Regency Setting: Country estate house party
Favorite Books  "A Matter of Class" by Mary Balogh, anything by Marion Chesney (M.C. Beaton)
Sarah Ladd

Sarah Ladd lives in Indiana and shares her life with her amazing husband and sweet daughter. She had more than ten years of strategic marketing and brand management experience, including five years of marketing non-fiction books and three years of marketing the musical arts.

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Awards Sarah won the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for Historical Romance
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Mary Moore

Mary Moore has been writing historical fiction for more than 15 years. After battling and beating breast cancer, Mary is even more excited about her career, as she incorporates some of her struggles throughout her books, dedicated to encouraging others in the Lord and using her writing for Godís glory.

Her debut novel, The Aristocratís Lady, won several acclaimed awards, including the 2011 Reviewers Choice Award by RT Magazine for Best Love Inspired Historical, and the 2011 Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers for Best Book by a Virginia Author. She also received an Award of Merit for Best First Book and Best Long Inspirational by the VRW.

Mary is a native of the Washington, DC area, but she and her husband, Craig, now live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia. When not writing, she loves to read, minister in her church, and spend time with her husband and black lab, Darcy.

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Favorite Regency Food:

Scones and Tea

Favorite Regency Setting:

I'm a country house party kind'a girl.

Favorite Books

Anything Georgette Heyer, Elizabeth Gaskill, Jane Austen, Francine Rivers

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Naomi Rawlings

A mother of two young boys, Naomi Rawlings spends her days picking up, cleaning, playing, and  of course, writing. Her husband pastors a small church in Michigan's rugged Upper Peninsula, where her family shares its ten wooded acres with black bears, wolves, coyotes, deer, and bald eagles. Naomi and her family live only three miles from Lake Superior, and while the scenery is beautiful, the area averages 200 inches of snow per winter. Naomi writes bold, dramatic stories containing Passionate Words and Powerful Journeys.

I love the intense, highly structured world of Regency romance. Our society today is so free, throwing off a lot of structure. I enjoy giving my characters a list of rules so long it makes oneís eyes roll backward, and then giving my characters a problem to which they respond as human beings we can relate to today, despite the strictures they face.

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Favorite Regency Food:

Anything I donít have to make myself. Thatís why there were cooks back then, right?

Favorite Regency Setting:

I really find Englandís international relations during that period fascinating. They were huge fans of declaring war and using their navy to bully the rest of the world into submission. As far as a favorite setting, I would say anything  set half in England and half in a country they were at war with, like America or France. Make one of the main characters English and the other from one of the warring countries, and Iíll fall in love with the story.

Favorite Books

Joanna Bourneís ďThe Black Hawk.Ē Itís general market, so be aware thereís some bedroom scenes, but it features a French spy heroine and English spy hero who have been in love for over a decade while their countries are at war. Talk about some conflict! Itís so wonderful to see the hero and heroine finally get together despite everything that stands in their way.  

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Naomi was an ACFW 2011 Genesis Contest Finalist.

Vanessa Riley

Even as I pursued my engineering degrees, my love of 19th century history yielded a hunger to take as many Western Civilization credits as possible (two classes shy of a minor). I adore Regency times with its conflicts between Church and State, the clash of the classes, and the sweeping romances. My mission is to have the world fall in love with powerful Regency heroes and heroines who battle for peace with a flintlock and a prayer.

I'm a member of ACFW, RWA, and the Beau Monde.

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http://www.ChristianRegency.com

http://www.InfiniteCharacters.com

Favorite Regency Food: Fruited Cake with Bliss Icing
Favorite Regency Setting: Devonshire or Hampshire Estates
Favorite Books Debra Raleigh's A Proper Marriage
Awards

First Place, Inspirational, 2011 Unpublished Beacon Writing Contest

Third Place, 2011 Show Me the Spark Writing Contest

Finalist, Orange Rose Competition

Vanessa's Book(s) Her debut Regency, Madeline's Protector with White Rose Publishing of Pelican Books releases April 19, 2013.Click on the cover to learn more.

 

Jessica Snell

I'm an Anglican, a wife, and a mother of four. My husband and I are missionary kids who grew up in Indonesia and the sub-Arctic respectively, and now make our lives in sunny southern California.

The conflict in Regency society between its extremely rigid social roles and its rapidly changing culture (due to both war and industrial revolution) is what fascinates me about the era. How do we keep the good things of the past while welcoming the good things of the future? A good romance leads to marriage, and marriage is all about taking who we were in the past and making ourselves into someone new ("the two shall become one flesh") and so I think that the struggle towards cultural synthesis in the Regency period make an excellent setting for the dynamic forces involved in any romance.

I'm currently working on a novel set in the chaos directly following the failure of the Peace of Amiens. When war breaks out again between England and France, my heroine finds herself on the wrong side of the Channel and in order to have any hope of making it home, she's going to have to trust the hero not just with her life, but with her honor.

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Favorite Regency Food:  Ices at Gunter's!
Favorite Regency Setting: A picnic in the country, in some of the beautiful settings near Salisbury.
Favorite Books  Sylvester, by Georgette Heyer. In some romances, only the heroine goes on a journey that changes her, but in this book both the heroine and the hero have to face who they are, what they've done, and decide who it is they want to be. Bonus points for for including not just a journey of the heart, but also a journey that takes the main characters all across England, over the Channel, through France, and back again! There isn't a dull moment in the whole novel