Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Book giveaway! The House on Grosvenor Square

05/20/09: I just drew the winner, and she is: Little Eagle!!!!
Thanks to all who entered! Even though you didn't win, I know you'll thoroughly enjoy this book! It's charming, it's fun and it will sweep you away to Regency London.

The House in Grosvenor Square by Linore Rose Burkard

ML: To win a copy of this book, leave a comment pertaining to anything you read on this posting. We need at least ten people to enter the contest, so please send this link to all your friends who you think would be interested!

England, 1813: As Ariana Forsythe plans her wedding, she must adjust to the realization that she will soon become the wife of an extremely wealthy man. She wonders if it's wrong to rejoice that her future husband is rich. But, she promises herself to use her new position to do what she can to aid the numerous street waifs she sees all too often in London. During a tour of her future home-the house in Grosvenor Square-Ariana impulsively makes plans to redecorate (just a little) according to her tastes . But when Philip arrives home later, he is informed that an expensive silver candlestick and a miniature portrait of George III have gone missing. Moreover, each time Ariana visits the house, another item disappears.
When Ariana suffers an abduction attempt by two villains, and other mysterious goings-on are unexplained, Mr. Mornay must unravel the mystery of who is after her, and why. He knows he has to prevent any harm from befalling his future bride, even if it means he must keep her under lock and key in his own house!
Romance, suspense, and a deft touch of humor are part of the wonderful story of Philip Mornay and Ariana Forsythe's march to the altar. Fans of Linore's first book, Before the Season Ends, will love this delightful addition to the Regency Inspirational Series, as will all readers of historical romance

Linore Rose Burkard creates Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul. Her characters take you back in time to experience life and love during the Regency England era (circa 1800 - 1830). Ms. Burkard's novels include Before the Seasons Ends and The House in Grosvenor Square (coming April, 2009). Her stories blend Christian faith and romance with well-researched details from the Regency period. Experience a romantic age, where timeless lessons still apply to modern life. And, enjoy a romance that reminds you happy endings are possible for everyone.

Q&A with Linore

Linore, what drew you to writing Regency Romance novels?
Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen books gave me a love for the period, and there weren't any Christian regencies to be found. I wanted to change that.

What do you think we could learn today from how society operated in the Regency period?England in the 1800s is a world away from the 21st century. Times have changed, but people haven't. Men and women of the time were concerned with their appearances, their finances, their futures, finding the right spouse, and so on, just as we are, today. How they went about pursuing these ends is where all the difference lies, however, and this is precisely where the interest and adventure opens up for writers; We get to bring to life the means and methods of everyday life and timeless concerns from the regency. It is fun and enlightening as a glimpse into the past, but readers can also identify with the basic human need to be genuinely loved for oneself, no matter the setting or time period, and to be certain of one's convictions concerning life, eternity, and faith. Having said that, it is good to remind modern readers that valuing one's purity can be mainstream, as it was then; or that the struggle to find a true love and a sense that one's life has value, has always been a human issue.

What do you hope readers will take away from your books? I hope my readers will feel as though they've been transported to the Regency for a good, satisfying visit; While they're visiting, they'll be reminded that God is involved in their life, and that happy endings are possible for everyone.

Any Regency romance is going to be compared to Jane Austen's novels ~ how are your books similar / different? I don't think most regencies are written with this comparison in mind at all. However, other people say my book is "Austen-like." That is a huge compliment, and one I would love to live up to.

Novelists sometimes dig themselves into a hole over implausible plots, flat characters, or a host of other problems. What's the most difficult part of writing for you (or was when you first started on your novel journey)?
I think for me the biggest challenge was to believe that I could write a novel in small increments. As a mom of five, four of whom are still home year-round (one is in college), having frequent interruptions is a fact of life. Writing takes a concentration so deep so that when I first started doing scenes, I would find myself getting woozy after standing up. I was shocked at the level of exertion it took to use my brain that hard, I guess! It happens less now--I guess I've grown accustomed to it. And I've learned to appreciate those small blocks of time. Ten minutes in a waiting room can yield a part of a scene I couldn't get done at home. Every little bit counts. I don't despise small beginnings. There are times when I'm in a deep level of involvement with a story or a character, and then getting interrupted can break the mood; but I'm getting better all the time at picking up where I left off, no matter how deeply I've got to dive to get back into the character or situation. For people like me with busy households, this is a must-have ability. I believe it can be the difference between making that deadline or not.

Some authors report writing 5-10 thousand words a day. Do scenes flow freely from your veins, or do you have to tweeze each word out? In general, I write more than I need and later have to cut back. I don't use a word count, but I may set a goal of one chapter a day or two chapters for a busy week. Other times, I don't think in terms of chapters at all, just events. I may break an event down into four scenes, say, and so my goal for that day will be to get the whole event on paper. In other words, finish the four scenes. Life changes so rapidly with the children, that for me, a hard and fast writing goal just wouldn't work. And, I focus on results, not time spent. Instead of, "Now I'll write for three hours," I say, "Now I'll have this or that happen to a character, or, 'I'll show a different side to this person." When I have accomplished that goal, no matter how long it took, I feel satisfied, and only then.

ML here: I've just finished reading The House in Grosvenor Square and I can highly recommend this book to you! I think I liked it even better than Linore's first book, although they both are wonderful. Ms. Burkard's knowledge of Regency England and her use of period language will completely enchant you. Her characters are likeable and real, and although the story started off a bit slow, if you stick with it, you'll find it is filled with aventure that I guarantee will keep you up late at night! If you like Romances set in Regency England, Jane Austen style, then don't miss reading all of Linore's books. If you don't win a copy here, I urge you to purchase one at the following places:

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  1. The House on Grosvenor Square sounds delightful!!! I love the fact that Ms. Linore writes for the Jane Austen Soul! I can't wait to read this book, with it's mystery & Romance!!!


  2. I admire Linore's ablity to write and homeschool. I look forward to reading The House in Grosvenor Square and stepping back into Ariana's world. Thanks for a chance!


  3. I loved BTSE, a couple of my friends and I have talked and laughed about it over the phone. It was such a delightful read. I have to say it's one of my favorites. The Regency era information is really educational as well!

    Keep up the good work, Lincore! We'll be having our eyes open for future releases.

    ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

  4. I bought Before the Season Ends on a whim and boy was it worth it!! I enjoyed it immensely.

    I fell for the "Jane Austen-like" line, but in truth I've never read a modern-day novel that's to be compared with the likes of Austen. But I understand what people mean when they compare your novel to Austen's.

    lowurtz at gmail dot com

  5. This book sounds wonderful! I find the author's approach to writing very's interesting to think of writing in terms of events, scenes, and accomplishments, rather than in terms of chapters. I think that's a great idea! I'd love a chance to win! Thanks!


    P.S. I really like your book preview for The Blue Enchantress, MaryLu! I'm so excited to read it when it comes out!

  6. This sounds great!I love the regency period and Jane Austen.Put my name

  7. the book sounds wonderful especially the way the author wrote it thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

  8. I just started reading more period novels from this genre - I'd love to add this one

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  9. I like reading books about the Regency period. This sounds like a good one.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. This sounds so interesting. I'm already wondering who is trying to frame Ariana and why.
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  11. I like how she broke down easy ways to write a novel Small increments is the key. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance

  12. This sounds like a good book. I love reading novels set in the regency period. heathererwin at hotmail dot com

  13. I enjoy reading historical based novels. sharonaquilino(At)hotmail(dot)com

  14. I love historical romance books. I enjoyed the interview too. Enter me please!

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  15. My mother loves historical based novels and I want to start reading them...... Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there

  16. That sounds truly enjoyable! Even if I don't win it, I'll have to get the book and read it. lol

  17. Linore mentioned Georgette Heyer's books, and I have also enjoyed so many of these. But to bring this Regency style into the Christian market is wonderful. I look forward to reading Linore's books and hope she writes many more.

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