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A Scandalous Countess
Jo Beverley

Malloren World
Signet
February 2012
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Featuring: Lady May
432 pages
ISBN: 0451236041
EAN: 9780451236043
Kindle: B006CUA09S
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$7.99
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Lady May is back. And so is the scandal that sent her tumbling from her position as the toast of London, when her husband, the Earl of Maybury, was killed in a duel. Even a year of mourning hasn't quieted the rumors of her infidelity.

Georgia Maybury is determined to regain her position in the beau monde, but a scarred ex-naval officer threatens her plans...

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96 comments posted.

Re: A Scandalous Countess

I like the Georgian Era. The dresses were amazing. I am sure that they were probably very uncomfortable but so beautiful and women looked so elegant. Thinking about it, isn't it amazing how our styles have changed...lol...Thanks for sharing!!
(Dawn Staniszeski 10:02am February 9, 2012)

I'm a big fan--of friendly rivalries among colleagues like this one. This is just too fun, and though neither is =my= period, I'm loving the back and forth of this and enjoying following along.
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Maggie Shayne 10:42am February 9, 2012)

The book sounds great - and I'd love to win the contest. But even if I don't, I'll search out the books. Thanks.
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Nancy Reynolds 10:42am February 9, 2012)

I don't think I have read any Georgian novels. I know I have read some Regency and enjoyed those. I guess I will have to stretch a little and find some Georgian stories so I can compare. Thanks
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Patti Paonessa 11:14am February 9, 2012)

Georgian era, all the way. I love the glamorous excess and the
whirl of change in the air, bold, brash, b*lls out, perfectly
suited for drama.
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Anna Bowling 11:14am February 9, 2012)

Regency. I don't think I can recall any Georgian books I have read, though I am sure I have read them. I love the subltlety of what is said sometimes. Plus Darcy lived in the Regency period. Need I say more?
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Pam Howell 11:52am February 9, 2012)

I like both periods but they have their good and their bad. I love the men in
high heels and swords but can we say "trip". I am not fond of wigs but
without bathing lice were prevalent. Though the Georgian dresses were lovely
I wouldn't want to wear them and the Regency dresses certainly revealed if
you over ate. When I think of wearing so many layers of clothes for lack of
central heating and even in the hot summers neither period entices me. I
read both periods regularly and keep looking for more. These books from
both periods make great escape reading. Please keep them coming.
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Sandra Spilecki 12:17pm February 9, 2012)

You know, even though I've read plenty of books in both periods, including books from all of the authors above, I never understood what the differences really were before now, other than who the royals were at the time. Thanks for clarifying! I'll definitely pay more attention to the not so subtle differences in future reading.
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Trish Jensen 12:21pm February 9, 2012)

I think that I have never read a Georgian book but sounds very interesting. I love your books and I can't wait to read this.
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Gail Hurt 12:28pm February 9, 2012)

I love both, though I am partial yto
Georgian- namely because of your
books. I have read all your books, still
have my "Waiting for Rothgar" pin on
my bookcase. I love your books and am
so delighted to see you here.
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Carla Carlson 12:30pm February 9, 2012)

I have read more regency era books, but I am not against enjoying ones placed in the Georgian...
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Colleen Conklin 12:49pm February 9, 2012)

I read both, but I prefer Regency..and I love to win books!
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Sheila Mulholland 12:50pm February 9, 2012)

I have read only one book from this era and I really don't remember if it was Georgian or Regency. However this interchange among authors has peaked my interest and I look foward to reading more books from this time period. I think the Georgian period had better arguments.
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Kathleen Yohanna 1:12pm February 9, 2012)

It was nice getting to know you ladys, thanks for the giveaway!!
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Lizabeth Rodriguez 1:41pm February 9, 2012)

I know that I have read a few books from the Regency era but not sure about the Georgian. I would love to read books back to back to make a comparison before I say for certain that I prefer the Regency Era.
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Wendy Hulbert 2:17pm February 9, 2012)

So, the Regency folks are law abiding and the Georgians are the rule breakers???
:o)
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Cathy Maxwell 2:58pm February 9, 2012)

I like both but Regency is my favorite, thanks for the giveaway!
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Natasha Donohoo 3:24pm February 9, 2012)

I'm not sure which era I prefer, but would love to find out! Good Luck everyone!
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Becky Darmogray 3:41pm February 9, 2012)

Great to see so many votes for Georgian! Interesting mention of Darcy. I
wonder what he'd have been like if born 40 or more years earlier?

Jo
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Jo Beverley 3:44pm February 9, 2012)

The Georgian and Regency eras are my two favorite time periods, and I love reading books set in both eras. The clothing in the Georgian era was more glorious, but with that glorious clothing one had to wear a wig or powder one's hair. The Regency, however, holds a greater appeal for me. I am fascinated by the fact that the upper classes were so oblivious to everything except their own pursuits and pleasures. The British Army on the Peninsula and the Channel Fleet on blockade were given no thought by anyone except the politicians, and even they didn't give the Army and Navy enough thought or enough funds. Even people who had brothers, uncles, cousins (or whatever) fighting against Napoleon seemed to give those military relatives little thought. People with that much self-absorption are both fascinating and repelling.
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Susan Lantz 3:51pm February 9, 2012)

I read both, I read a lot so I read whatever I get my hands on.
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Wilma Frana 3:55pm February 9, 2012)

Both eras are interesting - but I believe the Georgian is more exciting - the world was changing quickly. On the other hand, a guy in high heels and a beauty mark just does not do it for me. Of course I have never met a guy with high heels and a beauty mark, so what do I know?
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Annette Naish 4:00pm February 9, 2012)

@Jo What would Darcy be like had he been born 40 years earlier? Prissier!
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Cathy Maxwell 4:12pm February 9, 2012)

I see the Regency as an evolution of the Georgian period - a time when tastes had refined and found the meaning of sensual, to strip away all the layers of clothing and the wigs to raw style and self-confidence. It was a time of discovery when the people werent ashamed to be indulgent and to revel in what was beautiful and exciting.
The Georgian period was altogether more gritty, and whilst interesting, not nearly so romantic (Point conceded about Poldark however.)
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Grace Elliot 4:15pm February 9, 2012)

Well said, Grace! I agree. (Always did find wigs a bit of a turnoff, I'm afraid.) Not that both eras don't have their delicious novel heroes... The Regency has the inimitable Darcy and the Georgian the Scarlet Pimpernel, to name a couple of classics!
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Brenda Hiatt 6:26pm February 9, 2012)

I have read romances set in both periods. I prefer the Regency as a period to study and discuss. I like the men's clothes and sword play but think the clothes of the Regency period are more rational.While I like Jo Beverley's and some of Heyer's Georgian set stories, I don't much care for all the other so called classics.
If we are going to talk about hygiene and sanitation we have to give the nod to the Regency again.
I do think that ladies were freer in the Georgian era-- despite the clothes, than later. As the 18th century progressed and on into the 19th, it seems as though society put more restrictions on women.
There was a great change from the time of George I and 1800. One of the big changes for society was the marriage act of 1754 and the other was the American Revolution.
BTW, I disagree that Darcy would have been prissier if he had been born 40 years earlier. He would have been freer in all ways, I think.
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Nancy Mayer 6:57pm February 9, 2012)

I'll read any era that has to do with romance.
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Deb Pelletier 7:15pm February 9, 2012)

The answer to this question is a bit of a mixed bag. I am very much in love with the costuming of the Georgian era. I have always loved the dresses in particular, with the hoops and petticoats with the ruffles, and boots with buttons going up the side. However, the Regency era was slightly more advanced and a bit more brutal, if there was such a thing back then. In that respect, and that respect only, I would lean towards the Regency era. I suppose you could call me the scales of justice, and I would have to stay equally divided. I'm sorry that I can't be of more help, but I love the cover of your book, and am sure I'd love the story even more. Congratulations on its' release.
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Peggy Roberson 7:30pm February 9, 2012)

I love reading well written stories from both periods.
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Mary Chin 8:15pm February 9, 2012)

I lean toward the Regency period, but I haven't read that many
Georgian period. I'll read them all!
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Diane Sallans 8:17pm February 9, 2012)

I read all sorts of books and seem to read in cycles-sci-fi,suspense etc.I'd love to get some more books to add to my collection.
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Cynde Mitchell 9:43pm February 9, 2012)

I cannot add to the argument of either of pick one. My only comment is that I have much more appreciation for any type of history now that I am older and am not reading it out of a textbook. It probably doesn't hurt that there is more romance and emphasis put on the handsome heroes. I'm a fan of both.
Good luck and happy writing!
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Tracie Travis 10:16pm February 9, 2012)

While both periods were lively, the Regency period represents a more refined life style in all respects and offered yet another rung up the ladder of liberty and opportunity for women as well as a more evolved classicism in art, artifacts, fashion, and manners. Nonetheless, ain't no harm in diving into the florid excesses of the Georgian era.....especially when setting a tale! So.....in matters of fashion and housing, I prefer Regency as a period, but, in matters of the telling of a good tale, I like both Georgian and Regency periods.....certes, for that matter and in that regard, I welcome all periods!
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Carla Schuller 10:35pm February 9, 2012)

I have read both but I prefer Regency. Thanks for the contest.
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Teresa Ward 11:15pm February 9, 2012)

I like most genres of books. I especially like the Georgian Era. These books sound really good. Thanks for the Contest.
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Cheryl English 1:41pm February 10, 2012)

I don't vote for either. I love to read books with an open mind, so I like pretty much everything. I hope to read these books though, like sound so amazing. Hope you have a nice day. :)
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Meghan Anderson 1:46pm February 10, 2012)

Sounds like a terrific book! I think i like Regency AND Georgian... Hard to pick just one!
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May Pau 2:15pm February 10, 2012)

I've always been a big fan of the Regency books. Anything with a country type setting, though, is great for me.
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Carol Mallory 3:53pm February 10, 2012)

I would pick the Regency Period, a side from Miss Austen's books, the manners, speech, and the entices ones into an actual time when be a female was appreciated (although, I still object to the idea that women were man's intellectual equal) in the sense of respect when addressed. An the country scenario make it allbeautiful.
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Wilma Salas 5:15pm February 10, 2012)

Regency books are the best!
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Michele Casteel 7:22pm February 10, 2012)

Great arguments by all. Personally, it's the characters that really make a book for me. Georgian or Regency (or otherwise) it's all good!
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G S Moch 8:15pm February 10, 2012)

Who can resist a man who wears as many jewels and colors as his begowned lady and manages to exude virility and sensuality at the same time? Definitely the Georgian times for me. Elizabeth Hoyt's The Serpent Prince is another example of men in heels who make it work! Then there's Rothgar and those Rohans (thank you, Jo and Anne). Women who held their own against that had to be their match and that's what it's all about, isn't it, no matter the time frame?
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Dolores Feagin 8:37pm February 10, 2012)

Don't have any experience reading Georgian time period, so I can't say which I would like better. All though the lack of bathing in the Gorgian period is a real turnoff.
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Kathleen Bianchi 11:07pm February 10, 2012)

I can't say that I can choose. Both had pros and cons, and
neither truly speaks to my heart. Maybe it's because I've
never read Austen, or a lot of books from that era. Maybe
it's because I prefer my romance a little on the wild and
dangerous side. I'm not sure, but what I do know is that I
want the guy whose going to knock me off my feet, make my
head spin, and keep it that way for the rest of my life, or
at least the few hours it takes to read the book.
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Christiana Tegethoff 12:55pm February 11, 2012)

Nothing to add about the Georgian period, but that I should read more of it. I forgot how amazing it can be.
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Mary Preston 4:37am February 11, 2012)

I prefer the Regency and I thank you for offering this contest.
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Thomas Gibson 3:44pm February 11, 2012)

I am in the Regency and Victorian camp. I hate how men use to have to take off their wigs just to make love properly.
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Molly Wilsbacher 4:12pm February 11, 2012)

I also started with Georgette Heyer and then progressed on. Thanks for the period history lesson and keep writing books I want to read. I love learning about the customs of the times and those who break with tradition.
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Alyson Widen 5:05pm February 11, 2012)

I enjoy the Regency period because it is less restrained than the Victorian. However, I would rather live in the late Victorian because they were finally getting rid of corsets and I cannot imagine wearing 40 lbs. of clothing as they did in previous periods. And the Victorian Era had some more modern conveniences like flush toilets, gas lighting, etc.
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Irene Menge 5:31pm February 11, 2012)

I plead the 5th lol. Truly I love variety and enjoy both eras - they each have their good points!
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Jeanne Sheats 6:20pm February 11, 2012)

I've probably read more regency set books, but I do enjoy books in both time periods. I enjoy any basically set anytime in the 18th and 19th century... I'd love to see a Georgian character get plunk down in the Victorian era... talk about a culture shock. LOL
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Shauna George 6:55pm February 11, 2012)

It's a toss up for me. Give me believable characters and an interesting plot and I'm happy.
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Joanne Hicks 8:12pm February 11, 2012)

I would love to read all of these books
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Deb Pelletier 8:34pm February 11, 2012)

I like them both but Regency is my favorite.
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Kelly Mann 10:44pm February 11, 2012)

Wouldn't even want think about banishing either of these from my bookshelves--but I still especially love the stylized pace of Regencies. I probably read more "Georgian," but Regency has a hold on my heart.
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Janet Martin 8:03am February 12, 2012)

Ummm. I feel like an idiot because I didn't really notice a
difference. BUT in my defense, I just started reading these. I
have always loved Victorian-ANY Victorian. Regency? Georgian?
They are books-and that means they are all alright with me.
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Patti DelValle 10:24am February 12, 2012)

I like Georgian era best because of the enlightenment and all the chances happening.
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Christina Vanderford 11:30am February 12, 2012)

I think both have their plus and minus points; either make me wish for days of chivalry.
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Darci Paice 2:26pm February 12, 2012)

What a sexy group of books. :-) I would love to read them all.
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Lisa Hutson 2:54pm February 12, 2012)

While both eras are fascinating (I love Georgette Heyer's books!) I enjoy the Regencies more - among the first historical romances I read was a Regency Romance and I completely fell under the spell of that period of time. As Patti DelValle mentioned in her comment, though, they are BOOKS! And that is what matters most! :-)
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Felicia Ciaudelli 3:05pm February 12, 2012)

HI LADIES!! IF YOU GET WAY DOWN HERE, I JUST WANTED TO SAY
THANKS FOR THE AWESOME CONTEST!
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Linda Bass 3:23pm February 12, 2012)

I love both era's........I am addicted!!!!! Times of innocence that we shall never see again........loved the clothes and more slower pace of life.........love horses over cars, trucks, etc.........I wish I could go back in time........
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Joanne Bozik 6:20pm February 12, 2012)

I too love the Regency fashions!
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Lisa Garrett 7:06pm February 12, 2012)

I've recently been reading a Regency-set romance by Carolyn Jewel that I find startling because of its dark feel. And that's led me to think about the advantages of making darker, murker Regencies and emerging-gentility Georgians....
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Mary Ann Dimand 8:00pm February 12, 2012)

I love both but I would not want to wear all those layers without air conditioning. I would spend all my time fainting. lol I love well dressed men and those in heels looked better and I am sure they did not hunt in them, did they? I love your books ladies so please keep writing.
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Brenda Hill 8:01pm February 12, 2012)

I have to chose Regency. Since I was introduced to that period through Jane Austein's Pride and Prejudice, it is just too hard for me to considered anything else. You can say I'm tied up with Mr. Darcy.
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Kai Wong 9:22pm February 12, 2012)

Thanks for the contest opportunity. I have not read any historical fiction books
yet but i have heard good things. I love the dresses that women use to wear in
the Georgian and Regency era.
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Elisa Varey 10:14pm February 12, 2012)

Book sounds great,I love Regency books. Thanks for giving me a chance to win your book.
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Linda Hall 10:42pm February 12, 2012)

I started with Georgette Heyer, but it's been so long ago that I don't remember anything about the differences.I loved Pride and Predjudice,and I think Darcy would have taken a much more drastic and active role in punishing the villain, and in claiming his love, had he been Georgian.I love the gorgeous clothes,but prefer cleanliness.I also prefer the looser looking clothing of the Regency,mainly because they would look better on me!I guess I just have to say that it really depends on the hero...as long as he fills my desires in a hero it doesn't matter WHAT he wears(or doesn't!).I enjoy all your books, and would love to win any or all of these! Thanks for the opportunity.
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Mary Holden 5:06pm February 13, 2012)

I love Poldark too. I used to read YA historical fiction about the Colonial period, which was mainly the end of the Georgian period. Georgian times were so much more unrestrained which is fun! Also, it's a little less over-exposed in the romance field at this point.
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Lisa Elwood 5:34pm February 13, 2012)

I love anything to do with the Georgian or Regency eras. I do think that the clothes for women during Georgian times were much nicer than the "Empire Line" style of the Regency period. I also love all the bawdy and risque behaviour of the Georgians.

All of the articles were simply fascinating, and I learned many new things today. It really enlightened me, and I love being entertained by all you wonderful Authors regardless of which era you write about.

Thank you all for such an amazing and very generous giveaway.
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Diane Diamond 5:42pm February 13, 2012)

I don't think I can decide. While clothing and accessories
are important, give me a strong hero to protect his muse under
all situations and I'm happy. But thanks for the food for
thought and education. Always happy to learn something new.
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Karen Gales 7:58pm February 13, 2012)

Thanks so much for the history lesson, ladies! I really enjoy your books. I love both periods: Georgian and Regency. I like the fashions of both periods except for the wigs and not washing in the Georgian era. Just give me a to-die-for hero and a kick-ass heroine and I am happy.
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Cathy Phillips 11:10pm February 13, 2012)

The Regency era just seems so much more elegant and fun. While the Georgian
era is interesting, Regency romances just tend to be that much more delightful
to read.
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Hyunjin Jeon 4:22am February 14, 2012)

I like both eras. I love the clothing from that time as well as movies and books.
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Amanda Tonar 1:44pm February 14, 2012)

I like both eras but would choose Regency as my favorite. The Georgian era had such elegant dresses (layers of underclothing). It's no wonder why they carried their small hand fans (they got so warm, it kept them from passing out).
No air-conditioning in those days. Great to read about and view in movies from those time periods.
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Linda Luinstra 6:08pm February 14, 2012)

So far I've been most attached to the Regency period and the great books set in this time, but I'm just now starting to explore the Georgian era.
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Amanda P 7:01pm February 14, 2012)

I'm probably a Georgian girl at heart (although a good story in any time period is appealing). The Georgian period was such a huge time of transition. People were challenging the status quo and reflecting on their own habits philosophy. I'm currently finishing up the Pink Carnation series, so I'm a bit obsessed with spies and aristocracy.
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Holly Sanders 8:35pm February 14, 2012)

I remember watching Poldard and loved it. I don't really have a favorite era, just enjoy reading
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Sheila True 12:03pm February 16, 2012)

HI LADIES! WOW, I HOPE BEING NUMBER 80 IS LUCKY! LOL I
HAVE MUCH TO LEARN AS I JUST STARTED READING THIS GENRE.
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Linda Bass 1:54pm February 16, 2012)

Sweet Giveaway, thank you.
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Cynthia Teer 2:20pm February 16, 2012)

I've read books from both periods, and like both of them. I'd love to win these books.
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Wilma Frana 3:00pm February 16, 2012)

I love time-walking both periods, so many thanks for the opportunities to win. Blessings.
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Susan Jeffers 4:10pm February 16, 2012)

I personally am a big fan of Regency novels and especially enjoy books that are based on Jane Austen's books. I don't think I have read any Georgian period novels.
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Chelsea Knestrick 4:27pm February 16, 2012)

I love the regency era, for some new authors, they are doing post-civil war style and I'm not a fan of those ~

Thanks!

Kim Phan~
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Kim Phan 5:21pm February 16, 2012)

I LOVE both Regency and Georgian novels! Historical Romance for me is
a fun escape from reality, not that I would trade my life as a mom for
anything! You know what's fun; picturing modern day movie, Tv or sports
stars (even politicians) surviving in life so long ago LOL! I think the hero's
in the books put them all to shame ;~) Thanks for doing this contest!
What's better than a contest with 4 historical romance ebooks giveaway!
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Stefanie Finn 5:28pm February 16, 2012)

I love all! As long as there's a good romance, I'm good :-)
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Chelsea Brooks 10:00pm February 16, 2012)

Oh wow. Awesome post! Can I say that I like them both? These
are some of my favorite authors and I can't pick just one
period over the other. If the story is engaging and I can fall
in love with the characters, I don't care what time period it
is :)
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Erin Fender 12:11pm February 17, 2012)

I'm a huge regency fan. never cared for the Georgian time period primarily because of the wigs. Yuck!
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Molly Wilsbacher 12:30pm February 17, 2012)

Brenda Hiatt had me for the Regency era when she said..... I happen like my heroes a bit less . . . adorned. (And, okay, cleaner. Beau Brummell did us Regency afficionados a big favor when he popularized daily bathing!)How wonderful that much of the 'heaviness' of the Georgian era was left behind including the aromas! LOL... The Regency Era brought in the more modern thinking also giving way to heroines with more interesting characterizations. I choose Regency.
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Betty Hamilton 2:56am February 17, 2012)

I love the regency era! Sounds like another great book!
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Julie Parrish 8:44am February 17, 2012)

I've read both but, at the time, I wasn't aware of the difference. I simple enjoyed the story.
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Anna Speed 1:20pm February 17, 2012)

I like both, but from the books I have read regency takes the cake. Both eras
have wonderful clothing, social ettiqute that dares to be crossed, and some good
old chivalry. Fun post to read, love the debate!
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Lexi Hansen 5:44pm February 17, 2012)

I like them all. Ah... Lamore.
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Deb Pelletier 7:16pm February 17, 2012)

I adore the fashions of the Georgian era - but then only to
look at and never would I consider wearing them! Regency is
more my style. Thanks so much for the chance!
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Theresa Dunlap 8:45pm February 17, 2012)

I think life must have been very difficult for women in either era, particularly women alone; so few rights, so much responsibility. I rather adore my modern appliances, too! It might be fun to visit, but oh, I'd want to take them back with me to modern times.
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Beth Fuller 10:24pm February 17, 2012)

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