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Jane Ashford | Even the Regency changes

Giveaway: win a copy of LAST GENTLEMAN STANDING

Last Gentleman Standing
Jane Ashford




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September 2017
On Sale: September 5, 2017
352 pages
ISBN: 1492655279
EAN: 9781492655275
Kindle: B01MUG5KHU
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Also by Jane Ashford:
Brave New Earl, August 2018
The Duke Knows Best, December 2017
Last Gentleman Standing, September 2017
Nothing Like a Duke, May 2017


The world of romance certainly has changed since LAST GENTLEMAN STANDING was first released. The genre has blossomed and grown in so many ways since then.

Most noticeably, there are many more kinds of romance in 2017. Beyond just historical and contemporary, now these can be further broken down into paranormal, inspirational, steampunk, sci fi, m/m, bdsm and other kinds of stories undreamed of years ago. Readers have many more choices to match their individual tastes. And not only of plot and setting – they can get their fix electronically as well as on paper. They can order a book out of thin air and plunge into it in the next minute. Reading on your iPhone was not a phrase that would have had any meaning when LAST GENTLEMAN STANDING was first published.

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Brief digression: do you ever find yourself marveling at a sentence coming out of your mouth that would have made zero sense when you were young? For example: Email me the url. How do I make Bluetooth discoverable? Find me on my website and Facebook. More than romance has changed in these years!

The Regency has expanded in scope during this time, too. That phrase once meant a certain kind of book, mostly modeled on the marvelous work of Georgette Heyer. Now Regency has a much broader reach. Stories can be much sexier, for one thing. They run the gamut from sweet to smoking. Some readers like it mild, and some like it hot. And they can choose. The world of the novels has expanded as well, from ballrooms and country estates to many other sides of early nineteenth century life. There are characters from different social strata and problems other than getting vouchers for Almack’s.

We’re also hearing much more from the heros of romance. Back in the day, the inner thoughts of the romance heroine were the main focus of the narrative. Readers followed her inner as well as outer journey to an HEA. Now, people want to hear from the other side of the couple as well. It takes two to make a match, and readers want to see character development on both sides. The monolithic alpha male has been opened up and revealed to be a more complex creature. Struggles and angst for the hero have become almost obligatory.

So LAST GENTLEMAN STANDING, revised and updated as it is, represents time travel in more ways than one. It takes you back to Regency England and to an earlier era in the romance world. Some good times, both of them. I hope you enjoy it.


Gentleman Standing

A fortune hunter's dream...

Miss Elisabeth Elham is an unlikely heiress. She never knew the curmudgeonly uncle who died suddenly and left her a fortune. She's proud, outspoken and independent―a definite challenge for London's fortune hunting suitors.

As various determined gentlemen vie for her attention at balls, routs, picnics and parties, Elisabeth finds herself embroiled with a charming rake, a mysterious nabob, and an elegant neighbor. This would all be great fun, if only she wasn't so fascinated by the one man in London who's not trying to woo her...

Originally titled Bluestocking, this story has been unavailable for over 25 years.

Romance Historical [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: September 5, 2017, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492655275 / eISBN: 9781402276798]

About Jane Ashford

Jane Ashford

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was entranced by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Born in Ohio, she has lived in New York, Boston and LA, her writing life punctuated by breaks where the fates intervened and swept her off in different directions.

Jane has written historical and contemporary romances. Her books have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia and Spain, as well as the U.S. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times Magazine.

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What is your favorite thing to have changed in the past 10 years? Tell us below and you might win LAST GENTLEMAN STANDING




13 comments posted.

Re: Jane Ashford | Even the Regency changes

WiFi vs Dial up, LOL... so glad technology advances!
(Colleen Conklin 12:58pm September 13)

Being able to easily and quickly communicate with people
far away and in different countries at an inexpensive cost.
(G. Bisbjerg 9:02am September 14)

Easy internet access for research
(Bonnie Hometchko 11:00am September 14)

I agree with earlier comments that technology - and the immediacy of contact with others or available information. It's all wonderful - as long as you don't become "addicted" to it all.
(Nancy Reynolds 11:04am September 14)

GPS which is so helpful compared to maps.
(Sharon Berger 11:31am September 14)

In the last ten years, the way in which Learning
Disabilities are addressed in classrooms have improved.
(Cecilia Rodriguez 1:39pm September 14)

Well tomorrow the electric co is coming to wire us so we
can get hi speed in rural areas this is one of Obamas
things and so glad that it is happenimg as U S Celluar is
just charging us an arm and a leg for the moduem that we
have from them and it is so slow and they have a cap
where the electric co has no cap and they are doing all
the wiring from way down the hill. So this is a big
change for us and they are also adding phone but we kept
out same number . Also since i became disabled teaching
has changed so much since i have left they don;t have a
math book they do math diff.So glad that i am out!
(Peggy Clayton 1:02am September 15)

I think growing older and suddenly not be shy around people.
I'll talk to anyone these days about anything that happens.
It's funny. I guess it's because I'm an empty nester now
with no job. I like people so I talk.
(Sharon Shearouse 3:49pm September 15)

(Denise Holcomb 11:13pm September 15)

Books on Kindle and easy access to information on the internet
(Anna Speed 2:17am September 17)

I love that cover, I can't wait to read this, it sounds so good, thanks
(Penney Wilfort 12:16pm September 17)

expanding technology is both the best & the worst thing (if
nor used well)
(Diane Sallans 7:19pm September 17)

My life settling down.
(Linda Knowles 8:57pm September 17)

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