So without further ado….


Top Ten Reasons the Regency Is Popular

1.      Jane Austen—Arguably the mother of three genres. With her female-centric novels revolving around love, marriage, and social status, she might be said to be the forerunner of the Regency, the contemporary romance (because her books were contemporary when she wrote them), and women’s fiction. Add her wonderful sense of snark, her unforgettable characters, and plot twists, and it’s easy to see why her works are still popular today.

2.      Georgette Heyer—Carrying the tradition of Jane Austen into modern times, Georgette Heyer invented the Regency as we know it today—minus the love scenes, of course, but her themes carry on the tradition Jane Austen started and we see the echo of them in the racier Regencies today. Heyer’s meticulously researched novels are still popular today for her memorable characters and attention to detail.

3.      The sumptuous dresses—What Regency reader (or author for that matter) doesn’t like to imagine herself turned out for a night on the town in the perfect evening gown? Bonus: Regency-era stays and undergarments were not as confining as either eighteenth-century predecessors or their Victorian successors.

4.      The balls—And everything about them, from finding the perfect gown, to dressing for the occasion, the hope that the right man would ask you to dance, perhaps waltz even (more than once if he was daring)…

5.      The social restrictions—While not quite so repressed as the Victorian era, the Regency period still possessed its set of social rules, which any heroine worth her salt is going to break somewhere along the way.

6.      The other side of the coin—While not quite as wild as the eighteenth century, Regency folks still knew how to have a good time. Normal bedtime for the members of the ton during the season might be four or five in the morning, even for the demure young misses.

7.      Colin Firth—As Mr. Darcy, naturally. What Regency fan doesn’t like to relive his swim in the lake, or that scene where he watches Lizzie play the piano and sing?

8.      The lingo—Whether you’re in your altitudes or simply foxed, where else are you going to encounter so many fun synonyms for being drunk?

9.      The conflicts—The Regency period was a time of great upheaval on all fronts. England was fighting in what amounted to a world war as the battles against Napoleon took place as far away as India and Egypt, and not just on the Peninsula. Economically and socially, as well, the times they were a-changin’, and all that provides authors with a great variety of material to work with.

10.  Covers (like mine)—Need I say more?AMDRCover

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Ashlyn_Macnamara_Headshot_medAshlyn Macnamara writes Regency romances with a dash of wit and a hint of wicked. She considers this writing gig her midlife crisis, but figures it’s less risky than rock climbing or skydiving. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research. Despite her insistence on looking toward the past, she can be found on her website, Facebook, and Twitter. She also likes to play at being a Duchess from time to time.




Her second book A Most Devilish Rogue is available August 27, 2013.


Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.

George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters.



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  1. The question you pose is a little confusing in that I think a word or two was left out. However, I did like the Top Ten Reasons the Regency is so Popular. In addition to all of those reasons, I can only add that it takes me back to another time that was so graceful. I have learned a lot about history from these novels as well. Usually when someone says “History Lesson,” I run and hide. With Regency novels, there are terrific nuggets of history that are presented in such a manner that makes it interesting and I actually learn something.

    I’ve been admiring this cover for awhile now (who wouldn’t?) and now that the book is published, I’m looking forward to getting a copy to read.

    Congratulations, Ashlyn! You did it again! 🙂

    1. I love being swept away to another era, too. Part of the reason I write historicals. Enjoy the book, Connie!

  2. Love this interesting and unique post. Georgette Heyer has been a favorite author of mine for many years. Congratulations and best wishes on your wonderful release.

  3. What a great post! Fun top reasons, especially Colin Firth and knowing that some character is going to break the rules. Have to say I love the cover.

  4. I loved your Top Ten Reasons the Regency Is Popular but I often wonder if Cervantes hadn't written Don Quixote ( or to be more accurate " The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha" would we all be enjoying the genre today?

    Ashlyn, I love that you bring that same special something to your stories! Cervantes would be proud!

  5. I enjoyed the Top Ten Reasons the Regency is Popular and since Georgette Heyer was my introduction to romance, I definitely agree with #2. And of course, covers like yours, they really help make the Regency popular. 😀

  6. Okay my favorite reasons for reading Regency romances are: #3, #4, #5, #8, #9, #10. This one sounds like another great book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  7. I love reading about that time. I wouldn't want to live it but enjoy reading about it.
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