Saturday, June 16, 2012

Trooping the Colours with the Regency Rockstars!

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The Diamond Jubilee is first of the trifecta of celebrations in London this summer. The second is the annual Trooping the Colours.  From the Trooping The Colour (at this link),

The custom of Trooping the Colour dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th. Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle and were therefore trooped in front of the soldiers every day to make sure that every man could recognise those of his own regiment. In London, the Foot Guards used to do this as part of their daily Guard Mounting on Horse Guards and the ceremonial of the modern Trooping the Colour parade is along similar lines. 


To celebrate the Trooping the Colours, let's play eight degrees of separation with the Regency Rockstars - Vicky Dreiling and Kieran Kramer:

1. Trooping the Colours dates back to Charles II.

2. Charles II rebuilt Windsor Castle during the Restoration, creating the Baroque interiors that are admired today.



3. From Vicky's website bio, "Triple RITA® finalist Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile ... She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle."

4. From Kieran's website bio, "Double Rita®-finalist and USA Today bestseller Kieran Kramer is the author of the lighthearted Regency historical romance ... a former CIA employee ... and game show veteran."

FAMILY FEUD with Loni Anderson and Frank Bonner
from WKRP IN CINCINNATI

5. My favorite game show is Family Feud.

6. Family feuds erupted in the House of Hanover - the Prince of Wales' extravagant lifestyle placed him at odds with his father, George III, his wife, Caroline of Brunswick, and even Parliament.


7. The Prince became the Regent and gave his name to an era that was plagued by Napoleon.  Ultimately, honor, courage, and the stiff upper lip defeated him.  With the Little General exiled, British architecture, literature, fashion, and culture thrived.

8. The Regency Rockstars - Vicky and Kieran - incorporate all that we love about the Regency Era into their passionate romances.




To learn more about the Regency Rockstars, check out their website at www.regencyrockstars.com.  In honor of the the Trooping the Colours, I am giving away a special treat - winner's choice of an autographed book from Vicky or Kieran.  I will see both during RWA's Literacy Signing on July 25 in Anaheim!  To enter the giveaway,

- Leave a comment about the Regency:  what attracts you to it?   

- This giveaway is open to all readers.

- Comments are open through Saturday, June 23, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 24.

Mahalo,

Kim in Hawaii


  


   
 


29 comments:

  1. I always love the Regency etiquette & rules for courtship. I loves the heroes who abide by these rules & the Rakes that don't.

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  2. I like the formailty and the "heros" of the era.

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  3. For me there is just something about the balls and the way you had to watch what your actions.

    Besides who doesn't love a good rake!!!

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  4. I love the rules of etiquette and manners that were expected, however, knowing there are a few rule breakers in the bunch makes it very exciting. The romance seems to have an air of passion.

    Mel

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  5. I love all the customs, the dresses and the the pomp.

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  6. I love the gowns, balls, jewels and intrigues.

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  7. I like the drama, the beautiful dresses... :)

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  8. What doesn't attract me to that period? OMG I love dress, the jewelry, everything.

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  9. What attracts me to Regencies? It can be summed up the day I was watching the Jerry Springer Show and "Sense and Sensibiility" flipping back and forth between channels during commercials. It left me thinking that I'd rather live in a time when people were CIVIL and POLITE and REFINED! And sexuality seethed in a private place. Please enter me in your giveaway. I am TOTALLY now hooked on Historical Romance novels, esp. Regencies and I love Ms. Kramer's books. Thank you.

    annfesATyahooDOTcom

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  10. And though I have not had the pleasure of reading Ms. Dreiling yet, I have read her reviews and I'm sure I'd lave hers as well!

    annfesATyahooDOTcom

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  11. The balls, the dresses, learning about that period in time. Fun stuff!

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  12. Kim, you're so brilliant. I'm amazed how you pulled off that 8 Degrees of Separation!!! And thank you so much for featuring us here, you wonderful lady!!! You deserve a medal for all that you do for other people, especially for our military. I still get chills thinking of the special gathering in honor of our military at Chicago RT, with that awesome quintet singing patriotic songs, and everyone rallying around our troops. I was so proud to be able to stand for every branch of the military except the Coast Guard, and so now we need a family member to join that!!!

    I wish I were going to RomCon so I could see you and Kati. I can't wait to see you in Anaheim. I'm going to give you a huge hug, so watch out!!!

    All righty, back to the new book. Yes, it's Saturday, but my deadline looms. Thanks again for featuring the Regency Rockstars, and we'd love to add even more readers to our street team. We've only been around a week, but it's definitely Good Times on our site!!!

    Rock on, everyone!!! (I said that in honor of the Regency Rockstars and ROCK oF AGES, which comes out this weekend! I'd love to see it!!)

    XOXO Kieran :>)

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  13. I like the dancing and the beautiful gowns. The carriages and lovely paintings. The gorgeous houses and their gardens. I love the romance of it all.

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  14. I think I enjoy reading about it because it is so different from today. I want to be taken to different worlds. I know more than I want to about this one lol.

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  15. I enjoy reading about it because it transports me back in time to a totally different way of life. The way people dressed and acted were so different from today. You had to be chaperoned while you were being courted so your name wouldn't be sullied.

    kscathy@yahoo.com

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  16. English history in general is pretty fascinating. I enjoy reading Regency romances because of all the politeness, formal balls, pomp and circumstance!

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  17. Kim, I adore how you do the eight degrees of seperation. It's always so interesting.

    What's not to love about the regency?!? The rules of etiquette and the rakes that need to be loved unconditionally. So scrumptious!

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  18. Oh gosh i love reading historical regency novels........count me in on the contest...well share on facebook and twitter....babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

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  19. I love the parties, the dashing military men, and the clothes, especially ladies gowns.

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  20. I love the gowns women wore and all the balls and parties!

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  21. The history, clothes, architecture, and balls all make the Regency era very interesting to me.
    Trooping the Colours. I saw this in London in 1984. It was awesome!

    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

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  22. The Regency just seems like such a romantic period - you've got heroes from the war with Napolean, lovely dresses, gorgeous balls, candlelight ... the overall picture really lend itself to romance.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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  23. I like the history and fashion.

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  24. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway!

    I love regency b/c of the pomp and style of it all. Men and women had to adhere to certain styles and social rules and it forces the relationships to have courtships. I love "wooing" and this time period seems so much more romantic b/c of it.

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  25. I love the etiquette and manners, fashion, and the history.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I love both authors! You have to have humor in your stories and strong women. Women seemed to have a little more freedoms in the Regency area than in prior times, so that's why I enjoy reading it.

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  27. Hi Kim -

    I love to read historical Regency romance because of many diverse reasons.

    While the Regency period is known for it's achievements in the arts and it's architecture it was also the time of great social, political, and even economic change and of course the being fought against Napoleon which affected commerce not only in England but also the politics there as well.

    On the other hand it also was a time of cultural achievements which changed the structure of Britain. At the same time the elite of English society was in shart contrast to the poverty that existed in the lower classes.

    I must admit that wheneverI read a regency book I always think of Charles Dickens writing the words "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" whenever the elite are at a ball or at their country estate and take a moment to think of those less fortunate living in the stews of London.

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  28. I love reading Historical Romance books set during the Regency period. I picture myself attending the balls dressed in all my finery. I also picture myself being inundated with bouquets of flowers the next morning, and all the handsome young men calling on me. I love to be carried away to another time and place where people lived, laughed and loved, and were finding their way to each other.

    I'd really love to win a signed copy of Kieran's book "Loving Lady Marcia".

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