Friday, August 23, 2013

Aloha to Anya Wylde and SEEKING PHILBERT WOODBEAD - The Fairweather Sisters, Book 2

My children returned from Camp Grandma this week, bringing my mail that had been forwarded from Hawaii.   The mail included RWA's monthly magazine, ROMANCE WRITERS REPORT.  It featured an article about historical romance, asking the question if Romanceland is flooded with Regency Romance?  I loves Regency Romance - there are still plenty of dukes, ladies, and country parties to explore!

Anya Wylde is celebrating her newest Madcap Regency Romance, SEEKING PHILBERT WOODBEAD, Book 2 of the The Fairweather Sisters - specially priced on Amazon at this link:

Miss Celine Fairweather’s life was bobbing along like a boat on a tranquil stream when all of a sudden a summons from her beloved sister Penelope Radclyff, the Duchess of Blackthorne, changed it all.

Celine hurtles off to the London to help the duchess run the Blackthorne Mansion and to discover the whereabouts of her lost love Philbert Woodbead.

Celine manages to keep things deathly dull and under control for a whole week until she enlists the help of the handsome Lord Elmer—a mischievous rogue, an ex-pirate, and an incorrigible flirt who is wanted dead by all of England’s husbands with attractive wives.

They scurry from one giddy escapade to another seeking Philbert in musty inns and dusty streets, and through it all Celine tries to keep her bonnet straight, her gloves spotless and her heart in tune with her head.

Life has suddenly turned exciting, and love has well and truly bitten her rosy buttocks. Now the only question is … who has done the biting?

I look forward to reading SEEKING PHILBERT WOODBEAD as soon as school resumes next week.   I am giving away an ecopy of SEEKING PHILBERT WOODBEAD to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about characters' names from historical romances - do you have any unusual (but historical) names in your family tree?

My household goods arrived this week ... so I pulled out my husband's family tree (in a lovely frame from my in laws).   Both his mother and father have roots from England ... but its a paternal great-great-grandmother from Germany whose name caught my eye - Ernstina Dorothea

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, August 31, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 1.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

To learn more about Anya and her books, check out her blog at


  1. The oddest or weirdest name in my family tree is Teaseedle. She was my great aunt and I didn't know that was here name until she died. She was always Aunt Tea.

  2. We don't have weird names in the family as far as I know. My mom is fond of choosing cute names as well as putting up three first names like me.

  3. Hi Kim and Anya!

    Kim -
    I'm thrilled that you're letting all your followers about Anya's books because I read The Wicked Wager when it was first released and loved it! I'm thrilled that Seeking Philbert Woodbert is finally available because I've been waiting for it to be released.

    I'm hoping that Celine will be taking

    I hope everyone will check out Anya's website because she has a great excerpt there (and they are going to love it because I do so love a story with an ex-pirate in the mix!).

    My family believes in "passing down" family names so my Dad's middle name was Ellsworth, my middle sister's is Bingham and my middle name is Hastings and my Grandmothers name was Bingham.

    Whenever one of our family names are in a historical romance I love thinking of them as being one of my ancestors although for some reason they usually end up being a servant instead of a Duke!

  4. No real historical names in the family. But, I do have a relative from long ago whose name was Minnie Titsie. I'm not kidding.

  5. No unusual names but some old fashioned ones like Henry, Ralph and Alice.

  6. No unusual names but I'm also Chinese, most Chinese follow a family tradition when it comes to names.

  7. Since all my grandparents came Italy in looking through the family tree I would say no. Except my grandfather was named Fiore everyone called him Frank!

  8. We don't have any unusual family names that I'm aware of. I envy you have your family tree. I can only go back a little way on my family tree.

  9. I'm not sure about historical names in our family, but my father's first name was Ermon - which is definitely different!.

  10. Nothing strange I don't think. All my relatives are from Sicily and there was a special order to how you named your children. First after the father's father and mother and then after the mother's. Then you went to uncles and aunts. So of course the same names kept being handed down but they had huge families at least. My mom's generation didn't always go by the rules lol. I did use family names as middle names for my children.

  11. When my niece moaned about her name of Helen Merry, we reminded her that while she was named after her great-grandmother, Grace Minerva was not included..

  12. No unusual names... I think all our names are pretty old-fashioned.

  13. I have a great-grandfather who's first name was Lyman - not sure where that came from.