Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Meet Linore Rose Burkard

This week in our Author spotlight is Linore Rose Burkard. Tomorrow is an interview with her, but I wanted to take today and introduce you to her and her new release. To be entered into the drawing for a free copy of The House in Grosvenor Square leave a comment on today's or tomorrow's post with your email addy so I can contact you if you're the winner. For us to qualify for the free book drawing, we need to have at least 10 people comment, so tell a friend, too!

I just learned from Joanne that Linore is a speaker at the Faithwriters conference this year, and I'm so excited! Faithwriters is a very special place to me--they encouraged me and taught me when I needed it most. I am soooo looking forward to this year's conference--and with Linore being a speaker means I'm looking forward to it even more AND I get to meet her! YaY! :)

Okay, on to Linore Rose Burkard herself...

Linore Rose Burkard creates Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul. Her characters take you back in time to experience life and love during the era of Regency England (circa 1800 - 1830). Fans of classic romances, such as Pride & Prejudice, Emma, and Sense & Sensibility, will enjoy meeting Ariana Forsythe, a feisty heroine who finds her heart and beliefs tested by high-society London.

Ms. Burkard's novels include Before the Seasons Ends and The House in Grosvenor Square (new release! April, 2009). Her stories blend Christian faith and romance with well-researched details from the Regency period. Her books and monthly newsletter captivate readers with little-known facts, exciting stories, and historical insights. Experience a romantic age, where timeless lessons still apply to modern life. And, enjoy romance that reminds us happy endings are possible for everyone.

Publisher's Weekly affirms, "Ms. Burkard's command of period detail is impressive, evident in material details, but also in dialogue. Her novels even help non-Regencyphiles learn the difference between ladies' pelisses and spencers...On the whole, it's a tasty confection."

Ms. Burkard began writing when she couldn't find a Regency romance with an inspirational twist. "There were Christian books that approached the genre," she says, "But, they fell short of being a genuine Regency. I knew that many women like me want stories that are historically authentic and offer glimpses of God's involvement in our lives. So, I finally gave up looking and decided to write one myself."

Ms. Burkard was raised in New York, where she graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. She lives with her husband and five children in a town full of antique stores and gift shops in southwestern Ohio. Her hobbies include working on four new Regency novels, family movie nights, swimming, and gardening.

The House in Grosvenor Square England, 1813: As Ariana Forsythe plans her wedding, she must adjust to the realization that she will soon become the wife of an extremely wealthy man. She wonders if it's wrong to rejoice that her future husband is rich. But, she promises herself to use her new position to do what she can to aid the numerous street waifs she sees all too often in London. During a tour of her future home-the house in Grosvenor Square-Ariana impulsively makes plans to redecorate (just a little) according to her tastes . But when Philip arrives home later, he is informed that an expensive silver candlestick and a miniature portrait of George III have gone missing. Moreover, each time Ariana visits the house, another item disappears.

When Ariana suffers an abduction attempt by two villains, and other mysterious goings-on are unexplained, Mr. Mornay must unravel the mystery of who is after her, and why. He knows he has to prevent any harm from befalling his future bride, even if it means he must keep her under lock and key in his own house!

Romance, suspense, and a deft touch of humor are part of the wonderful story of Philip Mornay and Ariana Forsythe's march to the altar. Fans of Linore's first book, Before the Season Ends, will love this delightful addition to the Regency Inspirational Series, as will all readers of historical romance.

Excerpt PDF from "The House in Grosvenor Square"

Don't forget to leave a comment on today's or tomorrow's post to be entered in the book drawing, and tell a friend! You have until Saturday evening to leave a comment and the winner will be announced on Sunday. Tomorrow is an interview with Linore--see you then!

6 comments:

  1. It's been a long time since I read a Regency romance so I think this would be a good chance to hope for one to read soon!

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  2. Oh, it sounds wonderful. I can't wait!!!

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  3. Sounds delightful - just the sort of book to read in one long sitting (when I can get away with it!)

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  4. I love learning about new authors and then reading there books. Thanks Patty for this wonderful feature you have here. My email is lynchteam@gmail.com

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  5. Oooh sounds nice! Looking forward to the interview tomorrow - AND to meeting her in August!

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  6. Ladies, I look forward to sending one of you the free book! Patty, your blog is beautiful, and I'm honored to be here--for two days, too! Thanks again, and I know it will be fun to meet at the Writer's Conference. : )
    PS: For readers who don't win a book this time, check my website calendar for more blogstops and contests to enter.
    http://www.LinoreBurkard.com/calendar.html

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