Spotlight on Jane Ashford + Giveaway

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Spotlight on Jane Ashford

In my younger days, I used to devour the old Signet, Zebra, Candlelight, etc. Regencies by the dozens, and still have quite a collection on my TBR shelves. Jane Ashford was one of my favorites. I’m glad to see that she is making some of these available in digital form so that they can be enjoyed by the younger Regency readers.

ashfordThe more I learned about Jane Ashford (whose real name is Jane LeCompte), the more I realized how much we have in common. She discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school, while I discovered Heyer’s magic in ninth grade, but both of us were entranced with “the glittering world and witty language of Regency England.” She studied English literature in college. I have an English minor. She traveled widely in Britain and Europe. I studied abroad in Spain, France and Mexico, lived in Ecuador for three years, and have traveled around Europe, Central and South America. She was born in Ohio and lived in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. As for me, I’ve always lived in Ohio, except for the three years in Quito, Ecuador. She started writing at a younger age, but her career was interrupted by various life events. I read voraciously during my teaching career and began writing seriously afterward.

At the moment I’m reading The Impetuous Heiress, which features a strong, self-confident society lady labeled an “ice queen” because she’s turned down so many offers of marriage. But when she meets a tall flame-haired Scotsman who isn’t impressed by her popularity or beauty, she falls hard. This time, though, she is the one who gets turned down, and oddly enough, it only seems to make him more attractive to her. Will the Scotsman see through her social veneer to the sweet, generous girl beneath, or will his first impression of her as a rather “fast” society lady make a love match between them extremely unlikely?

impetuousWhich of Jane’s Regencies have you read? Do you miss the shorter Regencies as much as I do?

Giveaway#2: One randomly chosen commenter will receive the following SIX vintage Jane Ashford Regencies*:

  • The Repentant Rebel (1984)
  • The Irresolute Rivals (1985)
  • Meddlesome Miranda (1988)
  • Gwendeline (1980)
  • A Radical Arrangement (1983)
  • The Impetuous Heiress (1984)

*These are used books in relatively good condition.

Jane’s new historical release is Once Again a Bride:

onceagainPushed by her dying father into a marriage with one of his friends, Charlotte Rutherford Wylde finds herself bound to an old man who disdains and ignores her. Miserable, furious, she determines to take drastic action, but before she can confront him, her husband is murdered in the dark London streets. From the moment Charlotte hears this upsetting news, she is subject to shock after shock. Her dead husband has spent the fortune she brought him, leaving her nearly penniless. His will reflects his obsession with the artifacts of ancient Rome, turning her home into a museum. And most astonishing of all, he had an entire family that he never mentioned.

The fashionable Wyldes are as surprised to hear of Charlotte’s existence as she is of theirs. To the charismatic Alex she is, at first, just another obligation in his overburdened life. He has to grapple with his dead relative’s shady business dealings, an attempted robbery, and a suspicious Bow Street Runner. But it’s not long before Alec realizes that there is nothing he would rather do than cherish the entrancing Widow Wylde.

Jane discusses marriage laws in Regency England on the Historical Hussies blog.

Historical romances by Jane Ashford include:

  • Once Again a Bride (Sourcebooks – February 2013)
  • The Marriage Wager (Sourcebooks re-issue in September 2013)
  • The Bargain (Bantam Books)
  • Charmed and Dangerous (Bantam Books_
  • Bride to Be (Bantam Books)

Regency romances by Jane Ashford include:

  • Gwendeline (Warner Books)
  • Bluestocking (Warner Books)
  • Man of Honour (Sourcebooks re-issue in August 2013)
  • Rivals of Fortune (Warner Books)
  • The Three Graces (Sourcebooks re-issue in October 2013)
  • The Marchington Scandal (NAL/Signet)
  • The Headstrong Ward (NAL/Signet)
  • A Radical Arrangement (NAL/Signet)
  • First Season (NAL/Signet)
  • The Impetuous Heiress (NAL/Signet)
  • The Repentant Rebel (NAL/Signet)
  • The Irresolute Rivals (NAL/Signet)
  • The Reluctant Rake (NAL/Signet)
  • Meddlesome Miranda (NAL/Signet)

Jane Ashford’s Web Site

 

11 thoughts on “Spotlight on Jane Ashford + Giveaway

  1. Unfortunately I haven’t read any of Jane’s work yet. I really look forward to reading her work. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.
    Carol L

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    • The winner of the Jane Ashford books is Carol L. Congrats, Carol! Send me your snail mail address and I’ll get them in the mail for you.

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  2. I have one of Ms Ashford’s books, but I have not read it yet. I do miss the shorter books in a way. If the author was talented, there seemed to be a tighter plot and the characters were developed more quickly. I have purchased many of the Signets for that very reason. I look forward to finding more of Ms Ashford’s works.

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  3. I have read several of your books and really enjoyed them. Your covers were what first drew me to your books and then I discovered what a good writer you are. Can’t wait to read the next one.

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  4. I have not read your books yet but the covers are so gorgeous and tempting that I know I wont be able to stay away from them for long.
    Will definetely use the GC to buy your books 🙂
    Sydney W
    Bookaddict100(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  5. I would love a chance to read some Historicals as I’ve mostly read Mysteries for the book clubs I belong to. I need some refreshers….to get my mind away from murders and mayhem.

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  6. I don’t think that I have read any of Ms. Ashfor’s books, but I have only been reading romances for the last 3.5 years or so.
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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