Monday, February 15, 2010

The Country House Courtship Book Giveaway


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 Regency England era (circa 1800 - 1830). Ms. Burkard's novels include Before the Seasons Ends, The House in Grosvenor Square and, The Country House Courtship. Her stories blend Christian faith and romance with well-researched details from the Regency. Readers experience a romantic age, where England from the past comes alive and happy endings are possible for everyone!

England, 1818: It has been five years since Ariana Forsythe married The Paragon, Mr. Phillip Mornay. Now, Ariana's sister, Miss Beatrice Forsythe, is seventeen and determined to marry advantageously as well. (Surely Ariana's society connexions all but guarantee Beatrice's success-especially if Mr. Mornay is created a baronet by the Prince Regent!

But the Mornay's have disappeared from high society as they raise a family at their country estate. Can Beatrice persuade them to chaperone her in London? And what about her business with the curate, Mr. O'Brien, whom Beatrice rashly promised to marry years earlier? She is too sophisticated now to settle for a mere clergyman-despite his agreeable countenance and gentle, understanding ways. When Mr. Tristan Barton becomes tenant of the Manor House, Beatrice's hopes seem to have found their object. But when Ariana falls gravely ill, secrets come to light, motives are revealed, and pretenses that are easy to keep up in the darkness begin to crumble. As hearts are bared and truths uncovered, a country house courtship like no other cannot be far behind!

Linore, Your tag line is "Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul". How did a girl from Queens, NY become enamored with the Regency era and come to write novels in that genre but with an inspirational twist?
By my twenties I had discovered Georgette Heyer (called the Queen of the Regency Romance) and then I re-discovered Jane Austen. Christian fiction was just starting to take off, and I kept hoping for a Christian regency to read, but it never materialized. I finally realized that if this book was going to be written, it would have to be by me! So, I wrote the book I wanted to read.

How has Jane Austen's work influenced yours? Who else has inspired your writing?
Austen shows that "romance" does not have to be seen as less literary than other genres, and that wit, taste and depth of character are as important as plot. Georgette Heyer, as I mentioned, was an influence; and beyond them, I suppose it is just that I always read a great deal, and really longed to fashion a story where the gospel was included, but to have it in there naturally, so that readers wouldn't feel preached to. I love all the James Herriot books, Dickens, the Brontes, and other English writers.

Any Regency romance is going to be compared to Jane Austen's novels - how are your books similar / different?

I don't think most regencies are written to be like Jane, and mine are no exception. I'm not competing with Jane Austen; I'm re-visiting the world she wrote about, though; and that is the similarity. When readers say my writing is "Austen-like", I take that as a huge compliment, but that's when I think it's wise not to believe my own press! (smile)

Do you have more Regency novels planned?
Right now I'm working on a regency time-travel that is dying to be a screenplay! I'm writing it as a novel, but little scenes creep in where, at their end, I actually type in "fade to black," before I realize what I've done. That's all I'm going to say about the new book for now, but readers can rest assured that it will be different enough to delight them, but similar in the sense that it's still me writing, it's still my voice.


  1. Very good point about writing in Austen's world rather than writing like her. That line resonates with me. It is wonderful to find our passion for a time period. Mine is Civil War. Most people associate Civil War fiction with Gone with the Wind, but I am a far cry from Margaret Mitchell. Thank goodness the plot possibilities are endless, and the time period is so rich in story fodder.

    Nice interview, and it looks like a great book.

  2. I love a good regency, especially with the Christian element. Ruth Axtell Morren is another favorite of mine, and Catherine Palmer. I look forward to reading Linore's books!

  3. Kathleen,
    I like the idea of Civil War settings, too. Look forward to hearing more about your books, and thanks for stopping by.
    And Carla, I'm glad you've discovered the joy of the REGENCY! Thanks for coming by and making a comment!


  4. Hi Linore (and Carla! Thanks for the plug!),
    Have to say I really enjoyed The Country House Courtship. I liked your use of language; it felt very much of the era as if you were quite 'fluent' in it.

  5. This sounds like a great book! I'd love to read it!

  6. I love European settings. Your book sounds wonderful.

  7. Hi everyone thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I've read all three of Linore's books and she has a real gift for writing. Her knowledge and detail of the Regency Period are wonderful!

    Wish you could all win her book. But alas it will be only one of you. Debbie Lynne

  8. Okay, so my wife makes me watch stuff like this on BBC and PBS, but I'm starting not to mind so much. I can't admit this in too many places. ;)

  9. Read your other two books and LOVED them!! I would love to read this one soooooon!

  10. Hey, thanks everyone for coming by! I wish you could all win a book too. If you don't win here, consider joining my newsletter mailing list--two new subscribers a month each win free books.

    And thanks Ruth Morren, I really appreciate a "well done" from another regency author!

  11. My oldest daughter is just getting interested in Christian romance, which is fine by me! This sounds like exactly the type of book that both of us would enjoy.

  12. Just read your article "Making the Leap." So exciting to read of someone who wrote, self-published, and then "made the leap" to traditional publishing while homeschooling and keeping family their number one focus. Congratulations on your success! I have printed the article for future reference :)

  13. Thank you everyone for visiting my blog!