Welcome to Entitled Tuesdays where we ask authors the question: what’s in a name.
This week I welcome paranormal Regency romance writer Mariana Gabrielle.
The title for Royal Regard was a tricky thing. On one hand, King George IV makes only cameo appearances and is, at best, a secondary character. However, it is his friendship with the hero and heroine—and his legendary temper—that most impact the outcome of their love story. He is well-intentioned but meddlesome, and given to an annoying degree of involvement in the affairs of his friends. To some extent, he is the most stable thread that weaves through their lives.
Beyond that, both of the heroine’s suitors have ties to royalty, one to the House of Hanover and the other to the Bourbons, both well versed in the consequences of relying too much on the goodwill of a monarch. “The regard of royalty is fickle,” says one. The other, “One must always remember, princes are capricious.” Sadly, our heroine does not remember this very good advice when it is most important, leading to tragedy and heartbreak.
Without the influence of King George IV and King Louis XVIII, our three main characters would have little motivation for their exploits, and little support for their sometimes-insupportable actions, though it is these connections that eventually cause the downfall of them all.
Don’t Miss Royal Regard
When Isabella, the Countess of Huntleigh, returns to England after fifteen years roaming the globe with her husband, an elderly diplomat, she finds herself in a locale more perilous than any in her travels—the Court of King George IV. As the newly elevated Earl and Countess settle into an unfamiliar life in London, this shy, not-so-young lady faces wicked agendas, society’s censure, and the realities of a woman soon to be alone in England.
Unaccustomed to the ways of the beau monde, she is disarmed and deceived by a dissolute duke and a noble French émigré with a silver tongue. Hindered by the meddling of her dying husband, not to mention the King himself, Bella must decide whether to choose one of her fascinating new suitors or the quiet country life she has searched the world to find.