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Kristen Koster
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$5 Friday E-Reads are my way of listing what I’ve been reading lately, sharing them with you as well as a few good deals to boot. Each week, I’ll either bundle a set of books that I know total $5 or less at the time of posting, or pick one book that’s…

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One of my friends just posted this poem and I decided I needed to share it and my reply here as well.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

--by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, May 3, 1915.

My 90 year old uncle, a WWII marine vet, will be out selling poppies this weekend and quoting this poem to any who will listen and questioning those who don't recognize it. I made Raph go to the ceramic poppy installation when he was in London last year and take pictures for him. Amazing.

The Academe Beau Monde proudly presents: Regency Electoral Politics with a Focus on Elite Women's Participation with Rose Lerner Class dates: March 9 – March 30, 2015 Cost: $20 non-member, $15 BM member To Register: ~*~*~*Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*~*~*~ The Regency British political system was complex, evolving, and unique--and even if women couldn't sit in Parliament, they were involved in it everywhere, as patronesses, hostesses, possessers of pocket boroughs, information brokers, canvassers, and more. You'll get a detailed overview of Parliament, political parties, elections, and the patronage system, and then explore the many ways that contemporary women (paritcularly elite women) participated. Part I: British parliamentary and electoral system. Lesson One: Parliament Lesson Two: Patronage Lesson Three: Political parties Lesson Four: Electoral Districts - boroughs and counties Lesson Five: Elections Q&A Part II: Women’s participation. Interlude: Transitions and changes in politics, and the "Kisses for Votes" scandal Lesson One: Women's place in politics Lesson Two: Hostesses, guests, mediators, correspondents, brokers Lesson Three: Secretaries, patronesses, campaigners, canvassers, electioneers Lesson Four: Electoral privileges of women: vote-holders and boroughmongers Lesson Five: Wives and daughters, activists, rioters Lesson Six: Philanthropists and consumers Q&A This is an expanded version of the workshop given at the 2014 Beau Monde mini-conference. Rose Lerner discovered Georgette Heyer when she was thirteen, and wrote her first historical romance a few years later. Her writing has improved since then, but her history geekery and fascination with all things Regency hasn't changed. Rose's Lively St. Lemeston series focuses on a small Sussex town where political loyalties run deep and tensions run high. Sweet Disorder (book #1) was one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2014. Visit to find out more! 

If you're looking for a contemporary romance series that's sweet and very charming and makes you laugh out loud, check out my friend Bria Quinlan's Brew Ha Ha books written as Caitie Quinn! I love these books... and want everyone else to too!

Regency Turns 80! Help us celebrate 80 years of Regency Romance with Georgette Heyer! Save this link to all the posts so you don't miss any this year. On FB, you should be able to click on the arrow in the top right corner of this post to choose to save it!

My friend Bria Quinlan's latest book is on sale! So if you need some laughter to warm your insides with all that freezing cold weather, WORTH THE FALL by Bria Quinlan is just #99cents! Much cheaper than Starbucks! #romance #chicklit 

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Need a few last minute #gifts for #romance #readers in your life?

Escape to love in Christmases past with the #Historical Romance Network's Shopping List. Sorted by type and period. 

(You can treat yourself too. We won't tell Santa!)

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Think you know historical romance? Prepare to be surprised.
Never read historical romance? The subgenre has never been more diversified in its offerings to readers.
To back up that claim, Historical Romance Network members put together a fun, energetic video highlighting a collection of beautiful covers by just a few of today’s stars in historical romance.

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Great compilation of Regency & Victorian terms -- not a dry dictionary list either! Nice job by Jennifer McQuiston.

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A new entry in my Regency Primer series... A glimpse at a few of the Royal Parks of London during the Regency. Prince George definitely kept John Nash busy!
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