About

We call ourselves the Risky Regencies because when we first started this blog, back in 2005, we had traditional Regencies coming out with some decidedly non-traditional elements. (A little light bondage, anyone?)  Since then, we’ve written Regency and other genres, but we still come together to share our love of books, romance, history, period drama and gorgeous men.

Meet the Risky Regencies:
Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee ~ Elena Greene ~ Janet Mullany ~ Diane Gaston ~ Carolyn Jewel ~ Gail Eastwood ~ Susanna Fraser ~ Sandra Schwab ~ Isobel Carr ~ Rose Lerner ~ Mary Blayney


Amanda McCabe portraitAmanda McCabe/Laurel McKee wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)

She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a very bossy miniature Poodle, along with far too many books.

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.

Visit Amanda/Laurel’s websites at ammandamccabe.com and ammandamccabe.com/mckee.


Elena Greene portraitElena Greene grew up reading her mother’s Georgette Heyer novels, but it wasn’t until she went on an international assignment to the United Kingdom that she was inspired to start writing her own. Her first Regency romance was published in 2000 and was followed by five more Regencies and a novella. Her books have won the Desert Rose Golden Quill and Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, Lady Dearing’s Masquerade, won RT Book Club’s award for Best Regency Romance of 2005. Elena lives in upstate New York with her stroke survivor husband and two daughters.

Visit Elena’s website at www.elenagreene.com.


Janet Mullany portraitJanet Mullany, granddaughter of an Edwardian housemaid, was born in England but now lives near Washington, DC. Her debut book was Dedication, the only Signet Regency to have two bondage scenes (and which was reissued with even more sex in April 2012 from Loose-Id). Her next book, The Rules of Gentility (HarperCollins 2007) was acquired by Little Black Dress (UK) for whom she wrote three more Regency chicklits, A Most Lamentable Comedy, Improper Relations, and Mr. Bishop and the Actress. Her career as a writer who does terrible things to Jane Austen began in 2010 with the publication of Jane and the Damned (HarperCollins), and Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion (2011) about Jane as a vampire, and a modern retelling of Emma, Little to Hex Her, in the anthology Bespelling Jane Austen headlined by Mary Balogh. She also writes contemporary erotic fiction for Harlequin, Tell Me More (2011) and Hidden Paradise (2012).

Visit Janet’s website at www.janetmullany.com.


Diane Gaston portraitDiane Gaston grew up the daughter of an Army colonel, living on army posts and even in Japan for a year. Diane’s first career was as a county mental health social worker, helping others craft their own happy endings, but her secret dream was to write romance novels. One day, when her life calmed down a bit, she decided to make that dream come true and now writes full-time. Diane’s Regency Historical romances have won top awards, including Romance’s highest award, the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award.

Visit Diane’s website at www.dianegaston.com.


Carolyn Jewel portraitCarolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has three cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his.

Visit Carolyn’s website at www.carolynjewel.com.


Gail Eastwood portraitA native New Englander, Gail Eastwood spent almost twenty years writing as a journalist, theatre critic and PR consultant, among other jobs, before she finally sat down to write and sell her first novel, achieving her childhood dream. That first book was recognized with several honors including The Golden Leaf Award for Best Regency, 1994. Since then her books have been nominated for numerous awards, and for two years in a row Gail was one of Romantic Times Magazine’s nominees for Career Achievement in the Regency category.

Hailed by reviewers as brilliantly versatile and a master at painting pictures of Regency life, Gail was enjoying a growing reputation as a writer who pushed her genre to new levels with the emotional depth and original plots in her books. Family health issues took her out of the field for ten years, but now she’s back! She taught Writing the Romance for Brown University, and continues teaching writing and doing editorial coaching. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Sociology from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

Gail lives in Rhode Island with her actor/attorney husband, two sons, and the family cat. She loves writing and researching, but stubbornly refuses to give up her interests in theatre, dance, costuming, the medieval period, and of course, the beach, even though she now has no time!

Visit Gail’s website at www.gaileastwoodauthor.com.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASusanna Fraser wrote her first novel in fourth grade. It starred a family of talking horses who ruled a magical land. In high school she started, but never finished, a succession of tales of girls who were just like her, only with long, naturally curly hair, who, perhaps because of the hair, had much greater success with boys than she ever did.
Along the way she read her hometown library’s entire collection of Regency romance, fell in love with the works of Jane Austen, and discovered in Patrick O’Brian’s and Bernard Cornwell’s novels another side of the opening decades of the 19th century. When she started to write again as an adult, she knew exactly where she wanted to set her books. Her writing has come a long way from her youthful efforts, but she still likes to give her heroines great hair.

Susanna was born and raised in Alabama and has never lost her love for barbecue and SEC football or stopped saying “y’all,” “fixin’ to” and “might could” as her adult life took her to Philadelphia, England, and at last to Seattle, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.

Visit Susanna’s website at www.susannafraser.com


Sandra SchwabSandra Schwab started writing her first novel when she was seven years old. Thirty-odd years later, telling stories is still her greatest passion, even though by now she has exchanged her pink fountain pen of old for a black computer keyboard. Since the release of her debut novel in 2005, she has enchanted readers worldwide with her unusual historical romances.

She lives in Frankfurt am Main / Germany with a sketchbook, a sewing machine, and an ever-expanding library.

Visit Sandra’s website at www.sandraschwab.com.


IsobelIsobel Carr grew up participating in a wide variety of historical reenactment clubs (California Renaissance Faires, the Society for Creative Anachronism, Heyercon, Dicken’s Faire, Gaskills, etc.). On top of these clubs, she and her friends have recently taken up recreating 18th century fashions just for fun. She’s spent large parts of her life studying the manners, customs, and clothing of multiple periods (most specifically Renaissance England and Germany, Georgian/Regency England and France, and Victorian England), and she has firsthand experience creating and wearing the clothes of these eras (including the correct underwear and corsets!). Because of her interest in living history, and that hobby’s strong focus on the details of daily life, she has an unusual and intimate perspective on history.

She was born and raised in Northern California, where she still lives, in a 1916 California Bungalow with her Mastiff, Clancy (he’s half Bullmastiff and half Neapolitan Mastiff, and might be the most well-documented dog ever between the flood of pictures on Twitter and his Flickr set).

Over the years, she’s taught creative writing, horseback riding, and numerous seminars on historical costuming and food. She can drive stick and start a fire without matches. She can make a soufflé and hitch a team of horses to a wagon (albeit not at the same time). She can spend nine hours in a Victorian corset without a problem, but can’t wear heels for more than four hours. She laughed all the way through every episode of Colonial House, and if she could only watch one movie for the rest of her life it would be Impromptu. When she’s not at the day job or writing, you might find her relaxing up at Huntington Lake, walking Clancy at Point Isabel, or slinging coffee at Burning Man.

Visit Isobel’s website at www.isobelcarr.com.


RoseRose 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 fascination with all things Regency hasn’t changed. When not reading, writing, or researching, she enjoys cooking and marathoning old TV shows. She lives in Seattle.

Visit Rose’s website at roselerner.com.


MaryMary Blayney has been writing both contemporary and regency romances since 1986, though her writing began in earnest at age fourteen when she drafted a script for her favorite TV show. While her attempt never made it to the small screen, she eventually pursued writing as a career, first with contemporary romances for Silhouette and later with historicals set in the Regency period.

Raised on the East Coast, Mary’s life changed dramatically when she married Paul Blayney. Within six months they moved to a Coast Guard Base in Kodiak, Alaska. It was the first time Mary had ever been off the east coast. Over the years she and Paul lived all over the US including San Francisco; Muskegon, Michigan; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Seattle. Paul’s career gave her the opportunity to experience, in a personal way, the Coast Guard’s search and rescue mission where life and death are no more than a breath apart. These events shaped her belief that life is best lived with joy, love and a generous heart. Those convictions are what Mary most wants to share with her readers. Family will always play a strong part in her books since, for Mary, family relationships are as fundamental as the love between a man and a woman.

Visit Mary’s website at www.maryblayney.com.

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