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Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Reward series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Praised as “one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance” (Booklist), her highly acclaimed novels have been chosen for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club, featured in the DABWAHA tournament, and deemed “Desert Isle Keepers” by All About Romance. A member of Romance Writers of America and its Regency specialty chapter The Beau Monde, Theresa is hard at work on her next novel from her home in the Midwest.

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I’m the newest JQ—I joined the blog in September 2015—but in some ways it seems like I’ve been part of this group for far longer. Before I knew any of the other Jaunties, I was a fan of their work. When I badgered some of them into becoming my friends, I visited the blog as a guest. When Shana and Vanessa invited me on behalf of the group to be a new member, I was over the moon.

And really, I still am. My favorite thing about spending time online is getting to know people, and over the past 14-ish months, I’ve gotten to know my fellow Jaunties better. Just as delightful, I’ve gotten to know the regular readers of this blog. It feels like we all meet for coffee together, chatting about what’s going on, sharing goofy anecdotes and recipes and (looking at you, Kristan) terrible homemade ornaments. Above all, we’ve bonded over our mutual love of romance novels.

I’ll miss this community a lot. I hope you’ll find me on my other online homes so we can keep up. I’m on Facebook and Twitter almost every day. I have a Pinterest account too, but I haven’t quite figured out how to do amazing things there. I’ve been making boards for my books, though, and that’s fun. You can also stop by my site for all the latest news, plus excerpts and free short stories. While you’re there, I hope you’ll sign up for my newsletter so we can stay in touch.

romain-theresa-my-scandalous-duke-final-800-px-300-dpi-high-resYesterday my newest book—a historical romance novella called My Scandalous Duke­hit ereaders. It’s a friends to lovers story, warm and sassy. I mention this because even though the blog won’t continue, the books will! My fellow JQs and I, past and present, will keep on writing. And I hope very much that we will all see each other around. Thanks for making my time as a JQ a real joy.

Theresa Romain

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Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Reward series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Praised as “one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance” (Booklist), her highly acclaimed novels have been chosen for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club, featured in the DABWAHA tournament, and deemed “Desert Isle Keepers” by All About Romance. A member of Romance Writers of America and its Regency specialty chapter The Beau Monde, Theresa is hard at work on her next novel from her home in the Midwest.

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The winner of a print copy of SEASON FOR SURRENDER is Annette. Congrats, Annette! I’ll follow up with you by email.

Thanks for all your kind wishes for me and Little Miss R. We are feeling fine now. 🙂

Theresa Romain

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Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Reward series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Praised as “one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance” (Booklist), her highly acclaimed novels have been chosen for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club, featured in the DABWAHA tournament, and deemed “Desert Isle Keepers” by All About Romance. A member of Romance Writers of America and its Regency specialty chapter The Beau Monde, Theresa is hard at work on her next novel from her home in the Midwest.

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It started the night of Halloween. “I don’t feel good,” said Little Miss R.

When questioned about this statement, she clarified: she felt good enough to go trick-or-treating, of course. She just didn’t feel good enough for anything else we might want her to do, like take a shower. (She got to do the first, but she also had to do the second.)

For that matter, I didn’t feel too whippy myself. Just allergies, I thought, since we are having the longest summer evvvveeeerrrrrr and the ragweed is happy about it. But when she and I both woke up the next day with a fever, it was clear: we were sick.

When you call in your sick child on the day after Halloween, you get Peak Skepticism from the school office. It nagged at me all day, overachiever that I am. (“She really is sick! I swear! Cough cough cough me too!”)

When you’re sick on the first day of the month, you get…behind. I was supposed to pay lots of bills and open a new website contest and run a Facebook giveaway and turn in lots of documents to my publisher and, oh yeah, write this post. As of this writing, I am but partway through the list. However, Little Miss R is going back to school tomorrow—thus, no doubt, increasing the Was She Really Sick Skepticism of the office staff—and I’ll play catch up.

And Mr. R just got home with shrimp pho for me, so I think I’ll be feeling better soon too.

Tell me about your favorite way to feel better when you’re sick! To one random commenter, I’ll send a print copy of my historical romance Season for Surrender, which begins when the hero has a cold. International comments welcome. Winner announced on Sunday.

Theresa Romain

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Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Reward series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Praised as “one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance” (Booklist), her highly acclaimed novels have been chosen for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club, featured in the DABWAHA tournament, and deemed “Desert Isle Keepers” by All About Romance. A member of Romance Writers of America and its Regency specialty chapter The Beau Monde, Theresa is hard at work on her next novel from her home in the Midwest.

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Hi, everyone–Vanessa Kelly is back to share her thoughts on the Jaunty Quills, blogging, and connecting with readers. Vanessa, thanks for being here!


img_0080Dear fellow Jaunties and readers, it’s wonderful to be back, if only to wave goodbye! Or, as my Italian family used to say, ciao bella. That sounds so much nicer and much less final, don’t you think? And although this one door is closing, so many doors between readers and writers have opened these last few years, thanks to social media.

So, it truly isn’t goodbye, is it? We have the luxury of connecting with readers and favorite authors on facebook and Twitter—even on sites like Instagram for those of us who aren’t dropping our phones every time we try to take a picture (I’m talking about Jaunty, of course. I would, ahem, never be so clumsy).

But despite my jaunty (see how I slipped that in there?!) attempt to say: hey, no big deal that the blog is shutting down…it IS a big deal. The Jaunty Quills was and is a truly wonderful community of authors and readers, one of the best in digital romancelandia. In an on-line world so often lacking in authenticity, the posts and discussions on this blog were always authentic and, well, heartfelt. Which fits perfectly, right?

And I will never forget the day when Margo Maguire and Shana Galen asked me to become a JQ. It felt like a significant career milestone for me, and I was so honored when asked. And nervous, truth be told. I sweated over my first few blogs to a ridiculous degree. Man, you would have thought I was writing the Gettysburg Address! But then I finally cottoned on to the fact that the JQs were a group of gals who were very warm and felt comfortable letting their hair down—as did our readers—which meant I could, too. I had many laughs reading the posts and comments, and more than a few tears, too.

Grateful thanks to my fellow Jaunties and to Mr. Jaunty P. Quills himself (I promise I WILL put you in a book one day, Jaunty). Big, sloppy kisses to all of you!

Most especially, thank you to our dear readers—you are all so kind, generous, and fun. It was more than wonderful hanging with you, and I look forward to seeing you out there in the wider world!

Happy reading!!

ty

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Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Reward series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Praised as “one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance” (Booklist), her highly acclaimed novels have been chosen for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club, featured in the DABWAHA tournament, and deemed “Desert Isle Keepers” by All About Romance. A member of Romance Writers of America and its Regency specialty chapter The Beau Monde, Theresa is hard at work on her next novel from her home in the Midwest.

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My daughter, known online as Little Miss R, is out of school early this week because of parent-teacher conferences. Since we have extra time together, I asked if she wanted to do an interview. But we could never decide if she was going to interview me or if I would interview her, so…this is what we wound up with. I transcribed, and she made sure I got all the spelling and punctuation just the way she wanted it.


Me: Hi, Little Miss R. How are you?

LMR: Purty good. My back still hurts.

Me: Why does your back hurt?

LMR: Who knows?? [extravagant arm gesture]

Me: What was the most fun thing you did today?

LMR: Recess. I played with my friends. What was your most fun thing you did today?

Me: Hmmm. Maybe when I took a nap. Or maybe when we sat together and ate popcorn while you watched Adventure Time and I read my book.

LMR: That was purty fun.

Me: Do you want to ask another question?

LMR: No, your turn.

Me: Ok. Who do you want to be for Halloween?

LMR: Prolly Fiona or something [an Adventure Time character]. [very clear on use of “purdy” and “prolly” as preferred spellings] What’s your favorite food?

Me: Noodles. Noodles pretty much always sound good. And they can be part of spaghetti or pho or really any kind of food. How about you?

LMR: BACON. [caps lock required]

Me: I could have guessed that. 🙂 What do you think is the best part of being a writer?

LMR: Staying home all day. Cause you can take a nap or read a book or play a game any time of the day.

Me: BUSTED. [LMR was off early today, so I took a nap when she was home at a time I wouldn’t have been working anyway. Does that make it better or worse?] You don’t think you would get lonely if you were home all the time? You like to be around people a lot.

LMR: Yeah, but when I get old, I can have a phone and I can have Skype. So I can do that whenever I want. (I am creative.) [parentheses specified]

Me: If you wrote books, what kind would they be? Wait, you have already written some books.

LMR: They were pirates who love underwear* and I’m writing one about a weird horse. You know about the pirates who love underwear book? I’m writing one about pirates who love pants. Purple pants.

Me: Why purple?

LMR: I don’t know. It’s just a weird color. And underpants is weird so the pants have got to be weird.

Me: And what do you think about the books I write? Are they weird too?

LMR: No, they’re just kind of boring because it’s only about love and presents and mysteries. Wait, not the mystery thing. Just love and presents are boring. Also, it’s kind of weird that you’re writing a book about love and presents, because the presents mostly just love cards and flowers.** And there’s kissing. Don’t forget kissing. Blaaaaeeeeeggggghhhhhh. [she spelled that last word out herself]

Me: You’re eight. It’s fine that you don’t like my books! They’re for grown-ups. And your stories are for kids, so that’s cool.

LMR: Yeah. What’s your favorite color?

Me: Gray. Do you want to go watch some more Adventure Time?

LMR: SHYAHHH. [typed by LMR. It means “yeah,” but more so.]


Uh, ok, that kind of wound up being an ad for Adventure Time. Anything else you would want to ask either of us? She’ll be home early again, so I can run questions by her.

*Yes, this is a comic book she wrote and drew. It is called, not surprisingly, “Pirates Who Love Underwear.” In the story, two pirates dig up a solid gold pair of underwear, then fight over who gets it and repeatedly steal it from each other. First in a series, apparently. I can’t wait for the pants story.

**Is she thinking of Valentine’s Day here? I’m not sure.

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