Bestselling Collection for 99 Cents! (Alicia Rasley)

Thanks to Lynn and the other Broads for hosting me today! My name is Alicia Rasley, and I’m most famous for my role as Lynn’s navigator on several driving trips in England. (Or maybe I should say that Lynn was “my chauffeur”.)

Actually, when we were getting lost in the English countryside, Lynn and I took the time to plot a ghost story. Gwen’s Ghost has now been reprinted in a boxed set with five other Regencies. So I thought I’d explain a bit more about the project, and ask you all a question: Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever had an experience with ghosts or hauntings? If you comment, you’ll be enrolled in the Story Broads raffle for a free Kindle Fire! 1 regency masquerades 3-d

When Lynn and I wrote Gwen’s Ghost, we wanted to explore one aspect of “ghost-ness,” the idea that “unfinished business” is one purpose for lingering after death. From that theme came the story of Valerian Caine, the Georgian dandy (complete with high-heeled pumps and velvet face patches) killed in a duel and brought back almost a century later to fix the family feud his death had started. Of course, he can’t appear in 1816 as himself, so he poses as Jocelyn Vayle, a man who has lost his memory. The only one who sees through his masquerade is Gwen Sevaric, the acerbic descendant of the man who had killed him a century ago.

This book joins five other Regency romances in a boxed set dedicated to that theme of “masquerade.” The Regency Masquerades set offers six different views of romantic masquerades, with reasons ranging from the pragmatic to the desperate.

In The Lady from Spain by Gail Eastwood, the hero and heroine are disguised for the very good reason that they must hide their identities to survive in a time of war.

The Earl’s Revenge by Allison Lane is a tale of two people who – like so many authors—are using professional identities to present their work (illustration and satire) while protecting their positions in society.

In Daring Deception, by Brenda Hiatt, Frederica dons a disguise and obtains a domestic post in the household of a man she will be forced to marry. Posing as a frumpy housekeeper, she knows she can learn what this lord is really like, and what secrets he is concealing.

In The Redwyck Charm by Elena Greene: An heiress yearning for adventure, Juliana Hutton masquerades as an opera dancer to escape an arranged marriage. Her erstwhile betrothed uses an assumed name to have one last adventure before he too is forced into this marriage.

And then, in Lynn’s other book anthologized here, Lucy in Disguise, the young heroine has disguised herself as a witch to scare away those who might harm her best friend. At the same time, the hero chooses to take up the role of a smuggler to escape the restrictions of his high social position.

This leads to another question—why is disguise such a compelling theme in romance? Usually the characters have what they think is a good practical reason to hide their identities. But there’s a deeper need underlying the use of the masquerade. I think that perhaps what we conceal is what we reveal, that donning a mask lets us paradoxically be more ourselves. In some ways, most of us are often pretending even without a disguise, aren’t we? Yet true love can come only when we reveal our true selves.

The masquerade allows simultaneous concealment and revealing. And let’s face it—masks and ghosts are just plain fun, or we wouldn’t be celebrating Halloween every October!

To see how each type of masquerade plays out, buy Regency Masquerades, a digital boxed set containing six full-length novels by award-winning authors. For a short time, this set is just 99 cents! Buy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo Books.


9 thoughts on “Bestselling Collection for 99 Cents! (Alicia Rasley)

  1. Alicia,
    I am so glad you stopped today to tell us about this set of books!! Ever since I first saw “Phantom of the Opera” many years ago, I have been fascinated with the concept of masks and masquerades. If I ever write a master’s thesis, this is the topic I would explore, so I am going to snap up this boxed set. And to answer your original questions, yes, I believe in ghosts, but no, I’ve never had a personal experience with one.

  2. Hi, Alicia (waving!), and thanks for “guesting” today. This looks like a great set of books. What fun!

  3. Alicia and I learned a lot on our England trips. For one thing, there’s only one town in England. Well, one in the area where we found Bulgarian wine. Priorities are priorities. I will study The Road Atlas of Great Britain until I find the town that all roads lead to. We do fun things, like looking for the prettiest tiny towns and cottages. Oh, dear. I MUST get back to England. Soon!!

  4. I’ve purchased this great set. I’ve been to England many times and would go back if I had the funds.

  5. We were in Winchester in early summer, walked by Jane Austen’s house several times a day. Wish I could have met her ghost! Her burial spot inside the great Cathedral is moving and beautiful. Off now to Amazon to buy –

  6. Yes, I do believe in ghosts. Guess who I got that from? My English grandmother! She had a different superstition for every day of the week and I inherited every one of them from her.

    Gwen’s Ghost and the boxed set of stories sounds right up my alley. Thanks for letting us know about it!

  7. Although I am on the fence regarding ghosts, my mother and daughter have both had paranormal experiences in the home in which I grew up. There claims seem plausible, as the house is situated across the road from a cemetery.

  8. I am about to start reading this boxed set and so looking forward to find out how Gwen’s Ghost unfolds. I do not believe in ghosts myself, at least until perhaps i have seen one? But i do enjoy reading stories about them and will start now.

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