Five Authors. Five Romances. One Unforgettable Party.
This is what the Regency House Party (RHP), an incredible weekly serial event, promised readers across social media back in December 2017. Five talented romance authors worked together to tell love stories set in the beautiful English countryside. The near-constant flow of story and extra content (like the adorable social media account of Wellington the Pug) kept fans entertained for several months.
After the stories came to an end, these five authors went to work turning the online content into novellas, now available for order and pre-order on Amazon.
I’ve asked Jen Geigle Johnson, author of The Nobleman’s Daughter, Scarlet, and the RHP Title Tabitha’s Folly, to tell us a little more about this incredible project.
What inspired this unusual method of storytelling?
A long time ago, a group of Regency Authors used to manage a blog called, The Ballroom. It was essentially a setting to play around in with regency characters. I loved the sound of it. People could check in at any time to see what was going on in the Ballroom. I loved that concept and wanted to create a world like that.
What made you decide to use a Regency house party as your setting?
Who doesn’t love a good house party? It seems like that setting left lots of room for many different scenes and characters, conflict and maybe even a little clean scandal.
Did you already know the other authors? What was the recruitment process like?
The authors for Regency House Party were friends in my critique group and beta readers for my books. I knew I loved their writing, their grasp of the time period, and I enjoyed working with them already. I also knew that they were going places. When we met, I was the only one with a published historical book. Michelle had several contemporary romances out. And the others were just beginning, but there was such talent and such promise in these ladies, I knew it would become something special.
How are the stories tied together? Could you read them as stand-alones or is it best to read the series from start to finish?
They are all set in the same place during the same time. You will find characters showing up in all our stories. There are some static characters who also hold the stories together, but each romance is a stand alone book and they can be read in any order. You will get the richest experience if you read all of them. There are fun hidden secrets and nuggets and hints that you would only notice if you are familiar with all the stores, but each book on its own is a complete experience.
The extra content was fantastic and fun. What’s one of your favorite “extras?”
Damen. What a character. He took on a life of his own. He is one of the footmen at the house party, but he is just one of those intriguing larger than life characters that sort of grabbed us all. The Countess is also like that. Once I had finished Tabitha’s Folly and analyzed Damen’s role in her story, I knew he needed his own novella. And so Damen’s Secret was available for free for a few months and will now be for sale for .99 as an extra story. He has his own romance and motivations and I love how his situation turned out.
Your novella is titled Tabitha’s Folly. What do you want your readers to know about Tabitha?
She is hopeful and fun and gentle. But she is surrounded, stifled by her five brothers and because of their overbearing hovering, she makes rash decisions that could get her into a lot of trouble. She is distractingly in love with her childhood friend and desperately hopes he will one day see her as anything but the little sister. Her Folly. What is her folly? I would be interested to hear what readers think.
What comes next for fans of RHP? Will there be future multi-author projects in your future?
We will be doing other Regency House Party stories. This spring we will start work on our next one, and we are actively seeking out a new location. Our minds are turning with character and plot. I see lots of opportunity for this to continue to grow.
You’ve also published two books with Covenant, The Nobleman’s Daughter and Scarlet. Do you have any personal projects or publications coming up?
I have two more books coming out with Covenant between now and 2020. A Lady’s Maid will be published in August 2019. And Lady in Disguise some time the following year. I have big plans to continue a line of books set in the same story and setting as Scarlet. But the thing I am working on right now is another line of Regency stories set in Bath. I can’t wait to introduce these characters to you also.
Thank you so much for your time, Jen! Links to the Regency House Party sites and books by all five authors are listed below. Check out these fabulous stories and make sure you follow the Regency House Party accounts for deals on their books and other great Regency reads!
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