Message From The Author

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Regency romance readers may feel beleaguered these days—some publishers have folded their Regency lines, editor and genre-booster Hilary Ross is no longer with Signet, Regency champion and senior RT reviewer Melinda Helfer has passed away—but all is not despair. Barbara Metzger has found a way to continue in her beloved era by branching out. The author, who has 30 Regencies and a dozen or so Regencyera novellas under her belt, is releasing a Regencyset historical for Signet, Wedded Bliss, this month.

In it, struggling country widow Alissa is chosen by proper London gentleman Lord Rockford as a suitable bride. But Alissa wants more than a title, money or protection from this convenient marriage. She and her children turn Lord Rockford's orderly life upside down and he begins to reorder his priorities. And there are the usual Metzger touches: humor, warmth, dogs. Metzger says her canine companion, Hero, a Yorkie mix, inspires her to include a dog in every story (there are four in this novel).

The author, a member of the Beau Monde chapter of Romance Writers of America, says writing Regencyset historicals allows her to explore deeper plots, extend the format and reach more readers. And perhaps those readers will then gravitate to the shorter Regencies, like the ones Metzger loves—and still reads. "Regencies have always been my first love, since Georgette Heyer," she says. "I like the shorter length, the less graphic sex—hey, I have an imagination, I don't need everything written out for me—the wit and charm."

Metzger has two more Signet Regency historicals in the works: A Perfect Gentleman will be released in November, and an untitled, unscheduled book will follow. In the meantime, she is contributing a Regency novella to the Wedding Belles anthology (May '04, Signet) and planning a Regency trilogy. She will also try her hand at contemporary romance, with Love, Louisa, coming out in June (Five Star). Though not set in her favorite era, this chronicle of a woman's journey to selfhood after being ditched by her fiancé does indeed include a dog.

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