Spotlight on ‘A Gentleman For All Seasons’ with Theresa Romain!

Hello, and thanks for the chance to visit bookworm2bookworm today! I’m here to chat about A Gentleman for All Seasons, a historical romance anthology that Kate Noble, Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly, and I have just published together.

From the beginning, we had in mind a project with tightly interlaced story threads. But there were so many questions to answer. London or a small town? The social season or a different time of year? Characters that knew each other, or strangers in the same space?

Over time—and many, many emails!—we figured out a plan. Our anthology would be set in village, to which a new family comes to stay. (Think of the Bingleys in Pride and Prejudice—but with no snooty Caroline.) Part of that family? A young woman recovering from an illness…who decides to amuse herself by matchmaking. There’s something so appealing about matchmakers in historical romance, isn’t there? At a time when social rules were far more rigid than they are today, it’s fun to think of someone giving a little push to a hero and heroine who were too shy, too supervised, or too socially distant to connect on their own.

Kate’s novella, “A Madness in Spring,” is inspired by Much Ado About Nothing. Belinda and Adam spar every time they meet—but beneath their arguments, they’re fascinated by each other. They just need a few hints to begin thinking of each other in a new and romantic way.

Shana’s novella, “The Summer of Wine and Scandal,” features a blue-blooded rake and a farmer’s daughter who’s been through trauma. They seem different, but they’re both looking for a sense of purpose. Building friendships with matchmaker Georgette and her brother Bertram makes this happen.

In my novella, “Those Autumn Nights,” Georgette uses her talents closer to home. Unknown to her rough ex-soldier brother, she invites his first and only love—who jilted him on the eve of their elopement—to stay as a houseguest. Because of this matchmaking/meddling, soldier and society lass reconnect and discover they’ve both become more than they expected.

Finally, Vanessa Kelly wrote a romance for the matchmaker herself in “The Season for Loving.” During a long convalescence, Georgie fights against physical and social strictures on behalf of other couple—but the one thing she never expected was to find a match of her own. When a shy, troubled Scotsman comes to visit, the matchmaker has to convince him—and herself—that love makes the best Christmas gift.

‘A Gentleman For All Seasons’

by:

Kate Noble, Shana Galen, Theresa Romain, and Vanessa Kelly

A Gentleman for All Seasons

The tiny village of Hemshawe is the sort of place where nothing ever happens…until a handsome ex-soldier and his matchmaking sister let the imposing manor house at the edge of town. The friendly Londoners shake up the staid people of Hemshawe, and villagers see each other in a new and oh-so-appealing light.

Suddenly long-sparring enemies become lovers, a town festival heralds a new start for a fallen woman and a dandy, and a man who has given up on love gets a second chance with the woman he never forgot. And the matchmaker herself? She won’t rest until she finds her own happily-ever-after…

A Madness in Spring by Kate Noble
Adam Sturridge has made Belinda Leonard’s blood boil since childhood, and the feeling is mutual. But when a would-be matchmaker arrives in the village of Hemshawe, she’d determined to erase the thin line between love and hate. Now, Belinda and Adam are faced with falling for someone they’ve always considered an enemy — can they overcome old prejudices and discover how to rub each other the right way?

The Summer of Wine and Scandal by Shana Galen
When viscount’s son and dandy Peregrine Lochley is temporarily exiled from London to the country for his misdeeds, the last thing he expects is to encounter an intriguing woman. But Caroline Martin has a secret to hide, and it just might be too scandalous for even this debauched rogue.

Those Autumn Nights by Theresa Romain
Ten years ago, wealthy Eliza Greenleaf broke lowly soldier Bertram Gage’s heart—but the last decade brought changes in fortune to them both. Now that he’s made his mark on the world, a twist of fate brings the Greenleaf family under his power. Will this war-hardened officer triumph over his former lover…or will Bertie and Eliza give love a second chance?

The Season for Loving by Vanessa Kelly
Miss Georgie Gage, matchmaker extraordinaire, is resigned to life as a spinster—almost. When notoriously aloof bachelor Fergus Haddon arrives from Scotland to spend Christmas with the Gage family, Georgie thinks she’s finally found her own perfect match—if, that is, she can get the handsome Highlander to agree!

To stick with the theme of all this matchmaking, I’d love to know: have you ever been set up by a modern-day matchmaker, or have you helped another couple get together? To one commenter, my fellow authors and I will send [US addresses only, please]:

Revealed—Kate Noble

Kate NobleKate Noble is the national bestselling, RITA-nominated author of historical romances, including the acclaimed Blue Raven series and the Winner Takes All series. Her books have earned her numerous accolades, including comparisons to Jane Austen, which just makes her giddy.

In her other life as Kate Rorick, she is an Emmy-award winning writer of television and web series, having written for NBC, FOX, and TNT, as well as the international hit YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and is hard at work on her next book.

The Pirate Takes a Bride—Shana Galen

Shana GalenShana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, “The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun,” and RT Bookreviews calls her books ” lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter. Visit her website at http://www.shanagalen.com

Season for Surrender—Theresa Romain

Theresa RomainHistorical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book.

My Favorite Countess—Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa KellyVanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller. Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.

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39 thoughts on “Spotlight on ‘A Gentleman For All Seasons’ with Theresa Romain!

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  2. Jackie Bentley

    My sister-in-law played matchmaker for my husband and I. Best thing I ever did! We were together over 20 years. Best years of my life! He was my hero, my best friend-my everything. He passed away 5 years ago. There is not a day that I don’t think of him.

  3. Hey, T-Ro! Great blog. I did facilitate the love bug back in grad school by introducing friends to each other. Sadly, no one ever introduced their eligible friends to me! *sad trombone* No wonder I wanted to write Georgie’s story!

  4. Patricia Wissore

    I wasn’t quite “set up” with my husband, but we were encouraged…by our whole church (It was a small church). He was the Children’s Minister’s son, home on leave from the Army. After I expressed an interest, everyone found a way to put us together in things. Turns out, he was as interested as I was. 2 years later he proposed and 1 year after that we were married. Next year, we celebrate 20 years strong with 3 daughter of our own!

    1. Bookworm

      Too sweet! Happy 20th! Our 15th was in September but we’ve been together almost 20 now. I look at him and thank God every day He sent him to me [believe it or not, I tried to set him up with my nieces, and both have stood him up, so he made me go out with him to make up for his “heartbreak” at being stood up!]

      HUGS!

      Mel

  5. Mary D.

    I’ve never had anybody matchmake for me, but maybe I need a matchmaker. Where are all the good men? 🙂

    Sound like a fun collection of stories.

  6. Natashz

    Nope!!! Matchmaking is very risky especially if/when things don’t turn out positive, you are in for a lot of problems!! As for me I find my own guys lol or they find me 😀

  7. catslady

    I never have. My husband tried matching a friend of his up when in his early 20’s more than once but the guy has remained single his whole life.

  8. Bookworm

    Oh I’m loving this question!!!!

    First, thanks for stopping by 🙂 Loved the book!
    Now for the Q: I played a matchmaker to my nieces [who are gorgeous] but both of them stood up the same guy 😦 who then blamed me for it and told me I owe him two dates!!!

    We have been married for 15 years now and I’m so glad they stood him up!
    We’ll keep it between us that he is 12 years younger than I, k 😉

    HUGS!

    Mel

      1. Bookworm

        LOL, right?! I’ve been told so many times to pen it too 😉
        It’s an older woman/younger man love story and pretty hot too 😉 LOL!

        You can stop by ANYtime, k?

        Mel

  9. Cindy Ulrich

    We went to the same church and 26.5 years ago our mothers decided we should go on a date. We did, they prayed it would become something more and we just celebrated our 25 wedding anniversary in August! Never underestimate the power of 2 prayerful mothers!!!

    1. Bookworm

      LOL!
      Those mothers! They just know things we never do 😉
      So happy for you and wishing you many MANY more years together with your soulmate 🙂

      HUGS!

      Mel

    1. Bookworm

      LOL!
      I bet you there’s a good story behind your love story 🙂
      My dad met his second wife after he placed an add in the paper 🙂 He’s been married to my stepmom for 30 years now!

      HUGS!

      Mel

  10. I do not try to be a matchmaker. I really don’t know anyone that tries to be one either.
    My hubby and I met my senior year in highschool. At the time of our meeting he said he was going to marry me one day. Two years later we met at a mall in another city and started dating and married a year later ;D
    We’ve been together for over 23 years.

  11. Diane Sallans

    I was set up once – didn’t work out.
    We’ve had our eyes out to match someone up, but apparently they have recently found someone on their own!
    Several friends have had the experience that shortly after they had ‘given up’ they met someone (tho not all worked out long term – sigh)

    1. Diane, that’s nice for your friends that they found someone on their own! I tried to set up two friends once. They went on a lukewarm date or two. Both are now happily married to other people. So…all’s well that ends well?

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