Monday, January 3, 2011

meet Linore Rose Burkard

Linore Rose Burkard is the creator of "Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul." Her characters take you back in time to experience life and love during the era of Regency England (circa 1811 - 1820). Fans of classic romances, such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility, will enjoy meeting Ariana Forsythe, a feisty heroine who finds her heart and beliefs tested by high-society London.

Publisher's Weekly affirms, "Ms. Burkard's command of period detail is impressive, evident in material details, but also in dialogue. Her novels even help non-Regencyphiles learn the difference between ladies' pelisses and spencers...On the whole, it's a tasty confection."

Ms. Burkard began writing when she couldn't find a Regency romance with an inspirational twist. "There were Christian books that approached the genre," she says, "But, they fell short of being a genuine Regency. I knew that many women like me want stories that are historically authentic and offer glimpses of God's involvement in our lives. So, I finally gave up looking and decided to write one myself."

Ms. Burkard was raised in New York, where she graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. She lives with her husband and five children in a town full of antique stores and gift shops in southwestern Ohio. Her hobbies include working on new Regency novels, family movie nights, swimming, and gardening.

You can find Linore at her website www.linoreburkard.com, and her two blogs, Woman of Faith and She's Got Character.


Before the Season Ends:


Trouble at home sends Ariana to her aunt's townhouse in the fashionable Mayfair district of London. There, she soon finds herself neck-deep in high society and at odds with Mr. Phillip Mornay, London's current darling rogue. Then, a scandal changes Ariana forever. Her heart, her faith, and her future are all at stake in an unexpected adventure that gains even the Prince Regent's attention.

Will Ariana's faith survive this test? What about her heart? For it's Ariana's heart that most threatens to betray the truths she has always believed in. When she finds herself backed against a wall, betrothed to the wrong man, how can it ever turn out right?

The House in Grosvener Square:

As Ariana Forsythe plans her wedding, she must adjust to the realization that she will soon become the wife of an extremely wealthy man. She wonders if it's wrong to rejoice that her future husband is rich. But, she promises herself to use her new position to do what she can to aid the numerous street waifs she sees all too often in London.

During a tour of her future home-the house in Grosvenor Square-Ariana impulsively makes plans to redecorate (just a little) according to her tastes . But when Philip arrives home later, he is informed that an expensive silver candlestick and a miniature portrait of George III have gone missing. Moreover, each time Ariana visits the house, another item disappears.

When Ariana suffers an abduction attempt by two villains, and other mysterious goings-on are unexplained, Mr. Mornay must unravel the mystery of who is after her, and why. He knows he has to prevent any harm from befalling his future bride, even if it means he must keep her
under lock and key in his own house!

The Country House Courtship:

It is 1818 and Miss Beatrice Forsythe is determined to marry well. After all, her sister married the Paragon, Mr. Phillip Mornay, five years earlier--which all but guarantees that she, Beatrice, can also make a famous match to a wealthy man.

But her sister and husband have disappeared from high society as they raise a family at their country estate.
Can Beatrice persuade them to chaperone her in London?

Meanwhile an old acquaintance, Mr. Peter O'Brien shows up at the house as the candidate for a vicarage to which Mr. Mornay holds the rights. Will old passions and jealousies be revived? Or can Mr. O'Brien and the Mornays ever live near each other as friends? And what about Beatrice's rash promise to marry the curate, made years earlier? At seventeen now, she has no wish to marry a mere clergyman--despite his agreeable countenance and winsome gentle ways.

When Mr. Tristan Barton comes on the scene as the tenant of the Manor House, Beatrice's hopes seem to have found their object. But when Ariana falls gravely ill, secrets come to light, motives are revealed, and the pretenses that are easy to keep up in the sunlight begin to crumble. Hearts are bared, truths uncovered, and when all is said and done, a country house courtship like no other has occurred!

You can purchase Linore's books from Amazon.

Linore is giving away one copy of the winner's choice of either Before the Season Ends or The Country House Courtship. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


28 comments:

Anonymous said...

These both sound good!
I'd like to win either book.
Sunny

Deb Ragno said...

I would like to get this books for my daughter. I'm not a fan of this era, but she is, and since she will be having baby #3 this spring, she might want to start stockpiling a bit of reading material.
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Charity said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway:) Thanks!

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Joanne Sher said...

Would love this one :) Please enter me

Jackie S. said...

I've been anxious to read Linore's books...please enter me. Thanks!!
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Maureen said...

I like these Regency books..what a different time. I would like either book. Thanks!


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karenk said...

would love to read 'before the season' thanks for the chance :)

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Amy said...

I really like how these sound. I hope I win.

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Meredith said...

These books sound great! Thank you for the giveaway!

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Charity U said...

I would love to be entered!

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Linda said...

Haven't read a book by Linore. Would love to be added to the giveaway for an opportunity! Thanks.

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Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Both books sound very interesting. Would love to win either one!
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Mary B.

Katy said...

Ohhhh! I've been wanting to read these books for a while now - please count me in!!

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jdjmcc said...

Id love either one of these books! Thank you! Carmen sent me:)
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jdjmcc said...

I follow on GFC!Thanks!
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Diane said...

I've only heard great things about this book and author! Thanks for the giveaway :O)

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lgm52 said...

Would love to read these books..thanks for the giveaway.
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Marianne said...

i would love to win this book. thanks for the opportunity! i am a follower of this blog. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Jane said...

These books look great! Please enter me!

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Sheila said...

Love to read novels by Christian authors. Thanks for the chance of winning a good read. Carmen sent me.

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

these both look so good!! thanks so much for the contest!

I'm a new follower!

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Carman said...

I would like to be entered for Before the Season Ends. It is the only one in the series that I'm missing! :)

I loved this series and can't wait for more from Linore!

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Nia for Jesus said...

I'd love to discover a new good author...

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I follow you.

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I subscribe by email.
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Tara said...

These both look like great books! Thank you for a great giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

I have the first book and will love to own the second
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Tressa said...

I'd love to win one of her books (I love Regency books)!
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