One specific issue I wanted to address has to do with character names in novels and how members of the aristocracy are addressed. For instance, in my first novel, Secrets of the Heart, The Ravensmoore Chronicles, the hero, Devlin Grayson, is an earl. His estate is known as Ravensmoore, therefore he is addressed as Lord Ravensmoore, the Earl of Ravensmoore, or, for those who know him well, simply, Ravensmoore, but NOT Lord Grayson. He would not be called Devlin in public and his family may or may not call him by his given name.
In Chameleon, the second book in the series, Jonathon Denning is Lord of Witt. He is also an earl. He would be known as Witt to his familiars. It can get rather confusing. An earl's wife is known as a countess. If Witt marries, his wife would be known as The Countess Witt or Lady Witt. There are many authors who are well known for writing during this period in history. An excellent resource regarding the peerage can be located on Jo Beverly's website.
Vic Sanborn has an incredible site that you'll really enjoy. This is one of the places I go when looking for my own answers regarding the regency. You can find it at Jane Austen's World.
Vincent St. Lyons, Lord Eden is the hero of book three, Mystery of the Heart. He would be addressed as Lord Eden or Eden not St. Lyons although I rather like that. Lady Mercy is Ravensmoore's youngest sister. She would not be addressed as Lady Ravensmoore. That title would be reserved for Devlin's wife. If Mercy were to marry Lord Eden she would be addressed as the Countess of Eden or the Lady of Eden and can be addressed as Lady Eden. I have to admit that I sometimes get confused with titles and have to go look up information to keep it all straight.
Anyone remember what a titled lady who has lost her husband is called? This may come easier to you if you watch Downton Abbey. Maggie Smith's formal title on the show is The Dowager Countess of Grantham. Totally confused? I wouldn't blame you.
You may also enjoy, Nancy Mayer who is an incredible regency researcher. Those of us who have been reading and writing within the regency for years are well aware of Romance Writers of America's, The Beau Monde.And author Gaelen Foley also has an incredible history site.
Linore Rose Burkard has a great list of resources for readers you will enjoy. Author Julie Klassen has some great pictures under her resource tab. And here are the 10 Essential Voices in Regency Romance within the pages of Family Fiction Magazine. By the bye, Ruth Axtell Morren has been a fabulous mentor to me over the years and she's a fabulous writer.
There are many regency romance authors and if you love the era or have never read it there is something for you. Immerse yourself in a great book. Read a regency.
What's your favorite regency movie or novel? If you haven't yet read one I've got three you can delve into. Leave a comment today and you can pick any one of the three if you win. I'll leave this opportunity open through August 8th at midnight Pacific time. August 8th just happens to be my wedding anniversary. Thirty-three years married to a guy who can still make me laugh. I'll post the winner on Saturday, August 9th.
Jillian is employed as a counselor for nursing students in Cincinnati, Ohio and possesses a masters degree in social work. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and passionate about mental health, wellness, and stomping out the stigma of mental illness. You can also read her July article of The Well Writer which is titled, Words Matter: Finding Inspiration With David McCullough. You can explore further at her website www.jilliankent.com.She invites you to join her on Twitter @JillKentAuthor and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JillianKent