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Across the Worlds Event: Duels & Deceptions by Cindy Anstey

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Today for Across the Worlds Event we get to visit the vintage world of Duel & Deceptions by Cindy Anstey! This is a wonderful mystery novel set in regency England and it is one you do not want to miss! We have a wonderful post all about the do’s and don’ts of the Regency world and a great giveaway!

*Enter to win a copy of Duel & Deceptions at the end of this post!*

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The Dos and Don’ts while Visiting the Regency World

By Cindy Anstey – author of Duels & Deception and Love, Lies and Spies

Imagine you are in a place where social conventions control your every move (it’s a façade but let’s go with it for the sake of this post). There are rules about everything from the way you dress to the way you greet (or don’t greet) others. Respectability, expectations and fear of being unusual regulate every aspect of your life. Is it a dystopian society of the future?  A colonized planet three hundred light-years from earth? No, indeed not. This is the Regency World—England, between the years 1811 and 1820 when King George was declared mad and his son was appointed as a regent.

If you happened to step out of a transporter in the middle of London during the Regency period, I would suggest that you do so dressed to the nines…only then would you have the slightest possibility of acceptance by le beau monde. Make sure that your gown is cinched just below the… um… bosom in what is called an Empire waist (please excuse me for using a reference to body parts). A bonnet is worn while out of doors, as are gloves… at all times! Were you to be accompanied by a gentleman, I might suggest suede buckskins (knee length pants), a cutaway coat and a pristine neckcloth; he will be seen as a swell of the first stare.

Although it might be difficult, it is imperative that you find someone you know (a great-great-great… grandmother perhaps—or an illustrious personage from a painting). The purpose is, of course, connections. You cannot speak with anyone of consequence until you are introduced. This complicated process requires a personage who knows both parties. Even at a ball (dance) a young gentleman cannot simply present himself to a young lady of his fancy. No, he must find someone who knows the young lady and ask said person to provide an introduction. If need be the master of ceremonies can be pressed into service.

Having become established, calls must be made to solidify these new connections—morning calls to be exact… that take place in the afternoon. Please note, a lady may not call upon a gentleman! A ‘calling card’ with your name and title printed on it must be presented at the door when inquiring if the lady of the house is in. Once seated uncomfortably on the edge of a chair in the drawing room, do not remove your bonnet. If you wish to slip off your gloves, they may be held daintily on your lap for the entire fifteen minutes of your visit. Do not overstay your welcome unless you are with family or old friends. Do not talk of anything that might stir the blood. The weather and the general health of the persons present are safe topics.

No matter how difficult it might be, it is best that you maintain your dignity at all times. There is nothing more unseemly than a young woman of excesses. Running, loud laughter, and bold looks are unbecoming and best avoided. While these imperatives are a mere fraction of the Regency World’s decrees, they are enough to see you through the first day… perhaps.

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CAnsteyAbout Cindy:

Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball for her dog in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby. She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French. Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.

You can visit Cindy around the Web here:  Website | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Cindy Anstey?

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This contest is provided by Cindy Anstey!

One lucky reader will win a signed copy of Duel & Deceptions!!
(International)

Duels and Deceptions

Available April 11, 2017 by Swoon Reads

About this Book:

Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…

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14 Responses to “Across the Worlds Event: Duels & Deceptions by Cindy Anstey

  1. bethNo Gravatar
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    Yes I would because I love the regency period.

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  2. Penny OlsonNo Gravatar
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    Yes, I love this period in history, but I wouldn’t want anyone to make me marry someone not of my choice!

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  3. MeiganNo Gravatar
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    I just developed a thing for regencies, specifically YA regencies after finishing The Dark Days Club. I’ve also heard nothing but good things about both this author and this book, so combine that with my new obsession with YA regencies and I’m sold. Great review too!

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  4. Megan RichardsonNo Gravatar
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    Of course I would! I would love the opportunity to explore a new world!

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  5. Kimberly VanderbloomNo Gravatar
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    I think so but I’ve never read a regency yet

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  6. Van P.No Gravatar
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    Absolutely, Regency England is one of my my favorite period.

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  7. Nancy HernandezNo Gravatar
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    I would love to live in this type of world count me in.

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  8. John SmithNo Gravatar
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    “Would you want to visit this world?” But I’m already in this world, what do you mean? Regarding *that* world–maybe, maybe not.

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  9. Megan S.No Gravatar
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    I’d love to visit this world. It sounds so amazing!

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  10. NatashaNo Gravatar
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    Yes I would love to visit!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  11. JordanNo Gravatar
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    I’m always up for an adventure, I’d give this world a shot. :)

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  12. Katrina CNo Gravatar
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    Probably not… I wouldn’t want to deal with an arranged marriage.

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    I might visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

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  14. Amy MaloneNo Gravatar
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    Yes I would like to visit. Always up for something/somewhere new.

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