Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Launching the Captain: Rules of Courtship

While Marissa and I and millions of others were off celebrating the birth of our nation, another birth took place. My twenty-second work of romantic fiction made its debut (yes, I know, not quite the convention-shattering birth of the USA!). The Captain’s Courtship is the second book in my Everard Legacy miniseries from Love Inspired Historical. Today and Friday, I’m giving away an autographed copy. Read on to learn how you can win.

The Everard legacy miniseries focuses on three handsome cousins who set out to claim their inheritances and learn that love is their greatest reward. In the first book, Jerome, Richard, and Vaughn Everard discovered that their late uncle had kept a daughter secret, a daughter who has inherited not only his title but their vast empire of shares in sailing ships, money in the Exchange, and lands in six counties.

But inheriting the Everard legacy isn’t as easy as it may sound. Samantha’s father left a set of stipulations in his will, and unless she fulfills them, she and her cousins will lose everything their family has worked to gain. The first requirement is that Samantha be presented to the queen. And only a lady who has already been presented can sponsor her for the introduction. A shame that every lady the Everards know who might be disposed to do them a favor is decidedly out of the queen’s league.

All but one. Lady Claire Winthrop was once engaged to Captain Richard Everard, throwing him over for a wealthy viscount. Now she’s a widow with more than one secret in her past. Can Richard convince her to sponsor the mercurial Samantha? And if the two are drawn together once more, will the captain’s courtship be successful this time?

As you can tell, courtship plays a big part in this story, whether Richard and Claire’s memories of their first courtship or their attempts to find their way back into courting again. When I was writing my young adult novel, La Petite Four, I developed a character named Lord Snedley, who considered himself an expert in the rules of courting (among other things). Here are some of his rules for courting:

  • On her first introduction to a gentleman, a young lady would do well to keep her eyes on his chin, unless of course he should have a pock or wart there. Raising her eyes to his will make her appear forward and staring at his feet will make the fellow uncomfortable. I also advise against staring at birthmarks or protrusions of any sort.
  • Gentlemen, when you visit, stay a quarter hour, no more, no less. Unless, of course, you are pressed to stay by a particularly winsome young lady, or you find yourself enamored of the lemonade served that day, drink fourteen glasses, and must needs make use of the retiring facilities.
  • Young ladies are indebted to their chaperons, those maternal sorts who hover about at balls, making sure that everything is aboveboard. Do insist that they stay away from card tables, sharp objects, and the occasional cavorting in the servant’s hall.
  • Indulging in flirtation is every young lady’s prerogative and quite expected in more fashionable circles. If you feel daunted, I suggest you practice on a door knob, which will not notice if your hair was parted the wrong way nor remark that you have parsley stuck between your front teeth.

Now it’s your turn. Give me a rule of proper courtship, real, from a book you read, or imagined, in a comment to this post, and I will put your name in a drawing to win an autographed copy of The Captain’s Courtship. Comments received before midnight U.S. West Coast time on Thursday, July 12, will be eligible. I’ll announce the winner in my Friday post, where we’ll learn more about Lady Claire Winthrop, and I’ll give you another chance to win.

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LilMissMolly said...

This book sounds great! Proper courtship dictates that a boy/man never visits a girl/woman in her bedroom - or "upstairs" for that matter.

Regina Scott said...

Good one, LilMissMolly! Thanks!

Regencyresearcher said...

Young ladies and any unmarried gentlemen should be careful of riding in a closed carriage together if the other person isn't one she/he wants to marry.
A gentleman should show an interest in the young lady's peferreed reading, her colors, and her favorite flower. That way he'll delight her with just the right token at the right minute

Regina Scott said...

Nice! Thanks!

Rachel said...

A woman's fortune or lack of should never be mentioned by potential suitors unless it is the private of one's gentlemen's club with close friends for fear of gossip! Likewise, a woman's marriage should never be mentioned by their mother as a coup to secure future husbands for other siblings.

Regina Scott said...

Love it, Rachel. That second one has the seeds of a book! :-)

Anonymous said...

When walzing, a gentleman should never hold the lady to closely.

Congrations on you release, Regina.

Regina Scott said...

Thanks, Ella!

Anonymous said...

when one is courting try to see how a lady acts in all different situations if you only see her at the ball or in her own drawing room, you may find out that you have married a pretty actor and a terrible wife.

Regina Scott said...

Thank you!

QNPoohBear said...

Congratulations! I have the book on order at a local indy store since I won a gift certificate for the public library's summer reading program. I can't wait to have this book in my hands and read it!

Regina Scott said...

Thanks, QNPoohBear! I'm honored you'd use your gift certificate on me! Hope you enjoy the book!