Thursday, April 24, 2008


I have just received author's copies of my second Linford Romance, A Country Mouse; this came out last year with My Weekly Pocket Books with the title, A Journey To Love. I have no idea why the title was changed and was relieved that Linford Romance agreed to use the original.
I love the cover, so much better than the first one. I think having a great cover does influence a reader in the library to pick it up. What do you think?

This looks really interesting -- and even better, it's free! I shall be going, and so will others from this group. Maybe we'll see you there?

Pleasures and Pursuits: Regency Evening

Day Dress, 1819-20. Museum no. T.55-1934
Friday 13 June 2008
Throughout the V&A
Free (except talk £8.00, concessions available)
An evening of Regency period dance and music, live duelling, and parlour games. Test your knowledge in the Jane Austen Quiz, and listen to the renowned historian and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank discuss the delights and dangers of Regency London.

Many thanks to the British Fencing Association, The Royal Armouries and Leon Paul.

18.30 - 19.15, 19.30 - 20.15, 20.30 - 21.15, Raphael Gallery
Regency dance and music. Find a partner, learn the steps and join the dance. (Pick up a dance card for one session)

18.30 - 21.30, Norfolk House Music Room
Parlour games
Play Hazard, Loo and Teetotum with our Regency Master of Ceremonies

18.30 - 19.00, 19.30 - 20.00, 20.30 - 21.00, Meet in the Grand Entrance
Regency Tours
Wenches, cads, society ladies and gentlemen will lead tours throughout the British galleries

19.00 - 19.30, John Madejski Garden
Fencers from the Royal Armouries demonstrate and narrate a scripted Regency duel

Three presentation swords (details of hilts), 1798-99, 1813-14 & 1781-82. Museum nos. M.39:1-1960, 274:1-1869, M.50-1963 (click image for larger version)
19.50 - 20.20, John Madejski Garden
The 'Sherridan Duel'
Fencers from the Royal Armouries re-enact a famous Regency duel

19.00 - 20.00, Lecture Theatre
Dan Cruickshank - Life in Regency London
A leading expert on architecture and historic buildings and a regular presenter on the BBC, Dan Cruickshank is best known for his popular series Britain's Best Buildings. He has published extensively on many aspects of Georgian and Regency history. This talk reviews the delights and dangers of living in Regency London.
£8, concessions available

19.30 - 21.30, John Madejski Garden
Fencing Tournament with the British Fencing Association. Two teams will fence against each other, battling to be the winning team

20.30 - 21.15, V&A Restaurant
Jane Austen Quiz
Enter the quiz to be crowned a Jane Austen aficionado
(up to 6 people per group)

Don't forget to borrow my books from your local library, UK only unfortunately, and if my latest, A Debt of Honour, isn't on the shelves ask them to get it for you. You can buy it from at a reduced price and postage free, and also from Amazon and other online retailers and good bookshops. Both The Return of Lord Rivenhall, A Country Mouse, and A Debt of Honour, can also be downloaded from
Fenella Miller


Anonymous said...

Jane said...

A very appealing cover, Fenella.
The Regency Evening sounds marvellous, and very tempting - especially Dan Cruikshank's talk. Perhaps if you go you could post about it afterwards?

Jan Jones said...

Nice cover, nice title.

I'll probably be at the V&A evening too, so might well see you there.

Anonymous said...

I would very much like to attend, especially to hear Dan Cruikshank, but unfortunately it's not possible, partly because I am taking part in Manchester Library's Regency Evening on the very next day, Saturday 14th!

Melinda Hammond

Jan Jones said...

Pshaw - that's what the Night Mail is for!

Historical Romance Author said...

If anyone is going perhaps we can arrange to meet up? I'm hoing to come with a friend as I don't like catching the tube after dark.