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5Qs with Sarah Maclean!

THE SEASON by Sarah Maclean is now in stores... and if you're eagerly awaiting PRADA & PREJUDICE, then you need to pick up THE SEASON to satisfy your appetite for romance and regency england!

Sarah stopped by and answered five questions in five words or less...

1) What's one piece of advice you'd like to give other writers?
Writing is hard. Practice often.

2) What's one thing you bought with your advance money?
Tricked out MacBook. My baby.

3) What's one thing that's surprised you about the road to publication?
It's harder being the author.

4)What's one thing you LOVE about your debut novel?
Girls who aren't mean.

5) What's next for you?
Three adult romances with Avon.


Seriously guys, this is one of THE BEST books I've ever read, so you need to check it out...

Guess what? I have a copy to give away!!

All you have to do is comment on this entry and tell me one thing about Regency England that you love-- and wish were still around today.

Contest open until March 10 at NOON EST.  Good luck! :-)


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 2nd, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
I wish the style of dancing was still around. I hate going to clubs where guys don't even ask--they just grab you and start grinding, and it's really gross. I want to waltz and do group dances that have actual steps to them, and I want the men to be gentlemen who actually offer their hand and bow when they ask you :-)
Mar. 2nd, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Check out English Country Dancing clubs - they exist lots of places, and all the niceties of the age are still in place there.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
One thing I love about Regency England that I wish were still around today? Easy-peasy: Miss Jane Austen! (Just think how many more novels she'd have completed if she hadn't died at age 41!)
Mar. 2nd, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I wish people still made a habit of visiting each other all the time and leaving their cards behind so their friends can return the favor. It'd be cool to have my own card to pass out to everyone!

Parker P.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
The fashion. Everyone was just so well dressed - even just for going into town and running errands.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
I'll say what probably everybody else is going to say - the dressy balls!
Mar. 2nd, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
I think elbow-length gloves are the bomb! I suppose you'd have to wear dresses to match them, but that would also be fun! :)

cecilia | cecpham(at)gmail.com
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I wish that there were still awesome updos. Or maids to do them for you. My hair is either a) down or b) in a ponytail. It's very sad!
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
OOh, so many things to choose from...I will say the daily letter writing. Real letters with lovely ink that were sent by post!!

Jessica, I have to admit someone to tame my hair into a beautiful, ribboned updo would be amazing.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Modesty is lost...
I like how the women dressed modesty with the long dresses. Today there are girls with with their tummys and chest hanging out or it looks like the clothes are painted are them they're so tight!! Yep thats what I miss!
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
First of all, I am obsessed with that era in England's history. What I miss the most is the setting. It was so beautiful the architecture and the language and how all of that culminated into the essence of Regency England. The way people dressed and spoke added to the romance and passion that I don't think has ever been re-created properly. Sigh...not that I was there but that's what I miss the most, haha! (;
Mar. 3rd, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
The FASHION, of course! :) Ever since I was a little girl, I secretly wished those fabulous dresses would come back into style...

Okay. I still sort of wish that.
Mar. 3rd, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
We are having Jane Austen Week at my library this month! I love the hair. Long and done up. Fabulous!
Mar. 3rd, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
I agree with everyone else about what they wished still was around today, but mine's more food related. I wish Gunter's still existed. I've always wanted to know what Regency ice cream would taste like. Probably not the, um, interesting, flavors like parmesan, though :)
Mar. 3rd, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Pollution, planes, cars, technology. None of that was invented. I kind of feel, though humans have progressed, it might have been better if we had just stayed the way we were before. People were so much kinder and civilized then. I'm thinking it was because it was so much more beautiful.
Mar. 3rd, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
Definitely the balls!!! Oh, and the angry, tortured dukes (although, I guess some of those are still around, but it doesn't quite feel the same).
Mar. 3rd, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
The manners and the hospitality that everyone had back then. Things were so much simpler than and I sometimes wish that it was still that way.
Mar. 3rd, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
I wish the beautiful gowns from Regency England were still around, and affordable, today! Thanks for holding the contest!
Mar. 3rd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
I am tempted to echo anonymous and say the entire setting... having visited Bath and walked all around this city which is more perfectly preserved Regency era than anywhere in the world, I can confirm that it is definitely as serene and beautiful as we all imagine. However, in the name of originality I am going to have to go with the baths themselves... yes, of course I am ignoring the plight of the lower classes which made up a majority of the population, but seriously- how great would it be to decide you want to have a bath and have one of those huge copper claw foot tubs filled with boiling water and bubbles for you in the middle of your room??? Servants shampooing your hair and holding your robe up for you when you've finished... like a spa day any time you want it!
Mar. 5th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
The clothing. How you walked around in these floor-length dresses made of skinny linen and sweet little leather boots...even if your hem was "six inches deep" in mud after walking a few miles to see your sick sister. And the gloves and bonnets and little Spencer jackets...sigh. And the language. People spoke deliberately and beautifully and with lots of words.
Mar. 6th, 2009 10:17 am (UTC)
I wish the simplicity of life back then still existed it seems like an incredibly simple time when families were close and spent time together. When their was an organisation to society (as in there was a proper way to act) which people now a days have lost. Manners Existed. Love existed and was seriously believed in and when you married you were married for life that was it. I absolutely wish I was born in this period. The time of Jane Austen and her amazing world.
Mar. 9th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
I wish the men still behaved like real gentlemans and not be so vulgar and rude. Hahaha. It's very rare to find a guy who acts like the gentleman these days.
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