Guest Author: Amber Daulton and Forever Winter

Amber Daulton is a fellow member of the author support group called Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW). Normally, Amber writes contemporary romantic suspense, but as her website states, she likes to read and write a variety of genres. When she announced the upcoming release of her sweet regency romance, I invited her to share a bit about her writing. She responded with a thoughtful explanation contrasting two different types of regency romances. Please welcome Amber!

Traditional Regency vs. Historical Romance – What’s the Difference?

There are two archetypes of Regency romance—Traditional Regency and Regency Historical—and my Christmas novella, Forever Winter, falls partly in each category.

In Traditional Regency, we typically see the hero as an attractive womanizing man who marries out of obligation or downright refuses to marry unless he gains something from the union. The heroine is usually a dutiful but intelligent woman who marries for security or out of responsibility. Occasionally, the heroine marries for love, but the hero rarely returns the sentiment for the first half or so of the book. Subtle humor, clever dialogue, and intricate details with soft kissing and light affection are the focal points of these novels.

Regency Historical involves the same plot devices but delves deeper with stronger emotional aspects, darker subplots, and on-page sexual intercourse. In these books, the hero and heroine discover each other’s passions and motivations before they find their HEA. As they travel the long road of betrayal and deceit, they fall in love and achieve redemption by accepting each other’s flaws to build a future together within the confines of proper society.

In Forever Winter, Susanna Lorican and Camden Beckinworth have known each other since childhood. There is an eight-year difference in their ages, which is common in historical romances. They share similar goals, ideals, and what they want out of life. He sees her as his equal. Their union is also profitable. Not only are they in love, he provides financial security as a successful owner of a cotton mill, and since she has previous experience managing her father’s vast farm, she tends to his bookkeeping and monetary records. They plan to marry on Christmas Eve, but nothing goes according to plan. Susanna also harbors a possibly devastating secret, which could affect her union with Camden and damage her reputation in the eyes of society if it gets out.

This sweet romance focuses on the couple’s interaction with her family and the world around them on their wedding day, not their relationship in the bedroom.

Regency stories of either archetype define a beautiful, charming world. As with most romance novels, historical or not, the idea of love and a “happily ever after” will hopefully continue to draw in readers for years to come.

Blurb for Forever Winter:
A perfect Christmas wedding, a snowstorm, and a shocking secret. What could go wrong?

Susanna Lorican must marry the man she loves before the truth is discovered—or face the gossip of the ton. With an unexpected snowstorm injuring the minister, her future hangs in the balance.

Viscount Camden Beckinworth vows to keep his bride safe, even if he must betray her confidence. When their love is put to the test, how will he uphold her honor without jeopardizing his own?

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About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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16 Responses to Guest Author: Amber Daulton and Forever Winter

  1. WELCOME to the blog, Amber!
    I honestly don’t know how to say this without offending others and sounding like a fool, but honestly, this is the only Regency that actually has my attention and, (to me), has a truly compelling premise. I am not a fan of Regency in general, but now I want to know all about Susanna.
    Thanks for coming in. You are only my TBR list.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Your “Forever Winter” sounds like an interesting novel.
    But the explanation of the differences between traditional and historical regency leaves me confused.
    Maybe the powers that be simply chose too vague of a label for the Regency stories that are obviously “hotter” than traditional stories. But for them to add the term “historical” and equate it to the heat factor of the primary couple’s relationship… doesn’t really make sense to me.
    Maybe there are other factors which led to whomever affixing these identifiers to the different sub-genres?

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    • Hi, Jeff.
      I agree with you. It can definitely be confusing.
      The term “Historical” also equates to the plotline and the type of characters. Those books are much darker than Traditional in that some of them feature on-page child abuse, sexual assault, vices like gambling and visiting brothels, and vulgar language. Those plot devices would rarely, if ever, be found in Traditional.
      Also, in Traditional stories, the heroine could never be a scullery maid or prostitute or the hero a philander with out-of-wedlock children. It’s simply not done, at least according to my research. But those roles are perfectly suitable for Regency Historical.
      I hope that clears things up a bit.
      Thank you so much for reading!

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  3. pamelasthibodeaux says:

    Wow how interesting! I never knew the differences but love Regency Historical romances!
    Good luck and God’s blessings with your new book.

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  4. Very interesting post. I’ve always thought of the traditional Regency romances as being always sweet, and very focused on dress descriptions and rigid etiquette.
    Congratulations on your new release, and best of luck with it!

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  5. Susan Payne says:

    I enjoyed reading about your new release. Thank you for bringing it to us.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Kara O'Neal says:

    Very interesting post. I enjoyed learning that there is a difference in Regencies.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Alicia Dean says:

    Interesting post. I had no idea there was a difference. Regency is quite a switch from Romantic Suspense. I know I couldn’t write a Regency. It sounds like yours is a wonderful read. Congrats and best wishes!

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    • Hi, Alicia.
      Yeah, Romantic Suspense is my baby, but I like reading and writing Historicals too. They’re definitely harder to write, though, because I have to change my language, pacing, and overall flow of the story.
      Thank you for visiting!


  8. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Welcome, Amber. I really didn’t understand the difference between the two types of regencies. Thanks so much for the explanation.

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