NEW: Now included: Serenity’s anthropological manuscript!
Time is catching up with my very popular time-travel Regency romance, REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED. When I first began plotting the story, the start date for this near future book was 2010. As that year was too close to its release year in 2007, REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED now begins in 2020. Before we know it, it WILL be 2020!
A bit of history on this genesis for this book: Back during the latter part of the last century (!), stories with actual time machines were frowned upon by traditional publishers. For some reason, it was felt that time-travel machines were too farfetched. So instead, walking through mirrors, having magic lockets, going to sleep and waking up in the past were some of the methods used as devices for time-travel. I ask you, aren’t those schemes even more farfetched than using science to create a machine?!
To continue, I’d already used electrical storms (SOJOURN THROUGH TIME), a magic Celtic moon (LORD DARVER’S MATCH), and a mystic’s spell (TIMELESS DECEPTION). Now I wanted something different: an actual, honest-to-goodness time-travel machine! Shocking! I invented the Time Displacement Wave (TDW) with science behind it... and rules. These rules helped to shape the story. For example:
1. Only worthy projects--those that will enhance knowledge of the past--are selected for the honor of time-travel.
2. A span of no more than six hundred backwards is all that is allowed. Travel to the future hasn’t been invented yet.
3. In addition to the time-traveler, only forty pounds of material can be taken back to the past. These objects can remain in the past or be brought back to the present, however nothing created in the past can be brought back through the Time Displacement Wave into the present.
4. The journey lasts one entire year. And, the only time the traveler can return to the present is one year to the day from when he or she left. The return time has a very small window of opportunity. If it is missed, then the traveler remains in the past.
Duty or Love? In the year 2020, anthropologist Serenity Steele's research assignment is to travel back into the past--however, she doesn't count on the many attractions of a certain Regency rake. Should she ignore her obligations and stay in the past... or should she leave behind the man she loves?
An Enchanting Dilemma: In the year 1812, Nicholas Wycliffe, the toplofty Lord Brockton, has no desire to take a wife, especially a mysterious widow who doesn't live by society's rules. But what is he to make of the enchanting "Mrs." Steele, who not only refuses to discuss her past, she also has the audacity to turn him down when he proposes marriage?
REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED was published by Awe-Struck Books (Mundania Press) and had with them for many years. This book was part of Awe-Struck’s prestigious Phaeton Regency line. I recently decided to have the rights returned to me for all my Awe-Struck books--a total of twelve. REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED is the last to be re-released. Yay!!! It’s now available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com!
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REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED also achieved #1 bestseller status at Fictionwise.com, 5 stars on Amazon.com, and multiple 5 star review on Goodreads.
Anthropologist Serenity Steele meets her heart’s desire in the form of a short-tempered Regency rake, Nicholas Wycliffe.
*Limited* copies of the 2007 print book are available at www.susanneknight.com/orders.htm
You can view REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED’s book trailer here. Music is by Kevin MacLeod, Sinfonia3.
This book is part of the Elegant Regencies line.
For those of you who like to read reviews, get ready... here they come!
5 STARS for REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED: Wonderful time travel! If you love time travel, if you love romance, if you love regency, you will love this book! It even brought tears to my eyes at the end. A great read!--Amazon.com
4 ½ Roses! This well written love story comes special delivery for readers of historical romance and fans of time travel romance. The characters are likeable and the dialogue is clever as it speeds the plot along at an agreeable pace. Prepare for an exciting journey in Ms. Knight’s newest offering, Regency Society Revisited. The author has given the tried and true theme a twist that satisfies and entertains at the same time.--A Romance Review
REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED opens with an interesting concept and a couple of other futuristic or paranormal touches, but it's also a traditional Regency romance with parties and balls and an appearance by the Prince Regent. Serry makes good headway with her monograph of Society's attitudes toward the war with the French, however, and the class division of the times, thanks to characters of the serving class. Readers will enjoy the several passionate scenes, a villain, and two secondary romances. And there's the added heartbreak of the choice for Serry between giving up love in 1813 or her family in 2021 to further distance this novel from the ordinary. Regency lovers should enjoy this one.--Romance Reviews Today
4 Roses! I'm not a big fan of time travels or paranormals, but REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED is an exception to that rule. Well written, with interesting and likeable characters set amid a detailed historical backdrop, I found it to be a fast paced and very satisfying read... Without reservation, I recommend REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED, especially if you're looking for a quick read that has good interaction between enjoyable characters, excellent dialogue and a very good storyline.--Romance Reader at Heart
4 Stars. A fun read for any history or time travel fan. The romantic would also enjoy this story. Talented author Susanne Marie Knight opens the door for a peek into a time we can only speculate at. Written in an easy-to-read style the movement and characters will hold your interest to the last word. Enjoy. I did.
Reviewed by mysteryfiction.net
When I saw this story up for review, I pounced on it. I recently read another Regency romance by this author, and I enjoyed it so much I was eager to read another. I like time travel, too, so this was doubly interesting to me. ... kept me up at night reading far longer than I should have been... This was definitely an enjoyable read, and I look forward to more from Susanne Marie Knight.--Long and Short Reviews
Great read! I recommend it for Regency and romance fans!--K.K.
I love the concept. It's interesting, intriguing, and fun. You captured my interest. This is a hell of a book!--V.H.
Ambitious! An anthropologist's dream!--B.K.
REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED was a pleasure for me. I have recommended it to my book club friends.--R.C.
I just finished this book this morning. I really enjoyed Regency Society Revisited. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.--K.L.
I got thoroughly hooked!--R.C.
I enjoyed REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED!--N.D.
I've gotta get this book! I love this time period along with the time travel.--T.T.
Thanks again for another terrific story!--R.C.
Oh, I had my fingers crossed for this one! Thanks to Ms. Knight for the chance to try it like this!--M.M.
Add a dash of the future/a trip to the past, and you have a most interesting look at this already complex and intriguing period in history. This is a delightful romance story!--A. S.
I started reading [REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED]. The first few pages promise as much entertainment as your COMPETITORS! gives.--J.C.
I have absolutely no suggestions for making this story better. It's already a well-told story. Why mess with perfection? I think your fans will love this story. I'm a fan and I love it.--D.C.
Real life tidbit: As I wrote in my blog: The Buzz on COMPETITORS!, my major in college was anthropology, and while my area of personal interest was physical anthropology, my actual major was cultural anthropology like REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED’s protagonist, Serenity Steele. And like Serenity, I also wrote monographs on anthropological topics.
Originally, REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED was to be the name of Serenity’s research on the Regency period. The actual name of the novel was to be REFORMATION OF A RAKE. The completed book was huge; it was a very ambitious project that, eventually, was whittled down. But now, it is re-released to include Serenity’s manuscript notes. Bonus!
As a side note, I’m thinking of creating a separate, companion booklet for Serenity’s study on Regency England. The ebook copy would include all of Serenity’s notes, indexed by the major topics. This information IS included in the 2017 ebook version of REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED, but some readers tell me they’d like a companion book as a reference copy. I’ll let you know if (when?) I release this Booklet!
Included in Serenity’s notes are these major topics:
Aggression and Conflict
Family and Kinship
Social Organization, Rank, and Inequality
Below is an excerpt on Aggression and Conflict, subtopic Political Assassination so that you can get a feel for what the booklet would include.
AGGRESSION AND CONFLICT (Dr. Steele’s manuscript)
Assassinations have run rampant throughout history. From ancient Rome’s Julius Caesar to England’s Prime Minister Burton Haydorp in the twenty-first century, elimination of political rulers represents a strong fiber interweaving humankind’s past, present, and, in all probability, future. When individuals or groups go beyond their culture’s due process of law and take matters into their own hands, then anarchy, for a time, results. As the author states in “Jalè War Practices,”
From an anthropological perspective, [assassination]
is an individual’s personal method of declaring war.1
Though some assassins do achieve their goal, fortunately, most fail. The Regency period and surrounding eras are no exception. George III numbered several attempts, including--
1. a 1786 near-stabbing outside St. James’ Palace,
2. a 1800 shooting at Drury Lane, and
3. a shooting in Hyde Park.
In all attempts, the King escaped without injury, however in Hyde Park, an onlooker received a musket shot to the thigh.
The unpopular Prince of Wales also can boast of being a target for deranged people with grudges. Countless times the future George IV’s life has been threatened by the populace. But, as all attacks have failed, to date, one wonders whether these individuals are after his life--or his money.
Even the young Queen Victoria had some close calls at the beginning of her reign. Having acceded to the throne in 1837, three years later an attempt was made on her life--another in 1842, and again in 1849. Public life does have its drawbacks.
One Recent Assassination:
The most recent case of assassination in this year of 1812 has been successful. The prime minister, Spencer Perceval, holding his post since the fourth of October, 1809, was shot and killed because of a personal complaint, by John Bellingham in the House of Commons on the eleventh of May, 1812. Perceval is survived by wife Jane and children. As a side note, in later years, son Spencer Jr. took to fire and brimstone religion.
Lord Liverpool is slated to become the next prime minister--just ten days before the United States declares war against Britain. Not an enviable assignment.
1Serenity Steele, “Jalè War Practices,” United Anthropology Report, February 2017, p. 86.
As you see, these notes combine the past with the present and the future. To my knowledge, luckily, Great Britain never had--or will have--a Prime Minister by the name of Burton Haydorp, destined to be assassinated past, present, or future!
I hope you enjoy Serenity and Nicholas’ story, and also, the soon-to-be-released anthropological booklet that goes along with REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED.
Susanne Marie Knight
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