Signs You’re an Avid Regency Romance Reader by Kieran Kramer + Giveaway

Filed in Blogoversary , Giveaways , Kieran Kramer , The HEA Lover Posted on January 24, 2011 @ 7:00 am 55 comments

Today Kieran Kramer is taking over Book Lovers Inc and she prepared something for you that we highly appreciate here: a LIST. We believe nothing works without those and what better funnier way to see how much you are into a genre than reading a list and checking if the points fit your bill. Be sure to answer the question at the end to win. Please give Kieran a warm welcome.

Top Ten Countdown List: Signs You’re an Avid Regency Romance Reader

10) You say things like, “Don’t be such a watering pot,” in everyday conversation.

9) Whenever you meet a family of five girls, you literally gasp and then ask them if they’ve been to Netherfield yet.
8) You confess to your friends that you have the occasional yen to drink weak lemonade and stale cakes and stand about in insipid company.
7) On other nights, you want to dampen your dress, throw open your windows, turn on every light in your house, empty the rooms of furniture, and text everyone to come over for a demmed fine rout.
6) You have a collection of fans you actually use.
5) At family gatherings, you always want to play charades and make a rum punch.
4) You’re immediately attracted to men with English accents and double-barreled last names.
3) You can tell everyone the difference between a dunderhead, a rake, a boor, and a Corinthian.
2) You tell your fiancé you want to waltz with him under a chandelier blazing with hundreds of wax tapers at your wedding—preferably in London in a ballroom at a mansion on Grosvenor Square.
1) You can discuss the British campaign at Waterloo with brilliant historians while you’re playing the pianoforte. Afterward, you’re able to deftly pour everyone a cup of tea, spilling not a single drop, and smoothly switch the subject to the latest on dits.
Is there a habit of yours that gives your love for books away? If yes, which one?
Did you ever catch yourself doing one of the things mentioned in this post?
Kieran is offering a signed copy of When Harry Met Molly to one winner and Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right to another winner. So yep 2 winners!
You’re also getting an extra entry for the main giveaway if you entered our Big Blogoversary Giveaway here.
All you have to do is answer one of the questions or leave a meaningful comment about the post.
AND tell us which book you’d like to win (you can ask for both)
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).
This giveaway is open worldwide!
Giveaway ends on Friday February 4th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Good Luck!

About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • GeishasMom73 January 24, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Great post Kieran! I have to admit #4 has me written all over it. I do have a weakness for posh English accents LOL.

    I used to have the habit of carrying a book bag everywhere filled with 2 or 3 books. Now that I have an eReader I can carry 100s of books without giving my book addiction away!

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • Celine January 24, 2011 at 8:43 am

    O dear. I have a very pretty fan, and I have a massive weak spot for men with an English accent and the last name.

    Would love to win either book! (:


  • Celine January 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Note: too bad you didn't mention the outfits though. I want those dresses! Love the pictures in this post.

  • debbie January 24, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I go weak kneed at the british accents and names. Don't even ask me what would happen if I ever actually went to England.

  • Kieran Kramer January 24, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Hi, Ladies!!! Thanks so much for stopping by. I had fun writing this list. We Regency readers can be an eccentric bunch–and I love it! LOL!

    I hope all of you have a great week.


  • LSUReader January 24, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for a fun post, Kieran. Don't enter me for today's books, since I've already won them, read them, and thoroughly enjoyed each!

  • Blodeuedd January 24, 2011 at 10:55 am

    What gives it talking about how I have to check the mail to see if there is a book for me. Packing too many books, cos you never know, or having books everywhere in the flat 😀

    Great post, lol, though I am not yet guilty of those things *cough* ok nr 2

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  • Heather S January 24, 2011 at 11:14 am

    What a great post! While I haven't yet found myself doing any of the above things I have given away to others the fact that I read a lot of historical fiction. I'll use a word or phrase that will get me strange looks. Tell others about the way things were in Regency England, etc. Now my friends just think I'm a little eccentric.

    Oh, well!


  • Teril January 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Ohh I fall under #6 😉
    What gives my reading habit away? The sack I carry my books around with me everywhere and the fact I enjoy quoting some lines from in mild conversations.
    These book look great!
    terilhack at gmail dot com

  • Kaya H January 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Yes while I do not find myself doing many of those listed things I do find myself taking tea at a tea shop once a month since reading about high tea and I carry a bag that has a book cover silk screened on it with me everywhere.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  • Sarah January 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    My tell-tale habits are always having a book with me and having black print on my fingers from the books 🙂

    smaccall @

  • buell January 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Men with English accents… oh my! I have to whip out my fan to cool myself down.

    I just finished When Harry Met Molly and LOVED IT! I would be thrilled to win Dukes to The Left of Me, Princes to The Right.

  • Sullivan McPig January 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Now I will have to look up Corinthian, because I do not think you mean a nightmare creature with sharp teeth instead of eyes, like in Neil Gaiman's Sandman series.

  • Johanna R Jochum January 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    My signs that I'm a book addict is having stacks upon stacks of Romances surrounding me, over stuffed bookshelfs and leaning towers of TBR books. I also rush to check the mail daily in hopes that I'm getting a book that I have ordered or won! I also tend to ignore my family on some occasions especially if there is a steamy part of a book I'm reading. Sometimes they can tell its good book by me staying up till the wee hours at night! I would love to win either of these books that would be awesome!


  • Donna January 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I do own a very nice wedding fan, very lacy.
    The way people know I read books is as they mention titles I am always saying, yep read that. I would love to win both books so I can say, yep, read that to those titles!

  • Kieran Kramer January 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I'm loving your comments!! Yes, being a book lover, esp. a lover of romance, makes you a very special person. We have our own unique habits that non-readers don't "get." I say, keep reading…it's one of the greatest joys in life!!!

  • BLHmistress January 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    What used to give me a way is me trying to recommend books to any one and everyone that I thought loved to read too, also if I am going anywhere I carry a book with me- vacation I pack a least 10. Now lately each time the mail man shows up with a package gives it away. You should see what the looks I get from my son- his comment again mom lol.

    I would like to win either book.


  • Mikki-Manó January 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Oh, I love the post, thanks Kieran =)
    I live in Hungary and in its most hidden place where even "the sun doesn't shine", so I'm always excited when a men with English accent shows up here. I always fells for him xD

  • Robin K January 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I think my telling habit is simply that I always have a book in hand. And it is usually a new one 🙂

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • Danielle Gorman January 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Love this post. Number 4 just screams my name. I think what gives me away is that fact that I constantly have a book on me. I will only use purses that I can put books inside of. I am obsessed. I talk about England as if I have first hand knowledge of what happens there. I also tend to teach my boyfriend words I pick up like rakehell, ton, and spinsters. I have also caught myself saying bloody quite a bit more since I started reading historicals.
    I would gladly take either one of Kieran's books.

  • Estella January 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I always have a book or my ereader in my purse when I leave home. Never know when you might have to spend some time waiting.
    I have never done anything on the list.
    Would love to have either one of the books.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • les121 January 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Thankfully, I've never caught myself doing any of those things! That would be kind of scary lol. But people can always tell I'm a book addict because pretty much every time I run errands I have to stop at a bookstore even if I'm not buying anything 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would like to win When Harry Met Molly, but I'd take either one.

    drakeLa90 at aol dot com

  • catslady January 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Add me to the list who love the accent lol. Have a dictionary that explains all those wonderful words not usually used today and a houseful of books lol.

  • Jane January 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I actually do have a little collection of fans, but they're mostly cheap ones I've bought on vacations. Please enter me for either book.

    I entered in the Big Blogoversary giveaway.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • Stephanie January 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I always have a reading book. I am also always looking for new authors and wait anxiously for books even preordering them months in advance.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  • Barbara E. January 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Yes, the habit of always having a book at hand and reading any time I have a few spare moments gives my love of books away.
    I can definitely tell everyone the difference between a dunderhead, a rake, a boor, and a Corinthian.

    I just finished reading the delightfully fun When Harry Met Molly and I thought it was fantastic. I'd love to win a copy of Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right because I'm dying to read it.


  • Scorpio M. January 24, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I think my huge TBR pile gives my love of books away. I am also always on some book site and can never pass by a used book bin without peering in!

    Either book is fine with me. 🙂

    jenma76 at hotmail dot com

  • lisagk January 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    It's the accent. Gets me every time. I would be happy with either book… Thank you for the contest.


  • JaiKaies January 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Oh w0w I love this post! Let me see, tell tale signs…

    I do say things like watering pot and flibbertigibbet.
    I don't like lemonade, but that wont stop me from going to Almacks should you ask.
    I have played charades at gatherings.
    I adore British accents *swoon*.
    I do know the difference between a lack-witted man and a womanizer.
    I would like to waltz in a ballroom.
    And whenever someone mentions a war in the year 1812 I automatically think of Peninsular rather than American.

    The other habit I've picked up is the 'swearing', such as "Blast" and "Blazes".

    My Twitter is @JaiKaies, I have entered the other contest, and I love both books!

  • L.Blanchard January 25, 2011 at 2:21 am

    This was hilarious. I can think of one, when I want to get out of an event, I clasp my hand to my head and state…"I think I have a touch of "the headache"

    Why was it always, the headache. Not a headache.

    I am a total sucker for the English Accent.

    I just finished Dukes to the left of me, Princes to the right so…I'd love to win When Harry met Molly.

    twitter is dangerromance
    email is

    L. Blanchard

  • winnie January 25, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Thanks for the post, it was fun to read! Although I haven't really done anything on the list, I do have to admit that number 4 kind of applies as I am drawn to guys with accents 😉

    Would love to win either of the books, thanks!


  • Sheree January 25, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Great list! I don't think I do anything on the list except the waltzing although the last time I waltzed in public with my boyfriend, it was during the ending credits of "Howl's Moving Castle" (which is a really good book by Diana Wynne Jones).

    I also use old exclamations like "egad", "by Jove", "yowza", "criminy", and once to my 9-year-old niece, "what in blazes are you doing?" I almost said "forsooth" once but I stopped myself. There's no point in my sounding like a contemporary of Bertie Wooster's.


  • Kaetrin January 25, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Oh, definitely number 4 – can't help being attracted to the upper crust English accent and the double-barreled last names! However, just one last name will do – Richard Armitage anyone? *sigh*

    I'd like either book (or both!) 😀

  • Lisa R/alterlisa January 25, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Definitely number 4 as I'm a sucker for the upper crust accent, too.

    Who could pick between these beauties, certainly not me so I'd take both of them.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  • Tore January 25, 2011 at 10:22 am

    If I am waiting in traffic I read a book or if I am at a traffic light. I am always looking for books even though I have so many to read. Please enter me in contest. I would like to have both books.

  • Kulsuma January 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I live in England, so the English accent doesn't have the same effect it seems to be having on other people lol!

    but yeah, I definitely carry books around with me:)

    I'd like either/any of the books.


  • Darlyn January 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Is that me to play Charade?So I guess yes. LOL. And I always have a thing for English accents. My knees all jelloid!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

    I think either of it could be great!

  • jeanette8042 January 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Great list Kieran! I don't have any habits and the only thing I have ever found myself doing from your list is an instant attraction to men with English accents!

    Count me in for both books!
    lilazncutie1215 at yahoo dot com

  • Jasmine1485 January 26, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I read such a wide range of stuff that I don't have any particular habits because of the books, but I have to admit my paranormal interest spills over into TV and movie choices as well 🙂

    Kate1485 at

  • Jasmine1485 January 26, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Oh and P.S. I'd be happy to win either!

  • Grace Elliot January 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Oh a kindred spirit. People at work think I'm mad because I own up to wanting to dress as a regency lady (OK, so perhaps that's not completely normal) but I do catch myself thinking things like 'That's not gentlmanly behaviour' when competing for a parking space.
    (Either book would be awesome.)
    Grace x

  • ClaudiGC January 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Well, like so many others I do have a soft spot for men with British accents! Just so so sexy! 🙂
    The things that give me away as a reader are probably my bookshelves and the fact that I always carry a book around with me.
    If I were to win I'd like Dukes To The Left Of Me, please.

    claudigc at msn dot com

  • SweetShenanigans January 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I'd love to win either- they both look like a great read!
    girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

  • Carrie at In the Hammock Blog January 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    This post is hilarious!! I loooove number 2!! I think what gives me away is when i laugh at an obscure book reference joke on tv or in a movie that no one else gets!

    Thanks for the contest, i'd love to win either book 🙂

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  • JenM January 29, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Loved the post – very fun. Don't enter me – I've already got both books, but I wanted to comment anyway.

    A habit that gives away my love of books? Could it be the ever present Kindle that's always in my hand, sitting next to me, or in my purse? Thank god for my iphone/Kindle app – it's made it possible to actually walk out of my house without my Kindle occasionally.

    jen at delux dot com

  • Belle Découverte January 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I sometimes use phrases from books that I've recently read or accidentally mention it in conversations which all give away my habit for books.

  • Meredith January 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I had a teacher last semester who mentioned a cravat and the young student next to me asked "What's a cravat?" and I was able to answer her. lol Yeah, my Regency trivia makes infrequent appearances.

    I'd like to read either book! I haven't read either yet!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  • natalie23 January 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Whenever I pass a book shop , I have to look in the window to see if there are any new or interesting books on display. I am usually so engrossed in this that I walk into people and completely block out whoever I am with.
    I would love either book.


  • gconoy February 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    well – i soo do number 6. oh no wait – that's in my imaginative alternative universe. ehem.

    so i have to go with number 4 – english accents totally attrack me, especially the scottish one. i totally can't resist. it makes everything better + always puts a smile upon my fave. yeah, i'm that easy. 😉

    hrududu AT hotmail DOT de

  • JoAnna February 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I'm close to number 4 but not for an English accent but a Scottish accent, swoon!

  • mbreakfield February 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I fall under the #4 heading and have been known to follow #10, at times. When I use some regency slang, I get some weird looks.

  • mbreakfield February 3, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Forgot to say that I would like Princes to the Right of me, Dukes to the Left,

  • Aleetha February 4, 2011 at 2:31 am

    I like men with English accents but they do not make me fall for them.
    And something to admit. None of those list belongs to me. *blush* at gmail dot com
    twitter: @aleetha

  • lindseye February 4, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I think it is pretty obvious when someone visits that I read since books cover many flat surfaces in my house.
    I would like either book.

    linze_e at

  • Spav February 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    What mainly gives it away is when I'm comparing prices between two products and there's a few euros difference because I always say "That's a book. I could buy one with that money."


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