Welcome!

Hi! I’m Mary Kingswood, author of theΒ Sisters of Woodside Mysteries, Sons of the Marquess and The Daughters of Allamont Hall, traditional Regency romances. Keep up with new releases and special deals by signing up for my mailing list from the Sign up! tab, above.

Latest news:

A fun Facebook group for fans of traditional Regency romance! I’ve got together with several other authors of Regency romances to create a salon for Regency fans to meet. We’ll be sharing our new releases, teasers, giveaways, sales, and other delightful treats, and (naturally) talking about our favourite Regency reads. All my new friends write (and read) the same style of Regency that I write – “Sizzle in the drawing room, not the bedroom.”

If you’re a Facebook user and you’d like to join us, you’ll receive a very warm welcome to Lady Catherine’s Salon from me and all my new friends.Come along and say hello! Click here to join.

A new series! Starting in June 2019, you can enjoy a brand new series of traditional Regency romances in the Silver Linings Mysteries series. The sinking of a ship brings tragedy, but also unexpected benefits for some. A prequel novella, The Clerk, is a FREE GIFT for all my mailing list subscribers, so be sure to sign up to get your free copy.

New in audiobook: For those of you who prefer your Regency romance in a different format, all five of the Sons of the Marquess series are now available in audiobook. The Sisters of Woodside Mysteries books will be available later this year. Click here for more information.

New in paperback: for those who want to complete their collection, all three of the current novellas are now available in paperback, to match the rest of their series. Click here for more information.

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On the Blog, you can find Regency-related book and film reviews, including my Georgette Heyer re-read project, news and my random ramblings.

47 responses to “Welcome!

  1. Deborah Lawson

    Chiming in from Bloomington, indiana. I’m just beginning The Companion and looking forward to eventually learning Jeremy’s fate. I’m thoroughly enjoying your gentle Regency romance-mysteries.

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you, Deborah, and hello to Bloomington. πŸ™‚ One of the joys of being a published author these days is ‘meeting’ readers from all over the world. We may live thousands of miles apart, but we have a common interest in the way of life in the Regency era.

  2. Alma

    I feel really guilty because for the past month I have done very little housework or any of the jobs I should have done. My problem has been putting your books down.

    Now I really am going to have a break from reading, for a couple of days anyway, and I shall clear my conscience by doing some housework and ironing and silly things like that.
    .

    • Mary Kingswood

      Alma, I have a similar problem – I neglect the ironing because I’m so caught up in writing these books. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you found the books unputdownable, even if the housework suffered a bit.

  3. Jennifer Ratzlaff

    I very much enjoyed the Woodside series, the characters were delightful
    and the mysteries kept me guessing. I have always enjoyed the Regency
    Period too. I look forward to reading your new series in June.
    Jenny, Vancouver, Canada

    • Mary Kingswood

      Jenny, thank you so much for the kind words, and I’m delighted that you enjoyed the Woodside series!

  4. Cd

    I think I started reading your books about a year and a half ago. I was amazed at the quality of your writing. It’s very good.

    I enjoyed the Woodside series and am finishing up Fanny’s story before I read Woodside.

    You have a big fan on the Southside of Chicago.

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you for your kind words! How lovely to know that my words, written in the Highlands of Scotland, are being read in Chicago. We may be far apart in miles, but united in our enjoyment of the Regency era. Happy reading!

  5. Virginia Jones

    This was my first time to read any of your books. I thourouly enjoyed this 3 book box set of the Daughters of Allamont Hall. I left a review on Amazon.

    • Mary Kingswood

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the read, and thank you for taking the time to write a review – every review is much appreciated.

      • Nancy McKeever

        Hello

        I have just finished reading Dulcie, my favourite of all your books though I have to say I loved them all, and ordered most in advance I would love to get Mary: The Daughters of Allamont Hall Book 4.5 the novella. but do not seem to be able to download it. Let me know what I can do , meantime I am about to order Grace, perhaps you could send someone to do the house work while I get on with my reading Nancy

        • Mary Kingswood

          Nancy, I’d love someone to do my housework, too, so I could get on with writing! Mary is a free gift to all my mailing list subscribers, so all you have to do to get it is to click the signup button on the website. You’ll also get the other free novellas (there’s one for each series), and the first notice of new books, special deals and giveaways.

  6. Dawn Newton

    Thank you, I loved reading about Amy,Belle and Connie. I look forward to reading the rest when I can afford to.

  7. Karen Parker

    I have read all of your books now, having just completed Woodside. I was having a yippee moment thinking a NEW series. Not out yet. Boo hiss. Your books are excellent with great story lines, Please continue your work. I have greatly enjoyed each one of them.

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you for the kind words, and I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the books! I love writing them, so they will keep coming for a while yet. πŸ™‚

      • Celia Jolley

        Your books leave me so sad, because they are over. Thank you for the preview of things to come.

        • Mary Kingswood

          I’m glad you enjoyed them, but sorry you’re sad. πŸ™ Lots more books to come, with luck.

  8. Ealasaid

    Also, why was trade considered so terrible in the 19th century? I recall reading something similar in Jane Austen.

    • Mary Kingswood

      This is an interesting question. Yes, Jane Austen was slightly scathing about the fact that Mr Bingley’s wealth had come from trade (unspecified), and the Bennet sisters’ aunt and uncle, the Gardners, lived in London “within sight of their own warehouses”. England in Regency times was incredibly class-conscious, and there were lots of invisible lines drawn to differentiate the higher ranks from the lower. The royal family was the top of the heap, then the nobility in order (dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, barons), then the upper gentry (baronets, knights) and then the rest of the gentry (people of independent means, living on rents from land or interest on investments). Below that were all the poor souls who had to work for a living. The professions (lawyers, clergymen, army officers, etc) were treated like gentlemen, but below that you got the merchants and shopkeepers (trade! eek!), with whom persons of quality would never mix, except to buy stuff from them. And below that, the vast mass of the population, the labouring classes.

      We still have the same sort of invisible lines between ranks nowadays, but the distinctions are more subtle, not just based on titles and/or money, but to do with whether you have the latest iPhone or buy organic bananas. πŸ™‚ The nuances of the class system are endlessly fascinating, aren’t they?

    • Mary Kingswood

      Brinshire is a county of my own invention – squeezed into an imaginary space between Staffordshire and Shropshire. I use a mixture of real and imaginary places to give me the maximum flexibility.

      • Ealasaid

        I realized it wasn’t a real county when I tried to google it but I wanted to have an idea of its relative position to Lancashire and London. I finished Woodside today and it might be my favorite of the Woodside series. I really liked both protagonists, and I enjoyed the mystery/puzzle plots of this series. One of the aspects I appreciate most in your books is that the characters seem like true characters of that time, and not like modern characters merely placed in a Regency setting.

        • Mary Kingswood

          It occurred to me after talking to you that it might be helpful to put a map on the website so that people can see where all these places are! In the new series, my characters are down in Cornwall and Hampshire, the southern-most parts of England. Lord Carrbridge’s home, Drummoor, is up in Yorkshire, very much in the north, while ‘Brinshire’ is the Midlands. And then Shropshire, the setting for Lucy’s and Margaret’s stories, is right on the Welsh border, so some of the characters and names were Welsh. Well, it makes a change from London and Bath, doesn’t it?

          • Ealasaid

            That would be great. I’m familiar with the location of most of the English counties on the perimeter of the country, but I get a bit lost with regard to the ones in the middle. When you announced your new series about a shipwreck off Cornwall, I thought of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. I guess that technically takes place in the Regency period, though I’ve never considered it to be of that genre of novels.

  9. Susan Forbes

    I was both delighted and saddened to reach the end of the Woodside series; a very clever and satisfying end to an enjoyable series. I’m looking forward to your next series, of which you have given out a sample chapter. Your “Sons of the Marquess” and Allamont Hall series were also wonderful reading.

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you, Susan! It really makes my day when readers take the trouble to write and tell me that they’ve enjoyed the books – your comments are much appreciated.

  10. Beth Lyons

    I have just finished the Sons of the Marquess series, having already read the Woodside and Allamont series (except of course the yet to be released final book in the Woodside series). I am sad to be done with them! I look forward to your next series!

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m delighted that you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read. πŸ™‚

  11. mo

    The Betrothed
    Thank you, Mary Kingswood.
    Reading The Betrothed was truly a pleasure.
    The book is definitely a treasure!

    mo

  12. David Buckland

    For men, a liking for Regency romance tends to be viewed as a guilty pleasure (I own up), though I note that Georgette Heyer’s legion of fans includes Stephen Fry, who unveiled a Blue Plaque in her honour recently.

    Surveys of the huge American market for romance titles indicate that male readers are c. 15% of the whole, which given the massive size of this sector of publishing implies a significant male readership (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/maya-rodale/who-is-the-the-romance-novel-reader_b_7192588.html – this is for romance readers as a whole, but would there be any reason to suggest that the proportion was less for Regencies?).

    • Mary Kingswood

      Wow, 15% is huge! I had no idea it was as big a market as that. And I imagine it would be similar in the Regency sub-genre, too. Perhaps more so? Maybe the history aspect would appeal to men in particular? Anyway, gentleman readers are more than welcome.

  13. Marc Chavez

    I’ve greatly enjoyed the Woodside books and look forward to the last, when we officially discover what happened to the younger brother. I look forward to reading more of your delightful books, and man enough to say I enjoy a good Regency romance!

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you, Marc! I suspect that quite a few gentlemen enjoy reading Regency romances, although they may be too shy to admit to it!

  14. Mary Kingswood

    Nicole, you can read Mary’s story free when you sign up for the mailing list via the Sign up! button above. Alternatively, email me direct via the Contact page.

  15. Elaine Graf

    I apologize for my own mistakes above! I did not edit it correctly. I do appreciate you writing books that are drawing room rather than bedroom!

  16. Elaine Graf

    I have been enjoying your Woodside books. I was disappointed that the final one won’t be out until March. In one of your books, you provided the opportunity for readers to correct you on appropriate time. Information. My concern is a grammatical construction that you have used many times. It seems to me that in a sentence like the one that follows, you should have written either just the word “nor”, or you should have written “but neither”.

    She could not imagine what Mel had said to drive him away with his object not attained, but nor could she imagine what the viscount had to say to her.

    The use of both “but” and “nor has” two conjunctions in a row. Was this proper during the Regency era?

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you! I think you are right, although I’ve been doing it wrong for so many years now that I’m not sure I can change now!

    • Deborah Lawson

      This is a matter of voice, in my opinion. If writers become too concerned with the perfection of language, we run the risk of stripping away a out voice and individuality. Know the rules but don’t let them paralyze you. Be yourself.

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