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Regency House Parties with Stephanie Burgis

April 5, 2013

StolenMagicFrontCover140Stephanie Burgis is one of my favorite authors. If you read this blog regularly I’m sure you’re aware of that. Her latest book, Stolen Magic, just came out this Tuesday. She’s doing an awesome blog tour to help promote her book and today, she’s here with us! We decided to talk about Regency house parties since Stolen Magic takes place at a house party. Read the interview! Buy the book! Then go watch the BBC’s Regency House Party!

Make sure to look for the giveaway at the end of Stephanie’s post!


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There’s just something about house parties! The very idea gives me a little thrill every time I spot it on the back of a book or a DVD case. All those different people thrown together in one house for days on end with no escape…what a perfect recipe for drama, as tension erupts and boils over!

There’s a reason why there’s a whole subgenre of “country house mysteries”. There’s also a reason why so many historical romance novels take place at country house parties. Sooo many dangerous–or exciting–opportunities for men and women to be thrown together all through the days and evenings!

…And of course there’s so much potential for intrigue, too, as people plot behind closed doors or use secret passageways to sneak back and forth. Add in priest holes and servants’ corridors (which were traditionally hidden behind the walls of a great house’s public rooms), and the opportunities are endless.


When I think of my own favorite house party stories, I think of country house mysteries by Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer; historical romance novels by Lisa Kleypas, Georgette Heyer, and Eloisa James; and, of course, the movie Gosford Park.

I hope some readers will also come to think of Stolen Magic, as my heroine, dauntless thirteen-year-old Kat Stephenson, spends her days defending her older sister against snobby new in-laws in a pre-wedding house party of horror…and spends her nights sneaking around the echoing halls of Hepworth Park, pursuing secret, magical adventures of her own.

Smugglers, spies, and a mysterious Marquise all join in the mix, but stolen magicmostly…

There’s just something about house parties.

In honor of Stephanie’s post I’ve got two giveaways! First!!! We’re going to give away a copy of Stolen Magic. Click this link to enter –> Stolen Magic Giveaway


Second! Because I love you guys so much, I’m giving away an audiobook of Wildwood Dancing by Juliette MarillierWildwood Dancing giveaway

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2013 7:56 am

    Stephanie, I just finished Kat, Incorrigible and I loved it! On to book two! I completely agree with you about house parties. So many possibilities!

    • April 6, 2013 8:04 am

      Also, my favorite house party story? Has to be Gosford Park. Unless Christie’s And Then There Were None counts as a “house party,” heh. I’ve yet to read anything of Georgette Heyer’s, but I’m thinking I’ll pick something up of hers at the library next time I’m there.

    • April 6, 2013 8:20 am

      Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed Kat, Incorrigible! Thanks so much for letting me know.

      And Gosford Park is fabulous. 🙂 Enjoy trying out Georgette Heyer!

    • April 7, 2013 6:23 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! I promise I don’t usually run like a fiend across the bookstore to force books on people. I’m glad it worked out well. ^.^

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