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A History – What’s in a name? William Shakespeare


Titles are confusing, especially when you are an American reader or author. Knowing what a duke was called by his friends, subordinates, and family is imperative for a historical romance author like myself. It’s also fun and interesting for the reader to hear how one might address a lord of a certain stature. That is why I thought I would write this post on historical titles.

There is a lot on proper address in Daily life in the 18th Century, but I will cover the gist of it here. All lords were referred to by titles. Underlings could safely address titles as my lord, or your lordship if the address was made respectfully. If you were family, or very very very close, you could call him by his first name, or just his title, but if not, you better follow the guidelines below.

From top to bottom:

Prince and Princesses were Your Royal Highness – or His/Her Royal Highness.

Duke and Duchess were Your Grace – Her/His Grace – My Lord Duke. It was also acceptable to call them Duke/Duchess. Never Lord Smith or Lord John Smith

Marquess and Marchioness were Marquess/Marchioness of Title – The Most Honorable – Lord John Title – John, Lord Title -. Never Lord John Smith

Earl and Countess – Earl/Countess of Title – The Right Honorable – Lord/Lady Title –

Viscount/Viscontess – Viscount/Viscountess Title – The Right Honorable – Lord/Lady Title –

Baron/Baroness – The Right Honorable – Baron/Baroness Title – Lord/Lady Title (To my understanding this is the only title which can be passed to a daughter)

The Son of an Earl through Duke took on the title below his fathers until he moved up to his full title at his father’s death. These were known as courtesy titles. For Marquess and Duke, all other sons and daughters were lords and ladies (Lord John and Lady Jane). Lesser titled lords passed the title of Honorable to their sons and daughters.

Baronet and Knight, the lowest on the totem pole brought no title or rank to children, thought baronet was inherited by the oldest son. As for wives, Sir John Smith was married to Lady Smith unless she carries her own title from before her marriage in which case she can use that. Lady Smith can be Lady Jane.

An exchange might go something like this…

“Hello, John.” Roger strode into the room, stopping dead as the Duke of Tuttleford’s face came into view.
Clearing his throat, he tugged at his all too tight jabot. “I mean Tuttleford.”
His Grace’s black stare made Roger’s stomach drop.
“I have the papers to sign, My Lord Duke.”
The barest nod indicated that he could sit, and Roger sunk into the chair, relief washing over him like cool water on a hot morning.

Excerpt – Bound By Love


We have a sweet little treat that I hear is coming out tomorrow at Breathless Press.
Bound by Love
This book is toasty on the sizzlemeter.

Blurb
Chloe Adderley is on the run from an unwanted marriage and a father who is far more dangerous than she realizes.
Faced with an ultimatum that she can’t accept: marry the man or starve to death in her room, running to her grandmother’s house in Italy seems to be the only choice. She will pretend to be a governess, and hire a ship to take her there. It is a flawless plan. When she is robbed and knocked unconscious, however, she never suspects that the man who finds her will mistake her for a harlot.

Captain Darion Bannon is dismayed to discover that the unconscious woman he has taken aboard is actually an innocent lady. They find themselves falling in love, and Darion admits that he is a Privateer for the Sons of Liberty. When they are arrested for piracy, as the Crown calls it, they face a cruel prison and transportation to the Colonies, and Darion must fight to keep the woman he loves. Only their love can help them survive the cruel twists of fate.

Excerpt
Hearing the sound of heavy boots drawing near to the door, Chloe ran to the bed. Quickly, she covered herself with the blanket and thrust the blade into the folds. She closed her eyes as she heard the soft clicking of a key entering the lock as though it were telling the story of her doom. Her ragged breathing seemed too loud. She held her breath.
She heard someone come in, and the door locked again. She continued to be patient, her pulse went wild, but she remained still. Finally footsteps came toward her, and a hand touched her face softly.
Now or never!
Chloe slid the knife out of the covers as quick as she could. The covers fell away from her breasts, exposing them to the cold air. The peaks went rigid, and a blush covered her skin. Ignoring this fact as best she could, she thrust the tip of the blade against his throat.
Gasping as she met the eyes of the man in front of her, Chloe peered into two dark pits that were sucking her in. Her eyes left his and glanced over the rest of him. He was not what she had expected.
She thought that she would be faced with a repulsive, putrid seaman with dirty hair and a long beard, perhaps even an eye patch. She was alarmed at his clean clothes and rugged, yet handsome appearance. A scar above his eye gave the impression he wasn’t someone to toy with. He was clean-shaven and appeared to be freshly scrubbed. A very masculine smell emanated from him, like salt, leather and sweat. It made her want to put her nose to his skin and breathe deep.
She chided herself inwardly for the wicked thought. Trying not to show the fear and excitement racing through her, she took a breath. She amazed herself as she held the knife steadily in her hands.
“Release me right now or I shall slice your throat, you cad. I’ll not accept your hands on me again.”
“You sure are a feisty little trollop.” He perused her with an infuriating smirk. “Put down the knife. I intend to pay when I have need of your services.”
She tried to appear confident, ignoring his words.
“Give me my clothes, take me to the dock, and let me go, or I’ll kill you!”
Her unflinching eyes stared into his. Heart pounding as though it would erupt from her chest and flee from the room, she tried to breathe steadily. Her hand shook slightly with the dread that coursed through her veins. She was not certain what scared her more, that she was at his mercy, or that she found the thought exhilarating.
He ogled her exposed breasts.
“I rather like you like this.” He smirked.
How dare he stare at her in this indecent manner! Chloe glanced down for a second to jerk the sheet up around herself, realizing her mistake at once. He grabbed her hand and twisted. The knife slipped from her grasp.
Wrenching her other hand back, he held them behind her, forcing her breasts into his chest. The friction of her nipples against the rough material of his shirt sent waves of pleasure through her. She struggled to get away, not just from the man, but from the feelings. They confused her and drew her mind from her struggles.
He pulled her up with him as he stood, the hard length of him pressing against her softness. The blanket fell away, exposing the rest of her ivory body. She strained to keep her legs together in an attempt to protect her vulnerability.
He towered over her; the top of her head came well below his chin. Stronger also, much stronger than he seemed. His lankiness was a facade, for the muscles bulged under his shirt as he held her in a vice-like grip. Dragging her with him as though she were a rag doll, he shook his head resolutely.
“You want to play a game, harlot? Good, we’ll play.”
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Mmm. Now that’s tasty. The tastiest thing about this deal? The author is donating all her earnings for this month to help Haiti. April Dawn decided that every dollar she earns from the sales of Bound by Love, and Crushing Desire from Jan 29-the release date-to Mar 1st will be donated to the needy in Haiti. So, read a book and help people, all at once.
Still want more? Come play with my toys.

Ava Delany

Tomorrow is the big day!


A History of Romance is open to visitors tomorrow. Please come by and see what we have in store for you. Be sure to check out the contest, and the new blogs. Have fun looking around the site.
April Dawn

Bound By Love Trailer


Chloe Adderley is on the run from an unwanted marriage and a father who is far more dangerous than she realizes.

After finding herself with an ultimatum that she can’t accept- marry the man or starve to death in her room- running to her grandmother’s house in Italy seems the only thing to do. She will pretend to be a governess, and hire a ship to take her there. It is a flawless plan. When she is robbed and knocked unconscious, however, she never suspects that the man who finds her will mistake her for a harlot.

Captain Darion Bannon is dismayed to discover that the unconscious woman he has taken aboard is actually an innocent lady. When they find themselves falling in love, Darion admits that he is a Privateer for the Sons of Liberty. After being arrested for piracy, as the Crown calls it, they face a cruel prison and transportation to the Colonies, and Darion finds himself fighting to keep the woman he loves. Only their love can help them survive the cruel twists of fate.

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Crushing Desire Trailer


Reena Harrison was a wickedly curious girl who has blossomed into a fiercely loyal woman. She has several suitors, but the one man she has always loved is not one of them. After a proposal goes dreadfully wrong, fate and friends conspire to put the two together.

Joshua Sinclair has to admit he is fascinated with the tall beauty that he met when she was only a girl. After years of denying his feelings in pure military fashion, he finds himself thrown together with her in a scheme that he has little control over. How can he possibly rule his emotions when he finds himself posing as the sensuous woman’s husband?

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