If you thought we were only going to give you cookie-cutter historical romances, think again! We recently came across a series that mixes sci fi and regency and we just had to know more. Futuristic Regency romance! The latest book in this series just released after years-long hiatus.
Welcome to Under the Covers! We are beyond excited to be talking to you today about historical romance and about the Sci-Regency series!
Thanks for having me. I’m happy to be here. I love historical romance!
I’m so intrigued by the concept of this series and the mash up of genres. Can you describe the series for us and tell us what we can expect?
The series is centered around a planet called Regelence and its royal family. It’s all the things I love about Regency romance with some pleasantries added in like indoor plumbing, electricity and, of course, computers. The series takes place in the future and is all about Regelence’s struggle with the Intergalactic Navy and their fight for their way of life.
You’ve just released DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS which is the 4th book in the series after several years hiatus. Was it difficult getting back into the world?
Not at all. I think probably because I do love the world so.
What did you miss the most?
Without a doubt, I missed the characters the most. The Townsends are such a fun family to write. They are so loving and supportive of one another, yet they do love to give one another a hard time.
What’s your favorite thing about special forces soldier Dalton and conservative politician Blaise?
I loved working with their opposite personalities by contrasting and comparing them. It was fun to watch them battle their differences, fall in love, and even work together on a common goal. They teach each other so much throughout the story, but in the end, they really aren’t as dissimilar as you would think.
How do you blend the historical and sci fi elements of your story?
That is a good question. I’ve never really thought about it; I just sort of do it. I try and take things I like from both genres. Honestly, I’d love to live in a place with such a blend. While I do love my technology, I feel that we sometimes rely on it too much nowadays. Oddly, with all the social media, I don’t feel like we are as social. I think in some ways the technology has made us lazy. I’d love to see more of a mix. For example, I love the easy storage of ebooks but there is just something about going to a library or a book store and interacting with other readers.
Do you have future plans for the series?
I plan on doing a story for each one of the Townsends for the series arc. After that? I’m not sure. I’m sort of playing it by ear.
What historical figure would you like to add to your book? Who would make a great hero or heroine?
Honestly, I had not even considered adding a historical figure to the series, but I do mention some, like Lord Byron.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever had to research?
Oh goodness. There are so many strange things. My critique partners and I joke that we are probably on the FBI watch list with the things we’ve looked up for research. For this series, most of my research has been historical in nature, like English country houses and townhouses.
Who are 3 of your auto buy authors?
Julia Quinn, Tessa Dare, and Gaelen Foley.
If you could be reborn into any era, which would it be?
Oh wow! That is a hard one. As much as I love historical romance, I don’t think I could give up indoor plumbing. And as a Texan I have to have my air conditioning. It would be really neat to go visit other times as a time traveler though…as long as I got to come back here to the 21st century.
What are you currently working on and what can we expect from you next?
Currently I’m working on the next in the Sci-Regency series. It set on a planet called Skye, which is modeled after medieval Scotland. Think clans and men in kilts. And the first re-release of my With or Without series is coming up as well.
[new-release title=”Diplomatic Relations” author=”J.L. Langley”]
READING ORDER & BUY LINKS
Under the Covers is graciously giving away
Two Historical Romance Bundles
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins
THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION by Sabrina Jeffries
LOVE WITH A SCOTTISH OUTLAW by Gayle Callen
BLISS by Lynsay Sands
THE VISCOUNT AND THE VIXEN by Lorraine Heath
MERELY A MARRIAGE by Jo Beverly
THE TEXAN DUKE by Karen Ranney
I DARED THE DUKE by Anna Bennett
HOW TO FORGET A DUKE by Vivienne Lorret
TOO WILDE TO WED by Eloisa James
MY ONCE AND FUTURE DUKE by Caroline Linden
THE DUKE OF HER DESIRE by Sophie Barnes
GOVERNESS GONE ROGUE by Laura Lee Gurhke
BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT by Joanna Bourne
THE PRINCE AND I by Karen Hawkins
THE GROOM WORE PLAID by Gayle Callen
THE SCANDALOUS FLIRT by Olivia Drake
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