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Thursday, August 30, 2012

When You Give A Duke A Diamond -Giveaway

When You Give A Duke A Diamond is the latest regency novel from, the fabulous, Shana Galen. and the start of her new three book series titled The Jewels of the Ton. I am thrilled to have Shana here, as part of her blog tour and to be able to share a glimpse of a book, that I truly loved reading .

Excerpt with the butler, Hollows, in Juliette's Household:

"Yes, Hollows, do rouse Mary and send her to my chamber." Juliette felt badly about waking the girl—she, Hollows, and Cook were the only servants not given the night off—but Juliette did not relish sleeping in her stays and gown, and she could not get them off by herself. Once she was undressed, she would send Mary back to bed and finish her toilette on her own.


Juliette started up the steps. "Off to bed with you, Hollows," she said over her shoulder. "I shan't need you for several hours."


"Yes, Duchess."

Excerpt with the butler, Richards, in Pelhorn's Household. 

"Very good. Richards, tell His Grace the duchess is here."


Richards stared at her. Juliette could tell he was digesting this new information and deciding whether she was to be believed. He shook his head. "I don't think so. Even if you are a duchess, which I don't believe you are, no duchess would come, alone, and knock on a man's door in the middle of the night."



Butlers, you can't live with them, or maybe you can. It must be nice to have a butler, to answer the door and handle a wayward duchess in the night.  I thought it would be fun to find out if Shana would like a butler.

Interview with Shana Galen

Which regency servant would you prefer to have working in your household? Butler, cook, coachman, etc?" 
Oh, cook for sure. I can answer my own door (not that anyone ever comes to it), but I hate cooking. I also wouldn't mind a hairdresser...

If you were a regency servant, which household position would you be the best at? 

I'd probably be a good scullery maid. I'm good at cleaning and washing clothes. I'm not a very good driver, and I'm a horrible cook. I'm probably too clumsy to do much serving.

If you were a regency servant, which household position would be the most challenging for you? 
Cook. I would be fired for certain!

There seem to be quite a number of regency romances where the heroine was a former servant, usually a governess, but do you know any where the hero was a butler? 
Nope, but I think I read one where the hero was pretending to be a footman or a groom. Stables seem to be popular spots for heroes to hang out.

Thank you, for stopping by and for the giveaway. Enter to win a copy of When You Give A Duke A Diamond, by answering one of the questions I asked Shana. Winner will picked at random at 9 PST on Monday, September 3. Please leave an email address with your comment, so we can contact the winner. 


Shana Galen is the national bestselling author of numerous fast-paced, adventurous Regency historical romances, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne's Bride. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city.

Now she writes full time. She's happily married to an incredibly supportive man she calls Ultimate Sportsfan, and she has a beautiful little girl she calls Little Galen. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com 

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69 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me today, Gayle! I'll be checking in all day. I can't wait to find out what everyone else has to say in answer to your questions.

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  2. I'm with you Shana I would get fired for my cooking. I'm like the old joke... my favorite thing to make for dinner is reservations.

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    1. Donna, I have never heard that joke, but now I am going to use it as much as possible. My favorite kitchen utensil is the microwave.

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  3. I'd definitely love to have a cook- dinner ready after work evey day brought to me in front of the tv and laptop.....

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    1. Sheila, I love that you mentioned the laptop. If I didn't have a toddler, some days, I'd eat all my meals in front of the computer!

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  4. Which regency servant would you prefer to have working in your household? Butler, cook, coachman, etc?

    I have to agree with Shana. I would love to have a cook! My version of cooking is making microwaved rice and mixing it with tuna. Or, I can make some scrambled eggs. Luckily my sister is a good cook and I have dinner at her house during the week! I wouldn't need a butler since I never have any visitors. I wouldn't want a coachman since I love to drive myself. My sister and I always fight over who will do the driving when we run errands!

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    1. Patricia, I am so glad I'm not the only one who makes scrambled eggs in the microwave! My husband thinks I'm crazy.

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    2. I found a great recipe on hungrygirl(dot)com... It's so easy!

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    3. It really is, Patricia. I don't know why everyone doesn't make them in the microwave.

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  5. If I am not too coherent I'm sorry. It's 7:42 in the morning - just put my first grader on the bus fifteen minutes ago. LOL

    Which regency servant would you prefer to have working in your household? Butler, cook, coachman, etc?" Maid - because between a 14, 12, and 7 year old the rooms are always a mess! Then add to that a husband. Cleaning is a never ending chore.

    There seem to be quite a number of regency romances where the heroine was a former servant, usually a governess, but do you know any where the hero was a butler? Nothing comes to mind actually. Now there were ones where the hero worked in the stable but none of them as a butler.

    If you were a regency servant, which household position would be the most challenging for you? The position that required you to take care of the toilet or toilets back in those days. That would have made my stomach turn...

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    1. I could use a maid, too. I just hate cooking more than cleaning, Raonaid. Also, I can ignore cleaning, but people in my house seem to want to eat two or three times a day!

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  6. Hi Shana! I think I've a book where the hero was pretending to be a butler. If Shana isn't gifted with cooking prowess, I really want to be a cook because I love to eat!

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    1. Lory, I wish I knew someone who wanted to be a cook. They could come and practice in my kitchen any time!

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  7. Cook!! Send me a cook!! Well, and maybe a housemaid...
    Not crazy about doing either!! But I will cook, because I like to eat!

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    1. See, that's the difference between you and me, girlygirlhoosier52. I would rather be hungry than cook. I'll eat cereal or yogurt for dinner--anything not to cook!

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  8. I would like a cook ,because I can't cook. I couldn't be a servant I would have to own a store or something I'm good with people but not household things. I would be fires from any household position I had. Especially a coachman I.have terrible road rage. I'm really looking forward to.reading this book. Will.do as soon as I get charger for my Nook

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    1. Rhonda, from the research books I've read, the coachmen back then had bad road rage too. They were always running people over.

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  9. I think the worst position for me to fill would be in the stables. I am so not gonna go there!!! I would be better off on the wait staff.

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  10. If you were a regency servant, which household position would you be the best at? Cook. I hate to dust! But that may be because I live on a gravel road so it's always dusty here. LOL I like to try new recipes even if my husband would rather I didn't. LOL

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    1. Melissa, I bet the dust and dirt was just as bad back then, and they didn't even have vacuum cleaners. I would not want to be a maid!

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  11. If I had a regency servant...I think i would want a cook. I don't mind cooking but sometimes, I am at a loss as to what to fix.

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    1. Jane, I have the same problem. Sometimes it's so bad that I ask my 2-year-old for ideas! We eat a lot of mac and cheese.

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  12. Which regency servant would you prefer to have working in your household? Butler, cook, coachman, etc?"

    I think I'd have a maid of all work.......I hate doing housework. I'm looking forward to this book, can't wait :)

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    1. Thanks, Beebs. I think that's a good choice--especially if she can cook!

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  13. I would want someone willing to clean the toilets:-) and the cat box

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    1. Hey, I'll do the cat box if you change diapers. Maybe I need a governess!

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  14. I would choose a cook, because I am a 50-50 cook. 50% of the time it comes out right, 50% it comes out terribly wrong. But, then theres the maid, I would love to have a maid, because I hate housework, this would be a very hard decision for me. And if I were staff, I think I would like to be the driver, just to be close to the horses, I love horses.
    Christina Freas
    c3freas@yahoo.com

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    1. Christina, it would be nice to be outside, too. You would have more freedom in the stables, I think. Your percentage is better than mine. I'm a 20-80 cook.

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  15. I don't mind cooking, as I'm on my own most of the week. However, when my hubby is home, he's very messy. Therefore, I would like a maid, at least to clean the bathrooms and floors. I don't mind hoovering and polishing myself.

    If I had to have been a servant back in Regency times, then I would choose to be a ladies maid. I think that it would be quite a cushy position. I can handle brushing somebody's hair, and hanging up their clothes etc. :-)

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    1. Diane, the other good thing about being a lady's maid is that you got the cast off clothes from your mistress. So you would be the best dressed.

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    2. That's a nice little perk!!! I could handle that. :-)

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  16. This is tough for me, but maybe since I love the clothes and such, I could put that to use be a ladies maid.

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    1. Yes, that is probably the best place for you. there's a lot of sewing and ironing in that job, though. I'm not good at either.

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  17. I would want a cook too, but she/he would have to do the dishes when they are done. Thanks for the giveaway!

    gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Mary, the undercook does the dishes, I think. Gayle, the cook comes with an undercook, right?

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    2. Hey, you are making this cook position very tempting. Sure, the cook comes with an undercook.

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  18. I will need a cook for sure- especially since there's no microwave back then!

    maybe31 at yahoo.com

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    1. No microwaves, no electricity, no packaged foods! I would starve to death.

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  19. Having a maid to do all the housework would be great! I do so dislike housework. I actually like cooking....if I don't have to do it everyday.

    Love your books Shana!
    thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I think I really started hating cooking about 2 years ago when I started having to do it so much for my daughter. Before that I didn't mind it as much. It's the every day, three times thing.

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  20. I would rather clean than cook.
    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Ingeborg, me too! Especially when half the time I cook something and it doesn't work out or someone (Little Galen) doesn't want to eat it!

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  21. Which regency servant would you prefer to have working in your household? Butler, cook, coachman, etc?"

    i would like a cook.. i'm so fed up eating my own cooking would love to sit back and enjoy different dishes :-) specially a french chef in regency time...
    i love historical romance specially governess can't wait to read about a butler :) fingers crossed, hope to win...
    reshma.sharief24@yahoo.in

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    1. Ooh, reshma! A French chef? I'm not a huge fan of French cuisine. I don't mind it once in a while, though.

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    2. i have always come across french chefs in historical romance... :) where the duke,earl,viscount or baron's friends always want to take and employ him or her from they friend :)

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  22. Gayle, what a fun interview!!! I love it!! I think I'm with Shana on this - I would love to have a cook. I'm not a disaster in the kitchen, but I don't really enjoy cooking. I couls also use a maid. I don't really need a butler, though!

    rwschwarz11ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Rebe, it would be nice to say things like, "Home, Jeeves" though. Can't say that to a Cook.

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  23. Fun interview. I'd like a housekeeper.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  24. Oh, I'd be much better as a cook or server as opposed to someone that has to clean lol. When my mom was young, she did the cleaning and her sister the cooking. She loves to clean lol. My sister took after her and I took after my aunt. Love your cover!

    catslady5(at)aol.com

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    1. Interesting, catslady. My mom is good at both cooking and cleaning, but my sister is a pretty good cook and i am way better at keeping things clean and tidy.

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  25. I'd want to be a lady's maid because I'd rather create elaborate hairstyles and dress my mistress than clean or cook.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    jenalang(at)live(dot)com

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    1. So would I, Jena. I do enjoy styling hair, especially on someone who doesn't wiggle.

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  26. If you were a regency servant, which household position would be the most challenging for you? I would definitely fail as a cook, especially since they used wood stoves for cooking - I have trouble with a gas or electric stove. :D

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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    1. I do too, Barbara. And they didn't even have indoor plumbing! You'd have to get water from a well!

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  27. I need a maid or maybe two!!! I think I will take a cook while I am at it!!

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    1. Sheryl, that's so funny because in the Regency era, the upper maids had maids! So we laugh at having two maids, but back then, it was totally reasonable.

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  28. Hi Shana,

    I'm with you because my answer will same with you

    1. I hate cooking but when i've to cook for my self, i like experiment with my food *grin
    2. i'm prefer cleaning and washing
    3. i dont find any hero as a butler too but hero was pretending to be a footman or a groom :)

    eli_y83@yahoo.com

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    1. Eli, I knew we had a lot in common! Oh, but I don't cook for myself. If I'm on my own (which never happens anymore) I get take-out. Sometimes I think I keep the restaurants in my neighborhood in business.

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    2. Eli, if I'm by myself (a rare thing), I like to go out to eat! I think I keep the restaurants near me in business.

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  29. I'd want a coachman. I hate driving and haven't done so since getting my license. It'd be nice to not have to use cabs/buses all the time (but the reduced carbon footprint is very nice!)

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    1. Sarah, I get tired of driving. Sometimes I feel like a cab driver! I wouldn't mind someone driving me around and getting gas, the oil changed, etc. for me.

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  30. I would probably be a governess. Though still somewhat restrictive, all the other household help worked dawn to dusk with hardly any time off.

    penfield716(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. Governesses were kind of lonely, Kim, because they were set apart, but they were treated better and had better hours. Good choice!

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  31. Gayle's going to pick a winner shortly, so I wanted to say thank you to her for hosting me. She worked hard on this blog and promoting it. Thanks, Gayle!

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  32. If I had a regency servant working in my household I think I would prefer a cook. I love cooking but I tend to get board easily with it.

    SnowWhite258(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. You are in good company, as most people seem to really want a cook. Shana, said that regency cook had an undercook that did the dishes. Thank you for commenting.

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  33. Thank you Shana, and thank you everyone who stopped by to comment. Loved hearing from everyone. I would say that cook seems to be the most wished for servant.

    The winner of When You Give A Duke A Diamond is Linda. I sent you an e-mail Linda.

    Thanks again for all the great comments.

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