Wednesday, September 14, 2011

This is my first post on the Crafty Lady blog, and I’m delighted to be here. My name is Louise M. Gouge, and I write historical fiction. (See my website/blog at for information about my books.) 

The eras I have written about are mid-nineteenth century, Civil War, post-Civil War, and the American Revolution. This past year, I moved into the very popular Regency era. Having always loved Jane Austen and all things English, this was a natural fit for me. 
But it’s also very tricky. Regency fans know their stuff, and they don’t like for authors to make mistakes that can easily be found through simple research. 

Whew! What a challenge. 

But I’ve embraced it wholeheartedly and hope I won’t disappoint my readers. Right now I’m now working on my third Regency book for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historicals. 

The first story was a novella in an anthology with Deborah Hale, a popular Regency author. I don’t mind tagging along on this venerable lady’s coattails while I learn my craft. Our book was entitled The Wedding Season, and my book is The Gentleman Takes a Bride. I had so much fun writing this book that I proposed a three-book series to my editor, and she bought it! 

In this Ladies in Waiting series, three wellborn ladies who are impoverished for one reason or another find themselves seeking work as companions for wealthy Society matrons. Be looking for the first one: A Proper Companion, in June 2012. In the meantime, watch a movie adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s immortal stories. They are the very best of the very best Regency novels.


  1. Louise,
    That is an awesome color. Your excitement just oozed from the page. Welcome to the Craftie Ladies!

  2. So happy to see you here, Louise! I love your cover and your excitement!

  3. Louise, like you, I love Regency romance and am thrilled to see its emergence in LIH. I'm looking forward to your Ladies in Waiting series. Sounds fun! And who can resist a wellborn lady who has fallen on hard times. Very Austen-esque.

  4. Welcome, Louise! We're so glad you joined us on the blog!

    I love your cover! I think bride covers are the best.

  5. Welcome Louise! Your cover is beautiful, and since historical is my favorite, I'm looking forward to reading your work. :)
    Blessings, Patti Jo

  6. Louise, Hi! I'm a big fan of regencies and am looking forward to reading your books. And the bookcover you posted is grogeous!

  7. The book looks awesome! I can't wait to read it! You never dissapoint!!!!!


  8. Welcome, Louise! The cover of your book is beautiful! I look forward to reading some of your books!

  9. I love Regencies! I am actually getting ready to read your novella as I just finished Deborah Hale's. :) Looking forward to it!

  10. Thanks, everyone, for the lovely welcome comments! I'm so encouraged! Louise

  11. Hi Louise!

    Thanks for blogging on the Craftie Ladies site today! Love your cover and the info you provided. Regency romance is always a great time period! :)

    Will we see you at ACFW?

  12. Regency Romance makes me smile. I love the etiquette & faux pas. Basically how to get your man.