The Romantical Groom was my first fiction publication--American River College published it in their award-winning annnual literary magazine.
I've always loved Regency romance. Even before I started to read romance with a view toward becoming a romance novelist, I devoured everything Georgette Heyer wrote.
But one must admit that the genre is quite mockable.
Hope this excerpt tickles your funny bone! If it does, it's available for free via Kindle Unlimited here:http://tinyurl.com/ndljd49
George serenely rode on, accompanied by his father and a groom. As befitted a gentleboy, he was securely mounted on his sweet old gelding, Muffin. He rode side-saddle, his skirts gracefully arrayed around him; gentleboys ride side-saddle to protect their tender parts from the chafing of the leathern seat.
He was eighteen years old and perfect, from the top of his guinea-gold curls to the bottom of his superbly fitted boots. The zephyr blue of his graceful, skirted riding habit complemented his celestial eyes. The low-cut jacket accentuated without revealing his lovely form.
Marlene turned to d'Arvon. "Caro, introduce me to the laddie," she wheedled.
"'Tis naught to me, Marlene, but you might wish to wait until you are not so rough from riding," she pointed out. "The gentleboy might want grace and deportment…in short, a dandy."
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