Romany Gypsies in Regency England: A Vibrant, Misunderstood Community

In Regency England, there existed a community of mystery and intrigue—The Romany Gypsies. These nomadic people, known for their colorful wagons, lively traditions, and vibrant culture, played a significant yet often misunderstood role.

Romany Gypsies

Here, I hope to shed some light on their customs, challenges, and enduring spirit.

The Romany Gypsies are a nomadic community, moving from place to place in their caravans, seeking their livelihood and adventure. Their wagons, decorated with bright colors and intricate designs, captured the imagination of onlookers, and added a touch of wanderlust to the English countryside. Their nomadic lifestyle allows them to forge unique connections with different regions and people, preserving their rich cultural heritage.

The Romany have their own language, Romani, which conveys their history, values, and stories. Their vibrant music, dances, and storytelling captivated audiences and provides a glimpse into their unique way of life. Their strong sense of community, extended family ties, and unwavering loyalty are important to their identity.

Regrettably, they faced social exclusion, significant prejudice, and discrimination because of their different customs and distinct appearance. Often in literature, they are portrayed with independence and a free-spirited nature.

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Seeking Patience Josie Riviera

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Do people prove their worth by strength, or by character?

Half-Romany, half-English lord, he lives a perilous Gypsy life … until a sweet English rose saves his life, and perhaps his soul. Widowed by a cruel husband, she’s given up all hope of love. Brought together in peril, they dare to reach for a brighter future together. Luca Boldor, Romany leader, lives a nomad’s life in Regency England with his Gypsy caravan. Believing his noble father abandoned him at birth, he refuses to acknowledge his English blood, or live a settled life.

But when a vicious attack by a rival leaves him bleeding on an English lady’s doorstep, he has no choice but to accept her help. Her gentle faith stirs his heart in a way he has long denied. Lady Patience Blakwell, widowed countess, lives in near poverty. Her husband’s heir uses threats to keep her from demanding her rightful inheritance. With a few faithful servants, she exists quietly in the country, only her faith keeping her strong … until the day a bold, handsome Gypsy collapses in her hall. He’s unlike any man she’s ever known, and she’ll confront any subterfuge to keep him safe. But when a secret from Lady Patience’s past emerges, Luca must face his own past, or lose her and all hope of love.

Will this strong man humble himself to open his heart for his lady?

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Make Your Lips Irresistibly Kissable: Tip Sheet

To make the most of National Kissing Day from my June post, (or any day!), here are some tips to make your lips absolutely irresistible:


  1. Exfoliate: Get rid of dry, flaky skin by exfoliating your lips gently. You can use a homemade scrub of honey and sugar or opt for a store-bought lip scrub.
  2. Moisturize: Keep your lips hydrated and soft by regularly applying lip balm Look for products that contain natural ingredient like beeswax, shea butter, or coconut oil.
  3. Hydrate: Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking plenty of water. Hydration is key to maintaining supple lips.
  4. Protect from the Sun: Just like your skin, your lips need protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Use a lip balm with SPF to shield your lips from damage.
  5. Prep with Makeup: Ladies, consider using a lip primer before applying your favorite lipstick or gloss. This will ensure a smooth, and long-lasting finish.
  6. Fresh Breath: Maintaining fresh breath is essential for a memorable kissing experience. Brush your teeth, floss, and use mouthwash. Carry breath mints or gum for a quick refresher.
  7. Smile Confidently: A warm and genuine smile is one of the most attractive features. Take care of your oral hygiene and be proud of our smile.
Here is an easy and fast homemade lip scrub bonus recipe:


  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar (brown sugar or coffee grounds may be substituted)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the honey and sugar, and mix until they form a thick, grainy paste.
  2. Using your fingertips, gently massage the lip scrub onto your lips, rubbing in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Rinse off the scrub with lukewarm water. Pat your lips dry, add a moisturizing lip balm, and start kissing.
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Pucker up: National Kissing Day

If you haven’t already puckered up, you can still observe National Kissing Day, which was June 19th. This fun holiday celebrates the joy of smooching and reminds us of the power of a simple kiss. Whether you’re in a long-term relationship, or just starting out and single, National Kissing Day is the perfect occasion to share some love with your lips.

National Kissing Day

National Kissing Day has become a global celebration of affection and romance. Although the exact origins are unknown, some people think that the holiday may have emerged from ancient cultures that believed kissing had magical or spiritual properties. Then, it evolved into a tradition around the world. Today it’s a perfect excuse to celebrate the power of the kiss and show your loved ones some extra affection.

Here are some benefits of kissing:
  1. Stress Relief: Kissing triggers the release of feel-good hormones like dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin, which all help reduce stress and anxiety.
  2. Immune Boost: Believe it or not, kissing can boost your immune system. When you exchange saliva when you kiss, you expose yourself to different bacteria, which can help strengthen your body’s defense mechanisms.
  3. Calorie Burner: A passionate kiss can burn 23 calories per minute.
  4. Facial Workout: Kissing involves a range of facial muscles and gives them a mini workout.
  5. Bonding: Kissing promotes intimacy, trust, and bonding between partners. It’s a way to deepen your connection and keep the romance alive.

Want a tip sheet to make your lips absolutely irresistible? Stay tuned in August for a continuation of this blog post.

In the meantime, Happy Kissing!

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Find the Perfect Second Chance Romance this Memorial Day

What better way to enjoy the long weekend coming up than with a romantic escape? Whether you’re looking for something light-hearted or a steamy page-turner, there’s no shortage of romance books available for Memorial Day weekend. How about one of my favorite tropes, a second-chance romance?

Memorial Day

Here are a few tips on how to find the perfect romance that’s sure to keep you turning the pages all weekend long.


When it comes to finding your next great read, first ask for help! Reading reviews from trusted sources such as Amazon and Goodreads can help you narrow down your choices and decide which book is right for you. If you know someone who loves romance novels, ask them what they recommend or follow their reviews online—chances are they have recommendations that will suit your taste.

Pay Attention to Writing Style

When looking for the perfect second chance romance, read samples. What type of language is used in the dialogue and description. If it doesn’t seem like a good fit, move on—there are lots of romances available.

Read Between the Lines

A book cover tells a lot. It’s more than just an image—it can also give you clues to the tone and themes of the story. For example, if a book has a red background with two people embracing under an umbrella, chances are it’s going to be a sweet romance about two people overcoming obstacles together. If it has a blue background with two people standing apart but looking at each other longingly, it could indicate that this is a love story with dramatic tension.

Whether you’re looking for something light-hearted or more intense, finding the perfect second chance romance isn’t difficult. With careful research, paying attention to writing style and reading between the lines, anyone can find their next great read this Memorial Day weekend.

Go ahead and give yourself permission for some much-deserved relaxation this Memorial Day because you deserve it! And don’t forget that nothing says ‘romance’ like curling up on the couch with your next favorite read. Enjoy!

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1 800 Series Meme Josie Riveria


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Her lost love is back in town. Is he back for a second chance…or closure?

Christmas in the Air
What if you told your innermost secrets to a guy you assumed you’d never see again?

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