A novel that takes you behind the scenes of the filming of Gone with the Wind, while turning the spotlight on the passionate romance between its dashing leading man, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress Carole Lombard.
Hearts. Flowers. Kisses. Chocolate. Chocolate in the shape of hearts, flowers, and kisses. (Can you tell I’m obsessed with chocolate?) Anyway, all these symbols represent Valentine’s Day. They are wonderful and delicious, but being a historical romance writer, I wonder: what was the icon of love before Valentine’s Day existed?
After reading one comment from a reader who was perplexed (and a little insulted) that I was calling a 23-year-old woman a “spinster,” it struck me that this might seem a bit unbelievable for modern readers...
As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness. Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another. Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real--and deadly--consequences.
As the proprietress of London’s most discreet house of pleasure, Madame Rouge—Ruby to her clientele—prefers to keep her own company. The first rule in her establishment? She never, ever personally entertains the customers. However, the tall, dark, and provocatively tattooed American sailor who shows up on her doorstep makes Ruby wonder whether some rules were made to be broken. If she indulges, even just once, Ruby’s loyal patrons might get the wrong idea. If she doesn’t, she may never stop fantasizing about where that tattoo leads. . . .
COME THE MORNING by Heather Graham is the first in her epic family saga that follows the Grahams (note: first published in 2000 under the name Shannon Drake). The story introduces us to the Laird Lion, Waryk de Graham, King David of Scotland’s fiercest fighter.
One of the many reasons I love romance is that I like happy endings. I always have. I remember, as a ten-year-old, being so upset by a Sweet Valley High book that ended with Elizabeth in a coma that I never picked up another Sweet Valley book again. (Extra funny because I found out many years later that that was just a lead-in to a story where Elizabeth awoke from the coma with Jessica's personality! But my library didn't own the follow-up.) Sometimes I'm so upset by an ending that I have to fix it...
Today, Shana Galen joins us to talk about her prequel novella VISCOUNT OF VICE (Covent Garden Cubs series). The story: Henry Flynn, the new Lord Chesham, still blames himself for the disappearance of his younger brother when they were children. That incident destroyed his family, and now he's on a path of self-destruction that no one can interrupt... Lady Emma Talbot can't stand watching the man she secretly loves destroy himself little by little. She's determined to show him that no one holds him culpable, before it's too late. But Emma doesn't know what really happened to Flynn on that fateful day long ago, so what chance does she have of saving him from himself?
An unmarried heiress arrives in Bath and tells everyone she’s a widow. A man of business has come to Bath at the insistence of his eccentric boss to either find a blackmailer or sell enough land to pay the blackmailer off. What could possibly go wrong?
Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of January...
Today author and R@R contributor Julia Tagan joins us to talk about her new release STAGES OF DESIRE. I have to admit I don’t read a lot of historical romance, but I made an exception for Julia and loved it so much I started on a historical binge.
I love a good woman-in-disguise novel. Jeanne, aka Jane, is a member of a French nobility family that was killed in the Revolution. She has vowed to track down the man responsible for their betrayal and then kill him. I was impressed with her singular focus and her commitment to murder. She wasn’t just out for revenge, which could be carried out in some vague way to be determined later. No, she has a knife and she plans to use it, once she finds the right man.
Each week the ladies of Book Love Between the Sheets have been stopping by to review books, recap TV shows, and share their love of all things romance. Today, they pick the books that stood our from the pack and made their lists of best of the year.
"Wonderful things happen in Tessa Dare novels. In this particular story, those wonderful things are cakes. A dining room full of them, in fact. There’s a fine story and delightful characters, but also cake."
he holiday season is full of traditions and even rakes get in on enjoying them! Join notable rakes Damian Beaumaris, Duke of Cirencester (The Rake’s Bargain by Lucy Ashford), “Lucky” Luke Wainwright (Sinfully Ever After by Jayne Fresina), Benedict DeBreed (Craving the Rake’s Touch by Bronwyn Scott) Ross Thornbury (The Rake’s Handbook by Sally Orr), Alex Knight (Twice Tempted by Eileen Dreyer), and Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley (A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe), as they tell us about their favorite holiday traditions...
We've got a holiday treat for you today: not one, but three new covers! Something historical from Bronwen Evans, something sexy from Shelley Ann Clark and something a little bit dangerous from Cecy Robson.
Calm. Cool. Collected. Gisele Whitby has perfected the art of illusion—her survival, after all, has depended upon it. Years ago, to escape an abusive husband, Gisele "disappeared." Now she must risk revealing her new identity to save another innocent girl from the same fate. But she needs a daring man for her scheme, and the rogue in question shows a remarkable talent . . . for shattering Gisele's carefully constructed façade and igniting her deepest desires.
We’re pleased to share an extra scene from Jayne Fresina’s new release, Sinfully Ever After, the second novel in her Book Club Belles Society series. The following is an exclusive peek into a meeting of the Book Club Belles that does not appear in the book.
Gina Danna explores why Ancient Rome is the perfect setting for a sexy story.
Today we welcome Chloe Douglas to give us the inside scoop on OUR TIME IS NOW, the second novel in her Time Wanderer series.
Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of December...
People often ask me why I write and why in the medieval era. Before I was a writer, I was an avid reader. As a teenager, I remember reading two books a day, and becoming totally engrossed in each story. For me the stories offered an escape to where the good guys lost and life had happy endings.
This week Jess Michael returns with her scandalous Ladies Book of Pleasures, we get a hot turn on the ice with Charlene Groome’s latest Warriors novel, sparks fly in Denise Hunter’s Chapel Springs when two people vie for a historic property, and more.
I didn’t intend for all of my heroines to tote guns or knives, be trained in fencing, or be proficient at archery. Yet most of them do have the ability to use at least one weapon. Someone asked me recently if it’s because I own a couple of pistols myself, and as the daughter of a retired police officer and the wife of a hunter, I’m familiar and comfortable around guns. No, that wasn’t it at all.
"When I started my series Drake's Rakes, it was meant to be a trilogy following three women who meet in the Brussels medical tents during the Battle of Waterloo. It was to be called The Three Graces, since each was in her own way known as Grace. And then I realized that they were each falling in love with one of gentleman spies Drake's Rakes, and that there nine rakes. Nine rakes who each demanded a story."
Today we’re joined by Megan Frampton. For any readers out there not familiar with Megan, she wears many hats: author, community manager for Heroes & Heartbreakers, and great friend to all of us in the romance community. This week, her Avon debut, The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior, is publishing to rave reviews.
This teaser trailer just dropped for FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD. The film, based on Thomas Hardy’s classic love story, stars Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene (notice the last name – perhaps inspiration for the number one heroine of our time?) , Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) as William Boldwood, and Tom Sturridge as Frank Troy.
RITA® Award-winning author Sarah MacLean reveals the identity of The Fallen Angel's final scoundrel in the spectacular conclusion to her New York Times bestselling Rules of Scoundrels series . . .
Sheri Cobb Smith dives into the reasons why readers and writers continue turning to Regency romances for their historical fix.