When someone asks, “Guess where we’re going?” do you get tired of the guessing game after about the fourth try? Yep, me too. Just tell me already! “Switzerland,” my husband said after one such game. When he broke that news, my mouth dropped open wide, watering for Swiss chocolate. He’d been tapped to give a keynote address that landed us in Switzerland in the spring! We arrived in the old city of Lucerne, the sheer age of the place giving it a romantic and mysterious vibe. Fourteenth-century rampart walls rose high on the hillsides, still standing guard, impervious to time. And the Swiss are serious about time. Take the chiming of the hour in Lucerne. Clocks far and wide ring in each hour with a chorus of bells. But from high in a fairy-tale tower … Continued
Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard by Vanessa Kelly Kensington/$7.99 print/$6.99 digital Accomplished spy Aden St. George prefers to stay away from the frivolous ton, especially after the way his mother was used by the Prince Regent. But his latest mission compels him to guard unconventional, vibrant Lady Vivien Shaw. Rescuing her from kidnappers was easy. Resisting her beauty is not. Duty demands he keep an eye on her—and naturally, his lips soon follow. For someone who views entanglements as a weakness, this is pure, delicious folly… Though grateful for Aden’s help, Vivien has secrets she must keep hidden. Yet with her abductors still at large, she needs Aden’s protection almost as much as she craves his touch… I’m excited to start a new Regency historical romance series called The Renegade Royals. That’s not to … Continued
I’m not one of those gazillion authors who’s capitalizing on Jane Austen‘s popularity some 200 years after her death. I don’t write Zombies and Jane Austen or Death at Pemberly or any of the books that continue to come out monthly with characters tied to Pride and Prejudice. But I do owe to Jane Austen my long-standing career writing novels set in Regency England, mirroring the time when she wrote her classic books. My first book, A Duke Deceived, was published in 1998, and my newest release, Love in the Library, is my 17th book set in Regency England. That first book (which won me the title Notable New Author) was heavily influenced by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I had a rich and powerful hero and shy, impoverished heroine. That book, more than any … Continued
@RT_Magazine reviews A KISS OF LIES by Bronwen Evans = 4.5 Stars!!! Genre: Historical Romance, England – Sensuality: HOT Setting: Early 1800s England Evans’ first in her Disgraced Lords series will appeal to readers of all genres. This book is the perfect blend of romance, history and mystery, and many will agree it’s suspenseful at times, too. The love story alone is passionate and swoon worthy, while Evans’ characters have a strong voice. Our hero, Christian is a broken soul and is the perfect accompaniment to extremely courageous, Sarah. This tale is poignant, heartwarming and readers may be reaching for the Kleenex once or twice before the breathtaking ending. The Earl of Markham, Christian Trent, returns from France after being badly hurt in the war. Now, riddled with scars inside and out, he learns he … Continued
A DESPERATE DECEPTION THE PROMISE OF FOREVER When Karl Norwood’s mail-order bride meets an untimely demise on the way to the Montana Territory, Hetty Wentworth steps in to take her place. Hetty has no idea how she’s going to pretend to be all the things she isn’t—including the mother of two kids. She only knows her deception is necessary if she’s going to save two orphans from the awful fate she suffered as a child. Sneak peek click here –
Fellow author, Sally MacKenzie has a FAQ on her website, regarding her Naked series that she didn’t write in order. That struck a chord with me because I did the same thing with The Marriage Game. The first time I sat down to write the very first book, I knew I’d have at least three. Not because I’m a rabid plotter, I am not, but because a friend of mind who’d worked in a European publishing house told me to write three books. So I did.
Keeper’s Book Review: Loving the Earl by Sharon Cullen ~ “I found myself wishing the book would never stop.”
Loving the Earl picks out all the best parts out of every historical romance and puts it all together into this one amazing book. There’s the hot rogue who hides under an unsocial mask, the beautiful, bold woman trying to live her life after an abusive marriage, a brother who hires afore-mentioned rogue to protect his sister, mysterious letters, stolen luggage, false companions, sex (uhhhh….), highwaymen, gamblers, and a very happy ending. Besides, the guy on the cover does look pretty hot himself.
Since Halloween is two days away I couldn’t help but write about the holiday. While researching Halloween (hey, I’m a writer, I love to research) I found out some very interesting facts. 1. The biggest pumpkin on record is over one ton—2,009 pounds to be exact. That’s a lot of pumpkin pie!
In Sharon Cullen’s sizzling novel of scandal and seduction, a headstrong beauty is pursued across Europe by London’s most notorious rake. See below for FREE Snippet!
Hi there. I’m Ava Miles, and perhaps it’s no accident that I ended up becoming a contemporary romance writer since I love romantic movies. Thanks to Sue for hosting me today so I can talk about one of my favorite movie heroes and how he inspired one of my own. So, I know people have either a love or hate relationship with Gone With The Wind, but I definitely am in the love category. I love movies. Well, let me qualify. Good movies. Let me show you how much. I am a huge old movie fan. I host a monthly Old Movie Group with writers Diane Gaston, J. Keely Thrall, and Julie Halperson where we analyze the movie from a story perspective while also eating fabulous food (but I digress). I also host an Oscar … Continued
Mistletoe & Magic on sale today! Just .99 In Katie Rose’s delightful eBook original novella set in Victorian New York City, a remarkable woman with the gift of second sight must learn to trust her visions while following her heart. Mistletoe Blog – By Katie Rose Penelope Appleton was the most beautiful of the Appleton sisters, and she possessed a secret. While Winifred and Jennifer had posed as spiritualists, pretending to contact the dead and read fortunes, Penelope truly could see the future.
Two hearts are wrenched between love and duty in Sharon Cullen’s tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder.
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Don’t worry. I’m not comparing myself with the godmother of romance. But I do have something in common with her. No, not her inimitable style, her restricted life, her sharp wit. But I did find myself in a position that might have looked familiar to anyone who knows her work. I got to visit Lyme Regis, the little town in Southern England where Jane famously once visited. In fact, I not only visited, I did a walking tour of Persuasion and climbed the Cobb. Fortunately, unlike Louisa Musgrave, I survived the incident unscathed. How did I get there, you ask? Well, in my last book, ALWAYS A TEMPTRESS, one of my Drake’s Rakes, Colonel Ian Ferguson, ended up shot, accused of treason, and bobbing around in the English Channel. I knew his would be the … Continued
Reviewed by Clare O’Beara In 1818 Roger Templeton is required to save a lady from amorous advances in a garden during a party. The lady thinks he might make a better suitor, but when he realises who she is he’s against the idea. This is Harriet Stanley, who used to be a mischievous, idolising little girl when they played together years ago. She was married off to a wealthy old man and never entered Society, and now her husband’s dead, she’s considering remarriage, or an affair.
On sale now! NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A mesmerizing story of passionate awakening and redemption, Mary Balogh’s new novel unites a war hero consigned to darkness with a remarkable woman who finds her own salvation by showing him the light of love.
“Regency romance with a Gothic twist.” As a kid I was a horse – usually a stallion—with a coat of either black or dapple gray. I thundered around the house on my hands and knees at a full gallop, leaping over bolster cushions like the finest jumpers at the National Horse Show. So when I wrote my first romance novel, A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing, I used my experience as a dapple gray to create the character of Manifesto, a racer who helps the heroine escape a boatload of trouble.
In an enchanting eBook novella, cherished Regency romance author Stefanie Sloane presents an irresistible tale of fiery passion that burns deep on a cold winter’s night.
After my novel Lord and Lady Spy was released, one of the most frequent questions readers asked was, when will there be a book about Blue? The first few times I responded by saying something along the lines of Blue isn’t hero material. But the requests and questions kept coming, and I started to think perhaps readers saw something in Blue that I didn’t. And so I looked a little closer and the end result is a Lord and Lady Spy novella with Blue as the hero. Here are five things you should know about Blue.
When I was young every Friday afternoon in the summer my parents would pack up the car, hook up the boat and drive to my grandma’s lake house. The place was small, just three bedrooms, and we squished my family of four, my aunt’s family of three and my grandma into this place with one bathroom and no air conditioning. Friday nights were spent unpacking, taking a quick boat ride and eating dinner. Saturdays we’d get up, eat breakfast, pack our lunches in a big blue and white cooler and hit the lake in our bathing suits. I can still feel the hot, humid air, the cool breeze as the bow of the boat cut through the white-capped waves.
Synopsis: The war for Scotland’s freedom continues as King Robert the Bruce battles on. At his command is an elite army of trained warriors, soldiers dedicated to their king, their country—and to the remarkable women they love. Prized for his unbeatable tracking skills, Ewen “Hunter” Lamont accepts a dangerous assignment: locate a missing undercover courier. But this is no ordinary target. Ewen has met his prey before as “Sister Genna,” a fiery, forbidden woman forever etched in his memory after one stolen, sinful kiss. Now that he knows her real identity, he’s more determined than ever to keep her safe. But without the protection of the veil between them, fighting the allure of the beautiful lass may be the toughest battle this extraordinary warrior has ever faced.
The war for Scotland’s freedom continues as King Robert the Bruce battles on. At his command is an elite army of trained warriors, soldiers dedicated to their king, their country—and to the remarkable women they love. It’s available, THE HUNTER, by Monica McCarty – see what readers are saying: Great book.. one to dive into. It can certainly stand alone but the rest of the series is just as awesome!! ~Shauni, Goodreads
These days, history has become the new reality show. From the blood-soaked antics of the Borgias to the bed-hopping of the Tudors and dervish intrigues of Leonardo da Vinci and the Medici, history – in particular, my favorite era, the Renaissance— has come out of the closet and stepped onto center stage. Divested of its dusty shrouds, it has even revealed a brazen, come-hither air that has audiences clamoring for more. The truth is, history has always been sexy. We just tend to forget it. Somewhere between grade school and graduation, we’ve been taught to memorize important dates and events, but the people who actually lived those facts are nebulous shadows whose names we sometimes can recall but not much else. And of these names, the ones we tend to remember are men. You know … Continued
“Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The other day a few fellow authors and I were talking about reviews—the good, the bad and the ugly. Of course we all gloat about the good reviews. We spread the word and pat ourselves, and each other, on the back. And that’s what we should do. We work hard to put a good book out there. We pour everything we have into the pages of those books and when someone says they like it, it’s a relief in a lot of ways. But what about the bad reviews?
I always wanted an older brother when I reached my teens… Why I hear you all ask? Think about. What do older brothers have? They have friends! Your brother’s friend who has smoldering good looks, with a body that makes you drool, and a voice that haunts your dreams, was something definitely missing from my life. I’m one of five girls. No brothers in my family.
An ambitious beauty seeking a spot among the elite is thwarted by a most disruptive gentleman in Cecilia Grant’s witty, elegant, and exquisitely sensual novel.
This plaque hangs in my kitchen. When people who don’t know that I actually do write novels visit, they chuckle. My husband, very seriously says, “No, really. She will.” Do I write real people into my books? Yes. And no. As a writer I’m constantly watching people. I watch how they move. I listen to how they say things. I study everything about them. It’s a habit by now, something I don’t even realize I’m doing.
Aside from the (hopefully) glorious tale of the hero and heroine falling in love, romance novels also feature the characters’ relationships with their friends and family. Many also feature pets. Usually in historicals, it’s dogs or horses. Virginia Henley’s heroines usually had gorgeous horses named “Zephyr.” Virginia Henley likes to leave little common thread “Easter eggs” in her books. There’s also often a butler or cook named “Burke,” who’s always awesome. In my novel, I gave the same name to the hero’s butler in tribute to her.
Hero of My Heart by Megan Frampton Available now in eBook! In this emotional and powerfully erotic tale of love and redemption, a tender vicar’s daughter and a tortured war hero discover that sin may be their only salvation.
Last February, shortly after my debut novel, Sweet Enemy, came out, my phone rang. The caller ID showed it was my family priest calling. Since our youngest son was due to be christened in a couple of weeks, I assumed that’s what Fr. Harry was calling about. So imagine my surprise when I answered and instead of discussing which scripture reading we’d chosen for the service, I hear, “I just finished Sweet Enemy and I must say, I loved it!” After blushing to my roots (which I can tell you is not that attractive on a redhead like me), I sputtered, “Fr. Harry! I told you not to buy it—it has racy bits!” To which he replied, “I’m 74 years old, Heather, with two daughters of my own. I do remember how they got here.” … Continued