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THE BEAUTIFUL ONE by Emily Greenwood

"THE BEAUTIFUL ONE has all the things I enjoy in a good historical romance—verbal sparring, a strong heroine, a brooding hero, and a ticking time bomb of a conflict."
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THE UNLIKELY LADY by Valerie Bowman

"Feminist heroines in historical romance are an interesting paradox. On the one hand, given how restricted women in Regency England were, it’s hard not to wonder how realistic a character that defies societal expectation really is. Would a woman of the period have even thought to forego marriage or sneak out unchaperoned or be with a man before marriage? On the other hand, it’s really nice to see strong female characters that can hold their own, and romances with two partners who feel like equals."
50WaystoRuin

Embracing the Trope

"I don't like thinking about tropes. They're a requirement in my job, and so I do it, but it's not something I enjoy. But first: What the bleep is a trope?"
tiffanygirl

7 Things A Victorian Man Would Never Say to a Woman

Author Deeanne Gist joins us today with great imagination (and a little help from author Damon Suede) to answer the question: If a Victorian man wanted to try out a few pick-up lines, what turn of phrase might he use?
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KILTS AND DAGGERS (Highland Spies #2) by Victoria Roberts

"KILTS AND DAGGERS is a story of adventure, romance and love. There are moments of lighthearted humor balanced with heartbreak and betrayal. The beautiful Scottish Highlands take center stage in a storyline where two very different people fight a war with words and their hearts."
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THE SCOUNDREL AND THE DEBUTANTE (Cabot Sisters #3) by Julia London

"Prudence started out kind of quiet and boring, because that’s how she’d been taught to act. But she was also tough, smart, and brave. I give a lot of credit to any debutante who can go for days without a maid or a change of clothes without complaining."
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A HIGHLANDER’S PASSION by Vonnie Davis

"Oh boy, what a story. A HIGHLANDER’s PASSION is difficult to read at times but the pay off is worth it. I am normally not a heroine cheerleader; I wear more of the hero apologist hat in my reading circles. I will fully admit to being harder on heroines because I expect more out of us lady folks. Kenzie Denune needs all of the cheerleading and love she can get. That poor woman has dealt with more than her share of crap. If our bear-shifter hero Bryce Matheson wasn’t so good at the grovel, I’d say he doesn’t deserve her love. Luckily, his groveling is on point."
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A DESPERATE FORTUNE By Susanna Kearsley

"Susanna Kearsley is one of my all-time favorite authors. Her books will whisk you away to another time, rich with detail and history. If asked to recommend a time travel book or a historical fiction steeped in Jacobite facts, Kearsley’s books are my go-to."
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Cinderella: The New “It” Girl

There’s something about a rags-to-riches heroine who stays kind-hearted. This has to be the core appeal, but Disney recently gave the Cinderella romance an update…a really good update. Have you seen the new movie? I love Kenneth Branagh’s stylish take. The vivid colors. The set textures. Secondary characters with depth. And thank you, Mr. Branagh for giving us a prince with some dimension.
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WHAT A LADY REQUIRES By Ashlyn Macnamara

What A Lady Requires is the final book of The Eton Boys Trilogy. Our hero, Rowan Battencliffe has not been much of a hero at all in the previous books – in fact, Macnamara set herself up to climb a very steep hill to redeem this fella. Having said that, it is safe to say none of the men in The Eton Boys Trilogy were born with a hero’s hat upon his head. Getting them to that point is more than a struggle for our lovely heroines...
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Q&A With Bronwen Evans

USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans talks about her new release, A TOUCH OF PASSION: "I love history, don’t you? The history of the Ottoman Empire is rich and diverse and I wanted a harem rescue mainly because I love ‘damsel in distress’ type stories as long as the heroine is sassy..."
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PLEASURED (Secrets of the Loch #2) by Candace Camp

Damon, the earl of Mardoun, is smitten the moment he meets Meg, the village healer—but she rejects every advance from the earl, and will have none of him, even if he is the most handsome man she’s ever laid eyes on. But when unforeseen circumstances bring them together, her conviction begins to fade…
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Q&A with Jennifer McQuiston

Julia Tagan talks to New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical author Jennifer McQuiston about her background in science, her path to writing, and her latest novel, DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WALLFLOWER.
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LADY VICE by Wendy LaCapra

"This debut novel by author Wendy LaCapra is a stunning presentation. Lady Vice entices and intrigues with an outstanding story and fascinating characters."
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HIS WICKED REPUTATION By Madeline Hunter

If you are looking for a good, old fashioned -- albeit sexually charged -- historical romance that takes you through the trials and tribulations of the ton of London society (complete with lying Dukes, cheating Viscounts and daring bastards), HIS WICKED REPUTATION is the book for you.
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Excerpt: MARRIED TO A PERFECT STRANGER by Jane Ashford

Mary Fleming and John Bexley are the "white sheep' of their large families, written off as hapless, boring—and thus suitable for each other. But they're no sooner married than John is sent off on a two-year diplomatic mission. Upon his return, John and Mary find that everything they thought they knew about each other is wrong. They've changed radically during the long separation. They have to start all over. It's surprising, irritating—and somehow very exciting...
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CINDERELLA AND THE GHOST (The Cursed Princes #4) by Marina Myles

I tried ignoring this book. A French ghost and time travel? Not my normal read. But something kept pulling me back. No it wasn’t something I would usually be drawn to, but a retelling of Cinderella with a side of science fiction was too good to pass up...
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Two Truths and a Lie (about the hero!)

My newest historical romance, SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS, features a wily heroine pretending to be someone else: a mixed-race hero hunting his cousin’s blackmailer, and—of course!—a happily-ever-after once Joss and Augusta begin to help each other and reveal their true selves. I’m here to tell you a little about Joss Everett, the hero of SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS. But in the spirit of a historical romance full of so many secrets and scandals, I’ll fudge the truth a little. Two of these statements about Joss are true, and one is a lie. See if you can pick it out!
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Talking PLAYFUL BRIDES with Valerie Bowman

As the latest in Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series, The Accidental Countess beautifully juxtaposes a mischievous ruse played during a house party with devastating emotional consequences. And the deepening romance between Cassandra Monroe and Captain Julian Swift is intensified by a lively supporting cast who practically bounce off the page.   R@R: Cassandra Monroe, your heroine, is reluctant to confide her true feelings to Julian. At the urging of her friend, she adopts the identity of the fictitious “Patience Bunbury,” and under that guise pushes herself to take emotional risks. What would you say are the major differences between Cass and “Patience”? VB: The plot idea is from Oscar Wilde’s fun play, The Importance of Being Earnest. All of my Playful Brides stories are based on famous romp plays! But you’re exactly right, as Continue
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Clock Chimes, Cow Bells, and Alpenhorns—Sounds of Spring in Switzerland + $50 Giveaway!

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… Continue
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Guest Post: Vanessa Kelly on The Renegade Royals

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 Continue
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Winner Announced – The Endurance of Jane Austen By Cheryl Bolen + Giveaway

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… Continue
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Romantic Times Book Reviews – A Kiss of Lies by Bronwen Evans, on sale now #FridayReads

@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… Continue

Sneak Peek Saturday – Montana Bride by Joan Johnston

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

WINNER ANNOUNCED – #Giveaway – Guest Post: The Making of The Marriage Game by Ella Quinn

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.