"Today’s #TBT cover comes from my mother-in-law’s shelves again. Ruth Langan’s HIGHLAND BARBARIAN tells the story of death and deception in the Scottish Highlands."
"This is the second full length book in Megan Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series and I have to say, our newly anointed Duke, Nicholas Smithfield, is not behaving badly at all. I mean, once we retrieve him from a little foursome action at a house of ill-repute at the beginning of the book, Nicholas is a perfectly mannered and a proper gentleman!"
Remember the good old days of romance covers? Scandal does -- and every Thursday she reminds us of the golden era of the '70s, '80s, and even a few '90s gems.
The institution of marriage made a drastic change during the 18th century and it seems that the early romance novel may have had a hand in switching the focus from power and money to love.
"I adored Chloe! I admired her strength and courage, her determination to rely on herself to take what happiness she could from life and not to expect others to give it to her."
"This! This is what I want in a historical romance! Twelve years have passed since Henry abruptly disappeared after a secret marriage to Caroline, leaving Caroline broken and laboring under the impression Henry was dead. Now, Caroline is widowed, out of mourning, and has returned to London to visit her brother, ready to enjoy all the freedoms widowhood will give her, never imagining she would come face to face with the man who broke her heart all those years ago."
"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."
"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."
"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?"
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?
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.
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...
"A GOOD RAKE IS HARD TO FIND has fighting, fast driving, mystery, a super bad guy, and some sweet love..."
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..."
"Time travel books are some of my all time favorites. When you add a fella in a kilt and a strong Highland brogue, well, stick a fork in me because I’m done!"
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…
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.
"This debut novel by author Wendy LaCapra is a stunning presentation. Lady Vice entices and intrigues with an outstanding story and fascinating characters."
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.
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...
"This book goes on a journey from farcical to madcap to sweet, and it’s almost like I can’t wrap my head around the whole thing..."
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...
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!