"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."
Manners, manners, manners. Most of us had them drilled into us at an early age. This was certainly true of the gentry and aristocracy of the Regency’s upper ten thousand. As historical romance writers trying to get the attention of a modern reader we sometimes let that slip a bit for our characters. But what happens when your characters refuse to play along? That is what happened to me in A KISS FOR LADY MARY.
"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."
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!
"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."
The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior is a light hearted romp through 1840s London, with all of its class wars, whispered gossip, cravat wearing, observatory building, governess having grandeur. I’m a big fan of funny, especially rapier-like wit from a heroine who is worth more than her weight in gold. Lily Russell is a force to be reckoned with and the rakish Duke of Rutherford, Marcus, doesn’t quiet know what’s hit him…but he certainly wants to figure her out and he plans on taking more than two minutes to do it.
Anyone who knows me at all knows I’m a shoe person. I love shoes. Not impractical five-inch heels, but give me something frou frou or lace trimmed, and I adore them. With all the glorious historical clothing and accessories, why are shoes my favorite? Have you seen any historical shoes? I’m not talking just vintage, but shoes dating back a few hundred years. Just do a quick search on Pinterest for historical shoes and start drooling.
Georgette Heyer novel as I was smitten from the first page. It’s a time that no one alive today has ever experienced, therefore you really are only limited by your imagination. I always make sure that any events or characters I use are accurate; however you can build a world that comes to life on the page. A ballroom filled with hundreds of elegantly primped and pampered people, their objective to see or be seen lends itself to scandal and intrigue as does a dawn appointment with two terrified men walking onto a mist shrouded field unsure if they will leave alive. Correspondence was by letter or word of… Continue
A Promise of More, my second book for Loveswept, and the fact that in Regency times, women of nobility relied on male members of their family, or their husbands, to support them.
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?
A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL by Ashlyn Macnamara, in which two childhood friends in Regency England discover love with the most unlikely of partners: each other. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below! As always, you can head over to Romance at Random’s Giveaway Tab, for any giveaway details you might need, and we’ll remind you every day during this week to enter via Facebook and on Twitter. Follow us now so you won’t miss out!
I’m delighted to have Stefanie Sloane here today to talk about The Scoundrel Takes a Bride, the latest release in her Regency Rogues series. Stefanie burst upon the historical romance scene with 2011’s The Devil in Disguise, which was nominated for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award for best first book. Her historical romances have witty dialogue, strong heroines, and lots of intrigue. I was lucky enough to have my Christmas novella collected alongside Stefanie’s in the Naughty and Nice Christmas anthology.
“Has anyone shown you how to work the taps?” “No.” And from the look on her face, Miss Augusta Merrick would perish of excessive train travel before she’d ask. “It’s not complicated.” Ian moved into the marble temple to cleanliness and refined English sensibilities and felt Miss Merrick mincing along behind him. “The one on the right is the cold, the … Continue