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."

Books to Buy: New Releases Week of May 4

Every Sunday we preview new and noteworthy releases. This week we have books by Tracy Wolff, Jackie Ashenden, Valerie Bowman, Paige Tyler, Christine Feehan, Victoria Roberts, Melanie Scott, Suzanne Brockmann (a military heroes anthology with stories by Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, and Lea Griffith), Shiloh Walker, and Lucinda Riley.

B&N Bookseller Picks: November

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 November...


Reading Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series is like walking into a menagerie of mishaps with twists and turns that make me shake my head and then finally sign a resounding ahhhhhh. The Accidental Countess is no exception. After recovering from his injuries from the Napoleonic war, Captain Julian Swift arrives back in England to see the woman he is supposed to be betrothed to. He has not set eyes on Penelope in many years. When he arrives at her home, he is greeted by two of her friends, who tell him that his intended is not at home, she has gone to console a friend. Lady Cassandra Monroe has already had her share of distressing moments. Cass was supposed to become the Duchess of Claringdon, but she had no intention once her friend Lucy proved… Continue
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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

Books to Buy: New Releases October 27

The spookiest week of the fall brings us a new romantic suspense in The Apostles series; Shannyn Schroeder is back with guys who are hot and nerdy; Brenda Novak brings us back to Whiskey Creek; Valerie Bowman introduces more Playful Brides, and more!   The Buried (The Apostles #2) by Shelley Coriell Cypress Bend, Florida, is a small southern bayou town filled with long-buried secrets. It’s also the home of successful, fiercely independent state prosecutor Grace Courtemanche, who’s pulled into a world of terror and self-doubt when she receives a phone call from a young woman buried alive. In a race to stop a revenge-seeking killer, Grace unearths skeletons from her past along with feelings for the one man she swore she’d never need again, Theodore “Hatch” Hatcher, a rootless, smooth-talking FBI crisis negotiator who’s… Continue
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FiveThings I Learned by Appearing On SAY YES TO THE DRESS

Last year was a year of several firsts for me but one that really stands out is my appearance on the reality TV show, Say Yes to the Dress, Atlanta. For the complete story of exactly how I came to be on the show, check out Barbara Vey’s Beyond Her Book Blog, here. Today, I’m sharing  the story of what I learned by agreeing to tape an episode of the show. 1.  When they cast you for the show, the producers send you a big list of dos and don’ts including what to expect. One was don’t wear white or houndstooth. Certain colors and prints aren’t great for the small screen and white and houndstooth are at the top of the list. White can make you blend into the background and look like a floating… Continue

Regency Romps and Valerie Bowman’s Odd Inspiration

I have a confession to make. My latest novel, The Unexpected Duchess, (which comes out today!) was inspired by my intense desire to break up with my friend’s boyfriend for her. Okay, okay. So it was actually more than one friend. The fact is that right around the time I was thinking up a brand new Regency romance series, I had two different friends whose boyfriends were acting like colossal jerks. On more than one occasion I’d say to either of my friends, “Just give me the phone and I’ll break up with him for you!” Of course, my friends never took me up on my offer. Hmm. Seems it was much easier for me, with no emotional involvement, to want to break up with someone who they loved. Imagine that? But the experience… Continue

Part Two – Getting the Phone call, gathering my posse, travel, etc. by Valerie Bowman + Giveaway

Hi everyone, This week I’m celebrating the release of the third historical romance novel in my Secret Brides trilogy with the tale of how I ended up on the reality TV show, Say Yes to the Dress, Atlanta. Yesterday, I was at Beyond Her Book talking about how I applied and was selected for the show. Today’s post is all about how I had to talk a few people into coming with me to Atlanta! One lucky commenter will win a copy print (U.S.-only) or e (all other territories, void where prohibited) of my new book, Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage.

He’s Just Not That Into You: The Historical Version by Valerie Bowman

You may recall a few years back, a book that caused quite a hub bub. The book was titled, He’s Just Not that Into You. Based on an episode of the wildly popular HBO show, Sex and the City, the book caused such an uproar among the ladies who read it, that a film was soon commissioned. I admit it. I saw the episode of Sex and the City. Then I read the book. Then saw the movie. Yes, I was that into the concept. It was absolutely maddening in its simplicity yet fascinating in its compelling layers at the same time.

Guest Post – Secrets of A Wedding Night, Gretna Green & all that by Valerie Bowman

Ooh, let’s talk about one of my very favorite subjects. Hot historical romance heroes! If I’m reading romance, it’s almost sure to be a historical so I have quite a long list of these fine fellows in my head. You know how some couples have a list of famous people they’re allowed to sleep with if the opportunity every presents itself? Yes, well, for me, they’re all fictional. Sigh. Greatly reducing my already miniscule chances of having an illicit affair with one of them. Here are my top five.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED – FREE BOOKS – ‘4 best blogs offer readers more’

Devilish Delights” – The top romance blogs team up to give away free books & celebrate the genre . . . it’s the monthly Romance Round Robin! Stop by all four blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win awesome prizes on each site. Romance at Random: Discover Samantha Kane’s sensual tale of wicked passion, The Devil’s Thief, and enter to win one of 5 prize packs including a limited edition advance print copy of this hot historical. Plus one Grand Prize $15 Gift Certificate from a book retailer of your choice. (US only) Heroes & Heartbreakers: Read an excerpt of Valerie Bowman’s Secrets of a Wedding Night & enter to win one of 5 prize packs including Julianne Maclean’s Be My Prince. USA Today Happy Ever After: Find… Continue