"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."
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.
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...
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
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
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
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.
“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