Blog - Historical

Wilde in Love by Eloisa James

Ruth West - Friday, November 03, 2017

Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father’s castle, but just as he grasps that he’s not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty, Miss Willa Ffynche.

Willa presents the façade of a serene young lady to the world. Her love of books and bawdy jokes is purely for the delight of her intimate friends. She wants nothing to do with a man whose private life is splashed over every newspaper.

Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own . . . until he meets Willa. He’s never lost a battle.

But a spirited woman like Willa isn’t going to make it easy. . . .

The first book in Eloisa James’s dazzling new series set in the Georgian period glows with her trademark wit and sexy charm—and introduces a large, eccentric family. Readers will love the Wildes of Lindow Castle!

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Seductively Yours by Laura Clarke

Ruth West - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When Lady Viola is left at the altar, she feels it is a dream come true. After all, when she turns twenty-one she’ll have an inheritance of her own and will be able to move away from her parents. But the disaster of her engagement doesn’t stop her mother from trying to push her into marriage.

In an effort to thwart her parents’ plans, Viola proposes a scheme to Lord Byron, the fourth son of a duke: act like he is her suitor for six months and she will give him her virtue at the end. But Byron has other ideas. If he is to take part in her plan, he wants to play with her body before the six months are out. After all, there are many things they can do that will keep her virtue intact, and he has many ideas to keep them occupied while they wait for her birthday.

But, as they say, the best laid plans sometimes go awry, and things don’t always turn out as planned. Will Viola and Byron be able to fool everyone with their false courting? Will their arrangement encourage their feelings for each other to grow? Are they both ready to confront and accept any changes in feelings if they occur?

Publisher’s Note: This book contains elements of power exchange and explicit scenes. If any of these themes offend you, please do not purchase.

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The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Ruth West - Thursday, September 07, 2017

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:

- They will be husband and wife by night only.

- No lights, no kissing.

- No questions about his battle scars.

- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:

- They will have dinner together every evening.

- With conversation.

- And unlimited teasing.

- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…


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Marrying for Money by Lynn Coppersmith

Ruth West - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

After the death of her father, Leanna Bradley's family in England is facing financial ruin. When Trevor Grayson offers to save them in exchange for marriage, it seems like the answer to her prayers. He is everything she always dreamed of in a husband, and she would gladly give him her heart. But he makes it clear that theirs will be a marriage of convenience, and he warns her not to expect love.

He moves her to his home in Virginia, taking her away from the world she knows. The civil war had taken its toll and his beautiful plantation has now been restored to its luxurious beauty. Leanna could be very happy there, if not for a certain person from her new husband's past.

Trevor has found the ideal wife in Leanna but he has never recovered after his fiancée left him to elope with another man. He has no intention of allowing a woman to hurt him again. But he soon finds that he cannot resist Leanna's unselfish devotion, and he discovers that his heart is more at risk than ever before.

As they struggle to build trust and lay the foundation for a happy future, his past comes back to haunt them. Trevor must find the courage to show Leanna how much he loves her or he may lose her forever.

Publisher's Note: An action filled, steamy romance, this book contains explicit scenes and the stern disciplining of an adult female.

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Heart of a Highlander by Emilia Ferguson

Ruth West - Thursday, August 24, 2017

Can the memories of the past be put aside for the sake of love?

A Tormented Highlander…

Duty-bound to seek revenge, Broderick MacConnaway, son of the Thane of Dunkeld, lives haunted by memories of his lost wife Aisling. Forming an alliance with the Lochlann family presents its own trials, but if the marriage allows him to fulfil his vengeance, then so be it. Even if the guilt over Aisling prevents him from ever loving again...

The Lochlann Lass…

With her uncle seeking to marry her off advantageously, Amabel du Mas, great-niece of Brien, Earl of Lochlann, is still empathetic to the plight of Broderick MacConnaway. Believing she would never meet a man she would look at twice - let alone marry - Amabel nonetheless knows a ghost lies between them. A ghost that she may never be able to lay to rest...

Revenge Takes a Strange Path…

But when sinister intentions surface and Amabel is captured before she has a chance to reveal them, Broderick is forced to see past the deceptions and begin another campaign of vengeance. With conflicts between powerful clans escalating and the well-laid plans unraveling into senseless violence, Broderick has no choice but to work together with his new wife to bring Aisling’s killers to justice.

But can they find love?

Will Broderick find a way past the memories that torment him? Or will he fail, and risk losing yet another wife?

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Worth of a Duke by K.J. Jackson

Blog Diva - Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fate is fickle. And fate has decided it is time for a hardened duke to do the impossible—let love into his life.

A lady on the wrong side of the ocean.
Lost and wandering the woods, Miss Wynne Theaton was surviving quite nicely until Rowen Lockton appeared. He saves her from getting trampled by a thief’s horse, but then becomes insistent on showing her where she truly is.

A duke refusing to deny fate.
Fate tossed Miss Theaton into his path, and Rowen Lockton, the Duke of Letson, is not one to deny fate. But the woman comes with a host of problems, not the least of which is her belief that she is in another country.

An undeniable attraction neither expected.
He was not looking for a wife. She was only searching for home. But fate has very different plans for the two of them—if they can survive not only forgotten secrets, but demons of the past.

The Lords of Fate: Steamy historical romance featuring strong women, undeniable men, and hold your breath adventure. (Note: While characters you know and love will pop in and out of the Lords of Fate and Hold Your Breath books, each one is a stand-alone story, and they can be read individually in any order.)

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To Love a Reckless Lord by Collette Cameron

Ruth West - Sunday, August 13, 2017

Special BONUS edition! Offered for ONE week only and will NEVER be repeated. 
The first three installments of The Conundrums of the Misses Culpeppers AND the first three installments of the Waltz with a Rogue series! Don’t miss these entertaining, mesmerizing laugh-out-loud Regency romps! 6 books for only $.99!

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What would you be willing to sacrifice for those you love?

Entertaining, mesmerizing laugh-out-loud, emotional Regency romance adventures.


To Love a Reckless Lord
The first three full-length installments of the Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Series featuring devilish rogues and the capricious women who capture their hearts.

Brooke: Wagers Gone Awry
Brooke Culpepper resigned herself to spinsterhood when she turned down the only marriage proposal she’d likely ever receive to care for her family and farm. Heath, Earl of Ravensdale is none-too-pleased to discover five young women call the estate he won and intends to sell, their home. Desperate, pauper poor, and with nowhere to go, Brooke proposes a wager. His stakes? The farm. Hers?
Her virtue.

Blythe: Schemes Gone Amiss
Intrepid and outspoken, Blythe Culpepper is dragged against her will to London for a Season. To her dismay, her guardian enlists the devilishly attractive Lord Leventhorpe--the one man she detests--to assist with her Come Out. Haunted by childhood trauma, Tristan, the austere Marquis of Leventhorpe, usually avoids social gatherings. So why, against his better judgment, does he agree to aid his closest friend in presenting the Culpeppers to the ton?

Brette: Intentions Gone Astray
A rogue turned rector, Alexander Hawksworth, prefers soirées to sermons and parties to prayers. After unexpectedly inheriting an earldom, he determined to make the precocious and petite, Brette Culpepper, his countess—Until he’s accused of murdering the previous earl. Brette adores London Society, but her world is tilted on its axis when rumors circulate she’s a peer’s illegitimate granddaughter. Worse, a newly appointed guardian intends to force her into wedding an elderly lecher.

Caution: This collection contains roguish heroes, each with a secret they don't want revealed, heroines with a penchant for getting themselves in scandalous scrapes, a pampered, near-sighted Welsh Corgi, and hysterical feminine mishaps and mayhem galore.

Buy this quick read, historical Regency romance boxed set collection for romping, emotional, and romantic adventures you won't want to put down!


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To Love A Highlander by Donna Fletcher

Ruth West - Wednesday, August 09, 2017

His hate runs deep for her. Will his love run just as deep?

Craven of the Clan MacCara is a fierce Highland warrior, fighting endless battles and conquering his foe, but there is nothing the mighty warrior can do to save his wife and unborn child. He can, however, make the person responsible for their deaths suffer for it. He had nearly taken the healer’s life that tragic day, his hands having been at her throat. To his regret, he let her live and warned her never to return. He has lived with that regret for the past year, but no more. She has dared to return home and he intends to make her suffer before he takes her life. He is called the beast for a reason and he intends to release the beast on her. Nothing will stop him. Nothing… or so he thinks.

Espy has no place to go but home… to her grandmother, the one person who loves her. She has no choice, for what awaits her there is far less frightening than what she is running from. She is a healer, wise in the old ways and knowledgeable in the ways of a physician, her father having taught her. She is hopeful that Craven MacCara, a beast of a man, might find it in his heart to forgive her, since a day has not gone by that guilt, misplaced as it is, has not weighed heavily upon her. If not, then death will be her only salvation… or so she thinks.

Truths begin to surface, lives are threatened, secrets are discovered, and love finds a way to heal the heart, and Espy discovers what it means… To Love A Highlander.

Escape to the Highlands, late 1400s, in this historical romance, book one in the Highland Warrior Trilogy.

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Lady Betrayed by Tamara Leigh

Ruth West - Saturday, August 05, 2017

A THIEF IN THE NIGHT
England, 1195 ~ Lady Juliana Kinthorpe is no longer the fanciful young woman who embraced the notions of romance and chivalry nurtured at Queen Eleanor’s Court of Love. Wed to a desperately bitter man, she is forced to steal from the knight who betrayed her husband during the Holy Crusade. But even to save her sister, can she do the unthinkable? That which will cost her dignity, her heart, and perhaps her soul?

A KNIGHT TO DECEIVE
When Sir Gabriel de Vere receives an invitation to tourney from his old friend, he declines, well aware Baron Kinthorpe blames him for his laming at Acre. But the ransoms to be won prove too tempting. Accompanied by his tournament partner, Sir Erec Wulfrith, Gabriel journeys from France to England. Though he finds the fair Juliana much changed, still he is drawn to her—until he uncovers her deception and determines to take back what she stole from him.

Certes, there will be more than ransom to pay…

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The Secret of the India Orchid by Nancy Campbell Allen

Ruth West - Friday, August 04, 2017

Anthony Blake, the Earl of Wilshire, is in love with his best friend’s sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies—including his own—has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the facade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn’t as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won't confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?

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Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Ruth West - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New York Times bestselling author LISA KLEYPAS delivers the unforgettable tale of a strong-willed beauty who encounters her match in one of London’s most notorious—yet irresistible—rakes . . .

An eccentric wallflower . . .

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake . . .

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot . . .

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Wives of War by Soraya M. Lane

Ruth West - Monday, July 24, 2017

London, 1944. Two young nurses meet at a train station with a common purpose: to join the war effort. Scarlet longs for the chance to find her missing fiancé, Thomas, and to prove to her family—and to herself—that she’s stronger than everybody thinks. Nursing is in Ellie’s blood, but her humble background is vastly different from Scarlet’s privileged upbringing. Though Ellie puts on a brave face, she’s just as nervous as Scarlet about what awaits them in France.

In Normandy, the two friends soon encounter the seemingly unflappable Lucy. Scarlet and Ellie are in awe of her courage and competence, but the experienced nurse is well aware of the dangers of the job they’ve chosen—and even she is terrified they won’t make it home alive.

Pushed to their limits by the brutality of a world at war, Scarlet, Ellie and Lucy will need to rely on each other—and the power of their friendship—to survive.

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Lady Lures the Earl by Eleanor Meyers

Ruth West - Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lady Madalene Kay doesn't fit into the mold of the ton, so has declared herself finished with Society...

After getting her heart broken, she becomes a spinster and a teacher at St. John's School for Girls in Bath.
She'll go where her mission for good takes her... even if that place is in the lair of a villain.

Marshal Pengross had been called many things, but the title of murderer was what had him thrown in jail.
Accused of his father's death, he suffered a short imprisonment before he'd been cleared of the charges.

Sadly, he'd been left to bear a scar that rendered his face ugly.

The only gift in life that he'd been able to keep was his daughter Lilias, and he's not willing to let her go.

But in less than a day, Madalene finds that the earl, though quick to anger, is not who everyone claims him to be...
They're both unconventional, but can an improper lady and a beast of an earl learn to trust again?

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The Skills of a Scoundrel by Eleanor Meyers

Ruth West - Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Man on the Run from Love...

Lord Mark Dawnton is a genius. Everyone says so.
Not only can he think circles around most of his peers, but he has also a skill for maneuvering through his father, the Duke of Wardington’s, marriage schemes.

Mark’s plan: Dodge women of good breeding. Dodge marriage.
The plan had done the Duke of Wardington’s youngest son well for years... that is until the day Mark was presented with a new challenge.

He must instruct a lady in the ways of science and present her to His Majesty by the end of the season as a great mind.
It's a challenge that he can't refuse... but when he meets his lovely student, Mark finds he's up for another challenge entirely.

A Woman on the Run from Herself...

Lady June Haywood is ready to take on any challenge that will get her in Society's good graces once again.
Scandals from her past have made life hard for her, so she's willing to do whatever it takes redeem her reputation.

Anything but marriage.

With June's secret past, the last thing she needs in her life is another man, but Mark is like no man she's ever encountered and very quickly, lessons in chemistry and psychology turn toward anatomy.

Namely, hers.

He doesn't wish to marry and neither does she, but what will happen when their actions give flame to new scandal?

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Catching Captain Nash by Anna Campbell

Ruth West - Sunday, July 09, 2017


Home is the sailor, home from the sea…

Five years after he’s lost off the coast of South America, presumed dead, Captain Robert Nash escapes cruel captivity, and returns to London and the bride he loves, but barely knows. When he stumbles back into the family home, he’s appalled to find himself gate-crashing the party celebrating his wife’s engagement to another man.

No red-blooded naval officer takes a challenge like this lying down; but five years is a long time, and beautiful, passionate Morwenna has clearly found a life without him. Can he win back the wife who gave him a reason to survive his ordeal? Or will the woman who haunts his every thought remain eternally out of reach?

Love lost and found? Or love lost forever?

Since hearing of her beloved husband’s death, Morwenna Nash has been mired in grief. After five grim years without him, she must summon every ounce of courage and determination to become a Dashing Widow and rejoin the social whirl. But she owes it to her young daughter to break free of old sorrow and find a new purpose in life, even if that means accepting a loveless marriage.

It’s like a miracle when Robert returns from the grave, and despite the awkward circumstances of his arrival, she’s overjoyed that her husband has come back to her at last. But after years of suffering, he’s not the handsome, laughing charmer she remembers. Instead he’s a grim shadow of his former dashing self. He can’t hide how much he still wants her—but does passion equal love?

Can Morwenna and Robert bridge the chasm of absence, suffering and mistrust, and find the way back to each other?

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Meet the Couple from An Honorable Wish by Eileen Richards

Michele Callahan - Thursday, November 19, 2015

Meet the Couple from An Honorable Wish by Eileen Richards

Remember the movie When Harry Met Sally? Scattered through out that movie were these interviews of couples on how they met and how long they were together. I thought it would be fun to do that sort of interview, but regency style... sort of.

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Interview: Miss Anne Townsend, Spinster from An Unexpected Wish

Michele Callahan - Tuesday, October 27, 2015


  Interview: Miss Anne Townsend, Spinster from An Unexpected Wish

  Miss Townsend, welcome. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us.
  So lovely to meet you as well.  I’m delighted to be here. 

  Perhaps you can tell us more about yourself?
  I am the eldest daughter of a baronet. My father was Sir Walter Townsend.  We grew up in our family estate in Sussex. My mother died young of influenza so I’ve been   responsible for carrying for my younger sisters since her death. Father passed away from heart pains just six years ago. My stepbrother inherited the estate in Sussex. I   have two sisters, Sophia and Juliet. I’m also the companion to Lady Danford.
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A Touch Of Passion By Bronwen Evans

Blog Diva - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Secondary characters and how they must have their own story!

A Touch of Passion, book #3 in my USA Today bestselling Disgraced Lord’s series is released on 24 March 2015. I thought I’d do something a bit different and talk about the secondary characters in the book—or one in particular.

As I was writing the story, a secondary character, Rose, the Duchess of Roxborough, sparked my imagination.

You’ve probably heard that characters talk to authors, or they do to me. My heroine, Lady Portia Flagstaff, introduced me to her best friend Rose. I came to know Rose through Portia and Rose soon became a favorite, so much so that I’ll write Rose’s story. In addition, Rose is now going to show up in the rest of the Disgraced Lords books (books#4-#6).

Rose’s story is a common one in Regency romances. She was manipulated by her family into marry the very elderly Duke of Roxborough, for position and money. Thankfully, he had the grace to die within two years of marriage, leaving Rose a very wealthy, beautiful widow with a young son, the future Duke of Roxborough. Read More

Researching My Next Historical By Becky Lower

Blog Diva - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Early last year, my sister called me with a request to help her drive to Ohio from Oregon. I hesitated for maybe a nanosecond before I agreed. After all, I write American historicals and we’d be following the path of the Oregon Trail, where so many thousands traveled. Only it would be Wagons East this time. I was about to embark on my next novel in the Cotillion Ball Series, and it was to be about one of the brothers in the Fitzpatrick family joining the Pony Express in 1860. What better way to research my topic than take a cross-country trip? I had my suitcase packed in minutes.

I’ll gloss over the part where that particular suitcase caused a pileup on the people mover when I changed planes in Denver. You really don’t need to know what a klutz I can be.

Finally, I made it to Salt Lake City, where I was meeting up with Sis. Snow was lightly falling, and it was a quintessential winter scene. The next morning, as we prepared to depart, we were told there was going to be a blizzard chasing us from west to east, so we’d best get moving. Plans for my research and all my little side trips to Courthouse Rock and the like went flying out the window and into the swirling snow.  Read More

Return To Exile By Lynne Gentry

Blog Diva - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

She let out a slow, nervous breath. “I thought I’d find you here.”

Startled, Cyprian jerked around. Moonlight silhouetted the lean lines of his body. “Then you’ve spoken with Pontius?”

“No. Why?”

“I sent him to look for you. He’s going to help you take our daughter far from this trouble.” His dull edged pain sliced through her.

“Maggie and I aren’t going anywhere until we talk.” This conversation would have been so much easier before her encounter with Felicissimus robbed her of the luxury of transparency. “You deserve to know everything.” She prayed her secret agreement with the slave trader hadn’t tainted her voice. Read More

Shannon's Daughter By Karen Welch

Blog Diva - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Shannon’s Daughter
The last thing he expected to find in Ireland that summer was the inspiration to go on with his life, and certainly not in the form of an adolescent heiress.

New York socialite Peg Shannon has everything—wealth, position, beauty and limitless prospects for happiness. Or so the world believes.
Aspiring London violinist Kendall Gregg is talented, handsome and charming. While hardly well-to-do, he has connections and ambition which should take him far. Or so it appears.

Thrown together briefly by a twist of fate, Kendall quickly becomes young Peg’s hero, while Peg proves to be Kendall’s unlikely salvation. Through the decades, their deepening passion and shared secrets forge an enduring bond, destining them for a love affair that comes but once in a lifetime.
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The Spinster Bride by Jane Googder

Blog Diva - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mr. Charles Norris needs help finding a wife…

For he has the unfortunate habit of falling for each Season's loveliest debutante, only to have his heart broken when she weds another. Surely Lady Marjorie Penwhistle can help him. She's sensible, clever, knows the ton, and must marry a peer, which he is not. Since she's decidedly out of his reach, Charles is free to enjoy her refreshing honesty—and her unexpectedly enticing kisses…

Lady Marjorie Penwhistle doesn't want a husband…

At least not the titled-but-unbearable suitors her mother is determined she wed. She'd rather stay unmarried and look after her eccentric brother. Still, advising Mr. Norris is a most exciting secret diversion. After all, how hard will it be to match-make someone so forthright, honorable, and downright handsome? It's not as if she's in danger of finding Charles all-too-irresistible herself…
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Stages Of Desire By Julia Tagen

Blog Diva - Tuesday, February 03, 2015

“STAGES OF DESIRE”BY JULIA TAGAN

To be or not to be—in love…

As a ward of the Duchess of Dorset, Harriet can hardly expect more from a match than the ringing endorsement of “from what I’ve heard, the man is financially secure and his teeth are quite regular.” After all, she’s only the lowly daughter of traveling actors, not the actual daughter of the duchess.
William Talbot, Earl of Abingdon is set to marry the duchess’s daughter. After his elder brother’s scandalous death, his family’s reputation is paramount, and he’ll allow nothing to damage it again. But when Harriet disappears to save her father from debtor’s prison, the scandal threatens William and his intended’s family.
The simple task of fetching the duchess’s runaway ward turns complicated when Harriet insists on traveling with her father’s acting company. William’s forced to tag along, and finds himself entranced. The stage transforms Harriet into a free-spirited, captivating beauty. But someone’s been sabotaging the theater company, and instead of facing scandal, William and Harriet discover a threat not only to their growing passion, but to their lives… Read More

Trail Of Hope By Merry Farmer

Blog Diva - Tuesday, January 06, 2015

It’s time to travel back in time to the Oregon Trail once again. Sometimes tragedy strikes, but it’s our ability to overcome that makes us who we are and helps us to love again. This is what the second book of my Hot on the Trail series, Trail of Hope, is all about.

Callie Lewis is alone on the Oregon Trail. After her brother’s death, she has been left to fend for herself on a journey she never wanted to take. Her only hope for safety and a life at the end of the road is to become a trail bride and wed grieving widower John Rye. But John is harboring secrets that could end their hasty marriage before it has a chance to begin.

When a vicious tornado wakes John from the stupor the death of his wife left him in, he is ready to embrace Callie and the new life they could have together. But John is not the only one with designs on his new wife. Miles away from civilization, in a wagon train bristling with secrets and suspicion, John must catch a thief, fend off his rival, and reclaim his life to build the future Callie deserves.

In their darkest moments can they bring each other hope? Read More

Trail Of Kisses By Merry Farmer

Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Have you ever imagined what it might be like to travel west on the Oregon Trail? Come back in time with me to take that trip with the first book of my Hot on the Trail series, Trail of Kisses!

Someone is trying to kill Lynne Tremaine. After her father sentences two members of The Briscoe Boys gang to death, Judge Tremaine feels he has no choice but to send Lynne to Denver City along the Oregon Trail to live with her Uncle George…against her will. For Lynne, the only thing worse than being sent away to the wild west is making the journey with the handsome, arrogant, wicked man her uncle has hired to escort her. Especially when the anger she feels toward him begins to turn to something hotter.

Cade Lawson is determined to prove himself to his employer, George Tremaine, after letting him down months earlier. But what he thought would be his second chance may, in fact, be a harsh punishment for his past mistakes. Lynne is headstrong, fiery, and determined to show him she is fearless. She is also beautiful and tempting, and when Cade sees just how afraid she really is underneath her brave act, he may be in danger of losing his heart to her forever. When her would-be killer attacks, it’s all he can do to keep Lynne safe. Read More

Love & Reckoning By Gina Danna

Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rome 100 CE

“So which one is the Celt?”

Aurelia looked past the banister, biting her lower lip as she scanned the gladiators and recruits. At first, she thought he’d be with the gladiators, sparring, as his fight in the arena had shown his skills. But he wasn’t there. Her eyes turned to the newer men. The five of them bent, heaved a large wooden beam up to a shoulder and with a grunt, stood upright. The motion displayed the muscles in their thighs and calves. Their upper bodies, arms and chests were equally bulging; lines accentuated each tendon and muscle. Once straight up, the men promptly dropped the weight and repeated.
They glistened from sweat, beads of which rolled down their faces and dropped off their chins and jaws. Combined with the contours of their bodies, they resembled the gods of Olympus. A gorgeous sight, all the men were, as they worked on the training square.
Aurelia’s own excitement over the gladiators made her breathless until Iana laughed.

“Shall we get you a cloth?” she whispered to her. “The look on your face and the moan that escaped your lips, I’d wager you are moist between your thighs.”

Aurelia pursed her lips and tried to glare at her friend, but Iana’s giggles broke her angry look. She long suspected Iana had not contained her desires to feel a man there, yet she was startled at her friend’s suggestion. The Celt’s body had stirred a longing deep inside her. A fire burned slowly, coiling in her loins, making her uncomfortable both in her body and in her thoughts. Read More

An Oath Taken By Diana Cosby

Blog Diva - Saturday, December 13, 2014

As the new castellan, Sir Nicholas Beringar has the daunting task of rebuilding Ravenmoor Castle on the Scottish borderlands and gaining the trust of the locals—one of whom wastes no time in trying to rob him. But instead of punishing the boy, Nicholas decides to make him his squire.

Little does he know the thieving young lad is really…a lady.

Exclusive Excerpt of An Oath Taken

Lady Elizabet Armstrong tugged the folds of her cowled hood closer to her face and sunk deeper into the thick, green shield of leaves.  Mary, mother of God, of all people to rob, why did he have to be the new castellan?

Sweat beaded on her brow, and her hands grew clammy.  She should have followed her instincts and returned home with this day’s spoils.  Except as she’d started to climb down, she’d spied the single rider in the distance.

The castellan’s steel-grey eyes locked on hers.  Read More

Triumph and Treasure By Collette Cameron

Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Excerpt

The splashing, soft moos, and rustling of the cattle milling about below rose to Angelina’s ears.

Perhaps if she called out someone might hear her, although with the ruckus the animals were making, that was doubtful.

Still, she drew a deep breath and released a most unladylike shout. “Help. I’m stuck in a tree. Help, someone, please.”

“Are you in need of assistance?” A man’s voice, a deep baritone, floated up to her.

Angelina started and swung her head to gawk at the much too attractive gentleman squinting at her atop a light dun gelding. Why couldn’t a groom or a tenant have found her?

“I’d think that was obvious. That foul-tempered brute chased me up here.” She pointed to the bull, now affecting a completely docile demeanor as he rubbed his head against a contented cow.

The gentleman stared at her, an odd glint in his eye. His rugged good looks made Charles seem almost effeminate.

Heavens, where did that come from?

“You’re American.” Read More

Royal Regard By Mariana Gabrielle

Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Genre
Regency romance

Heat Rating

NC-17

Tags
Romance, Regency romance, Royal Regard, Mariana Gabrielle, Mari Christie, @mchristieauthor

Book Blurb
After fifteen years roaming the globe, the Countess of Huntleigh returns to England with her dying husband. She soon finds herself plagued by terrible troubles: a new title, estate, and sizable fortune; marked attentions from the marriage mart; the long-awaited reunion with her loving family; and a growing friendship with King George IV. Read More

TWICE TEMPTED By Eileen Dreyer

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fiona Ferguson's troubles began with a kiss . . .

It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom . . . and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne.

But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the marquess cast her and her sister out on the streets with only her wits to keep them alive.

Alex has never forgotten that long-ago kiss. Now the dashing spy is desperate to make up for failing his duty once before. This time he will protect Fiona once and for all, from a deadly foe bent on taking revenge on the Ferguson line-and anyone who stands in the way . .
 Read More

The Christmas Calamity By Shanna Hatfield

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

It is a great pleasure to be on RomCom today to announce the upcoming release of my latest sweet Victorian romance holiday, The Christmas Calamity.

It’s the third book in the Hardman Holidays series, set in Eastern Oregon in the 1890s. Although Hardman is now a ghost town, back in the late 1800s it was a bustling stop on the stage route running through the area. The series begins with The Christmas Bargain followed by The Christmas Token. While each story focuses on a different set of main characters, familiar characters appear in all three stories.

In The Christmas Calamity, dependable and solid Arlan Guthry relishes his orderly life as a banker’s assistant in Hardman, Oregon. He’s even begun toying with the idea of courting the town’s schoolteacher. His uncluttered world tips off kilter when the beautiful and enigmatic prestidigitator Alexandra Janowski arrives in town, spinning magic and trouble in her wake as the holiday season approaches.

Excerpt: Read More

Passionate Secrets by Lana Williams

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Thank you for hosting me, RomCon! I’m excited to share my latest release, Passionate Secrets. This story is the second in The Secret Trilogy and is set in Victorian London.

The idea for this trilogy involved following three lords who were all injured in an electromagnetic experiment that went awry at university. Their lives were forever changed by the events of this night. As a result of the electromagnetism charge, each man now has the ability to see auras, but only a particular kind. Stephen, the first lord featured in Unraveling Secrets, sees auras of good and evil. Needless to say, this leaves him a very tortured man. Michael, the second lord in Passionate Secrets, sees auras of success and failure. Lucas, the third lord which will be featured in Shattered Secrets, sees...well...I’m not sharing that one yet.  I like surprises, don’t you? The final book in the trilogy will be released early 2015.

Here’s a little bit about Passionate Secrets:

Michael Drury, Viscount Weston, treats life like a business, shunning personal connections at all costs to avoid the passion that ultimately destroyed his parents. Discovering drab governess Emma Grisby in his library is a shock, especially since her uncle appears to have risen from the grave with deadly intent. He suspects her of working with her uncle and devises a scheme to watch her. Read More

Madeleine's Christmas Wish By Ella Quinn

Blog Diva - Monday, October 27, 2014

As soon as the door closed behind them, Madeleine placed her cup down. “We must speak.”

“Indeed.” He sauntered to the sideboard, poured two glasses of wine, and gave her one, placing the other on a small side table.

His eyes warmed, and her heart began to flutter. Then he dropped fluidly to one knee, and took her hand. “Madeleine, will you do me the great honor of being my wife.”

It was as if all the breath had been sucked from her body. “What! We . . . I cannot. You know I must first see to Maman and Genevieve.”

“And you shall.” He met Madeleine’s gaze, and she was unable to break his spell. “I will fetch them and bring them here.” Read More

For Love Of The Duke By Christi Caldwell

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Living in an older New England home with no central air or air-conditioning in the sweltering, humid summers is never fun. Which is why, ironically, when I was getting into bed one summer night, Lady Katherine Adamson chose that precise moment to fall through the frozen Thames River…and so began her story. Perhaps it was my own desire to feel something, anything cool—but in that hot summer night, “For Love of the Duke” was born. And now, I’d love to share the blurb and an excerpt. I’ll be offering a free copy to one commenter!

For Love of the Duke—Official Blurb


After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he’s coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by a fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson.

With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons. After her father’s passing, Katherine learned the unreliability of men, and is determined to depend on no one, except herself. Until she meets Jasper… Read More

A Place Called Harmony By Jodi Thomas

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 07, 2014

In A PLACE CALLED HARMONY readers will be looking at Harmony for the first time. I enjoyed writing about the three men who were brave enough to travel half of Texas to build a town. All three men came to me full and strong as did the women who loved them. From the opening I was running full gallop with a plot.

Over the years, beginning writers come to me and say, “Do I have what it takes to be a writer? Am I gifted?” I always remember the night I followed my writing teacher out of class. I’d just read my first chapter of my first novel. I knew nothing of plotting, viewpoint, characterization or even manuscript format. I’d just signed up for a community class at the college and had dreams of hitting within months.

While we walked to her car, I asked her one question after another. I’m sure she was wondering if I could be some kind of writer/stalker by the time we reached her car. With the door open, I blurted out my last question. “Do you think I can be a writer? I mean a real writer.”

She smiled (or at least I think she did for we were standing on a dark parking lot) and said, “If you work really, really hard you’ll make it.” Read More

Taming the Wicked Wulfe by Tammy Jo Burns

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Excerpt

April 1811…


“Theodore Wulfe, I will not do it! I don’t care that you are a bloody duke! Nothing you can say could make me ever want to tie myself to that man. I cannot believe you even have the nerve to ask such a question of me,” Rebekah stormed to the window and looked through it, unseeing.

“Rebekah,” the man behind her said in a gentle tone, much like one would use when attempting to calm a wild horse. “Do you see those children out there?”

“Yes,” she whispered, letting her forehead fall against the glass, welcoming the coolness. She knew what he would say next, and Lord help her, she could not hate him as much as she wanted to. Read More

Mine To Tell By Colleen Donnelly

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Not every love story begins or ends with the passion of a bodice-ripper. Some develop slowly – an occasional look or a chance word the only spark they ever know. Some endure adversity – lies, infidelity, or opposition creating flames of distrust that thaw and warm a hesitant heart. And some are so unlikely, so unexpected – no one sees the connection coming, not even the lovers themselves.

“Mine to Tell,” a RomCon 2014 Reader’s Crown finalist in Historical Fiction, captures every type of scenario as it entwines and explores the lives of two women, generations apart, who discover what love truly is. Julianne Crouse was labeled an adulterous wife by her rigid and unforgiving husband, leaving a mantle of disgrace on the Crouse family women ever since. It is her great-granddaughter, Annabelle, who senses the story passed down about her great-grandmother isn’t the whole story at all. It is others’ story, not her great-grandmother’s, and until Annabelle can know the truth about what happened those days Julianne disappeared, she will be unable to love, really love as a whole woman is meant to. Desperate to see herself, her mother, and future Crouse women freed, Annabelle defies her family, breaks from the suffocating mold, sacrifices the one relationship she was expected to uphold, all so she can uncover the truth – the story that was Julianne’s, the one Julianne said was, “Mine to Tell.”  Read More

Keepsake by Heather Boyd

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I’m so pleased to be on RomCom today to announce the release of my latest regency romance novel, Keepsake. Keepsake is the fifth book in the Distinguished Rogues series and it completes a plot line that was first mentioned in Chills, Book 1 of the series. A little about Keepsake: The Marquess of Taverham married young and fast with his eye firmly on his bride’s dowry as the means to repair the family fortunes for the next generation. Too late he discovered his new wife wasn’t going to make achieving all of his dreams that easy.

An Excerpt from Keepsake:

“I believe you are seated in my place.”

Kit closed his eyes and willed the voice of his wife to leave him in peace. Miranda’s place at his side had been empty for so long. He had at last reconciled to never seeing her or hearing her voice again. It’s too late now.

Emily jostled against his sleeve. “I don’t agree.”

Had he spoken out loud? He’d been a poor escort so far, burdened by a heavy heart in the face of his decision. “Forgive me, my dear,” he murmured. “My mind wandered for a moment and I spoke out of turn.” Read More

In Perfect Time By Sarah Sundin

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, World War II flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they confront the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Excerpt:

For Lt. Kay Jobson, flight nursing meant more than physical care. It meant reconnecting a broken soldier with the shards of his humanity.

Kay assessed her planeload of patients en route from Italy to Tunisia. A restless lot, downhearted. That wouldn’t do.

She headed to the front of the C-47 cargo plane, past six men confined to litters and eleven in seats along the sides of the fuselage. The soldiers had been wounded on the battered beachhead at Anzio or in one of the many bloody failed attempts to take Cassino. “Say, fellows, what do you think about the ’44 baseball season? Starts soon, doesn’t it?” Read More

Zanna's Outlaw By Julie Lence

Blog Diva - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Enduring the Summer Heat

Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve had a love for the old west. Give me a sprawling ranch house, a corral filled with horses and a hunky cowboy and I’m there. John Wayne was and always will be my favorite cowboy, and while he battled outlaws and fought for justice, something else in his movies and in western television shows always caught my eye; the women. I envied Maureen O’Hara and Linda Evans for the costumes they wore. Whether a simple blouse and skirt or an elaborate gown, both looked comfortable in their attire. Fast forward several years and I now wonder how they could wear layers of clothing and not faint from the heat of studio lights. How the ‘real’ women of the old west didn’t faint from heat exhaustion.

Life as a rancher’s wife wasn’t easy. There were floors to scrub, meals to cook over a hot stove, fields to tend and children to raise. A woman had to be strong, determined, and she had to work from sun up until sun down wearing petticoats, knee-length drawers, thick stockings, long sleeved shirts, full length skirts and lace-up boots. Unlike today’s women, exposing any amount of skin from the neck down was taboo. Air conditioning was a breeze blowing in through the window, and lounging beneath a shade tree with a cold drink in the middle of the day was unheard of. Cooling off came at night when the children were asleep and a woman could strip off her clothes. Or on bath day, which wasn’t every day, as is the norm for today’s society. Water had to be hauled from creeks to the homestead and wasn’t wasted on regular bathing.  Read More

Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret By Ella Quinn

Blog Diva - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I’m so excited to be back on RomCom for my latest release, Enticing Miss Eugénie Villaret. Book 5 in The Marriage Game. The book is set in the Danish West Indies in 1816, and the excerpt I’m going to share with you is of my hero’s, William, Viscount Wivenly’s first look at St. Thomas’s Charlotte Amalie harbor.

Will braced his feet on the ship’s deck and held the telescope to his eye. A large group buildings stood at the water’s edge. “That’s it then, the free port of Charlotte Amalie?”
“Indeed.” Captain Black grinned. “It will soon be one of the largest ports in the West Indies, if not the entire Caribbean.”

“What are those spaces on the hills?”

Black looked where Will pointed. “Stairs used as streets. They are called step streets. They make going up and down the hills easier. I’ve heard some European cities have them, as well.”

Anything to make hills easier would be welcome. Drat, he hated hills. He’d been ecstatic when his family had moved to Hertfordshire, where it was nice and flat. Read More

Beleaguered By Jenna Jaxon

Blog Diva - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

EXCERPT FROM Beleaguered:

Geoffrey hurried on with a suggestion. “’Twould be the work of a few moments for me to teach it you, my lady.”

It would have to serve. She shot a look over her shoulder at her husband, who nodded and laughed with the princess though his eyes were trained on her. Best get on with it then. The sooner ’twas done, the better.

“Your skill at dancing is such that you would certainly learn the steps with but slight instruction from me.” Geoffrey leaned so close his voice, against her ear made her jump and recall herself. She stepped back and looked at him.

His practiced courtier’s smile flickered at her, and she caught something deeper shining in his eyes that she fought not to see. Her heart stuttered a beat.Her body flushed with the anticipation of dancing with him again even as misgivings swirled in her mind. No good would come of this dance, but Thomas watched closely to see that she acted cordially to Geoffrey. Would that it was an act.  Read More

Just Deserts By Elizabeth Bailey

Blog Diva - Tuesday, July 01, 2014

THE ENGLISH THOROUGHBRED

I got the idea for Just Deserts from a signpost labelled Chiddingly Stud. But I knew very little about horse racing and even less about breeding. A friend’s son happened to be horse-mad and loaned me a stack of books on the subject. I rewarded this kindness by giving his name to my hero’s trainer Tidmarsh.

I discovered that the English thoroughbred, considered among the elite of race horses, was a product of 18th century breeding programs. The best champions were bred from mixed Arabian and English stock. Your canny breeder would import horses from the Arab lands and the Moorish countries of the North African Barbary coast.

Between the Arabian and the “Barb” there was not much difference. Both were compact horses, with short backs, arched necks and fine small heads. Other characteristics were large expressive eyes and full and flaring nostrils, as well as sensitivity and intelligence. The Arabian was a little faster, but the Barb had endurance. Either one, when mixed with the sturdy English horse, produced animals of stunning beauty.

You can see wonderful examples in the paintings of George Stubbs, a prolific animal artist of the time. There’s a fine painting of Letty Lade on horseback, a redoubtable woman who went from mistress to a highwayman to marriage with Sir John Lade. She was a notable “whip” and an enthusiastic racer on her own account. Read More

The Wicked Bargain By Gina Danna

Blog Diva - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Arabella raced into the house, her main concern was Ethan. Passing the Marquis’ rooms for her own, she quickly shed the ball gown but left the undergarments on, and throwing on her robe, she grabbed her medical satchel. She opened the dressing closet door and took the back way to his room.

Ethan sat on edge of the bed. His trousers were unbuttoned, the shirt, jacket and waistcoat had been hung across the chair. His movements so sluggish at taking his shoes off, she figured Malik must have assisted in the earlier part.

“I can’t seem to get them off,” he muttered as she pulled the dress shoe off and then peeled the stocking down, throwing it to the side.

His voice sounded strained. A fast glance showed her the hard news. The pupils were constricted and his skin was pale. Fever.

“Ethan,” she called as his eyes began to shut. Panic flooded into her. “Ethan!”

“Um?” he murmured.

“I need to get these pants off of you.”

“Oh honey, so glad—” Read More

The Earl’s Enticement Excerpt By Collette Cameron

Blog Diva - Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Roark prowled his cell. Ten irate paces to the wall. Ten fuming paces back. The lone candle flickered but valiantly continued to burn despite being scarcely more than a nub.

His last one.

The weak flame cast meandering shadows across the rustic walls. On a stone above the table, he’d discovered one hundred and seventeen etched marks. Some pitiable sot had spent almost four months locked in this cell.

What time was it? Miss Ferguson promised to return after dinner. Where was she? He shot a glance to the candle before returning his gaze to the sooty darkness beyond his cell. At most, it would burn another hour.

He tried to conserve the tapers. His fear of the dark, particularly the inkiness caused by being a good twenty feet beneath the keep, had him burning a light constantly. Roark wrinkled his nose. They stunk too, worse than he did. Likely they were made of mutton fat. He sniffed. The whole place reeked of mildew and dank, musty dampness.  Read More

The Heart’s Pursuit By Robin Lee Hatcher

Blog Diva - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin. A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past. An arduous trek toward justice—or redemption.

Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family—even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort.

The pair takes off over mountain and desert, past bleak homesteads and raw mining towns, hot on the trail of the two villains who took what wasn’t theirs to take. Soon supplies dwindle, secrets emerge, and suspicion leave Silver and Jared at odds when they need each other most. To confront an enemy deadlier than desert rattlesnakes and rocky cliffs, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven’t dared voice: What happens next? Read More

The Heart’s Pursuit By Robin Lee Hatcher

Blog Diva - Friday, May 16, 2014

A jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin. A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past. An arduous trek toward justice—or redemption.

Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family—even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort.

The pair takes off over mountain and desert, past bleak homesteads and raw mining towns, hot on the trail of the two villains who took what wasn’t theirs to take. Soon supplies dwindle, secrets emerge, and suspicion leave Silver and Jared at odds when they need each other most. To confront an enemy deadlier than desert rattlesnakes and rocky cliffs, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven’t dared voice: What happens next? Read More

Montana Christmas By Alanna Lucas

Blog Diva - Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Over the past several weeks I have been asked numerous times how do I find “stuff” to write about? For me, inspiration and ideas for my novels come in a variety of forms and media. Sometimes it is from a song I hear while driving, an image on a billboard, or even while shopping. The latter was the case with the inspiration for Once Upon A Montana Christmas.

It was my daughter’s birthday and she decided that the mall was the best place to celebrate. What was to be a simple (ha!) trip to the mall turned into a marathon shopping excursion with my teenager, little man, and grandmother. Towards the end of the day, my little man spotted a Lego store and begged to go inside for a quick browse. It took some convincing, but my daughter acquiesced when her grandmother agreed to take her to a more- and I quote- “fashionable” store, leaving my little man and I to explore to our heart’s content.

Building with Lego’s has become a favorite past time for my little man and I. Sometimes we give each other challenges, other times we collaborate and build within a specific theme. There have been several times when he decided that I needed inspiration for my writing and has surprised me with his own special creation. My favorite to date is a plane that he attached a banner to which read, “Write romance.” Read More

Love And Vengeance By Gina Danna

Blog Diva - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gustina stood before him, terrified, angry and numb. As the door shut behind her, fear coiled down her back but she refused to acknowledge it. He was just another man. Like the rest. No better and no worse.

Ah, but he’s so much better looking, her mind teased. Still dressed in the pure white linen cloth, the folds placed so precisely over his cock, his skin weathered from hours spent outside in the sun, muscles rippling over his chest and stomach, he was a god. Apollo or maybe even Hercules. His bare feet rested on the dirt floor, corded tendons and contours ran up his legs. She couldn’t tear her gaze from him. He knew it, just sat and drank her in.

The puckered seam stood out on his chest and the scrape above it. His lower lip puffed slightly, as if he’d been beaten, but it was hard to tell when his square jaw ticked.

Those brown eyes, dark, desire brewing at the surface.

The pull to him came from deep within. Her heart skipped a beat, the air in the cell became heavy and she couldn’t breathe. She tried to swallow but her mouth was too dry. Heat spiraled inside her, deep, pooling in her lower stomach. A small voice inside her screamed and fought for control—a control she could no longer maintain. Read More

The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sara Ladd

Blog Diva - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Excerpt ©2013 Thomas Nelson Publishers

He watched as her fingers made quick work of smoothing the linen strips. He didn’t realize he was staring at her face until her eyes flicked upward, her face close to his own. She nearly jumped back when their eyes met at such close proximity and dropped his arm against the table. Crimson flushed her pale cheeks, almost matching the rims of her eyes, reddened, no doubt, by the smoke’s effect. “I…I, uh, I mean, I did not mean to be so close.”

Her innocence fascinated him, distracting him from the pain. She wiped her hands on her robe and brushed long locks of loose hair from her face. “That should be good for a couple of hours, Mr. Sterling.”

She fastened the lid back on the ointment and rolled the linen strips with trembling fingers.

He was clearly having an effect on her.

Or was in presumptuous to think so?

But what he could not account for was how this quiet woman had such an effect on him.  Read More

Echoes In The Darkness By Jane Godman

Blog Diva - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gothic Shivers (or Romance with a Dash of Horror!)

Crumbling manor houses, gloomy corridors, ghostly apparitions and eerie secrets. Just a few of the reasons why gothic romance has enthralled readers for over two centuries

Gothic romances are all about setting, uncertainty, and an element of creepiness that makes the romance all the sweeter. The hidden story is as important, perhaps more important, than the explicit. Think ghostly shadows rather than chain-saw wielding serial killers. Fingertips of nervous and sensual excitement are trailed down the spine in equal measure. The dark atmosphere is integral to the suspense, and the most frightening elements are often implied rather than stated outright. Our heroines have a tendency to ignore common sense and explore dark houses or stormy cliff-top castles, but they are also brave, loyal, and determined. The gothic heroine will fight for the man she loves, even if she has a sneaking suspicion he may be trying to kill her. Our brooding heroes are misunderstood by everyone, including the heroine at first (see above). Read More

Desiring Lady Caro By Ella Quinn

Blog Diva - Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I love travel, and I’ve been fortunate enough to actually have lived or visited many of the places I’ve written about. The problem is that my knowledge is modern. So, in order to move my characters from one place to the next, I have to research what the city, town, or area was like back in the Regency era. Sometimes this is disappointing. For example, When Huntley and Caro visited Ulm, Germany, the city was not beautiful with the high spire of the cathedral. Instead, city was war damaged, the walls were in ruins from being bombarded, and the spire was still around forty years away. However, what was almost exactly the same, was Innsbruck, Austria. It had not suffered from the war, and many of the same buildings in the town today, existed in 1817.

Innsbruck was an elegant town with tall painted houses. Their hotel was a few blocks from the river and right in the middle of the main shopping area. They were shown the most luxurious quarters they’d had thus far on their journey. Tall ceilings were decorated with carved, brightly painted beams. A large bed with royal blue and gold hangings stood against one wall. From the windows, he glimpsed the Inn River and the snow-covered mountains beyond.

They’d arrived in time for luncheon, which Huntley had ordered served in the parlor adjoining their bedchamber.

“What do you think?” he asked as he set down his serviette. Read More

The Healer’s Gift by Willa Blair

Blog Diva - Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Special Sneak Peek!
Coira MacDugall paid with her life for her attack on the Highland Healer. But her victim did more than heal Coira's fatal wound that awful night. Now drowning in the unwelcome emotions of others, Coira wonders if her new empathic ability was meant as a gift or a curse.

Logen MacDugall must discover who killed three previous lairds if he hopes to survive for long in the position. He believes Coira’s new sense can help him root out the conspirators, but after her disastrous time in the Highlands, the last thing she wants is to get involved with another laird.

Logen must help Coira gain control of her talent in time to save him and their clan from those intent on destroying MacDugall. Can Coira accept that this laird truly loves her? Or will her memories lead her to madness again? Read More

The History in Historical Romance By Regan Walker

Blog Diva - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

For me, research and writing historical romance must include real history, not just background. It’s a character in each of my books in the Agents of the Crown trilogy. For me, the historical setting is important to get right. I am constantly weaving in historical events and real historical figures into the romance. I don’t just refer to the food and dress of the period, but also what was actually going on that was of great import, the attitudes of the people and who was involved.

Typically, I begin with an idea, a scene or a character. For my latest novel, a seafaring pirate adventure, WIND RAVEN, it was the sea captain, Jean Nicholas Powell, an arrogant Englishman who gave up on love (and virgins in particular) some years ago. Now he loves only his ship, his crew and his life at sea. For this man, I needed a worthy heroine, a woman he would come to respect who would defy convention and give him a major run for his money.

Enter the American patriot, Tara McConnell from the shipbuilding family of privateers who made the Boston Clipper ships, those “sisters of the wind” that helped America successfully run the British blockades in the War of 1812. Tara, who grew up on her father’s ships, has nothing but disdain for the English, even though the war has been over for several years. Yet she was forced by her father to spend a year in London with her aunt, a dowager baroness, and to have a Season.  Read More

Redeemed By A Rebel by Cynthia Woolf

Blog Diva - Friday, February 28, 2014

 Redeemed By A Rebel: Prologue

April 1876
St. Louis, Missouri

The iron pressed against Jake Anderson’s back was almost as cold as the
rain pouring out of the night sky.

“Knock on the door,” demanded his brother Zach, his voice angry and on edge.

Jake did as he was told and pounded on the front door, hard enough to be heard over the din of the rain.

“What the hell?” said his eldest brother, Liam, when he opened the door.

“Jake? Zach? What are you two doing here? It’s the middle of the night.”
 Read More

Highland Solution By Ceci Giltenan

Blog Diva - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Unapologetically Romantic

I love to read romance and have ever since I read my first chaste, sweet, Harlequin as a young teenager in the 70’s. Way back then my favorite books were set in Australia and usually involved a wealthy widower and the nanny who won his heart. Sigh. Then somewhere along the way I chanced across a slightly steamier historical romance and was instantly hooked. I do read other genres as well, but historical romance, particularly those set in the Highlands, is my go-to when I want a relaxing, enjoyable, escape.
For years I dreamed of being an author and writing my own romantic novels. I even majored in English for a while at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) until I was overcome by a wave of practicality and transferred to Salisbury University for a BS in nursing. I was an oncology nurse for many years but eventually I was able to merge both skill sets and become a successful medical writer. While I dwelt in the world of early drug development, I still dreamed about my novels. I built plots and characters which were just waiting for me to breathe life into them.  Read More

A Code Of Love By Jacki Delecki

Blog Diva - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Women on the Edge in 19th Century England!

How would you have coped as a woman in the socially-constrained world of 19th Century England? Would you have been prone to fits of the vapors and needing regular dosing with Laudanum? Or would you have fought the constraints? Riding your horse astride? Voicing your own opinions?

How to create a feisty historical heroine, who we as romance readers expect, is one of the challenges of writing historical suspense. Lady Henrietta Harcourt in A Code of Love is a brilliant linguist but she has to hide her talents. Ladies weren’t supposed to demonstrate or discuss their intellectual interests or achievements.  Read More

When Story Trumps Reality By Linda Bennett Pennell

Blog Diva - Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Write what you know! How often have we heard these words at writer’s conferences or read them in articles and blog posts? It is one of those hoary platitudes trotted out when some industry individual wants to sound . . . what? Particularly wise, experienced, worldly, can’t think of anything better to say? I’m really not sure because I can’t imagine being limited to writing what I know. My life hasn’t been terribly exciting. It has been personally and professionally rewarding, but it is not the stuff of a thrilling read. I have written about murder, incest, espionage, and other crimes. In all cases, I have been neither perpetrator nor victim. It is through research that I have gained insights into things about which I know little through my own life experience.

It is hoped that all writers, especially those of historical fiction, pay as much attention to researching their subjects as they do to crafting their stories. Nothing irritates readers of historical fiction more than finding blatant errors in the facts and details. With the advent of the Internet, there is really little excuse not to maintain accuracy whenever possible.  Read More

Love in the Library (A new Brides of Bath novel) By Cheryl Bolen

Blog Diva - Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Now we're stuck in this room together," Mr. Steffington said. "Why could you not have been my sister as we were at the Duke's Arms last night?"

"But you are mistaken, Airy. I wasn't actually your sister at Duke's Arms."

"You know what I mean." Her gave her an I'd-like-to-gag-your-mouth-with-a-used-handkerchief look.

Catherine attempted to out stare him.

Mumbling something incoherent beneath his breath, he looked away. Her gaze followed his to the four-poster bed.

Oh, dear.

"Of course, I shall sleep on the floor," he said. Read More

Boots Under Her Bed By Jodi Thomas

Blog Diva - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas and acclaimed authors Jo Goodman, Alison Kent and Kaki Warner present novellas about rugged men of the West and the women who want them.

Callie has done a lot of crazy things, but it’ll take one more to prove she isn’t nuts: find a husband, fast!

I've always loved writing anthologies.  BOOTS UNDER HER BED is my thirteenth and
my favorite so far.  Who knows, maybe I identified with Callie because, after all, writers often worry about their sanity from time to time.  We walk in more than one world.  We talk to people who aren't there and we fall in love with characters who love only between the covers of books.

I wanted to open my story with a girl, Callie, who is desperate to marry, so desperate that she'll do anything to find a husband.  So the story opens with Callie and her best friend searching the alley behind the saloons for a man who will agree to two things: 1) marry her and 2) not commit her. Read More

Unraveling Secrets By Lana Williams

Blog Diva - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I’m so excited to return to RomCon to share my latest release, Unraveling Secrets! This is my fourth book and is set in Victorian London. My first three books are set in medieval England, so this is a change for me. This is the beginning of a new trilogy and I’m enjoying writing about this time period.

Abigail Bradford is a unique lady for her time as her hobby is investing. She was forced to learn to carefully manage her family’s very limited income after her father’s death. The good news is that she found she had a flare for it. It has become her passion and she shares it with everyone who will listen, much to her stepmother’s dismay.  Stephen, Viscount Ashbury, dabbles in electromagnetism. His interest in this particular science came as a result of a professor (one of his mentors) had a passion for the possibilities he believed it had.

Writing started as a hobby for me, but definitely turned into a passion. While it is incredibly challenging, there is nothing I love to do more. How about you? What hobby or passion do you have? What do you do that makes you happy?

Here’s a little more about Unraveling Secrets: Read More

The Convict And The Cattleman By Allison Merritt

Blog Diva - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The History Behind The Convict and the Cattleman

I hadn't written anything creative in about five years when I started searching for ideas for a historical romance novel. Historicals have always been a favorite of mine and it seemed natural to write one. I was looking for something unique and I'll be the first to admit I thought Australia was mostly desert, full of dingos, kangaroos, and sheep. I knew it was settled by a large convict population, but I didn't know why or how or what penal colonies were like.

Captain James Cook was one of the first Englishmen to set eyes on the continent in 1770. He declared the territory New South Wales. First Fleet were the men who made up the first settlement in the territory on Botany Bay. They moved into Sydney Cove for better camping conditions a few days later.

Parramatta was selected as a place suitable for farming, where the river turned into fresh water. It played host to a penal colony across from Sydney. It housed correctional facilities beginning in 1798. The Factory Above the Gaol had housing for about 60 women who slept among bales of wool that they fashioned into material. Read More

Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love

Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Excerpt from Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love

You’re certain you have everything?” Nicholas smiled down at Charlotte and placed a hand in the small of her back to guide her along the crowded platform. The train, belching cinders and smoke, waited on the siding. Passengers and draymen came and went from the station house, dodging Creole boys selling cigars, newspapers, and candies.

“I think so. I couldn’t sleep last night. I had plenty of time to pack.”

In the days since their kiss in the garden, they had seen little of each other. Nicholas’s work at the infirmary and meetings with the doctor who had arrived to replace him had kept him too busy for socializing. But he had insisted on escorting her to the station.

He bought two bonbons from a skinny boy in bright yellow pants and handed her one. “You won’t forget to give the girls their presents?” Read More

The Temptation Of Lady Serena By Ella Quinn

Blog Diva - Saturday, December 28, 2013

We are all about Rakes on this blog tour! After all, who doesn’t love a bad boy? We’ll I’m sure some ladies don’t, but not me. I married mine thirty years ago. Of course before I’d agree to accept his hand, he had to reform, not all the way mind you, just enough to make him good husband material. I’m here to tell you, a reformed rake makes a very good husband.

In The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, twenty-year-old Lord Marcus Finley starts out as a dissolute rogue, drinking to excess, gambling, and consorting with ladies of ill-repute, were only some of his faults. He was so bad, that even in racy Regency England his father decides to banish him to the West Indies before Marcus can cause a major scandal. Then at his last hurrah party in England, he meets and falls in love with Lady Phoebe Stanhope.

He knows she’s young, but not how young. Every woman he’s met so far, we’ll not discuss the caliber of the females he’s been with, have loved him, and he is confident he’ll be able to sweep her off her tiny feet and carry her away Gretna Green, then on to the West Indies. That didn’t go so well. You’ll remember the bit about drinking. Phoebe ends up giving him a good piece of her mind, and he slinks off to the West Indies, drunk. Read More

The Christmas Bride By Sylvia McDaniel

Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fort Worth, Texas a Wild Place

While doing research for my series The Burnett Brides, I read a book called HELLS HALF ACRE by Richard F. Selcer. This book gives details about a half acre section in downtown Fort Worth in the late 19th century where cowboys, gunslingers and gamblers frequented. This area of town had everything a traveling cowboy could ever want when they came to town with the cattle drives; saloons, dance houses, bordellos, cribs and gambling.

Many lawmen from this era were reformed gunslingers and men who had decided against a life of crime. Given the time they lived in, I'm sure they lived longer by being quick with a gun in the wild, lawless town. But they also were often friends and acquaintances with gamblers and gunslingers.

The other piece of information I came across in this book that made me dig deeper for a later book I wrote was the availability of opium. You could buy it in a drug store, or if you couldn't get it there, just go down the street to the Chinese laundry where it was available. There were opium dens in the city that people often frequented, even though they were against the law. I was stunned at the number of individuals who were addicted to drugs and used that information in another novel.  Read More

Time Will Tell By Sandy Loyd

Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hi, all! I’m so pleased to be back at RomCon. Thanks for hosting me again. For those who don’t know me, my name is Sandy Loyd and I’m a romance writer. As a Sales Manager for a jewelry manufacturer in my previous profession, I’ve worked and lived in some of the most fabulous places in the US, including Northern California and South Florida. Every place I’ve visited or lived over the years has given me memories on which to draw from for the stories I create. I now call the blue grass state of Kentucky home, where I write full time.

Today, I’d like to talk about my latest romance, Time Will Tell, and my inspiration for writing it.

When friends ask me what I love best about living in Kentucky, the list is long. The people are warm and welcoming. The weather isn’t too bad. Louisville is big enough to provide a cosmopolitan feel without the downside of larger cities like congestion and traffic. But what I love most about living here is having a thoroughbred racetrack right in my back yard. Not just any racetrack, mind you, but Churchill Downs, home to the Kentucky Derby, a horserace that’s run every first Saturday in May and is the beginning leg of the triple crown of thoroughbred horse racing. Read More

His Judas Bride By Shehanne Moore

Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 03, 2013

You are hereby ordered...

..............to fall upon the rebells, the McDonalds of Glenco, and put all to the sword under seventy. you are to have a speciall care that the old Fox and his sones doe upon no account escape your hands, you are to secure all the avenues that no man escape.’

Early in the morning of 13 February 1692 thirty-eight MacDonalds from the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were killed by their guests. Another forty women and children died of exposure after their homes were burned.

The whole male population under 70 years of age, amounting to 200, would probably have fallen the to fire and sword letters. But a party of 400 soldiers dispatched to carry out the orders, were prevented by the severity of the weather--always dicey there from reaching Glencoe until eleven o'clock that night, six hours after the first shots were fired. By then the Macdonald men, warned of both the danger they were in and learning of the fate of their chief, had fled to the hills.  Read More

Silverhawk By Barbara Bettis

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

He’s everything a proper lady should never want; she’s everything a bastard mercenary should never have.

This logline from SILVERHAWK reflects the heroes in all my medieval. In my debut novel, Giles—Silverhawk—is a leader in commander Mercadier’s troops. (Mercadier was a well-known mercenary, an historical figure who was one of King Richard the Lionheart’s ‘right hand’ men.)

Mercenaries were soldiers for hire. Some were commoners (especially the foot soldiers), while others were poor knights who were trying to prove themselves. Still others were victims of political reversals that saw their homes destroyed, and their family’s titles and holdings forfeit to a victorious enemy. They sold their swords to survive.­­­

Various accounts that have come down through the centuries portray mercenaries as ravaging hordes. Other reports have claimed they were no worse than other armies of the time, whose jobs were to defeat and conquer.  Read More

THE TWELFTH NIGHT WAGER By Regan Walker

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Twelfth Night in Regency England
by Regan Walker, author of the Christmas novella, THE TWELFTH NIGHT WAGER
http://www.reganwalkerauthor.com

Christmas in Regency England (1811-1820), when Prince George ruled as Prince Regent, was a more subtle celebration than the one we observe today. Christmastide, as the folks in Regency England called the season, began with Christmas Eve (though Christmas evening was “First Night”) and continued to Twelfth Night, January 5th, followed by the Feast of the Epiphany when the three wise men, the Magi, arrived in Bethlehem to behold the Christ child.

In country homes and estates where Christmas was celebrated, decorations went up on Christmas Eve and stayed up until Epiphany, the official end of the Yule season, when the greens would be taken down and burned in the fireplace.  Read More

Highlander's Hope By Collette Cameron

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Highlander's Hope Excerpt-Pirate Scene

Yvette stepped back as Ewan pushed his way into the room, leaving the door ajar. His hair was damp, no doubt from bathing, and the stubble darkening his face earlier was gone. Feet bare, wearing only buckskin breeches and a shirt unbuttoned to the waist, he resembled a pirate—a dangerous, rakish, sinfully handsome pirate.

She sucked in her breath. He oughtn’t to be here, but he’d said he wanted to talk to her, and he had promised to behave.

Yvette’s gaze traveled the path of silky hair from his chest until it disappeared into his waistband. Her stomach flip-flopped. Sweet Lord above. She pressed her hands to her frolicking middle. Why doesn’t he say something?

A distraction, that’s what she needed. Read More

Daring Damsels By Catherine Kean

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What happens when four bestselling, award-winning medieval romance authors decide to bring together some of their bold lords and willful ladies? The Daring Damsels boxed set is born.

Priced at just $0.99 for a limited time, the set includes fast-paced, thrilling novels by Eliza Knight, Catherine Kean, Laurel O’Donnell, and Denise Domning. The set is available on Kindle and Nook.

A LADY'S CHARADE by Eliza Knight

A Scottish LADY, abandoned and in disguise.  A KNIGHT who wants her dead.  But he could be her only savior in England--as long as he never discovers her identity.

DANCE OF DESIRE by Catherine Kean

One veiled LADY dances to save her brother's life. One LORD sheriff tormented by barbaric secrets claims her as his bride. The more she learns of him the harder it is to deny his love.  Read More

Once A Rake By Eileen Dreyer

Blog Diva - Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Things I Learned Today

I love research. I wasn't always this way. In fact, I sucked at it. This was back before dinosaurs when I was first trying to get published. The days of libraries and Dewey Decimal(look it up, you babies). I knew I could write a story. I'd been doing it for my friends since I was ten. But write about something with which I wasn't familiar? Well, let me put it this way. My first Kathleen Korbel book was about an ER nurse and Tom Selleck in St. Louis(PLAYING THE GAME). My second book was about a rural nurse who discovered an injured man at the bottom of a cliff(STRANGER'S SMILE). My third book was about an ER doc who meets a cop when she's held hostage for drugs in her ER(WORTH ANY RISK). You begin to see a pattern here, I imagine.

I'm a nurse. Nurses don't use libraries to learn stuff. We play with things. So I decided that I would perfect my storytelling as I learned how to research. And then, a miracle happened. Its called Google. Suddenly the world opened up to me. Where before if I wanted information I had to interview people, now I could sit home and break time and space barriers at a whim. I could write a book set anywhere, any time, because, with Google, I could find the tiniest details(did you know there was a full moon the night of Waterloo?) (It was important in the first book in my Drakes' Rakes series, BARELY A LADY).  Read More

Conquest Of The Heart By Michele Stegman

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Just how close to the facts do fiction writers have to stay? Hmmm. Depends on what kind of fiction you write. If you write about worlds in space, aliens on earth, vampires, or alternate realities, you can be pretty free with the facts. But what about those of us who write straight historical romance?

Most historical romance writers try to be as accurate as possible when it comes to the history in their books. I love learning history by reading an exciting romance. And I spend a lot of time looking up the history mentioned in those books. Not to check out the author's research, but to learn more because she has whetted my appetite.

I try to stay as close as possible to the historical facts, but in minor matters, I might sometimes stray. Forgive me. Read More

Gunpowder Tea By Margaret Brownley

Blog Diva - Sunday, October 06, 2013

More Love and Laughter in the Old West

Those Gutsy Heroines of the Old West


Never underestimate a woman doing a man’s job!

My passion is writing about the old west and the fabulous women who helped settle it. Western movies helped establish the male hero, but depicting women mainly as bonnet saints, soiled doves and schoolmarms did them a terrible disservice.

The westward migration freed women in ways never before imagined. Women abandoned Victorian traditions, rigid manners and confining clothes and that’s not all they did; they brought churches, schools and newspapers to frontier towns and helped build communities.  Read More

The Earl Who Played With Fire By Sara Ramsey

Blog Diva - Thursday, October 03, 2013

My fellow authoresses have thus far confessed their (mostly fictional) love affairs with rakes, but I have to admit that I have a penchant for rogues. But first, a definition: I don’t mean this as in ‘going rogue’, where the hero turns solitary and/or insanely murderous in his quest for whatever he’s seeking. Of course, there are some hot heroes who have gone rogue - Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne comes to mind (which means that I must fan myself off before continuing, since he’s really too hot for words).

But I’m speaking of the Regency-era rogue - the kind of man who has a perfect jest or cutting retort for any situation, whose tongue is just as skilled at conversation as it is at other, more pleasurable (ahem) tasks, and whose ruthlessness is tempered by a winning sense of humor. What woman can resist such a devilish combination? Read More

The Viscount's Vow By Collette Cameron

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 01, 2013

A Chocoholic’s Take: Why Writing Romance is Like Chocolate.
I hear the nay-sayers. What does she mean writing romance is like chocolate? It’s quite fundamental actually. Writing romance and producing chocolate are very similar. Come on. Trust me in this.

The first thing you do in order to make chocolate is pick the beans, and then let them ferment. This is the choosing the plot and contemplating the story-line stage of writing romance. Here’s where writers decide on goals and motivations, the length of their novel, what the story arc will be...you know, all that fun pre-writing stuff. Even if you’re a pantser, which I am by-the-way, writers need a basic plot (cocoa beans) and a story line (fermenting).

The next step is processing the beans. All the stuff that can’t be made into chocolate (the story) has to be picked out. Then, the beans are dried and crushed. This is where the writer creates deep POV, develops their characters, introduces and develops conflict, and does rudimentary editing.  Read More

The Seduction Of Lady Phoebe By Ella Quinn

Blog Diva - Saturday, September 28, 2013

We are all about Rakes on this blog tour! After all, who doesn’t love a bad boy? Well I’m sure some ladies don’t, but not me. I married mine thirty years ago. Of course before I’d agree to accept his hand, he had to reform, not all the way mind you, just enough to make him good husband material. I’m here to tell you, a reformed rake makes a very good husband.

In The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, twenty-year-old Lord Marcus Finley starts out as a dissolute rogue, drinking to excess, gambling, and consorting with ladies of ill-repute, were only some of his faults. He was so bad, that even in racy Regency England his father decides to banish him to the West Indies before Marcus can cause a major scandal. Then at his last hurrah party in England, he meets and falls in love with Lady Phoebe Stanhope. Read More

Ancient Egypt By May Nicole Abbey

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ancient Egypt.

The stuff of myth and legend.

Pyramids.

Pharaohs.

Gods.

Mummies.

Their society thrived for over 3000 years in one of the most arid and harsh lands on earth. In a time of primitive life, when one’s main goal was to survive, the ancient Egyptians thrived.

Amazing.  Read More

THE LOTUS PALACE by Jeannie Lin

Blog Diva - Saturday, September 21, 2013

On Radishes…I mean Rakes and Rogues

Sometimes I envy Regency authors. You want to write about a sexy rake, you write about a sexy rake. Me, I have to wonder if the word “rake” itself sounds too, well, Regency. Since my stories take place in imperial China, it’s reasonable to assume everything is translated anyway, but I have to be careful about words that will pull the reader out of the story.

So what would be a “rake” reasonably be called in Tang Dynasty China?
A while back, I did a little research into Chinese terms and slang about love and relationships and discovered the idiom “flower heart big radish” (花心大萝卜), which is used to refer to a dissolute man who shamelessly lures women with romantic advances. Sure sounds like a rake to me!

But can readers fall in love with a hero described as a “big radish” Read More

The Reluctant Bride By Beverley Eikli

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Reluctant Bride: passive or passionate, she’s a woman of her times

Passive heroines don’t go down well with modern audiences so as an historical romance author I’m often faced with a balancing act … or an exciting challenge: how to invest my heroine with what it takes to triumph over adversary in a time when she had minimal resources.

A woman who is entirely dependent on her closest male relative knows she has to tread carefully if she’s not to have her only support withdrawn.

She’s not going to give lip if it means she might no longer receive her pin money … or have a home.

As a writer of historical fiction I think it’s important to emphasize the powerlessness of my heroines in the first chapters of my stories. I like to show their pent-up desperation against circumstances seemingly beyond their control. After that, depending on the personality of the heroine and what gets thrown her way, her clawing back of the rights she deserves, including happiness, is as integral as the plot itself.  Read More

What The Bride Wore By Jade Lee

Blog Diva - Saturday, September 14, 2013

RAKES! By Jade Lee

Let's talk about RAKES!  Quite simply, they're hot guys who bed lots of women because they're a) sexy, b) good in bed, and... and... well, c) really just love women. Also they're very hot and never get VD.

So why do we love them? Come on, who doesn't like a bad boy? And better yet, who doesn't like REFORMING a bad boy to be one's very special, only one? That's the fantasy, isn't it? To be so amazing, so special that even the most notorious bad boy (who is also disease free and great in bed) gives up his wicked ways to just pleasure you. All the time. As much as you could possibly want.

Audience participation time! (er...blog participation time) Name your favorite rake! I've put in a few pictures here, just to pass the time while you think!  Meanwhile, let me tell you about my two favorite love 'em and leave 'em guys. Read More

Hear The Wind Blow, Love By Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I write in much the same way I breathe – it’s essential. I made up stories long before I learned to read or write. Once I mastered reading, it became and remains a favorite pastime but I enjoy writing as much. When I’m putting together a new work of fiction, it’s like reading intensified. I’m in charge and the story goes where I take it. My characters, my settings, all become very real to me and when I finish, I go into emotional withdrawal. I’m celebrating the release of my 18th full-length novel from Rebel Ink Press (and twenty-fifth overall) this month with my latest historical romance, Hear The Wind Blow, Love.

One lucky reader who comments on my blog will be randomly selected to win an eBook copy of Hear The Wind Blow, Love. Good luck!

Without any further ado, here’s the blurb:

When the Armistice ends the Great War in November 1918, the end comes too late to save Maude Whitney’s husband, Jamie.  But Maude realizes her heart still belongs to Harry, her brother-in-law who courted her first.  He’s been her rock in Jamie’s absence while they shared quarters with the grandparents who raised the brothers. But Granpa died and Granny moved to town so when Maude invites him to move back under the same roof, it’s sure to be a scandal in the rural Ozarks.
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Tempted By Adam By May Williams

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Tempted by Adam is May Williams’ latest WWII Era Historical Romance available now in digital format from The Wild Rose Press.

She stuffed her pencil through the rings of her steno-pad and checked the camera.

Three exposures left, and she wanted something a little less formal.

“I need a couple more shots. Let’s make these less businessman and more boatbuilder.
What do you usually wear to work in? Certainly not a tie and jacket.”

“Overalls.” He gestured to a worn, blue garment hanging on a peg.

“Would you mind?”

“Nope. I prefer it.” He shed his jacket and tugged on his working clothes over his dress pants and white shirt.

“You better lose the tie and roll up your shirt sleeves to hide them,” she said. He did as she asked, turning to her for approval when he was done. His white collar stuck out from the overalls. Giving him the camera, she reached around his neck, tucking in the collar as her hands moved toward the front. Smoothing the last edges of the shirt to the inside, her fingers lingered on his chest for a second longer than they needed to. She forced herself to take a small step back. “There. Now you look like a working man.” Read More

The Lotus Palace By Jeannie Lin

Blog Diva - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Lotus Palace Release Day & Free Read:
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Chinese Courtesans


While writing The Lotus Palace (and the short novella “Capturing the Silken Thief” before that) I had to do a lot of research into the society and culture of the Pingkang li, also called the North Hamlet, where the elite courtesans resided. I figured a “Five Things” list might be more interesting than a long, dry historical essay—though I’m perfectly happy to write those too!

1. They are NOT geisha
Japanese geisha culture seems to have permeated the Western conscious much more so than Chinese courtesan culture, but it’s important to know that the Chinese courtesans were not geisha. Though there are similarities in their functions in society, courtesans did not look or act like their Japanese counterparts and actually developed a distinctive culture before geisha culture evolved.
 Read More

Believe In Me By Lana Williams

Blog Diva - Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Release!

I’m thrilled to be on RomCon® today to share my latest release, Believe In Me! This is the third book in The Vengeance Trilogy.

Here’s a little bit about it:

A knight determined to honor his vow.
A lady set on vengeance.
Only love stood in their way. Read More

Highland Seer By Willa Blair

Blog Diva - Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Interview with Donal MacNabb

Thank you, RomCon, for inviting me here today. I’ve brought Donal MacNabb with me to talk about his book, HIGHLAND SEER (Highland Talents #2), as well as his role in Highland Healer (Highland Talents #1). So let’s get right to it.

You were quite the thorn in your laird, Toran Lathan’s side in HIGHLAND HEALER. Why were you so dead set against his interest in the Lowlander Healer, Aileana Shaw?

I had reason to suspect her. The Healer cared for the invading army. Toran escaping with her was one thing. The laird has an eye for a pretty lass. Bringing her into the Aerie - the Lathan keep - was a risk I wasna comfortable with. Had she persuaded him to bring her? Aye, I saw how she saved Jamie’s life with her touch. But that only made me wonder what else that touch might be able to do.  Read More

The Lady And The Lawman By Jennifer Zane

Blog Diva - Saturday, July 27, 2013

I just spent the day with my kids at a Civil War reenactment in Maryland. I'm a little obsessed with them. Every time we go east to visit family, I look up online the nearest reenactment and drag my kids. Today's events were great. Small, not crowded. And most of all, not hot.

How on earth did people fight wars wearing wool pants and coats? The ladies wore big hoop skirts with long sleeves and high collars. They didn't have ice packs. They didn't have air conditioning. The didn't even have ice cubes to cool a drink. Read More

Duchess By Susan May Warren

Blog Diva - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

About Duchess:

The golden age of Hollywood is in the business of creating stars, and Rosie Worth – now starlet Roxy Price - has found everything she hopes for in the glittering world of the silver screen. With adoring fans and a studio-mogul husband, she’s finally silenced the voices – and grief- of the past. Her future shines bright until that fated black Friday when it all comes crashing in. Her husband, Dashielle Parks loses everything, and when he takes his life, he leaves behind a bankrupt studio, a mistress and an illegitimate child. Roxy suddenly finds herself disgraced and penniless in a world of glamour. Her only hope is to get her inherited studio back in the red, even if she has to join forces with wealthy investor Rolfe Van Horne, Belgian Duke and long time movie investor. But Rolfe is not who he seems and has other plans for Roxy and her movies, plans that include supporting a growing unrest in Europe. Plans that will break her heart and just might get her killed. Worse, when her country needs her, will she have the courage to surrender her glittering world…and the true love she’s always thirsted for? An epic 1930’s tale of glamour and riches and the true cost of both.  Read More

The Sword Dancer By Jeannie Lin

Blog Diva - Tuesday, June 04, 2013

RomCon – Special Sneak Peek

Love romance and adventure? Here’s a special sneak peek at The Sword Dancer, the start of a new historical romance series set in Tang Dynasty China. Available May 21, 2013 in print and June 1, 2013 in ebook.

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Thief-catcher Han was reclined in a wooden tub behind the screen. His legs were bent, pulling his knees above the water line. His eyes were closed, head rested back against the rim, and his hair was untied and loose about his face. The effect, combined with the fullness of his lips, was disturbingly sensual.  Read More

A Convenient Pretense By Elaine Violette

Blog Diva - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

When I am reading an historical romance, I enjoy the spunky, sometimes snarky dialogue between the hero and heroine that eventually leads to a closer encounter. In my previous novel, Regal Reward, a notorious highwayman, kidnaps the rebellious daughter of an aristocrat and gets much more than he bargained for. In A Convenient Pretense, my newest release, a handsome earl refuses to believe that a young, beautiful woman prefers to become an old maid, rather than marry him. Here’s a brief excerpt between Marcus and Emily in A Convenient Pretense.

“Yes, you were going to say something else?”

“Reading,” Emily replied, perhaps too abruptly. “My father and I both love to read.” Read More

It Happened At The Fair By Deeanne Gist

Blog Diva - Sunday, April 28, 2013

Do you collect anything? Stamps, coins, comic books? Or are you the type to clean out and throw out? My husband’s a thrower-outer. But me, I’m a collector. Always have been. As a child, I collected things to put in my scrapbooks—a matchbook from a restaurant we visited, a flower (okay, a weed) from a field near our home, a paper crown from Burger King.

As an adult, my collections centered on memorabilia from vacations we have taken. Then I’d return home and add them to a scrapbook chronicling our trip.  Read More

Highland Surrender By Tracy Brogan

Blog Diva - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

IN THE MOOD
By Tracy Brogan


Like most women, I have variable mood settings. Sometimes I am joyful and want to make those around me laugh. And sometimes I strive to create a little drama. Luckily for me, (and my long-suffering family) I happen to write in two different genres. This allows me to exorcise whatever emotion is taking charge at any given moment.

When I want to daydream about summer afternoons lounging on a beach, I write contemporary, romantic comedies. Stories where the sand is warm, the men are hot, and the sexual tension is scorching.  Read More

A Note Of Scandal By Nicky Penttila

Blog Diva - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How true do you expect historical fiction to be?

I recently “proof-listened” to the audio version of my romantic historical novel, A Note of Scandal. It sounded fantastic, better than I ever expected. Except for one tiny detail: The narrator kept mispronouncing the name of a British ship, the Bellerophon. I thought maybe I’d misheard it in my head all these years, so I asked the producers if they’d used a different source. No—they’d just assumed I’d made up the name of the ship. Read More

Vain By Jill Hughey

Blog Diva - Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Promiscuous heroes – yes or no? Though I’m here to talk about my new release, Vain, I’ve also been thinking about the heroes I’ve created in my historical romance series. My men differ from those portrayed in the books I “borrowed” from my mom’s library at a much too tender age, and even from the archetype of today.

Decades ago, in the bodice-ripper days of historical romance, most heroes were what I would consider promiscuous or, at the very least, constantly sexually active. The hero's pattern is interrupted when the oh-so-virginal heroine arrives on the scene. He is suddenly repelled by the offerings of the barmaid he has tumbled regularly since he was sixteen. He must immediately dismiss his mistress - one in a long line of mistresses - by giving her a splendid diamond necklace. Read More

The Sweetest Kiss By Marie Higgins

Blog Diva - Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Adorable Heroes

What makes a hero adorable? Is it because he’s good looking? Built like a body-builder?

Or is it because he has a funny personality?

Well…I happen to think it’s all the above plus more! If the hero doesn’t know how to treat the heroine – he’s rude to her, doesn’t respect her, doesn’t want to do special things for her – then he isn’t a very good hero, in my opinion. Heroes can start out with faults in the beginning of a story. They can even be a little bit immature. Let’s face it…nobody is perfect. Right? Stories are about character development. It’s not fun to read about a perfect hero all the way through the story. At least not for me. Read More

Hint Of Desire By Lavinia Kent

Blog Diva - Saturday, March 30, 2013

New Worlds – at least kind of

It’s hard to say good-bye, even when it’s not forever. At about the same time that I finish writing the last words of this blog, I am preparing to publish my last Real Duchesses of London novella.t (It should be up for Kindle the first week in April.) Georgianna, The Last Real Duchess will be the last story that I am currently writing in my set Regency world, the last book with the same overlapping characters who have appeared in all my other novels. (Probably not the last ever, because there is definitely a certain duke who has a story he wants to share, and there is one younger sister who is growing up fast – but the last for a while.)

This is a hard break for me. Even this summer, when I published Hint of Desire, the first in my Desire Trilogy, I stayed in the same world and just moved to an earlier time, telling the stories that I’d always known were there. I had great fun sharing this earlier peek into my world, and loved being able to revisit and rediscover characters I already knew. Read More

Against The Wind By Regan Walker

Blog Diva - Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Prologue

Paris, 1812


Sir Martin Powell dragged his fingers through his hair and poured himself a glass of brandy, the only luxury his small office afforded. Though he loved his work and never questioned his duty to the Crown, the last few days had not been pleasant.

For days he’d watched the soldiers stumble into Paris from the Russian warfront, gaunt, pale men, their uniforms in tatters and their faces reflecting the gruesome deaths they witnessed. Many more—hundreds of thousands from Napoleon’s Grande Armée—would never be coming home. Though almost all of England would rejoice, the slaughter sickened Martin. But the Crown expected him to wait and watch. And to send reports of all he observed.  Read More

The Rebel's Promise By Jane Godman

Blog Diva - Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Hi, it’s such a thrill to be invited to contribute to the RomCon Historical blog. I’m incredibly excited to be talking about my debut novel, The Rebel’s Promise.

But, before I rush on and do that, let me tell you a bit about myself, and why I love historical romances! I was ten when I read ‘Murder Most Royal’ by Jean Plaidy and I was instantly hooked on British and European history.

At the age of twelve, I discovered a tattered Georgette Heyer novel on my mum’s bookshelf. I devoured it in a day and I was spellbound. It was ‘These Old Shades’, which is set in the mid-1700s. As much as I love Regency novels, I find myself drawn to the earlier Georgian era. I think it’s because the characters have more opportunities to misbehave. It was a scandalous time (think Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and I love the fashions! Give me a hero in a cloak and a powdered wig …

I am captivated by the way great writers of historical romance use dialogue to skilfully set the scene. I also love it when the historical setting is so real it becomes another character, transporting you effortlessly back in time.  Read More

A Most Scandalous Proposal By Ashlyn Macnamara

Blog Diva - Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Writing Inspiration

Hello RomCon readers! I am tremendously excited today, because my first ever published book is making its debut. If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to tell you a little bit about where I got some of my inspiration.

When an author sets out to write a book, she draws her inspiration from something in her surroundings. It might be that hot actor she likes to drool over, who suddenly looks like her hero. She might pull an element out of her favorite movie. She might find some unexplored territory in the last book she read.  Read More

TREACHEROUS TEMPTATIONS by Victoria Vane

Blog Diva - Tuesday, February 05, 2013

While Jenny packed up the remains of the picnic basket, she and Hadley strolled along the water's edge, tossing leftover crumbs to the swans. Gazing at the graceful birds who barely stirred the shimmering waters, Mary felt as if she had stepped into a dream. Yet the afternoon had passed all too quickly and the thought of what awaited her upon her return—Sir Richard and further discussion of her marriage filled her with dismay. She tossed out the last of her breadcrumbs with a sigh, and found her wistful gaze lingering on Lord Hadley.

In the past couple of hours, she had begun to relax, to be herself. She no longer felt so tongue tied and shy, but she still couldn't quite puzzle him out. It was almost as if he was two different men inhabiting one body. At times he was the most noble Conte di Caserta, a model of urbanity, but then in unguarded moments, he revealed with a suggestive word, a wicked look, or an intimate touch, a playful, teasing side, as if he forgot his noble mask.

He caught her staring and Mary swiftly averted her gaze.

"You are distressed?" he asked softly. "Why?"

"It's nothing," she answered.

"Your sigh betrays you, Miss Edwardes."

"Was it really aloud?" She hadn't realized she'd given away her thoughts.

"Sweet and sad, it was. I have failed to divert you. Perhaps I should have thought of something else." Read More

A Year Of Reinvention By Victoria Vane

Blog Diva - Tuesday, January 22, 2013

While my writing career official launched in April of 2010 with my romantic historical fiction debut, THE HIGHEST STAKES (writing as Emery Lee), after experiencing several major career setbacks, I decided it was time to change gears. My first foray into the steamier side of historical romance occurred only a year ago with an erotic historical romance novella entitled A BREACH OF PROMISE , loosely inspired by a Georgian era play, The Belle's Stratagem. It has also recently been nominated for TRS's CAPA award.

Although I originally intended to keep my two writing personas completely separate, over time, Emery Lee and Victoria Vane have converged in that all of my newer work contains both a high degree of historical detail as well as a scorching romance. This equal passion for history and romance has become my author trademark. Read More

Waiting For Morning By Margaret Brownley

Blog Diva - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

More Love and Laughter from N.Y. Times Bestselling Author Margaret Brownley

When a Lady Says “I Won’t!”

In 1861 fifty ladies of the first Church of Milford in New York formed a society of old maids. It cost five dollars to join the group and members had to vow never to marry. The interest earned from the money paid for the annual dinner, with the principal going to the woman who remained unmarried the longest.  Read More

The Road Back By Liz Harris

Blog Diva - Tuesday, January 08, 2013

In October, 2011, a dream came true when I learnt that the award-winning publisher Choc Lit was going to publish THE ROAD BACK in September 2012. It was an unbelievable moment, and I’m still pinching myself to make sure that I really am awake.

My novel has been described as ‘a sumptuous tale of love and adventure in the sweeping and little-known backdrop of Ladakh, north of the Himalayas … which throws together two people from radically different cultures with explosive results.’  Read More

Trust In Me By Lana Williams

Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Traditions in Medieval Times

Happy Holidays, RomCon Readers! It is lovely to return to chat about my latest release, Trust In Me, the second medieval romance in the Vengeance Trilogy. I have a sneak peek for you as well as a free Kindle e-book of the story for one lucky commenter!

I am often asked why I like to write about medieval times. I enjoy history in general but especially the medieval period -- knights, ladies, swords, chain mail, jousts, and honor. Awesome stuff! I love learning all the details of daily life, including how holidays were celebrated.

As with many Christian holidays, Christmas was a blending of pagan and Christian celebrations. William I of England chose to be crowned on Christmas Day in 1066 AD, so it has been an important holiday for centuries. Did you know that gift giving at Christmas dates back to the medieval period? This was originally done between tenant and lord, but generosity was the spirit of the day.  Read More

A Warrior For Christmas By Beth Trissel

Blog Diva - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Will he remain with her or find the call of the wild irresistible?

In A Warrior for Christmas, I contrasted Corwin Whitfield’s hard-won life as an adopted Shawnee warrior in the colonial frontier with his new privileged life in a well-to-do home outside of Philadelphia. After wealthy Uncle Randolph reclaims Corwin following a treaty with the Indians that requires the return of white captives, he’s given a swift course in etiquette and hustled back into the fashionable world of colonial high society. Expectations that Corwin will learn to manage and ultimately inherit the family estate and undertake the care of his uncle’s ward, Dimity Scott, clash with his restless desire to return to the frontier. Any hope that Corwin might take the unexpectedly appealing Dimity with him dissipate when he realizes the odds of her survival in such a rugged land. Dimity is deaf—risky in the frontier where every sense must be tuned to danger.  Read More

To Challenge The Earl Of Cravenswood By Bronwen Evans

Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Interviewing Henry St. Giles, Earl of Cravenswood...

Today I’m introducing a visitor, Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, the hero in my latest Regency release, To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood. Henry’s quite popular with the ladies and my readers. He’s been in every book of the Wicked Wagers trilogy and has collected a lot of fan mail.

Good morning, Henry. You’re the third rake in my Wicked Wagers Trilogy, and everyone is waiting for your story. I’m hoping you’ll tell us what’s happening in your life and how your wife hunting is progressing.  Read More

Where The Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A young woman traveling the Oregon Trail in 1842 must rely on a stranger to bring her to safety. But whom can she trust with her heart?

For two thousand miles along the trail to Oregon Country, Samantha Waldron and her brother must overcome tremendous challenges to reach the Willamette Valley before winter. But when their canoe capsizes on the Columbia River, they must rely on handsome British exporter Alexander Clarke to rescue them from the icy water. Samantha is overwhelmed with men vying for her affections at Fort Vancouver, but the only one who intrigues her—Alex—is the one she cannot have.  Read More

Margaret Of The North By E Journey

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Setting and a Theme for Margaret of the North
The mid-1800s was a great time for upheavals in Europe. While England was industrializing, particularly in the north, Paris was undergoing revolutions in art and urban planning. This setting is part of what attracted me to write Margaret of the North, a sequel to Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South and its retelling on the 2004 BBC miniseries of the same title..  Read More

The Courageous Heart By Merry Farmer

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The Courageous Heart - Can Love Overcome Betrayal?
Think back to your first real love. It was so exciting to fall that hard and that deep for the first time. Remember how amazing a simple kiss could feel? Or how a summer day could feel like paradise? Remember that glorious feeling that you would be in love that deeply and that purely forever?  Read More

Kira, Daughter Of The Moon By Beth Trissel

Blog Diva - Friday, November 02, 2012

A beautiful Scots-Irish healer in the rugged Alleghenies finds herself accused of witchcraft. With the terror of the French and Indian War fresh in her mind, can Kira love a white warrior? Read More

Sins Of A Virgin by Anna Randol

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hi, RomCon® readers! I’m excited to be here to share an excerpt from Sins of a Virgin! This novel is the first in my new series that follows a trio of spies who’ve just been dismissed now that the war with Napoleon is over. To add to the insult, the Foreign Office only pays them a paltry stipend for their years of service, so the three of them must find a new way to survive in London.  Read More

A Prescription For Love by Callie Hutton

Blog Diva - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

For The Love of History

At one time in my life I loathed history. So boring. All my teachers droned on and on, mostly focusing on wars. No doubt we covered other things, such as the pilgrims landing, and the early part of our country’s history. I mean, who doesn’t know about Paul Revere’s midnight ride? Although I do believe that story came from my literature class. “Listen my children, and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere….”  Read More

It's Return Of The Border Warrior and of Blythe Gifford!

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It’s good to be back with my RomCon friends! My last two books were finalists in the Readers Crown, but I’ve been two years between books, the better to create a back-to-back trilogy for you.

The series launches with RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR, a November release from Harlequin Historical, available in print today in the US and the UK. E-versions will follow shortly.  Read More

A World Of Romance by Kim Fay

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 09, 2012

As a young girl, I read all the usual suspects: Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was crazy about Nancy Drew and desperately wanted to be Harriet the Spy. But as I grew older, my reading tastes turned in a new direction. When I was in junior high, my family moved to Vancouver, Washington, a sprawling suburban town just outside Portland, Oregon. I’d always been a book lover, and when my mom ran errands, she dropped me off at a bookshop in a strip mall near our bank.  Read More

Into The Lion's Heart by Beth Trissel

Blog Diva - Monday, October 08, 2012

‘Now she must play out the masquerade, or risk life, freedom—and her heart.’

Although set in Georgian England, the tumult taking place in France during the explosion of the French Revolution is the backdrop for historical romance novella, Into the Lion’s Heart. Several waves of nobility, called émigrés, fled France beginning in 1789, while they still could. Some took refuge in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland where they plotted against the Revolutionary government and sought foreign aid to help them restore the old regime. Many émigrés also sought sanctuary in England, including the King Louis XV111’s brother the Comte d’Artois, the future King Charles X. Most of the nobility who remained in France were guillotined during the Reign of Terror, along with members of the clergy and a large number of commoners. The simplest acts could lead to an accusation of rebellion to the glorious revolution, such as complaining about the price of bread. No one knows for certain, but it’s estimated that as many as 40,000 people were guillotined by the end of terror. Madame Guillotine was ever greedy for victims and eventually took the lives of the perpetrators of this horror, including the infamous Robespierre.  Read More

Whispered Music by Rachel Van Dyken

Blog Diva - Monday, October 01, 2012

Special sneak peak - Whispered Music (London Fairy Tales)
The true story of how Beauty tamed the savage Beast

I can no longer write music. For every time my hand stretches across the parchment to give life to the note, my mind thinks of her, and when my mind replays her image, all I see is blood. My compositions are my blood oath, to avenge her one way or another. To push forward when all I want to do is relinquish music’s hold upon me.—The Diary of Dominique Maksylov


Isabelle awoke exhausted the morning after her first music lessons. The feel of Dominique’s hands across her stomach, and her neck, made her body tingle with awareness. His touch did things to her, funny things, that she never knew possible. For how was a woman to feel this, this feeling when the man touching her was so harsh? Read More

Band of Sisters by Cathy Gohlke

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 25, 2012

October 1910
Widowed crones, their ragged skirts and shawls flapping in the rising gale like so many black crows, threw back grayed heads and keened a wild lament. Though slow of gait, they kept a dozen steps ahead of Maureen O’Reilly, the eldest daughter of their dead neighbor. Not one dared walk beside the “Scarlet Maureen,” no matter that they’d been handsomely paid for their services from the young woman’s purse.  Read More

At Every Turn by Anne Mateer

Blog Diva - Saturday, September 22, 2012

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I love about historical fiction is learning things I didn’t know before—things I didn’t learn in history books. It was just that kind of curiosity that led me to write my newest book, At Every Turn.

Did you know that auto racing has been a popular sport since before the first World War? Did you know that they won big money in front of big crowds? That even in what we would consider “old-fashioned” cars, they raced at speeds close to 100 mph? And the courage! Their cars had no doors or windshields or seat belts. In fact, the most famous of all race tracks—the Indianapolis Motor Speedway—has been around since 1911.  Read More

Loving Lady Marcia by Kieran Kramer

Blog Diva - Friday, September 21, 2012

Five Fun Facts about the writing of LOVING LADY MARCIA:

1)    Before I settled down into writing an organic Regency tale that pays only light homage to the TV series “The Brady Bunch,”  I had to get a spoofy opening chapter out of my system that was never intended to go into the book. In that fun chapter, the young Lady Marcia has a huge crush on a singing footman named Davy who works in the Marquess of Brady’s household. He has shiny, brown hair cut in a bowl shape.  Those of you who remember the TV series will remember the iconic episode with Davy Jones from The Monkees, who wound up asking Marcia to her school dance.  Read More

How To Disgrace A Lady by Bronwyn Scott

Blog Diva - Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why you should fall for ‘Rakes Beyond Redemption’ this autumn…

While it’s cooling down outside,  things are heating up between the covers of the Rakes Beyond Redemption series.  Today, I’m excited to introduce readers to the three rogues featured in this series because each one is a little bit different. Most of all,  I am excited to introduce readers to three very real rogues with very real issues to deal with both emotionally and practically that will resonate with twenty first century readers.    Read More

Love Heals The Broken by Rachel M. Sparks

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What Will It Take To Break A Man.... 

Benjamin Durham is proud of his three sons, Aaron, Ethan, Tim, his daughter-in-law Ruby and his twin grandsons Charles and Christopher. Things are going great on his 250,000 acre ranch and with his family. Then tragedy strikes one right after another. Can Ben's faith and trust in God see him through? Or will the fires of hell be too much for one man? Read More

How To Capture A Countess by Karen Hawkins

Blog Diva - Monday, September 17, 2012

"Ow! Dunn, stop!”

Sin’s valet sighed and dropped a cloth into the washbowl.

“My lord, I was merely trying to clean the cut on your chin.“Sin sniffed the air suspiciously.

“That doesn’t smell like water.”

“That’s because it’s whiskey. It will clean the cut better than water.”

“I only asked that you shave around the scrape, not that you force whiskey into it. That stings like hell.”

“Then it’s working,” Dunn said without any visible remorse.

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When You Give A Duke A Diamond by Shana Galen

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ten Reasons to Read When You Give a Duke a Diamond by Shana Galen

There are a lot of awesome books on shelves this month. I know because some of my favorite authors have new releases and both my e-reader and my nightstand are full to capacity. If you’re like me, and I have a feeling you are, you’re thinking you had better not buy any more books until maybe 2014. And I think that’s a really great plan, except… Read More

Red Bird's Song by Beth Trissel

Blog Diva - Monday, September 10, 2012

“As they struggle through bleak mountains and cold weather, facing wild nature and wilder men, Wicomechee and Charity must learn to trust each other.”

Native American historical romance Red Bird's Song, a 2012 Epic eBook Award finalist, is the first novel I ever wrote, and rewrote, and learned how to write in the process of all those endless revisions. It’s also the story I’ve cared most deeply about and connected with on various levels. Part of me is still seated around the circle at the fire with my Native American brothers and sisters.    Read More

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin

Blog Diva - Monday, September 10, 2012

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? Have you ever felt like you couldn’t be your true self?

In my new World War II romance, With Every Letter, flight nurse Lt. Mellie Blake and Army engineer Lt. Tom MacGilliver feel that way

Mellie has never belonged. Raised by her widowed botanist father, she bounced between California and botanical excursions in the Philippines. Too American in the Philippines and too foreign in America. She dresses funny. She wears her hair funny. And she’s naturally shy. While she’s brave and adventurous, caring and merciful, she has never fit in. More than anything, she longs for friendship, for someone to know her and accept her as she is. Read More

The Perfect Knight For Love by Jackie Ivie

Blog Diva - Thursday, September 06, 2012

Hi! Jackie Ivie here, with an exclusive excerpt just for RomCon from my newest Scot historical novel!  A Perfect Knight for Love is available from Kensington - Zebra Historical, September 4th!!

EXCERPT – A Perfect Knight for Love
“Life or death, lass!  Doona’ you ken anything?”

He hissed it in her ear, sending heat that created shivers.  And threat of more.  The clamp of his fingers indicated how much more.  As did how he’d shifted to an elbow, putting himself above her and in a position to make certain she understood.  That was before she factored in where he’d put his leg, holding her in place with a limb so heavy the pulse thumping through her had moved to her upper thighs.  Read More