Historical

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