Historical

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