Historical

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