Historical

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.”
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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