My latest historical romance, A Gentleman’s Game, is a road-trip story set in the Regency horse-racing world. It’s my first road romance, but telling this kind of story was inevitable. Sometimes I feel like my life is full of road trips. I live in the Midwest, with family to the north and south and on both coasts. Several times a year, my husband and daughter and I clamber into a car and head out for a visit.
In 2014, I took a road trip on my own: to the Romance Writers of America conference. It was a ten-hour straight shot by car. I don’t do well with air travel (long story), so having the RWA conference in driving distance made it irresistible. I checked out audiobooks from the library, had great snacks, and brought lots of swag; I met my agent and editors, saw lots of author friends in person, and got to meet some delightful readers. And since I didn’t have to fit all my stuff into a single suitcase, I could indulge in a book-gathering orgy. For reader giveaways, of course. Naturally. I definitely didn’t keep any books for myself.*
For sheer road-trip fun, though, I’ve got to mention the trip I took with two friends our senior year of high school. We drove three hours each way to a Spice Girls concert, and yes, of course we dressed as Spice Girls. (I was Sporty Spice, whose clothes were by far the comfiest.) The journey was as much fun as the destination, as we laughed together, sang loudly, and drew mock Spice-Girl tattoos on each other with Sharpie. That trip still makes me smile every time I think about it.
Do tell: Have you ever taken a road trip? If so, what was your favorite thing about the trip?
*This would be true on Opposite Day.
In Book One of Romance of the Turf, a refreshing new Regency series from rising star Theresa Romain, a mystery demanding to be solved brings unlikely allies together in more ways than one…
How far will a man go
Talented but troubled, the Chandler family seems cursed by bad luck—and so Nathaniel Chandler has learned to trade on his charm. He can broker a deal with anyone from a turf-mad English noble to an Irish horse breeder. But Nathaniel’s skills are tested when his stable of trained Thoroughbreds become suspiciously ill just before the Epsom Derby, and he begins to suspect his father’s new secretary is not as innocent as she seems.
To win a woman’s secretive heart?
Nathaniel would be very surprised if he knew why Rosalind Agate was really helping his family in their quest for a Derby victory. But for the sake of both their livelihoods, Rosalind and Nathaniel must set aside their suspicions. As Derby Day draws near, her wit and his charm make for a successful investigative team…and light the fires of growing desire. But Rosalind’s life is built on secrets and Nathaniel’s on charisma, and neither defense will serve them once they lose their hearts…
Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.