Posts in the Historical Fiction genre

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Putting the “Perilous” into “A Perilous Passion” | Elizabeth Keysian

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I just threw everything into this book that made my heart skip a beat. I had to have a hot but humiliated hero, with a huge amount to prove. I wanted a vulnerable but resourceful heroine, with a shady past, a domineering mother, and a kind-hearted maiden aunt with a soft spot for a gypsy healer. I wanted villains too, oodles of them, so I created a nefarious smuggling ring under the control of a coldly calculating traitor who could, if not foiled, betray Regency England straight into the hands of Napoleon Bonaparte.

In fact, I wanted my hero to be like a Jane Austen version of James Bond. Imagine 007 in breeches, and you have the resourceful Rafe Pomeroy, Earl of Beckport. He’s not as fickle as Bond but equally seductive, and he displays a touch more humour, combined with a dash of gallantry.

And he wears a tricorn hat. I don’t know what it is about them, but these three pointed hats on a handsome man just make me MELT. I guess I fell in love with Dick Turpin on TV when I was a kid—for those who don’t know, the character was based on a real-life highwayman back in the 1700s, who became a bit of a folk hero. I adored the romantic image of the dashing highwayman, holding a swooning damsel in his arms as he courteously relieved her of her jewelry.

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Exclusive Excerpt: The Duke Knows Best by Jane Ashford

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They’re wrong for each other, for all the right reasons…

Lord Randolph Gresham has come to London for one reason only-to find a suitable wife. Verity Sinclair may be intelligent, beautiful, and full of spirit, but her father knows a secret about Randolph that makes her entirely unsuitable as his bride. Not right for him at all, never, not a chance.

Verity knows that Lord Randolph lives in a country parish, and she wants nothing more than to escape to town. He may be fascinating, attractive, rich, and the son of a duke, but she’ll never marry him, nor will she talk to him, flirt with him, walk with him, or dine with him. She’ll sing a duet with him, but only this one time, and only because everyone insists.

But one duet invariably leads to another.

Check out our exclusive excerpt below! 

Randolph enjoyed the performances right up until the moment when the hostess said, “A little bird has told me that we have some other talented singers among us tonight.” She marched up to Randolph and took his arm, then pulled him over to Miss Sinclair and did the same with her. Ignoring their protests, she hustled them over to the pianoforte. “Now, now, no false modesty. I’m told that both of you are quite out of the ordinary.”

Randolph was proud of his musical skills. He even enjoyed showing them off, on certain occasions. This was not one of them. He glared at his brothers. Robert and Sebastian shook their heads, disavowing any hand in this development.

“We must have a duet,” Lady Tolland said, maintaining her grip on her captives. She turned to her guests. “Don’t you think?”

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What Makes a Great “Secret Baby” Romance?

What a pleasure it is to be a guest on Ever After Romance! I’m celebrating the release of my new book, A Lady’s Deception, in which the heroine chooses to keep her baby a secret from the hero, who has gone off to war. This “secret baby” becomes the catalyst for the remainder of the story.

So, what makes an enjoyable “secret baby” romance?  First, a child complicates things but must not overpower the romance, which should always take center stage. Second, the introduction of the baby into the plot must come at a pivotal moment. Our two protagonists need to care deeply about the child and be willing to make sacrifices to assure her well-being. And last, when all is said and done, the child should bring the hero and heroine together.

In Loretta Chase’s Not Quite a Lady, Lady Charlotte Hayward is seduced and gives birth at age seventeen. The child, a boy, is given to a “good” family to raise, but Charlotte secretly hopes that someday she’ll be reunited with him. After what happened, she’s determined never to marry. Darius Carsington, our hero, also has no intention of marrying. So, of course, the two meet and sparks fly. Just when the reader is wondering when the secret baby will ever make an appearance, the author reveals the child in a surprising and clever way. When the boy goes missing, Charlotte and Darius spring into action to find him, solidifying their trust in and love for each other.

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Amy Sandas’ Favorite Regency Romances

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London’s underground in the Regency was filled with vice and violence. It challenged its inhabitants to either become ruthless in their efforts to survive and thrive, or become victims to those with less conscience. It also brought out the good in people who risked themselves to help others and tested the mettle of those who clawed their way from the gutters to a better life.

There are countless romance novels that are either set in the rookeries of the East End or feature a main character who fought their way free of the poverty that marked their beginnings. And just as many more that explore the gambling dens and bordellos where the wealthy and privileged go to experience the pleasurable vices not afforded them in their glittering ballrooms. Choosing favorites amongst these exciting stories of love, desire, transformation, and determination is not an easy task, but there are a few I’ve read over the years that stand out.

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Now that I’ve done a few “favorites lists”, I’ve realized this title by Kleypas somehow always manages to find itself included. That’s because it’s a fantastic story! The hero, Derek Craven, is one of my all-time favorite romance novel heroes. He is dark and dangerous and so, so sexy. Born and raised in the London rookeries, he worked his way up to become a king of his own little empire. As the owner of the most exclusive gambling hell in town, he is ruthless, heartless, and so totally in trouble when the novelist, Sarah Fielding, comes to his club to do research.

Sarah is young, idealistic, and open-hearted. A complete contrast to Derek. But when they get near each other the sparks that fly burn super-hot. Though he tries to resist the draw he feels toward the innocent young woman, Derek—for all his intensity and proven fortitude—is helpless against his attraction. This book is one that I re-read over and over. It never gets old and always manages to pull a few tears at the end. (But I’ll admit I’m a bit of a sap!) Still, an iconic romance of two people from totally different worlds who are perfect for each other.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain

Thanks for inviting me to EverAfter Romance today! I’m excited to share one of my favorite scenes from my new historical romance, Scandalous Ever After. Evan and Kate’s romance is a friends-to-lovers story…sort of. He’s loved her since the first time they met—when she was his best friend’s newlywed bride.

With the mysterious death of Kate’s husband two years before, Evan and Kate were estranged. But circumstance and a long, wild road trip bring them back together, and they soon become lovers. It’s going to be tough for “just for now” to turn into “HEA,” considering the financial difficulties and secrets that threaten to drive them apart.

Evan is determined to seize every chance at love with Kate, though. He decides to be perfectly honest with her about a condition he has, which we’d today call clinical depression. In this scene, he describes it to her, and by the end, their relationship has become more honest and trusting. I hope you enjoy it.


When the path broke into a small clearing, Evan tipped back his head. Through the dapple of gold leaves and the first bare branches, the sky was like cobalt glaze, translucent and blue, wisped with clouds like thrown cotton.

“Sit with me,” he said.

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Writing From the Heart by Harmony Williams

One of the first pieces of advice that you ever get as a writer is to write the book of your heart. Forget about trends; forget about what has or hasn’t been done. Write the book you want to read.

In November, 2009, after reading regency romances by the dozen for years, I did just that. I poured my heart onto the page in a fun book that swept me away so much that I completed the first draft in only one week. After many revisions, that book eventually became How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days, but it didn’t come easily.

Back in 2009, at age 19, I poised on the cusp of launching my publishing career. I followed every plot bunny to its conclusion and drowned in the number of manuscripts I finished as I learned through writing (not editing) how to become better at my craft. I wrote young adult novels, fantasy books, romance novellas. Short stories, books that were way too long, I did it all. And then, as I slowly got around to editing these projects, I slowly put them on submission.

I tried publishing in young adult, as I was still on the far end of that age bracket. At that time I didn’t know how to market, let alone how to reach my audience. The book flopped. I signed another YA with a publishing company that turned out to be a scam. I made a lot of rookie mistakes, I learned from them, and I tried again.

I published in erotic romance with a lot more success. Not enough to quit my day job, but enough to encourage me. But life has its ups and downs, and during one of the lows I got too discouraged. It was compounded by a person whose opinion I trusted telling me over and over again that I didn’t have it in me to succeed in publishing. That I couldn’t even handle the stress of writing. Over and over again, until eventually, I believed it. And I quit.

I couldn’t quit writing—that I did in secret—but I quit publishing. I compiled all of my works in progress into a zipped folder titled Burn, Baby, Burn. After I emailed that file to myself because I am obsessive about backing up my projects, I deleted it from my hard drive. I wrote by hand, if at all. For over a year, I didn’t finish a project. I sank into a deep depression.

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Welcome to Two-Time Texas, Y’all

Welcome to Two-Time, Texas…

You might wonder how the town in A Match Made in Texas got its name.  Prior to 1883, there was no standard time.  A person traveling from the East Coast to the West might have passed through more than a hundred time zones.  This wasn’t a problem when traveling in a slow-moving covered wagon, but was a real pain when speeding along in a train.

The town jeweler usually determined the time. However, Two-Time had two jewelers and they both insisted they alone had the right time. This was the basis of a feud that practically tore the town apart.  (You’ll have to read the first book in the series, Left at the Altar, to find out how the feud was resolved.)  

The number of doctors and lawyers say a lot about a town’s reputation, and Two-Time has plenty of both. No fewer than four attorneys occupy offices on Jackleg Row (a derogatory named given to the street housing the town’s lawyers).  However, a disturbing number of clashes are still battled out at twenty paces, keeping all three doctors in fine Kentucky whiskey and Cuban cigars.

A railroad runs the length of the town, along with a string of saloons. A dirt street separates the rows of adobe and brick buildings, each with false wooden fronts. Two-Time has a general store, bakery, gun shop, butcher, post office and barber. It also has the Lockwood Watch and Clockworks shop, which belongs to the heroine’s father.

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Ally Broadfield’s Top Five Most Meddlesome Parents

The heroine’s father in How to Bewilder a Lord is very determined to keep her from marrying the hero, by fair means or foul, and it got me thinking about other famously meddlesome parents. Here are my Top 5:

  1. Mrs. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice – Though her fondest wish is to see all five of her daughters secure an advantageous match, her meddling has the opposite effect and she ends up scaring off their most promising suitors. 
  2. Titanic – When the movie starts, Rose’s mother has forced her to accept an offer from Cal, a rich but rather unpleasant man who is paying for their voyage on the Titanic. Rose is so distraught she climbs onto the outside of a railing and contemplates suicide, but luckily Jack rescues her. I think we all know how this story ends, but just think. If her mother hadn’t forced her to marry Cal, they never would’ve been on the ship in the first place, and I choose to believe that since she was meant to be with Jack, she would have met him somewhere else. Due to her mother’s meddling, they never had that chance.
  3. Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – As the story begins, all Charlotte wants to do is avoid a scandal since her mother’s matchmaking schemes have already given her a reputation as a fortune hunter, but when someone has a tryst at a ball and rumor has it she was the one, she must clear her name or be forced to marry the emotionless Lord Granville. Luckily for her, he turns to out to be very different than she first thought, and since this is a romance, we know everything will work out in the end despite her mother’s interference. 
  4. Jane Foster and Thor – I’m basing this off of the Marvel movies, in which Odin does not seem overly fond of Jane. Perhaps it’s just his dislike of mortals, but in any case, he wanted her out of Asgard as quickly as possible in the second movie, and supposedly she won’t be in the next one. This actually works for me because I love me some Thor and the less competition I have, the better my chances are. 
  5. Romeo and Juliet – Though one could argue that Romeo and Juliet brought disaster upon themselves, and they were certainly in touch with their inner drama queens, you have to admit that their parents were also at fault. Everybody knows if you forbid a teenager to do something, they’re going to work even harder to make it happen.


Ally Broadfield started reading historical romance at the age of twelve and has never looked back. Her four dogs and two cats keep her company while she writes, and in her free time, she shuttles kids around and binge watches Outlander, This is Us, and Younger. You can find her on her website, Facebook, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.

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Eloping with the Princess by Robyn DeHart | First Five Chapter Snippets

Thanks so much for having me today. Today, I’ve borrowed an idea from one of my writer friends, Shana Galen. So without further ado I give you the first five, the first paragraph from the first five chapters. I hope these little tastes whet your appetite for Eloping With the Princess.


Chapter One:

Isabel Crisp had always considered herself the most ordinary of women. Of unknown or undetermined parentage, she relied on the generosity of her uncle, Lord Thornton, to fund her rather mediocre education at St. Bartholomew’s School for Girls. At nineteen, she had long ago made peace with her lack of prospects. After all, if her uncle had intended to withdraw her from school and launch her into society, it would’ve happened long ago.


Chapter Two:

Jason ran outside his London townhome and peered in both directions, but the lady was nowhere to be seen. He swiped blood out of his right eye, then followed the hoof tracks to and from his house, noting a rock indenture in one hoofprint that crossed from well before his address to well after. In one direction, though, the tracks were slightly deeper, indicating a change in the weight of the rider.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Scandal of the Season by Liana LeFey

When temptation wars with honor, a scandal is sure to follow…

Lord Wincanton fled England’s shores to avoid heartbreak in the form of Lady Eleanor Cramley, but upon his return from fighting Bonaparte he finds the impetuous young miss he escorted through her first Season has grown into a stunning woman who still fires his blood. But as long as she sees him as a beloved older brother figure, he won’t risk their friendship by exposing his true feelings.

Eleanor was devastated when Sorin left after scolding her for her wild ways. During his long absence, she’s striven to mold herself into the proper lady he urged her to become. Now that he’s back, however, the gentleman who once served as her chaperone makes Ellie long to toss all propriety to the wind. Without losing his good opinion, she must make her dearest friend see her as worthy of his heart and desire before this Season’s end—or face an unacceptable bridegroom.

Passions run deep beneath the surface in this ‘best friends to lovers’ romance, and friendship will be tested to the limits by hidden desires and machinations gone amiss.

Read an exclusive excerpt of Scandal of the Season below!

Sorin’s stomach roiled as though he’d just swallowed a large mouthful of something particularly vile. She was playing matchmaker. For him. That it was exactly what he’d asked her to do mattered not at all. She was staring, waiting. He needed to say something. Something other than the flood of invective currently held back only by his tightly clenched teeth. “I…confess I did not expect you to find suitable candidates so quickly.”

“I was fortunate enough to meet both ladies on the day of the picnic,” she explained. “They are acquaintances of Lady Blithesby, a friend of Rowena’s. Her ladyship had only the highest words of praise for them both.”

“I see.” He took a breath to steady himself. “Well then, I suppose I ought to meet these paragons.” His heart sank as a proud smile lifted the corners of her mouth.

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