Posts in the Historical genre

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The Accidental Fairy Tale Series | Gina Conkle

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Happy accidents are the best kind. You meet a stranger and conversation clicks. An out-the-blue talk with a friend turns into an unexpected opportunity. Or, my favorite, an unplanned project comes together and—voila! —a romance series is born.

This was the birth of the Midnight Meetings series. I never intended to share the first book, Meet the Earl at Midnight, with the world. Lord Edward and Lydia’s story was meant to be my break from writing Viking romance. It started when I hunkered down on a rare, rainy California day and wrote a scene that kept playing in my head.

The first half poured out. Satisfied with my side-trip into 18th century Georgian England, I parked Lord Edward and Lydia and went back to Vikings.

Once I signed with my agent, the rubber met the road. She asked me what else I had, so I told her about my half-done Georgian story. She read the partial manuscript and came back with, “When can you finish this?” The manuscript went out on submission and in three weeks caught the interest of two editors. It was mind-boggling. I had to come up with two more story ideas to make a complete three-book series…but we weren’t in fairy tale mode until my new editor, Leah Hultenschmidt, took control.

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Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
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Top 5 Favorite Highlander Romances | Alyson McLayne

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Five boys destined to become Highland lairds are fostered together as brothers. Darach, Lachlan, Callum, Gavin and Kerr fight for their clans, for each other, and for their own true loves.

When forced to choose between duty and honor…

Darach MacKenzie vowed never again to let a woman near his heart after his betrothed betrayed him. It sparked an intense feud between his clan and the Frasers. With all-out war on the wind, Darach can’t be distracted—not even by a sweet and charming lass who desperately needs his help.

This Highland Laird will find a way to have both

When Darach rescued Caitlin MacInnes from the clutches of vile Laird Fraser, she vowed to never let men or misery rule her life again. With Darach and the MacKenzie clan, Caitlin finally feels safe. But when Laird Fraser shows up to claim what’s rightfully his, or go to war, Darach will have to use all his brawn and brains to protect Caitlin—even if it means losing his heart.


1) The Secret—Julie Garwood

When I was asked to write a blog about my five favorite Highlander romances, the first thing to pop into my mind were ALL of Julie Garwood’s Highlander historicals: Le sigh…Just thinking about them brings up ALL THE FEELS. When you read a Julie Garwood book, it’s like being cocooned in happiness, and nothing could possibly be wrong with the world. You want to stay in that warm, fuzzy place she’s created and never leave. Am I right? I chose The Secret (although The Bride is a close second) because Judith and Iain amuse me to no end (as do most of Garwood’s characters). It’s the way Judith stubbornly, yet kindly, refuses to be ordered around by him, and he can’t help falling in love with her because of it.

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A SCANDALOUS excerpt | Kimberly Bell

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A horse race in trousers on Rotten Row. Visiting a gaming hall in a dress that would make her mother faint. Sneaking an invitation to a masquerade ball attended by only the wickedest, most debauched members of society…

None of these things are scaring off bookish but strong-willed Amelia Bishop’s stuffy, egotistical fiancé.

The only thing left is to entice childhood friend Nicholas Wakefield into a truly engagement-ending scandal. The Wakefields are the height of propriety, and Nicholas’s parents have made it clear a wife from the neighboring Bishop family would be unacceptable…

But Nicholas would give up his family and his fortune if Amelia would ever see him as more than just a childhood friend. He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining them both, because he’s got a plan that will change her mind about him being merely the boy next door.

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It was late afternoon when Nicholas left the study and he was exhausted. There was only one person who would understand all of the feelings he couldn’t quite find words for. He promised himself he was only going to talk to his friend. He wouldn’t do something foolish, like try to kiss her again. Not that Amelia would notice. She had a remarkable knack for attributing his romantic gestures to playful teasing.

He crossed his property onto the Bishop estate and let himself in. Today, it was a good thing the Bishop household treated him like a member of the family. The staff were rushing around in a frenzy cleaning and moving things in preparation for the engagement party. If he’d waited for someone to notice and announce him, he might have waited all day.

He found Julia first, in the upstairs library, leaning precariously over the back of an armchair with her head angled to an open window.

“The house is in a flurry. Do you know—”

“Shh!” She nearly tipped herself and the chair over in the process of shushing him. “They’ll hear you.”

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: The Duke Met His Match by Tina Gabrielle

She’ll be his ruin or his salvation…

The daughter of an infamous art forger, Chloe Somerton grew up poor. Desperate to aid her sisters, she’d picked a pocket…or two. Now circumstances have changed, and Chloe has a chance to marry a young, wealthy lord. Only his mentor—a dark, dangerous duke—stands in her way. The duke knows about her past, and she’ll do anything to keep him from telling.

The moment Michael Keswick, the Duke of Cameron, sees Chloe Somerton, he recognizes her as a fraud. The stunning beauty with sapphire eyes and golden hair now appears to be a proper lady, but he knows better. What begins as a battle of wills soon escalates into a fierce attraction. In Chloe, Michael finds peace from the memories of war, but he refuses to marry…and she won’t settle for anything less.

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The Duke of Cameron’s piercing gaze raked Chloe’s form before returning to her face. “Well…well,” he drawled. “Miss Somerton. What a pleasant surprise.” His tone suggested it wasn’t a surprise at all and that he’d been expecting her to arrive late at night on his doorstep.

Impossible.

Chloe’s heart pounded in her chest as she was held captive by his dark gaze. “May we speak in private, Your Grace?”

“You are alone? No chaperone?”

She swallowed. “I thought it best this way.”

His lips quirked. “Yes. I believe we have something important to discuss that requires the utmost privacy.” He motioned toward the hallway leading from the vestibule. “We can talk in my library. Shall we?”

For a brief moment, her nerves almost faltered, and she clutched her reticule before her.

One dark brow shot upward. “Come now, Miss Somerton. You haven’t sneaked out of your home unchaperoned to visit a bachelor’s residence only to lose your nerve now, have you?”

“Of course not,” she snapped.

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Top 9 Reasons To Watch Poldark by Ingrid Hahn

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Lord Jeremy Landon, Earl of Bennington, spent the last ten years rebuilding the ruined earldom he inherited from his scandal-ridden uncle. He has one final debt to repay. In lieu of money, though, he is manipulated into marrying a spinster…

Lady Eliza Burke is tired of living under the rule of a tyrannical mother. She’ll do anything to escape, even marry a man she doesn’t know—and a man her mother despises. Eliza doesn’t believe herself destined for love. Lord Bennington doesn’t believe he’s destined for happiness. Both are about to be tested by a scandal that could tear them apart forever.

And now onto the top 9 reasons why YOU should be watching POLDARK. (No spoilers!) 


  1. Wide, sweeping landscapes of the Cornish landscape.

via GIPHY

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Callie Hutton’s Favorite British Couples

 

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I have written thirteen Regency novels. Regency is the period when the Prince Regent ruled England after his father, George III, was declared mad. The years that span that time frame are from 1811 to 1820, when King George III died, and the Prince Regent became King George IV. However, there are many books written in the years after that time that are considered “regency” by authors and readers alike.

Over the years, I have done a great deal of research, and my six bulging binders crammed with information on everything from types of carriages to women’s undergarments will testify to that. Since I spend so much time reading and writing about England, London, Bath and country estates, I thought about who my favorite British couples are. There are many, but I decided to write about one couple from real life, a book, a movie and TV show.

Let’s see how my list matches up with yours.

Book: When I asked who readers and other authors favorite British regency couple were, the same couple came up over and over. Amazingly enough, they are also one of my favorites. Devil Cynster and Honoria from Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens are a couple who stick in your mind long after you’ve closed the book. They make an appearance in the rest of the Cynster family series, but their own love story sets the bar for romance. If you haven’t read it, do. You will not be sorry.

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Mary Wine’s Romance Recommendations! | Highland Hellion Excerpt

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KATHERINE CAREW:

Illegitimate daughter of an English earl

Abducted to Scotland at age 14

No family, no reputation…

No rules

 

ROLFE MCTAVISH:

Heir to an honorable Highland laird

Can’t believe how well tomboy Kate can fight

About to learn how much of a woman she really is

 

Scotland is seething with plots, the vengeful Gordons are spoiling for a fight, and the neighboring clans are at each other’s throats. All it takes is a passionate hellion with a penchant for reckless adventure to ignite the Highlands once more.

 

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My Five favorite Romances you should read

Now that is nearly impossible to answer. My husband would love if I settled on just five…he says the shelves would thank me…lol.

So, some titles that stick to my mind…

  1. Mackenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard—One of my old favorites.
  2. The Crossfire series by Sylvia Day—Sylvia really captivated me with this saga.
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon—Love it!
  4. The Operator֫—Not a romance but I’m enjoying the story.
  5. Skye O’Malley—I cut my teeth on this one. Beatrice Small took me on an adventure and it’s still one of the books I go back and read.

Reading is like going to a well-stocked wine cellar. There are so many wonderful tastes and delights in there. You pick one out depending on the moment, the meal it’s to be paired with, and the friends who are there to share the moment. Books are a lot like that. One type of story suits the season, while another resonates with your mood, and yet a different one will touch you with how well it fits in with the circumstances of your life at that moment. I know for myself, when I’m reading on the beach or vacation, I want a great story, some humor but not so much a life and death situation. While in the middle of a snow storm, bring me those Navy Seals!

I hope you enjoy Highland Hellion!

Mary Wine

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The Seduction of Viscount Vice by Nicola Davidson

 

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Proud Scot and Fallen co-owner, Lord Iain ‘Vice’ Vissen is dedicated to performing in and producing the pleasure club’s hedonistic shows. Until the night he apprehends a rogue footman in their midst and discovers the spy is Lady Mairi MacNair—the woman who long ago broke his heart.

Born an earl’s daughter but now a seamstress, Mairi has returned to London to help open a superior pleasure club to Fallen, and finally realize her dream of being the seductive leading lady. But when she discovers her main rival is Iain, the man she loved beyond reason and was forced to abandon, she is soon caught in a web of lies, secrets, and raw, scorching passion that time hasn’t dimmed…

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Damn him! What the hell was Iain doing at the Castlereagh soiree?

Her heart pounding, Mairi leaned against the wall next to the window.

Everything had been going so well, even easier than she’d thought. There was little interaction between temporary and permanent staff. Which was perfect, because no talking meant no probing questions while she spied.

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Guest Post: Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan on Writing Dual Timelines

My Darling, My Disaster Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan

When we decided to tackle a dual timeline for My Rogue, My Ruin (MRMR) and My Darling, My Disaster (MDMD), we were so excited for the chance to write about two different couples falling in love under their own sets of circumstances, but over the same course of time. We had no idea what we were signing up for, but the challenge of making each story stand alone and yet having each one thread into the other was equally intriguing. We were especially delighted to write Gray and Lana’s story, and their belowstairs, secret master-servant relationship.

That said, doing a dual timeline story opened up a whole can of worms we did not anticipate. First, we created a document which included all of the days and hours we had to play around with for Gray and Lana to develop their relationship. In other words, if Lana was attending to Brynn as her lady’s maid in MRMR, she couldn’t be canoodling with Gray in MDMD. And since we know that our savvy romance readers would hold us to task, we had to be extremely careful to make sure those timelines were carefully aligned.

The second challenge we encountered were the few overlapping scenes. A couple of these scenes were relevant to both books, so we simply had to include them. While MDMD has a couple scenes drawn straight from MRMR, they’re from a totally different perspective—which was so fun to write. For example, one scene from MRMR shows Gray being a complete jerk. But in MDMD, the scene is shown from Gray’s perspective and the reader is given valuable insight as to why he’s being such a pain in the arse.

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Q&A: Interview with William Danbury of ONCE A COURTESAN

Once a Courtesan Liana Lefey

Love the Beauty and the Beast remake? (Those costumes, that character design, that uncomfortably attractive candelabra) Get a taste of that courtesan charm with the ever-so-dashing William Danbury of Once a Courtesan!


Physical description: 6’1”, slender build, wavy brown hair, dark blue eyes, age 29

Occupation: Officer of the Crown, Westminster Special Constabulary (AKA “Gonson’s Boys”) in the year 1727

Hello, Mr. Danbury.

Please, call me Will.

All right, Will. Thanks so much for granting us this interview.

The pleasure is mine, madam.

You’ve just played a significant role in what is being touted as London’s first major triumph over the rampant crime that has plagued the city in recent years. Tell us a little about yourself. Why don’t we start with your family?

Very well. I’m my mother’s only son and the youngest of eight children—

Wait, you have seven sisters?

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