Posts in the Historical genre

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Exclusive Excerpts: CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA by Joanna Shupe, Donna Thorland, Piper Huguley, & Holly Bush

Christmas in America Holly Bush Piper Huguley Donna Thorland Joanna Shupe

We know it’s only September, but it’s not too early to think about Christmas. Today we feature excerpts from Christmas in America, a new anthology filled with America’s rich history and Christmas traditions from four of your favorite historical romance authors: Donna Thorland, Joanna Shupe, Piper Huguley, and Holly Bush.


“Christmas at Mount Holly” by Donna Thorland 

The Jerseys, December 23rd, 1776 – The American Revolution is on the brink of total collapse. The Rebels have lost New York, the Continental Army has endured a disastrous retreat through New Jersey, and Washington is about to lose what remains when enlistments expire on New Year’s Eve. The cause needs a miracle, but Christmas is a time for wonders: as Angela Ferrers—the woman known to history as the Widow of Mount Holly—will discover when she sets a honey trap for Hessian Colonel Count Carl Emil Urich von Donop, only to find herself ensnared in mutual attraction.

She had been many things before she had become Angela Ferrers. Daughter, lover, wife, mother, widow. And then it had all ended, not in that terrible sweeping of the board, when all her pieces had been taken, but in a single, focused act of revenge that had severed her old life from her new.

For a time it had been necessary to become someone else, and becoming other people was a skilled trade. She had apprenticed herself to the first lady of the London stage, learned how to transform her appearance with little more than posture and expression from ingénue to crone, from aristocrat to orange seller. Adopting and discarding so many guises and disguises had taught her to see through the pretenses of others and realize that almost everyone wore a mask—most just didn’t realize it.

Like the handsome young jaeger captain with his velvet eye-patch and flawlessly cut uniform. He probably spent the better part of his pay dressing the part of the dashing officer. Her younger self would have been quite taken with him, with the way he entered the room, bowing low and sweeping his coat behind him with a flourish—as trim and graceful as a dancing master—and looking intently into her eyes.

“May I present,” said Ewald, in his studied English, “the Colonel Count Carl Emil Ulrich Von Donop of Hesse-Cassel.”

Donna Thorland


“Miracle on Ladies’ Mile” by Joanna Shupe 

New York, 1895 – After losing his beloved wife, department store owner Alexander Armstrong seems incapable of anything other than work, despite his ache to be a better father to his daughter. When the pair encounters Grace, a charming shop girl designing the store’s Christmas window displays, he struggles to accept that perhaps miracles do happen in the most unlikely of places…

“There’s no one watching us now,” she whispered, rising up on her toes and placing a bold kiss on his jaw. “We’re all alone.”

A shudder went through him. “God, Grace,” he rasped. “We shouldn’t. You don’t even know—”

She put a finger over his lips, preventing him from finishing the sentence. “You won’t hurt me, Alex. I’m—”

“Drunk. On champagne.”

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Guest Post: Jenn LeBlanc on Diversity in Romance

The Trouble With Grace Jenn LeBlanc

Hello all! Thank you for stopping by to visit me here at EverAfter! I’m really excited to share my two newest erotic romance novels with the world. The Trouble with Grace and The Spare and the Heir is a duet within a larger five-part series, Lords of Time, which is centered on a family in late Victorian England. The illustrated versions are available exclusively on iBooks. (While you can read the duet without having read the first three books, just know there’s an overarching time travel element and two characters, Francine and Lulu, are both from the 21st century.)

Set in the 1880s, the love story in the duet centers on Calder and Quinn, two men who long to be together in a world that tears them apart. When Quinn marries the beautiful Celeste to save her life, the two of them must convince Calder that their relationship is platonic.

The reason my two newest books aren’t published as a single book is because they are truly two separate stories with two completely separate happily ever afters, or more correctly, a happily for now for Celeste in The Trouble With Grace, and a happily ever after for all three of them – Celeste, Calder, and Quinn – in The Spare and The Heir. I’m in love with these characters and their story. Their shared journey is one of the most intricate and powerful stories I’ve had the pleasure of telling and I can’t wait to hear from readers!

Let’s start with Celeste. Celeste is autochorissexual, which is a subset of asexuality. Technically she’s gray asexual, or grace. She doesn’t want or need a physical partner, but she does enjoy intimacy and her sexuality in her own way.

Celeste is also a woman of color born to a family in the peerage. Her grandfather was the second son of Marquess. Since his older brother would ascend to the title, he was superfluous in the family and traveled, ultimately marrying a woman from Capri. They were happy together until his older brother died and he was necessarily recalled to England to take up the family title of Marquess of Dunphreshire.

There were many people who married women outside of England, and many of them returned without them, as if the marriage never existed. To her grandfather’s credit, he refused to abandon his wife, bringing her back to England with him. They lived a fairly reclusive life because his marriage to someone of unacceptable breeding meaning she wasn’t accepted by the peers.

Celeste’s grandparents had several children, the oldest of which was Celeste’s father. As a man who had a title and presented as white, he was able to marry a prominent woman of wealth. [She isn’t named beyond her mother]

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Deal Alert: Renee Rose, Susan Hatler, and Bethany Claire

A short week’s never felt longer, which is why we’re building a cocoon of books and getting the most out of our weekend as possible.  Bonus: We’re sharing all of the great books we found in the process! Get these steals from Renee Rose, Susan Hatler, and Bethany Claire while they last!


The Hand of Vengeance by Renee Rose
On his planet, women are punished when they disobey…

Dr. Lara Simmons can handle difficult surgeries on the battlefield of a war-torn planet. She can even handle her capture by rebels who need her skills to save the life of an important figure-head. But she wasn’t prepared for being stuck out in the wilderness with Blade Vengeance, the fierce tattooed rebel warrior with antiquated views of gender roles and corporal punishment. Dominant and unyielding, he doesn’t hesitate to take her in hand when she disobeys his rules. Yet he also delivers pleasure–with a passion she’s never before experienced.

Blade finds the doctor from Earth sexy as hell, especially when she’s giving him attitude, but once he delivers her safely to headquarters, he pulls back from her allure. Known for single-handedly starting the revolution and freeing many of his people, his life is one of hardship, slavery and war. Going soft on a woman isn’t part of his plan, especially with the final strike of the revolution so close. But when he sends Lara back to Earth to keep her safe during the upcoming battle, he inadvertently delivers her into enemy hands. Can he find and save her from the revolution he caused?

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Guest Post: “Why Historical Is My Favorite Romance Genre” by Susanne Lord

Discovery of Desire Susanne Lord

Like most of you, I have little stacks of to-be-read books teetering around the house, and waiting patiently on my kindle and nook.  For the past few years, the breakdown by genre looks a lot like this pie chart.  Historical is obviously the favorite, with other romance genres lagging way, way behind.  I’ve tried contemporaries, but I find them less enjoyable to read, as I’m always inserting my cynical, day-to-day reality into them.

If you’ve ever wondered why you like a particular romance genre, the answer isn’t really all that easy to come to.  When I tried, here’s what I came up with…


EverAfterPieChart_SusanneLordThere’s Loads of Time for Heroes to Brood

My newest historical romance, Discovery of Desire, is set in the mid-Victorian era (1851) and is the story of an English explorer and a shy, but determined, Derbyshire woman, who sail by steamship from England to Bombay, and back.  Seth Mayhew and Wilhelmina Adams make the perilous journey for different reasons: Seth to find a lost sister, and Mina to wed a civil servant stationed in India.  (Spoiler alert: Mina’s plans are gonna change.)

In 1851, that journey takes over three months, with caravan travel across Egypt before getting back on a boat at Suez.  165 years later, Seth could fly to India in 9 hours with a $600 round-trip ticket.

Travel took a lot of time, never mind overseas travel.  In-country, the carriages moved at three to six miles per hour, and then there was all the stops and horse re-freshing at the posting inns.  Today, we demand speed, and coffee in a cardboard cup, and constant entertainment.  I can’t help but think: what’s a contemporary Heathcliff going to brood over if there’s Pokemon Go in the world?


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Q&A: THE REBEL HEIR by Elizabeth Michels

The Rebel Heir Elizabeth Michels

I didn’t think it was possible to want to high-five a blog post, but it is! Elizabeth Michels isn’t just a great author–she also has excellent taste and the best strategy for being stranded anywhere, at any time! So, basically: she’s a delight. Lucky you, you can read more from her with The Rebel Heir, which is out right now!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

I love movies, especially when those movies come with a heavy dose of romance. Some of my favorites are:  The Princess Bride, Notting Hill, Dirty Dancing, About Time, and The Holiday. There are so many other great ones, but these top my favorites list.

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

These are a few of my favorite scenes…did you just sing that?  I did. grins It’s so hard to decide on just one scene for this first movie.  There are so many great scenes from The Princess Bride! It’s a classic! But I’ll go with the one I quote more than any other: the wedding scene with the wrong groom and the best priest ever! I wish he could have officiated my wedding. “Have you the wing?”

 

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Guest Post: Jane Ashford’s Top Favorite Romance Movies

What The Duke Doesn't Know Jane Ashford

What are my top five favorite romance movies you ask? Here they are, starting with the classic –

Sense and Sensibility I’m betting that most of you are familiar with Jane Austen’s story of two sisters with different temperaments, re-imagined as a film by the wonderful Emma Thompson. I’m all Team Elinor (Emma) here. I guess I identify with the person holding it together while those all around melt down.

This is a classic Regency story. The Dashwood estate is entailed, and Elinor and Marianne (Kate Winslet) lose their home upon their father’s death. Their brother’s wife is a shrew and convinces him not to help them. They and their mother and little sister retreat to a cottage (which looks rather nice to me), where Marianne falls for Willoughby, a charming lightweight. Elinor is already in love with Edward Ferrars, but both sisters discover that marriage is problematic without money in the nineteenth century. Marianne has a breakdown; Elinor keeps quiet about her pain. Two approaches to the vicissitudes of life. In the end they both get a happy ending, though Elinor’s is a little happier.


Truly Madly Deeply

Truly Madly Deeply This movie is an unconventional romance, but I find it touching. Nina (Juliet Stevenson) is mourning the recent death of her boyfriend, Jamie (Alan Rickman). When she’s falling into despair, Jamie comes back as a ghost and haunts her. She’s delighted! Until Jamie begins to be annoying — turning the heat up to tropical, rearranging the furniture, filling the place with irritating ghost friends. Even so, when Nina meets Mark, an attractive psychologist, she holds back because of Jamie’s continued presence in her life, infuriating as he’s become. Jamie leaves to allow her to move on, and it becomes clear that he came back to help Nina recover by tarnishing her idealized image of him. He cared that much.

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Deal Alert: K.J. Charles, Tawna Fenske, and Jen Frederick

Would we ever send you off on a Labor Day weekend trip without something good to read? Or a lot of good things to read? Never. Get these great books by K.J. Charles, Tawna Fenske, and Jen Frederick while the sale lasts!


A Fashionable Indulgence: A Society of Gentlemen Novel by K.J. Charles

In the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation.

When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips.

After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.


About That Fling Tawna Fenske
About That Fling by Tawna Fenske

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Farewell, Read a Romance Month! Hello, $.99 Sale!

We’ve had such a blast this last month. There’s nothing quite like great people coming together to celebrate something they’re passionate about. That’s the premise of this blog: Fans and authors alike sharing what they love about Romance, the little things that keep them coming back for more, and the little things that infuriate us—

We even hate things well together.

But EverAfter is overwhelmingly a community of love. So, to mourn the passing of an entire month of fun, we’ve partnered with our big brother, Diversion Books, to offer a small token of our gratitude: A huge sale. We’ve collaborated and gathered some of our favorite titles and, for today, they’ll all be $.99!

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Exclusive Excerpt: ROGUE OF THE MOORS by Cynthia Breeding

Rogues of the Moors Cynthia Breeding

This one goes out to anyone who’s having a Tuesday that feels like a Thursday! I dare you to get through this excerpt of Cynthia Breeding‘s Rogue of the Moors without smiling. (I absolutely could not.) Love the excerpt? You’re in luck, because Rogue of Moors is out today!


Bridget noticed that all four of the MacDonald men were seated at the table for supper. None of them appeared bruised or battered, so they must have taken their mother’s warning not to exchange blows seriously. Bridget knew men thought fighting was the solution to most arguments, but she had never understood why they would enjoy brawling simply for the sake of it. Looking at the granite set to Alasdair’s jaw made her wonder if a skirmish might not still take place.

“We serve ourselves here,” Joanna said as she brought in a dish of vegetables and smiled at Bridget as she sat down. “Doona skimp on your servings.” She glanced at her sons. “I am used to big appetites, so there is always plenty of food.”

“Thank ye,” Bridget said. “The boar smells delicious.”

“Allow me to carve ye some,” Niall said, flourishing a knife with enough skill that Bridget had no doubt he’d be deadly with a dagger.

Alasdair gave him a sharp look but said nothing.

Oddly enough, the other brothers were quiet and subdued this evening. Even though she’d only met them briefly when they’d come to Glenfinnan, she didn’t think the reserved behavior fit any of them. Rowdy, boisterous, rambunctious, yes. Quiet, no. Had the retelling this afternoon of the fate of that poor girl affected them so much?

Bridget glanced at Alasdair. He hadn’t been in the room, but the memories were probably crystal clear. She wished she could say something to him, but she caught the glimpse he gave her. His eyes were like emerald shards. She’d seen that look on her brothers’ faces, warning anyone with any sense not to broach them. Now was not the time to comment.

A clamoring near the back of the house broke the silence. Bridget heard shouting and several heavy thuds. It sounded like an altercation taking place, although none of the men seated seemed to be overly concerned.

The kitchen door banged, followed by the trampling of boots coming down the hall. The yelling hadn’t stopped either. Three lads in shirts, breeches, and tartan caps burst into the room, one of them dripping wet.

“’Tis nae my fault ye fell into the burn,” one said.

“Ye pushed me, ye fool,” the wet one answered.

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Guest Post: “The Top Five Reasons I Write Scottish Historical Romance” by Lori Ann Bailey

Highland Deception Lori Ann Bailey

1. The magic. Okay, I know you were expecting me to say the kilts, the man chest, or the abs and those are a bonus, but it’s really about the feel of the story. I started out writing paranormal romance filled with magic in a fictional world I created, so the move into Scottish Historicals was an easy one. The magic and mystery of Scotland is real and touchable, you can smell it, you can see it.

2. Alpha males. In seventeenth century Scotland, with all its political upheaval and the clan system, it was imperative for men to take the leading role in the safety of their people. I, like many other women, am one of those ladies that have too many responsibilities and the pressure of having to make so many daily decisions. I don’t like overbearing men, but I do like ones that have my best interests at heart and that will say, “Lay back, you need a break and I’ll take care of everything for you.” In today’s society, most men and women run a household evenly and it’s not fair to ask for the man to take on every worry, but it’s nice to be able to fantasize about being treated like a queen.

3. The scenery. I’ve seen a small slice of the Highlands, but the majesty of the mountains, the fresh feelings all the lush greens imbue and the beautiful waters of the land will never be adequately put into words. I do my best, but until you’ve seen the beauty for yourself, we just have to dream about it, read it, or write it and pretend we are there. Once you’ve been there, you want to hold on to those vistas in your mind until you can return. I hope I’m able to bring a little bit of that to my writing.

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