Posts in the Historical genre

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Guest Post: “My Favorite Movie Romances” by Tara Kingston

When a Lady Deceives Tara Kingston

Since my teens, I’ve loved reading romance laced with adventure and suspense. Historical, paranormal, contemporary…if a story has great characters I can relate to, a heart-racing quest, and a happily-ever-after, I’ll devour it. My bookshelves are filled, and I carry my e-reader almost everywhere. I also love romance and adventure in film. There are some movies that I have seen so many times, I’ve lost count. What brings me back time and again? My best-loved films have a sense of adventure, a sigh-worthy hero, and a heroine with a mind of her own.

One of my all-time favorites fits those characteristics perfectly: Sherlock Holmes, the 2009 release starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Rachel McAdams. Sherlock Holmes and the alluring female criminal Irene Adler are one of my most memorable cinema couples. It’s such a pleasure to watch Holmes match wits with Irene, a woman who can hold her own with the brilliant Sherlock. Their chemistry is magnetic, and one can only imagine the passion that will erupt between this couple behind closed doors. The verbal interplay, determination, and sensual tension between Sherlock and Irene provided inspiration for the hero and heroine of my new release, When A Lady Deceives.

In addition to Sherlock and Irene Adler, there are many other movie pairings that I could watch again and again—strong, well-matched characters who face danger and adversity while falling in love. Of course, Sherlock and Irene occupy the top spot in my five favorite movie couples. Rounding out the list:

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Exclusive Excerpt: Marie Treanor’s THE PRISONER OF SILVERWOOD CASTLE

Prisoner of Silverwood Castle Marie Treanor

We’re almost done with the week. You know what that means, kids? Rewards! Enjoy this fantastic little excerpt from Marie Treanor‘s The Prisoner of Silverwood Castle, out now!


 

I forgave her all over again when I saw my bedchamber. It was in the old part of the castle, and it had a low, vaulted ceiling and bare, unplastered stone walls on which hung some ancient and very dusty tapestries. Since it was growing dark, I lit the lamp and stood on my trunk to reach the little window catch. I had to wrestle with it to make it open, as if the cobwebs were trying to hold it shut. Although my sisters would not have approved of the housekeeping—and in fact, even I considered a little dusting to be in order here—I liked the little chamber far more than Augusta’s grand, luxurious apartments. It seemed I had maligned my brother-in-law the duke, and he understood me much better than I had thought.

In perfect charity with him, I unpacked my clothes, seized a clean gown to wear for the rest of the evening, and put the rest away in the oak wardrobe which looked a little out of place but was at least useful. I washed my face in the bowl provided, gasping at the coldness of the water, then brushed and repinned my hair, and, with difficulty, found my way back to Augusta’s apartments.

She had a bedroom, a dressing room, a cosy dining room, and a large sitting room. They were all utterly feminine, with no sign of the duke’s accoutrements, so I could only assume his rooms were elsewhere. Perhaps through one of the two doors at the end of the sitting room. I wasn’t sure I would care to live like that if I was married. Provided I liked my husband, of course, and I had long ago decided that nothing except actual love would induce me to marry anyone, however rich, powerful, or influential. Fortunately, my brother the earl seemed to be content with those commodities he’d already gained through my sisters’ marriages, Augusta’s being very much his trump card. So I doubted I would have to fight very hard for my independence. Once I got away from Augusta.

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Q&A

Q&A: We Go on A SCANDALOUS ADVENTURE with Lillian Marek

A Scandalous Adventure Lillian Marek

We didn’t think it was possible to look at something more intriguing than the title for A Scandalous Adventure! Of course, then we took a glance at the Q&A from its author, the amazing Lillian Marek. Classic movies and more have us heaving genre-appropriately heavy sighs. Check out the Q&A below and pick up A Scandalous Adventure, out now!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

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

My favorite movies are all pretty old—I like to think of them as classics.

The Prisoner of Zenda (the 1937 version)

It Happened One Night

Singing in the Rain

The Princess Bride

The Uninvited (1944)

 

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

I realize when I think about it that my favorite scenes are not particularly romantic ones. Hmm.

 

The Prisoner of Zenda

In the climactic duel between Ronald Colman and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., they trade cracks as they fight and Fairbanks leaps into the moat to escape at the end.

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Exclusive Excerpt: EVERY TIME WITH A HIGHLANDER by Gwyn Cready

Every Time With a Highlander Gwyn Cready

Never before have we seen a title that was as delightful to read in different voices and intonations as it was to read an excerpt of! Check out this fantastic sneak peek of Every Time With a Highlander by Gwyn Cready, out now!


Peering from the shade of the massive copper beech on the banks of the sparkling Tweed, Lord Bridgewater’s feast set out on long, low tables under the shade of the nearby elms, Undine looked from guest to guest and lover to lover. She was, they said, a fortune-teller, and it was little challenge to read the thoughts on the faces of those she called her friends at the party—Abby Kerr, chieftess of Clan Kerr, and Abby’s steward, Duncan MacHarg, standing at opposite ends of the makeshift quoits court, hiding their infatuation about as well as a peacock hides its plumage, and soon-to-be shipowner Serafina Innes and her new husband, Gerard, innocently playing whist, though any careful observer could tell by the gleam in their eyes the prize at stake was far from innocent.

Hidden truths and visible lies. The world would be a very dangerous place if one believed in appearance.

“Sherry, ma’am?” the servant asked.

“Thank you. I believe I’ll stay with my ginger water.”

A sleek, tortoiseshell cat stole her way back into the party after being shooed away not once but twice by one of the estate’s fastidious servants. The cat added to her list of crimes by neatly snagging a half-eaten quail from the plate of Bishop Rothwell, the archbishop’s chief catch fart, who was speaking animatedly—and at yawn-inducing length—to those seated on the lawn near him of the plans to replace the draperies at his estate.

The brazen thief made her way, quail in mouth, under several tables to the copper beech, where she gave Undine an impatient look.

“I’m not moving,” Undine said firmly.

The cat stared, undeterred.

“Is there no other place to feast upon that?”

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Exclusive Excerpt + GIVEAWAY: AS RICH AS A ROGUE by Jade Lee

As Rich as a Rogue Jade Lee

Read a Romance Month has us seriously reflecting on our book shelves. What is it about a good Regency Romance that we just can’t help going back to time and time again? Is it the high stakes, the drama, the surprisingly endless snark and banter? We can’t pick just one thing, but we do know that books like As Rich as a Rogue by Jade Lee have a magic way of pulling us in entirely! And lucky you, we’ve got an excerpt right here! As Rich as a Rogue is out right now!

Can’t wait to get it? Enter for a chance to win one of two copies below!


Intro from Jade Lee

Lord Whitly and Miss Mari Powel have history. Six years ago he gave her the nickname Wayward Welsh and that has dogged her so much that she can’t find a husband. Now the blighter has returned and is courting her when she can barely keep herself from scratching out his eyes. In this scene, she’s lost a wager to him and has to go riding with him. In true heroine fashion, she uses the time to demand an explanation for his actions.


“Why are you in Society if you have such a great disregard for it?” She spoke impetuously, trampling over his words in her rush to get the question out. He had such power to distract her that she feared losing track of it altogether if she did not say it quickly.

But once spoken, she began to regret her question. It was what she had wanted to know almost from the very beginning. Why was he here? Why did he accost her in Hyde Park that first day? Why did he seek her out at last night’s ball?

But the more the questions crowded in her mind, the more his expression made her doubt her own sanity. Or his. Because far from quietly considering her request, he stared at her in stunned surprise.

In the end, she had to prompt him to speak. “My lord?”

“Truly, Miss Powel, I cannot guess whether I am especially bad at this or if you are being willfully obtuse.”

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Q&A + GIVEAWAY: Elizabeth Moss of ROSE BRIDE

Rose Bride Elizabeth Moss

Dual joy/pain of these Q&As? Our TBR pile is currently so full of books we’d have to be millionaires (though, I’d settle for several thousand-aires) to afford them all. And just when I think I’ve honed the discipline to resist, Elizabeth Moss, brilliant author of Rose Bride, comes along and—long story short, I have so much to read now, including Rose Bride, which is 1. amazing and 2. out now! 


FAVORITE MOVIES

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

You’ve Got Mail

Pride & Prejudice

French Kiss

Casablanca

Kate & Leopold

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can included a YouTube clip if you would like).

You’ve Got Mail – my fav scene is where Joe Fox visits Kathleen Kelly when she has a cold. He tucks her into bed and hands her tissues while she tells him about Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. It ought to be unromantic – but of course, it’s absolutely the opposite and shows that these two are meant to be a couple.

 

 

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Guest Post: Amanda Forester’s Top 5 Most Exciting Things About Starting a New Series

If The Earl Only Knew Amanda Forester

The beginning of a new series is an exciting time. The curser blinks at you on the computer screen and you pause a moment before beginning. This new book could be anything, the possibilities are endless. It’s exciting!  It’s terrifying!

Here are my top five most exciting things about starting a new series.

1. Freedom of imagination. In writing a new series I get transported somewhere new and get to explore a whole new world with interesting new people. It is fun to let the wheels turn and see where it all goes.

2. Freedom from insistent characters. At the risk of sounding slightly insane, Lady Kate has been haunting me. I have been thinking about her story for years. YEARS. She demanded I write it and now that I have I can have a bit of peace. Well, now I’m bothered by Darington to write his story…

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Cover Reveals

Cover Reveal: HOW TO IMPRESS A MARQUESS by Susanna Ives

The room was filled with audible sighs (mostly from me) when we first read about How To Impress a Marquess (out November 1st, 2016). The latest from Susanna Ives is the perfect storm of everything we love: tragic childhoods, humor, an edge-of-your-seat romance, and fancy Victorian gowns! We can barely wait to get to the cover, so we’ll turn things over to the author herself, Susanna Ives:


I’m an armchair actress. I grew up on the stage and regard writing as a surrogate theater. Being a writer allows me to mentally play every part despite being a petite, middle-aged writer with a soft southern accent. My favorite plays are farces such as The Nerd, Noises Off, and of course, The Importance of Being Ernest. The first books in the Wicked series, Wicked Little Secrets and Wicked, My Love, reflect my love of farce comedy. So I wasn’t sure what I was diving into when I started How to Impress a Marquess because the hero and heroine suffer from childhoods of neglect or abuse—not the material of light farce. I had to strike a delicate balance between the humor and serious emotional elements. The hero and heroine fought their mutual attraction for years because if they gave into their desire, they would face painful personal demons. Yet only through surrendering to their love and owning their hurt could they achieve their deserved Happily Ever After. Despite my early reservations, I found I enjoyed drilling into the emotional lives of the characters, expanding my armchair theatrical horizons.


Alright, we know what you’ve been waiting for! Here’s the cover to How To Impress a Marquess:

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Cover Reveals

Cover Reveal: WHAT THE DUKE DOESN’T KNOW by Jane Ashford

We were so delighted when we got the sneak peek to What The Duke Doesn’t Know‘s cover we just had to ask the author a little more about it. So, without further ado, we turn the (metaphorical) microphone over to the amazing Jane Ashford!


Why am I so excited about the release of What the Duke Doesn’t Know? The book has a very original heroine. Only half English, Kawena grew up in Polynesia, giving her an outsider’s view of Regency culture. It also has a charming hero, Lord James Gresham, who’s been sailing the seas in the British Navy since the age of sixteen. He’s not fully at home in England either. The two have that in common. Several of James’s beguiling brothers make an appearance. Missing jewels turn up in a humorous place.

Through it all, James is very glad that his father the duke doesn’t know: that James was called a thief and nearly shot; that James is traipsing all over England with a South Seas beauty; that James has thrown the idea of a ‘proper English bride’ to the four winds. Because what else can he do when he’s bowled over by the most dazzling woman?


You heard it straight from the lovely Jane Ashford herself. There’s so much to be excited about for this Cover Reveal and we are thrilled to host it! The minute we saw it, we knew it was one of our favorite Historical covers, possibly ever. There’s just so much charm and—You know what? We’ll stop teasing! Check out this stunning cover below and get What The Duke Doesn’t Know September 6th, 2016:

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Guest Post: Alissa Johnson’s Favorite Romantic Subplots

A Gift for Guile Alissa Johnson

When I first received the list of possible topics for a guest post on EverAfter Romance, one in particular caught my eye.

“If you like watching X, you’ll love reading Y.”

I really wanted to use that topic. It sounds like so much fun. Sadly, I didn’t have enough suggestions to fill even half a post.

The truth is, I often avoid TV shows and movies that center on relationships. Not always, mind you (my original box set of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice is the sole reason I still own a VCR) but more often than not, I shy away from these types of productions.

There are several reasons for this. 1.) I’m afraid the original source material will be butchered —Nooo! That’s not what happens! 2) I never liked the source material—Yeah, the hero was a jerk in the book, too.  3) I don’t trust the powers-that-be to take their original love story in the direction I want it to go—Aww, they look like the sweetest couple. But there’s only a 50/50 chance of an HEA, so…No.

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