Posts in the Historical genre

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Exclusive Excerpt: NO ONE BUT YOU by Leigh Greenwood

No One But You Leigh Greenwood

Hard times call for desperate measures in this absolutely engrossing excerpt from No One But You by Leigh Greenwood, out July 5th, 2016!

“Mrs. Winborne is looking for someone to help her on her ranch,” Rose explained. “I told her you were the perfect man for the job.”

“Why me?” Salty asked, turning to George. “Are you dissatisfied with my work?”

“Of course not,” George said. “I’d hate to see you leave, but I wouldn’t want to do anything that would stand in your way.”

“Stand in the way of what?”

“Mrs. Winborne’s offer is a little out of the ordinary,” Rose said. “I’ll let her explain it. George, why don’t you take Jared into the kitchen? I made gingerbread which he might like. Then you can round up Zac and Tyler to help me with dinner.”

Salty would have been happy to look for George’s two youngest brothers himself, but it looked like there was no way out of this interview. He didn’t know whether it would be kinder to tell Mrs. Winborne right away that he wasn’t interested in leaving the Circle Seven, or allow her to explain her offer and then turn her down.

“I can tell you’re uncomfortable with being put on the spot,” Sarah said.

“A little,” Salty agreed.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Megan Bryce, Karen MacInerney, and Claire Delacroix

It’s super (not-so-secret) mid-week Deal Alert time! Why? Because we love books. Especially when we can afford them. Don’t miss these steals from Megan Bryce, Karen MacInerney, and Claire Delacroix!

To Catch a Spinster by Megan Bryce

Come back to a time when manners are everything and rules are made to never be broken. Come back to a time when men are in charge and women do what they are told…

Yeah, that never happened.

Welcome to Megan Bryce’s Regencyland, where ladies with backbone get what they want. Where a woman can thumb her nose at rules and care little for convention, and yet somehow, unexpectedly and most reluctantly, find love.

Olivia Blakesley, self-proclaimed spinster extraordinaire, is quite happy with her life. She has her studies and her duties, what need does she have of a husband? With five sisters married she knows the reality does not live up to the promise, and does not need to personally experiment with the state to know she would be ill-suited to it. However, she finds herself envious of at least one aspect of marriage. But to experience the physical side of marriage, one doesn’t need a husband, all one needs is the right man…

Nathaniel Jenkins knows his duty. Marry a young girl from a respectable family and father an heir, no matter how cold the endless parade of suitable girls leaves him. But a shocking proposal from a scholarly spinster leaves him wondering if unsuitable is just what he’s looking for. Can he convince his spinster that marriage is the greatest experiment of all?

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Exclusive Excerpt: SWEET ABANDON by Wendy Lozano

Sweet Abandon Wendy Lozano

This one’s for the evening crowd! How could we resist this stunning little snippet of drama from the amazing Wendy Lozano’s Sweet Abandon? We have literally never felt this much tension in a scene taking place in a beautiful orchard in our lives. The juxtaposition is to die for! But don’t. Have a read:

He did not appear in the orchard the next morning. Chastity was struck anew with guilt and remorse. He thought her a harlot, she thought with fear. And no wonder; she had acted like one. She would never see him again. She would carry the knowledge of her lust through her lonely life and into her grave.

Chastity gave up waiting and went to the shed to put away the gardening tools. Here the air was heady with the perfume of rose, sweet clover, and wildflower petals stored with salt in a large basket for sachets. When she had gathered enough of the frail blossoms, she would add cinnamon, cloves, and rosemary and sew the mixture into small packets that would keep linens and clothing smelling fresh for months. Usually she loved the fragrance in the shed, but today she found it cloying and oppressive. A sigh escaped her as she stirred the pungent mixture. A shadow fell across the basket, and she looked up to see Edmund in the door.

“You came!” She threw herself into his open arms and pressed her cheek hard against his muscular chest. “I was afraid you would not.”

“Nothing could keep me from my Dancing Fox,” he teased her lovingly. “I saw a young man who looked something like you poking around the orchard. Knowing your desire for secrecy, I decided to meet you here, where no one would see us.” He pushed her gently away and stationed himself where he could see outside and still remain unseen.

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To Jo Beverley, With Love

IMG_2333It is with heavy hearts that we lift our cups (filled with cold coffee, but we’re drinking it anyway. Don’t judge.)  to the memory of beloved author and literary legend, Jo Beverley, who has passed on today.

For many, Jo’s books were our very first contact with the Romance world, and because of her incredible writing and stunning historical detail, it became a world we were happy to get lost in time and time again. And we’re not alone. With over twenty years of writing and thousands of fans, Jo Beverley has not just touched the lives of Romance fans, but shaped the history of Romance itself. We could get nerdy about Jo’s prolific reach (or the catalogue of historical knowledge that was her mind), but we’ll spare you. Besides, nothing quite encompasses Jo as an author and as a person like this touching tribute from Word Wenches (and the whole thing is worth a read. Bring tissues):

In a sense, she was the quintessential Romance writer: stories flowed freely through her, heroes and heroines were strong and unforgettable, themes had substance, her language had clarity and richness, her books were masterful, one after another. The connections among her stories were intricately mapped out in brilliant ways, and her sense of history was impeccable–and on top of that powerful combination of elements, she was elegantly English and very, very smart and far-seeing.

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Guest Post + Trailer: Wendy Lozano’s Journey to Romance

Sweet Abandon Wendy Lozano

When I was in my late teens, I left college and went to live in Greenwich Village. I had dreams of being an actress, and the Village was where all the actors and artists hung out. I did a little acting, but made a living for a short time writing beat poetry. I wrote it but looked far too young to read it at the coffee houses that were springing up. So my boyfriend read it and, after throwing a few swear words into the poems, we pretended it was his. As far as anyone knew, I just passed the hat. There is an LP somewhere of my poetry recorded at the Café Bizarre. He is reciting.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Tawna Fenske, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Megan Frampton

We don’t often pat ourselves on the back (about weekly, which seems fine) but the deals we found this week? The best. There’s a shirtless guy with an eyepatch and if that doesn’t scream “Buy now” at you, then 1. we need to have a talk, and 2. maybe the $.99 price tag will change your mind. Get these steals from Tawna Fenske, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Megan Frampton while they last!

The Fix Up: First Impressions by Tawna Fenske

Uncovering this sexy geek’s charm is easy. Keeping her hands off of him is impossible.

While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto.

Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly’s rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she’s never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she’s just the woman for the job.

With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she’s starting to love?

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild: A Dukes Behaving Badly Novel by Megan Frampton

When does proper behavior deserve a deliciously improper reward?

The scandalously unmarried Lady Margaret Sawford is looking for adventure—and is always up for a challenge. Her curiosity is aroused by a dangerous-looking stranger with an eye patch, an ideal companion for the life she longs for, no matter what Society might say. So when the piratical gentleman turns out to be a duke—and just as boringly proper as any other nobleman—she can’t help but incite him to walk on the wild side.

Well-heeled, well-mannered, and well beyond any interest in society’s expectations, the Duke of Lasham is tired of being perfect. Margaret’s lush beauty and gently laughing eyes are an irresistible temptation to embrace the imperfect—and her. But if a little misbehavior is appealing, unleashing his wild side is completely seductive—as long as the lovely Margaret is the object of his passion…

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Guest Post: “Why Historicals are Still Relevant” by Sandra Lake

The Northman's Bride Sandra Lake

Quality historical television series such as Vikings, Game of Thrones, Outlander, Poldark, The Tudors and Peaky Blinders (just to name a few), are to blame for turning many of us into binge watching, fangirls/fanboys/fiends. Viewers and readers of all ages are becoming addicted to these historical settings without even releasing they are addicted until it is too late. How many of us work or live with a GOT junkie who comes into work on Monday morning hung-over and flipped out from Sunday nights episode? And after a Vikings or Outlander episode, fans lay siege to Twitter and Facebook, arguing, weeping, lusting over favorite characters.

And in-between seasons of our favorite historical series, many of us turn to historical fiction novels to relieve us of our withdrawal symptoms. Authors like Diana Gabaldon, Winston Graham, Jane Austen, George R. R. Martin (again just to name a few of my favorites) have established a lasting genre by developing stories, worlds and characters without bashing us over the head with a history book.  We can believe in these worlds and characters, a foreign reality that is realistic, yet removed enough from our modern lives that they take us into a fantasy world.

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Swoon-Worthy Heroes: The Men of Reign

So, this may be a little strange, but I have always been obsessed with Scottish and British History, especially the Tudor era. When I was a teenager, I used to read history books, internet articles, and especially Historical Romance, getting lost in these times. Bertrice Small was one of my all-time favorite authors because she included so much history in her books and many of her books featured Queen Elizabeth the first, one of my favorite subjects. I also adored reading about her cousin, Mary, although her life was so sad compared to Elizabeth’s it broke my heart.

That’s why when Reign first debuted, I was excited. Despite the historical inaccuracies, it is a fun, romantic show filled with intrigue, supernatural elements, and of course, sexy men. reign poster

This week, I’m going to talk about two of my favorite hotties, both of whom vied for Mary’s love at different times and lost, but I will forever think about “what could have been…” 

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Q&A: Victoria Roberts of KILL OR BE KILT

Kill or Be Kilt Victoria Roberts

Okay, as huge pun fans, all it took was the title of Kill or Be Kilt to for us to get ridiculously excited for this Q&A with the amazing Victoria Roberts! But Victoria’s answers make us nerd out in the best way possible. Love a good Scottish Romance?  Kill or Be Kilt is out now!

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

There are a lot of movies that I favor, but here’s a few that come to mind in no particular order:

  1. Romancing the Stone. I love the fact that Joan Wilder is a Romance novelist. This movie always makes me smile.
  2. Titanic. This movie was epic. After Jack died (he could’ve fit on those boards with Rose), I loved that she did all those things he wanted to do with her. *sniffle*
  3. Love Story. I adored Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw in this film. This one tears at the heartstrings.
  4. Pride and Prejudice. I’m rather fond of the 2005 version with Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightly.
  5. The Holiday. Every aspect of this movie was great. Who wouldn’t want to escape to a cottage for the holidays and fall in love?

Everyone has a favorite couple in romance, whether in a romance book, movie, or television series. Who is your favorite couple, and why?

I am totally addicted to the new TV series Lucifer. My “ship” couple is definitely Lucifer and Chloe. Even the devil can be vulnerable, and I love that a woman makes him that way. I’m praying (no pun intended) for a hook up between those two and that love conquers all.

What was the first Romance novel you read? What do you remember about it?

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