Posts Tagged ‘historical romance’

Guest Post, Swoon-Worthy Heroes

Swoon-Worthy Hero: Kiernan MacLean

Lost in Your Arms Christina Dodd

Today kicks off a new feature for us on EverAfter, Swoon-Worthy Hero Spotlights! Each week author Codi Gary will be sharing her favorite Swoon-Worthy Heroes across multiple mediums. First up is Kiernan MacLean from Lost in Your Arms by Christina Dodd!

Kiernan MacLean from Lost in Your Arms by Christina Dodd

Swooning over fictional heroes is my favorite pastimes. Before I could read, I would watch cartoons, and I fell hard for such heroes as Robin Hood the Fox from the Disney Cartoon and Justin the Rat from The Secret of NIHM. They were my very first crushes on fictional characters, and I will never forget them.

But then I discovered the written word. I consumed children’s and YA so fast my mother kept threatening to stop buying book if I didn’t slow down. Nothing seemed to satisfy my romantic soul, until I started reading Sweet Valley Middle School, Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High. All of these books had Todd Wilkens, my first book boyfriend, and I fell hard.

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Guest Post: “The Food of Love” by Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly, Kate Noble, and Theresa Romain

A Gentleman For All Seasons Shana Galen Vanessa Kelly Kate Noble Theresa Romain

With the holidays fast approaching, food and drink is on everyone’s mind. So many family traditions revolve around special recipes and gatherings at the dining table. In fact, it seems every season has its own special foods and drinks as well as gatherings of family and friends. Our new anthology, A Gentleman for All Seasons, spans a year in the fictional English village of Hemshawe. Each season brings a new novella and provided a fun way for us to use food in our story.

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Guest Post: Piper Huguley on Romance and Revival

Treasure of Gold Piper Huguley

Once I pitched a story idea to an editor who insisted that the main appeal of romance novels was in the discovery of new love.  She said we enjoy what happens if both parties seem reluctant to new love. It’s true. We just love it when the discovery can be held off for as long as possible. Lots of television shows have thrived on this premise: Sam and Diane on Cheers, Daphne and Niles on Fraiser, Maddie and David on Moonlighting.

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Guest Post: On Writing LADY OF INTRIGUE by Sabrina Darby

Lady of Intrigue Sabrina Darby

Most stories I write start with a fascination for some concept, situation or theme. With Lady of Intrigue, I was obsessed with the idea that when we fall in love we often do so through a process of revealing ourselves through story. Over dates, phone calls, and long intimate conversations, we talk about our childhoods, our exes, moments that have most affected us. As we see how our companion reacts to our stories, and as s/he offers his or her narrative up in return, we subtly shape and reshape our lives. Often we find ourselves retelling stories again, but from a different perspective, and in doing so we end up learning more about ourselves.

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Guest Post: “The Freshness Factor” by Grace Burrowes

Daniel's True Desire Grace Burrowes

If I have a chance to ask other authors one question, often it will be, “How do you keep the creative well from running dry?” Authors like Jennifer Ashley, who does high-quality, prolific work across several fiction genres, fascinate me. How does she dooooo that? Carolyn Jewel spans both paranormal and Regency sub-genres, and other authors—Julia Quinn, for example—can go back to the Regency, and even to the same family groups in the Regency, over and over and come up with one excellent tale after another.

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Aural Pleasures

Aural Pleasures: Ally Broadfield’s SAY YOU’LL LOVE ME

Say You'll Love Me Ally Broadfield

Today Ally Broadfield’s Say You’ll Love Me was released and Ally’s stopped by EverAfter to share her playlist and answer our questions! Pick up your copy of Say You’ll Love Me today!

There’s nothing else that can evoke emotions and reactions the way music can, and I almost always have music playing when I write. Once I’ve created the playlist for the book I’m working on, I listen to it whenever I write.

1. How do you make your playlists for your books?

Almost immediately after an idea comes to me for the premise of a new book, a song that fits the story and the main characters will pop into my head, so that’s how my playlist starts. For Say You’ll Love Me, that song is “All I Ask of You.” After that, I add the songs that go on the playlists for all of my books, and then pick another handful of songs that feel right for the plot of each book.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Amara Royce’s NEVER TOO LATE

Never Too Late Amara Royce

Amara Royce’s older woman/younger man historical romance (set in a bookshop, no less!) is on sale for $.99 for a limited time. Amara’s books are smart and sexy, and well worth your time. Here’s the blurb:

Expect the unexpected, especially in a room filled with books. . .

Honoria Duchamp is well aware that men often consider widows easy prey for the role of mistress. What else could explain the attentions of handsome Lord Devin, and his visits to her bookshop? The much younger Viscount has even shown interest in the printing press with which she creates pamphlets on London’s basest injustices. Yet his chief interest appears to be in her. . .

Coerced to investigate Nora’s controversial pamphlets, Devin expected to find a bookish matron. Instead, he is taken with Nora’s womanly beauty, sharp intellect, and quick wit. Soon, what begins as an unwelcome task becomes a pleasure, and Devin’s job becomes more dangerous—for them both. For Nora has no idea of the vicious element she’s crossed. Now Devin will risk his reputation to protect her—and much more to win her love. . .

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Exclusive Excerpt: Gwyn Cready’s FIRST TIME WITH A HIGHLANDER

First Time With a Highlander Gwyn Cready

Gwyn Cready’s First Time With a Highlander is out next week and we’ve got an exclusive excerpt from the book! Hope you enjoy and pre-order you copy today!

Serafina scanned the faces of the Royal Mile crowd, not only to ensure the men at the Hollow Crown hadn’t followed them but also that Gerard was passing for a Scot. It was with the greatest surprise that she saw he seemed to be, though she could barely look at him without seeing the dissonance of clashing culture in every detail. His hair was too short, his pace too swift, and he walked as if he were at all times sharply aware of the balls between his legs. She had to admit if she put aside her worry, he did look rather dashing in the plaid. It was one of Duncan’s. She hoped Duncan didn’t mind.

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Reviews, Reviews, TV

Megan Frampton Shares Her Top Five Historical Mini-Series

Look, we’re not always about books. Sometimes we watch movies made from books.

If you’re a historical romance fan, chances are you have strong opinions on book-to-screen adaptations (your favorite Darcy? is Heathcliff romantic or a psychopath — or both?), and chances are you’ve watched a few of the adaptations multiple times.

In the spirit of obsessive viewing, I’d like to share my Top Five Historical Mini-Series (your mileage may vary). All of these are based on books (two by Elizabeth Gaskell!), and all have their clutch-my-hand-t-o-my-chest-because-of-all-the-feels moments. (note: most of the clips are spoilers, so don’t click through if you don’t want to know who ends up with whom).

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Paula Quinn Answers our Questions!

The Taming of Malcolm Grant Paula Quinn

Bestselling author Paula Quinn, stops by to answer our questions for the release day of her book, The Taming of Malcolm Grant, the fourth book in her Highland Heirs series! Have you picked up your Highland Hunk today?


If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay. Kay’s books are very in depth. I’ve read this one three times and love it more each time.

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley because I love her version of King Arthur.

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