Historical romance author Sophia Nash's second Royal Entourage book The Art of Duke Hunting hits stores tomorrow. In this tale the handsome Duke of Norwich falls for the Countess of Derby, despite his best intentions. But if this couple, which has no interest in marriage, isn't careful, the Prince Regent will sniff out their connection and demand they walk down the aisle. Today, get an insider's look at this new release as we interview with the author — and then find out how you can win a copy of the first two books in the Royal Entourage series!
Romance readers have always known that Navy SEALs make great heroes. Yesterday we featured some of the fictional Navy SEALs who have made our hearts race in the last year and shared a few that have lived on our keeper shelves for years. Today, we are rounding up some of the must-read romance series that feature these brave warriors. But we don't stop there. For readers who want to get a feel for what the SEAL experience truly all about, we've also turned the spotlight on non fiction books, highlighting three must-reads.
SEALS IN SERIES
Suzanne Brockmann has an impressive 6 titles that were all rated 4 1/2 star gold Top Picks! And each feature Navy SEAL heroes and five of them are precursors to her beloved Troubleshooters series.
There’s been an upswing in the popularity of stories that feature the experiences of Navy SEALs heroes. As the USA government calls our soldiers home, it’s not surprising that many of us are eager to get a glimpse of their accounts of war, especially after SEAL Team Six became a household name for their work eliminating the threat of Osama bin Laden. Recent bestsellers featuring these soldiers include SEAL Team Six and American Sniper. And publishing houses are taking note of readers’ interest. An article in The New York Times notes that readers can get ready for a raft of new books about these fighters, from a SEAL Survival Guide about how thinking like a SEAL can help you survive dangerous situations to a batch of new fictional tales. However, the romance community has always had a soft spot for these hardened warriors. Today we round up several new SEAL stories, as well as our favorite classics, and then we will continue our SEAL spotlight tomorrow with SEALs in series and three non fic tales of true heroes.
RECENT RECRUITS: SEAL HEROES INTRODUCED IN 2010 - 2012
Spoiled shares a look at the books you can't wait to read, long before they hit stores. Today historical romance author Sherry Thomas gives RT readers a peek inside the second book in her new Fitzhugh trilogy, Ravishing the Heiress, before it releases in July.
Ravishing the Heiress is currently occupying the position of my personal favorite among the books I’ve written, so you can bet I jumped at the chance to talk about it.
We first meet Fitz and Millie, the hero and the heroine of Ravishing, in book 1 of the Fitzhugh trilogy, Beguiling the Beauty. We learn fairly early on that theirs is a marriage of convenience. At age 19, Fitz unexpectedly inherited a title with a bankrupt estate and must marry an heiress in order to save the estate. But to do that, he had to give up Isabelle, the girl he loved passionately, who loved him just as passionately and who was perfectly suited to him in every way except for the fact that she wasn’t an heiress.
Last year author Isabel Cooper wowed readers with her debut novel No Proper Lady. This paranormal historical romance, which won RT's September 2011 Seal of Excellence, set itself apart from other stories by incorporating an innovative time tavel element. The author, who is about to release her much-anticipated series second, Lessons After Dark, joins us to talk about what she's learned between books one and two, which she jokingly calls, "Lessons after my Debut." And make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win this new book before it's in stores!
1. There’s more to a story — even in a romance — than two people.
This is something I learned while working on No Proper Lady. Eleanor, the hero’s younger sister, was originally more of a motivating force than anything else. Simon needed a reason to be angry at Reynell, angry enough that he’d be willing to work for the possible death and certain magical screwing-with of his former best friend. What reason would be good enough? Well, messing with his little sister seems pretty solid. Okay, then!
Except, as I wrote the book, I found that Eleanor needed to have more and more of a role in it, that writing her with Simon and Joan (the heroine, from the future) brought out aspects of them — and aspects of the story — that might not have come out otherwise, and that she was interesting in her own right. I liked writing about her, and I liked how she had her own agenda and character arc. Likewise, Gillespie, though he only appears in one scene, was a lot of fun.
So, in my latest book, Lessons After Dark, I have a whole host of secondary characters. The romance between Olivia and Gareth takes center stage, of course, but the rest of Englefield’s population gets a fair amount of time too. Their agendas and issues play a large role, both in establishing Englefield as the “weird” school for “gifted" children (aka children with supernatural abilities) it’s becoming, and in showing the characters, and the development of Olivia and Gareth as they get closer.
Many beloved authors get their start writing the shorter format series romances. Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich and Jennifer Crusie are just a few of the writers that first left their mark on readers’ hearts in bite-sized stories. But for some of these storytellers, even after they’ve found success writing longer, stand-alone books (which are also sometimes known as single title works) they keep coming back to their series romance roots. And who can blame them? These novels are quick, fun romps at affordable prices. Today we’re taking a look at a few of the authors who are writing in both format and often going above and beyond to create stories of both lengths that deserve to be on your keeper shelf!
Minerva. So, the name might not sound like it belongs to a woman who is fearless in the pursuit of her happily ever after (aka the kind of heroine that readers want to meet), but recently there’s been a sharp spike in the number of Minerva-named heroines in romance. And last year alone, 2011 treated readers to not one but two fantastic leading ladies who made this old fashioned name new again. And with two more newly minted Minerva’s about to hit shelves in the next month, we round up the Minervas of historical romance, including two honorary Minervas, for a look at the heroines who have been blessed with this name that is rapidly growing in popularity.
THE MINERVAS OF APRIL:
This month Harlequin treats readers to six tales of historical love that will sweep you back in time. Seduced by the Scoundrel continues Louise Allen's back-to-back series with a high seas adventure. Says RT’s Kathe Robin, “Allen takes a shipwreck spying adventure with lots of sensuality and spins it into a page-turner. The strong characters and sexy relationship will definitely satisfy readers.”
Readers can also enjoy reviews of Joanna Fulford’s The Viking’s Touch, Lady Folbroke’s Delicious Deception by Christine Merrill and Elizabeth Lane’s latest, The Lawman’s Vow. These four books are reviewed in this month’s issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine.
With so many highly-rated multicultural romances available this month, we’ve created a quiz to help you figure out which new release is right for you. Are you the type of reader who craves mystery and an alpha hero, or is an edgy drama more your speed? Take our quiz to discover which new title you should pick up. With such a great selection, there’s no such thing as a wrong answer!
I like a book that is filled with:
A) Drama, drama, drama!
B) Workplace intrigue
C) Real world issues
D) Serious obstacles to overcome
E) Mystery and intrigue
What type of romantic relationships do you like best?:
A) Second chance romance
B) Friends to lovers
C) Rocky start stories
D) A perfectly matched pair
E) Love at first sight
How would you describe your favorite kind of heroine?:
A) Driven and determined
B) Smart and sassy
C) Bad girl heiress
D) Down, but not out
E) Savvy and talented
I love a hero that has:
A) A bit of an edge
B) His life together
C) A big heart
D) A protective nature
E) Alpha attitude, all the way!
The perfect amount of heat in any story is:
A) A five-alarm fire!
B) Campfire-style, keep me cozy and warm
C) A slowly building blaze
Cheaper by the Dozen, our weekly column that rounds up inexpensive e-book deals, won’t be posted until tomorrow, but we just couldn’t wait to share a look at some of the great e-reads being offered by Avon books. This digital sale includes some of our favorite historical romances — each of which received an RT rating of 4 stars or higher! Making the news even better, this e-book sale includes several stories that are no longer available in print. And at just $1.99 each, readers can feel good about downloading these affordable tales!
Hero Marcus’s loyalty is split, will he side with the country he loves or the woman who stole his heart?
Set in Colonial-era Boston, this multicultural romance will have readers looking at the pre-revolutionary era in a whole new light.
Originally published in 2004, this novel set in the mid 1800s pairs a vulnerable florist with a reclusive Duke.