I have been following Liz Carlyle’s St. James Society series since the very first book, 2010’s One Touch of Scandal. Learning about the secret St. James Society and its members, who protect England using inherited extrasensory skills, has been amazing. We get the best of two romance worlds — great historical locals and manners and also a good dose of paranormal mysticism.
You can find whatever you're looking for in the world of series romance. Want a story that's short and sweet? Head to a Harlequin American. On the hunt for a hero with paranormal prowess? Nocturne's new releases are sure to please. Serious about seeking a sheik? It's Harlequin Presents or bust. But what do you do when you are in the mood for a story that seems like it could happen to you, but with some extra spice thrown in? That is definitely a Blaze moment! And you're in luck because this month there are not one, but three fantastic tales heroines who are average, in all ways but two: first, they have a fantastically unusual day jobs and second … they are about to find themselves in an extra steamy love story! Read on to see which women with interesting occupations are headed toward Happily Ever After ...
How She Spends Her Day: She’s a goat farmer
In romance novels, carriages are more than just a mode of transport. These rockin’ conveyances move the story along. Whether they provide the means for a gentleman to woo his lady on a scenic ride to the park or they serve as the meeting place for late-night trysts after the opera, they are always versatile. In Juliana Gray’s Top Pick! debut novel, A Lady Never Lies, which won our August Seal of Excellence award, the invention of the horseless carriage is a major plot point and bone of contention between the hero and heroine. It got us thinking: If we were alive in ye olden days, what sweet ride would we want to see pull up to the curb?
We can't deny it, a luxury ride does get a lot of attention. True today as it was in the Regency. Who’d want to be courted a by a man driving a busted buggy when she could have someone who pulled out all the stops — like Lionel Walter, Baron Rothschild? Now there was a man with presence. He trained a team of zebras to lead his carriage, and, as we all know, animal print never goes out of style.
Whatever chariot sets your soul a’fire, our modern historical heroes (mostly) had the means to choose the pick of the litter. Here’s an overview of their choices and what they would signify to a discerning lady.
Bestselling author Karen Robards, and recent winner of the RT Seal of Excellence in January for Sleepwalker, is back with her latest book, a heart-pounding romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, The Last Victim. And she is blogging here today to give hopeful authors the breakdown on what it takes to be a successful romance writer.
Cheaper by the Dozen, our weekly column that rounds up inexpensive e-book deals, will be available later this week. But today we've uncovered nine historical tales that will whisk you back in time — on sale for under $3.00 each! Check out this steal of a deal and discover new romances and happily-ever-afters that stand the test of time.
James Cordier is a man on a mission working for the Crown, so he has no time for scandalous widow Francesca Bonnard. But she has no such problem and is excited to get her plan for seduction underway!
Princess Caroline is looking for passion and finds it in the arms of Andrew, Earl of Wexford. But will their fragile love be destroyed when his secret is revealed?
Alexandria Sandal and Paxton Marsett have a past that both wish they could forget. But when this couple reunites and sparks begin to fly, perhaps it is time for a second chance at love.
Are you a chocoholic? Author Jill Shalvis is and she wants to share the love! Join her online scavenger hunt that starts today and you could win a very sweet prize. To play, check Jill’s social media — her blog, Twitter feed, Facebook page, and Pinterest account — every day for the next two weeks to discover a hidden letter. Keep track of each clue, which will spell out a word. Then send an e-mail here with the winning word in the subject line and your mailing address and you will be entered to win one of several prizes. (U.S. mailing addresses only, please.)
One random Grand Prize winner will receive all six novels in the author's Lucky Harbor series and a $25 Godiva giftcard. Four winners will receive a Godiva personal treat and the three latest Lucky Harbor novels. And 20 runners-up will receive signed copies of Lucky in Love.
And now, the first letter in the scavenger hunt revealed below:
These widows and widowers have loved and lost, but this month they’re ready to put their hearts on the line again — for someone very special. Today we’re taking a look at the new series romances that explore several lucky characters’ second chances at love. We couldn’t resist these stories that tugged on our heartstrings and we bet that you won’t be able to, either!
Romance author Hope Tarr isn't just sharing her tales of love and happily ever afters with American audiences, her stories are reaching overseas romance lovers as well! The author recently traveled to Paris where she met with her French publisher, chatted with a group of French bloggers and romance fans and of course spent some time taking in the sights and sounds of one of the world's most inspiring cities. Today the author shares the details of her trip with RT readers and reveals what she learned about what it means to be a romance reader in France.
Hope Tarr with French romance readers and bloggers
I’m just back from spending a wonderful week — okay, six days — in Paris visiting with three of the four French publishers that publish romance fiction in France: J’ai Lu (Flammarion Groupe), Milady (Bragelonne), and a new house, LeDuc. I was fortunate to have sit-down meetings with senior editors from each house as well as to tour the offices and meet staff from their marketing and art departments. I even got to mug for the camera with the Bragelonne mascot, a dragon!
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Maeve Binchy. This Irish author was beloved by readers worldwide, and will be remembered for her humorous take on small-town life in Ireland.
Binchy published her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, in 1982 after pursuing careers first as a teacher and then as a journalist. Although her first book was rejected by publishers five times, she never gave up hope. And we’re glad she didn’t! The author went on to sell 40 million books — among them the fan favorite Circle of Friends, which was adapted for the big screen in 1995. Praised for her natural storytelling ability, Binchy’s witty and heartwarming tales helped her outsell even celebrated Irish writers such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. In fact, according to an online BBC News Article, readers who took part in 2000's World Book Day poll ranked Binchy as more popular than both classic authors, such as Jane Austen, and contemporary ones, such as bestseller Stephen King. Binchy published her final book, Minding Frankie, in 2010.
Ever since her first novel, Splendid, hit the historical romance scene, Julia Quinn’s unforgettable characters have won a place in the heart of romance readers everywhere. Eleven of her novels have earned the Top Pick! status from RT reviewers, all well deserved. So when we learned that Julia would be Chatting at an RWA Conference Workshop, it went right to the top of our “must attend” list. She answered questions from the audience and had the entire room on the edge of their seats as she shared her perspectives on writing.
Julia Quinn at RWA 2012
Julia Quinn is known for her Regency-era romances. In the pages of her books readers are likely to find balls, coach rides, English manors (and manners) and of course, several excellent historical heroes. But are stories about love in the past the only types of books you’ll be able to read from this talented author?
She told the panel, “I never said I won’t write anything else. But I just haven’t had a fabulous idea for another genre. I do know I will never write a suspense. I am not a great plotter and everyone would know who did it by the third page.”