The handsome hero riding to my rescue, slaying a dragon, or untying me from train tracks ... it may not be realistic but it's certainly a nice fantasy. While I've got faith that I could eventually rescue myself from any of these situations — given some time and hopefully access to some power tools — occasionally it's nice to kick back and imagine a hero who wants to do the hard work for me. This month's Harlequin Historical romances bring this fantasy to life from the ballrooms of Regency England to the Wild Wild West, these are six tales of damsels in distress and the handsome men who come to their rescue — whether or not they need it!
We are really enjoying the new trend of controversial historical figures being featured on TV, such as Showtime's The Tudors and The Borgias. But we aren't just seeing this on screen, writers have also been delving into the lives of the rich and privileged. This month author Sarah Bower caught our attention with her latest historical fiction which was rated an RT Top Pick. Today we interview the author about her novel, Sins of the House of Borgia. And make sure to enter our giveaway to win Bower's book at the end of the interview!
Sins of the House of Borgia follows La Violante, who begins her life as Esther, a Jewish girl who becomes entangled in the Borgia court politics at her father’s insistence. Which of Esther’s character traits does her the most good in her new life, and which ends up being the most harmful?
Author Sandra Dallas is known for her beautiful tales of historical fiction. In Dallas' latest novel, this month's The Bride's House, she follows the story of three generations of woman who live and love in their family home in Georgetown, Colorado between the 1880s and modern times. Get an insider look at these three determined women as the author chats about what makes her historical heroines so special in this guest blog post.
There is this temptation among some writers of historical fiction to dress today’s women in long skirts and call them authentic. Although their book may be set in the mid-19th century, their characters are lawyers and doctors and newspaper owners. The women confront men, defend minorities, work to save the environment, and in general, are terrific role models. Only they’re not very accurate. It’s what I call the Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman Syndrome.
I believe that characters have to be products of their own times, or at least, those in my books do. My characters are shaped by their circumstances.
Four commitment-shy doctors take the plunge when the right woman is able to help them heal their emotional wounds in these May tales from the Harlequin Medical Romance imprint.
In Alison Roberts' The Unsung Hero Doctor Rick Wilson learns that he not only has a son named Josh, but also the little boy is dying of leukemia. While at Josh's bedside, Rick falls in love with Josh's guardian and must convince her that his bad boy days are behind him. RT's Dawn Crowne says of the couple in this 4 star read, "
Today we chat with Roxanne St. Claire about her new romantic suspense series, The Guardian Angelinos. Get an up front seat to all of the action and chemistry that surges beneath these stories and find out what you can expect next from this fabulous writer!
RT BOOK REVIEWS: Your newest series, The Guardian Angelinos, debuted with last year's Edge of Sight and continues this spring with Shiver of Fear and Face of Danger. If you had to sum up each story in one 140-character tweet, what would they be?
Popular women's fiction author Debbie Macomber often writes about the trials and tribulations of everyday women. She continues this tradition in her newest release, A Turn in the Road, which is the next in the Blossom Street series. In the story a mother, her daughter and mother-in-law hit the highway for a road trip they will never forget. Along the way, this heartwarming tale delves into the themes of redemption and forgiveness. In this interview Morgan and Debbie discuss the three generations of women in the story and how their trip across the country changes their lives forever.
Amazon, the leading online retailer, announced yesterday that they are launching a book imprint that will publish romance novels. Named Montlake Romance after a Seattle neighborhood, the imprint will release original, previously unpublished titles from popular romance authors in many different subgenres including romantic suspense, fantasy and paranormal stories as well as in general contemporary and historical romances.
Currently it is unknown how many titles Montlake Romance will be releasing, however, Amazon did reveal that award winning author Connie Brockway will launch the imprint with her novel The Other Guy's Bride this fall. Amazon will make Brockway's story available in Kindle, print and audio formats.
So why the decision to move into publishing romance? Amazon's Vice President of Publishing Jeff Belle says, "romance is one of our biggest and fastest growing categories, particularly among Kindle customers." But don't expect Amazon to stop with just romance. Belle also adds that there will be more fiction publishing deals in the future. "[We] know our customers enjoy genre fiction of all kinds, so we are busy building publishing businesses that will focus on additional genres as well."
Today author Tara Taylor Quinn shares her past with readers and explains how (and why) she incorporates her own experiences into her writing. And don’t miss your chance to win a copy of her new novel, It Happened on Maple Street, at the end of this post!
My life is an open book. At least, as of April 1, 2011 it is. Before that I had fifty-five books published with Harlequin and MIRA and I lived my life in hiding. I was living with a twenty-seven year secret of domestic violence. That changed with the publication of It Happened on Maple Street, co-authored with Tim Barney, my husband and the love of my life. It Happened on Maple Street is our true love story. And the story of the healing power of love. I am all over those pages, by name. My shame, my guilt, and my struggle to find faith in myself and trust in love are all there for the world to see. My family and friends, as they read this book, are finding out for the first time about the secrets I kept all those years.
Morgan: I choose this week’s selection because I loved the reviewer’s summary of the story and how, when the hero, Ian MacDonald, returns home after years of war he “assumes his responsibility, vowing to win [the heroine Sileas’] respect and create a real marriage.” Characters that grow and change always get my attention. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that he wears a kilt. Nothing wrong with that!
Whitney: I tend to stick to the Regency era for my historical romances, but I’m glad that you selected this medieval tale. It’s much less cold-drafty-castle than I thought it would be. Instead, it’s much more about “passionate hearts on the Highlands.”
Kate Noble has just released her fourth Regency romance with this month’s Follow My Lead, which takes her characters across Europe on a quest that turns unexpectedly dangerous. Today we chat with the author for an insider look at Follow My Lead and where she’s headed next!
RT BOOK REVIEWS: In Follow My Lead, Winnifred “Winn” Crane is attempting to gain membership to the all-male Historical Society when she meets Jason. How did this Regency miss originally become interested in such scholarly pursuits?