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Men Writing Romance: A Chat With Historical Romance Author Leigh Greenwood

BY , FEBRUARY 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

This week we chat with four male authors who are penning tales of love, lust and passion for romance fans. Author Leigh Greenwood has been delighting romance fans for years with historical romances and series romance tales. The author is a master of longing glances, stolen moments and love stories that touch the heart. But what some readers may not know is that the author behind these books is a man. Today get a special look into the mind of author Leigh Greenwood!

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What type of romance do you write? I write primarily western historical romances.

When did you first get published as a romance author? My first book came out in June of 1987. I’ve written over fifty books since then.

Do you write in any other genre(s)? Which genres were you first published in? I wrote four historicals which are not westerns. I also wrote seven contemporary romances.

How did you first start writing romance? I was trying to get my wife to write a book. Instead, she challenged me to write one. 


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Win A Signed Copy Of Karen Robards' Historical Romance Shameless!

BY , FEBRUARY 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Karen Robards returned to her historical romance roots with April 2010's Shameless. That month it was an RT Top Pick! RT Senior Reviewer Kathe Robin said of the hardcover tale, "The wit, adventure and sensuality blend into a great plot, making this a standout." The story follows the adventure of Lady Elizabeth Banning who requests the aid of assassin Neil Severin to get out of a particularly sticky situation.

Now Shameless has been released in paperback and five lucky RT readers will win a signed copy of this lush Regency romance.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Five lucky readers will win a copy of Shameless. To enter leave a comment on this blog about something that you are (or would like to be) shameless about. Alternatively, you can email your comment and US mailing address here with the subject line “Karen Robards' Shameless Giveaway.” The winners will be announced on March 14th.


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Rachael Herron On The Role Of Knitting In How To Knit A Heart Back Home

BY , FEBRUARY 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Rachael Herron chats about the role that knitting plays in her first two novels, How to Knit a Love Song and How to Knit a Heart Back Home. Learn how a personal connection to with knitting evolved into writing stories stitched together with love.


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Read It First: An Excerpt Of The April Romance Lovin' Blue By Zuri Day

BY , FEBRUARY 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

Contemporary romance author Zuri Day shares an RT-exclusive excerpt of her new novel Lovin’ Blue. Get a sneak peak at this tale of opposites attracting that RT Reviewer Jacqui McGugins calls, “ ... funny and bright with serious undertones and lessons big and small about the importance of accepting the past.”

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“You!” Eden spat, her ire part anger, part chagrin, but mostly relief. “What are you doing here?”

“Well now little sis,” Jansen responded, his voice soft but firm. “I could ask you the same question.” He assumed his favorite wide-legged stance, crossed arms across a massive chest, and noted Eden’s eyes were larger, and more almond-shaped than he remembered. And were her lips always so full, and luscious?


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Video Interview: Courtney Milan Chats With Dear Author Blogger Jane Litte

BY , FEBRUARY 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Historical romance author Courtney Milan first made waves with her debut novel, Proof by Seduction in January 2010. The author has since published two more books, including this month's RT Top Pick! Unveiled, and is nominated for an RT Reviewers' Choice Award. Now get to know the author better as Milan chats with Dear Author blogger Jane Litte in this RT-exclusive video. Learn what Milan thinks it takes to be a good writer, why she will never attempt a contemporary romance and which books are on her list of favorite reads.

Courtney Milan chats with blogger Jane Litte about writing >>

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Margo Maguire's The Rogue Prince Giveaway

BY , FEBRUARY 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month Margo Maguire’s new historical romance, Seducing the Governess, got an RT Top Pick! Today Maguire reveals her inspiration for this steamy new tale in an author message. You can also enjoy an RT exclusive excerpt of this new novel.

If you missed Margo Maguire’s previous novel, The Rogue Prince, then today is your lucky day! Three RT readers will win a copy of this May 2010 novel that RT Senior Reviewer Kate Robin called, “a love story that reaches the heart with its inherent tenderness and pure romance.” And if that doesn't sounds like a delicious way to beat back the winter blues, we don't know what is.


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Julianne MacLean Aka E.V. Mitchell Talks About The Color Of Heaven

BY , FEBRUARY 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Julianne MacLean is best known for her historical romances. Recently, writing under the pen name E.V. Mitchell,  MacLean moved in a different direction with her mainstream novel, The Color of HeavenThe story follows heroine Sophie who is struggling to stay positive during her daughter’s battle with leukemia. But when old secrets surface after a serious car accident, Sophie's world may never be the same. Now check out this author interview with Julianne MacLean about the process of creating her first novel as E.V. Mitchell.

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The main character in The Color of Heaven, Sophie, is a writer. How much of your own experiences as an author went into creating Sophie’s character?


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Catherine Anderson On The Difficult Themes In Her New Novel Here To Stay

BY , FEBRUARY 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

Romance author Catherine Anderson shares why she doesn't shy away from serious subjects in her stories of love. Discover the topics she tackles in this month's Here to Stay and find out why she thinks readers relate to her heavier tales of contemporary love.

It is said by many that I tackle difficult subjects as a writer, including but not limited to rape, weight issues, child and spousal abuse, racism, and physical disabilities. Morgan Doremus, RT BOOK REVIEWS' web editor, feels that, despite the “not-very-uplifting” core themes in my work, readers look forward to the emotion they find in my books, and she has asked that I address this for RT readers.

That’s quite an assignment. I’ve often wondered, myself, what readers find in my work that has inspired such a huge and loyal following.


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The Authors Of A New Anthology Issue Us An Invitation To Sin

BY , FEBRUARY 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

When we heard that historical romance authors Jo Beverley, Vanessa Kelly, Sally MacKenzie and Kaitlin O’Riley had pooled their talent to create this month’s anthology, An Invitation to Sin, our next move was clear. We went right to the four authors to tell us what surprised them about the unexpected relationships that bloom in each of their novellas!

The Surprise In “Forbidden Affections" by Jo Beverley:

I've always been fascinated by the gothic tales that gripped readers in the late 18th and early 19th century. People who think Regency misses were demure would get a shock to share their enjoyment of capture by bandits, terror from lascivious monks, and hauntings by a variety of ghouls. In my story, "Forbidden Affections", a young fan of such works finds herself plunged into a simulation of one of her favorite stories and like so many gothic heroines, can't resist exploring.


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Two English Heroes

BY , FEBRUARY 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

Are you seeking tall, dark and English? Your search is over with two new series romances heroes from Harlequin Historical.


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