Great Historical Romance Novels

Only have a minute but want to now about the New Entangled Historical releases, including Duchess Decadence? Here’s my four-question interviews with Mia Marlowe, Ally Broadfield, Nicola Davidson and myself.

First up? Mia! Welcome, Mia! Please give us The Madness of Lord Westfall in one line.

When Pierce Langdon, Lord Westfall fell from an oak tree as a boy, the accident so rattled his brain, it left him hearing voices. Now he’s fallen again…this time for a totally unsuitable woman!

Delicious! Which came first, The Madness of Lord Westfall’s plot, premise or people?

My hero came first. The Madness of Lord Westfall is Order of the M.U.S.E. book two, and we first meet Pierce in book one, The Curse of Lord Stanstead. I was fascinated by the idea of writing a hero who’d spent time confined to Bedlam.

Indeed, that *is* a fascinating challenge. What do you love about The Madness of Lord Westfall?

The book is all about redemption and the way love binds up the hurts of our pasts and makes us whole.

Hear! Hear! Before you go, will you share your favorite advanced review quote for The Madness of Lord Westfall?

I’m thrilled to share that there have been lots of terrific ones, but one of my favs was the review with a 5 star rating from a Goodreads reader: “I never thought I would start with this sentence… I fell for a man who has been in a prisoner in Bedlam. But when you read this wonderful tale you will too.”

Oh, that is just perfect! Thank you for stopping by, Mia! Next up, my two Entangled Scandalous release-day sisters Ally & Nicola. First, Ally. Welcome Ally! Please give is Say You’ll Love Me in one line.

Lady Abigail Hurst enlists her friend’s brother, Edmund Townsend, the Marquess of Longcroft, to help determine whether her betrothed is guilty of murder, but before the investigation concludes, Abigail discovers with Edmund the kind of love she always wanted…a little too late.

Oh, I love a good betrothed-to-the-wrong-man story! Which came first, Say You’ll Love Me’s plot, premise or people?
The premise. One evening while I was cleaning the kitchen, an idea, or rather a conundrum popped into my head. How would a Regency lady react if she found out her betrothed might have murdered his mistress? She could immediately end the engagement, but what if he had been her childhood sweetheart, and their fathers were close friends who lived on neighboring estates? Would she stick around to see whether he was innocent before deciding what to do, and if he was proven innocent, could she get past the fact that he had a mistress?

I can imagine that got the plot wheels churning! What do you love about Say You’ll Love Me?

I love Edmund, the hero. He’s so wonderfully awkward and clueless about matters of the heart, yet extremely capable in all other areas.

*Big grin* he sounds like a wonderful hero. Before you go, will you share your favorite advanced review quote for Say You’ll Love Me?

“Love, romance and a mystery to be solved, that and exceptional writing made this book an amazing one.” ~wrecked_life, Goodreads review

High praise! Thank you for coming, Ally! Nicola! Your turn. Welcome Nicola! Please give us One Forbidden Knight in one line?

After her physician father’s mysterious death, Catherine Linwood must navigate the intrigue of Queen Mary’s court with a handsome stranger who could save or destroy her.

Edge-of-your-seat wonderful! Which came first, One Forbidden Knight’s plot, premise or people?

Premise! I chanced upon an article about Queen Mary Tudor, who had not one, but two phantom pregnancies. It got me thinking, what might a fervent Catholic queen on a rocky throne do to keep her secrets – even to my heroine, her loyal lady in waiting? Naturally my hero had to be the queen’s enemy, an illegitimate Protestant. And so it began…

I’m breathless just reading the description. What do you love about One Forbidden Knight?

I love the blend of real life events, suspense, sweet romance and wickedness. 🙂

Sounds like a recipe for a great read. Before you go, will you share your favorite advanced review quote for One Forbidden Knight?

“From the start this reader was enchanted with Catherine and Brandon’s characters. Their escapades and steaming chemistry was beyond scorching. Action aplenty throughout the read and a story that I wanted to just keep reading.”

OOOH! Beyond Scorching. Love it. Thanks for stopping by, Nicola! And so it is down to me! Here is Duchess Decadence in one line:

A disgraced duchess must confront the wounds of her past if she is to protect her duke from a malevolent murderer and so she takes the greatest gamble of her life.

As to which came first, Duchess Decadence’s plot, premise or people…

From the very first draft of Lady Vice, the first book in the Furies Series, I knew the hero, Max, worked closely with a powerful Duke. To complicate matters, I made that Duke’s estranged wife the heroine’s close friend. Both the Duke and the Duchess jumped into the pages of Lady Vice in all their prickly complexity. It was a true challenge to find a way for two proud and wounded people to come together once again.

Of course, I’ll share what I love about Duchess Decadence…

My favorite part of writing the series has been showing the value and closeness of female friendship, especially in times of hardship. For a duchess getting in touch with her sensual side, the support and information only true friends could share proves essential. And I love what happens when a stitched up Duke lets the floodgates open.

And finally, my favorite advance review quote for Duchess Decadence was:

“We’ve seen the Duke and Duchess interact with each other through each of the other Furies books and I knew that when they finally got back together, it would be explosive. LaCapra did not disappoint me!!” -Amy A, Goodreads. What a pleasure and a relief that was to read!

Thanks for stopping by!

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If you have found your way here, you probably already love Historical Romance. However, the genre does have it’s naysayers. *gasp*

There’s always someone saying something along the line of, “The historical is dead. Dead, I tell you, dead!”

Certainly, the genre has cycled through several periods. [Classics! Sweet! Epic! Gothic! Fun! Dark! Suspenseful! Sexy!] A-hem. However, to slightly misquote Mr. Clemens, the reports of the demise of the historical have been greatly exaggerated.

In fact, you can now buy new-and-wonderful books in any period from Ancient Nomadic people, to Roman, to Viking, to European Medieval, to Georgian-Regency-Victorian England, to American Western, to American Colonial, to American Southern-set, to the Gilded Age and even to the early 20th century. And no matter what time period you choose, you will find a heart-rending love story both tied-to and yet transcending the concerns of that time.

How beautiful it is to immerse yourself in a world beyond your own–a world the author has taken pains to help you visit, heaping care and attention to sensory detail that will let you experience another time while also giving you a story that will prove the heart and soul to be perennial.

Sounds great, right?

What are some objections, then? Well, here are two I have heard:

“But they didn’t bathe back then.”

Le sigh.

First of all, not EVERYONE in history believed water was the source of every disease. And, even if full-tub-immersion was uncommon through most of history, can we not agree that our ancestors found each other attractive enough to get us here? Perhaps our modern noses would have had trouble in prior times, but if the character’s noses would not have been offended–and they would have been accustomed to the scents of their day unless they were somewhere unusual–why should our senses be ‘imaginarily’ offended enough to confine us to fictional stories set in the modern, overly floral scented world? It’s quite possible they would find our synthetic scents overwhelming.

Besides, take it from someone who has stayed for weeks on a farm where the water had to be hand-pumped: sponge baths are remarkably effective. And, do we worry if the protagonists of modern romances are showering daily when we read? No! We get lost in the story. As we should.

“I don’t want a history lesson.”

Historical Romance Authors aren’t professors. I take that back. Many Historical Romance Authors actually are professors, but, when writing, they are storytellers first. Authors use time periods to enhance the story, not to teach a lesson or to detract from the reading experience. I promise you will quickly understand what’s going on in a historical, even if the world or expressions used are unfamiliar. Why? Context. And beta readers. Sure there are words and references that certain devotees of a time-period will know without referencing the context, but I pinky swear you will enjoy a dance between two potential, nervous young lovers even if you’ve never heard of Almacks and have no idea how the cravat thing the author said was tied around the hero’s neck would have actually looked.

So, there are my arguments for historical romance. Or, actually, my arguments against the arguments against historical romance.

If you love Historical Romance, check out the #histrom tag on twitter to discover new books, new time periods and new books from authors-new-to-you, or go visit the web and/or Facebook page of The Historical Romance Network.   I have pinned some of my favorite historical romances on this Pinterest board (by NO means exhaustive…I’m working on it).

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*This ‘review’ has been posted on Amazon and Goodreads

Dark-Lady-185x300Maire Claremont’s debut Dark Lady grabbed me on page one and kept me riveted through the end. The writing is gorgeous, the heroine strong and very sympathetic, and the hero honorable and sigh-worthy through the darkest moments. The story is swims through the hidden side Victorian splendor, where laws could be twisted to satisfy the ends of the powerful. As the hero and heroine clash against the forces bent on their destruction (and sometimes against each other), their strength and honor build and the very deep wounds of their past heal. Those clashes, whether or not they are in alleyways, carriages, madhouses or drawing rooms, are always vivid and soulfully depicted. Ian and Eve form a love that conquers her consuming grief, his pervasive guilt and the greed and evil intent of the villain(s!).

Highly, highly recommended!