Historical

The Christmas Calamity By Shanna Hatfield

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

It is a great pleasure to be on RomCom today to announce the upcoming release of my latest sweet Victorian romance holiday, The Christmas Calamity.

It’s the third book in the Hardman Holidays series, set in Eastern Oregon in the 1890s. Although Hardman is now a ghost town, back in the late 1800s it was a bustling stop on the stage route running through the area. The series begins with The Christmas Bargain followed by The Christmas Token. While each story focuses on a different set of main characters, familiar characters appear in all three stories.

In The Christmas Calamity, dependable and solid Arlan Guthry relishes his orderly life as a banker’s assistant in Hardman, Oregon. He’s even begun toying with the idea of courting the town’s schoolteacher. His uncluttered world tips off kilter when the beautiful and enigmatic prestidigitator Alexandra Janowski arrives in town, spinning magic and trouble in her wake as the holiday season approaches.

Excerpt: Read More

Passionate Secrets by Lana Williams

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Thank you for hosting me, RomCon! I’m excited to share my latest release, Passionate Secrets. This story is the second in The Secret Trilogy and is set in Victorian London.

The idea for this trilogy involved following three lords who were all injured in an electromagnetic experiment that went awry at university. Their lives were forever changed by the events of this night. As a result of the electromagnetism charge, each man now has the ability to see auras, but only a particular kind. Stephen, the first lord featured in Unraveling Secrets, sees auras of good and evil. Needless to say, this leaves him a very tortured man. Michael, the second lord in Passionate Secrets, sees auras of success and failure. Lucas, the third lord which will be featured in Shattered Secrets, sees...well...I’m not sharing that one yet.  I like surprises, don’t you? The final book in the trilogy will be released early 2015.

Here’s a little bit about Passionate Secrets:

Michael Drury, Viscount Weston, treats life like a business, shunning personal connections at all costs to avoid the passion that ultimately destroyed his parents. Discovering drab governess Emma Grisby in his library is a shock, especially since her uncle appears to have risen from the grave with deadly intent. He suspects her of working with her uncle and devises a scheme to watch her. Read More

Madeleine's Christmas Wish By Ella Quinn

Blog Diva - Monday, October 27, 2014

As soon as the door closed behind them, Madeleine placed her cup down. “We must speak.”

“Indeed.” He sauntered to the sideboard, poured two glasses of wine, and gave her one, placing the other on a small side table.

His eyes warmed, and her heart began to flutter. Then he dropped fluidly to one knee, and took her hand. “Madeleine, will you do me the great honor of being my wife.”

It was as if all the breath had been sucked from her body. “What! We . . . I cannot. You know I must first see to Maman and Genevieve.”

“And you shall.” He met Madeleine’s gaze, and she was unable to break his spell. “I will fetch them and bring them here.” Read More

For Love Of The Duke By Christi Caldwell

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Living in an older New England home with no central air or air-conditioning in the sweltering, humid summers is never fun. Which is why, ironically, when I was getting into bed one summer night, Lady Katherine Adamson chose that precise moment to fall through the frozen Thames River…and so began her story. Perhaps it was my own desire to feel something, anything cool—but in that hot summer night, “For Love of the Duke” was born. And now, I’d love to share the blurb and an excerpt. I’ll be offering a free copy to one commenter!

For Love of the Duke—Official Blurb


After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he’s coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by a fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson.

With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons. After her father’s passing, Katherine learned the unreliability of men, and is determined to depend on no one, except herself. Until she meets Jasper… Read More

A Place Called Harmony By Jodi Thomas

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 07, 2014

In A PLACE CALLED HARMONY readers will be looking at Harmony for the first time. I enjoyed writing about the three men who were brave enough to travel half of Texas to build a town. All three men came to me full and strong as did the women who loved them. From the opening I was running full gallop with a plot.

Over the years, beginning writers come to me and say, “Do I have what it takes to be a writer? Am I gifted?” I always remember the night I followed my writing teacher out of class. I’d just read my first chapter of my first novel. I knew nothing of plotting, viewpoint, characterization or even manuscript format. I’d just signed up for a community class at the college and had dreams of hitting within months.

While we walked to her car, I asked her one question after another. I’m sure she was wondering if I could be some kind of writer/stalker by the time we reached her car. With the door open, I blurted out my last question. “Do you think I can be a writer? I mean a real writer.”

She smiled (or at least I think she did for we were standing on a dark parking lot) and said, “If you work really, really hard you’ll make it.” Read More

Taming the Wicked Wulfe by Tammy Jo Burns

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Excerpt

April 1811…


“Theodore Wulfe, I will not do it! I don’t care that you are a bloody duke! Nothing you can say could make me ever want to tie myself to that man. I cannot believe you even have the nerve to ask such a question of me,” Rebekah stormed to the window and looked through it, unseeing.

“Rebekah,” the man behind her said in a gentle tone, much like one would use when attempting to calm a wild horse. “Do you see those children out there?”

“Yes,” she whispered, letting her forehead fall against the glass, welcoming the coolness. She knew what he would say next, and Lord help her, she could not hate him as much as she wanted to. Read More

Mine To Tell By Colleen Donnelly

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Not every love story begins or ends with the passion of a bodice-ripper. Some develop slowly – an occasional look or a chance word the only spark they ever know. Some endure adversity – lies, infidelity, or opposition creating flames of distrust that thaw and warm a hesitant heart. And some are so unlikely, so unexpected – no one sees the connection coming, not even the lovers themselves.

“Mine to Tell,” a RomCon 2014 Reader’s Crown finalist in Historical Fiction, captures every type of scenario as it entwines and explores the lives of two women, generations apart, who discover what love truly is. Julianne Crouse was labeled an adulterous wife by her rigid and unforgiving husband, leaving a mantle of disgrace on the Crouse family women ever since. It is her great-granddaughter, Annabelle, who senses the story passed down about her great-grandmother isn’t the whole story at all. It is others’ story, not her great-grandmother’s, and until Annabelle can know the truth about what happened those days Julianne disappeared, she will be unable to love, really love as a whole woman is meant to. Desperate to see herself, her mother, and future Crouse women freed, Annabelle defies her family, breaks from the suffocating mold, sacrifices the one relationship she was expected to uphold, all so she can uncover the truth – the story that was Julianne’s, the one Julianne said was, “Mine to Tell.”  Read More

Keepsake by Heather Boyd

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I’m so pleased to be on RomCom today to announce the release of my latest regency romance novel, Keepsake. Keepsake is the fifth book in the Distinguished Rogues series and it completes a plot line that was first mentioned in Chills, Book 1 of the series. A little about Keepsake: The Marquess of Taverham married young and fast with his eye firmly on his bride’s dowry as the means to repair the family fortunes for the next generation. Too late he discovered his new wife wasn’t going to make achieving all of his dreams that easy.

An Excerpt from Keepsake:

“I believe you are seated in my place.”

Kit closed his eyes and willed the voice of his wife to leave him in peace. Miranda’s place at his side had been empty for so long. He had at last reconciled to never seeing her or hearing her voice again. It’s too late now.

Emily jostled against his sleeve. “I don’t agree.”

Had he spoken out loud? He’d been a poor escort so far, burdened by a heavy heart in the face of his decision. “Forgive me, my dear,” he murmured. “My mind wandered for a moment and I spoke out of turn.” Read More

In Perfect Time By Sarah Sundin

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, World War II flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they confront the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Excerpt:

For Lt. Kay Jobson, flight nursing meant more than physical care. It meant reconnecting a broken soldier with the shards of his humanity.

Kay assessed her planeload of patients en route from Italy to Tunisia. A restless lot, downhearted. That wouldn’t do.

She headed to the front of the C-47 cargo plane, past six men confined to litters and eleven in seats along the sides of the fuselage. The soldiers had been wounded on the battered beachhead at Anzio or in one of the many bloody failed attempts to take Cassino. “Say, fellows, what do you think about the ’44 baseball season? Starts soon, doesn’t it?” Read More

Zanna's Outlaw By Julie Lence

Blog Diva - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Enduring the Summer Heat

Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve had a love for the old west. Give me a sprawling ranch house, a corral filled with horses and a hunky cowboy and I’m there. John Wayne was and always will be my favorite cowboy, and while he battled outlaws and fought for justice, something else in his movies and in western television shows always caught my eye; the women. I envied Maureen O’Hara and Linda Evans for the costumes they wore. Whether a simple blouse and skirt or an elaborate gown, both looked comfortable in their attire. Fast forward several years and I now wonder how they could wear layers of clothing and not faint from the heat of studio lights. How the ‘real’ women of the old west didn’t faint from heat exhaustion.

Life as a rancher’s wife wasn’t easy. There were floors to scrub, meals to cook over a hot stove, fields to tend and children to raise. A woman had to be strong, determined, and she had to work from sun up until sun down wearing petticoats, knee-length drawers, thick stockings, long sleeved shirts, full length skirts and lace-up boots. Unlike today’s women, exposing any amount of skin from the neck down was taboo. Air conditioning was a breeze blowing in through the window, and lounging beneath a shade tree with a cold drink in the middle of the day was unheard of. Cooling off came at night when the children were asleep and a woman could strip off her clothes. Or on bath day, which wasn’t every day, as is the norm for today’s society. Water had to be hauled from creeks to the homestead and wasn’t wasted on regular bathing.  Read More