On Radishes…I mean Rakes and Rogues
Sometimes I envy Regency authors. You want to write about a sexy rake, you write about a sexy rake. Me, I have to wonder if the word “rake” itself sounds too, well, Regency. Since my stories take place in imperial China, it’s reasonable to assume everything is translated anyway, but I have to be careful about words that will pull the reader out of the story.
So what would be a “rake” reasonably be called in Tang Dynasty China?
A while back, I did a little research into Chinese terms and slang about love and relationships and discovered the idiom “flower heart big radish” (花心大萝卜), which is used to refer to a dissolute man who shamelessly lures women with romantic advances. Sure sounds like a rake to me!
But can readers fall in love with a hero described as a “big radish” Read More
On Radishes…I mean Rakes and Rogues
The Reluctant Bride: passive or passionate, she’s a woman of her times
Passive heroines don’t go down well with modern audiences so as an historical romance author I’m often faced with a balancing act … or an exciting challenge: how to invest my heroine with what it takes to triumph over adversary in a time when she had minimal resources.
A woman who is entirely dependent on her closest male relative knows she has to tread carefully if she’s not to have her only support withdrawn.
She’s not going to give lip if it means she might no longer receive her pin money … or have a home.
As a writer of historical fiction I think it’s important to emphasize the powerlessness of my heroines in the first chapters of my stories. I like to show their pent-up desperation against circumstances seemingly beyond their control. After that, depending on the personality of the heroine and what gets thrown her way, her clawing back of the rights she deserves, including happiness, is as integral as the plot itself. Read More
RAKES! By Jade Lee
Let's talk about RAKES! Quite simply, they're hot guys who bed lots of women because they're a) sexy, b) good in bed, and... and... well, c) really just love women. Also they're very hot and never get VD.
So why do we love them? Come on, who doesn't like a bad boy? And better yet, who doesn't like REFORMING a bad boy to be one's very special, only one? That's the fantasy, isn't it? To be so amazing, so special that even the most notorious bad boy (who is also disease free and great in bed) gives up his wicked ways to just pleasure you. All the time. As much as you could possibly want.
Audience participation time! (er...blog participation time) Name your favorite rake! I've put in a few pictures here, just to pass the time while you think! Meanwhile, let me tell you about my two favorite love 'em and leave 'em guys. Read More
I write in much the same way I breathe – it’s essential. I made up stories long before I learned to read or write. Once I mastered reading, it became and remains a favorite pastime but I enjoy writing as much. When I’m putting together a new work of fiction, it’s like reading intensified. I’m in charge and the story goes where I take it. My characters, my settings, all become very real to me and when I finish, I go into emotional withdrawal. I’m celebrating the release of my 18th full-length novel from Rebel Ink Press (and twenty-fifth overall) this month with my latest historical romance, Hear The Wind Blow, Love.
One lucky reader who comments on my blog will be randomly selected to win an eBook copy of Hear The Wind Blow, Love. Good luck!
Without any further ado, here’s the blurb:
When the Armistice ends the Great War in November 1918, the end comes too late to save Maude Whitney’s husband, Jamie. But Maude realizes her heart still belongs to Harry, her brother-in-law who courted her first. He’s been her rock in Jamie’s absence while they shared quarters with the grandparents who raised the brothers. But Granpa died and Granny moved to town so when Maude invites him to move back under the same roof, it’s sure to be a scandal in the rural Ozarks.
Tempted by Adam is May Williams’ latest WWII Era Historical Romance available now in digital format from The Wild Rose Press.
She stuffed her pencil through the rings of her steno-pad and checked the camera.
Three exposures left, and she wanted something a little less formal.
“I need a couple more shots. Let’s make these less businessman and more boatbuilder.
What do you usually wear to work in? Certainly not a tie and jacket.”
“Overalls.” He gestured to a worn, blue garment hanging on a peg.
“Would you mind?”
“Nope. I prefer it.” He shed his jacket and tugged on his working clothes over his dress pants and white shirt.
“You better lose the tie and roll up your shirt sleeves to hide them,” she said. He did as she asked, turning to her for approval when he was done. His white collar stuck out from the overalls. Giving him the camera, she reached around his neck, tucking in the collar as her hands moved toward the front. Smoothing the last edges of the shirt to the inside, her fingers lingered on his chest for a second longer than they needed to. She forced herself to take a small step back. “There. Now you look like a working man.” Read More
The Lotus Palace Release Day & Free Read:
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Chinese Courtesans
While writing The Lotus Palace (and the short novella “Capturing the Silken Thief” before that) I had to do a lot of research into the society and culture of the Pingkang li, also called the North Hamlet, where the elite courtesans resided. I figured a “Five Things” list might be more interesting than a long, dry historical essay—though I’m perfectly happy to write those too!
1. They are NOT geisha
Japanese geisha culture seems to have permeated the Western conscious much more so than Chinese courtesan culture, but it’s important to know that the Chinese courtesans were not geisha. Though there are similarities in their functions in society, courtesans did not look or act like their Japanese counterparts and actually developed a distinctive culture before geisha culture evolved.
I’m thrilled to be on RomCon® today to share my latest release, Believe In Me! This is the third book in The Vengeance Trilogy.
Here’s a little bit about it:
A knight determined to honor his vow.
A lady set on vengeance.
Only love stood in their way. Read More
Interview with Donal MacNabb
Thank you, RomCon, for inviting me here today. I’ve brought Donal MacNabb with me to talk about his book, HIGHLAND SEER (Highland Talents #2), as well as his role in Highland Healer (Highland Talents #1). So let’s get right to it.
You were quite the thorn in your laird, Toran Lathan’s side in HIGHLAND HEALER. Why were you so dead set against his interest in the Lowlander Healer, Aileana Shaw?
I had reason to suspect her. The Healer cared for the invading army. Toran escaping with her was one thing. The laird has an eye for a pretty lass. Bringing her into the Aerie - the Lathan keep - was a risk I wasna comfortable with. Had she persuaded him to bring her? Aye, I saw how she saved Jamie’s life with her touch. But that only made me wonder what else that touch might be able to do. Read More
I just spent the day with my kids at a Civil War reenactment in Maryland. I'm a little obsessed with them. Every time we go east to visit family, I look up online the nearest reenactment and drag my kids. Today's events were great. Small, not crowded. And most of all, not hot.
How on earth did people fight wars wearing wool pants and coats? The ladies wore big hoop skirts with long sleeves and high collars. They didn't have ice packs. They didn't have air conditioning. The didn't even have ice cubes to cool a drink. Read More
The golden age of Hollywood is in the business of creating stars, and Rosie Worth – now starlet Roxy Price - has found everything she hopes for in the glittering world of the silver screen. With adoring fans and a studio-mogul husband, she’s finally silenced the voices – and grief- of the past. Her future shines bright until that fated black Friday when it all comes crashing in. Her husband, Dashielle Parks loses everything, and when he takes his life, he leaves behind a bankrupt studio, a mistress and an illegitimate child. Roxy suddenly finds herself disgraced and penniless in a world of glamour. Her only hope is to get her inherited studio back in the red, even if she has to join forces with wealthy investor Rolfe Van Horne, Belgian Duke and long time movie investor. But Rolfe is not who he seems and has other plans for Roxy and her movies, plans that include supporting a growing unrest in Europe. Plans that will break her heart and just might get her killed. Worse, when her country needs her, will she have the courage to surrender her glittering world…and the true love she’s always thirsted for? An epic 1930’s tale of glamour and riches and the true cost of both. Read More
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