Every now and then I love a good Viking Romance. Not fantasy, not paranormal, just straight up historical romance from the time of the raiding Norse warriors. There’s nothing like a Viking raid and a strapping tall warrior to get your blood boiling, right? Well, of course, it must be well done and we want a strong heroine to give the guy a hard time. And a little history thrown in doesn’t hurt either. If you like ‘em, I have a list of those I’ve rated 4 and 5 stars--see it HERE!
Today I'm on Inspired Writers for an interview about my research, my writing and the inspiration behind my latest book, THE RED WOLF'S PRIZE.
Come join me. See the interview HERE.
It's Christmas time and at this time I always post my list of Favorite Heroes & Heroines from those stories I've rated 5 stars. I have read and reviewed over 750 historical romances and in those novels that I have loved the most there are some wonderful heroes and heroines…noble men who though they may have tortured pasts, flaws and all the odds against them, overcome to conquer and to love; and heroines who persist against great obstacles to be with the man to whom they would give their heart—strong, intelligent women of character. Worthy heroes and heroines every one.
To see the list, click HERE. And comment to win a copy of my Christmas story THE HOLLY & THE THISTLE!
From now till Christmas, Racing with the Wind, Book 1 in the Agents of the Crown trilogy is on sale for 99¢. It's a great time to begin the series!
Set in London and Paris in 1816, it tells the story of an earl's intrepid daughter who leaves Regency London for the Parisian court of Louis XVIII, where she finds adventure, mystery, and love.
"...a superb historical romance, filled with passion, political intrigue, and a worthy hero and heroine!"
--CYNTHIA WRIGHT, Award Winning Author
“A dashing spy and an intrepid English lady romp through Regency England and Paris. A must read from a bright new author!”
--SHIRL HENKE, USA Today Bestselling Author
"...a dazzling mix of passion, adventure, mystery and love."
--Breath of Life Reviews
I am frequently asked what are my favorite historical romances. That’s a long list, as you know from my “best lists.” There are currently over 100 5-Star romances on my "Favorite Keepers" shelf on Goodreads. But since you asked, I'm giving you my current top 20. Some are from new authors; some from authors who lived decades ago. The list changes each year.
These stories are the ones that have stayed with me, the ones I want to re-read, the ones I can’t forget. They are all keepers and rated 5 stars. Their heroes and heroines grace my Favorite Heroes and Heroines list I’ll post later this month. It’s no coincidence that they are written by some of my favorite authors. See the list HERE and comment, telling me your favorite historical romance, to win one of my books!
Christmas dinner in Regency England often ended with wonderful desserts, including marchpane (what we call marzipan), gingerbread, mince pie and Christmas pudding, which was more like a cake than what Americans call pudding. In both my Christmas novella The Twelfth Night Wager, and my short story The Holly & The Thistle, Christmas Plum Pudding is served on Christmas Day.
For the traditional recipe and one I like that's much easier, see HERE.
It takes talent to write a great historical romance novel, but it takes even more to write three in a row and make them all worthy reads.
See the new list on Historical Romance Review, all those I've rated 4 or 5 stars, HERE.
#1 Bestseller on Amazon in Ancient World Romances and #7 in Amazon's Top 100 Medieval Romances!!
And now you can win a copy on Goodreads! From Nov. 18 to Dec. 2nd, enter to win a copy of The Red Wolf's Prize.
Just click on the cover!
Medieval romance has been around for centuries. The love story of King Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere, as memorialized in Lancelot, le Chevalier de la Charrette, an Old French poem, written in the 12th century, and Wagner's composition of Tristan und Isolde are classics we never tire of. And, many of us read Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, set in 12th century England, when we were in school. It might surprise you to know that romance writing developed in Britain after the Norman Conquest and flourished right through the Middle Ages.
Why do we love to read about that time when knights battled for their king and ladies swooned at their victories? Perhaps it is the notion of chivalry, a valuing of womanhood and virtues such as truth, honor and valor. A knight who rises to duty, and the maiden who would take her place at his side. See More.