The Victorian era generally began in 1837 (the year Victoria became Queen) and ended in 1901 (the year of her death). The common perception of the period is the Victorians were “prudish, hypocritical, stuffy and narrow-minded”. But these perceptions were not always accurate, as you will see in the romances on my new "best list". While fiction, they will give you the flavor of the Victorian era. See the list here.
“Phenomenal storytelling and world building with a romance that is touching and will have you cheering as well as shedding a few tears. If you've ever questioned your faith, this will make your soul smile. Very well done!” – The Reading Cafe
“… beautifully layered with true historic figures and authentic history of Scotland woven into a creative and intriguing story. A spectacular, riveting adventure… 5 Stars!” –Tartan Book Reviews
“The historical detail was rich and full flavored, giving me a very realistic feel for the time. The romance was sweet and fulfilling and the faith aspects done perfectly.”
– Paula Quinn, NY Times Bestselling Author
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All profits from The Refuge go to the Christian Alliance for Orphans.
It takes talent to write a great historical romance novel (as an author, I know), but to write three in a row and make them all worthy reads is an even greater challenge. Of course, I recognize this omits some wonderful single titles and some great multibook series, but if you like to read trilogies, as I do, take a look at the list of the ones I recommend HERE.
He painted in the Victorian era, but his heart was in the past... The Middle Ages and the Regency era were among his chosen subjects. See his art and read more about this gifted artist on Historical Romance Review.
My first inspirational romance, the inspirational version of Rebel Warrior, is available now for preorder on Amazon to release Nov. 22nd. With it's gorgeous paperback cover (the image wraps around), it will make a nice Christmas gift. At a time when spirits can be low, this one is designed to encourage you. And all profits from this book will go to the Christian Alliance for Orphans.
"If you've ever questioned your faith, this will make your soul smile. Very well done!” – The Reading Cafe
The short description:
The Norman Conqueror robbed Steinar of Talisand of his noble father and his lands, forcing him to seek refuge in Scotland while still recovering from a devastating wound. At the royal court, Steinar becomes scribe to the unlettered King of Scots while secretly regaining his skill with a sword.
The first time Steinar glimpses the flame-haired maiden, Catrìona of the Vale of Leven, he is drawn to her spirited beauty. She does not fit among the ladies who have come to serve the devout queen. Not pious, not obedient and not given to stitchery, the firebrand flies a falcon!
Catrìona has come to Malcolm’s court wounded in spirit from the vicious attack on her home by Northmen who slayed her parents and her people. But that is not all she will suffer. The king has promised her to one of his favored warriors, but she has given her heart to a lowly scribe.
When all is lost, what hope is there for love? Can a broken heart be mended? Can a damaged soul be healed?
Who among us ladies hasn’t dreamed of a knight in shinning armor? Or, of living in a time when valor prevailed and honorable men did great deeds and women of character loved them? (I did say we were dreaming, right?) Well, the historical romances on my new BEST MEDIEVAL ROMANCES list will take you back to those medieval times. See the list HERE.
In the course of my research for my Medieval Warriors series, I learned a lot of surprising things about the horses the Norman knights rode. For example, horses were not so much distinguished by breed as by use. There were highly trained warhorses like destriers, strong coursers, smooth-gaited palfreys for lords and ladies, and general purpose rounceys. Knights did not, for the most part, ride their warhorses around the countryside, at least not very often. So what did they ride? See more.
One of my readers asked me about the colors of the medieval era (from the 5th through 15th centuries). And this got me to thinking. For my own medieval stories, my research told me the people preferred bright colors and scarlet was often the color of nobility, including the English, French, Scots and Danes. But now I look to the source of those colors. See more.
October is Medieval Month on my blog and since I have a new medieval romance, King's Knight, available now on Amazon for preorder (Goodreads giveaway, too!), I thought to begin with a central feature to each of my medieval stories... the Welsh... er, the English longbow. How long has the longbow been in England and where did it come from? See more.
I have read many Georgian and Regency romances over the years, so it was inevitable that I should have a “best list” to include them. The Georgian era covers the period from 1714 to 1830, with the sub-period of the Regency, 1811-1820, when George, Prince of Wales (‘the Prince Regent”) reigned during the illness of his father George III. See the new list HERE.
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