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NEW RELEASE: A Counterfeit Heart by K. C. Bateman @katebateman

Today, I’m thrilled to have K. C. Bateman here on the blog, sharing a brand new historical romance release with us!

book coverA Counterfeit Heart

As Sabine de la Tour tosses piles of forged banknotes onto a bonfire in a Paris park, she bids a reluctant farewell to her double life as a notorious criminal. She and her business partner must escape France—or face the guillotine. Her only hope of surviving in England is to strike a deal with the very spy she’s spent her career outrunning. But after meeting the arrogant operative in the flesh, Sabine longs to throw herself upon his mercy—and into his arms.

Series Name: Secrets & Spies
Genre: Regency Historical
Heat level: One or two love scenes
ISBN: 9780804181525

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author photoDid you do any special research for this story?

I had a lot of fun researching real historical examples of counterfeiters and forgers for this novel. And did you know Napoleon really did carry out a plan to flood Russia and Austria with fake notes to destabilize their economies? In ‘A Counterfeit Heart’ I decided to play ‘what if…’ and imagine he was planning the same thing for England.

Where do you get your ideas?

Lots of my ideas come from real historical people and events. Some of the things I’ve uncovered in my research seem so outlandish and unbelievable that I don’t put them in my novels for fear of being told they’re ridiculous!

Who was your first auto-buy historical romance author?

Laura Kinsale is definitely an auto-buy for me. Her use of language is masterful and her books always feature unusual settings that really take her books to the next level.

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Sabine, my heroine, forges things, but for a good reason. Have YOU ever done anything a bit naughty but with good intentions? (Full disclosure: I often eat my kids’ halloween candy to save their teeth and prevent trips to the dentist!)

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NEW RELEASE: A Lady to Remember by Samantha Grace @SamGraceAuthor

Today, I’m thrilled to have Samantha Grace here on the blog, sharing a brand new historical romance release with us!

book coverA Lady to Remember

Penniless and stranded abroad, Lady Adele Sinclair’s survival depends on her brother’s ability to charm the ladies. When one of his assignations turns dangerous, the siblings must flee for their lives, separating Adele from her one true love.

Jaded by betrayal, Marcus Fletcher spends his days attempting to forget Lady Adele, but when she shows up in London expecting him to honor their betrothal agreement, he must decide if he can learn to forgive or risk losing the love of his life forever.

Series Name: Drayton Theatre Production
Genre: Regency
Heat level: One or two love scenes

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author photoWhat was your inspiration for this story?

My original intention was to write a Hansel and Gretel story to be included in a Regency fairytale collection, but Adele and Marcus became very insistent that their love story was not the retelling of a classic fairytale. Over the years, I’ve learned to listen to my characters and not attempt to force them into a story that just doesn’t fit. I’m really happy they took over, because I think it turned out to be a much better story than I had planned.

Do you plot your books before you write?

I need a map of where I’m going with a story, so I loosely plot. Sometimes my notes might be as vague as "Something needs to happen here to prove he can be trusted." I especially like to know my characters’ pasts and how they feel about the events that have happened in their pasts before I start writing, so I write out their history during the planning process. It helps me to understand how they will react to present situations. Even though I’m a plotter, I’m flexible. If the story takes off down an unexpected path, I follow. Usually, it’s better than what I had in mind anyway.

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Who was your first ‘Book Boyfriend’?

My first book boyfriend was James Malory from Johanna Lindsey’s "A Gentle Rogue". In fact, it was my first historical romance, and years later, I still love James. I guess it’s true that you never forget your first. 🙂

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Throwback Thursday: Naughty, not Nice with Callie Hutton @calliehutton

Today, I’m thrilled to have Callie Hutton here on the blog, sharing a fabulous historical tidbit with us!

author photoNaughty, not Nice

In my book, Seducing the Marquess, my heroine finds a naughty book in a bookstore. After acquiring it, she decides to use the advice in the book to entice her husband to make love to her as if she were a mistress. He’s been raised to believe he needs to be aware of his wife’s ‘delicate sensibilities,’ and not show lust and passion with her. Not so, says Eugenia.
A reviewer or two questioned the historical accuracy of my story. They claimed those sorts of books were not around in those days. Well, then. I saw that as a challenge. A very cursory search revealed such goodies as the very famous Kamasutra, published in the 3rd century, as well as other well-known stories such as Justine, by Marquis de Sade (1791), Fanny Hill (1748) and of course the very famous The School of Venus, or the Ladies Delight, Reduced into Rules of Practice, published in England in 1680.
So, dear readers, Fifty Shades of Grey was nothing new. Sex has been popular since, well, since the beginning of time.

Tell us something fun about the relationship conflict.

Devon is unhappy with his married sex life, but doesn’t know why. Shouldn’t he be aware of his wife’s delicate sensibilities? When Eugenia finds ‘the book’ and starts to use information to steam things up, Devon thinks she’s having an affair. He begins to follow her, while she’s following him to keep him from finding a new mistress. It made for some fun scenes.

How much research do you do?

Quite a bit. I have four binders full of Regency information, as well as a membership in the Beau Monde RWA chapter where I ask questions all the time. For Seducing the Marquess I had to find erotic books that were available in the time period. I did LOTS of research, in fact. Yes, LOTS . . . .

What do you like best about historical romance?

The restrictions. I think the fact that there were so many rules in place makes for excellent sexual tension between the couple.

book coverSeducing the Marquess

Lord and Lady Devon have a perfectly proper and good ton marriage. Devon is satisfied. And Eugenia was. Until she found the book . . .

Series Name: Lords and Ladies in Love
Genre: Regency
Heat level: One or two love scenes
ISBN: 9781539181712

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Throwback Thursday: Napoleon’s Engagement Ring with K. C. Bateman @katebateman

Today, I’m thrilled to have K. C. Bateman here on the blog, sharing a fabulous historical tidbit with us!

author photoNapoleon’s Engagement Ring

The importance of story (and history!)

Before I began writing Historical romances, I spent fifteen years as an antiques and fine art appraiser in the UK, and in both professions the idea of story is extremely important. In the antiques trade the history behind an object is the ‘provenance,’ and as an auctioneer I’d encourage vendors to tell me as much as possible about a piece. An interesting history can drastically affect the price. Stories are powerful things.

This was perfectly illustrated in an auction result I came across while researching my latest Napoleonic Regency, ‘A Raven’s Heart.’ An auction house in France was asked to sell a pretty two-stone diamond and sapphire ring. It wasn’t fancy. Each of the teardrop-shaped gems weighed just under a carat each, which gave it an estimated auction sale value of around $2,000, based on current market values for similar pieces of jewelry. So far, so ordinary.

But here’s where the story comes in. The vendors had evidence that this particular ring was none other than the engagement ring Napoleon Bonaparte gave to his Empress, Josephine de Beauharnais! Aware that this background would make it more appealing to collectors, the auctioneers set the pre-sale auction estimate at ten times the original valuation—$20,000—and crossed their fingers . . .

Can you guess how much it sold for? How much did the romance of that particular story add to two colored bits of rock and a thin sliver of shiny metal? It sold for $949,000, plus 25% buyer’s commission! That’s over a million dollars!

So I’m firmly convinced of the power and importance of story. As an auctioneer, I hope an interesting provenance will help an item sell for more than the composite sum of its parts. And as an author, I hope that readers will find value in the stories and characters I create. Stories can transport us to new worlds, introduce us to new people, teach us things we didn’t know, and even make us fall in love. And what could be more powerful than that?

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Tell us something fun about the relationship conflict.

A Raven’s Heart includes the classic ‘best friend’s little sister’ trope between the hero and the heroine. Watching Raven and Heloise’s love-hate relationship as they (unsuccessfully) try to fight their simmering attraction to one another is great fun!
One of the themes I play with in the book concerns internal and external scars. Heloise has a scar on her face which she believes makes her unattractive, whereas Raven’s scars are all on the inside. He thinks he’s too emotionally damaged to love. In this respect they’re opposites—and perfect for one another; they both see past the damage and find something to love underneath.

Where do you get your ideas?

Lots of my ideas come from real historical people, events, or things. For example, in one of my favorite scenes Raven lets slip how much he cares for Heloise by referring to the ancient Japanese art of Kinstukuroi. It’s the use of molten gold to repair damaged pottery, with the understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken and lovingly repaired. I thought that was such a romantic idea that I had to include it in a book! Ostensibly Raven’s discussing his mother’s favorite piece of porcelain, but we all know he’s really talking about Heloise.

Do you have favorite historical romance comfort reads?

Absolutely! My keeper shelf includes anything by Laura Kinsale, some Old Skool classics like Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels, Georgette Heyer’s These Old Shades and Devil’s Cub, As You Desire by Connie Brockway, Pride & Prejudice (of course!), Joanna Bourne, Anne Stuart . . . the list goes on!

book coverA Raven’s Heart

When a bookish codebreaker and a dashing spy are reunited in this steamy historical romance, their lives depend on their ability to resist temptation. In the war against France, Heloise Hampden is a high-value asset to the Crown. Someone is trying to kill her for cracking the enemy’s codes, but it’s the agent assigned to protect Heloise who poses the greatest threat to her heart. . .William de l’Isle, Viscount Ravenwood.

Series Name: Secrets & Spies
Genre: Regency / Napoleonic Romance
Heat level: One or two love scenes
ISBN: 9780804181518

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In A Raven’s Heart I play with the idea that Raven and Heloise are like the Greek gods Hades and Persephone. It’s one of my favorite stories; darkness drawn to light. A shadowed Hades kidnaps an unwilling Persephone and takes her down to the Underworld, but the two end up falling in love and learning to compromise. If you could host a dinner party and include any mythological couple, who would you choose?

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NEW RELEASE: The Secret of my Seduction by Caroline Linden @CaroLinden

Today, I’m thrilled to have Caroline Linden here on the blog, sharing a brand new historical romance release with us!

book coverThe Secret of my Seduction

No one suspects plain, sensible Bathsheba Crawford of being the anonymous author of a wickedly scandalous series of naughty novels. But she is.

When she approaches her publisher, rakish Liam MacGregor, with an indecent proposal, he’s shocked. But he accepts.

The rules for their affair are simple: complete secrecy, and no romantic attachment. But the more they see each other…the more pleasure they find in each other’s arms… the harder it is to follow the rules.

Series Name: Scandals
Genre: Historical Regency
Heat level: One or two love scenes
ISBN: 9781542469340

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author photoWhat was your inspiration for this story?

Readers requested it! My previous book (Six Degrees of Scandal) ended with a woman sitting down to try writing a sexy romance novel, more or less. I thought that was the end of the whole series, but several readers wrote to me asking what happened to her. And on a long layover in the airport, a story idea sprouted and grew.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

No, not at all! I studied math in college, which I personally found very romantic since I met my husband in the math department…when he swept me off my feet by asking if I’d like to work the problem set together. I fell like a ton of bricks. It’s all thanks to him that I know what happily-ever-after looks like, which only proves that math is vitally romantic, when done right.

What are your favorite historical romance tropes?

I really love a good frenemies/enemies to lovers story. That and marriage of convenience stories. Both situations force the hero and heroine to confront their own (often wrong) ideas about themselves and about each other. If they have to work together to solve a mystery of some sort, I am 100% hooked. I’m sure it’s all because of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

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NEW RELEASE: The Cursed Countess by Christie Kelley @christiekelley

Today, I’m thrilled to have Christie Kelley here on the blog, sharing a brand new historical romance release with us!

book coverThe Cursed Countess

How many husbands must die before the gossips say it’s a curse? In Lady Tessa Stanhope’s case, three husbands in five years has set tongues wagging. So when she attracts the attention of the handsome and mysterious Jack Raynerson, she is torn between desire for him and the yearning to keep him safe. But Jack is making it clear that he’s more interested in her than the curse.
Can he believe in her innocence and her love? Or will he be her next victim?

Series Name: The Daring Drake Sisters
Genre: Regency Romance
Heat level: One or two love scenes

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author photoDid you do any special research for this story?

I had to find a good poison that would work. In my dedication I had to thank my sons who are never concerned finding a book of poisons on the kitchen table.

Do you write every day?

I try to write every day but with a full time day job, there are days I don’t want to look at a computer screen. I tend to get the majority of my writing done on weekends. So I tried to take care of the other stuff (cleaning, yard work, etc) on week nights.

Who was your first auto-buy historical romance author?

Can I have more than one? If not, I would have to say Johanna Lindsay. I loved that fact that she wrote different locations and time periods. You don’t see that much any more from authors.

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NEW RELEASE: The Second Time Around by Ella Quinn @ellaquinnauthor

Today, I’m thrilled to have Ella Quinn here on the blog, sharing a brand new historical romance release with us!

book coverThe Second Time Around

Can a beautiful Worthington widow find love again? Depends on who’s asking . . .

Before he died, Patience was the Earl of Worthington’s second wife. So why shouldn’t Patience be allowed a second chance at marriage, too? Of course, finding a new husband was not something the mother of four had ever planned on. But a surprise encounter with her first love has suddenly made the impossible seem possible all over again . . .

It seems like a lifetime ago that Richard, Viscount Wolverton, was halfway

Series Name: The Worthingtons
Genre: Regency romance
Heat level: One or two love scenes
ISBN: 9781420145656

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author photoWhat was your inspiration for this story?

Patience Worthington, the heroine. She’d had such a bad marriage the first time and it was clear she was suffering.

How much research do you do?

A lot. Customs, mores, clothing, transportation, buildings, you name it. If it appears in the book I’ve researched it.

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Who was your first auto-buy historical romance author?

In historical romance, Georgette Heyer. I love her characters, witt, and attention to detail. Although, because she believed Barbara Cartland was copying her, Ms. Heyer would include one or two facts that were not correct in each book.

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Would you like to live in another era or visit for a short time?

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Series Spotlight: Dangerous Series by Caroline Warfield @carowarfield

Today, I’m thrilled to have Caroline Warfield here on the blog, sharing a completed historical romance series with us!

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Series Name: Dangerous Series
Genre: Regency Romance
Heat level: One or two love scenes

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$2.99 USD – $3.77 CAN – £3.99 GBP

author photoTell us something fun about the heroines.

These heroines are nobody’s cupcakes. Brave, intelligent, and resourceful, they all have special skills. Two have work they value. Three are older than typical regency heroines. Lily, a diplomat’s daughter, is a linguist. Catherine manages the family’s farm. Georgiana is a classical scholar. Nora has enough courage to take on powerful men in a country in which she doesn’t speak a word of the language.

How much research do you do?

I do more than I should! I go off to answer one question and end up wandering down various side roads. Historical detail and setting enhance the stories, but I always end up with piles of research I can’t use. Most of it ends up on my History Imagined blog.

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Who was your first ‘Book Boyfriend’?

I fell in love with Edward Rochester very early. However a few years later I was madly in love with Crawford of Lymond. I probably still am.

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Which clothes do you prefer, Regency, Restoration, or Victorian?

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NEW RELEASE: A Lady without a Lord by Bliss Bennet @BlissBennet

Today, I’m thrilled to have Bliss Bennet here on the blog, sharing a brand new historical romance release with us!

book coverA Lady without a Lord

Theo Pennington, newly named Viscount Saybrook, has a long history of failing those he loves. But it’s surely not his fault that the funds meant to pay his sister’s dowry have gone missing. Can he trust Harriot Atherton, daughter of his steward, to help him find the lost money—or might she be the one responsible for its disappearance?

Series Name: The Penningtons
Genre: Regency Romance
Heat level: One or two love scenes
ISBN: 9780996193757

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author photoWhat was the hardest part about writing this story?

My hero has a learning disability: dyscalculia, a brain-based condition that makes learning or understanding math difficult. Portraying a character with this condition, without making him appear like a victim of his disability, took a lot of research, and a lot of hard thinking and planning.

Do you write every day?

I try to write five days a week, Monday through Friday, in the mornings. Some days that’s harder to do than others! But I put my butt in the chair…

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Who was your first auto-buy historical romance author?

Courtney Milan. I love the combination of her humor, her respect for history, and her determination to portray women who ACT, rather than women who are acted upon. And I love that her heroes love and respect her heroines for their strengths, not for their weaknesses.

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NEW RELEASE: A Cowboy’s Temptation by Michelle Beattie @MBeattie

Today, I’m thrilled to have Michelle Beattie here on the blog, sharing a brand new historical romance release with us!

book coverA Cowboy’s Temptation

With a thirst for adventure and a new life, Katie Matthews heads west to Marietta, Montana to reconcile with her estranged sister. But a series of unfortunate eventsd lands her in jail and at the mercy of a stranger.
Scott Taylor hitches horse and wagon to rescue his partner’s sister-in-law from jail. But once he sets eyes on her, his normally steadfast and simple life will never be the same.

Series Name: Frontier Montana
Genre: Historical Western
Heat level: One or two love scenes
ISBN: 9781945879678

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author photoTell us something fun about the relationship conflict.

I’m not sure how many "one night stands" happened in the old west but this one was super fun to write. I really liked that Katie was more the aggressor when it came to their passion and that it was Scott who felt the responsibility. That it was Scott who demanded they do the right thing.

Do you plot your books before you write?

Lol. Not much. With this one I knew they’d sleep together immediately and that his past would be the conflict between them. Other than that, the book tends to come as I write. I find it really hard to plot ahead. If I know too much before I start then I’m bored and don’t feel I need to tell the story. Of course, this way is much more stressful but I also think it’s more fun.

Who was your first auto-buy historical romance author?

Sandra Brown. I LOVE Another Dawn. Love that story. And also Hidden Fires. Sandra Brown sold me on historical westerns.

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In this book, Scott and Katie find some unconventional places to make love. What “unconventional” place would appeal to you (if you were a heroine in the west in the 1880’s?)

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