Hi Romance at Random! Thanks for having me. As a historical romance author, I run across several interesting facts about the era I’m writing in. A historian by profession, I love researching into the topics and find the true depth of that era or person or war or whatever I’m on a mission to discover. It is that drive to find the truth, to portray and interpret the past correctly, to be able to take the reader back there, which makes my stories rich in the past. In my research for my stories, let me give you a hint of what I’ve come across that is fascinating.
Anyone who knows me at all knows I’m a shoe person. I love shoes. Not impractical five-inch heels, but give me something frou frou or lace trimmed, and I adore them.
With all the glorious historical clothing and accessories, why are shoes my favorite? Have you seen any historical shoes? I’m not talking just vintage, but shoes dating back a few hundred years. Just do a quick search on Pinterest for historical shoes and start drooling.
Female pirates are not a new thing to sailing. They’ve been around since, well, since sailing began, I daresay. There was Teuta of Illyria who, back in 231 BC, went up against the Roman Empire and won. In 1485 Sayyida al Hurra attacked Christian ships after her entire family was forced from their homes by Christians. After Jeanne-Louise de Belleville’s husband was captured and executed by the French government in 1343, a furious Jeanne-Louise sold her body and her land to purchase three warships. She painted the ships black and dyed the sails red and wreaked havoc on the king of France’s ships. Britain’s navy quailed in the face of Ching Shih, a female Chinese pirate who was in charge [...]
It is a beautiful day here in April 2014 – sun is out, the temperature is finally warm after a brutal winter. A time to spend in the glory of spring!
But over 2000 years ago, what Romans did do to enjoy themselves? They had the theater, dinner parties and the spectacle of the games. What games? Chariot racing was big but the most exciting of all – the gladiatorial games.
From the Goodreads description: The most charming Wilde cousin, Lady Skye has secretly loved the enigmatic Earl of Hawkhurst since girlhood, long before the tragedy that left him scarred both physically and emotionally. When Skye learns that the celebrated hero has returned to England from his self-imposed exile to make a cold marriage of convenience, she brazenly plants herself on his castle doorstep, determined to convince Hawk that she alone is his true mate and destiny. An elite member of the Guardians of the Sword, Hawk has vowed never again to risk the pain of loving—but that’s before he deals with the most enchanting, annoyingly persistent seductress he’s ever encountered. One night of blazing passion leaves him impossibly torn. Will [...]
Pirates are an interesting lot in many ways. They’re criminals. They’re rogues. They’re mercenaries. They’re killers. They’re businessmen. They’re entrepreneurs. They’re smugglers. They are also very, very superstitious. Pirating was a democracy and it was this democratic way of running their ships that attracted a lot of sailors. Sailing for England’s Royal Navy was not all it was cracked up to be—especially for those on the lower rung of the ladder. If a pirate didn’t like the way things were run, a vote was taken and the captain could be voted off the island, so to speak. In other words, there were rules to follow on this democratic sailing vessel and a lot of those rules came about because of [...]
In my latest release, Desiring Lady Caro, there is a lot of food. After all, one must eat, and when you are confined to a coach while fleeing an insane marquis, food is a nice diversion. There is a lot of chocolate in this book, as well other regional specialties, most of them I’ve been fortunate enough to sample during my own travels. Caro and Huntley begin in Venice. The whole Veneto region is famous for its rice, particularly risotto. If you hang a left at Verona, and head toward the Austrian border, the food gradually becomes more a bit heavier. There is wonderful ravioli, then the further north you go, and the food becomes a tasty mix of Austrian [...]
SUSANA from Susana’s Parlour says: New favorite author! 5/5 stars! Susana wrote a beautiful review really capturing the context of this story — but do you know what grabs my attention most? When a reviewer compares the author to someone I’m already reading and adoring. So when I saw this: “This story is every bit as delightful as those by my favorite Regency authors: Lisa Kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, etc. I will definitely be looking for the other books in the series!” I was like, what the whaaa?? I’m in! How about you, do you like author comparisons when making your reading choices? Check out the rest of Susana’s review here-enjoy!
Lover of Romance’s review from Goodreads was one of my all time favorites — how can you not adore, be intrigued – shoot, want to read this after you read: Pleasing The Pirate is such a wonderfully written historical romance, that is full of historical events, enticing characters, and a story line to keep you on the edge and waiting in anticipation for the next scene to send thrills down your spine!!! PURELY SENSATIONAL!! Read the rest of Lover of Romances review here Thanks Lover of Romance! We love you!
I’ve always had a weakness for strong characters. I don’t necessarily mean the heroes who can bench-press twice their weight – although that kind can be agreeable, too. I like the ones with inner strength, who can rise to whatever challenges that life (or a meddlesome author) may throw into their path. In my new historical romance, A WICKED PURSUIT, both the hero and the heroine must overcome some pretty serious obstacles. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is tall, handsome, and charming, and on the verge of marrying Julia Barclay, the most desirable lady of the season. His life is exactly how he wants it – until an accident leaves him badly injured. There were no orthopedists or physical therapists [...]
In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected. As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the [...]
Two hearts are wrenched between love and duty in Sharon Cullen’s tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder. With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the fierce English pirate Phin Lockwood, but the buccaneer laughs at her meager funds. His roving eyes, however, tell Mairi there’s something else he’ll take in exchange for her brother’s rescue. Though she burns with hatred for the English, she’ll do anything to save her clan. The crown has made it clear that Phin has two choices: [...]
In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected. “First book in a planned trilogy, hot smexy Dukes and Earls, underdog heroine, historical romance and a couple that has broken all the proper rules, to be each other’s “somebody”! YUP .. my kind of book!”~The Reading Cafe “It was great fun seeing Gus and Harry fall in love.”~All I Am As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways [...]
Whenever I see a review that includes, ‘The passion between them sizzles off the pages.’ – whether it is a good or bad review I’m all over it — I want to read that book! Regency Romance Writers did a fabulous job recapping A KISS OF LIES – so much so, I wanted to share it with all of you – enjoy! Review for A Kiss of Lies Author: Bronwen Evans Date of Review: 01/10/14 Reviewed by: Regency Romance Writers Reviewer Comments: Kiss of Lies is the first book in Bronwen Evans’ series Disgraced Lords. In this book, you will completely understand where the series title comes from. Ms. Evan transports us from England to Canada and back again with [...]
The holidays are over and, for me at least, the dark days of winter are here. That Polar Vortex thing? I’m so over it. Not to complain or anything, but geez Mother Nature, could you give us a break? My kids have been off school. A lot. Let me repeat that. A. LOT. Even my college kid has had her classes canceled. Call me old, but when I was in college you went to class come hell or high water. Or freezing temperatures. But. Okay. Whatever.
The much-anticipated new Cathy Maxwell novel, The Bride Says No (HarperCollins, January 28), publishes next week. I asked Cathy Maxwell fan and blogger, Kimberly Rocha of Book Obsessed Chicks, for the best “starter” book for the uninitiated. She said that Married in Haste is a must-read. A marriage-of-convenience tale that resonates with unforgettable passion and love. Brenn Owens, The Earl of Merton, has come to London to choose a bride. A sexy war hero, he has his pick of the season’s debutantes, and once he spies beautiful Tess Hamilton no other will do. But Tess has a dark secret she’s desperate to hide—she has no choice but to marry quickly before her family’s ruin becomes grist for the gossip [...]
Happy Release Day to Bronwen Evans, today we’re celebrating her book, A KISS OF LIES, and offering a #Giveaway — good luck! And now, here’s Bron: Let me introduce you to the Libertine Scholars, the six heroes in my new Regency historical romance series, Disgraced Lords. They met at school, going through to Oxford together. Due to their appetite for learning, coupled with their rakish seductions, they earned the nickname The Libertine Scholars. They’re lords who are definitely loveable rogues, and who use their brains for more than just carousing. There is nothing sexier than an intelligent, handsome man. However, all is not well with the Libertine Scholars. During book #1 A KISS OF LIES, they uncover a plot to [...]
Here it is! On sale Tuesday, A Kiss of Lies – enjoy! A Kiss of Lies The Disgraced Lords Series Bronwen Evans Loveswept Chapter 1 London, England, November 1815 “Get up!” If not for the fact that the rage-filled voice bellowing in his ear was speaking English, Christian Trent, the Earl of Markham, might have thought he was back in France. Certainly the press of cold steel at his throat flooded his brain with memories of the war: nightmarish memories, pain-filled memories. Memories he fervently tried, but hopelessly failed, to forget. Experience had taught him that when one was in such a precarious position, with a sword at one’s windpipe, with the identity and reasoning of the attacker unknown, one [...]
Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard (Renegade Royals) By Vanessa Kelly Kensington/Zebra January 7, 2014 Vanessa Kelly will be guest posting with us next week, so now’s the time to catch up on her new Renegade Royal series. The first book just published this week to lots of buzz: In this witty, sensual new series, Vanessa Kelly introduces the Renegade Royals, illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes who are finding their rightful places in society. Accomplished spy Aden St. George prefers to stay away from the frivolous ton, especially after the way his mother was used by the Prince Regent. But his latest mission compels him to guard unconventional, vibrant Lady Vivien Shaw. Rescuing her from kidnappers was easy. [...]
Berkley/January 7, 2014 It’s the roaring twenties, and San Francisco is a hotbed of illegal boozing, raw lust, and black magic. The fog-covered Bay Area can be an intoxicating scene, particularly when you specialize in spirits… I’m a fan of (ok, sucker for) all things 1920s. So when I read about a 1920s love story that was also a ghost story, it fell into the instant-download category. I was happy to discover it features not only the 1920s and an unsavory spirit, but also women who defy convention. Aida Palmer performs a spirit medium show at a speakeasy called Gris-Gris. Her show is entertainment, but her ability to connect with ghosts is real. Her boss, Velma Toussant, is rumored to [...]
Happy Release Day! Author Sharon Cullen interviews Samantha Kane about her new book DEVIL IN MY ARMS – enjoy! I was thrilled to be able to interview Samantha Kane, especially after I read DEVIL IN MY ARMS. This was a very fun book and I loved the hero, Hil. And I always like a heroine who is stronger than everyone gives her credit for. Just a little bit about the book:
Loving the Earl is book two in her series starring Claire whom we met in The Notorious Lady Anne. After the death of her physically and emotionally abusive husband, Claire Hartford is ready for an adventure. She is headed to Italy to find herself an Italian lover. Trying to get out from under the careful watch of her brother, she schedules her departure on a ship not in his fleet. Unfortunately for her, Claire’s brother has found out and instead of stopping her, he has sent his best friend to keep an eye on her.
In Sharon Cullen’s, LOVING THE EARL, Claire Hartford is determined to have the adventure she’d been denied when she was younger. A young widow held under the thumb of her abusive late husband, Claire vows that she will have her fun no matter what. But Lord Nathan Ferguson has other ideas. Tasked to watch out for Claire by her overprotective brother and on a mysterious mission of his own, Nathan has no idea what he’s getting into… Interview by Samantha Kane, Devil In My Arms releases later this month!
I’m so glad to be invited back. The last time I was here I discussed heroines, Regency ones in particular. But today I’ve been thinking a lot about how we communicate. Even with all our electronic devices, and tendency to be blunt, we sometimes have trouble being understood. Everyone probably has that person or persons who take everything we say the wrong way.
What Not to Bare is out today, and I am so excited to share Charlotte and David’s story with everyone. In writing this book, I challenged myself not to make it a ‘do or die’ story–in some of my previous books, the heroine, in particular, has had to marry someone or find some way to secure her future–or else. Charlotte doesn’t have to worry about that. She is financially independent, she knows she could eventually persuade her parents to let her do what she wants, and she already knows her own mind. She just wants love, and she won’t compromise herself for something that isn’t what she truly deserves.
Maya Banks, the New York Times bestselling author of erotic romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary romance, has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. In Bed with a Highlander is the start of a beguiling trilogy featuring three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy—and to surrender their hearts to love. Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan’s clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, [...]
It seems so odd to realize that not very long ago, a woman’s role in life were really limited to one: wife and mother. The unfortunate female who didn’t find a suitable husband became a spinster, dependent upon the charity of her family, while those without such means were relegated to positions such as governess, seamstress, or maid. I remember reading Little Women, and thinking it sad that bright and talented Jo, who eventually published some of her stories, was so limited when it came to a career.
If you’re a writer I’m sure you’ve been asked “How do you come up with your ideas?” I’m asked this every time I talk about writing with someone who doesn’t write. They’re amazed that all these plots are swirling around in a writer’s brain. I can’t imagine not having a plot in my head. Even before I knew I wanted to write—like decades before I knew I wanted to write—I still had plots in my head. As a kid, I thought in scenes. Whatever was going on around me was a springboard for a daydreaming session. Too bad I didn’t connect the dots earlier and realize I needed to tell stories.
By Ashley Woodfolk | September 20, 2013 at 10:23 am
Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, and Showtime’s The Tudors, The Boleyn Kingis the first book in an enthralling trilogy that dares to imagine: What if Anne Boleyn had actually given Henry VIII a son who grew up to be king? Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, known as William, is a king bound by the restraints of the regency yet anxious to prove himself. With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of rebellion at home, William trusts only three people: his older sister Elizabeth; his best friend and loyal counselor, Dominic; and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by William’s mother, Anne Boleyn. Against a tide of secrets, betrayal, and [...]