Dec 01

Lost in a Kiss on Sale — Only 99 cents!

DRAFT_LHBoxedSEt_v2From now until the end of 2014, less than a month away, the boxed set Love Historicals presents Lost in a Kiss is on sale for the paltry sum of 99 cents. That’s eight novellas by critically acclaimed and bestselling authors for only 99 cents.

Be transported back in time and all over the world, from the middle ages of Europe to the Scottish highlands to 19th-century America. Knights, Native Americans, riverboat gamblers, and lords vie for the hearts of ladies, damsels, and even brothel madams. This rich collection contains all new historical romance stories.

Get Lost in a Kiss today!

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Nov 11


Sergeant_StubbyDue to a policy that has existed since World War II, and despite the protests of armed forces personnel, the United States military refuses to formally recognize the accomplishments of its canine soldiers, stating that such recognition is demeaning to servicemen. So, I’ll do it here. These are just a few of the thousands of DOG HEROES that served in our armed forces.

JACK, Bull Terrier mix, Union army, U.S. Civil War.

GENERAL, Saint Bernard, 14th North Carolina Infantry, Confederate Army, U.S. Civil War.

STUBBY, Bull Terrier mix. The most decorated war dog in U.S. history. That’s him in the picture.

SMOKY, 4 pound Yorkie. WWII’s littlest soldier.

DUDE, Collie Mix, Sentry Dog, WWII

CHIPS, German Shepherd-Collie-Husky mix, WWII, Tank guard dog and the most decorated dog in WWII being awarded the Silver Star for Valor and a Purple Heart.

RONNIE, German Shepherd, WWII, U.S. Coast Guard Dog Patrol.

BOB, Collie mix, WWII, led more forays into German territory than any other U.S. soldier in WWII, human or canine.

DUG, Belgian Shepherd, Korean War.

PRINCE 347E, German Shepard, Vietnam. He served our country his entire adult life.

NEMO, German Shepherd, Wounded in Vietnam. Despite losing an eye to gunfire, he threw himself on 4 Viet Cong to save his handler in 1966. Both survived. One of the few Vietnam war dogs given passage back home to the United States.

TROY, Alaskan Malamute, served the U.S. Air Force in the early 1980’s.

CARLO, Belgian Malinois, Desert Storm.

SSD COOPER, Yellow Lab, July 6, 2007, 94th Mine Dog Detachment, Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On March 13, 1942, Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson signed a letter that authorized the Quartermaster General to officially induct dogs into the war effort. The K9 Corps trained 10,425 dogs up to 1949 to protect and save thousands of lives in WW II. Nearly 4000 dogs served in Vietnam performing scouting and sentry duties. Today, 2300 dogs serve. It used to be that most of the dogs that served overseas never returned home. The military has changed their policy due to overwhelming protests from both the public and the dog handlers themselves. Military dogs are now returned to the U.S. and are no longer euthanized, but instead are given to their handlers when they are retired.

In recognition of the unique contributions of our nation’s military dogs, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act in May which creates a system of care for their retirement. However, identical legislation, S.2134, is currently languishing in the Senate Committee on Armed Forces, with fewer than 20 Senate co-sponors. You can help push this legislation through by contacting your senator and urging him to gather support for S.2134. Our military pups deserve this!

This Veterans Day, please take a few moments to remember our animal vets, past and present. And if any of those vets could talk, I imagine this is what they might say:

When you think of liberty
and count the reasons you are free…
Don’t forget to think of me!
…From a poem by Kathy Anne Harris

Oct 31

Love Historicals presents Lost in a Kiss

Love Historicals presents Lost in a KissThe authors of Love Historicals released our first anthology, a boxed set entitled Love Historicals presents Lost in a Kiss on October 20. The Love Historicals authors who participated are myself (Sydney Jane Baily), Jill Hughey, Anna Markland, Nancy Morse, Laurel O’Donnell, Margery Scott, Lana Williams, and Cynthia Woolf. The eye-catching boxed set graphic was created by our own LH author, Christy Carlyle, and we already have a bunch of five-star reviews on Amazon. Thank you, readers!

We have a lovely trailer that shows all eight of our covers, created by our own LH author, Nancy Morse. You can watch it by clicking here.

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From Amazon:
I received an advanced copy of the 8 Amazing stories and I’m glad I did
By Florencia Fontanon October 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an advanced copy of the 8 Amazing stories and I’m glad I did!!! It’s the first time I read most of these authors and I was pleasantly surprised! Fast paced, heart warming, and full of action and romance!! I would greatly recommend this collection!! Happy readings!!!

Facebook Release After-Party: Tomorrow, November 1, 2014!!

Click here to come on over and have fun. There will be prizes all day long. Here’s the hostess lineup (all times are EST):

2 – 2:30 Jill Hughey
2:30 – 3 Christy Carlyle
3 – 3:30 Cynthia Woolf
3:30 – 4 Laurel O’Donnell
4 – 4:30 Catherine Kean
4:30 – 5 Lana Williams
5 – 5:30 Gina Danna
5:30 – 6 Sydney Baily
6 – 6:30 Nancy Morse
6:30 – 7 Anna Markland

Oct 24

A Chat With Love Historicals Authors

Hi there!  Lana here again taking over the LH blog to continue our chat with our amazing Love Historicals Authors! This is a continuation of a series of blog posts with the hope of getting to know you, the reader, better as well as the LH Authors. Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for some casual conversation!

Today’s Topic is: What are you reading?

Catherine: Soulless by Gail Carriger.  I’m loving her author voice and the quirky characters.

Sydney: I just finished an absolutely excellent book by Irish author Cecilia Ahern called The Time of My Life. I must remember to give my review on Goodreads. Loved it. I’m also reading The Marquess of Cake by Heather Hiestand for a light romantic read while I work out on my stationary bike in the mornings. Thoroughly enjoying it, too.

Christy: I’m always reading more than one book at a time. Some nights I’ll pick up one and then other nights go back to another. Right now I’m reading Throw in the Trowel by Kate Collins, a cozy modern mystery, and The Power of Point of View, a writing craft book by Alicia Rasley.

Margery: I’m reading Dead Weight by TR Ragan. It’s a thriller, the second book in the Lizzy Gardner series.

Adrienne: I am constantly conducting research for upcoming book projects.Since my plan is to finish the fantasy series (that disappeared along with my stolen computer in October 2013,) I have been enjoying the book, NATURAL WITCHERY by Ellen Dugan.  One of my favorite parts of the book is the section titled, “Discovering Your Psychic Abilities.” After taking Ellen’s 5 quizzes for clairaudience, clairvoyance, precognitive dreaming, intuition, and empathy — and getting stellar scores,I might add! — I think I should put up a new shingle and become a personal psychic to the stars!  ::snicker::

Laurel: I’m reading Kathryn Le Veque’s The Dark One: Dark Knight.

Cynthia: I’m doing audio books right now. I’m listening to JD Robb Origins in Death and Debra Holland’s Wild Montana Sky.

Jill: I just finished Allegiant, the third book in the Divergent series, and I have been scarred by the ending.

Lana: I’m re-reading The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler as I’m giving a class at one of the local high schools on The Hero’s Journey. I’m also reading the upcoming release of Lost In His Kiss, a collection of novellas from the Love Historicals authors.

Anna: I am re-reading Carrie Lofty’s Song of Seduction. Love that book.

Nancy: WARLORD by Angus McDonald and I’m about to start reading the Lost In A Kiss novellas.

Gina: LOL Outlander.

How about you? What are you reading now? Please leave a comment.

Oct 17

A Chat With Love Historicals Authors

Greetings! Lana here taking over the LH blog again to continue our chat with our amazing Love Historicals Authors! This is a continuation of a new series of blog posts with the hope of getting to know you, the reader, better as well as the LH Authors. Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for some casual conversation!

Today’s topic: What project are you working on right now?

Nancy: I usually have two projects going at once. BENEATH AN IRON SKY is my next Native American historical focusing on women’s emancipation and Indian rights. LOVE REMEMBERS takes place in British East Africa in 1920 and features a photojournalist struggling to remember her past and a handsome coffee farmer struggling to save his future.

Gina: I’m working on the sequels to my Civil War novel (The Wicked North) & editing my prequel to my Rome novel Love & Vengeance.

Cynthia: I’m working on the first book in the Brides of San Francisco series. It’s actually a prequel series to my Matchmaker & Co series.

Bronwen: I’m finishing A Touch of Passion book #3 in Disgraced Lords then straight on to book #4 A Taste of Seduction.

Anna: Right now I am working on The Rover Defiant, Book Two of the Viking Roots Medieval Romance Series. The Rover Bold was Book One.

Jill: I’m working on the second book in my New Adult series about the eruption of the Yellowstone caldera. The series is called Yellowblown™ and the book is called Rhyolite Drifts.

Lana: I’m working on a Christmas medieval novella which will be the start of a new series for me.

Adrienne: I am trying my hand at a new genre — Romantic Suspense —and writing the first book in the series, THE GUNSLINGER AND THE REDHEADED SLEUTH.  For this series, I have brought back my favorite bad-boy, William “Cass” Cassidy (from SHADY LADY and SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL) and teamed him up with his on-again, off-again lover, Sadie Michelson. I like to describe this series as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith take on the Wild West.” Sadie is now working as a Pinkerton Agent, while Cass is finally wearing his Ranger badge (sort of.) Actually, Cass is working undercover, because his contacts in the criminal underground serve his law allies even better than his gunslinging skills! The first book is tentatively titled, DEVIL IN TEXAS, and is set in 1883. Wish me luck! I shall be shopping this book  to the publishing world later this year.

Christy: I’m working on the third Whitechapel Wagers Series novella, Reckless Wager, which will be available November 1st. I’m also working on a full length Victorian era historical romance featuring a viscount who’s a bit of a Scrooge and a bookseller suffragette who turns his world upside down. It’s tentatively titled The Worth of a Kiss.

Catherine: I’m finishing up a medieval Christmas novella called One Knight Under the Mistletoe.  This will be released  in a boxed set this winter along with stories by Laurel O’Donnell, Eliza Knight, and Denise Domning.

Margery: I’m working on two projects, which is normal for me – the next Morgans of Rocky Ridge novella, Jesse’s story, and a departure for me, a still-untitled cozy mystery.

Sydney: Book 4 (and likely the last) of the Defiant Hearts Series, tentatively titled An Inconceivable Deception.

Laurel: Presently, I’m finishing up an upcoming novella tentatively entitled Mistletoe Knight.  I’m doing a boxed set with the very talented Catherine Kean, Eliza Knight and Denise Domning schedule for release around the Holidays.

Wow! The LH Authors are busy ladies! Perhaps you’re not writing a book, but please do share if you have any projects that you’re working on! We’d love to hear about it!


Oct 12

Historical Romance Network Releases Video

histromnetA group formed recently called Historical Romance Network, created out of a sense that historical romance might be losing popularity. (Gasp! Say it isn’t so.) Perhaps historical romance is considered less relevant than Navy SEAL romance, or perhaps readers have a misconception that all the historical heroines are simpering weaklings and all the men are domineering rakes ready to rip off a lady’s bodice and have his wicked way with her causing her to fall immediately in love with him. Not so.

HRN, of which some of us here at Love Historicals are already members, is going to counter those notions with a blitz campaign, and is starting with an awesome video. Four of our Love Historicals authors’ covers made it into the video (see if you can spot them) and we’re thrilled to be included.

Without further ado, the HRN video:

Please take a moment to share the video with fellow romance novel lovers. Even if they aren’t historical romance readers, maybe we can change their minds. And we’d love you to visit the HRN site at

Oct 10

A Chat With Love Historicals Authors

Greetings! Lana here taking over the LH blog to continue our chat with our amazing Love Historicals Authors! This is a continuation of a new series of blog posts with the hope of getting to know you, the reader, better as well as the LH Authors. Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for some casual conversation!

Today’s topic is: What’s your favorite comfort food?

Adrienne: Since I live in Texas, I have learned how to like chips and salsa; however, when the chips are down (no pun intended!) I reach for a handful of M&Ms — especially the green ones! ::wink::

Bronwen: Hokey Pokey cheesecake (I have the recipe).

Sydney: Chocolate, but only good bars. I’m a chocolate snob. I don’t want crap candy. I like organic chocolate and mostly dark, sometimes with coconut or orange peel in it. Why, there are at least two bars in my desk drawer right now. Maybe three.

Jill: Mashed potatoes with gravy.

Cynthia: Anything with cheese on it. So basically I guess macaroni and cheese is my favorite.

Nancy: Dark chocolate and ice cream. Give me two scoops of chocolate raspberry truffle and I’m in heaven.

Catherine: Spaghetti Bolognese with lots of fresh parmesan. Talenti Sea Salt Caramel gelato is a close second.

Gina: Wow, don’t really have one outside anything anyone else will make from me (verses me cooking).

Anna: My favorite comfort food is a hot fudge sundae in summer and Shepherd’s Pie in the winter.

Christy: Chocolate. And I’m not even particularly choosy about the form—milk, dark, white, mocha, hot cocoa. I’m easy when it comes to chocolate. :)

Laurel: Okay, coffee is a drink, so we won’t count that.  Chocolate.  It’s definitely chocolate.  But now that Fall is here, there are all kinds of comfort food I enjoy.  From Crockpot recipes to stews.  Love them!

Margery: Ice cream, pretty much any flavor.

Lana: Chocolate. Love chocolate! Okay, and yes, mashed potatoes as well. Yum!

Now it’s your turn! Share with us what your favorite comfort food is!


Oct 07

Did That Eclipse Really Happen?


Winto100 at English Wikipedia, via Wikimedia Commons

As an avid reader of historical romance, the main draw to the genre is the fictional story set in a framework of fact. You might say, “Jill, that is a silly statement. You’ve just described all fiction.” Yes and no. Only in historical fiction do we have an idea of how things turn out. We know Charlemagne’s Empire dwindles and the British aristocrats end up poor and the Allies win World War II. Somehow knowing these moments in time, these opportunities for glory, have an endpoint makes the stories a little poignant.

But, I digress. As I was saying, in historical romance,  we journey to a place on Earth and a time that has already happened, experiencing events that theoretically could have occurred but probably didn’t. In most historical romance, the framework of fact is pretty loose in that we don’t expect every ballroom or crossroads to have actually existed at the time when the characters shared a waltz or trundled their cart through on the way to their wedding.

What about the big stuff, though? As a reader, I’d probably close the book if the waltz in a London ballroom was interrupted by, say, a volcano, because that never happened. I’d probably frown at a portrayal of an earthquake in San Francisco during a year when one didn’t happen, and might even have to send a note to the author if she didn’t acknowledge the fact in a historical note at the end of the book. At the other end of the spectrum, I certainly don’t expect every thunderstorm or high tide to be researched, dated and timed.

So, it seems I have a hierarchy of acceptable fiction when it comes to natural events.

  • Never happened/Never could have happened – deal breaker.
  • Could have happened but didn’t – sketchy, author should acknowledge.
  • Happens often enough that it’s believable – bring it on.

The thing is, it isn’t that hard to find intense natural events, and when they’re factual and incorporated well, they really firm up the setting. In my novella Little Witch, I needed an eclipse in Europe, so I found a partial one on the lunar calendars, and it helped me determine exactly when in the year 847 my story would occur. I don’t mention the exact date in the book. I know it’s real and I think the reality grounded me while writing and hopefully reaches through to the reader.


Late that night, when Hero had long been in bed, Nox walked from his house to his master’s, checking the outside one last time and making sure the doors were snugly barred against him. The sky darkened as he turned back onto the street. He stopped to look up. The moon that had been a bright white disk in a cloudless sky now glowed bronze. A shadow dimmed its bottom quarter.

The hair stood up on his arms and neck with an instinctive prickle. His senses sharpened. He was not sure if the owl had been hooting before or not, but the fox’s yipping was definitely new. Far away, he thought he heard a wolf howling.

He returned to the shadows of the portico, tense as he watched the irregular pattern on the moon’s face. Something about it nagged at him until he remembered Dina’s pointed accusations. Salena is marked by the moon. She is named for it. The priest who baptized her warned against the pagan name. He told Merel she should not harness her babe to a night thing.

Foxes. Golden eyes. Dead chickens and dead people. The moon and Salena.


The woman Nox is trying to resist is brought to his mind by the eclipse, and not in a romantic way, because her neighbors have accused her of being a witch who holds power over the moon. Because it’s 847, eclipses were frightening, and because of other backstory, Nox already questions Salena’s integrity, so (hopefully) the reader at this point is wondering if he will open his heart or if the scariness of the unknown and unexplained will turn him against her.

Using an external, factual event to feed to the plot works for  me, both as a reader and a writer. So, yes, that eclipse really did happen. And if you look at the sky on October 8, you’ll get to see one, too! Visit this site to see if and when it will be visible where you live. Much of North America’s viewing window is early in the morning so don’t wait too long to find out when you might see it.


Little Witch by Jill Hughey

Little Witch by Jill Hughey

You can find Little Witch: Historical Romance Novella, and book five in Jill Hughey’s Evolution Series, at the following online vendors.


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Oct 03

A Chat with Love Historicals Authors

Greetings! Lana here taking over the LH blog to chat with our amazing Love Historicals Authors! We’re starting this new series of blog posts with the hope of getting to know you, the reader, better as well as the LH Authors. Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for some casual conversation!

Today’s topic is: What’s your favorite indulgence activity?

Anna: My not so secret indulgence activity that has become an addiction is playing Scrabble on my Android.

Catherine: My favorite indulgence activity is watching TV series snuggled up next to my husband.  We’ve just finished Downtown Abbey and Warehouse 13 (can’t wait for new episodes for both of these series).

Christy: I try not to get sucked into television too much during the week. It seems I’m just too busy to enjoy it. But sometimes I indulge in binge watching TV over the weekend. This past weekend it was the British crime drama, Scott and Bailey. I love British crime dramas in particular because of the UK setting, and reading and watching crime drama is one of my favorite escapes.

Cynthia: When I get the chance I like to bake. I only do it a couple of times a year and the other thing I like to do is read. I don’t get much of a chance anymore and I need to make more time to do it, to restore my well, which seems to be getting low lately.

Gina: Playing with my horse, Shetan.

Jill: My indulgence is reading because just sitting still and enjoying a quiet moment/hour/afternoon to myself seems terribly selfish at this busy stage of life.

Lana: I love to watch movies, everything from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter (don’t even ask me how many times I’ve watched them!) to action packed ones, like Jack Reacher. I also love to bake. My chocolate chip cookies are pretty amazing, if I do say so myself!

Laurel: My favorite, secret, indulgence activity is playing Rock Band on the Xbox and singing.  :)  Not well, but singing.  It’s fun and a good stress relief for me, especially when you have to shout out those tunes!!

Margery: It’s a tie, depending on my level of laziness. I’ll either knit or crochet, or if I’m energetic enough, I’ll shoot pool. The people in my house look at me as if I’ve gone over the edge when I start dancing (which is my absolute favorite thing to do).

Nancy: At 2PM I push myself away from the keyboard and put my feet up for an hour of General Hospital.

Sydney: Watching Once Upon a Time. The storytelling is fresh and exciting, and I love the pirate, Captain Killian “Hook” Jones, played by Irish actor Colin O’Donoghue. I’m happy to watch whatever scene he’s in!!

Now what about you guys? What’s your favorite indulgence activity?

Aug 26

Hey 19

suffragette3useNo, not the Steely Dan tune. I’m talking about the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. Today marks the 94th anniversary of the passage of the amendment that enfranchised women with the same rights and responsibilities of citizenship previously afforded only to men.

Prior to that, it didn’t matter if a man was illiterate, had been in prison, or was the town drunk. He could vote. A woman, no matter who she was, could not. It was generally viewed that the only “true” woman was a pious, submissive wife. Tell that to any heroine in a Love Historicals romance and see how well that goes. It didn’t go over very well in 1847 at a meeting of abolitionists – mostly women – who met in Seneca Falls, NY at the invitation of Elizabeth Cady Stanton to discuss women’s rights. The ball was rolling.

During the Civil War the movement lost momentum. Women’s rights advocates like Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were deeply disappointed when, in 1868, the 14th Amendment passed making African American men citizens, while women were still deprived of citizenship. With the proposal of the 15th Amendment giving African American men the right to vote, they saw their chance to push lawmakers to establish universal suffrage. Advocates fell into two factions. One was against the 15th Amendment, the other was for it. The 15th Amendment was passed in 1870, but women still had a long way to go.

In 1890 the two factions merged into one group. The ball picked up speed with a new approach. Now, instead of arguing that women deserved the same rights as men because they were “created equal”, they argued that women deserved the right to vote because they were different from men and they could use their domesticity as a virtue to create a more maternal commonwealth. In 1916 they began a blitz campaign to mobilize state and local suffragist groups, while a more radial faction organized hunger strikes and White House pickets.

World War I slowed the campaign, but women’s work on behalf of the war effort helped drive home the point that women were just as patriotic and deserving of citizenship as men. Apparently, it worked, because the federal women’s suffrage amendment was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate in 1919, 41 years after it was written by Susan B. Anthony and sent to the states for ratification.

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution passed by only one vote. Tennessee, the 39th state to ratify the Amendment, passed it when a young legislator changed his vote to “yes” after receiving a letter from his mother telling him to “do the right thing”. I’m just guessing, but do you think Mama was a suffragist? Anyway, on Aug. 26, 1920 the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was signed into law.

Anti-suffragist cartoons of the day, such as the one shown here, pictured suffragists as embittered old maids or cigar-chomping transvestites. The humor was cruel and uninformed. The women who advocated and fought for the right to become citizens and to vote were true heroines. They were part of a sisterhood of like minds and hearts whose monumental undertaking was filled with risk and possibilities.

Here are few interesting and maybe little known facts about the women’s suffrage movement.

  • Many early suffrage supporters, Susan B. Anthony included, remained single throughout their lives because, in the early 1800s, married women could not own property in their own right and could not make legal contracts on their own behalf.
  • In most states in the early 1800s women could not have custody of their own children. According to state laws, children belonged to the husband. It wasn’t until the 1840s that women began to organize to obtain legal rights and gradually the laws changed so that women could own property in their own right after marriage and obtain custody of their own children.
  • In the U.S. supporters of the women’s movement were called suffragists. In Britain, militant supporters called themselves suffragettes. When the American press or anyone opposed to women’s suffrage called an American woman a suffragette, it was intended to be derogatory.
  • A white rose came to symbolize the pro-Suffragists and a red rose signified the anti-Suffragists.
  • American women who were jailed for demonstrating for the right to vote were force fed in prison when they went on hunger strikes.
  • Susan B. Anthony voted illegally in the November 1872 election and was arrested for it.
  • Women were the first protest group in US history to picket the White House. They were called the Silent Sentries because they just stood there without saying a word.
  • 2 out of every 3 women failed to vote in the 1920 election.

I write about larger-than-life heroines, the courageous and spirited ones. The ones who won’t take no for an answer and who don’t take adversity lying down. The ones who know what they want and how to get it. Wait a minute! That sounds like Philadelphia (Del) Stratton, the suffragist heroine in my upcoming Native American historical romance.

BENEATH AN IRON SKY is the story of two young people, Del Stratton and Crow Eagle, a Lakota boy, who meet under extreme circumstances only to be forced apart. Years later they are reunited when Del’s fight for women’s suffrage takes her to South Dakota on the verge of statehood. There, Crow Eagle, now a strong warrior, is fighting the U.S. Cavalry to retain his people’s way of life through the Ghost Dance movement. And a forbidden love that will not be denied slowly winds its way toward a little creek called Wounded Knee.

BENEATH AN IRON SKY is due for release in 2015.

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