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 www.historicalromancenetwork.com.

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.

Jul 28

Invitation To Passion – Release Day

InvitationToPassion-1400x2100Invitation To Passion is book #3 in my Invitation To series and pairs Richard Craven, twin brother of Anthony Craven, Earl of Wickham in Invitation To Ruin, (Book#1), with Madeline Knight, Rufus Knight, Lord Strathmore, the hero in Invitation to Scandal’s, younger sister. Pair is actually too tame a word. Richard and Maddy are best friends, unusual in the Regency era, however, they are caught in a compromising situation and find themselves suddenly facing the consequences.Unfortunately, Richard falls into and out of relationships very quickly. He’s never sure whether he’s in love or not. He freely admits he loves women, and usually only engages in one relationship at a time. Now that he has to marry his best-friend, how will he know if the feelings he’s developing for Maddy will last? He doesn’t want to hurt her.

Here’s the blurb:

Consummate rake, Lord Richard Craven, has his heartbroken when the woman he loves is forced into an arranged marriage to a violent brute. To make matters worse, circumstances force him to marry Lady Madeline Knight—a woman he views more like a sister-only for fate to play the cruelest of tricks. Shortly after his wedding his former lover is widowed, and Richard learns she could be pregnant with his child.

Madeline Knight thought she was doing the right thing when she saved Richard Craven from his lover’s irate husband. Now her silly schoolgirl crush has left her married to a man who’s in love with another woman. Consumed with guilt over trapping Richard, she tries her best to be the perfect wife and win his heart. Failure is not an option. For if she fails she loses everything, she loves him too much not to set him free…

While Richard and Madeline confront the reality of their marriage, Madeline’s life comes under threat. A family enemy is set on revenge. Will Richard learn the truth of his heart, and what is truly precious to him, before the unknown enemy destroys their world?

Here is a snippet from Invitation To Passion – July 2014.

Richard tiptoed nearer in order to remove the book. As he picked it up off the sheets he noted a dark mark on the whiteness of Maddy’s neck. He leaned in closer until her scent filled his nostrils, and the book in his hand was forgotten when he saw more black marks—bruises. It looked as though someone had accosted his wife and tried to choke her!

Fury erupted, quickly followed by guilt. He dropped the book and it slammed loudly onto the floor, instantly waking Maddy. She sat bolt upright; the look in her eyes flayed him. It was intense fear…

He’d left her alone at a ball. In his defense, he’d thought his brother would have seen to her safety. Once he’d dealt with whoever had accosted her, Anthony was in for a thrashing too.

“What happened?” His anger and guilt made the words come out more harshly than he’d meant. How could he have let this happen?

She struggled to sit up, swiping her tangled tresses off her face. “Richard? You’re home. What time is it?”

“It’s late, or early depending on how you look at it.” He sat down on the bed next to her and ran a finger over the bruising on her neck. “Who did this to you?” his voice was rough with emotion. He’d kill the man who’d touched her…

A look of hurt flashed in her eyes. “You never returned.”

He swallowed back his guilt and deflected her statement. “Who was it, Maddy? I will have their name.”

“There is no need. The perpetrator was dealt with.”

“If you won’t tell me, I shall get the name from Anthony.”

“Anthony knows nothing.”

“I know you’re angry at me, Mads, but I can’t let this assault on your person go unpunished.”

“But you can leave me to the viciousness of the ton, whose derision, I have to say, was worse than the few bruises on my neck.”

“Please, Maddy. You promised no lies.”

“I haven’t lied. I simply haven’t answered your question. Just like you haven’t told me where you’ve been for the last four hours, or what was so important that you left me for so long at the mercy of the ton.” She leaned forward and sniffed. “Although from the scent clinging to you, I know very well who you’ve been with.”

“Well, that’s more than I can say. Who did this to you?” he fairly yelled, his guilt feeding his anger.

“My, it’s as if you really care.”

He grabbed her by the shoulders and pulled her to him. “Christ, Maddy. Someone hurt you. Of course I care.”

She clung to him, a sob escaping. “But not enough to pick me over her.”

He stiffened. He pushed her gently away from his body. “I will always pick you over Sarah. You’re my wife. God damn it, I gave you my word. I thought you knew me better.”

“Then how could you leave me there? You should have left her with Stephen and returned to the ball. I waited.” He hung his head. “You knew how important this night was to me. To us…” She wiped the tears from her face with an angry swipe. “Tell me that?”

She was right. He had made that promise and he knew he wanted her to tell him truthfully who had dared to lay a hand on her. Why should she not expect the same from him?

“Sarah was so upset I worried for her health and that of the babe. I stayed until she calmed down.” He hurried on when her eyes widened. “I didn’t know what else to do. But I shouldn’t have left you alone.” He pulled her back into his arms and hugged her closely. “If anything had happened to you…”

“I needed you too. I was so scared.”

“Then imagine how scared Sarah is? Timothy Chesterton is a cold hearted bastard.” He felt Maddy jerk in his arms. “Timothy is not pleased about her condition. If the child is a boy, Timothy will no longer inherit the title or the wealth.”

“I can certainly believe that Timothy is capable of hurting Sarah and the child she carries.”

“The man who gains from Charles’s death is Timothy. He is the likely culprit.” He stroked her hair, the silky feel, along with the softness of her body vanquished his exhaustion, and he felt his groin stir. “But I’m more concerned about who dared manhandle you. I will have his name…”

She hugged him tighter. “Timothy Chesterton.”

He closed his eyes and drew in a breath, trying to control his rage and fear. “Christ. What were you doing alone with him?” Chesterton could be on to them. Was this a warning? He hugged her tighter, desperate to protect her.

Reviews are already flowing in:

Book Obsessed Chicks 5/5 stars

INVITATION TO PASSION by Bronwen Evans is a face-paced thrill of a ride. Lord Richard Craven has been put on on a pedestal by the naive Madeline from a young age, but with age,comes wisdom. Although a rake, Richard is a good man, who promises to never intentionally hurt his Maddy, but intentions fall short sometimes. The couple must work through their issues, if only outside forces weren’t always against them. This third installment of the INVITATION TO series is a strong story with passionate budding romance. Bronwen Evans has cemented her place as one of my favorite authors and I eagerly await each and every word she puts to pen. I strongly recommend INVITATION TO PASSION as it is a wonderful book.


Jul 27

Tempted by His Touch: LIMITED EDITION BOXED SET $0.99

TemptedByHisTouch3D300x300Tempted by His Touch: LIMITED EDITION BOXED SET of Dukes, Rogues, and Alpha Heroes Historical Romance Novels.

A boxed set with ten sizzling historical romances from ten bestselling historical romance authors. Fall in love with fabulous tales of intrigue, suspense, wit, and passion featuring dukes, rogues, alpha heroes…and the women who can’t resist them. JUST 99 CENTS from July 27 – Sept. 21—then it disappears FOREVER!

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the size of the file, Amazon is currently not allowing us to price at 99c – we suggest you notify them of a price cheaper elsewhere.

PLUS – we’re running a blog tour and contest for the duration. Win an iPad Mini 16GB and books galore – ends 21 September 2014.

Excerpt from Bronwen Evans’s “To Dare The Duke of Dangerfield” one of the ten stories in the boxed set.

Set up: Their first meeting

“I’m not here for your amusement, sir,” Caitlin turned with as much refinement as her trousers would allow.

Harlow moved to stand directly in front of her with the languid grace of a large panther. Dark and dangerous. “Mores the pity.”

“If you’ll step back, I’d like to mount my horse.”

“I know what I’d like to mount,” she heard him say under his breath. A scandalous utterance that she wisely chose to ignore.

About “To Dare The Duke of Dangerfield”

Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, is amused by his hellion neighbor, Lady Caitlin Southall. When she bursts into one of his private gatherings, he mistakes her for the entertainment. Her slap across his face sets him straight and raises the absurd desire to seduce the unconventional beauty into his bed. When she issues her daft challenge to win back her father’s pile of rubble, the terms are set. And he’ll do anything to win–except fall in love…

Book 1 in the Wicked Wagers series


The tour schedule can also be found here.

Ten stories in one box set.

Scoundrel Ever After by Darcy Burke - Once upon a time there was a very bad boy who met a very nice girl….

Lady of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle – Educating a man in the art of love takes time. Lots of it.

Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson - Passion and secrets simmer against the glittering backdrop of 19th century musical celebrity.

To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield by Bronwen Evans – What’s a lady to do when a notorious rake wins her estate in a game of cards?

Undone by Lila DiPasqua – One steamy, emotionally charged retelling of Rapunzel…Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning…

The Problem with Seduction by Emma Locke - Elizabeth Spencer needs a man. She doesn’t need to like him—because while she needs a man, she doesn’t particularly want one.

A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe – Daniel O’Reilly returns to win back Kate Morgan’s heart and prove he’s innocent of murder.

Once Upon a Duke by Eva Devon – A widow looking to get seduced. A duke more than willing to oblige.

Great & Unfortunate Desires by Gina Danna - A marquis with a guilty past takes a bride in a world where love is fatal.

Dark Surrender By Erica Ridley – Trapped in darkness…. Their passion burns bright!

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Jul 18

Tempted By His Touch – Cover Reveal 99c Box Set

Coming July 27, 2014: TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH

A boxed set of ten scorching hot historical romances featuring dukes, rogues, and alpha heroes and the women who can’t resist them. Fall in love with tales of intrigue, suspense, wit, and passion.

For a limited time (July 27-Sept. 21), you can purchase TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH for just 99 CENTS. That’s a savings of almost $35! That’s at least a week’s worth of coffee! Or a really nice bottle of wine!

We’re so excited to reveal the cover of TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH here at Love Historicals! Without further fuss . . . ta da!!


And now to tempt you with the books included in Tempted by His Touch . . .

Sonata for a Scoundrel

By Anthea Lawson, RITA-nominated author

Clara Becker is a supremely gifted composer—a talent of little to no use to a woman in 1830s Europe. Her compositions are only worth something when published under her brother’s name, yet this deception barely enables them to scrape out a living in the poorest quarter of London. When Darien Reynard, the most celebrated musician in Europe, comes across Becker’s compositions, he knows this music will secure his place in history. Darien invites the composer to tour with him, but must agree to a most unusual demand—that he bring along his sister . . .


Scoundrel Ever After

By Darcy Burke

When wallflower Audrey Cheswick runs away with England’s most wanted criminal, she learns adventure comes with a price—not just her reputation or her virtue, but her heart. If Ethan Jagger can escape the hangman’s noose and start anew, will she consent to love a scoundrel ever after?


Once Upon a Duke

By Eva Devon

Everything is going swimmingly for Kathryn Darrell. She’s got an annuity of a hundred thousand a year, her lecherous-heart breaking husband has had the good graces to pop off, and best of all, she has her freedom—something she has every intention of reveling in to the fullest. And who better to revel with than Ryder Blake, the infamous Duke of Darkwell?


Dark Surrender

By Erica Ridley

Violet Whitechapel committed an unspeakable crime to save a child. To escape the hangman’s noose, she takes refuge in a crumbling abbey with secrets darker than her own. But when those secrets begin to unravel, none of the abbey’s residents will be able to remain hidden . . .



By Lila DiPasqua

One sinfully seductive hero on a dangerous mission. One mysterious beauty intent on guarding her secrets. One steamy, emotionally charged historical romance from the acclaimed Fiery Tales Series…Inspired by Rapunzel…Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning…


To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield

By Bronwen Evans, USA Today Bestselling Author

Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, is amused by his hellion neighbor, Lady Caitlin Southall. When she bursts into one of his private gatherings, he mistakes her for the entertainment. Her slap across his face sets him straight and raises the absurd desire to seduce the unconventional beauty into his bed. When she issues her daft challenge to win back her father’s pile of rubble, the terms are set. And he’ll do anything to win–except fall in love…


The Problem with Seduction

By Emma Locke

Elizabeth Spencer needs a man, one who won’t be too picky about his reputation. Lord Constantine Alexander can’t afford another trip to debtors’ prison, which makes him the perfect candidate. She doesn’t expect him to have a heart of gold, nor does she expect to find him irresistible—because while she needs a man, she doesn’t particularly want one.


A Dangerous Invitation

By Erica Monroe

Struggling to survive in London’s dangerous rookeries, Kate Morgan is determined not to give into the temptation of past love Daniel O’Reilly when he returns to win back her heart and prove he’s innocent of murder.


Great & Unfortunate Desires – NEVER BEFORE RELEASED!

By Gina Danna

Tristan, the Marquis of Wrenworth and British spy, must marry but he’s haunted by guilt of war. Lady Evelyn Hurstine’s past makes her fear men but for Tristan, she’s willing to overcome her fear. Caught in a world of intrigue and mayhem, can they find love before the traitor destroys them both?


Lady of Pleasure

By Delilah Marvelle, RT Award-winning Author

Lady Caroline Arabella Starling has been in love with her older brother’s best friend, Caldwell, since she was thirteen. Unfortunately, too many things keep getting in the way of proving her love. Her four younger sisters, her mother, her brother, all of society and the man she loves himself. But where there is a will, there is a way, and Caroline is about to redefine not only respectability but true love.


Because TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH features dukes, rogues, and alpha heroes, which do you prefer? Or is your ideal guy not on that list? Tell us in the comments!


Be sure to join us July 27-August 2 for a release extravaganza! Details will be posted on our Facebook page, where we’re hosting a party with fabulous teasers, giveaways, and most of all: FUN – Wednesday, July 30, 6-11 pm Eastern.

Jun 24

Midsummer or St. John’s Day – a solstice tradition


A Midsummer bonfire, courtesy of Janne Kareste, Wikimedia Commons

June 21 – 25 marks the period over which Europeans traditionally celebrated the summer solstice. (In the southern hemisphere, it is aptly known as Midwinter.) Pre-christian cultures marked the longest day of the year, the astronomical summer solstice, with bonfires lighted at dusk the night before to frighten off evil spirits free to roam as the sun changed its trajectory to the south. In some cultures, the bonfires drove away dragons.

Healing plants such as St. John’s wort and calendula were collected at Midsummer, when they happened to be blooming. Speaking of St. John, the Christian church integrated the traditional festival into its calendar by creating St. John’s Day. John the Baptist’s birthday conveniently overlapped the Midsummer period, so converts could continue with their annual celebration with the approval of their new religion.

As a writer of romance set in medieval times, I like to imagine festival nights, with their fires surrounded by people who probably spent 360 nights of the year huddled in their homes, worried about wild animals and spirits. Imagine the gathering of a small community able to socialize and party the night away in a brief respite from their endless, somewhat solitary days of subsistence farming. I’d guess that most crops were planted and sprouting, animals were having babies, and the hens were laying. June was a time of hope, and a few months of plenty lay before them. No wonder they felt festive!

Even though the United States has few Midsummer celebrations, we’ve found other ways to pepper our calendar with holidays, such as Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day, to commemorate important people or events, and to continue what seems to be a human need to gather and whoop it up every few months. These occasions give us a sense of community; a release from our workaday trials; and orient us in our lives, year to year, decade by decade.

Redeemed by Jill Hughey

Redeemed by Jill Hughey

I don’t include the Midsummer festival in many of my historical romances because aristocratic men were away with the army during June, and what fun is a romance when the half the pair is gone? One such man, Doeg of Bavaria, is the tortured hero of my book Redeemed, on sale for a short time for 99 cents! Doeg is the villain in the first book of the Evolution Series. The quiet widow he weds slowly penetrates the emotional armor he carries after an abusive, isolated childhood.

Here is an excerpt of what Doeg experiences from the one message he receives from his wife during their summer separation.

Today’s letter still lay in his hands, unopened. As unsatisfying as it would probably be, it was still news. He sighed as he set aside his spata so he could slip the string off the roll of road-worn parchment. He scanned Guy’s familiar writing. Crops, debt, leaking roofs, Philantha says. Wait. He rose to walk away, putting his back to the group of laughing friends behind him so they would not see his trembling hands.

Philantha says to tell you she is with child. She knows you understand her joy. She anticipates your return.

He went to his knees in the dust as he read the three sentences again. He did understand her joy! Even with all the leagues between them, he understood! A vision flashed brilliantly into his mind of his beloved’s face shining like the sun with The Smile. His heart pounded in his chest as he stared at the parchment, reading the words over and over as this moment of euphoria seared itself into his heart.

Strong hands grabbed his shoulders. “Doeg,” David said urgently as he squatted in front of Doeg. “What is it? What has happened?”

Doeg began to laugh so he wouldn’t cry. “She is pregnant,” he explained. “Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I am going to be a father. Me! Did you ever imagine such a thing could happen?” He waved the parchment at David’s nose. “Did you?”

David dragged him to his feet to clasp him in a painful hug. “Of course I did, you old dog.” They pulled apart to share a look of past pain and future hope. “Do you want them to know?” David asked, indicating with a tilt of his head the curious group of onlookers behind Doeg.

Doeg shouted with laughter. “I want the whole world to know. I am going to be a father!” he bellowed. Men came from all directions to congratulate him and clap him on the back and share in his exultation. The wonder of the whole night occurred to him later. He, the formerly crippled and unworthy Bavarian, had happy news and friends who were genuinely delighted for him and who sat up most of the night drinking with him and giving him advice about being the husband of a pregnant woman and then, a father!

He sent a return message the next day. “Tell Philantha I am pleased by her news as is the whole of the Empire’s army. I will return home as quickly as I can.”

Though this is good news, the challenges Doeg and Philantha face are far from over. Redeemed can be found at most online vendors. Check the price before you click to make sure the change from $3.99 to $.99 has been made.

Amazon Any region – http://viewbook.at/Redeemed

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/redeemed-jill-hughey/1109753932?ean=2940014366120

KOBO http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/redeemed-11

Apple https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/redeemed/id537392586?mt=11

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/164695


For more information about Jill Hughey and her books, visit her page right here at Love Historicals.jill hughey

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