Friday, January 8, 2010
Wanna Feel all WARM INSIDE? Try a Historical
Considering the US is pretty much swept up in an arctic blast, I thought I'd talk about things that are warm, comforting...much like a hot bowl of homemade soup. You know, cozy, cuddly, warm yer innards kinda stuff. Now what is considered cold in Texas is, admittedly laughable to you folks back east but believe me, we are COLD down south, too. Good day to stay inside, dig out favorite soup recipes or fix up a mug of hot chocolate. If you add a dash of bourbon to that mug, I sure won't tell *wink*.
Cold weather also brings with it the urge to pick up a good book. Now, my preferrences for times when I need comfort are almost always historicals. I have some well-read titles that, frankly, have turned yellow with age. They are worn to pieces but I still read them. My faves? I have all of Amanda Quick's regencies (with some Victorians thrown in). Love her stuff. Her heroines are quirkie but easily identifiable to modern women. They have curious minds, are intelligent, and yes, they are often flawed. I love Lisa Kleypas, Julie Garwood, and many many others. For years, we've heard about the death of the historical and each time, they have come roaring back. So yeah, all those dire predictions are just a bunch of hooey. What ISN'T romantic about taking a trip back to the past and living those days once again in a good book?
Some of the first romances I fell in love with were historicals and my favorite? The Flame and The Flower by the late, great Kathleen Woodiwiss. I was hooked on her and couldn't buy her books fast enough. I followed this with The Wolf and The Dove (medieval), Shanna, A Rose in Winter...you get the drift. Bought and devoured all of them. When I finally decided to write something of my own, I began with regency. A tough period because, though it was a relatively short time span there was quite a bit happening in those days. Research and lots of it was required. To date, I have two erotic regencies available (Made for Mischief and Chasing Temptation at Resplendence Publishing). I don't write them as often as I'd like because they are so time consumming BUT that doesn't mean I don't love them.
Author Cindy Spencer Pape has a new release today at Ellora's Cave so, if you are a historical lover like me, you won't want to miss this one. I'll confess, she is one of my critique partners so I've read quite a bit of this and it is WONDERFUL. I highly recommend you whip out a credit card and snap this gem up. What better for snuggling in with that mug of hot chocolate, hmm? Buy it HERE!
Regency Scotland can be a lonely place, but Augusta MacLeish has four mischievous younger siblings for company—now if she only had money to feed them! Colin Fordyce has recently inherited an earldom, along with five wards in a remote Scottish castle. When he travels to meet them, he discovers his predecessor was skimming their funds. He also learns the oldest Miss MacLeish is absolutely stunning. A knock to his head leaves him seeing two of the buxom beauty, just as one kiss from her tempting lips leaves him longing for more.
A night spent together forces Colin and Augusta to marry, leaving them all the opportunity in the world to explore the sexual hunger between them. Colin delights in teaching Augusta all the pleasures of the flesh, awakening the wanton lover beneath her ladylike veneer. From Scotland to London, the flames burning between them refuse to be doused, and oh how they will set the Ton on fire.