Historicals have had a rather rocky relationship with critics over the years. Remember the "death of historical romance" a few years ago when contemporaries and paranormals were on the rise? Of course, those of us who love the sub-genre knew then what we've always known. If you write it, we will buy! I'm happy that so many talented authors are doing exactly that. In fact, I'm happy for every well-written book that's published, regardless of the sub-genre. There's a diverse audience of readers in the book-buying universe who appreciate books that speak to their particular area of interest. I read and enjoy many different sub-genres!
|My pup with one of her favorites by Anne Gracie!|
But back to historicals. I've discovered some wonderful groups and initiatives celebrating historical romance lately. Did you participate in yesterday's #fallbackintime historical romance celebration? Here in the United States we turned our clocks back one hour yesterday. Tying into that, the Historical Romance Network (a Facebook community) asked readers and authors to post photos of themselves on social media with a favorite historical romance novel, using the hashtag #fallbackintime. It's a fun way to promote the books we love and discover new books to add to our "must read" lists. I don't know about you but my list is huge!
If you've been around a while (like I have), you may have cut your romance reading teeth on the old-school romances of the 70's and 80's. Or maybe you didn't but would like to explore more of the books from that era. In that case, come along with me to Sarah MacLean's Old School Romance Book Club, a Facebook group of more than 2,000 lovers of historical romance who are warm, friendly and welcoming to new members.
Have you heard about the Historical Romance Retreat being held in Spokane, Washington next September? As stated at the HRR website:
"In a magical historical hotel setting, this weekend retreat is a book lover's dream come true. Join some of the world's most celebrated authors of historical romance coming together for an intimate gathering that gives every guest a chance to mingle and play. Dress in your favorite era, enjoy historical foods, games and music while surrounded by the glamour of a hotel that was once only enjoyed by the elite."
Check out the video invitation made by a fellow historical romance lover who will be attending the retreat. Thank you, TSpreck and Designs by BMB.
Some of the authors on board for the retreat are Victoria Alexander, Katharine Ashe, Mary Balogh, Anna Campbell, Tessa Dare, Lorraine Heath, Elizabeth Hoyt, Rose Lerner, Sabrina Jeffries, Julie Anne Long, Cathy Maxwell, Linda Lael Miller, Miranda Neville and more. For more information about the retreat and a full list of authors, visit the Historical Romance Retreat website. If this inaugural retreat is successful, the organizers have plans to take the show on the road, holding a retreat every two years in different parts of the U.S. Also, if you're not into costumes, never fear. There will be many attendees not dressing up.
What book or author was your introduction to romance?
Are you a lover of historical romance?
Who are your go-to historical romance authors?
What upcoming historical romances are you most looking forward to reading?
Three randomly chosen people who leave comments before 11:59 pm (PST) tonight will each receive a package of signed historical romances. (U.S. only) (list of books below)
Three randomly chosen people who leave comments before 11:59 pm (PST) tonight will each receive a Kindle copy of Her Pirate from the Past:A Time Travel Romance Novella by Caro Carson. (I discovered this story last week and fell in love!)
(open to everyone)
Readers, be sure to check out the other 6th Anniversary posts and Giveaways while you're here!
Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas
The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor by Paula Quinn
Never Seduce a Scoundrel by Sabrina Jeffries
Passionately Yours by Cara Elliott
The MacLean Groom by Kathleen Harrington
The Prince Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins
When the Marquess Met His Match by Laura Lee Guhrke
Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne
Desperate Hearts by Rosanne Bittner
The Accidental Duchess by Madeline Hunter
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
Too Dangerous for a Lady by Jo Beverley