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Coming in 2017 – All Historical Titles to Be Available in Audible!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

I am very excited to report that in 2017, all of my historical titles will be available in audio format from Audible! Here is a list of the titles that are coming, and I will update the website as each is released:














Stay tuned for more updates!

Day 20 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway: Romance Novel Covers

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Since both the people who commented on yesterday’s blog were in the Hall of Fame, there was no winner for the drawing. I never saw that scenario coming, but it is what it is, so we move on.

Let’s talk romance novel covers. There seems to be four major types for your typical romance novel: the clinch, the half-naked hero, the heroine alone and the artistic non-clinch. I’ve had books with all four.

The most common is the clinch cover. When you see a book featuring a couple in a torrid embrace on the front, you know immediately it’s a romance novel. Some people are embarrassed to read a book in public that has such an explicit cover, but with the surge of digital publishing, that’s not as much of a problem anymore. Here’s a classic clinch on Too Wicked To Love, my most recent historical.



Then you have the half-naked hero. My current release and first paranormal, Prodigal Son, features this type of cover. It seems very popular in the paranormal arena.



The heroine alone is becoming more popular, especially with historical romances. I had a memorable one on Scandal of the Black Rose:



Then you get the more artistic covers. Often you will see these covers on New York Times bestselling authors’ books. Why? Because the publisher doesn’t have to tell the reader what kind of book it is. Name recognition is all that is needed for someone to pick up these books. If you look at authors like Debbie Macomber or Nora Roberts or Julia Quinn (especially any of the Bridgerton books), you will get the idea. The closest I came to the artistic cover was Just One Touch, which has a far-away view of a couple on a horse. A step away from a clinch but not quite the elegant bouquet of flowers either.



Which types of covers do you prefer? Are you hesitant to read books with a clinch in public? Those who comment get entered in today’s drawing for a free paperback title from my backlist!

Day 11 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway: Historical Heroines–How Experienced Can/Should They Be?

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Congratulations to Yati Hadi, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Yati to arrange delivery of her choice of book. Yati has won twice now, which puts her into the Hall of Fame with Raonaid and Kitty!

Well, you all had definite opinions as to whether or not a couple needed to talk marriage in order to reach Happily Ever After status in a romance novel. The next topic I’d like to bring up is Historical Heroines—How Experienced Can/Should They Be?

I’ve written thirteen historical romances. My first book, ONCE A MISTRESS, has your standard virginal heroine who’s fairly ignorant about sex. She’s the eighteen year old daughter of a wealthy businessman in 17th century Jamaica. With all the pirate types running around the island in 1680, naturally her father would keep her closely guarded at all times. This fits with the story. But I was thirty years old and married with two kids when I wrote the book, and I quickly realized it was going to be hard for me to write from that innocent perspective all the time. So I started looking for ways to make my heroines more experienced, but still believable for the time period.

My next book was a Western called DONOVAN’S BED. Sarah Calhoun had a scandal in her past. She had actually fallen in love and given herself to the wrong man (which later cost her more than she could ever imagine). So this heroine is a little sexually experienced, and the scandal is an integral part of the plot. It changes how people in her small, Wyoming town see her.

Then I wrote THE LAWMAN’S SURRENDER, the follow-up to DONOVAN’S BED. The heroine in this book is Sarah’s sister Susannah, the gorgeous singer who travels around the west performing for a living. Because of the places where Susannah hangs out, she’s no dummy when it comes to men and what they want, but she has never slept with one. So here we have a virginal heroine with knowledge but no firsthand experience.

I then switched to Regency England with A NECESSARY HUSBAND. I got around the experience/sexual knowledge thing by making the heroine a widow. Problem solved. Yet in the follow-up to that book, A NECESSARY BRIDE, my heroine was once more an inexperienced woman, but she was an American with a sailor for a brother, so she had some idea of how things worked.

I stuck in Regency England for a while. In THREE NIGHTS…, the book opens where the virginal heroine ends up trading her innocence to the hero for her father’s life. She’s another one who has seen the darker side of life (her father is a compulsive gambler), but has never experienced anything intimate—until she makes this bargain with our hero.

In JUST ONE TOUCH, I had the daughter of a duke who had been kidnapped and terrorized at age fifteen and had since lived her life cloistered away at her father’s estate, away from the world. While she was not raped, the men who took her made her very much aware of the baser side of their natures. When her father realizes he’s dying, he has to find a husband for our heroine to watch over her.

In TWO WEEKS WITH A STRANGER, my heroine is married to the hero, but it is a marriage of convenience, and she soon realizes she needs to seduce her husband to make him fall in love with her in order to have the relationship she craves.

As you can see, I’ve found different ways to give historical heroines different levels of sexual knowledge or experience to make them more realistic for me to write. But what do you think? Do you believe historical heroines should be ignorant/inexperienced when it comes to men? Or is it more fun when the heroine has some firsthand experience? Or maybe somewhere in the middle, like Susannah from THE LAWMAN’S SURRENDER?

Tell me what you think. Those who comment get entered in today’s drawing for a free paperback title from my backlist!