A genre is a category of artistic composition such as writing. Historical romance is a popular genre that has been the mainstream of romance novels for many years. It’s a broad category of fiction set in various centuries, which was first popularized as early as the nineteenth century by Walter Scott who wrote such books as Ivanhoe. The genre’s popularity started with a flame, which over the years flickered into near obscurity. Articles were being published asking if the genre was dying a slow death, when it once dominated the market. Recently, interest in the genre has been refueled because of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series on Netfix. I’m happy to report its given the genre a resurgence of popularity, although not as many bodices areContinue Reading

What’s so great about Regency romances anyway? Source: Blame Jane: Romance Novels 2019–2020 Another interesting article – Blame Jane! “The lack of realistic options for writing interesting heroines is where the Regency loses a lot of authors. The choice can feel stuck between anachronism—planting a modern sensibility into an historic setting—and gender politics that leave modern readers cold.”Continue Reading

An in-depth article on what makes a rake in historical romance books. One thing positive about Bridgerton, it may give the historical romance genre new readership.  If you need a few good rakish reads, below are some suggestions. Today, a rake is common archetype for the witty hero of a historical romance novel—hence why the word appears in so many titles. Explains why Simon is the ultimate “lovable scoundrel.” Source: What Is a Rake? Why Bridgerton’s Simon Is the Ultimate DefinitionContinue Reading

Another article.  What do you think?  The debate continues.  Frankly, I think it’s come to a point that it needs a bit of rejuvenation on many levels.  For me, it’s more than a love story – it’s a life story.  I love historical romance because I love reading about lives in the Regency and Victorian eras. Are you bored with HR?  What do you think is needed to spice it up? Here is the article below. Source: Topic Tuesday: Is Historical Romance Dead? | Modern Belles of History    Continue Reading

Goddess Fish Virtual Book Tours Synopsis 1871 . . . Worlds collide when American Suffragette, Gertrude Finch, and titled Brit Blake Sanders meet in an explosive encounter that may forever bind them together. Gertrude Finch escorts a young relative to London and encounters the stuffy Duke of Wexford at his worst. Cross the Ocean is the story of an undesired, yet undeniable attraction that takes Blake and Gertrude across an ocean and into each other’s arms.   Author Information Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketingContinue Reading

What a loaded question that happened to be on the Internet today.  A blog post was contributed by Jane Litte, the founder of Dear Author entitled, “We Should Let the Historical Romance Genre Die.”  A flash flood of comments were posted either agreeing or rebutting the idea.  The article was re-posted on one of my favorite sites, The Passive Voice, which generated many comments as well. It was a hot topic between readers and writers whether our Mr. Darcy-type characters are doomed to fade away into the distant past. I commented on The Passive Voice that I don’t think the genre will ever really die, though the interest may wane because of the current trends in the marketplace. The vampire rage has paled, being replacedContinue Reading