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Welcome to our podcast!  This is Vicki Hopkins, your host of historical romance books. Well, it’s really not me because this post is being voiced by the computer at Anchor Podcasts owned by Spotify.  Her name is Remy. They do have a male voice, but I thought Remy sounded much better to market historical romance books. I’m not exactly the most articulate individual when it comes to speaking, so I’m using this great feature of computer generated episodes. WordPress has provided this great new connection with a company named Anchor that turns your posts into podcasts and distributes them on multiple platforms. Frankly, I’m excited about this new outlet to reach more readers and authors.

 As you can see, we started our podcasts with a flurry of posts and historical tidbits.  Actually, I am an author myself and have written sixteen publications in various genres, but most of my books are historical romance.

I started the website back in 2013, hosting author promotions, and have slowly built the site to a regular following. You’ll find us on all the social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others.  Marketing is a challenge for many authors, and having this website and podcast gives another platform to introduce readers to great books and new authors.

Also, you’ll discover that I love to delve into the history of the Victorian period, where most of my books are set.  To that end, I’ve created quite a few posts that I call historical tidbits.  I hope you find them of interest.

In addition to author promotions and blogging, I search daily for news regarding the genre.  You will see quite a few articles from other websites, magazines, and media sources regarding anything to do with the historical romance with the tag Press This.   

Check back often, because weekly I will be doing a recap of those books promoted on our website — well, actually Remy will do the recap.  On our website, you can see the cover, read the synopsis,  preview the book using Amazon’s look inside feature, check the pricing, and find all retailers where the book is available for purchase.

This past week, three authors advertised their books.  The Mysterious Lover by Mary Lancaster, A Hero for Lady Abigail written by two authors, Maggie Dallen and Katherine Ann Madison, plus and A Nobel Excavation by Ellie St. Clair.

Stop by and check them out!  Also, sign up for our newsletter, and we will send you the most recent author promotion straight to your email box.

Stay tuned for more episodes coming your way and historical tidbits.  We will be podcasting weekly, if not more.  Hopefully, we can help you find your next happily-ever-after historical romance.

Oh, and authors, our services are free for the moment, so visit our website and book your next promotion.

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The Perfect Hero

The perfect hero in historical romance. Is there one? What fantasy do readers want?

In reality, as much as we are filled with fanciful and romantic thoughts, there probably isn’t a perfect man. Of course, it depends on how you define perfection. Like the variety of readers and their various tastes over heroines, there is no absence of criticism over the perfect male. Once again, I’ve strolled through the reviews of some bestselling authors to find out what women are thinking.

There are the usual complaints of women who dislike emotionally damaged men, along with arrogant aristocrats and walking cardboard characters (boy that term gets used a lot). I think readers who look for the perfect hero want a type of man they can fall in love with during the story. Women are looking for romance and ways to live vicariously through storytelling, sometimes to soothe our lack of it in real life. If you love historical romance, then no doubt you want a swoon-worthy, good-looking chap in breaches, boots, with a ruffled shirt, and white cravat.

So what is the perfect hero? If we look at the typical male stereotypes in works of centuries past, we can categorize them in a variety of ways.

The Darcy Type – Prideful and arrogant but humbled in the presence of one woman. His good sense and social class tell him to walk away. Instead, he bemoans his tortured and bewitched existence as if he’s helpless to resist. “In vain have I struggled, it will not do. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

The Knightly Type – A soulful, kindhearted, and wise man who is your friend. He supports you, chides you when needed, admires you silently, and gradually falls in love. He cares deeply about your well-being and sacrifices his own happiness to ensure your own. When his outward motives reveal a deeper love, he declares the obvious. “Marry me, my wonderful darling friend.”

The Captain Wentworth Type – He suffers in silence over love lost but clings to the hope that he may regain what he desires. As he quietly watches from the sidelines the love of his life, he waits for the opportune time to once again confess his love. “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever.  I have loved none but you.”  Who can deny such a plea?

The Mr. Rochester Type – The tortured soul, who is moody and cynical about life. He has a dark secret, that binds him to another, while in the meantime he lures the innocent and young Jane into marrying him. Even though the Rochester type of hero should contain a warning label, women are drawn to his brooding character. His words of love are filled with desperation. “My very soul demands you. It will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.”  It’s not until the ultimate tragedy plays out that happy ever after arrives.

The Mr. Thornton Type – A successful man of determination in his business and family life. A bit too close to his mother, annoyed by his sister, but nonetheless respected by his peers. He is drawn to a woman of strong character, like himself, and they clash repeatedly like a stormy sea. “He shrank from hearing Margaret’s very name mentioned.  He, while he blamed her — while he was jealous of her — while he renounced her — he loved her sorely, in spite of himself.”

The men above are just a small sampling, and I bet you can think of more.

The Edward Ferrars Type
The Willoughby Type
The Colonel Brandon Type
The Mr. Bingley Type

It’s an endless list of possible men who can make you swoon.

I don’t know that there is necessarily a perfect hero by any means because I believe women are drawn to types and situations when they think of falling in love between the pages of a book. Whether they be an arrogant male, steadfast friend, silent sufferer, tortured soul, or irritating sod, they possess alluring and attractive qualities. Every woman has their type. Of course, that makes it difficult for authors to consistently write the perfect hero!

Do you have a particular type of man that you like to read about in historical romance? Frankly, I like the silent suffering male who cannot live without me, like Captain Wentworth.

All our best from Historical Romance Books!