Welcome to another month of some great historical romance delights!! I am so thrilled that we will be doing another April of some great features. Along with three other ladies Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tales, Amanda @ On A Book Bender, and Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook. These ladies are awesome…so make sure you visit them and see their stories into how they got hooked into romance like I have. This month, every monday and friday, we will be doing posts on a variety of topics dealing with historical romance. We will also be including some giveaways, a group buddy read for Indigo by Beverly Jenkins, and a Twitter Chat at the end of the month. Which I highly recommend you participate in. Such fun.
I have only been reading romance for almost fifteen years. It started when I was fifteen, my father had me start reading a author called Anita Stansfield. She is a christian author, but I loved her books. Very real romance, with realistic scenarios that brought a couple together, or made them stronger as they overcame certain struggles. Such as rape, becoming paralyzed, cancer, abuse and depression and even a kidnapping story (which is my favorite—historical romance lovers will really like that duo series).
But I wanted more than what I had. Since I had read her books multiple of times. And Christian romance wasn’t huge back then, it was still growing. So I went to my high school’s library. Where I found some treasures such as Shana Abe and Meg Cabot who write YA romance. Then I found a certain selection of teen romance, a series that Avon Books did many years ago.
Now for those that don’t know about this series. Let me explain a few things about it. One its geared toward Teens but any age can read these. The only heat in these books is a little kissing and embraces. Nothing sexual at all. Avon had a group of select authors, join forces and write stories from various sub genres in historical romance. These books is what made me fall in love with romance novels. The style of writing and plot lines are very similar. I adored every book, and man the humor!!! These books can still make me laugh when I need a good one. I loved the adventure, history and the sweet romances we see happen in these books!! I would highly recommend these books. After I read this series, I went to my local public library, and looked some of these authors up. And read their adult versions and I was instantly hooked and addicted and I couldn’t get enough. I read every adult romance they had in stock hehe My First authors into this genre were Johanna Lindsey, Karen Hawkins, Sabrina Jeffries, Lisa Kleypas and Lorraine Heath. And to this day they are still some of my favorites to read!! I love this genre just as much as I did then. What I have loved about it the most, is how much you can learn from historical romance. In fact, I think you learn more in historical romance than any other genre of romance. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love just about any genre in romance but I have a special place for my historical romance. You learn about history, cultures, strength of character and the courage and resilience people had to have back then in order to survive and find some joy and fulfillment in life.
Questions For My Readers
What have you loved about historical romance?
What were some of the first books that made you fall in love with this genre?
So as part of Historical Romance 101—we are offering a giveaway. There will be five winners. 1 Grand Prize winner, 2 Runners Up and 2 Second Runners Up. One entry per day per person through April. Winners must live in U.S.