A Call for Historical Romances!

Hear ye, hear ye! This is a desperate plea to all my historical romance readers and writers out there. I am in serious need of your assistance!

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I have approximately 788 unread books on my TBR list. Excessive. Disgusting. I know. And yet, believe it or not I am asking all of you out there to send me more. Why, you ask? Because of those 788 tomes silently waiting in my Kindle for selection, only a meager 18 of them are categorized as historical romance. The fact that I have over twice as many sports romances as historical romances fills me with a particular kind of dread and sadness.

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I have always been a fan of historical reads, whether it be romance, fiction, non-fiction, or essays on archaeological digs in Egypt. History is my jam. As a matter of fact, the first novel to ever get me fascinated with the romance genre was a historical read set in Russia during the start of WWII. Sadly, as the years wore on, Goodreads lists multiplied, and review requests came in, the contemporary world took hold. Now I see a definite hole in my blog posts of historical reads, and I mean to change it!

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So send me your suggestions! What are some of your favorite historical romances? Some of my ultimate favs include The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simmons, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and the entire Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. I’d be happy with Highlanders, swashbucklers, Regency era lords and ladies, soldiers preparing or returning from war, time travelers and explorers. I will say of the minimal number of historical reads I do have on my Kindle, and those which I’ve posted recently, there’s a decent number of westerns featuring cowboys or frontiersmen. I’m pretty much set with those!

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And to any romance writers out there with a historical work on your hands, I’d be happy to read a copy for review. Be sure to check out my “Review Policy” tab above for some notes to keep in mind, and how to submit your work for consideration. Looking forward to seeing what some of your favorites are, and what you recommend I check out for myself!

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18 thoughts on “A Call for Historical Romances!

  1. Hey hun, I noticed a really good historical romance on the NYT Bestseller list a few weeks ago. It’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn. Haven’t read the whole thing – just the excerpt – but it looks pretty good. That’s my suggestion. And thanks for the tip. I am currently writing contemporary romance, but I’d love to delve into a historical. It’s just all the pain-staking research involved that turns me off – and other writers, too, I assume. Have a beautiful romantic day! πŸ™‚

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  2. I wish I had a historical recommendation for you. I grew up on my mom’s vast collection of 1970s Harlequin romance novels. πŸ™‚ I’m writing a novel set in the 1990s to 2003. It involves hours and hours of research. Personally, I think it’s based on interest.

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  3. Lauren, I have a adventure-laden, two intertwined romances, coming out, set in Maximilian’s Mexico in the 1860’s. It’s a monster read, though, at 110,000+ words. That was what I was first published in by Kensington, was loooong historical romance. I’ll be glad to send it when I have the final mobi version. If you, on top of your almost 800 other books, want to tackle it!

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  4. Hmm, I could send you any or all of my Texas Devlis series — two novellas and three novels (2 are as long as Hebby’s). They are set in the 1871-1885 time period, in the Old West. I know you are set for western historicals, but these are a tad different. They feature three Irish-American siblings, each with a different psychic gift. You can find them on my Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

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      • I hope you do and that you enjoy the Devlins saga. If you ever want to try some contemporary romantic suspense spiced with paranormal, please check out my Romancing the Guardians series. It’s a continuing series with psychic characters and secret prophesies leading to a decisive battle between good and evil in book 8.

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  5. You might enjoy The Bride by Julie Garwood, especially since you like Outlander. This one doesn’t have time travel, but it does have a sexy Highlander and an English woman skilled in medicine and people skills

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  6. I’m working writing on two historical novels right now. One is set in 1988 in rural Minnesota and it’s 90% done (well, I *feel* historical when I think back to high school anyway.) Supernatural stuff thrown in there to spice up the fact that it’s set in rural Minnesota…

    The other is a fictionalization of the true story of MΓ€ret Jonsdotter who lived in rural Sweden in the mid-1600’s. Her engagement went wrong and her future step-daughter later accused her of being a witch. It set off a witch trial hysteria in Sweden, decades before Salem ever drowned a midwife. 10% done, but it will go much more quickly than the other – which has only taken 10 months so far.

    Man, I love writing…

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