Interview with Eva Leigh

Historical romance has always been a look at the past through the lens of the present, with stories and characters finding inspiration through problems and challenges we still have today.  Authors have been shifting away from characterizing the ideal heroine as a demure or overly-sweet young lady, instead creating independent, strong women capable of anything.  Eva Leigh has been at the forefront of this movement, with her last series The Wicked Quills of London bringing to life three women with careers long before they meet the men who understand their drive.  I had the chance to talk with Eva about the self-reliant characters in her new London Underground series and how they fit into a time that wasn’t as easy for a woman to navigate on her own.


Sara: Eva, welcome to All About Romance.  It’s a pleasure to have you here today.

Eva: Thank you so much for having me!

Sara: I read a lot of historical romance and I’ve noticed more authors are […]

By | May 26th, 2017|Categories: Authors, Caz AAR, Interviews|Tags: |3 Comments

All About the Money: A Guest Post by Santino Hassell

I have a complicated relationship with wealth. Instead of being intrigued by characters who are cool or sexy or likeable because of their money, power, and social status, I love characters who are awesome in spite of it.

For books with wealthy characters or celebrities, my catnip is when they are utterly flawed. Give me a billionaire with a tragic past who has some hang-ups but isn’t a total coldhearted jerk, and you have me. I don’t want to read about what money can do for people. I want to read about what it’s done to people.

That’s the route I tried to go when writing about Ashton Townsend in Concourse, the next standalone novel in the Five Boroughs series. Ashton is the queer son of the wealthy family who runs Townsend Telecom—the AT&T of the Five Boroughs Universe. His stunning androgyny put him on the runway for as long as he […]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |4 Comments

The Neverland of Vermont: A Guest Post by Sonja Yoerg

When I tell people I grew up in Vermont, they often smile dreamily, as if I had claimed Neverland as my home state. In a sense, they are right. My childhood in the small town of Stowe was idyllic in many ways, the summers in particular. My siblings and I spent the long, green hours ranging through the fields, doing cannonballs in the swimming hole and fishing for trout. We sold blackberries by the side of the road and, as the sun finally sank behind the hills, we chased each other in endless, breathless games of tag, racing across grass glittering with fireflies.

But Vermont, in all its serene beauty, has another side. As a young girl, I noticed that Vermonters with French Canadian names (DeCelle, Laferriere, LeMieux, Bouchard) were all Catholic and generally less well-off than the Protestants in our town. My parents were German immigrants and, although Catholic, fell somewhere […]

By | April 30th, 2017|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|9 Comments

Blame your family! A guest post and a giveaway by Caroline Warfield

Family—can’t live with them, can’t kill them. It seems to me that family is the cradle of our profoundest emotions: love, tenderness, jealousy, anger, envy, and, yes, hate. No one can make us feel as cherished as family. No one can hurt us as badly as family.

Because of that, writers mine family for motivation and internal conflict continually. What is the source of your alpha hero’s angst? Dig into his childhood. Blame his father…or his brother. Why does your heroine believe she is unlovable or incapable? Check out her family of origin. What makes the villain tick? I’m willing to bet it is family or the lack thereof. Heroes and heroines each come from a different family culture. In the end whether it is happily-ever-after or happy-for-now, they are creating a new one. We cheer them on and hope for the best possible future.

After five published novels, […]

By | April 14th, 2017|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|17 Comments

Paige Tyler on unique characters. Plus, a giveaway!

In Her True Match, the feline-shifter heroine Dreya has always felt like a “freak.” She’s surprised—and relieved—when she learns that there are others just like her. There are lots of stories about characters who don’t feel like they fit in with everyone else, but learn to embrace what makes them unique. Here are some of my favorites!


  1. Monster High Series. For anyone who hasn’t read the books or watched the animated series (seriously, are you living under a rock?), it’s about a school for monster kids. Whether it’s Frankie Stein’s stitched-on hands always falling off, or Draculaura’s vegetarian lifestyle getting in the way of her relationship with Clawd, son of the werewolf, the stories are all about people dealing with the things that make them different and unique. But by embracing their freaky flaws, these teens find out it’s what’s inside that matters […]
By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Authors, giveaways|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

Susan Sands: A Guest Post and a Giveaway

Hello Friends,

I’m thrilled to be a guest today on All About Romance. Thanks to Dabney for inviting me!

The third novel in my Alabama series, Forever, Alabama, is due to release March 20th. These books are Southern small town stories that share the contemporary romance and women’s fiction genre almost equally. They are hard to define in a single stamp.

The Laroux family is a fun, loud, and loving bunch who over-involve themselves in one another’s lives whether invited or not. I draw my main characters from this family. The physical tie that binds is the family event planning business, The Evangeline House. It is also the Laroux home where all five siblings grew up, and the matriarch, Maureen Laroux, still resides.

Each of my books stands alone but shares characters, peripheral stories, and setting. Setting is as […]

By | March 17th, 2017|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |15 Comments

A newbie author on the joy and fear of writing romance.

I love romance novels. I love the mushy, tingly feeling I get when the hero and heroine kiss for the first time. I love becoming emotionally invested in the characters and their lives. I love knowing there will be a happily ever after. I even love the bit of drama needed to create turmoil, conflict and interest. When I find an author capable of holding my interest without being predictable, I binge read everything he or she has written.

Developing a writing style and character type consistent enough to grow a fan base without becoming stale is a challenge. It is too easy to find something that works, then type, or I should say, ‘write’ cast yourself. We all know the romance novel formula – boy meets girl, dramatic event threatens to keep them apart, they fall in love and live happily ever after. It’s a great formula, tried and true. I love the […]

By | March 13th, 2017|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |2 Comments

A guest post from Damon Suede. And a giveaway!

STRONG ROOTS: on messy nostalgia & going back home without living in the past

by Damon Suede

First, I want to thank All About Romance for letting me come knock around in their neck of the genre woods as part of the Lickety Split release tour. Holla! Today I came by to talk about homecoming stories, as a creative trope and a personal challenge.

I grew up in Houston, Texas at the height of the oil boom. LOL Some of y’all know what that means and for the rest, I’ll just remark that all that money and no sense made for some genuinely fun times and tacky outfits. Urban Cowboy was more than a title and Dallas was hot-hot-hot on TV, but Texans knew which one was the real city. Houston lives in a constant state of rush hour and its annual “Livestock Show & Rodeo” is the linchpin of the whole damn year.

Like Los […]

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: |11 Comments

The return of the Dartmouth Brides! A guest post by Elizabeth Essex. Plus, a giveaway!

It has been said in literature that you can’t go home again, but in the age of digital publishing you most assuredly can. And I have—I am thrilled to bring you new editions of my first three romance novels: The Pursuit of Pleasure, A Sense of Sin, and RITA Award Nominee The Danger of Desire. These three loosely related stories set on the southern coast of England were first released seven years ago, but I am very happy for the chance to revise them and make them available in affordable e-versions.

One of the primary pleasures in revising these works is that I had the opportunity to revisit the characters that first made me want to write romance—those voices in my head that would not be silenced until I paid proper attention and wrote them down. Strong, sure, quick-witted Lizzie Paxton. Kind, thoughtful, intellectual Celia Burke. Light-fingered, brilliant thief Meggs Evans. […]

By | March 6th, 2017|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |33 Comments

An Interview with Rhys Bowen

Over the years, I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed a number of Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness, Molly Murphy and Constable Evans books – she really is a master of the quiet, cleverly plotted mystery.  I was especially intrigued by the synopsis for her latest book, In Farleigh Field, as it represents something of a new direction for her.  Set in Kent during World War Two, it involves MI5, Bletchley Park, codebreakers… and a mysterious airman.  I was delighted that she was able to join me for a quick chat.


Keira Soleore: Welcome to All About Romance, Rhys. We’re delighted you could join us.

Rhys Bowen: Thanks for inviting me.

KS: World War II is a new setting for you. Is using something that you’ve always wanted to do? And what was the impetus behind the book?

RB: I’ve always been fascinated by World War Two. It affected my own family […]

By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: Authors, Historicals, Interviews, Keira Soleore, Mysteries, Romance reading|4 Comments