Gretna or Bust: A guest post by KJ Charles (and a giveaway)

If there’s one journey that defines the Regency romance, it’s the flight to Gretna Green. This is a staple of many a m/f historical, and my latest m/m romance, Wanted, a Gentleman, also involves a flight to the border. (There is only so long you can write British historical romance before this happens.) But what was it about Gretna Green that made it some sort of kilted Las Vegas?

Well, mostly, it’s in Scotland, and Scotland had different marriage laws. In England after 1754, an under 21 could not marry without parental consent (unless they managed to publish the banns over the course of several weeks without […]

By | January 9th, 2017|Categories: Caroline AAR, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |56 Comments

Serena Bell talks about her new book, women in sports, and making passes

Thank you, All About Romance, for the chance to guest blog on the release day for Getting Inside. It’s always so much fun to talk about a new book when readers are getting their hands on it for the first time.

Getting Inside is the story of what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object. (Hint: sparks fly.) The irresistible force is Ty Williams, the Seattle Grizzlies’ star linebacker and the immovable object is Iona Thomas, the team’s brand new linebackers coach.

Iona’s not the first woman to coach a men’s football team—and she knows she won’t be the last. But she’s a pretty rare thing […]

By | January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: , |13 Comments

Three authors share: What gift would you like for Christmas?

Samantha Chase

I am the WORST with this sort of thing.  I can never figure out what I want.  Or maybe I’m just a control-freak who is afraid that no matter how specifically I state something on my wish list, I’m not going to get it.

True story.  It happens. […]

By | December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |1 Comment

How I became a Tigress (plus a free book) by Jade Lee

Growing up, everyone knew that I was half Chinese, half Caucasian. They could see it in my face, and if they didn’t, my mother was always there with her accent and Chinese face making me stand out from the usual sea of Caucasians. It was even worse for me in the Chinese community. There were all those smooth, round faces with gorgeously slanted eyes, and I was the ugly child with acne and my father’s Roman nose. Plus, I also spoke too loud, ran too fast, and sweated like a white kid.

Awful.

So I refused to go to Chinese school, I hated everything that smacked of ethnicity, […]

By | December 11th, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Being Swedish but Writing in English by Asa Maria Bradley

When people hear that English is not my native language, they often ask me why I decided to write in English instead of Swedish. I don’t really have a clear answer for how that happened. I wrote stories in Swedish when I lived in Sweden. But once I moved the US, all my writing has been in English. Maybe it’s just a case of ‘when in Rome write in Latin.’ But, although I don’t write fiction in Swedish, my heritage definitely colors my work.

My paranormal Viking Warrior series is based on the Norse mythology and archaeology that surrounded me while growing up. As a child, I […]

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |0 Comments

Horror and Romance: The Evil Twin by KJ Charles (plus a giveaway!)

Want something a bit different for the holidays? Horror has never looked this enticing! All in Fear is a gorgeous collection of horror tales from some of the hottest names in queer fiction. Be prepared to be titillated…and terrified.

(The authors are giving away three ebook copies. Make a comment below to be entered in this drawing.)


Back in the day when I worked at Harlequin, various editors including me were sent to a massive cross-global-company ideas brainstorming meeting. This entailed having to come up with ideas for a bunch of new lines to present to the assembled most senior people of the entire company, one […]

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: |10 Comments

The importance of story. . . and history: a Guest Post by K.C. Bateman

K.C Bateman’s To Steal a Heart was undoubtedly one of the best début historical romances I’ve read recently, and I’ve been looking forward to her next book – A Raven’s Heart – ever since. I asked Ms. Bateman to tell AAR a little more about herself, her books… and her alter-ego as an antiques expert!


Five years ago I left my home in England and uprooted my young family to move to the American Midwest with my husband’s work. Before that, I’d spent twelve wonderful years as a fine art and antiques appraiser, running my own auction house, and also appearing on several British antiques-related TV […]

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Caz AAR, Guest Posts, Historicals, Romance|5 Comments

Jane Austen in Vine Street: A guest post by Myretta Robens

Heroines (and some of the heroes) of Dressed to Kiss are deeply involved in the world of Regency Fashion What member of high society in early 19th century England wasn’t? Our guiding light, Jane Austen, had a few interesting insights that we might apply to our characters. […]

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Jennifer McQuiston on Assassinations in History

polasIf bodyguards, Secret Service details, and metal detectors make you think it is far more dangerous for world leaders and celebrities today than it used to be, you simply aren’t looking at history hard enough.

In my new book, The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel (our review is here), the hero Geoffrey Westmore and the heroine Mary Channing overhear a nefarious assassination plot that threatens the highest levels of British Society. Unfortunately, when no one believes them, they are forced to track down the would-be killers on their own. There is a happily ever after waiting at the end of the story for them, of course, but was there a happily ever after for […]

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |4 Comments

Caroline Linden Made Her Daughter a Dress

dtkThis is a story of true love and devotion, of fantasy and fashion, and something that can only be described (by my husband) as “out-and-out insanity.”

My mother taught me to sew when I was very young. She grew up in a thrifty rural community where many clothes were made at home, by mothers and grandmothers, and she continued this. I still have some of the outfits she made for me as a child, exquisitely finished inside and out. I know she made clothes for some of my Barbies as well, but at some point she said, “You can learn to do this yourself.” So I learned.

Aside from the random special occasion I didn’t sew much […]

By | October 7th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Fashion, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |13 Comments