We enjoyed Anne Calhoun’s Turn Me Loose. (Our B+ review is here.) We always like talking with Anne. Caz had a few questions which Anne was happy to answer.
Caz: I believe Turn Me Loose wraps up the storyline that was begun in Under the Surface – is it the final book in the Alpha Ops series, or will there be more?
Anne: This is the final book in the Alpha Ops series. I wrote Under the Surface first, added the SEAL stories when I sold the series to St Martin’s, then wrote Going Deep and Turn Me Loose. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed fleshing out the world, and creating a group of characters woven together by ties of blood, service, shared history, and ultimately, love.
Caz: I absolutely LOVED all the foodie details about Riva’s restaurant and the dishes she and her team created. I confess that I’ve never heard of the […]
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 […]
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?
From the moment I read the opening lines of Edge of Obsession, the first book in Megan Crane’s Edge series, I was hooked.
A hundred years ago, or so the stories went, the great Storms came over the course of a few tumultuous decades and kicked the world’s ass. Cities fell. Seas rose. People died.
A lot of people.
I’ve read all four books in the series including the soon to be released Edge of Power (Wulf’s story!) and relished them all. These books are deceptively addicting, the sort of stories you tear through and keep thinking about when you’re done. The world-building is satisfyingly rich and pulls no punches. I asked Megan if I could ask her some questions and she, thankfully, said yes.
Dabney: Hi Megan, thanks for talking with me.
I’ve so enjoyed your Edge series. I picked the first book in the series, Edge of Obsession, as […]
In my review of Erica Monroe’s latest book, Stealing the Rogue’s Heart, I pointed out that there are very few historical romances around that draw their heroes and heroines from the lower social classes. Yet most fans of historical romance that I interact with, whether here at All About Romance, or on Goodreads or other sites and blogs all say that we want more such stories; books about people other than dukes and debutantes, or rakes and bluestockings. It’s not uncommon for a heroine to be poor, and there are a reasonable number of cross-class romances out there (which are very difficult to pull off properly), but to find stories using working class protagonists, set amid the terrible housing and harsh conditions in which such people had to live is unusual. In many ways that’s understandable. Life is tough and a bit of escapist glamour never hurt anyone. But those aren’t the only stories that deserve to be told, so I asked Erica […]
A few years back I randomly picked up a book called The Spinster’s Secret, by a new-to-me author named Emily Larkin, purely because the premise sounded interesting; a spinster living in a cold, bleak, grey home who writes erotic novels in order to earn enough money to be able to move out and set up on her own, meets a scarred war hero – sent to unmask her – with whom she falls in love. (This was a few years ago, so the spinster/erotic novelist trope wasn’t something I’d come across often, whereas at the moment, that character seems to be in one in every three books I pick up!)
The Soldier’s Scoundrel, Cat Sebastian’s début novel for Avon Impulse, is a male/male historical romance set in early nineteenth century England. It is also, I believe, the first such book released under the Avon imprint. I was able to get hold of an advance copy to review (look for that next week) and was immediately impressed with the quality of the writing and storytelling. I asked Ms. Sebastian if she’d care to share a little of the background to the novel with us.
Caz: Is historical romance a genre you’ve always wanted to write?
CS: A few years ago, when my kids were all pretty much babies, I started reading historical romance as an escape. I don’t think I’ve gone more than a day or two since then without reading romance. So when I started writing, I felt at home in the universe of fictional 19th century Britain. I think I […]
Kate Stewart’s latest, Anything But Minor, is a DIK from us. It’s a witty book and we thought it would be fun to ask Kate some questions. She agreed AND is throwing in an ebook of Anything But Minor to one lucky reader. (Make a comment below to be entered in this drawing.)
Dabney: You sure do love Charleston. Are you a native? If not, when and why did you fall in love with South Carolina’s fairest city?
Kate: I’m actually a native of Dallas, Texas which turned me into a sucker for scenery. Dallas is home, I love it, but the landscaping is a bit dull. Charleston grabbed my heart from the minute I landed on Folly beach in 2010 after living in upstate SC for years. I was so enamored, I simply made the decision, looked over at my husband and said “we’re moving.” We moved three weeks later. I […]
I chatted with the fabulous Sarah MacLean at RWA this year but didn’t get a chance to ask her my #RWA16 questions. So, I emailed her and she told me all. 😉
How old were you when you wrote your first romance? Plot?
I was 13, in the 8th Grade. I wrote it as a project for the fiction unit of my English class. The hero’s name was Colin, and the heroine was Chantal, and it was a romantic suspense that involved her having to save him from imprisonment by a drug cartel. There was a graphic kiss in the climactic scene that made everyone in the whole class love it, and when the teacher posted all of the projects, mine was the only one that was stolen. So, A+, right?
Tell me two truths and a lie.
I played competition croquet in college.
I once dated an actual spare–second son to a viscount.
I received a cease & desist from an aristocrat with the same name as one of my […]