Due to.. uh… (gestures widely at everything), AAR’s Tropical Romance Book Club has been on hiatus for a long time. I’m very excited to bring it back with a conversation with Hana Sheik, the Somali-born, Canada-raised author whose debut for Harlequin – Second Chance To Wear His Ring – is set in Somaliland and Ethiopia. Welcome, Hana! […]
Last week, Evelyn and I reviewed Her Heart for a Compass, a work of historical fiction based on the life of Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, an ancestress of the book’s author, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. When the book was announced earlier this year, I was excited to see that the it had been co-authored by historical romance author Marguerite Kaye; Ms. Kaye is something of a favourite here at AAR and has received much praise (and many high grades!) for her books. If you are interested in how this partnership came about and in the authors’ working relationship, read on! […]
On Friday, I reviewed début author Minerva Spencer’s Dangerous, book one in her series, The Outcasts. I remember being a bit sceptical when the book first appeared on my radar; I’ve become increasingly wary of historical romances touting danger and adventure over the past couple of years, as so many of them have been disappointing – too full of plot, not enough focus on the characters and their relationship. Plus, a heroine kidnapped by pirates and sold to a sultan? Had we somehow gone Back to the Future and the 1980s bodice ripper when I wasn’t looking? For whatever reason, I decided to read the book and, as I said in my review, after the first few pages realised my preconceptions had been entirely misplaced, and, once I’d finished, that I wanted to know a bit more […]
I read my first Sherry Thomas book–Private Arrangements–in 2009 and that was it for me. So when Berkley asked if I wanted to interview her at RWA, I had to restrain myself from not replying yesyesyesyes… in ALL CAPS.
Sherry’s journey as a writer fascinates me. As her website says, “English is Sherry’s second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Rogers’ Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary.” She’s written some of the best historical romance out there, published a knock-out YA trilogy and, come the fall, will tell the story of Sherlock Holmes from a whole new perspective.
In person, Sherry is warm and wry. She and I talked about Austin–where she and her family live–, the Fitzhugh trilogy (She’s justifiably proud of Ravishing the Heiress), and what her childhood in China was like–she has only lovely memories. I asked her if […]