A Guestpost and a Giveway from Lenora Bell

Bell_Collage Family photo with Elise and Louise (fourth and fifth from left); watercolor of Kansas roses by Louise; watercolor of Switzerland by Elise; Elise at her painting easel.

Why did you begin reading historical romance? Was it a craving for sweeping stories of passion set in faraway lands? Or because Jane Austen completed only six novels and you long for more balls at Netherfield? One of the reasons I gravitate toward historicals is a hunger for connection with the past. When I begin a new Eloisa James or Tessa Dare novel, I know I will not only fall in love with the hero, and want to be best friends with the heroine, I’ll also be transported to a colorful and fascinating historical setting.

Connecting with history is on my mind because today I’m looking at the same view my great-great-grandmother Louise and her sister Elise loved to paint: the jagged peaks of the […]