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June 17 2013

The White Queen: Strong Women, War, and Romance

The White Queen (BBC One), an adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s best-selling trilogy of novels set around the Wars of the Roses, had a strong debut in the UK on BBC One over the weekend, a...
June 10 2013

Wishlisting on a Historical Star: A Historical Romance Starter Kit

One thing I love about the romance genre is the amount of variety. I can literally go from reading a book featuring a shape-shifting vampire angel to a contemporary action-adventure story featuring...
May 8 2013

Ships Ahoy!: Viking Romance

Long before the History Channel brought us the TV series Vikings, stories of Viking adventure and romance have been making blood race and hearts flutter. When we say “long before,” we mean...
April 20 2013

First Look: Deanna Raybourn’s A Spear of Summer Grass (April 30, 2013)

Deanna Raybourn A Spear of Summer Grass Harlequin MIRA / April 30, 2013 / $15.95 print, $8.69 digital The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even amongst...
April 17 2013

First Look: Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return (April 23, 2013)

Bee Ridgway The River of No Return Dutton / April 23, 2013 / $27.95 print, $14.99 digital “You are now a member of the Guild. There is no return.” Two hundred years after...
March 26 2013

Author Valerie Bowman on Eloping to Gretna Green!

Today we're pleased to welcome author Valerie Bowman, also an H&H contributor, whose forthcoming novel Secrets of a Runaway Bride is out today! She's here to talk Gretna Green, Scotland,...
March 25 2013

Romance in the Elizabethan Age: Heroines Who Know What They Want

Dubbed “The Virgin Queen,” Elizabeth I held the English throne on her own from 1558 to 1601. Not to say she didn’t have chances to marry, because she definitely did, but romance readers...
February 28 2013

First Look: Simone St. James’s An Inquiry into Love and Death (March 5, 2013)

Simone St. James An Inquiry into Love and Death NAL Trade / March 5, 2013 / $10.99 print, $9.99 digital In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle’s...
February 22 2013

Heroes in Disguise: Lying Liars and the Romance Novel Heroines Who Love Them

I blame Shakespeare. Oh, the idea certainly predated him—Ancient Mythology, for example, is thoroughly populated with gods who disguise themselves as everything from some woman’s husband...
February 19 2013

Swash Some Buckles: The Love of Restoration Romance

Looking for a historical setting that’s primed for romance? One, maybe, with a young and charismatic monarch on the throne; or maybe a monarch who has an eye for the ladies. Maybe you want an...
February 16 2013

Poll: What Historical Period Would You Want Your Romance Novel to be Set In?

We all have said or know someone who said they were born in the wrong time period. But if you were thrown into a different time, what would it be? Would you choose the roaring '20s, be a housewife...
December 27 2012

First Look: Judith Kinghorn’s The Last Summer (December 31, 2012)

Judith Kinghorn The Last Summer NAL Trade / December 31, 2012 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital I was almost seventeen when the spell of my childhood was broken...It was the beginning of summer...
October 9 2012

History Isn’t Just the Regency: Unusual Time Periods for Historical Romance

For far too long, Beau Brummel's cravat has held a stranglehold on historical romance! Yes, we dip our toes in books set twenty or thirty years on either side of the Regency, and some even—daringly—dabble...
September 24 2012

Author Valerie Bowman on Regency Weddings

Today, we're thrilled to have Author Valerie Bowman (and regular H&H contributor!) at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Valerie's Secrets of a Wedding Night is released tomorrow, and is a delicious...
August 1 2012

Author Mary Jo Putney on the Joy of Boarding School Books

Today, we are thrilled to welcome author Mary Jo Putney back to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Previously, Mary Jo wrote about authors Lois McMasterBujold and Barbara Samuel; today, she dons her YA hat and...
July 23 2012

Downton Abbey Season 3 American Premiere Date—and Spoilers!

We knew it would be sometime in January, but now it’s official: Downton Abbey returns to PBS on Jan. 6, 2013. In a recent press conference, creator Julian Fellowes dished on some spoilers for...
July 12 2012

Author Alma Katsu on Dark Historicals

Today, H&H welcomes author Alma Katsu to the site. Alma’s The Reckoning, the second book in the Taker trilogy, has just been released, and is a dark, sexy read, as was the first book, The Taker....
June 22 2012

Pass the Serial—the Romance Serial, That Is!

Move over, Charles Dickens—serialized stories are taking a romantic turn! A USA Today article mentions that publisher Berkley (whose Sylvia Day-penned Bared to You just hit the New...
June 1 2012

Author Grace Burrowes on Historically Good Looks

Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is pleased to welcome author Grace Burrowes, whose novel Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal is now available, to talk historically well-dressed men. Thanks, Grace! In...
May 26 2012

Hotties in Cravats: Historical Hunks

It’s all very well to share pictures of bare-chested men in low-slung jeans. And it’s equally fine to share drool-worthy pictures of hot guys in fancy suits. As a Facebook user, I am frequently...
May 23 2012

Author Kate Rothwell on How the Internet is the Ton: Discuss!

Today we welcome guest author Kate Rothwell to Heroes and Heartbreakers to talk about how similar today’s Internet culture can be to Regency society. Thanks, Kate! The Internet...
May 16 2012

Author Bronwen Evans on Regency Working Girls (Companions, Governesses, Smugglers, and Courtesans)

Today we welcome author Bronwen Evans to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Bronwen’s most recent release, Invitation to Scandal, features a heroine who makes her not-quite-honest living as a smuggler....
May 9 2012

Author Hope Tarr on Real-life Historical Heroines Who Busted Balls and Broke Outta the Box

Who doesn’t love a kick-ass heroine? Today, author Hope Tarr joins us to relate some tales of real-life kick-ass historical heroines, some of whom could have served as models for Hope’s heroines....
May 7 2012

First Look: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (May 8, 2012)

Hilary Mantel Bring Up the Bodies Henry Holt and Co. / May 8, 2012 / $15.oo print, $12.99 digital Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn....
April 19 2012

Virgins in Historical Romance: Chadwick, Seton, Gabaldon, and Donati

It’s all very nice when a girl and her hero unite happily ever after in a novel. It’s even nicer when readers get a peek (or more) at the consummation of that union. Having given my affection to...
April 12 2012

Beyond the Wallpaper: Historical Romance with History

My favorite kind of historical romances have heaping helpings of both history and romance; when the history shapes the romance, I am one happy camper. Sometimes this combination comes in the form of...
April 10 2012

Hey, I Know That Guy!: Historical Figures in Historical Romance

Just a couple of years ago, I first read one of Georgette Heyer’s lesser known—indeed, often thought Lost—works, The Great Roxhythe (of which, read much more here). Set in the latter days of Charles...
March 1 2012

Zippers, Kohl, and Woman-Beating: Anachronisms in Historical Fiction

Have you seen the guide to Downton Abbey: Tracking the Anachronisms yet? And having seen it…do you care? Or is it the case that you (sorry) couldn’t care less? In the arts, an anachronism...
February 20 2012

Mehuru, the Romance Hero Who Could Have Been

Mehuru from Philippa Gregory’s A Respectable Trade isn’t a romance hero, but he should have been. Though he lacks the happy ending guaranteed every hero in the romance genre, he’s got everything...
February 14 2012

Love and Kisses: 10 Swoonworthy Kisses in Romance

Happy Valentine’s Day! Cynicism about this holiday has become common, and many see February 14 as just another excuse to empty the pockets of consumers, who will spend more than $16 billion on cards,...