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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,...
February 6 2012

Pencil on Fire!: Carolyn Jewel’s Inspirations for Not Wicked Enough

Today, author Carolyn Jewel joins us to explain what faulty apertures  and a writing implement have to do with her upcoming release, Not Wicked Enough. What do these two things have in common? —A...
January 25 2012

Clothes in the Time of Downton Abbey

I don’t watch Downton Abbey, but I absolutely adore reading about the time period in which it’s set. The first series begins in 1912 and ends in 1914; the second series occurs during the height...
January 23 2012

Downton Abbey Season 2 (Series 2), Episode 3: Mary is Nice!

A review of Downton Abbey Season 2, episode 3, served with an extra dollop of SPOILERS. Need to catch up? Check out our Downton Abbey Season 2 premiere recap and episode...
January 20 2012

WWI M/M Romance: Josh Lanyon, J.L. Morrow, and Tamara Allen

Even before Downton Abbey’s success I’ve been on the lookout for fiction about World War I and the immediate post-war period, and romance in particular. I haven’t found that many romances set...
January 11 2012

Lord Byron: An Insatiable Collector

If you’ve read historicals set in the Regency period, no doubt at some point you’ve encountered Lord Byron, first name George, whom his lover Lady Caroline Lamb dubbed, “mad, bad, and dangerous...
January 9 2012

Downton Abbey Season 2 (Series 2), Episode 1: Love Goes Awry

And now it’s our turn! Finally, the second season of Downton Abbey is on the American side of the pond. We originally recapped the series when it aired in the United Kingdom, so we’re...
December 12 2011

What’s Old Is New Again: Lisa Kleypas on Historical and Contemporary Heroes

Are you one of Lisa Kleypas’s biggest fans? If you find yourself counting the days til Lisa’s next new book release and telling everyone you know about her books, then you just might have...