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JanetW
June 30 2014

First Look: Mary Balogh’s The Escape (July 1, 2014)

Mary Balogh The Escape (Survivors' Club) Dell / July 1, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body...
Miranda Neville
June 18 2014

Separated Spouses in Historicals from Balogh, Haymore, Guhrke, and More!

Today we welcome author Miranda Neville to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Miranda's forthcoming release, Lady Windermere's Lover, has a married couple who've been apart for a year (his choice,...
willaful
May 19 2014

The Man Who Wasn’t There: Memorable Offscreen Characters from Beverley, Balogh, Eagle, and More!

One of the fascinating aspects of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca is how alive and present the title character is, even though she's dead and the story's narrator never met her. Her remembered...
JanetW
May 9 2014

These Mothers Will Go Down in History: Moms in Historical Romances by Roberts, Balogh, Heyer and More!

Whether married or widowed, rich or poor, mothers in historical novels are an interesting lot. Most of them wield influence within their family circle but they do not have the external power of a father...
willaful
April 21 2014

Love in Disguise: The Complications of Disguise Plots in Romance

“In a life singular for its lack of attachments, to become obsessed with two women at once was lunacy.” —Connie Brockway, All Through the Night “There was no graceful...
Janga
April 14 2014

Shakespeare in Love: Romance Novels and the Bard

April 23, 2014, will mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, and Shakespeare lovers around the globe will be celebrating the occasion throughout the month of April with lectures,...
willaful
February 27 2014

Be True to Yourself: Ten Life Lessons from Mary Balogh

In a career spanning almost 30 years to date, Mary Balogh has broken numerous boundaries in romance. Sex in traditional Regencies. A courtesan heroine. An adulterous sex addict hero. A heroine who molested...
JanetW
February 14 2014

No Substitute for Love: The Regency Valentines of Mary Balogh, Part 2

We're taking a look at Mary Balogh's Valentine's Day stories, just in time for the day itself. Part 1 is here. Mary Balogh’s Regency Valentine story “The Substitute Guest”...
JanetW
February 7 2014

A Match Made in Balogh: The Regency Valentines of Mary Balogh, Part 1

Valentine’s Day is not a day that is anticipated with unalloyed pleasure if there’s no Valentine to love and cherish. Without a beau or a loving husband, it can be a very lonely day indeed....
Janga
January 10 2014

Kissin’ in the Snow and the Rain and...: Weather in Mary Balogh’s Novels

Whether it is Charles Dickens showing readers poor Bob Cratchitt shivering in the under-heated office of Scrooge and Marley, Emily Bronte revealing Catherine and Heathcliffe swept by storms external...
Janga
December 18 2013

The Best Gifts are Mary Balogh Christmas Novellas

Few historical romance authors can equal Mary Balogh’s record in writing Christmas stories. Her first Christmas novella, “The Star of Bethlehem,” appeared in the very first Signet...
MFrampton
December 11 2013

The Impregnable Fortress Scene in Mary Balogh’s A Christmas Promise

In Mary Balogh's A Christmas Promise, recently re-released as an e-book, the hero and heroine are blinded by both pride and prejudice, in that most iconic of romance conflicts. Eleanor Transome...
Janga
December 5 2013

Seeing Your Way to Love: Blind Heroes in Romance

Blind characters feature prominently in Western literature from very early in its history. Tiresias, who received the gift of prophecy from Zeus, was always a favorite of my students, whether they encountered...
Janga
November 7 2013

Addicted to Love: Anticipating Series Books from Beverley, Kleypas, Roberts, and More!

My name is Janga, and I’m a series addict. The habit goes back to childhood when my favorite fictional characters—Jo March, Anne Shirley, and Betsy Ray—were featured in series that...
teamhandh
October 5 2013

Poll: Who is Your Favorite Regency Romance Writer?

Recently, our 10 Regency Romances You Should Read sparked a conversation about what actually defines a Regency. The question would seem pretty straight forward but then you have authors like Jane Austen,...
Myretta
October 1 2013

10 Regency Romances You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion)

To follow Megan's example, I have chosen ten seminal Regency Romances for you. These are not my top ten best Regencies but books that have had an impact on the genre. In fact, if I were trying to...
teamhandh
September 20 2013

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of September 2013

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to...
Janga
September 5 2013

Trysting with Heroes: Mary Balogh’s Best Beta Heroes

Mary Balogh’s seventy-sixth novel, The Arrangement, was released on August 27. The hero, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, is a beta, the most recent in an impressive list of Balogh’s beta...
Janga
September 4 2013

Class Differences in Historical Romance, Part 2: She Stoops to Conquer and to Fall (in Love)

While tales of the gentleman ignoring the strictures of society to marry a heroine of humble status is a long-established tradition in romance fiction, tales of the lady marrying the groom or even the...
Janga
August 30 2013

Redeeming the Heroine from Balogh, Phillips, O’Keefe and More!

Romance readers are notoriously tough on heroines. Some have theorized that readers hold heroines to a stricter standard because most romance readers are women who, in significant numbers, cast themselves...
JanetW
August 27 2013

First Look: Mary Balogh’s The Arrangement (August 27, 2013)

Mary Balogh The Arrangement Dell / August 27, 2013 / $7.99 print & digital Desperate to escape his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country...
JanetW
August 8 2013

Domesticating the Hero and Heroine in Historicals: Beverley, Balogh, Deveraux, and More!

What Would Martha Do? That’s the question that came to mind when I started exploring the Domestic Side of romance novels. Who and what does the name Martha bring to mind? Naturally, topping...
Janga
July 17 2013

Class Differences in Historical Romance, Part 1: The Triumph of Love Over Level

Part One: Marrying the Maid (Or the Governess or . . .) The theme of love powerful enough to overcome the boundaries of class is rooted deeply in the tradition of romance fiction. Whether one views...
Janga
June 12 2013

Gentle Giants and Towering Beasts: Big Heroes in Romance Novels

Several months ago, I read Meant to Be, Terri Osburn's debut novel. As with nearly all the romance novels that make up my keepers, I fell in love with the characters, major and minor. One of the...
LaurieGold
May 6 2013

May We Read That Again? This Month’s Digital Reissues

Each month, I’ll focus on a variety of digital romance reissues. This month readers will find a two-in-one from Mary Balogh—A Counterfeit Betrothal and The Notorious Rake—available...
LaurieGold
April 8 2013

Spring Marches into E-Books: Newly Digitized Titles for Your E-Reader

As the number of those of us reading digitally continues to grow, more and more backlist titles are becoming available in e-book form. Grand Central, for instance, recently began to digitally publish...
LaurieGold
March 15 2013

Book Quests: Adding to Your Digital Shelves

My husband calls them quests. My quest to build a digital library as a replacement for my actual library started five years ago, when I received my first Kindle for Mother's Day. At the time we...
JanetW
March 9 2013

Author Miranda Neville and H&H’er Janet Webb on Mary Balogh’s Heroines

Recently, there was fast and furious discussion on Twitter DM on the topic of Mary Balogh’s heroines. They have the reputation for being a) too good to be true b) Mary Sues and c) tepid rather...
EVail
February 27 2013

Love This Pain: Romance Novels That Twist the Knife

During one of the earlier episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, young surgeon Meredith Grey asks herself, “Why do I keep hitting myself in the hand with a hammer? Because it feels so good when I stop.” You...
redline_
January 27 2013

Trope of the Month: Class Differences!

Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s]," which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing. But they’re totally not! Romance...