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Tue
Apr 25 2017 1:30pm

The Greatest Love Songs Don’t Exactly End Happily

The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke

Today we're thrilled to have Laura Lee Guhrke (The Truth About Love and Dukes) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Many authors get inspired by music while they write, but it's sad to say... many of the greatest love songs in music don't actually end all that happily. Laura Lee is here today to how popular love songs and romance novels can differ so much when it comes to their endings. Thanks, Laura Lee!

In a romance novel, a happy ending is a given. That’s why I began reading romances, and I’ve always been sure that’s why my fellow readers read them. For most of my life, I’ve been convinced that everyone wants a happy ending. Because, well, why wouldn’t you? Life’s hard enough, right?

But the other day while listening to Pandora, it occurred to me that many, if not most, popular songs (at least those that appeal to anyone over thirteen) do not have happy endings. Every rose has its thorn, after all, and cowboys, so Axel Rose tells us, sing their sad, sad songs. Heck, Taylor Swift has made an entire career based on her notoriously unhappy love life. Another man, another break-up, another million dollars…actually, that’s not so sad, when I think about it.

Anyway, even I, romance writer and lover of happy endings that I am, have been known to find inspiration in songs that aren’t exactly happy. In my latest book, The Truth About Love and Dukes, the Victorian-era couple find love because of the heroine’s advice-to-the-lovelorn column, and while it has its HEA, the inspiration for the book was a song called “Want Ad Blues.” Blues songs aren’t known for spreading happiness and good cheer.

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Tue
Apr 29 2014 2:40pm

10 Tropes That Make Historical Romance Awesome

Today we're thrilled to have not one but three authors—Gayle Callen, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Caroline Linden—weigh in on one of our favorite genres, historical romance. Gayle's latest release, Redemption of the Duke, is out today, and its hero is a duke (of course!) with secrets who needs redeeming. Laura Lee Guhrke's How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days pairs an American heiress with a duke, and is also out today, while Caroline Linden's It Takes a Scandal offers a love triangle between a wealthy heiress and two very scandalous gentlemen. The ladies are here to discuss what makes historical romance so awesome. Thanks, Gayle, Laura Lee, and Caroline!

1) Dukes. Now come on, when you see the word “Duke” in a title, doesn’t your heart speed up? There’s just something about powerful men at the top of the aristocracy, brought to their knees by love, that just makes us all swoon. That’s probably why I’ve used “Duke” in the title 3 times in my 21 historical romances, including my most recent, Redemption of the Duke. –Gayle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:

Source: runningoffthereeses.com

[+9 more historical tropes we'll love forever and always...]

Fri
Nov 1 2013 3:00pm

Matchmaking 101: How to Help Your Friends Find Love

When the Marquess Met His Match by Laura Lee GuhrkeToday we're joined by author Laura Lee Guhrke, whose When the Marquess Met His Match is all about matchmaking and the course of true love. While Laura's book is a historical romance, the tips her heroine learns in the course of her matchmaking apply to modern times as well. Thanks for being here, Laura!

In my latest historical romance, When the Marquess Met His Match, my heroine Belinda Featherstone is the Victorian equivalent of Match.com. Belinda’s specialty is the transatlantic marriage, setting up American heiresses in search of social acceptance with British peers in need of cash.

In Victorian times, true love wasn’t really the goal. Marriage was, and that made pairing up pretty easy. People had a huge social network of family and friends to present men and women with possible partners for life. Nowadays, however, things are a bit trickier. You see, we expect love, too.

Love is a tough thing to find. Going on dates, the tried-and-true method of our parents and grandparents, has become like ballroom dancing: it’s great, but no one knows how to do it anymore. And networking has become a superficial “friend each other on Facebook” kind of thing that doesn’t do much to match people up. Despite a plethora of dating sites and living in the information age, studies show that most people who find love still find it through family and mutual friends.

You would love to set up some of the singles you know. Do matchmakers like Belinda have any tips that could help you out? Why, yes, they do!

Top 10 Matchmaking Tips

1. Keep an open mind about the singles you know. Just because you didn’t click with that guy who works in your building, it doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be perfect for your friend, Susan.

[+ more tips to help you pair up your friends!...]