Jun 27 2014 7:02am

Spotting the Easter Egg in Romance Novels

Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas Easter eggs in media such as computer games, software design, and movies are hidden messages or inside jokes that only people familiar with the particular type of media will get.

But do Easter eggs exist in romance novels?

We went to Twitter, and the answer is yes! Larissa Ione has several mentions of Star Trek (she is a big fan), Maisey Yates has a heroine from one (unconnected) book come from the fictional hometown of another series, while Sherrilyn Kenyon mentions a Kinley MacGregor (her historical alter-ego) book in one of her Kenyon releases. And there are many more examples.

Have you noticed any Easter eggs in romance? What ones did you spot?

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1. JessicaM
I know I've seen mentions in gena showalter's books of kresley cole 'a immortals after dark characters and vise versa. I love it.
3. Anne Barton
Lots of Victoria Alexander's books have a dead Charles..named after her husband. Absolutely love her and her books!
4. bri_in_nj
One of Nora Robert's Stanislaki's books has an extended scene/trip tp the O'Hurley compund, the characters who were the stars of another of her series.
5. lauralee1912
Found one this morning! I am reading Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis. Milo, the search and rescue dog, was called Frat Boy as a puppy because he was always looking for a good time. The author just happens to have a dog named Frat Boy who is always looking for a good time. :)
Laura Bracken
6. Night -owl
I was reading a, Lisa Kleypas book the other night called, Somewhere I'll Find You, and in it she makes reference to a book called Mathilda which was written by another character, Sara Fielding from her, Dreaming of you book(it made me smile) Charlaine Harris has characters from her Lily Bard series come into her Sookie Stackhouse series. And I think Diana Gabaldon has put the names of the actors playing Jamie&Claire into her new book...and a reference to Dr.Who(another one that makes me smile)
7. Laurie A
I have noticed Sherilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter heroines read Kinley McGregor books. The new Jana DeLeon book mentions Denise Grover Swank.
Jennifer Proffitt
8. JenniferProffitt
Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole often namedrop (or sometimes actually drop) their characters into their books. For example, in Lothaire, Nix said she needed to go investigate these "Lords of the Underworld" she kept hearing about.
Barbara Wilmot
9. miadevlin
In Nora Roberts "Inn Boonsboro Trilogy" the bedrooms at the inn are named after famous romantic couples in literature and one of the rooms is Eve & Roarke from J.D. Robb's "In Death" series.
10. Kareni
I know I've encountered this in a book where the heroine is a book store owner. She's stocking the shelves with some very familiar titles. If only I could recall the book ....
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