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August 19 2013

The White Queen Season 1, Episode 10 Recap: With Both a Bang and a Whimper

****SPOILERS FOR THE WHITE QUEEN EPISODE 10**** Are you freaking kidding me, The White Queen? You are, right? You are joking, and jesting, and making with the japes. That is the only explanation...
August 12 2013

The White Queen Season 1, Episode 9 Recap: Who Framed Richard III?

****SPOILERS FOR THE WHITE QUEEN EPISODE 9**** Seriously, who would ever want to be a king? Or a queen? Or the mother, sibling, child or spouse of either? Horrible jobs, the lot of them, taking...
August 5 2013

The White Queen Season 1, Episode 8 Recap: Trust is a Four-Letter Word

***SPOILERS*** Dread. That is the overwhelming feeling that seizes me as this episode runs through its Previouslies... First, we are reminded that our Queen Elizabeth (Rebecca Ferguson) already...
July 29 2013

The White Queen Season 1, Episode 7 Recap: Sex, Lies, and Drowning in Wine (But What a Way to Go)

Damn it, History, why must you be so upsetting? You know what it is? Everything has gone to hell since Lady Jacquetta (Janet McTeer) died last episode. Missing you already, awesome witchy mother of...
July 22 2013

The White Queen Season 1, Episode 6: Kill All the Mothers

(Need to catch up? Don't miss Rachel Hyland's recaps of The White Queen episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, and episode 5.) As last week’s installment of...
July 18 2013

Author C.W. Gortner on Mary and Elizabeth, Sisters and Rivals

Today we're pleased to welcome author C.W. Gortner to Heroes and Heartbreakers. C.W's latest novel, The Tudor Conspiracy, is a historical mystery set during the Renaissance, and features some...
June 26 2013

Love Isn’t Prohibited: 1920s Historical Romance

Believe it or not, the 1920s are nearly a century in our past. With Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby splashed across the big screen, and Downton Abbey getting ready for Season 4, is this the time...
June 24 2013

The White Queen Season 1, Episode 2 Recap: The Brothers’ War, and Kids Getting Married

Earlier today we presented you with a recap of the first episode of The White Queen, a new historical show based on the novel by Philippa Gregory, and now we're following that up with a recap of...
June 24 2013

The White Queen Season 1, Episode 1 Recap: Love is a Medieval Battlefield

Note: This recap originally ran in June following the show's debut in the U.K. We are re-posting it today after The White Queen's premiere in the U.S. on Starz. We hope you enjoy! Today...
June 20 2013

Top Five Bluestocking Romances from Chase, Ashworth, Ivory, and More!

Let's start right out with the basics. The Oxford English Dictionary defines bluestocking as “Of, belonging, or relating to a series of assemblies or salons held c. 1750 by a group...
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...