Hi Barbara! It's so nice to meet another Wild Rose Press author :) I am looking forward to hearing the titles of your all-time favorite romance titles and hearing about your new release. Okay, over to you!
Hi Rachel. Thanks so much for having me over today. I’ve been working on a sequel to SILVERHAWK and took a break to look over some of my favorite books in my keeper bookcase. My keepers are those books I will read again and again. That’s what favorites are, aren’t they? Ones we cherish not just for the wonderful romance but because we read them at special times in our lives.
I’d love to share my list of Top 5 favorite books. Except, I can’t really narrow my favorites to five. However, here are the ones that pop into my mind when someone asks, “What’s your favorite romance book?” I looked for a common thread and couldn’t really find one, except that they all contain conflicted heroes and stubborn heroines. And these are ones I’ve read again—more than once.
They are all historical. I know—big surprise LOL. Here they are listed in no specific order.
1.) Prince of Foxes, Samuel Shellabarger. Not a romance in the modern sense, but the hero whose secret can destroy his ambitions captured my imagination in high school and I still love him—and his delightful if villainous sidekick. The story is heavy on history, too, which is great. His journey takes him from self-interest in the service of Cesare Borgia to honor , all because of a lady he can never hope to have. But of course, there’s an HEA. (I wouldn’t love it otherwise J)
2.) Once a Knight, Christina Dodd. The story of a once-famous knight who’s lost his touch and the lady who hires him for protection—on the basis of his reputation (which of course is now non-existent). How these two stubborn characters at last come together and he regains his fighting edge is delightful, as is Dodd’s touches of humor. (Oh, and piggy-backing here is Dodd’s Castles in the Air—which has one of my favorite opening lines. J)
3.) Lord of Darkness, Anne Stuart. Another wounded, complicated, unlikely medieval hero and a pragmatic heroine. He’s a phony “wizard” who’s out for his own self-interest until he meets the one lady who isn’t afraid of him.
4.) Georgette Heyer. Really. Anything she wrote. But especially Venetia and The Devil’s Cub.
5.) What? It’s five already. Can’t be. I’ve only mentioned the older ones and there are scads of new books and authors that I cherish. But, if I must limit it to one more:
The Spymaster’s Lady, Joanna Bourne. All of her Napoleonic War titles are here in parenthesis, too.
I’d love for everyone to share their favorite books. AND to celebrate my debut SILVERHAWK being at a bargain price of $2.99, I’m giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky commenter.
Because I’ve always had an interest in—and fascination with—history, there was no question what genre any book of mine would find itself. Silverhawk, my first, is medieval, set in the decade of Richard I’s reign (1189-1199 A.D.) Here’s the blurb:
He’s everything a proper lady should never want; she’s everything a bastard mercenary can never have.
Sir Giles has come to England to kill his father, who seduced and betrayed his mother. First, however, he’ll seek sweet revenge—kidnap the old lord’s new betrothed. But when Giles uncovers a plot against
King Richard, he faces a dilemma: take the lady or track the traitors. What’s a good mercenary to do? Both, of course.
Lady Emelin has had enough. Abandoned in a convent by her brother, she finally has a chance for home and family. Yet now she’s been abducted. Her kidnapper may be the image of her dream knight, but she won’t allow him to spoil this betrothal. Her only solution: escape
Rescuing the intrepid lady—while hunting traitors—is a challenge Giles couldn’t anticipate. But the greatest challenge to Giles and Emelin is the fire blazing between them. For he’s everything a proper lady should never want, and she’s everything a bastard mercenary can never have.
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I’m giving away a $5 Gift Card to a visitor who will share her (or his) favorite book(s).