Oh my gosh, talk about atmosphere. I loved the darkness, the creepy castles on desolate cliffs, the danger. Those sound like elements in my romantic suspense novels — minus the castles of course. Simon Says Die is set in Savannah, Georgia , a town I love to visit and that has such incredible atmosphere and history.
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Naturally my heroine lives in the historic district, in an old house with secret passageways. Back to my favorite historical romances and authors. Who can forget Sweet Savage Love? I own every one of her books — in hardback. Woodiwiss built the historical romance genre from the ground up. So many authors were able to follow along and develop this amazing genre, only because she paved the way first. Those purple-prose novels of the eighties gave way to a newer style of writing which was cleaner, leaner, and in many cases — humorous.
Even though I love my romantic suspense to be dark and gritty, when I read historicals I often pick up ones with a light, funny bent.
Julia Quinn is one of the best authors at making me laugh. I love the way she can turn a phrase, and her dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny. How to Marry a Marquis. When I first read that book, I laughed so hard there were tears rolling down my face. Yes, they are THAT good. Another favorite historical author of mine is Amanda Quick , pseudonym for the amazing Jayne Ann Krentz.
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The Quick novels include all that delicious historical atmosphere and the settings we love so much, along with a smart, accomplished heroine. Which leads me back to Vanessa Kelly as my newest favorite historical romance author. When I read My Favorite Countess , it literally blew me away. The dialogue is witty. The characters are complex and intelligent. She shows it like it is or was. Using a turn of phrase from the regency era, Vanessa Kelly is a true original. So what about you, reader?
Do you have some author or book recommendations you can share with me? Lena, you are supposed to be talking about your own book, not mine! Thank you so much for your kind words. If you like romantic suspense, you will LOVE her. Just tell us what your favorite setting is for a creepy suspense book or movie for a chance to win her book.
Do you like isolated settings like a scary manor house on a windswept coast, or do you go things like gritty urban settings, a la Law and Order?
Madison McKinley knows someone is stalking her. Besides, how can she ask Pierce for his help after the way she ended things between them? Finally, as more people start dying and the evidence mounts, the police turn their attention to Madison—as a suspect.
Was Pierce a fool to trust her again, or are they both caught in a complex game that neither will survive? You know, the kind that makes you want to eat copious amounts of chocolate or crack open the whiskey bottle. Marcia, as you can probably surmise, loves dogs. That love is evident in her participation in the Lori Foster anthology, Tails of Love. This multi-author collection contains 10 new stories by award-winning and best-selling authors, of which Marcia is one.
The stories got great reviews, and explored the many wonderful ways that animals bring joy and love into our lives. Even better, all the royalties went to a no-kill animal shelter.
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How cool is that? You can check them out on her website , along with her contest info and excerpts. What has Marcia been up to lately? Her latest book is out, and it sounds fun and fab. A crime of passion… To clear an innocent friend, Las Vegas sex therapist Dr. The last thing she expects is to find herself trading heated words and hot kisses with a sexy cop. Can this free-spirited amateur sleuth and her posse of Vegas insiders solve the crime before the killer targets her? The last thing he needs is the interference of a red-hot sex therapist who haunts his dreams.
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