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Mary Balogh: “I believe in love”

I’ve just read a fantastic post by Mary Balogh on why she writes historical romance; it speaks eloquently to me as both a reader and a writer.

She begins by saying, “I believe in love. I believe in the power and ultimate triumph of love.”

And why historical romance in particular?

“Readers like to be transported away from their everyday lives. They like to be taken to a different world to read about people who are essentially like themselves. Past eras often seem more romantic than our own. Regency England, for example, conjures marvelous visual images of fashions for both men and women that weA Regency-era ballre perhaps the most attractive and sexy of any age; of stately country homes and the spacious parks surrounding them; of horse-drawn carriages bowling along the king’s highway; of couples waltzing at grand balls in the light of dozens of candles in the crystal chandeliers overhead; of enchanted evenings strolling the lantern-lit walks of Vauxhall Gardens in London; of picnics and garden parties in rural surroundings; of drives in Hyde Park at the fashionable hour. The possibilities are endless, all coming with an aura of the romance of a bygone age. It is a happy illusion, of course. Most of us would not want actually to live in Regency England or any other bygone era, but we are quite happy to enjoy it from the comfort of our twenty-first century homes. That is the magic of reading.”

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Some gorgeous book covers

I love looking at book covers; it’s total eye candy for me. Here are some of my recent faves from Avon. Aren’t they gorgeous?!?

cover of RULES FOR A ROGUE by Christy Carlyle (Avon/HarperCollins)

cover of LADY BE BAD by Megan Frampton (Avon/HarperCollins)

cover of WHILE THE DUKE WAS SLEEPING by Sophie Jordan (Avon/HarperCollins)cover of BLAME IT ON THE DUKE by Lenora Bell (Avon/HarperCollins)

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Mary/Eloisa on writing romance

I always love to hear what Eloisa James has to say about her books, writing, and creative process. Julie Tetel Andresen recently interviewed Eloisa — or, really, Professor Mary Bly — and I especially enjoyed this pearl from Mary/Eloisa:

“. . . romance has a rhythm and a promise to it that appeals to me. Romance reminds me that if there’s a pattern to the universe, it’s shaped around and by love. We can all use that reminder now and again.”

An image of Eloisa James/Professor Mary Bly, famous author of historical romance

Read the full interview here.

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A holiday book-tree

Theresa Romain, a fellow author of historical romance, made a tree out of books! I’m picturing it with a few strands of colored lights, a little tinsel draped here and there . . . and some more books (wrapped, of course) around the base. Because books make great gifts, don’t they? ;)

A holiday "book-tree" made by Theresa Romain, author of historical romance.

 

More about Theresa here.

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