Does it seem like there are more contemps on the shelves than your favorite genre these days?
But here’s the good news: We no longer have to rely upon traditional publishers to sate our craving for Historicals!
There are so many resources at your fingertips where you can find quality, heart-wrenching, costume-toting, ball-attending, horse-and-buggy, kilt-wearing, sword-wielding, period romances:
You can go to Amazon.com (or even Google) and type into the field: Historical Romance Novels – You can even type in sub-genres such as:
Historical Erotic Fantasy
And the list goes on.
Be creative – and patient. It’s very likely someone has written the kind of novel you’re looking for, especially now that self-publishing has taken off.
NEVER AGAIN WAIT AROUND FOR “THE BIG 6” TO DECIDE WHAT WE READ!
Go forth and find your historical romance fantasy!
And happy reading!
Before one begins to spout off about the ebook replacing the print book, let’s take a look at the evolution of media and entertainment:
In the latter part of the nineteenth century, when “moving picture shows” became available to the populous as merely a carnival attraction, it was said that this new medium would render “the theater” obsolete.
Here we are in the twenty-first century, and people still flock to see live performances of musicals such as, “Wicked,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables.” (Just to name a few.)
Only two decades into the twentieth century, the invention of “Broadcast Television” was sure to put “The Movies” (not to mention Radio) to bed permanently.
All three forms of entertainment, the theater, TV and motion pictures, have not only survived, but flourished. Together, these mediums have built a multi-billion dollar empire.
BTW – They said computers and personal game consoles (wii, PlayStation, etc.) would diminish other gaming mediums. Have these items completely conquered and changed the way humans spend their money on entertainment?
The eReader, it was whispered about this new way of reading books, will replace the printed word.
Ebooks will become merely another medium by which we earthlings amuse ourselves.
Personally, I love having so many forms of entertainment at my fingertips.
There are some authors who are brilliant enough to be able to, no matter the length of the book, keep their heat levels all the same. Hot hot hot, contemp or historical or fantasy, they keep a loyal fan base because of their skills with a pen . . . or, keyboard.
Here is my dilemma: When I write (and I’m not pantsing) the characters come to me first, the plot usually arrives next, then the plot determines the heat level.
I love a good plot. If the heat level of a book I’m reading isn’t high, it better dang-well have an awesome plot! 😀
You will also find that I don’t just write a single sub-genre. I write absolute historical first and foremost, but where it goes from there is up for grabs by the Universe. Does it have a sci-fi twist? Supernatural? Foodie? Older heroine/younger hero? Erotic or hot and steamy? My stories are all over the place. The very first romance I ever wrote was a ‘sweet’ one (and incidentally, three books – yet unpublished – spun off that one.)
Remember Me (the re-release coming soon to Amazon) is an ensemble piece (lots of characters) with supernatural, paranormal and heavy romantic elements. It’s the HEA that brands it a romance novel. If you like ensembles like Harry Potter
you will be able to get into Remember Me – Angels, demons and Vampires in Victorian England.
Now, Sins of the Flesh, a spin off of Remember Me, is a short, historical, totally naughty erotic romance with supernatural elements, with only a handful of characters.
And still, The Art of Temptation, a full-length novel, also related to Remember Me, (which should be out on Amazon by the end of the year) is a straight super-sexy historical romance – also, not so large an ensemble cast.
Two things my books have in common: Historical and great plots.
Happy Reading, all!
If your darker side peeks through more oft than naught like mine does, you may find this interesting. While doing research with another author for period music (mid to late Victorian) I ran across this English translation of a poem which inspired the French composer, Camille Saint-Saens to write one of my favorite pieces of music, “Danse Macabre”:
Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence,
Striking a tomb with his heel,
Death at midnight plays a dance-tune,
Zig, zig, zag, on his violin.
The winter wind blows, and the night is dark;
Moans are heard in the linden trees.
White skeletons pass through the gloom,
Running and leaping in their shrouds.
Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking,
You can hear the cracking of the bones of the dancers.
A lustful couple sits on the moss
So as to taste long lost delights.
Zig zig, zig, Death continues
The unending scraping on his instrument.
A veil has fallen! The dancer is naked.
Her partner grasps her amorously.
The lady, it’s said, is a marchioness or baroness
And her green gallant, a poor cartwright.
Horror! Look how she gives herself to him,
Like the rustic was a baron.
Zig, zig, zig. What a saraband!
They all hold hands and dance in circles.
Zig, zig, zag. You can see in the crowd
The king dancing among the peasants.
But hist! All of a sudden, they leave the dance,
They push forward, they fly; the cock has crowed.
Oh what a beautiful night for the poor world!
Long live death and equality!