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Regency Florida

“THERE IS NOT SO GAY A TOWN…” FLORIDA IN THE REGENCY ERA By Darlene Marshall In 1812 a plucky band of men of diverse races, nationalities and backgrounds came together to defend their homes from foreign invaders intent on seizing their land and destroying their way of life. The invaders were the Americans, and the defenders were the men of East Florida. A little known and...

Hidden Niches of Historical Romance

Historical romance is a broad umbrella that covers many wet, shivering time periods. Regency and Westerns stand firmly under the center of the umbrella. Other less often visited eras sometimes seem to cluster around the edges getting water down their necks. Off the beaten path stories and places always attract me. I’d like to share a couple of romance reads that celebrate the great diversity within...

Regency Trivia

TRIVIA REGENCY ENGLAND STYLE Hackney Coaches Hackneys were the 19th century equivalent of the black cabs you see in London today. There were rules for passengers wishing to travel in Hackney Coaches. No more than four adults were allowed inside and one servant on the outside, with the exception of a child held in an adult’s arms. If the coachman agreed to take more, he charged one...

Fantastic Video – Explore Historical Romance!

Think you know historical romance? Prepare to be surprised. Never read historical romance? The subgenre has never been more diversified in its offerings to readers. To back up our claim, Historical Romance Network members put together a fun, energetic video highlighting a collection of beautiful covers by just a few of today’s stars in historical romance. Stay tuned – many more to come.  

Love History, Love Historical Romance

I have always loved history, even as a child. I majored in history and English in college and taught history. But even as a lover of history, I was never enamored of most history textbooks. In fact, a lot of history textbooks are, in my opinion, dry and boring. But boring seems to be the way they try to teach you to write in history class....

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – or what I learned from the western movies

Yes, I admit, my heroes have always been cowboys. My love of cowboys came from old western movies. Here were men who were larger than life, who stood up for what they believed in, who’s word was their bond, who were willing to do what had to be done. And when they fell in love, it was deep and forever — even if they fought it...

Featured Post: Historical Romance —Not Your Senior History Class by Callie Hutton | Fresh Fiction

A great article on Fresh Fiction by Callie Hutton, a member of HRN, on her path to historical romance: I recently joined a new group of historical romance authors. Our intention in forming the group was to raise awareness of historical romance books. Too many readers pass us by because they believe ‘historical’ romance is too bland, too filled with boring historical facts, and too ‘old.’...