We are delighted to turn over Yakkety Yak to Sophia Rose today! Take it away…
Today I want to get all up in your business when it comes to the Historical Romance.
For some, the thought of HR makes them break out in hives (You might wish to ditch this one for another post now ‘cause I don’t want to be responsible for you being miserable with hives). For others, its uncharted territory yet or the mood hasn’t struck them lately.
But for the rest of us…let’s talk HR.
I just picked some discussion starters here and I’ll get the party started by answering the questions first.
- Historical period or geographic location? No preference! I mostly read Regency or Victorian these days, but I love Medieval, Ancient, and American Westerns too. If the author wants to paint in some details about the setting or period, I’m all for that. Make me feel like I stepped back in time and lost myself in someone else’s story, oh yes!
- Historical Details? Personally, I like the details. I like knowing how they talked, what they wore, what activities they were involved in, what were the social rules, etc. I do understand the need for balance so it stays a story and doesn’t become a text book. That being said, it distracts me when the dress, language, social/cultural behavior or objects in the story are off, but I can live with it if it’s not too glaring and it’s a really good story.
- Trope(s)? Yes, I’m well aware there are some go-to scenarios for the HR novel. I like them. Medieval forced marriages, Regency Arranged Marriages? Bring it! Wow me with Virgins and Rakes, Princesses, Soldiers, Prostitutes, Dukes, Serving Maids, Knights, Rancher’s daughters, Warriors, Geishas, Mountain Men, Indians, Gladiators, etc. Reunions/Second Chance, Forbidden/Class Differences…yeah, all of those, but don’t stick me with a love triangle or a cheater.
- Characters? I’m really open about this too though I have to be in the right mood for some personalities to work for me. I like alpha or beta types- domineering dukes, ice princesses, humble vicars, gentle poor spinsters. I don’t mind flawed characters or anti-hero(ines) so long as there is some growth and that the growth doesn’t start too late in the story. I don’t get off on Neanderthal behavior disguised as alpha type in my heroes. I’m touchy about heroines and I’ll be the first to admit that lots of them get on my nerves- whiny, angsty, damsels in distress (or to be blunt, the Too Stupid to Live types), rudeness that is disguised as sass, manipulative…absolutely kills a story’s enjoyment for me.
- Blending genres? I love this trend. I have always loved Historical Romantic Suspense, but recently Time Travel, Historical Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and Steampunk have become favorites too.
- Got some favorite HR authors? Do I ever! I’m a bit old school and many of these might be unknowns: Jo Beverley, Mary Balogh, Victoria Holt, Georgette Heyer, Shana Galen, Victoria Vane, Deanna Raybourn, Kristen Callihan, Bec McMaster, Patricia Ryan, Isolde Martyn, Ava March, Genevieve Graham, Jeannie Lin, Carla Kelly, Alex Beecroft…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Now it’s your turn. Answer one, some or all of these questions and give me your take. These are just personal tastes and opinions so please do be kind with your comments.
One lucky commenter (US Only) will win a four-book variety pack of some of the latest in Historical Romance. I’ll make it interesting and allow for multiple comments to count either as tackling a different question with each comment or a reply to an existing comment.
Prize Pack includes: The Countess Confessions, Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait, The Smuggler Wore Silk and Lord of the Rakes
Giveaway ends March 22, 2014 11:59pm EDT.