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Historical Fiction

vaulted cellarHistory has always been one of my favorite topics.

In college, I started out as a double major in English: Creative Writing and History with an emphasis on European History. That didn’t end up happening since I was so ready to be done with school. Knowing how helpful the time I’ve spent learning from Romance Writers of America and the internet has been, I wish I’d gone with the History major instead.

But I digress.

I’ve always loved historical romance novels and historical fiction. At one point, I didn’t feel comfortable writing them and the level of research that go into something like that. They still do intimidate me, even though I’ve written a fantasy romance series set in medieval Ireland, a Wild West paranormal romance novella, and co-wrote an urban fantasy romance that takes place in an alternate reality Ireland.

Regardless, I sincerely admire authors who write them. I’ve accepted that paranormal romance and urban fantasy placed in contemporary times is more my forte.

Anyways.

My favorite historical time period and location is Dark Ages and Medieval Europe, particularly in Scandinavia (Vikings!) and the UK and Ireland. So many fascinating things happened, and I love reading about mythology. When my husband and I have traveled, we always try to hit the museums.

There’s also ancient Greece and Rome. I’ve read a couple of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books that incorporate that time period, which were really cool.

I’m very passionate about history. Surprisingly, it’s been a while since I’ve read a historical romance or fiction. That genre is on my TBR list this year, though, since I’m challenging myself to read wide.

What are your favorite time periods to read about? Do you have favorite time periods you don’t feel are represented enough in fiction?

Leave a comment. I’d love to know what you think!

Until next week,

Sarah

Cover Reveal – Alphas on the Prowl (Releases April 28th)

Alpha shifters are on the prowl, and they’re used to getting what they want. But there’s more to claiming a destined mate than raw power, and they’ll have to prove themselves worthy – in more ways than one.

Alphas on the Prowl is page after page of passion and pleasure in this box set featuring eleven tantalizing shapeshifter tales from NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors!

I’m excited to be sharing the cover for Alphas on the Prowl. It’s part of a joint effort that authors of The Wolf Pack are doing. The first one, Alphas Gone Wild, is already out if you haven’t checked it out yet.

Tasha Black, Amy Lee Burgess, Lashell Collins, Bethany Shaw, Gina Kincade, Phoenix Johnson, Annie Nicholas, Jami Brumfield, Sarah Makela, Anna Lowe, and Catherine Vale are in this boxed set. It’ll feature new shifter romances!

My story, Captive Moonlight, is going to be in this. There’s a short excerpt below. Click the author names above to visit the other authors participating in this set!

Excerpt from Captive Moonlight

Joe frowned at the sudden change of expression on Charlotte’s beautiful face. What had caused… The rapid sound of boots hitting dirt next to him penetrated his thoughts. He’d been so focused on his lover. Damn it.

Twisting around, he faced the men, wondering what they wanted. More importantly, he wished he knew if they’d seen him come from Charlotte’s window. He didn’t want her to be looked down upon by anyone because of what they’d shared that night. Her father would never let Joe near his daughter again if he knew.

The men closed in on him, standing much closer than Joe felt comfortable with. He watched them in turn, keeping an eye on each of them. His wolf instincts were going out of control.

He’d never met these men before, and he didn’t want to hurt anyone, especially when he knew Charlotte was watching. He didn’t want to turn people away from him even further. Not when he had so much to lose. “What do you all want?”

One of the men, a guy with graying hair who looked to be their leader, stepped up. “We have a job opportunity for you.”

“I’m sorry, sir, but I already have work. Thanks for the offer.” Joe stepped aside to move around them, but the whistling of metal sounded near his head. He turned and grabbed the barrel of the pistol. The thin man whose gun he had grabbed had wide, surprised blue eyes.

Pain filled Joe’s head, and his legs went out from under him. He cursed himself for getting distracted.

The older man stared down at him as Joe’s world darkened. “That wasn’t the answer I was looking for.” The man faded until Joe barely heard, “Load ’em up, boys.”

O is for Otso/Orpheus

Hey everyone! A couple bits of news first. Don’t forget that I have the Hunky Hero giveaway going on. Also, Captive Moonlight is now on sale at All Romance eBooks (and at a discounted price!).

Anyways, today I’m doing a Finnish mythology being, but I have a tribute to an extra one based in Greek/Roman mythology that I couldn’t let slip by.

Name: Otso (also known as Ohto, Kontio, metsän kuningas (the king of the forest), and mesikämmen (honeypaws) my favorite, lol)

Type: bear/nature spirit

Origin: Finnish mythology

Description: The Otso is basically a bear spirit. He’s typically called friend, brother, uncle, or forest cousin (read below on its name). In some of the traditions, bears were thought to be relatives who had ran away from the community and were transformed by the forest’s power.

Interesting Facts: Despite the long list of terms for it, this spirit wasn’t properly named since the Finns did everything they could to avoid directly referring to it due to it being that sacred to them. They even have a ritual called Peijainen for if a bear was killed. There would be mourners and wailers for it. The bear’s skull, which is where the bear’s spirit resided, would be placed in a sacred clearing and taken care of and given gifts.

Now to the extra credit: Orpheus. He was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in Greek mythology. His ability to play music and sing was seen as almost divine, and it charmed or entranced. His music even overrode that of the Sirens who were known for their bewitching voices.

There’s some controversy over whether he was a coward or not (ahem, because he had caused the gods to allow him to go to the Underworld to try to bring Eurydice, his wife who died by snake bite after being chased by a satyr, back instead of… dying so he could be in Hades with her *rolls eyes*). They think he wasn’t truly in love with her for that, and therefore that the gods had punished him and only gave him an apparition of his wife in the Underworld.

Regardless of all that, I enjoy picturing Orpheus as this guy someone caring and… err… attractive. 😉 Maybe it’s the romantic in me. Here’s Eurydice by Sleepthief. I’ve listened to this song so many times, and it’s absolutely beautiful and romantic, even if it’s also sad.

Tell me what you think! Also, can you name any other O beings or creatures?

Six Sentence Sunday 18

Hi everyone! Welcome back for another week of Six Sentence Sunday! Click here to view my previous entries.

Here’s a snippet from my upcoming release Captive Moonlight. The main characters are Joe and Charlotte. This is my first western paranormal romance. This is pretty much a continuation from last week. Enjoy!

He froze, and his nostrils flared. “Damn it. Your maid must be coming to check on you.”

Her eyes widened, and she hopped out of bed. She stared at the door, hoping her maid, Betsy, wouldn’t come in without knocking. Charlotte needed to look presentable before that happened.

Captive Moonlight now available at Changeling Press.

Visit the other Six Sentence participants. http://sixsunday.com

With Love Valentines Day Blog Hop… Winner Announced

Valentine’s Day — the holiday of love — is almost here, and I’m excited to be participating in the With Love, Valentine’s Day Blog Hop! It runs from today until February 14th at 11:59 PM. I hope everyone grabs some great prizes this weekend!

If I get over 20 people who enter, I’ll give away two prizes for this event. The first prize is a digital copy of my newest release Captive Moonlight from Changeling Press. The additional prize would be a winner’s choice eBook from my backlist.

Here’s the blurb for Captive Moonlight:

When her betrothed, Joe, is taken captive by a group of men looking for werewolf laborers, it’s up to Charlotte to track him down and win him back — even if that means putting her own life in danger.

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Visit the other Valentine’s Day Blog Hop sites here.

Six Sentence Sunday 17

Hi everyone! Welcome back for another week of Six Sentence Sunday! Click here to view my previous entries.

Here’s a snippet from my upcoming release Captive Moonlight. The main characters are Joe and Charlotte. This is my first western paranormal romance. This is a continuation from last week. Enjoy!

She cocked an eyebrow at him. “Get right on with it soon before I start sprouting gray hairs.”

His eyebrows rose, and he leaned back over her. “Saucy girl. Maybe I’ll have to show you what I’d like to get right on again with.” He pressed his hard shaft against her thigh.

Captive Moonlight now available at Changeling Press.

Visit the other Six Sentence participants. http://sixsunday.com

Captive Moonlight – Now Available!

I’m so excited about today’s new release Captive Moonlight! I really enjoyed writing this story, even though I struggled with it on occasion. What makes it so special is that it’s my first (published) werewolf story, and I adore werewolves! My recent post on them said as much. lol

This story also marks my first time writing something historical, which I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I was an English/History double major before I realized I wanted to get out of college quicker than getting the double major would allow.

Captive Moonlight is book 3 of the Wolves of the Wild West multi-author series, but it stands alone.

I really hope you all enjoy it! Please let me know what you think!

Genres: Paranormal, Action Adventure/ Suspense, Wildest West, Werewolves
Series: Wolves of the Wild West, Book 3 (Multi-Author series)
Length: Novella

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A gentlewoman will do whatever it takes to rescue her captive werewolf betrothed.

When her betrothed, Joe, is taken captive by a group of men looking for werewolf laborers, it’s up to Charlotte to track him down and win him back — even if that means putting her own life in danger.

Read the Excerpt

Six Sentence Sunday 16

Hi everyone! Welcome back for another week of Six Sentence Sunday! Click here to view my previous entries.

Here’s a snippet from my upcoming release Captive Moonlight. The main characters are Joe and Charlotte. This is my first western paranormal romance. This follows their intimate moment from last week. I love this paragraph. This hero is so steamy. *grin* Enjoy!

After a few moments, he pulled away. His breath came out in harsh pants. He propped himself up on his elbow and smirked at her. “I’ll make an honest woman of you yet. Such a blissful marital life we’ll have.” He chuckled.

Captive Moonlight coming February 3rd to Changeling Press.

Visit the other Six Sentence participants. http://sixsunday.com

Six Sentence Sunday 15

Hi everyone! Welcome back for another week of Six Sentence Sunday! Click here to view my previous entries.

Here’s a snippet from my upcoming release Captive Moonlight. The main characters are named Joe and Charlotte. This is my first western paranormal romance. They’re getting a little intimate in this six. *grin* Enjoy!

He met her gaze. His eyes, normally dark brown, were now wolf amber. “What did I do to get such a sweet lady like you?” he said, his voice gravelly and low.

She laughed, but the sound caught in her throat as his lips caressed her breast. “I wonder that too. Maybe it was destiny.”

**Note: This isn’t from the official final copy. So treat it as an “unedited” version. Thanks!**

Captive Moonlight coming February 3rd to Changeling Press.

Visit the other Six Sentence participants. http://sixsunday.com

News Bytes

Hey everyone! I hope you’re having an awesome Thursday. I have some very cool news to share.

First of all… wow, Jungle Heat is up for Preditors & Editor’s Readers’ Poll for Romance Short Story in 2011! I’d love your vote!

I’m also excited to share that Techno Crazed, the first book in the Hacked Investigations series, is now available for Nook at Barnes & Noble! Get your copy here.

Also, I have the tagline and blurb for my February 2012 release, Captive Moonlight, part of the Wolves of the Wild West multi-author series, but can be read as a standalone. The tagline and blurb might still change a little, but I figured I’d give all you a sneak peek!

Tagline: A gentlewoman will do whatever it takes to rescue her captive werewolf betrothed.

Blurb: When her betrothed, Joe, is taken captive by a group of men looking for werewolf laborers, it’s up to Charlotte to track him down and win him back.

Pretty simple, but I think it sums the story up well. I can’t wait to see the cover, and I’ll definitely share when I get it!