Writer Wednesday: Meet Rachael Miles

Author Rachael MilesWelcome, all, to Writer Wednesday!

This week I’m excited to bring you Regency historical romance author, Rachael Miles. Regency is my favorite subgenre of romance, and I’m squeeing because I’ve found a new author for my “must read” list – I hope you add her books to yours, as well.

Settle in (hopefully before the air conditioner, if it’s as hot where you are as it is here in Virginia – goodness gracious!) and enjoy as you get to know Rachael a bit better, and then find out about her latest release, Chasing the Heiress!

Heart shaped book pagesWhich type of romance do you love most, and why?

I’m a pretty omnivorous reader, and I love all sorts of romance. But of course, historicals hold a special place on my shelf. I especially enjoy ones that evoke a real sense of the period, whether by describing the furnishings or the dresses or the ways that people interacted differently than we do now. And if those historicals can include a bit of suspense all the better!

Name one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book.

I knew that women followed the camps during the Napoleonic wars, but I hadn’t realized that 4-5 officers from every regiment could take their families with them. In Chasing the Heiress, the heroine Lucy learned how to nurse from working in the field hospitals, so I also had to learn what treatments would have been used in sewing up gunshot wounds or in treating them after. It was fascinating – and a bit terrifying – to read what were considered to be helpful treatments.

jtdName two things people don’t know about you.

1. I tend to name the wild life in my backyard. The groundhog is Eleanor. The two chipmunks who live in the retaining wall are Pyramus and Thisbe.

2. I find historic gardens fascinating, and I love touring them. Most recently I visited the small—but very interesting—Shaker garden at the Shaker village in Chatham, NY. Perhaps this is part of what made Sophia Wilmot in Jilting the Duke such a special character for me.

What fellow romance author do you recommend reading, and why?

Who I recommend usually depends on what sorts of stories the person I’m talking to likes. If they want something tender, I point out Jodi Thomas, If they want something sparkling, I say Cathy Maxwell.  If they want something spicy, I recommend Christine D’Abo. If they want a story with multicultural characters, I suggest Jenny Holiday’s contemporaries. If they want YA, I’d suggest Kara Bietz’s debut YA novel coming out in November, Until I Break. I’m reading an advance copy, and it’s gripping!

TypewriterWhat one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when first starting out?

Write every day. Whether just a sentence or a paragraph, don’t wait for inspiration or large blocks of time. Just write: you can revise later. I learned this when I first began writing professionally as an academic, and it’s a lesson that served me well when I started writing novels.

What’s your favorite romance novel of all time, and why?

When I was a child, I discovered The Perilous Gard, a Newberry Honor book by Elizabeth Marie Pope. The story follows a girl in the Renaissance who is exiled through no fault of her own by Elizabeth I to a distant estate. She stumbles over a mystery that she must solve or lose the young man she has come to love. It was my first real experience with historical fiction and with self-determinative young women protagonists. I read it over and over.

cthA Bit on Chasing The Heiress

Heiress on the Run

Lady Arabella Lucia Fairborne has no need of a husband. She has a fine inheritance for the taking, a perfectly capable mind, and a resolve as tough as nails. But what she doesn’t have is the freedom to defy her cousin’s will—and his will is to see her married immediately to the husband of his choosing. So is it any wonder that she dresses herself as a scullery maid and bolts into the night? 

Colin Somerville’s current mission for the home office is going, well, poorly. Of course, who would have expected otherwise for a rakish spy tasked with transporting a baby to the care of the royal palace? But when, injured and out of ideas, Colin stumbles upon a beautiful maid who knows her way around children, it seems salvation has arrived. Until he realizes that though Arabella may be able to help him survive his expedition, he may not escape this ordeal with his heart intact…

Buy Chasing the Heiress here: 

Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Amazon 

writingA Bit On Rachael:

Rachael Miles writes romance novels set in the British Regency. Jilting the Duke and Chasing the Heiress—the first two novels in her debut series The Muses’ Salon, published by Kensington Zebra Shout—received 4-star reviews from RT Book Reviews and positive notices in Publisher’s Weekly.

Identified as a ‘strong new voice’ by Mary Jo Putney for Omnivoracious.com, Miles is a former professor of book history and nineteenth-century literature. Miles lives in the woods with her indulgent husband, three rescued dogs, an ancient cat, and a herd of deer who love her vegetable garden.

Want to connect further with Rachael? Find her here:

Website | Twitter | Facebook |  Goodreads |  Pinterest

Thank you so much for joining us, Rachael! You’re positively delightful. 

Writer Wednesday: Meet Sara Ackerman

Sara AckermanWe’re back from New York City in time for Writer Wednesday! WAHOO! Did you miss us last week? We missed YOU!

Today I’m so pleased to welcome Sara Ackerman, writer of Regency romance. DOUBLE wahoo!

Thank you so much for joining us, Sara – now let’s all settle in with a cool glass of lemonade, since we’re officially into summer, and learn about Sara and her latest release, Little White Lies

Which type of romance do you love most and why?

Historical romance is my favorite. I enjoy stepping into another period to experience life and romance from days gone by.

MusicButterflyName two things people don’t know about you.

  • I speak three other languages besides English: French, Spanish and Italian.
  • Before I chose teaching as my major, I was enrolled to be a classical pianist. 

What fellow romance author do you recommend reading, and why?

Rose Lange is a contemporary romance writer with Soul Mate Publishing. She writes spicy, engaging novels with relatable characters. Her first novel, Gracie’s Plan, was a fun read, and I am eagerly awaiting her second novel, On a Gamble.

sunset in heart handsWhat is your favorite romance book of all time, and why?  

Impulse and Initiative by Abigail Reynolds. It’s an alternative retelling of Pride and Prejudice which asks the question, “What if Mr. Darcy did not give up on Elizabeth when she refused his first proposal and actively courted her instead?”

littlewhiteliesA Bit on Little White Lies:

Amelia Westby always tells the truth, a terrible curse in a society that values little white lies. When she meets Tavis McGuire, she finds a way to escape the scrutiny of London’s jaded ton. Tavis is passionate and caring, offering Amelia a chance at a new life, but when a dangerous secret threatens to destroy their happiness, Amelia must break her curse or lose the man she loves. After his brother’s death, Tavis McGuire returns from the continent to inherit the Earldom of Stanton, an estate near financial ruin. To save his home and clear his family’s name, he becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of espionage. When his investigation leads him to a beautiful woman who holds information he needs to catch a traitor, Tavis must decide whether to honor his duty to his country or to follow his heart.

Little White Lies can be purchased at:

 Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Wild Rose Press 

TypewriterA Bit on Sara:

Sara is a teacher by day and a writer by night. Little White Lies is her debut novel. She lives in southern Wisconsin with her husband, two children and their menagerie of animals.

Want to Connect Further with Sara? Find her here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saraeackerman/
Twitter: @saraackerman
Website: seackerman.com

Thanks for being here, Sara! Wishing you the best in your writing endeavors. 🙂 

Writer Wednesday: Meet Kathleen Bittner Roth

Kathleen Bittner Roth#WriterWednesday. #WriterWednesday! Whee haw, it’s #WriterWednesday!

Today we have Kathleen Bittner Roth joining us all the way from Budapest! Isn’t the internet grand? Budapest, people! I’ve had the pleasure of being Facebook friends with Ms. Roth for some time now, and I always look forward to what she has to say – she’s whip-smart and has great insight.

I hope you enjoy this little interview, and leave her a comment or two!

Thank you for having me as your guest today, Margaret!

[ML: Thank YOU for joining us! Woo hoo! Romance author in the house!]

allanaWhat inspires you to write?

When it comes to inspiration, I’m a real addict. I live in Budapest, Hungary, a fascinating city both historically and architecturally. Just about any place I go around here is a visual inspiration. People inspire me as well. Not long ago, my twelve-year-old nephew asked if I would include him in one of my stories. Since I write historical romance, I didn’t think I could. He’s fascinated by anything having to do with WWII. Suddenly, an idea popped into my head to transpose his age from 12 – 21, make him a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot and a story was born. I just returned from Northern France for some fabulous WWII research. Talk about inspiring!

Which type of romance do you love most, and why?

I love historical romance, particularly those stories set in the Victorian era, a time when women were willing to stand up and fight for their rights, when new laws were being set in place, and when the idea of marrying for love was taking hold. Aside from getting carried away in a setting far removed from the oftentimes raw world of today, I love the research.

celineName one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book.

My latest book, Josette, which released yesterday, takes place in New Orleans in 1857. My heroine runs an exclusive shop for women where she concocts creams that are meant to both heal and keep a woman’s skin soft and ageless. Of course, this meant tons of research in order to write as much as one paragraph in the story. I found it fascinating that back then spider webs were placed over a wound to protect and enhance healing. I wonder why we stopped using some of the natural remedies that actually worked.

Name two things people don’t know about you.

Thing one: I was once a serious ballet student.

Thing two: I lived four years along the Adriatic Sea in Opatija, Croatia. Emperor Franz Joseph built the town as a spa area for his wife, Empress Elizabeth. Soon, the wealthy followed suit which accounts for all the grand old baroque villas both in town and lining the coast. If you ever get a chance, vacation there.

What fellow romance author do you recommend reading, and why?

Heather Ashby’s Love In The Fleet series. Not only does Heather write riveting stories, she is ex-Navy herself. She also co-writes with active pilots so her details are spot on. Heather donates half her royalties to Fisher House to benefit families of wounded soldiers and sailors.

sarahWhat one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when first starting out?

I wish someone would have told me not to listen to naysayers, to listen carefully to my intuitive heart, write what I love, and connect with good, supportive critique partners. Early on, I made the huge mistake of showing what I had written to someone I respected but who knew nothing about the industry. This person tore me and my work apart. Devastated, I put my manuscript aside for years. She also dogged me to use a pen name so as not to embarrass my family. I boldly write under my own name and my relatives love my work.

What’s your favorite romance novel of all time, and why?

The Devil In Winter by Lisa Kleypas. The banter between the hero and heroine is priceless, the hero is a badass I loved and detested at the same time, and the lamblike heroine turns out to be strong-willed and tough as leather. The chemistry that builds between the two, and the personal growth that takes place keeps the story moving forward on several levels. I couldn’t put the book down. Once finished, I started reading it again for a slower, more seductive read.

Josette_coverAnd now, a bit on Josette!

“Monsieur Andrews, welcome to my home.”

At the smoky, velvet sound, Cameron swung around. Every function in his body–heart, breath, blood ceased to function.

She was lovely. More than lovely.

Tendrils of raven hair framed a face so exquisite, it disarmed him. Her mouth, a soft, dewy pink, parted. And those eyes, as dark as Creole coffee, intelligent and assessing, roamed over him and then back to take hold of his. He needed to step closer, to stroke her skin. To possess her. But would his wealth and worldly experience be a match for the free-spirited Cajun-born widow?

Across the oceans, between worlds old and new–two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads.

Find Josette on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

goldenheartKathleen Bittner Roth thrives on creating passionate stories featuring characters who are forced to draw on their strength of spirit to overcome adversity and find unending love. Her own fairy tale wedding in a Scottish castle led her to her current residence in Budapest, Hungary, considered one of Europe’s most romantic cities. However, she still keeps one boot firmly in Texas and the other in her home state of Minnesota. A member of Romance Writers of America®, she was a finalist in the prestigious Golden Heart® contest.

Want to connect with Kathleen?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kathleen.bittnerroth.author

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bittnerroth/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/K_BittnerRoth

Website: www.kathleenbittnerroth.com

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a bit of your very exciting life with us, Kathleen!
Wishing you the best with Josette, and all of your romances. 

Writer Wednesday: Meet Christy Carlyle

christycarlyleIt’s Writer Wednesday, baby, and we’re gonna party like it’s 1999!

Okay, maybe not, because if it were 1999, it’s unlikely y’all would be online as much as you are now, and you’d likely miss this great little interview with historical romance author Christy Carlyle. Which would be a travesty, as these little author interviews make my week, and I hope they do yours, as well.

Read on to learn more about Christy and her new release, One Scandalous Kiss (and when we say new, we mean NEW! The book debuted yesterday. Wahoo!).

What inspires you to write?

I’ve been jotting down stories since I was a kid, so I’ve been driven to write for a long time. The characters and stories in my head compel me to write, and creating the kinds of books I like to read keeps me motivated.

scandalouswagerWhich type of romance do you love most, and why?

That’s a toughy. I adore historical romance, but I also read contemporary, paranormal, and romantic suspense. If I can feel emotionally connected to the characters, get caught up in their conflict, and care about them achieving their happily ever after, I’ll read just about any kind of romance.

Name two things people don’t know about you.

I suffer from a belief I will never own enough pens. I literally own hundreds of them, and I keep finding an excuse to buy them. It’s a bit like my book-buying preoccupation.

I have a modicum of artistic skill and have provided illustrations for two children’s books.

What one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when first starting out?

Just write. I spent a lot of time worrying that my writing wasn’t good enough or not knowing if my stories were worth telling, but there’s this simple and unavoidable equation I failed to grasp. You can only hone your writing skills by writing. 

And now, a bit on Christy’s latest release!   


One Scandalous Kiss:

Can one kiss change everything?

When a scheming marquess’s daughter offers her one hundred pounds to publicly kiss a nobleman, a desperate Jessamin Wright agrees. She believes the money will save her failing bookstore and finally free her from her father’s debts. But when Jess bursts into an aristocratic party and shocks the entire ton, she never expects to enjoy the outrageous embrace she shares with a grim viscount.

Lucius Crawford, Viscount Grimsby, has never met, or kissed, anyone like the beautiful suffragette who unsettles him with a single touch. He has always strived for control and avoided passion at all costs. Lucius is determined to protect his title and restore the estate he’s unexpectedly inherited, but Jess’s appearance in his life poses a threat to his plans and his heart. After a country house party brings them together once more, neither can resist temptation, and both find that one scandalous kiss just isn’t enough.

Publisher: Harper Collins/Avon Impulse

Find One Scandalous Kiss here: 

OSK’s Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25204333-one-scandalous-kiss

Amazon: http://bit.ly/OSKAmazon

Nook: http://bit.ly/OSKNook

iTunes: http://bit.ly/OSKiTunes

Kobo: http://bit.ly/OSKKobo

Harper Collins: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062427991/one-scandalous-kiss

And a bit on Christy herself …

wantonwagerFueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

Want to connect with Christy? You’re in luck, because she’s everywhere! I stand in awe.

Website: http://www.christycarlyle.com

Blog: http://romancingthegenres.blogspot.com

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/christycarlylenewsletter

Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/ccamazonpg

Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/ccauthorFBPage

Twitter: http://bit.ly/ChristyCTwitter

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/CCGoodreads

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/ChristyCPinterest

Google+: http://bit.ly/ChristyCGooglePlus

Tumblr: http://bit.ly/ChristyCTumblr

Tsu: http://bit.ly/ChristyCarlyleTsu

Authorgraph: http://bit.ly/CCAuthorgraph

LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/ChristyCLinkedIn

Wattpad: http://bit.ly/CCWattpad

Instagram: https://instagram.com/writerchristy/

Woot! Thanks so much for hanging with us today, Christy!
I’m wishing you the very best of luck with One Scandalous Kiss and all of your other books – they look wonderful! 

Writer Wednesday: Meet Caroline Storer

cstorerWahoo! It’s Writer Wednesday! I’m so delighted to welcome historical romance writer Caroline Storer to my weekly mini-interview thingy (writers can phrase it like that, right?). And when Caroline says historical romance, she means it! We’re talking Roman antiquity, people. (I myself love ancient Rome and took lots and lots of Latin, so I need to read her books. Which I hope are not written in Latin, because my skills in that language have long since rusted away…)

Okay, enough of my silly babbling – let’s get to know Caroline and her books a little bit better!

Which type of romance do you love most, and why?

Well, the answer to that question is easy enough! As a historical author, the answer has to be “historical romance.” But narrowing it down is a bit harder! I’ve written two romances now, both set in the Roman period, so it’s obvious that I love this historical period. But saying that, I absolutely devour Regency romances by the bucket load! I’m also partial to Viking romances as well – and my next WIP is going to be a Viking Romance.

Name two things people don’t know about you.

Firstly, even though I’m in my 5th decade I still like to listen to rock music – especially heavy metal! I can hold my own amongst the younger generation, and frequently score serious “brownie points” when I recall going to lots of HM gigs in the 1980s and 1990s to see bands such as Motorhead, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Deep Purple and hundreds of others as well. Secondly, I have a full motor bike driving license. I rode a motorbike in my early 20’s before I got my car license. I haven’t ridden a motorbike for at least 20 years now. What is rather frightening to think about is the fact that (legally) I can go into a shop and buy the most powerful motorbike out there and drive it on the road. Scary!

What fellow romance author do you recommend reading and why?

Wow! As a voracious reader of all things romance, this is a hard question to answer! However, if I have to narrow it down then I would have to say Michelle Styles, who writes historical romance for HM&B. Reading her early novels – especially her Roman romances – made me pick up the metaphorical pen and write my first romance.

Caroline’s second novel, A Roman’s Revenge, debuted this month! Here’s a bit about it:

romanrevThe daughter of his sworn enemy…

For wealthy merchant Metellus, nothing is as important as his desire for revenge. Ever since his father’s death, he’s been planning to wreak vengeance on those responsible. So when he rescues the daughter of his sworn enemy, Livia Drussus, from a shipwreck, Metellus sees an opportunity to set his plans in motion.

…is fair game in his planned revenge!

Making Livia his wife is the perfect way to get close to her family. What Metellus doesn’t expect is the fire that burns so passionately when he takes feisty Livia to his bed! Falling for his wife was never part of the plan, and soon he stands to lose more than he ever thought possible. Now Metellus must decide, is gaining his revenge worth risking his heart?

Find A Roman’s Revenge here!

A Bit About Caroline:

I live on the beautiful (if slightly windy) island of Anglesey in North Wales. I’m happily married to my own Alpha Hero, Colin, and have one step-son and grandson. By day I’m an Environmental Health Officer for the local Council. My work can be quite challenging to say the least, and no one day is the same. I find escaping into a good book (either reading or writing one) a great way of relaxing once I’ve finished work.

Want to connect with Caroline? Find her on Facebook or Twitter

Caroline says: Thanks again, Margaret for having me. It’s been a blast! Caroline x

To which I can say, the feeling is mutual! Thank you so much for
stopping to share your day and your books with us, Caroline!