Update: Our winner for the 2 paperback books is Kristine Radgman. I’ll be in touch with you via email to get a mailing address. Congrats!!
I am a sucker for historical fiction. I love to lose myself in a different time and place, so any setting, any period. Describe the costumes and habits of the characters, paint the scenery on the page so I can see it, let me explore the world you’ve built and I am a happy reader.
Now that all the online retailers make it so easy to shop for books listed as “historical fiction,” I find myself surfing and looking at book covers, reading descriptions, and occasionally buying. But it’s also made me wonder what is truly popular when it comes to historicals.
For over a decade while I was first trying to attract a publisher, I was told that “the historical is dead.” I was told to focus my energy on contemporary books. There was no room for a newbie historical romance author when the shelves of the bookstore were filled with Madeline Hunter, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens and more.
I’m particularly fond of 18th and 19th century settings, both American and European. Those eras are rich in history and filled with progress, both technological and social. People began to see more of the world, cultures clashed and sometimes melded. An unspoken code of honor was still strong.
What’s your favorite time period for historicals? Share your favorite author, title or general time period with us—I’m always looking for new book recommendations! One lucky randomly-selected commenter from the U.S. will win a pair of historical paperbacks from my stash: Vicky Dreiling’s Regency-set How To Marry A Duke and Kris Kennedy’s medieval Defiant. Winner will be chosen from comments left on this post through Wednesday, April 17th at 11:59 p.m. I’ll announce the winner at the top of the post on Thursday. Thanks all!