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Subject: historical romances: is there a group for these?
Date Posted: 11/6/2008 8:00 PM ET
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I really don't care for contemporary romance and as a result that leaves me out of much of the discussion here.  Is there a place for discussion of classic and also more recent historical romance novels?

 

Date Posted: 11/6/2008 8:26 PM ET
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You're in the right forum Karen. Just jump in with whatever book or topic you would like to discuss and someone may have lots to say about  it or not. .... there are many historical romance lovers here  but always room for more so welcome.

Date Posted: 11/6/2008 8:34 PM ET
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LOL until recently I was only into contemporary and felt like I was the one left out!! there are a lot of historical readers (including my newly converted self though I've been on a paranormal and time-travel kick lately! try the weekly what we're reading thread and if you scroll through the pages here you'll find historical romance discussions..just bump them up!

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 11:51 AM ET
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Well, I almost never talk about the contemporaries because I almost never read them.  I'm a historical lover too, so you can talk to me if you want:P  Who are your favorite writers?

 

Oh yeah, keep meaning to ask...  Brenda, who is the little hottie in the middle of your sig photos?



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Date Posted: 11/7/2008 12:53 PM ET
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yeh and where's the rest of him??

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 1:02 PM ET
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Lol!  I wish I knew his name. I found him on Gennita Low's website and he' s known as unnamed commandos of interest.  Isn't he luscious???

and Susanna, that's all there was of him. Bummer.

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 1:08 PM ET
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I love historicals. Some my favorite authors are Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balogh, Stephanie Laurens, Victoria Alexander, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Julie Garlock, Johanna Lindsey, Laura Kinsale, Iris Johansen, Elaine Coffman, Mary Jo Putney. I have read extensively of all these authors, though some of them have moved into other genres and I have not followed them there. I also have lots of new authors here to read!

 

Anne

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 4:09 PM ET
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I have been a member for a while and I just found this forum.  For some reason, I would go as far as the 'book bazar' and stop.  For the life of me I never thought to go any lower!!!   I am such a dunderhead!!  LOL

Anyway, I have been reading historicals for a LOT of years and I have read a lot of authors.  When I came here, I ordered sooooo many books.  I swear, I won't have to order any more for a least a year or 2. 

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 8:13 PM ET
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I mainly read historical, paranormals, and more fantasy now, too.  I jump in here when I have time, belong to a private yahoo reader group aimed at  historical romance though we talk other genres too since most of us read more than one, mostly historical and paranormal, though.  Nice group and they do an author of the month, we take turns selecting and not a particular book but any by the author, which I like better. 

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 8:30 PM ET
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Alissa I had no idea forums existed below that section either! I posted a romance question in the clubmember's thoughts section and someone told me they couldn't believe I didtn't get slammed(and after hanging out there a while I see what that meant!) but they told me about this forum. it's great!! I also like the other ones though some aren't as active...I've visited the paranormal, mystery, and from time to time the childrens(if you wade past all the deal threads), christian literature..and the very very top thread is good sometimes 'hidden gems'..oh and the classical thread every so often! this is my main spot htough. stay away fromt eh Games thread it's addictive LOL!

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 10:15 PM ET
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I love historical romances - that's actually how I got started reading romance novels.  Barbara Cartland was my crack growing up! lol

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 8:01 AM ET
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I can relate to how you feel. I feel a bit left out of the loop myself even though i do read historicals, i only read western historicals. Most of the ladies on here read regencies and other eras of historicals. Westerns and cowboys are my thing.

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 11:40 AM ET
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I don't dislike all contemporaries but it's just that there aren't that many that don't have cops or vampires involved.  Also, it's not that historicals don't have their problems for me either.  I never liked the old Rosemary Rodgers, Katherine Woodiwiss bodice rippers and was thrilled when McNaught, Kinsale, Balogh, Ivory , Kelly, Putney, Beverley and such like came on the scene in the 90s with some real substantive character and plot development. 

Now the pendulum is swinging back again and historicals don't sell too well unless they are highly erotic.  It's not that I mind sexiness in a story but I just want to see it as part of the story not the vast majority of it where there is page after page of mental lusting.  It seems that no historical gets published today without "Wicked" "Sinful" "Scandalous" "Devil" "Rogue" or even "Bed" in the title.  It just doesn't leave me with much romance to read anymore.

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 1:16 PM ET
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It's kinda funny to read everyone's comments since I just read on another forum how there don't seem to be any new contemporaries, all historicals. I guess we just see what we want to see. I seem to have read lots of all of these - contemporaries with no cops or vampires, historicals that weren't regencies, regencies, cops, medievals, American west - whatever - they're all out there! If you have one you want to discuss, go ahead and post about it! I'm interested!! I don't feel the least left out! Let's talk!

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 2:07 PM ET
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My flavor of the month is Lorraine Heath for historicals. I have read Texas Destiny and have Texas Splendor on my tbr and finally caved and ordered Texas Glory on ebay. I want to know about Dallas!

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 4:28 PM ET
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Karen, I know what you mean about the titles... I swear they're generated by a computer program. Pick one from column A (wicked, sinful, dark), one from column b (seduction, mistress, scandal) and one from column c (duke, duke, duke.)  The books themselves can be better than the titles though, which the authors rarely get to pick themselves. 

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 7:08 PM ET
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I love historicals.  The lady next to me on the plane on Fri had an old bodice ripper.  I kept looking longingly from her book to my murder mystery.  Not that I don't love those too.  I'm always too embarrassed to take a book with w bodice ripper cover out in public.  The Guess the Book game is usually a historical. Or it used to be-I haven't read it in a while.  Also feel free to start your own discussion about an author, book, pet peeve or whatever. 

Come check out the Historical Virtual Box in the games forum.  It's mostly romance.  We have a new round starting soon. 

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 7:53 PM ET
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I'm a historical gal too.  I love the ones with a smidge of suspense or a blue-stocking heroine (and the really good ones have both! hehe)

I'm not into paranormals at all... and that seems to be all that are offered these days in the romance games here on PBS :( 

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 9:02 PM ET
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What's a blue-stocking herione?

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 9:22 PM ET
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A blue stocking is usually a gal who's most likely close to "spinster" age or considered "on the shelf" and she usually is into books, charitable work, fighting for a cause more than gowns, jewels and balls.  I think I have that right or close anyway. 

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 9:34 PM ET
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I read it all but tend to like various historicals, paranormal, romantic suspense and then contemporary (in that order).  As far as the guess the book game I think I have only read 2 of the books that have been listed. Of course I haven't followed the game obsessively mostly because of this reason. Also not that I am a prude but I don't care much for erotica and many of the exerpts tend to be about sex. But as I mentioned earlier I haven't followed the threads as closely as some.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 11:43 AM ET
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I read almost nothing but Historicals.  I can't get into contemporaries because they bore me or I can finish them in one day.  I loke something that makes me feel as if I was there. 

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 11:42 AM ET
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bump

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 4:25 PM ET
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I just recently renewed my interest in historical novels and now I can't seem to get enough of them! I was heading out to Border's every other day it seemed when a freind let me in on PBS.... so now I'm so excited to be apart of this community!

I read the Victoria Alexander's "Last Man Standing" series as well as "Let it Be Love" (the book that led up to the Last Man Standing Series). I really did enjoy these books.... especially the 2nd novel in the series with Nigel Clavendish... a handsome, funny playboy type hero.... my favorite kind! ;) I recommend these books.

Right now I'm also reading Cathy Maxwell's books:

* Temptation of a Proper Governess

* The Price of Indescretion

* In the Bed of a Duke

* In the Highlander's Bed (waiting it's arrival)

So far, these books have been good also. I'd love to hear any suggestions from other readers on some great books! 

My favorite hero type is that handsome, witty & funny, playboy type so let me know what to read guys!!

:)

Angela