As a historical romance author, one of the great things I have going for me is a wonderful canvas to serve as a backdrop for my stories–actual history. Behind the conflict between Adam and Cait is the political wrangling about who should serve as Regent for the under-aged king of Scotland, James V. He was the only surviving son of James VI and Mary Tudor (daughter of King Henry VII) and was proclaimed king at the tender age of 17 months!
Naturally, the Regent would wield immense power so every laird had an opinion about who that regent should be. My hero Adam Cameron favored the Duke of Albany (an actual person and one who served as Regent for a time) while Cait Grant’s father (my creation) thought he should be the one to shape and mold the young king.
Rather than come to blows over their disagreement, Wallace Grant offers up his daughter to seal peace between their clans. However, the marriage will put the resources and the fighting men attached to Bonniebroch under Cait’s command should some ill chance befall Adam.
Cait’s father never dreamed his daughter might actually fall in love with her husband…
My guest today and I share a publisher–Sourcebooks! (I’m happy to confirm I just signed a new multi-book deal to write the Somerfield Park series for them. It’s a family saga, a Downton Abbey-esque series set in the Regency era.) Samantha also writes English Regency romance. Technically, this Regency (in contrast with the one in Plaid to the Bone which lasted from 1513-1524) was 1811-1820 when King George III was declared unfit to rule and his son “Prinny” took the reins. But any story set in 1795-1830 can be considered a Regency romance. The era is characterized by witty banter, exaggerated manners and wonderful gowns. Samantha’s books are filled with all three.
Lady Vivian Worth knows perfectly well how to behave like a lady. But observing proper manners when there’s no one around to impress is just silly. Why shouldn’t she strip down to her chemise for a swim? When her betrothed arrives to finally meet her, Vivi will act every inch the lady—demure, polite, compliant. Everything her brother promised the man. But until then, she’s going to enjoy her freedom…
Luke Forest, the newly named Duke of Foxhaven, wants nothing to do with his inheritance—or the bride who comes with it. He wants adventure and excitement, like the enchanting water nymph he’s just stumbled across. When he discovers the skinny-dipping minx is his intended, he reconsiders his plan to find Lady Vivian another husband. Because the idea of this vivacious woman in the arms of another man might be enough to drive him insane—or to the altar.
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Lord of Devil Isle
This pre-Revolutionary War romance is set on Bermuda, an island that was torn between its allegiance to Britain and its dependence on its American trading partners. My writing partner, New York Times bestseller Connie Mason, and I even managed to squeeze in an actual historical event–the infamous Powder Steal.
Colonists slipped in close to Bermuda and managed to empty one of the powder magazines and slip out without anyone the wiser, though a French parolee’s body was found near the site of the theft. Since the culprit who organized this bold theft was never caught, I thought it would be interesting to make my hero the instigator of the Powder Steal. (He did not, however, kill the Frenchman.)
The fun thing about playing with history is that anything that’s not absolutely set in stone is fair game for a fiction writer!
Plaid to the Bone from Kensington Publishing, Lady Vivian Defies a Duke from Samantha, or Lord of Devil Isle from me are all up for grabs today. Along with a shot at the Grand Prize: A Kindle Paperwhite!
Here’s our question of the day: We’ve been talking history today. Is there an actual event or a time period you’d like to see incorporated into a historical romance?