January 09, 2014

Guest Post by Historical Romance Author Elizabeth Boyle!

If Wishes Were Earls
by Elizabeth Boyle
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Avon


Harriet Hathaway has only ever wanted one man: the Earl of Roxley. After a passionate interlude at a house party, Harriet is convinced Roxley will do the right thing and propose. But when she returns to London, she finds the roguish earl on the verge of proposing to another.

Yet Harriet refuses to believe that her hopes of a happily ever after are completely lost—for she can see the desire still flickering in the earl's eyes when he looks at her from across the dance floor. And when they are alone...there is one wish neither can deny.

The Earl of Roxley is in a dangerous fix—and to keep Harriet safe, he must hold her at arm's length. He won't entangle her in the murderous mystery that is threatening to destroy his family and his future. But keeping Harriet Hathaway out of his troubles proves as impossible as it was to keep the determined beauty from stealing his heart.

Have You Read…

I’ll admit it right up front. I’m a book pusher. If someone tells me they love reading, then I have an literal trunk filled with books (no, really, the back of my car usually has any number of spare books—just ask my family and friends) because you never know when you will need an emergency book, or someone in need of a good read. And since I can’t just drive around and toss books out the window, I am going to throw a few books/authors out in your direction and it is up to you to grab hold and read.

So without further ado, I toss you the following with the admonition, “Why aren’t you reading:”

1)     Katharine Ashe. She writes wonderful historical romances with a really literate and strong voice. I love that her characters have depth and are smart.

2)     Jane Myers Perrine. I sort of stumbled upon her contemporary, heartwarming, Butternut Creek series, and now I want to move to her Texas town. The characters she’s filled Butternut Creek with have great heart and warmth. If you need a comfort read, pick up The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek and enjoy.

3)     C.J. Sansom. An English mystery writer I found quite by accident—twice. I was on a research trip to England and two completely different people at two different places asked if I had read his Shardlake series. I do now. Wonderful Tudor set mysteries with an unlikely sleuth. Edgy. Erudite. Addictive.

4)     Laura Lee Guhrke. Another historical romance writer who writes the most angst ridden, tortured heroes alive. She does it so well you just end up completely in love with this bad boy, rakish devil. And her books are all set just pre-Downton Abbey, so if you need a Crawley fix, she’s your go-to. Make sure to ring Carson for tea before you settle in.

5)  Laura Joh Rowland. Her Sano mystery series, set in feudal Japan is fascinating. Start with the first one and go behind the scenes into the world of the shogun. Make sure your sword is honed and your imagination set to fly. Not one for a moody, honor bound samurai? Her Charlotte Bronte series is also fascinating fare.

Elizabeth Boyle is the author of 22 Regency set historical romances (as if her penchant for reading historical set anything didn’t give that away) Her books have won the RITA award, RT Reviewer Choice Awards and been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

When not writing, she is gazing at Puget Sound from her home in Seattle, herding her house full of men (which is much like herding feral cats) and letting her imagination roam through the glorious world of Jane Austen. She writes daily with her cat Pi. Well, Elizabeth writes, while Pi tends to spend most of the day sleeping on the window sill. Elizabeth thinks Pi has the better job.

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