Charlotte’s Regency Romance

As we’re all about Historical Romance this week, Charlotte’s been reminiscing about the time she found herself invited to a Regency ball. Did she find herself a dashing cravat-wearing historical hottie? Read on… All this talk about Historical heroes has made me think back to when I was lucky enough to work as an intern at Chawton House Library in Hampshire. Home to Edward Austen Knight, the brother of one of my absolute favourite writers, the wonderful Jane Austen, the library is now a centre for 18th century women’s literature as well as being a beautiful Historic house open to the public for all sorts of events including weddings and tours. For six very happy months I was able to lose myself in the collection’s…

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Charlotte’s Sexy Historical Heroes

First Kim suggested her top 5, now Charlotte’s here to tell us who she picks as her top sexy historical heroes… Ooo, Kim’s come out strong with some good choices and I have to agree, there aren’t many heroes who can beat Sean Bean as Sharpe – the Yorkshire accent, the uniform…but anyway Charlotte thinks she can keep her Redmaynes and Winstones! 1. Ok, I have to admit, I’ve never really been a fan of Mr Rochester (he came across too old and grumpy for my fickle fourteen year old self). That is until Michael Fassbender donned his breeches! Without doubt my number 1 – the arrogance, the intensity, the broodingness… I’ll even forgive him the dodgy beard at the end. 2. Robert Redford as…

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Kim’s Sexy Historical Heroes

Did you know that today is the 40th birthday of the mobile phone? Or that on April 5th 1614 Pocahontas married English tobacco planter John Rolfe? So yes, maybe we have discovered History.com’s ‘on this day in History’ but we felt that this would be the perfect week to focus on Historical Romance! And what better way to kick off our series spotlight than with some gorgeous heroes of the past… Battle of the Editors Kim v Charlotte 5 Most Sexy Historical Heroes (well, TV ones!) Day 1: Kim’s Men 1. Sean Bean as Sharpe. No explanation needed. Gorgeous. 2. Tom Hardy as Heathcliffe. Oh yes, I fall for the tortured hero every time. The darker the better. No-one broods like Tom. 3. Richard Armitage…

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Remember your first?

Mickey Spillane: “The first chapter sells the book. The last chapter sells the next book.” In a world where there are countless brilliant, engaging stories just waiting to be read and loved, there’s nothing more important than your opening chapter. It takes seconds for a reader (or an editor!) to dismiss a book and that all-important first chapter is the difference between being picked up and read or left behind on the shelf… How do you make your first chapter stand out? Here are a couple of things for you to think about – • Start at an interesting point in your story. A turning point in your characters’ lives. An exciting moment or, in a romance in particular, when your hero and heroine first…

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Meet Kimberley Young

We asked our Facebook fans for their questions for Kim Young, the HarperImpulse publishing director and she answered them! 1. As the Publishing Director, do you still edit? Yes, I absolutely do edit and read! I have a list of authors I work with but I’m on the IMPULSE reading rota and have just finished reading (and loving!) a short contemporary submission. I can’t read everything but I also provide lots of second opinions. 2. I know that Harper is a UK based company. Are you 1) accepting submissions from US and 2) will the books be available for purchase in US? (This is a problem I’ve encountered before). To put it simply – yes and yes! 3. How popular/unpopular are intercultural/interracial romance novels? We…

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