Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Three Favorite Historical Romances with Author Theresa Romain {Guest Post & Giveaway}


A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf #1)
by Theresa Romain


In Book One of Romance of the Turf, a refreshing new Regency series from rising star Theresa Romain, a mystery demanding to be solved brings unlikely allies together in more ways than one...

How far will a man go
Talented but troubled, the Chandler family seems cursed by bad luck—and so Nathaniel Chandler has learned to trade on his charm. He can broker a deal with anyone from a turf-mad English noble to an Irish horse breeder. But Nathaniel’s skills are tested when his stable of trained Thoroughbreds become suspiciously ill just before the Epsom Derby, and he begins to suspect his father’s new secretary is not as innocent as she seems.

To win a woman’s secretive heart?
Nathaniel would be very surprised if he knew why Rosalind Agate was really helping his family in their quest for a Derby victory. But for the sake of both their livelihoods, Rosalind and Nathaniel must set aside their suspicions. As Derby Day draws near, her wit and his charm make for a successful investigative team…and light the fires of growing desire. But Rosalind’s life is built on secrets and Nathaniel’s on charisma, and neither defense will serve them once they lose their hearts…



I was a historical romance reader long before I was a writer, and being asked to pick only three favorite romances is an impossible request! My keeper shelves are stuffed, and my e-reader is full of must-haves that I no longer own in print.

That disclaimer aside, a few historicals come to my mind as books that changed the way I think of historical romance reading and writing. Here goes:

1. Julia Quinn, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. I’d read older romances before—the kind we now call “old school.” They didn’t grab me. But the day after I read a profile of Julia Quinn in Time magazine, someone checked in a copy of Romancing Mr. Bridgerton to the library where I worked. Curiosity made me pick it up. Sheer delight made me devour Julia Quinn’s backlist and go looking for more authors to love.

2. Courtney Milan, This Wicked Gift. This was the first historical romance Courtney Milan published, and it rocked my world. I had just sold my first manuscript and was working on a new one when I read this. This Wicked Gift was so intelligent, so crisply and beautifully written, that it expanded my idea of what was possible in historical romance in general and novellas in particular. I’ve been a devoted fan of Courtney Milan’s books ever since.

3. Vanessa Kelly, His Mistletoe Bride. Vanessa Kelly and I write for the same publisher, and in 2012 we both had Christmas historicals scheduled for the same release day. The house publicist suggested we work together on some promotion, and so Vanessa and I swapped ARCs, read each other’s work, and set up a Skype text chat. I’d enjoyed Vanessa’s previous romances—but with this one, I got to know the author behind the stories. The release of His Mistletoe Bride was when I (a shy person, even online) began to make friends with other authors. That’s one of the best and, I think, most lasting parts of my career as a writer.




Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.


Thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca, one lucky reader is going to win a print copy of A Gentleman’s Game! To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what one of your favorite historical romances is.

This giveaway has ended and the winner is comment #22... Kim!! Thanks to everyone who entered!!

26 comments:

Lis said...

I feel so bad to say that I haven't read any historical romance in the past years. Sighs.
Great post!

Theresa Romain said...

Danielle, thanks for hosting me today!

Julie said...

I love reading Lisa Kleypas historicals--she's the best!

Theresa Romain said...

Lis, what have you been reading more of lately? I like to switch up genres as a reader.

Theresa Romain said...

Julie, I can't wait for Marrying Winterborne!

Misty said...

I will always remember my first, "The Flame and the Flower." (jozywails@gmail.com)

Natasha Persaud said...

Hi Theresa!!!
I don't have a favorite historical I read and appreciate all authors and their work however johanna lindsey started my reading career with her mallory series so she has a special place in my heart

Natasha Persaud said...

Forgot my email addy it's
natasha_angel2009@yahoo.com

Carole Wooten said...

It has been a while since I read a historical romance. I always love Lisa Kleypas! If I had to pick one, I would say Mine Till Midnight. Thanks for sharing!

Linda Romer said...

The Rogue You Know by Shana Galen ♡ Thank you

Elizabeth Stacy said...

Thank you for this opportunity.

sweetpea35 said...

I don't have a particular favorite but I do enjoy the genre.

Theresa Romain said...

Misty--the classic that launched a genre!

Natasha, sounds like the Mallorys were for you what the Bridgertons were for me.

Carole, I haven't read that one by Kleypas. Thanks for the recommendation!

Linda--I *love* Shana Galen's writing. Fellow fan here. :)

Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by!

sweetpea, you are an equal-opportunity reader. :)

Jeanna Massman said...

I love all the historical romances by Mary Balogh.

Meredith said...

My favorite is A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man. I love the cross between the historical and present times through the diary. I also love to read a lot of books by Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn.

Tori Hoffert said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda Moffitt said...

I Don't have a Favorite so much, I like them all I haven't read Historical Romances for awhile though mostly it has been contemporary lately Thanks for the chance My email is iamabho (at) gmail.com

tatertot374 said...

I really dont have a favorite historical romance. Than kyou

Deborah Wellenstein said...

My first, and still favorite, historical romance is "Gone with the Wind".

Susan Smoaks said...

my favorite historical romance is the yellow house

Shari Klyn said...

My favorite is Gone with The Wind.

Kim said...

Does Gone With the Wind count? It is my favorite all time book!
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Ashley C

Lorena said...

Any Heyer regency and of course, Gone with the Wind.

Buddy Garrett said...

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

laurasloves said...

My favorite historical romance is Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman.
Laurie Emerson
lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

James Coyne said...

How about Romeo and Juliet

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