This is historical romance author Sonya Heaney’s blog. For information about her books, please visit her website, or one of the links below.
I SO badly wanted to share my new book cover this week, but I’m still waiting on the high-quality, official version. It’s very, VERY pretty!
I was in two articles for Valentine’s Day:
Despite the world’s (and half of Australia’s) media reporting that all the fires in this country are now out, as of yesterday afternoon there were still twenty-four bushfires in my region.
Below is a map from a few hours ago. The grey bits with the blue fire symbols are fires (duh!). The little section with the green ambulance crosses is my city. And I live on the southern side!
It *is* much better, but I’m sick of hearing how great it is that this nightmare summer is over when I still have firefighting aircraft over my house day and night … “Contained” is good news, but “extinguished” would be much better.
And now the Canberra region has had a landslide! What’s next?!
Pretty. So, so pretty!
Here’s a print from American company Currier and Ives – circa 1840s-1850s – illustrating romantic life with children in tow!
Here’s your periodic reminder that Harlequin’s website is full of free online reads!
A huge change in a couple of hours on Monday: the American DC-10 firefighting plane over my house just before the smoke hit – again.
And a bushfire-coloured moon on Monday night.
Big week! My mother’s birthday on Monday, and mine on Friday, and all the dramas of our endless fires and storms thrown in the middle.
This week I got my first look at the cover for The Artist’s Secret (I love it!), and I hunkered down and got to work finishing the third book, which doesn’t have a name yet.
HarperCollins website Romance.com.au has featured my books (and me!) in several articles in the last few weeks. And today – my birthday – I was happy to discover I was in *two* pieces, alongside a bunch of amazing authors.
Below are links to the three most recent pieces, and I’m due to be in two more in the next few weeks.
For the last article I recommended Never Deny a Duke by Madeline Hunter – reviewed HERE.
I have something wonderful for my next book, The Artist’s Secret, that I desperately want to share, but I can’t yet! The book’s release date has been changed, so you’ll have to wait a few extra weeks.
However … Yesterday, after a crazy-long wait, my editor sent me the cover for approval, and I LOVE it. As with the cover of The Landowner’s Secret, the background image is perfect. And the main image? Well, I’ll give a spoiler: the cover took so long to reach me because it was rejected by the Harlequin team and sent back to be redone a couple of times.
The problem was that the colour scheme wasn’t working, so they changed it completely. The spoiler: now it’s blue. And anybody who regularly reads this blog probably noticed that’s a colour I have a little obsession with – especially on book covers!
Hopefully I’ll be able to share the cover very soon.
Yes, she’s wearing a mashup of clothing from several different times of the day, but how great is the concept for this cover?! I always love covers that have energy in them. It’s why I like this one so much.
Renowned actress Ruby Chadwick, The Darling of Drury Lane, has long planned and prepared for her final performance. With exceptional beauty comes the unwanted attention of men, and after years of fending off odious suitors, Ruby is ready to leave it all behind in favor of a quiet life. The first step is to reclaim a piece of her past: her true identity as Lavinia Fernley. But leaving town unnoticed proves impossible, and in one desperate moment, she embarks on the greatest act of her life when she throws herself into the arms of a stranger to avoid recognition.
Lucas Jennings is shocked to find the stunning redhead in his arms, but something moves him to play along with her ruse when she calls him her husband. This charade marks the start of an unpredictable journey as he escorts the lovely Lavinia and her traveling companions to Primrose Farm, far from the glaring lights of London. Soon, the tables are turned when Lucas introduces Lavinia to his family—as his fiancée. Before long, their mutual deception begins to feel all too real. But when the truth of her past is revealed, will Lavinia’s dream of a happy ending slip through her fingers?
On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library.
- Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan?
- Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall?
- Perhaps the butler did it.
All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn’t got a clue.
But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit … and melt a woman’s knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte’s safety is the truth about his dark past.
Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte’s feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who’s sworn to never love?
Until now I had only ever read one novella from Tessa Dare, but I saw Do You Want to Start a Scandal on the shelf at the library and decided to give it a go even though I had no idea where the book stood in relation to the author’s series.
Dare’s writing gets you hooked from the outset, and I raced through this book, enjoying most things about it. It’s exactly the type of historical romance I’ve come to expect from Avon: lively, steamy, and fairly light-hearted.
When the “aristocrat is a spy” theme turned up I wasn’t thrilled, but it thankfully took a backseat to the rest of the plot—and to the romance—and in the end I didn’t have much of an issue with it.
The relationship in this book moves at lighting speed, but I appreciated that the characters got on despite many differences, and that they weren’t too silly about the reality that they’d have to marry. There was almost a category romance feel in the way the hero and heroine were together for almost the entire book, and how there was minimal secondary character interference.
I think the mystery and suspense aspects were toned down enough to not seem ridiculous, and when I reached the last part of the book I couldn’t put it down until I was done.
I had a couple of issues with the Americanisms—and it’s the ground floor, not the first!—but overall this didn’t distract me like it does in some historical romances.
A fun holiday read.
An excerpt of Chasing Cassandra, the sixth book in Lisa Kleypas’ Ravenels series, is available to read on her website. The book is out on the 18th of this month.
Everything has a price . . .
Railway magnate Tom Severin is wealthy and powerful enough to satisfy any desire as soon as it arises. Anything – or anyone – is his for the asking. It should be simple to find the perfect wife – and from his first glimpse of Lady Cassandra Ravenel, he’s determined to have her. But the beautiful and quick-witted Cassandra is equally determined to marry for love – the one thing he can’t give.
Everything except her . . .
Severin is the most compelling and attractive man Cassandra has ever met, even if his heart is frozen. But she has no interest in living in the fast-paced world of a ruthless man who always plays to win.
When a newfound enemy nearly destroys Cassandra’s reputation, Severin seizes the opportunity he’s been waiting for. As always, he gets what he wants – or does he? There’s one lesson Tom Severin has yet to learn from his new bride:
Never underestimate a Ravenel.
The chase for Cassandra’s hand may be over. But the chase for her heart has only just begun . . .