What’s better than a great new author? That is a very hard question, because everyone’s favorite author was, at one time, that fresh new face. This week, let’s take a look at three of the grand mistresses of historical romance, who keep bringing the goods, year after year.
Love pirates? Canham’s your gal. Love medieval, including but not limited to Robin Hood? Canham again. How about Highlanders? Canham. Western? Yes, ma’am. Riverboat romance? Got that, too. Highwaymen? Canham both stands and delivers, time and time again. Woman enough to say “no thanks, I’m out,” or words to that effect, when the powers that be wanted her to write stories other than the ones her fans devour with gusto, she burst back on the scene with indie publishing, and look at her fly. If a swashbuckling pirate series is your thing (especially when the heroine is the badass pirate) I recommend starting with Across A Moonlit Sea, first in the Dante series. If you’d rather try a standalone, The Wind and the Sea has got you covered.
Full disclosure: Danelle Harmon and I are not complete strangers, and I am happy to say that she has been an absolute delight in every internet encounter but her presence on this list is completely based on her work. Perhaps the most nautical of all the authors on this list, Danelle Harmon comes by her seafaring streak naturally. Her first historical romance, and my personal favorite, Pirate in my Arms, is based on the real life love story of Black Sam Bellamy and Maria Hallet, the puritan lass who won a pirate’s heart. The real life story did not end well, but in the hands of a mistress of historical romance, oh what a happily ever after they had. For those who want to jump straight into a series and/or Georgian England is your thing, The Wild One is for you. As of this writing, it is free on Amazon.
Cynthia Wright burst onto the historical romance scene back in 1977, with Caroline, marrying historical romance with the Bicentennial of the American Revolution, and has been brining the goods to lovers of historical romance ever since. With settings as diverse as colonial New England, the court of France’s King Francois I, the American west, and the high seas, there isn’t anything Wright can’t bring to vivid, emotional, sigh-worthy life. I recommend starting with Silver Storm, a wondrous adventure that sweeps down the coast of Colonial America, and kicks off the Rakes and Rebels series …oh, wait, hold the presses, it does not. The first-first book is Heart of Fragile Stars, which I am totally buying right after I post this blog. HoFS (is that one of the most gorgeous titles ever, or what?) is book 0.5, coming before Silver Storm.
So, dear readers, I turn it now over to you. Have you read any of these authors? Have another favorite veteran romance author who only gets better year after year? Pull up a chair in the comment section and tell us all about it, especially if you’ve got book recommendations. There’s room for everybody at this table.