Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Historical Romance Week with Anne Cleeland of Daughter of the God-King (Guest Post/Giveaway)

We're back with another fabulous historical romance author who is joining us to discuss one of my favorite things in the whole wide world (which my closet could attest to) - Boots! And the reasons why we love historical romances, along with her recent release of DAUGHTER OF THE GOD-KING. Enjoy!

It’s All About the Boots: Why We Love Historical Romance

When we were little girls we loved fairy tales—some of us still do—and I think our love affair with historical romance is grounded in that deep-seated affection.  It’s not exactly politically correct, but what the heck—reading should be an escape from reality, anyway.

There’s no hero like a historical hero.  Who can forget Jamie Fraser from Outlander, with his Scottish accent and his single-hearted devotion to Claire?  Or the iconic Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice; wealthy, aloof, and unable to help himself as he falls madly in love with the unsuitable Lizzie.

The men in these stories are unabashedly men, doing manly things and wearing tall leather boots. They ride horses, go to war, gamble, and avoid matrimony like the plague until they meet the heroine, and then—while we all smile to ourselves—their wicked ways are suddenly tamed.  For some reason this is immensely appealing to the female heart—the idea that she is the only one who can catch the attention of the rich and handsome prince—and every historical romance has this meme as its basic plot.

And note that these manly heroes are never ordinary fellows, but are instead nearly always brooding noblemen; brooding because they are about to lose the family fortune, or brooding about their experiences in the war, or brooding because they are living a dissolute and meaningless life.  For some reason this is also immensely appealing—the hero has an exalted bloodline, but money and privilege can’t hold a candle to the love of a good woman.

Can a contemporary romance give you that fairy tale feeling?  Not really; our modern sensibilities flinch at the idea of being a damsel in distress, and in America, at least, there are no exalted bloodlines.  For pure escapism, there is nothing that can beat the ordinary girl who catches the attention of the elusive and titled bachelor with her wit and charm—no need for a fairy godmother—and each of us easily can see ourselves in the role of that ordinary-but-charming  heroine.  

In historical romance, the heroine’s only objective is to marry well—which she does, and usually in a spectacular fashion.  The plot is thick, the stakes are high, and the obstacles are daunting, but the reader never doubts that the two lovers will achieve their happily ever after.   Each book is another telling of the tried-and-true Cinderella story—a story that never seems to get old, no matter how modern our outlook. So settle in and enjoy the manly hero and the plucky heroine—they’ve been around for a thousand years, and no doubt will be around for at least a thousand more.

17683788Daughter of the God-King
(Regency #2)
by Anne Cleeland
Hattie Blackhouse is the only child of famous Egyptologists, and when they go missing, she travels to their latest excavation in ancient Thebes only to discover that she is attracting interest from the French, the British, and the Egyptians, who believe her the reincarnation of a long-dead princess.
In the second book in the Regency series, the heroine finds herself in the crosshairs of factions who are vying to support or thwart Napoleon’s latest attempt at world domination—and she unknowingly holds the key.

Sourcebooks is giving away one copy of this book to one reader. (US/CA only please.) To enter, just leave a questions or comment for the author on this post and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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  1. Hello, readers! I appreciate this opportunity to be a part of historical novel week. Thanks a million!

  2. New author for me, thanks for the intro.

  3. New to me author. Premise sounds interesting!

  4. I love the idea of historical romances that blend with a bit of mystery. Historicals are great for the characters, but settings and periods of history draw me in too. This one set in Egypt sounds wonderful.

    Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity.

  5. If any of you commenters would like a copy of my mystery, Murder in Thrall, please identify yourselves on my website, www.annecleeland.com.

    I enjoyed my visit!

  6. I've always been fascinated with archaeology - this looks like a story where I would learn about some history.

  7. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Sounds like an intriguing read. Thanks for the chance to win.


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