Friday, January 8, 2016

The recipe for a great romance with Jane Ashford of Heir to the Duke (#Giveaway)

What’s the recipe for a great romance? 
Here are five must-have ingredients.

First of all you need substance, like the flour that lends weight to a successful cake. Any good story gives you something to chew on. Engaging incidents keep readers interested. They bond with vivid, entertaining, relatable characters. An entrancing setting adds to the overall appeal. A unique style makes the reading process a pleasure. And a solid plot that comes to a satisfying conclusion is mandatory.

Second, you need something to help it all hang together, in the same way that eggs solidify your baking. For a romance, this comes from the traits that make the lovers right for each other. Their differences and similarities may cause a tug of war before they draw them together. But in the end, each finds in the other just what they most need to stay together and be happy.

Of course you’ve got to have sweetness. The poignancy of love is as vital as the sugar or honey in a luscious pastry. It melts on the reader’s “palate” and gives the story its emotional kick.

A sprinkling of surprises perks up any tale, just as dried fruit and nuts or chocolate chips enliven a cake or cookies, and yeast or baking powder make it rise. You don’t want every bite to be the same. A startling twist or a witty conversation adds excitement.

And finally, of course, you have to add just the right touch of spice for the story you’re telling. That might be the barest hint of heat, just a little brush of thrills. It could be positively scorching. As with any spread of delicious concoctions, tastes differ. Judging precisely the right spiciness is part of the art.

Put those all together though, and you have a romance as delicious as the finest confectionary.

25382926Heir to the Duke
(The Duke's Sons #1)
by Jane Ashford
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492621560
Nathaniel Gresham, the handsome Viscount Hargove, lives a life devoted to familial duty. As his father's eldest son, Nathaniel's identity remains the "heir to the Duke of Langford." But this quiet, restrained life changes the minute he marries sweet Lady Violet Devere.

Oppressed by her family all her life, Violet is longing for her marriage vows to be spoken. Though her arranged marriage to Nathaniel was not a match made for love, they're both looking forward to the comparative freedom of married life. And Violet is determined to show Nathaniel how to enjoy it, both in and out of the bedroom.

About the Author:
Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Her historical and contemporary romances have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, and Spain, as well as the U.S. Twenty-six of her new and backlist Regency romances are being published by Sourcebooks. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. She is currently rather nomadic.

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  1. i dont have a fav historical family

  2. I like the family in Pride and Prejudice, the Bennets. They were funny at times.

  3. I would have to say my favorite is the Bridgertons by Julia Quinn and the Mallory family by Johanna Lindsey. I have many others that I love, but those are my top favs. Plus these are two authors that made me fall in love with Historical romance.
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