Historical Romance Versus Historical Fiction
Published on April 16, 2011 by lahilden | Views: 1104

Historical Romance  (To be considered a historical, the novel must take place before WWII.)   

Romance novels are about a romantic relationship, the historical setting is nothing more than a prop.  Meaning the book should be able to stand alone if you remove the historical content or set the characters in another setting.  Of course, there can be many subplots in a historical romance novel that don’t have anything to do with the romantic relationship that’s developing.  Nevertheless, the conflict and climax in a romance focuses on the core theme, which is the romantic relationship.  Romance novels also tend to reward characters for good behavior and punish those who are wicked.  History can be woven into the story, to give the novel a sense of realism.  Historical romance novels have a happy ending and are to be emotionally satisfying to the reader.

Historical Fiction

Historical fiction tells a story that is set in the past.  That setting is usually real and drawn from history.  Historical fiction is all about research.  Unlike historical romance, historical fiction does not need to have a happy ending.  Often times real-life personages are the center of the story, and the historical fiction writer modifies the events and motives for the characters actions.  The emphasis is on the history, not the romance, although there can be a romantic involvement in the story; the characters are often apart for many chapters.                              

The most successful historicals focus on fictionalizing the lives of actual historic personages.  Think of how popular the fictional stories of Anne Boleyn or Helen of Troy are in the marketplace.

A few famous historical fiction works are:

Leo Tolstoy’s, War and Peace

Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth

Mark Twain, American South

History of the Romance Novel
Published on April 4, 2011 by lahilden | Views: 0

The romance novel is defined as a work of fiction that focuses on the romantic relationship between two people, where its conclusion has a happy ending that is emotionally satisfying.

The romance novel was developed in Western culture, the majority in English speaking countries.  One of the earliest romance writers was English novelist, Samuel Richardson.  He published his novel Pamela in 1740 and it became one of the first best-sellers.  His novel had a happy ending, which was a rarity for novels in the 18th century.  Pamela was the first of many novels to come that focused on courtship.

The pioneer of the romance genre came a century later, when Jane Austin released her first novel Sense and Sensibility in 1811 to be followed by Pride and Prejudice in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814, and Emma in 1816.  Jane Austin’s works inspired others like Georgette Heyer, who introduced historical romance in 1921.  (Jane’s works are not considered historical, due to the fact that she was writing about the era in which she lived.)

It is said the modern romance genre was established in 1972 with Avon’s publication of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s, The Flame and the Flower.  This was the first single-title romance novel to be published in paperback in the US.

The romance genre boomed in the 1980’s, when popular authors began to push the boundaries of the genre and plots.

By the 2000’s, romance had become the most popular genre in modern literature.

Breakdown statistics from Simba Information estimates for 2009

Romance 1.36 billion

Religious/Inspiration  770 million

Mystery  674 million

Sci-fi/Fantasy  554 million

Classic Literary Fiction  462 million

My First Review on A Necessary Heir
Published on March 13, 2011 by lahilden | Views: 0
I promise I won't blog all my reviews, but since this is my first, and it was great, I feel I must. LOL.  Thank you to Katie for making my day. 

Katie's review
Mar 10, 11  

 5 of 5 stars
status: Read from March 09 to 10, 2011

Recently, I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I was very excited and rightly so. This was an amazing book! I found myself constantly wanting to read it because there was always something interesting going on. I also loved how even though some of the characters wallowed in self pity for a while, they were able to overcome it and allowed themselves to be happy. This was an awesome book and I highly recommend it!

Goodreads Contest Has Ended
Published on March 7, 2011 by lahilden | Views: 0
Thank you so much to the 1296 people who entered to win A Necessary Heir in the Goodread Giveaway Contest.

Congratulations to the winners.

Read an E-Book Week
Published on March 3, 2011 by Smashwords | Views: 0

Celebrating 40 years of E-Books.  A Necessary Heir now discounted 25% through Smashwords.

Read an E-Book Week
MARCH 6 -12, 2011


Understanding Voice
Published on February 26, 2011 by lahilden | Views: 606


Published on February 9, 2011 by lahilden | Views: 0

Goodreads Book Giveaway

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A Necessary Heir GIVEAWAY
Published on February 5, 2011 by lahilden | Views: 0
Giving away copies of A Necessary Heir.  Go to www.goodreads.com for your chance to win.

F-bomb and Cursing Results Are In
Published on January 13, 2011 by lahilden | Views: 1006

So I posted the question below on a few sites and thought to post some of the comments I received.
Quotes regarding the cons of using the f-bomb:

-Some people just can't stand the word.
-Could offend some readers.
-"Shows a lack of discipline in a character."
-"Profanity is a small mind trying to express itself."

Quotes regarding the pros of using the f-bomb:

-Necessary for realistic character building.
-Most readers fine with the word if used in moderation.
-"A reader who can't tolerate an occasional swear word in context is an illiterate in moralistic clothing."

All in all, this has been a fascinating conversation with lots of thoughts and opinions.  Love it!

Facebook Ad Results
Published on January 12, 2011 by lahilden | Views: 945
Recently, I decided to promote my Facebook Fan page with an Ad and I wanted to post the results on this site. Since I've never done this, I was curious what the results would be and thought to share them.

So placing the Ad was easy, a simple click to promote your page and it walks you through the process. I set my Ad up on January 1, 2011 and put a stop date of January 16, 2011, since I didn't know how far my fifty dollars would go. I made fifty dollars the max for the term of this Ad, since this was a trial.

Before the Ad I had 56 fans. By 1-6-11 I had 64 fans and by 1-9-11 I had 69 fans. By 1-12-11, the fifty dollars was gone and my current total is 69.

The majority of clicks were done on the weekends with Saturday being the peak and Wednesday the low.

So 13 new fans, yea!