A few weeks ago I came across this list on US blog Heroes and Heartbreakers, naming the ten Regency romances you should read. The author did say it was her own opinion – and I know these types of list are always contentious! – but to be honest, I was pretty amazed that the author…… Continue reading Georgette Heyer – mistress of Regency
For the next few weeks I’m carrying out an experiment. Until 26th November 2013 you can download my romance novel The Antique Love for free on a website called Story Cartel . There’s no obligation to post a review in exchange, but anyone who does post a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble or…… Continue reading A post about free books, reviews, and how to win Amazon vouchers
I mentioned earlier this week, in my post Saltaire, Lyon and weavers’ stories, that I’d downloaded Liz Trenow’s The Last Telegram, a romance in which the silk industry plays an integral role. The novel has been waiting patiently for me to pick it up, and now I’ve finished it – and thoroughly enjoyed it :)…… Continue reading Parachutes, bombs and silk: a review of Liz Trenow’s The Last Telegram
This weekend, March 17th, sees St Patrick’s Day – yay! If ever there was a country which loves a good story, Ireland must be it. My family is Irish, and sometimes I wonder if this is why I just love books and reading and stories so much. Writing is so engrained in the Irish way…… Continue reading Five great Irish novels for St Patrick’s Day
I first came across author James Christie after my mum heard his book, Dear Miss Landau, discussed on BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read programme [podcast here]. She recommended it to me, and I’m so glad she did. I loved it. The book follows James’s journey from Glasgow across America for a meeting with Juliet…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author James Christie
This isn’t the first time I’ve written here about how hard it is to find useful reviews of commercial fiction, especially of romantic fiction. (Here’s my previous post on romance reviewers I admire.) If you like reading literary fiction, it’s not hard to track down a well-written review of a book before you commit yourself…… Continue reading How to write a useful book review
I’m having a bit of a rant today because, quite honestly, I’m fed up with romance authors promoting their books in my face. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for writers getting together and helping each other out. Since starting an account on Twitter (@helenafairfax, if you’d like to join us!) I’ve met up with…… Continue reading Yes! Some romance novel review sites I can trust!