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Sunday, November 4, 2012

[Guest Post & #Giveaway] The Perilous Pitfalls of Romance (Historically Speaking, of Course) by Samantha Kane

Today I am turning the blog over to Samantha Kane, author of The Devil’s Thief, to talk about the accuracy of historical events and past in general in historical romance novels. Also stay tuned for my review of The Devil's Thief and do not miss the giveaway below!

There is, and has always been, an ongoing argument among historical romance writers and readers about how important historical accuracy is in a romance novel. As both a writer and a reader, I’m pretty flexible as long as any inaccuracies or anachronisms enhance the story and don’t confuse the reader. But for today, I’m going to put on my writer hat.

I have an advanced degree in history. I used to teach it. So I know the ins and outs of research. I’ve written extensively on historical topics. At first glance most people would probably assume that I’d be a stickler for historical accuracy. Not so. Maybe it’s because I DO know my history so well, actually. I don’t want to read a romance about heroes with poor hygiene and carriage rides through streets with open sewers running down the middle. I want sweet smelling heroines and soft beds. In other words, I know the reality and I don’t want it in my romance. I want the fiction. And where I go as a reader, I go as a writer.

Now, I’m not saying there isn't a place for historical accuracy. When it comes to historical figures, places, events, scientific discoveries and cultural developments I think writers should stay as true to accurate depictions as possible. Don’t tell me that Washington fought Napoleon or that they used Gatling guns at Waterloo. For The Devil’s Thief I did extensive research on pearls and pearl farming in the 18th and 19th century, the Stewart family tree, and the Bow Street Runners and the development of a police force in England. Weeks of research boiled down to two or three lines in the book. But I know those story elements in my book are accurate.

I think the most important thing to remember when it comes to historical accuracy in a romance is that you’re writing for a modern reader. I know some might complain about anachronistic language or word usage in an historical romance. If they prefer antiquated language or manners, that’s fine. It’s a personal preference and we all have them. But I don’t want the dialogue style or unfamiliar words to pull me out of the story. I’m most comfortable reading characters that, for the most part, sound like you and me. I care more for what’s being said than how they say it.

What about you? How important is historical accuracy in romance novels to you?

Title: The Devil's Thief
Series: The Saint’s Devils #1
Author: Samantha Kane
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Loveswept (Random House)
Pages: 297

Publication Date: November 12th 2012


Amazon | Random House

In Samantha Kane’s sensual tale of wicked passion, a desperate woman must resort to burglary—but the beautiful thief ends up stealing the heart of a rogue.
The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to search for a treasure she knows is there: an invaluable pearl. But when the towering and very naked occupant of the moonlit bedroom ambushes her with a bargain—a night in his bed in exchange for the pearl—Julianna doesn’t know if it’s masculine heat or sheer desperation that makes his terms so tempting.

Alasdair Sharpe had no intention of keeping his end of the bargain. Planning to offer his little cat burglar carte blanche instead, he promptly loses himself in the delights of unexpected pleasure. But when he awakes the next morning to find his family heirloom gone, fury quickly replaces sensual languor. Of course, Alasdair is more than willing to use seduction to reclaim his stolen pearl—and find the key to Julianna’s heart.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: About Last Night, Blaze of Winter, and Lana’s Lawman.

Reviewers have called Samantha Kane “an absolute marvel to read,” and “one of historical romance’s most erotic and sensuous authors.”  Her books have been called “sinful,” “sensuous,” and “sizzling.” She is published in several romance genres including historical, contemporary and science fiction.  Her erotic Regency-set historical romances have won awards, including Best Historical from RWA's erotic romance chapter Passionate Ink, and the Historical CAPA (best book) award from The Romance Studio.  She has a master's degree in American History, and taught high school social studies for ten years before becoming a full time writer. Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children.

Samantha Kane is giving away one Netgalley preview copy of The Devil’s Thief which expires in one month.

To enter to win just leave a comment below! :) You must be at least 18 years old, one entry per-person.


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