Unusual Harlequin Historicals
With a wide range of eras and settings, Harlequin Historical really does have something for everyone!
Below, four of our authors talk about why they decided to write historical romances with a twist!
Sheikh’s Mail-Order Bride by Marguerite Kaye
My August release, Sheikh’s Mail-Order Bride, is the second in my Hot Arabian Nights historical quartet. Played out between English misses and desert sheikhs (or, in one case, an English spy and a desert princess), the clash of cultures is what drives the romantic tension and, I hope, adds a novel twist to the traditional Regency romance.
Cast adrift from staid society’s conventions in an exotic and fantastical landscape, the protagonists are free to indulge in reckless and ultimately life-changing behavior. But though the backdrop to these romances is highly colorful, the stories are grounded in believable characters dealing with real conflicts. The worlds which collide are utterly different, and yet the issues which my heroes and heroines deal with are universal: freedom, independence, and above all, the conflict between love and duty.
Don’t miss “Sheikh’s Mail-Order Bride”, out now!
Enslaved by the Desert Trader by Greta Gilbert
Years ago when I worked at National Geographic Learning, one of my assignments was to write an article for middle school students about ancient Egypt’s famous tombs. As I dove into the research, I developed something of an obsession with the Great Pyramid. It has been scrutinized for literally millennia and yet there are still so many questions about it. How was it constructed? Nobody knows for sure. Some say a long ramp. Others say a spiraling outer ramp. Still others say a spiraling inner ramp. Secret tunnels? Yes—they are still being discovered. Inexplicable chambers? Yes! Hidden riches? Quite possibly! The Great Pyramid remains perhaps the most mysterious landmark in the world. Brilliant! I thought. It’s the perfect setting for the climax of a love story!
Don’t miss “Enslaved by the Desert Trader”, out now!
The Warrior’s Captive Bride by Jenna Kernan
How could a girl who was born in Cooperstown, home of the man who wrote The Last of the Mohicans, not love Native American culture? That’s right, James Fenimore Cooper once lived in the same place where I was born. There were Blackfeet Indians in my first novel, Winter Woman, both my hero and heroine in my latest historical, The Warrior’s Captive Bride are of the Crow people and my Harlequin Intrigue series Apache Protectors has four strapping Apache heroes. As a girl, I took school trips to the Indian Museum in Cooperstown and searched my hillside for arrowheads left by the Iroquois Indians. My father had quite a collection of arrow points and my sister once found an arrow point while digging in my mother’s rose garden!
Don’t miss “The Warrior’s Captive Bride”, out now!
Silk, Swords and Surrender by Jeannie Lin
When I started writing my first novel, I wanted to combine everything I loved. I loved Johanna Lindsey and Jennifer Roberson. I loved martial arts wire fu movies. And I had discovered a fabulous romance author named Jade Lee who was writing historical romances set in China. China!! In my wide-eyed excitement, I just knew Romancelandia would welcome the golden age of the Tang Dynasty with its glitter and drama and awesome clothing. I could already imagine what the covers would look like.
The moment I held that first print copy in my hands and saw “Tang Dynasty” on the spine, I got a little weepy. The Tang Dynasty truly was the only setting grand enough for my vision of love and adventure and high drama. I’d dreamt about writing books like this all my life.
Don’t miss “Silk, Swords and Surrender”, out now!
Have you read any unique historical romances that you really liked?
Tell us about them in the comments!