Sunday, January 27, 2013

Romance Madness Hop--Day 3

Romances We Love

The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn

Eight books about a rambunctious family in Regency England. What could be better? I loved everything about this series on the Bridgerton family—even down to the names of the siblings. The parents named the children alphabetically, Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphney, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth. Such a clever idea. It helped me as a reader keep the siblings straight while I was reading each of their stories.
I saw Julia a few years ago at an RWA conference, and she confessed, after eight books about the same characters, she needed a break from the rowdy Bridgertons, but this series continues to grow. There are epilogues, Lady Whistledown books, and now, some of the secondary characters are getting their own moments in the sun. Some day, I’d love to own a complete boxed set of all the books. They are that good.

And they helped spur my own inventiveness.  I am currently in the middle of a series about the Fitzpatrick family, a well-to-do family in America in the 1850s—the decade leading up to the Civil War. Not a lot has been written about this time in America’s history, but it’s rich with events that shaped our country. And, borrowing Julia’s clever idea, I gave my siblings a common thread, too. They are each named for an herb or spice. There’s Halwyn, which is a Welsh/Arthurian name meaning salt, his twin, Pepper, Basil, Ginger, twins Jasmine and Heather, Rosemary, Valerian and Saffron. Ginger’s story, The Reluctant Debutante, will be available for 99 cents as the Kindle Daily Deal tomorrow, January 28, for one day only.

I’m offering a $5 gift card to one lucky commenter at the end of this blog hop, which will run from January 25-January 29. Tell me who your favorite author is and why. Then click on the Romance Madness icon to the right and visit other blogs on the hop, all of whom are offering a giveaway. And stop back tomorrow to see who’s next on my list of favorites.


  1. oh man, just a single favofite? That' so hard!!! I think it would have to be John Irving. I love his writing style, and th books all both entertain me yet make me think

  2. Love them Bridgerton's. I like how you named the characters after spices. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing. It's so hard to choose one Author. I ,love so many, Karen Marie Moning, Laurie Lewis,Linda Lael Miller, Stephanie Laurens, JD Robb, Diana Gabaldon,Sue Ellen Welfonder etc etc. :)
    Different genres but I love them all. Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L
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  3. One of my all time favorites is Lori Foster because I love all of her books they are exciting and interesting :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  4. I have so many favorite authors~! Many of them are Avon romance writers and of course Julia Quinn is one of them. From Stephanie Laurens, Sarah MacLean, Julie Anne Long, to Miranda Neville, Eloisa James, and Shana Galen...I just love their characters and series. How they structured its story and the humor they have in the story.

  5. In my own Hop Post I used one of Anne McCaffrey's books as my favourite book, but she is just one of many authors I love. I have to mention also a fellow Wild Rose Press Author who is sadly no longer with us - the late Sharon Donovan. Her last book 'Kiss Of Death' was published last month posthumously and is an intrigueing romantic suspense starring her wonderful creation the hunky 'Oliver'. Apart from edge of the seat suspense, she also wrote beautiufl Inspirational romances. She is sorely missed!

  6. I love Nora Roberts/JD Robb, Tamora Pierce, Michelle Sagara, Anne McCaffrey...the list goes on and on...I love the happy ever after endings and the fact that I forget the world around me while reading their books.

    Thank you for the giveaway!


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  7. diane duane, i like her style - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com