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Lizzie Ashworth: The Origins of Valentine’s Day ?>

Lizzie Ashworth: The Origins of Valentine’s Day

Bet you didn’t know that Valentine’s Day got its start in the Roman Empire with some public BDSM. That’s right. The feast of Lupercalia involved women lining up along the streets so men could run along and whip them with strips of animal hide (preferably goat or dog). The ritual was supposed to increase female fertility and there’s actually no telling how far back in history this tradition might have started. A lottery followed the whipping with women’s names drawn…

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Lizzie Ashworth: The Dane’s Bride (Free Read) ?>

Lizzie Ashworth: The Dane’s Bride (Free Read)

January 2017! A new year and new adventures, hopefully good ones, await us. Best of all, for the not so good days, we’ve got books! Reading takes us away from the present moment and immerses us in pleasure. My mission today is to provide a time of reading pleasure for you. One of my personal favorites in writing and reading romance is a steamy historical. Men wielding swords, their warrior bodies muscled and scarred—whew, what’s not to like? More than…

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Where Destiny Plays Finally Re-Released! Only #99cents! ?>

Where Destiny Plays Finally Re-Released! Only #99cents!

I am beyond excited to announce the re-release of Where Destiny Plays, Book 3 in my Victorian erotic romance series, The Harwell Heirs. I am even more excited to show off the new cover:

Imperial Warriors: Roman and Viking New Release 99¢ Sale! ?>

Imperial Warriors: Roman and Viking New Release 99¢ Sale!

Imperial Warriors: Two Scorching Tales of the Roman Empire is out! This mini-anthology includes my stories previously published in Delilah’s collections now available together for the first time. “The Promise of Memory” was published in Hot Highlanders and Wild Warriors, and “Protecting Her” was published in Conquests: An Anthology of Smoldering Viking Romance. It’s my very first anthology of my own stories, which means it’s really a “collection of short stories” rather than an anthology (which implies several authors). But…

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A big Viking thank you! ?>

A big Viking thank you!

Out now in Kindle and print Our Vikings made landfall on 14 July, and for a glorious while, we were true conquerors – number #1 on the Amazon Viking romance e-book list! There’s proof below – see? Since then, we’ve fluctuated between #2 and #10 – which is awesome for an independently-published book. The contributors to this volume – all 13 of us, including our indefatigable editor, Delilah Devlin – did our own promo for the release. But we had…

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5 Days: New Words by Teresa Noelle Roberts ?>

5 Days: New Words by Teresa Noelle Roberts

  When I saw Delilah’s call for sexy, romantic Viking stories, I figured I’d pass. I’m a history buff, but I knew just enough about Vikings to figure I’d spend six months just figuring out what clothes my characters would be taking off and never actually get around to writing the story. Then one of my friends in the Society for Creative Anachronism, the historical recreation group where I play at being a person from the past, sent me a…

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6 Days: Protecting Her by Regina Kammer ?>

6 Days: Protecting Her by Regina Kammer

Vikings in Byzantium Let’s just get this out of the way, but the History Channel’s production of Vikings has given a sexy cachet to the fiercest warriors of the Middle Ages. When Delilah put out a call for stories in a Viking erotic romance anthology, my heart just went pitter-pat with excitement. And then the excitement sort of dissipated. My knowledge of Vikings is limited given their era is out of my purview. My field of study is Late Roman…

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The Viking World ?>

The Viking World

The Viking world. No supermarkets, paved roads, or telephones. No cozy couch or soft bed. Food, clothing, and shelter exist only when someone hunts, farms, spins-weaves-sews, and hacks down enough trees to build it. The reality of living in those conditions may be too much for us to really grasp. Stories depend on a believable setting. But for readers, do details of vanished worlds sometimes get in the way of the story? How much description of the fire pit, the…

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Keeping Sex Between the Covers ?>

Keeping Sex Between the Covers

It’s June 14th and in the United States we’re celebrating Flag Day! I have a special promotion for June (Flag Day month) and July (Independence Day month). See the end of this post! I generally write historical erotic romance, although I have also written contemporary, mythological, and Steampunk. But my comfort zone is historicals because I’m a historian and, I suppose, I’ve internally fetishized history to a certain extent. I’ve written stories that take place in ancient Roman and Victorian…

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12 Days: To Love a King’s Man by Emma Jay (Contest) ?>

12 Days: To Love a King’s Man by Emma Jay (Contest)

The Highlander from Boy to Man Like so many who are inspired to write highlanders, I LOVE Jamie Fraser from Outlander. He is my second-favorite red-haired, oversized Scot (the first being William of Dunashie from Anita Mills’s Winter Roses). I have been SO EXCITED about the Starz series, especially once I heard Ron Moore was involved (Loved the Battlestar Galactica reboot.) And I’ve enjoyed the show, and been listening to the audiobook, so I know the show is faithful to…

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