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The Keeper Shelf: Three of My Favourite Romance Novels by Louise Clark (romance author)

Heyer, GeorgetteEvery reader has favourite books and every writer began as a reader. In fact, one of the best ways to learn how to write is to read, read, read, and read some more.

These days I have favourite authors rather than favourite books, but before I became a writer I was a reader and my keeper shelf was filled with books—a lot of them by Georgette Heyer.

I came to writing from a history background, not an English one, so I’d consumed all of Heyer’s Georgian and Regency romances I moved on to other authors writing historical romances. From there I moved on to contemporary romance, mystery romance and fantasy. I read broadly then and still do now. What I look for is characters I love, an entertaining plot and writing that pulls me in as it pushes the story along.

Heyer has vivid characterization and plot in every book and her writing style is wonderful. I’ve read all of her books at least twice and some many more than that.

devils_cub_1967The top of my favourites list has to be Devil’s Cub, hands down. Dominic is the archetypical bad boy hero who can be tamed by only one woman. He is perfectly matched by Mary, so practical and down-to-earth on the outside, but as reckless and daring as Dominic and just as stubborn inside. The book is packed with wonderful secondary characters and a plot that races from one disaster to the next, forcing everyone to reach deep inside themselves and become more than they were before.

Devil’s Cub is the sequel to These Old Shades, another wonderful story with characters who linger in memory. Much as I loved Leonie and Avon, though, I think Dominic and Mary surpassed them.

The Convenient Marriage, published two years after Devil’s Cub, has the same kind of non-stop action plot, a really good bad guy threatening the safety of the heroine, and a wonderful hero and heroine. Secondary characters flesh out the story and add complications and humour throughout. Love it.

Devil’s Cub and The Convenient Marriage are both set in the late Georgian period, a time period I am fascinated by. When I wrote my first novel, Dangerous Desires, I set it in the early years of the French Revolution, at the end of the Georgian era.

The Corinthian, the last on my list of three, is a true Regency. With the change of time period, Heyer also changes the tone of the story. The characters are more restrained, the plot, with it’s murder mystery element, reflects the contemporary murder mysteries Heyer was writing in tandem with her historical romances. As with the other books, the story is full of wonderful secondary characters whose interaction with the hero and heroine help them discover that they are meant for each other.

Over the years I’ve written both contemporary and historical novels. My first published novel (Second Generation) was a contemporary romance, while Dangerous Desires came out a few years later. I think it’s inevitable that I’d eventually blend the two genres together in a time travel novel.

paperbackbookstanding_849x1126 (1)Fighting Fate is a contemporary novel set in Boston. It focuses on a very contemporary woman, Faith Hamilton, whose life is complicated by her time travelling ancestor from pre-Revolutionary Boston, Andrew Byrne. Andrew is very much the roguish Georgian gentleman and when he visits 21st century Faith he causes no end of trouble for her. Andrew is countered by Faith’s 21st century hero, Cody Simpson. Cody is a computer geek who shouldn’t be sexy, but is. Andrew and Cody couldn’t be more different, but they come together to help Faith when trouble knocks. As with my favourite Heyer novels, Fighting Fate incorporates humour, fun secondary characters, and a hero and heroine I loved writing.

What are your keepers? Specific books? A special author? I’d love to hear about what you love to read.

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What’s a Keeper? (books you love)

Do you have “keepers”? Those books you’ve read over and over again, so much so, that the covers are dog-eared or falling off? Ahem, some of us still read paper backs and hard covers.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.31.42 AMI have “keepers”, my “go-to” books for when I need a quick pick-me-up. I know the books inside out because I’ve read them so many times, so I just go to my favourite scenes. Some of my keepers are: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, Duchess by Night by Eloisa James, Bet Me by Jenny Crusie and of course – the entire Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn.

Here’s a scene from one of my “keeper” Scottish medieval romances, Ransom, by Julie Garwood. (1999) The hero, Brodick is a highlander and the heroine, Gillian is a proper English lady. In this scene they have just been married and she’s asking him about his home:

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.32.04 AMHe was humbled by her faith and love. “Now that I’m married, I’ll have to make some changes,” he remarked.

“Such as?”

“You’ll probably want a home.”

“You don’t have a home now?”


“Where do you sleep?” she asked, trying not to sound appalled.

“On the ground. I much prefer it to a soft bed.”

“But what do you do when it rains?”

“I get wet.”

The first time I read that scene, I burst out laughing. Brodick and Gillian have such a vibrant chemistry, with lots of humour. I still laugh when I read it. Even after fifteen years, the hero and heroine of Ransom are still alive and well and their story is still as funny and sweet as it was when I first read it. That’s why I go back to those scenes. Because they still evoke that “happy place” feeling I got the first time I read the book. In fact, now it’s like the warm glow you feel when visiting an old friend. And that’s what “keepers” are. Wonderful old friends, that never let you down. They are always there to make you smile.

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100_4277Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing Inc. She loves Cinnamon Dolce Lattes, a good story, and her old paperbacks.

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