by Danielle Jackson
Many of you may know this, but we have a program in place called Casablanca Classics, bringing back into print the “old school” romances of the 80s and 90s (sometimes older than that), at a great price point—trade paperbacks for $9.99! These wonderful authors are some of the pioneers of the romance genre, broke new ground, and are favorites of many romance readers! I have been reading them like crazy this year! Below is info on each author, along with the Casablanca Classics now back in print.
If there’s one thing Laurie McBain knows how to do, she knows how to make you feel for her characters! I am always intrigued by the complexity she brings to both the hero and heroine in her books.
Laurie McBain became a publishing phenomenon at age twenty-six with her first historical romance. She wrote seven romance novels during the 1970s and 80s, all of which were bestsellers, selling over 11 million copies. She is a winner of the Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Romance Author. Laurie’s books have been out of print for over 5 years.
Sultry—that what I think when I read Jennifer Blake, and not just because some of her books take place in New Orleans! Her characters have passion and attraction, and you can literally feel the heat :)
Since publishing her first book at age twenty-seven, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jennifer Blake has gone on to write over sixty historical and contemporary romances. She brings the seductive passion of the South to her stories, reflecting her seventh-generation Louisiana heritage. Jennifer lives with her husband in northern Louisiana.
So far, the books I’ve read by Jeanette Baker have been time-travel romances, and they are AWESOME. Her heroines really discover who they are, and those special traits the heroes fall in love with are only magnified by them traveling back in time, outside of their comfortrt zones.
Award-winning author of fifteen novels, including the RITA Award winning Nell, Jeanette Baker has been hailed by Publisher's Weekly as a forceful writer whose novels are “irresistible reading.” Jeanette lives in California during the winter months where she teaches literature and writing, and in County Kerry, Ireland during the summer.
Jan Cox Speas
I read My Love, My Enemy over a weekend and was totally wrapped up in it! It originally came out in 1961, and it is a novel that has stood the test of time. I think it appeals to both romance and historical fiction readers!
Bestselling author Jan Cox Speas began her writing career in her early twenties and between 1954 and 1960 published three historical romances that became runaway bestsellers and established her as a cult favorite and breakout romance author. She also taught English and Creative Writing at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. By 1978 there were 1 million copies of her books in print. She lived in Raleigh, North Carolina.
My Love, My Enemy
Patricia Rice’s Magic Series is one that I had heard of before I was even an avid romance reader. I was totally consumed by the storyline of thee first book—two families, one magical and the other completely scientific… of course the hero and heroine are polar opposites in their logic and being, but it makes for a great, passionate story!
Former CPA Patricia Rice is the author of over thirty bestselling romances with over 5 million copies sold. Winner of the 2002 RT Book Reviews Book of the Year, and the RITA awards, she is a member of RWA, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc. She lives with her husband in St. Louis, Missouri. (Insider Info—we have a BRAND NEW book coming from Patricia Rice in 2012!)
If you are looking for a medieval romance, this is IT. I think medieval romance is one of those quiet subgenres that never quite goes away, and has a steady readership, and I think Roberta Gellis’ book are why! They have an epic feel, both the hero and heroine are headstrong (in their own ways) and the love story is goooooood :)
Roberta Gellis has written over 25 romances with over 1 million copies sold. Publishers Weekly called her a master of the medieval historical. Her many awards include: The Silver and Gold Medal Porgy, the Golden Certificate and Golden Pen, and the RT Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Tapestry of Dreams
This was one of the first Casablanca Classics (we re-released it before we even had this new line in place!), and I was blown away! So much happens—the book goes from India to England to the US—the heroine goes through A LOT (and so does the hero) and the ending is completely satisfying.
New York Times bestselling author Rosemary Rogers has been called the "reigning queen of romance," "the princess of passion," and "the bestselling novelist in America," with over 60 million copies of her books sold. She has written twenty-four bestselling romances, 19 of which have been New York Times bestsellers. The Wildest Heart is her #1 bestseller, with 3 million copies sold. She was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and currently lives in California.
The Wildest Heart
GIVEAWAY: I have an awesome Casablanca Classics Prize Pack: 5 copies of different books to give you an idea of our fun program. Just leave answer to one the following questions in the comments (please be sure to leave an email address; US and Canadian addresses only): What do you think about the "evolution" of romance novels? Are there any romance authors you'd love to see back in print? The winner will be chosen and contacted tomorrow morning! Good luck!