07 December 2010

Anniversary Bash: Day Two!

Welcome to our second day of celebration! Personally, I'm having a grand time. Who can beat giving away books? Yesterday I was literally bouncing in my chair, laughing and occasionally clapping as I read all the awesome comments.

On that note, yesterday's winner is April at 19:25! Because so many people didn't include an email in their entries yesterday, Carrie Lofty talked me into being nice. Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize by emailing either myself (lorelielong at gmail dot com) or Carrie (contact at carrielofty dot com). After that, I really truly will pick a new winner.

Today's list of books (free books! books we're giving YOU.) is a little bit more of a grab-bag. But that's part of the awesome, ain't it? There's no better time to try out a new author than when it costs you nothing.

Karen Mercury:
Strangely Wonderful (this one's signed!)






Sandra Schwab:
Bewitched







Diane Whiteside:
The Devil She Knows (not only is this signed, there's a matching keychain)






Lisa Cooke:
Texas Hold Him







Tessa Dare:
Stud Club trilogy -- One Dance with a Duke; Twice Tempted by a Rogue; Three Nights with a Scoundrel (All three of these are signed, even. A complete set!)







As with yesterday, these books can only be shipped within the US. Void where prohibited and all that other not so happy skippy.

The mix of locations in today's giveaway got me thinking: To win today, tell me your absolute favorite location for Unusual Historicals! Where do you like to go in your romances? It's cold and wintry December, seems like the perfect time for an imaginary vacation.

Winner will be chosen by random selection, even if the comments are as hilarious as yesterday.

Lorelie Brown's first book, JAZZ BABY, is currently available from Samhain Publishing and will be released 4 January in paperback. Her second romance, an 1880s-set western, will be published by Carina Press in Summer 2011.

78 comments:

Vicki S. said...

Oh, noes, I am the first comment. Well, someone has to be. My favorite unusual place for romance would have to be off season beach resorts. Come on, someone, write me Lincoln City off season.

Jen B. said...

I really just want the location to match the story. As far as historicals go, I am currently in an England/Scotland cycle. Though, I have read a couple of Wild West stories that were wonderful.

jayhjay said...

I am happy to find your site as I am getting bored of regency historicals. I have been into westerns lately, so I'd say that is my new favorite place.

Linda Banche said...

I'm a Regency girl, through and through. I like Regencies, which means England, although I have been known to read a western or Victorian or two. What I really like is historic romantic adventure, especially in the Regency and Victorian eras, anywhere in the world. Kick-butt heroines in the past. My kind of story.

krisgils33 said...

Savannah or Charleston

Jeannene Walker said...

Oh my. What a wonderful assortment of books! I love a western setting. I hail from the desert SW and love the history.

Marjorie said...

I think I like a story with excitement, mystery & passionate sex scenes. I don't think I am dedicated to one particular location over another... lol I also like strong women who stood up for themselves in that time & didn't just let the males walk all over them.

Kiersten said...

Oh, you want an unusual place for a romance. I was going to tout the Highland setting, but that's not so unusual. Ok. Hmmm. I do really like romantic adventures in Egypt/Arabia a la THE MUMMY movie or Loretta Chase's MISTER IMPOSSIBLE (fabu book, BTW) and Meredith Duran's DUKE OF SHADOWS. I also enjoy a pirate story, either as back story or main plot, like Susan Sizemore's THE PRICE OF INNOCENCE, a keeper shelf book for me.

Noelle Pierce said...

I do love Regency-set books, but I've also been a sucker for other places in Europe (Renaissance Italy, or Eastern Europe--including Russia--for example). Indian settings have been good, too.

Ellie Heller said...

I'd have to list both a time and a place. For instance NE United States/Boston during the early 1800's would be cool, so would 1950's Central America/Cuba -at the Copa, Copa Cabana... I also adore historicals set in the early Victorian era, but not steam punk.

This is fun! Thanks for asking.

REGINA ROSS said...

i like all as long as they are romantic.

reginamayr@aol.com

Michelle Styles said...

I am equal opportunity about the settings as long as the story is there!
I love finding out about new time periods and places...

Lindsay Townsend said...

With the ice and snow about in the UK at the moment, I'd love to spend the day at an ancient Roman bath, as my hero and heroine do in 'Flavia's Secret'.

chelleyreads said...

i like to be taken to unusual places like india or russia or places other than england.

Kristabel Reed said...

I've just discovered this blog; I don't even remember how the convoluted internet hopping happened. Pretty great idea! I admit to not thinking outside the box in terms of location (I write historical menages, m/m & f/f, so all my stories are outside any box!)

My favorite unusual place...I'll have to think about that, but since I love all history, Canada, Germany, Austria-Hungary area, Russia, the Nordic countries, Portugal, that doesn't narrow it down, does it.

OK, I'll pick one: 1700s Eastern Europe. I'm thinking 1700s anyplace is unusual, but I don't mea France, England, or Colonial America.

kristabelreed@yahoo.com

A. Yount said...

France. Definitely France, late Victorian or Bell Epoque. Put the hero and heroine in Pigalle and let them play :-)

Barb said...

Good Morning! I'm kind of a traditionalist and I think a romance needs to take place in Regency England amidst glittering balls and dashing men :) So, for me, an unusual setting would be a historical in lets say Italy or Greece. I can't say I've ever read a historical romance set in those countries.

kari said...

My favorite place would be going to the countryside and being able just to enjoy it. I love France as well but also Scotland it just is beautiful!

Linda Henderson said...

Ireland, I've always wanted to go to Ireland. Or Australia & New Zealand, they are on my list too.

seriousreader at live dot com

Angelique said...

I'm a huge fan of romances set in Britain, but I have read a few great ones in Russia and in India. :)

regencygirl01 said...

I would ove to win this package. I love all historicals. My favs are ones set in UK and Ireland. I love Margaret Moore she has a lot set in Wales and there are many of those out there. I have recntly started reading some westerns.

Tona said...

Winter in Scotland or a remote part of England.
Good luck to all :)

Kasey said...

I love romances set in the England or Scotland, mostly in the Regency period. However, sometimes I love a good western too or one set at the high seas. :)

kaseylynn7(at)yahoo(dot)com

susied said...

Ireland or Scotland are my favorites, though with all this cold weather now, any place by a huge fireplace with roaring fire would do!

Raven99 said...

Egypt and India are two great locations for unusual historicals. I really enjoyed the descriptions of India in Her Only Desire by Gaelen Foley. Just the setting added a sense of adventure to the book. I also loved how Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase was set in Egypt. It was interesting and different to read a romance that mentioned pyramids and hieroglyphics.

beamer339 AT hotmail DOT com

Helen Nazzaro said...

An unusual setting that I love is the Pacific Northwest during the mail order bride era (think lumberjacks and shipping), as well as the American West in the post Civil War era. I also love a series, and my first romance series(written int eh 1940s, before streamy love scenes were widley acceptable) is the Williamsburg series by Elswyth Thane Beebe. She wrote about two families, one American, the other their British relatives, from the American Revolution through WWII on both sides of the pond. At the end there was a little reincarnation going on. Great stories, and very unusual!

Mikie Jewett said...

I'm going for a cold, December night where the lass comes across a gothic castle with its brooding owner! Wowzaz. I like my own comment :)

Maet said...

I love historical, better if steamy, so I love almost every period from Ancient Rome to WW one. And also a variety of settings, instead of the usual England/Scotland or US. Of course the majority of writers are english speaking, but sometimes it would be nice to read a book set in Italy, or Spain, or Russia for istance.

MamaBlanks said...

I like America in the early 1900s, or anything set in Australia.

Kristi said...

I just love England! Regency, all the way!

kristidavis at gmail dot com

Christine P. said...

I have adored stories that take place in Egypt ever since I was in fourth grade, so I definitely reiterate the praise for "Mr. Impossible," not to mention all the Amelia Peabody books. I go back and forth with India as a location -- I couldn't stand Kipling, but Lauren Willig's recent "Betrayal of the Blood Lily" has me rethinking it for Regencies.
Also have love for Cuba, early San Francisco, turn of the 19th century Vienna, historical Niagara Falls, and UK/France at any decade.

EC Spurlock said...

I am up for most any location, as long as the author has done her homework and made the setting believable and ACCURATE (yes I am one of those awful Historical Accuracy Nazis!) That being said I do like my English Regencies, although Regencies set in other places such as the Mediterranean or Napoleonic France are even more interesting just for being different. I'm always up for a good Victorian or Edwardian as well, especially when set in a place that I know and can compare details.

easpurlock(at)clear(dot)net

Linda McDonald said...

I like Historicals set on the high seas! Sailing ships and exotic ports...I love them!

Jena Lang said...

My favorite location is Medieval England or Scotland.

teamstefan@live.com

Clare2e said...

Always love a Regency, so for the more unusual, I love historicals involving Egyptian digs, exotic expeditions, archeological treasure hunts of all types!

Joselyn Vaughn said...

I mostly read Regencies right now. I'd love to try some new time periods though. Ancient Rome or Greece of the 1920's and Prohibitions would be interesting.

Jenny B said...

What a great theme for a wintry day. My favorite unusual place for romance is a warm Caribbean island--with an even hotter rogue.

Wendy said...

My absolute favorites are westerns. But you know what I really like? Frontier-style westerns set pre-Civil War. Hero and heroine battling the enviromental elements. Love those!

Clancy said...

For me Scotland - anywhere - is where I want to read about. But, having been to Ireland and New Zealnd, I will say that they are so beautiful and story worthy as well.

Lee Rowan said...

I like something that is unlike the weather outside. Right now.. it's snowing, so I'd say someplace tropical, with sunshine!

Pamela Mason said...

Peoria. Or someplace exotic, like Canada. Haven't read any historicals set in Canada... what with the trappers and mounties, seems like a good location. Eh?

Julie said...

Egypt is fun, but I really want romances set in Asia!

Michele L said...

Okay. Look. I'm just going to say it and be cliche: I like me some castles. But I'll settle for a mansion or a grand manor house, just as long as there is some long haired Scottish man in a short kilt with a broadsword ready to make me his. Baring that, any T,D and H Englishmen with emotional scarring would be fine. So really it boils down to two things: accent and real estate.

michelelester2@yahoo.com

kps said...

I love Regency Romances. I've read lots and lots and never get tired of them. So my favorite unusual location would have to be a Regency Romance set in America like Sweet Release by Pamela Clare.

KittyChair Designs said...

Somewhere near the ocean ... other than that, I'm pretty flexible.

Jennifer Mathis said...

oh I lik eto travel all over and sometimes into space and sometime into mystical lands . I'm adding up my frequent book traveler miles for something good lol '
meandi09@yahoo.com

Barbara E. said...

I love exotic locales and I think my favorite location so far has been Mongolia from Zoe Archer's Warrior.

LorelieLong said...

Pamela --

Be sure to stop by tomorrow. Zoe Archer's third book in her new series is set in Canada and she's giving away a full set.

Melanie said...

Hello!
I think it would be fun to set a love story in the Orient! I've never read any that were set there. Have you ever seen "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise? That was really good, and we need our hero to be Lord, Earl or even a Duke that's for some reason stuck in the Orient, and he meets a young lady that he thinks is Japanese, but she turns out to be English.....well you get the picture :)

Fingers crossed to win :)

Ren said...

I love historicals set in gritty Victorian England. I also can't resist pirate romances set on the open ocean.

Brenna Ash said...

Well my favorite historicals are set in Scotland, however, every now and then I get a hankering for a location change, usually Greece. There are parts of Germany that are beautiful. I think one set in an old German castle would be awesome.

Sybylla said...

I'm not so much about the unusual places (mostly because with very few exceptions I feel like the author is trying too hard - one shining exception is Loretta Chase in both Mr. Impossible and The Lion's Daughter), but I'm very into the more unusual times. Give me stuff from the 1920s or 1930s and I'm a happy camper.

(I just found your website...very excited about it!)

Sewicked said...

What about under the sea, a la Capt Nemo & the Nautilus. Ok, it's more alt history than historical so I'll pick another one.

What about Africa? There were empires in Africa & you never hear about them. The Zulus rocked.

How often do you see an early Brit/Indian setting (the era when the Brits were placating the Indians, not lording over them?

Modokker said...

I love the historicals set in the scottish highlands. Come to think of it it's usually cold there too in those books. England would be my 2nd choice. If i want to come up with something i guess you could always try China??? Not sure i can imagine that though lol.

Lisa B
modokker at yahoo dot com

LORETTA CANTON said...

My unusua; place is China. I just love China.

loretta

lbcanton@verizon.net

Maureen said...

I like to travel all over the world from Australia to Alaska and everywhere in between. I don't really have a preference, I just like it when the author makes the setting come alive. Happy Day Two Anniversary!

Laurie Faelan said...

I like stories in unusual places and time periods. One of my favories is late 19th/early 20th century Egypt. I'd be interested in reading historicals set in ancient Japan or 1920's "urban" America.

Thanks for the entry!

laurieire at hotmail dot com

Amber S said...

I love a Russian setting, as well as World War II for Unusual Historicals :)

Sharyn L. said...

I just read Suzanne Enoch's "Rules of An Engagement" that takes place in the Pacific Ocean, including the Fiji Islands and I found it fascinating. It was Regency time period, but just not England.

shardan01(at)aol(dot)com

Ellowyne said...

Oh! I am a sucker for anything set in Scotland!

Cristina said...

Personally, I love the setting of London drawing rooms and English country estates but there is just something especially alluring about historical romances that take place on ships, sailing to either exotic locations or America. There is just something extra exciting about being in the middle of the ocean with a set group of people who you can't escape from. I also love novels that take place in the Scottish Highlands because there is a sense of seclusion and wilderness which adds a great depth to the emotions I share with the characters.

Cristina Araujo
cmagirl328@yahoo.com

Bluestocking said...

I like most European settings and most timeperiods, but it's always nice to have a break and do something different, where it's a deserted isle, the wild west, or south american jungles. just so long as there's love and sexual tension!

leslee kahler said...

I love all you ladies, and your books. In these fast paced times it's nice to read historicals and get a vacation for the mind. I also adopre all those dark brooding heroes.

Virginia said...

I love going to Scotland in my books. The country sounds so beautiful that I hope to visit it one day. Also love anything set in the deep south.

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Barbara Lulewicz said...

The location doesn't matter, it is the story that matters.

She said...

I like my historical romances in England--period doesn't matter as long as the read is good.

Magz said...

Australia: cowboys with accents!

April said...

I love historical views of cities I've visited - San Francisco, London, Paris (though I doubt Orlando, FL would make a good one ;-) so that I can sort of see it in my mind and try and imagine what it might have been like way back when. I exclude myself from the giveaway since I won yesterday's prize (woohoo!) Good luck to all!

desitheblonde said...

well i can tell you one place when we were in upper virgina and mass the area is great and would be histrocal there and i loved it alot

kog said...

I really enjoy historicals set in Egypt when I want a break from the usual England or Scotland set book.

WonderGirl said...

All these books look great!

My favorite settings are England and India (Gaelen Foley and Meredith Duran do these so well!). I also love Westerns, just like some others on here

:)

JenM said...

I love to travel so I'm happy with just about any location, but I do wish I could find more stories set in Canada and Alaska, I'm not sure why they attract me though. I have Zoe Archer's books and I'm totally looking forward to the one set in Canada (I think it's the third one).

jen(at)delux(dot)com

Amanda said...

I'll read anything but my personal favorites are stories set in the late 1800s to early 1900s. I also have to lend my support that the setting be at least passably accurate for me to really enjoy it.

Sheree said...

Anywhere warm... Greek islands, anyone? Maybe Hawaii?

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LilMissMolly said...

I'm a big Ireland and Scotland fan. Can't help it. I'm addicted. :)
lvsgund at gmail.com

17catherines said...

I love wintry historicals - I live in Australia, so snow is just wonderful, especially when it's summer here. Nora Roberts wrote one set in the Arctic circle and I read it last summer when the weather was 40°C and it was perfect!

Chelsea B. said...

I absolutely love Scotland! Adore it! So yes, Scotland is definitely my favorite setting :-)

Carrie Lofty said...

Last call for the winner of Day Two's prize package: REN!

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Please email us ASAP, either Lorelie (lorelielong at gmail dot com) or Carrie (contact at carrielofty dot com). Congrats!