Thursday, April 30, 2015

To Wed an Heiress - Now Available!

The day has come! To Wed an Heiress is now available in paperback and Kindle. Thanks for all the support from everyone over the past couple years as I've worked on this book. I had two children back when I started--now I have four.

After the Middle Ages, the Regency era is my second love. I've found that writing a Regency romance is a lot easier than writing a medieval epic since I can only get a half hour here and there with four kids four and under. I will get back to finishing The Chronicles of Tancred at some point (sorry to those who are waiting for Book 2!), but writing a Regency in the meantime has been a wonderful experience.

Here's the blurb below, and if you want to share the news with your friends, I wouldn't object! :-)

TO WED AN HEIRESS, by Rosanne E. Lortz

Haro Emison, thrust into his new role as Earl of Anglesford, discovers that his late father has left the family teetering on the edge of financial ruin. Intent on rescuing the estate, Haro abandons his long-held interest in his cousin Eda and searches instead for a wealthy heiress. But when pride and jealousy cause his plan to spiral out of control, he begins to wonder if he has made a dreadful mistake.... 

Eda Swanycke is enjoying her first season in London when her debut comes to a crashing halt. Jilted by her cousin, she suffers the indignity of watching Haro's new intended lay claim to his person and position. But when a brutal murder upends the household with Haro as chief suspect, Eda must put her wounded pride aside, match wits with the investigator from London, and try, at all costs, to save Haro Emison's neck from the gallows....

Monday, April 27, 2015

Historical Fiction Readers Survey - by M.K. Tod



I wanted to let everyone know about a historical fiction readers survey put out by M.K. Tod. I participated in this last year (and trying to remember, but also possibly the year before that?). It's a fun way to discover readers' preferences, habits and attitudes about historical fiction and you can take it up until May 14.

Here's what M.K. Tod has to say about it:


Writers and readers – a symbiotic relationship. Ideas spark writers to create stories and build worlds and characters for readers’ consumption. Readers add imagination and thought along with their backgrounds and attitudes to interpret those stories, deriving meaning and enjoyment in the process. A story is incomplete without both writer and reader.

What then do readers want? What constitutes a compelling story? How do men and women differ in their preferences? Where do readers find recommendations? What are their attitudes to pricing or their favourite reading blogs? These and other questions have been the subject of two previous reader surveys.

ANNOUNCING A 2015 READER SURVEY designed to solicit further input on reading habits, historical fiction preferences, favourite authors and, for the first time, favourite historical fiction. THE SURVEY WILL BE OPEN UNTIL MAY 14.

If you are a reader or a writer, please take the survey and share the link [https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GXRD9B7] with friends and family and on your favourite social media. Robust participation across age groups, countries, and other demographics will make this year’s survey even more significant. Those who take the survey will be able to sign up to receive a summary report when it becomes available.



Highlights from prior surveys:
HISTORICAL FICTION IS MAINSTREAM: Less than 2% of participants said they rarely or never read historical fiction.
GENDER MAKES A DIFFERENCE: Women and men differ significantly in their reading habits and preferences and their views of historical fiction.
AGE MAKES A DIFFERENCE: Those under 30 have different preferences for genre and time period 
and have different patterns of consumption and acquisition.
SOCIAL MEDIA IS HAVING A BIG IMPACT ON READING: Social media and online sites play an increasingly significant role for those choosing, purchasing, and talking about fiction.
BOOK BLOGS ARE VERY POPULAR: 1,473 participants listed one, two or three favourite blogs.
GEOGRAPHY: Responses to questions such as the use of online tools for recommendations and purchasing and preferred setting for historical fiction varied by geography.
PRICING: Sadly, readers are pushing for low prices. For example, 60% want e-books at $5.99 or less and 66% want paperbacks at $10.99 or less.
ONLINE BOOK CLUBS ARE GAINING POPULARITY: 21% belong to online clubs while 15% belong to clubs meeting in a physical location
VOLUME OF BOOKS READ MAKES A DIFFERENCE: for example, high volume readers have different expectations for book reviews, a higher interest in tracking their books, and higher usage of online tools and social media to augment their reading experience.

Participate in this year’s survey by clicking the link and please share the URL with others https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GXRD9B7.

M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes.

Mary can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Upcoming Blog Tour for To Wed an Heiress

Excited to announce that To Wed an Heiress will be doing a mini-blog tour in May with Amy Bruno from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.



And in other news...the ARCs arrived today. Time to get my proofreading on. I'm shooting for an April 30 release date.

Monday, April 6, 2015

To Wed an Heiress - Goodreads Giveaway!

Just popping in to let everyone know that I have a new release, hopefully ready at the end of this month! It's a novel of romantic suspense set during the Regency era loosely based on the characters of the Norman Conquest.

There's a Goodreads Giveaway up for it (link down below), so if you want to enter and tell your friends, that would be lovely!

TO WED AN HEIRESS, by Rosanne E. Lortz

Haro Emison, thrust into his new role as Earl of Anglesford, discovers that his late father has left the family teetering on the edge of financial ruin. Intent on rescuing the estate, Haro abandons his long-held interest in his cousin Eda and searches instead for a wealthy heiress. But when pride and jealousy cause his plan to spiral out of control, he begins to wonder if he has made a dreadful mistake….

Eda Swanycke is enjoying her first season in London when her debut comes to a crashing halt. Jilted by her cousin, she suffers the indignity of watching Haro’s new intended lay claim to his person and position. But when a brutal murder upends the household with Haro as chief suspect, Eda must put her wounded pride aside, match wits with the investigator from London, and try, at all costs, to save Haro Emison’s neck from the gallows….


 
 



Thursday, December 18, 2014

A New Historical Fiction Award - In Honor of M.M. Bennetts

M.m. Bennetts was an important piece of the historical fiction community on-line, both in the English Historical Fiction Authors group and the Historical Novel Society. When she passed away in August, it left an obvious hole--we missed the jokes about cakey, the scathing indictments of Napoleon, the warmhearted wit, and the passion for history.

In honor of M.m. Bennetts, several of her friends and admirers have established a new award, an award for a historical novel published in 2014 which focuses on literary quality and historical accuracy. The winning novel will be announced at the luncheon of the Historical Novel Society Conference on June 27, 2015.

Submissions are currently open until January 31. Go here to learn more information or put your book in the running!

M.M. Bennetts

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