Shana Galen is the author of many fast-paced adventurous Regency historical romances, including the Rita-nominated “Blackthorne’s Bride“. Her books have been sold worldwide, including Japan, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and the Netherlands, and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs.
A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full-time. She’s a wife, a mother, and an expert multi-tasker. She loves to hear from readers and to visit her website, click on her pic, or if you’re on Facebook or Twitter, join the conversation. The book that ‘hooked’ me on Shana’s prose is “The Making of a Duchess” and to this day, her back-list is on my Wish List. Her latest novel “Lord and Lady Spy” is getting high reviews from a lot of Bloggers and her fellow authors.
“One of the first authors I read when I discovered romance was Julie Garwood. I adored her historicals (and still do!). I think I’ve read each one of them twice. Her heroes are always strong alpha males and her heroines are always a perfect match for them. I love the way Garwood uses humor. Her heroines perplex the heroes in such amusing ways. Garwood manages to write sweet stories with plenty of sexual tension and the requisite ahh-factor at the end.
My favorite Julie Garwood book, perhaps my favorite romance ever, is ‘THE SECRET‘. It’s the story of two friends, Englishwoman Judith and her Scottish friend from childhood, Frances Catherine. Judith has promised Frances Catherine she will be by her side when Frances Catherine gives birth, and when the time nears, Judith is escorted by Iain Maitland, laird of his clan. Iain is a perfect hero. He’s a warrior who is protective and possessive but tender with Judith. Judith is strong and independent, but still very feminine.
I love how Julie Garwood writes humor. Judith challenges many of the traditional Scottish clan customs, and this leads to quite a few amusing situations. Iain is also equally bemused and exasperated by her. He frustrates her as well, and all that frustration can lead to some sizzling sexual tension. But my favorite part of this book is the friendship between the women. Judith and Frances Catherine are great friends. They’re the kind of friends I’d like to have. A secret, a friendship, a warrior hero, and a feisty heroine–this book has it all!”
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