>I know you all love men in plaid skirts, and I made sure that when I was setting up this event that I would beg, borrow or steal whatever was necessary to get the Queen of Scottish romance to come blog today. She’s a busy lady, so I’m thrilled that Hannah Howell has made the time to come visit today. Please welcome Hannah for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.
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EXACTLY WHAT IS ROMANCE?
Or, perhaps I should ask, what is romantic? There’s that classic – walking on the beach, hand in hand, etc. Sure, that’s nice, but never really got that. Works for some, no doubt, but me? I’m thinking about the gallon of moisturizer I’ll need to use after all that fresh salt-tinged air gets through with my skin. Or, hoping the sand doesn’t get too caught up in my clothes. Or, ew, sand fleas. Perhaps growing up near the ocean took all the romance out of it for me. I do, however, like lakes. Walking hand in hand around one of those might be romantic. If it’s not too hot, or too crowded, or the sound of motor boats doesn’t drown out every loving word you’re trying to whisper to each other.
Get the drift? What’s romantic for one person isn’t for another. It’s the same with romance. Some expect the other half to constantly flatter and woo, speak openly of love, etc. I think I’d be hiring a P.I. to follow my hubby if he started doing that. Gifts are nice, but having been married one month shy of 40 years, I learned that circling things I liked in catalogues and leaving them out gets me things I appreciate much more than a surprise gift. Flowers are nice; candy is better.
The Murrays are back! From New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell comes an all-new story of the beloved Scottish family, and two lovers entangled in a plot against the king…
Someone would see Ilsabeth Murray Armstrong hang for murder. When her dagger is found buried in the body of one of the king’s men, there is little room for doubt—the perpetrator must pay with her life. But Ilsabeth is no killer, and only one person can help clear her name: Sir Simon Innes, a man so steely and cool that no danger can rattle him…and no woman in distress can sway his heart.
Until now. Simon has spent his life searching for truth in a world fraught with deception. But the hauntingly beautiful fugitive seeking his aid affects him so deeply, he wonders if he can trust the flawless judgment he has always relied on. For all signs point to Ilsabeth’s guilt, except one—the unparalleled desire he feels at her slightest touch…
If He’s Dangerous
New York Times bestseller Hannah Howell’s extraordinary Wherlocke family returns with the story of a passion that will heed no resistance, no matter how deadly…
When Lorelei Sundun first finds Sir Argus Wherlocke in her garden, she’s never heard of the mysterious Wherlocke clan—or their otherworldly abilities. That changes the moment she watches Argus—the most tantalizing man she’s ever seen—disappear before her very eyes. What she’s witnessed should be impossible. But so should falling in love with a man she’s only just met…
Pursued by a madman intent on harnessing the Wherlockes’ talents as weapons, Argus meant to seek help from his family, not to involve a duke’s lovely daughter in the struggle. But now, the enchanting Lorelei is his only hope for salvation—and the greatest temptation he’s ever faced…
Love in and of itself is romantic but everyone has a different idea of what makes a perfect love. Me – it’s a guy who’s put up with me for 40 years. That’s very romantic. Try to get me to tell you anything else that’s romantic and you’ll get an answer like I know it when I see it.
So, you might ask why I even write romances as it’s obvious I’m not a particularly romantic sort. Because when I have a character like Simon from HIGHLAND PROTECTOR in my head demanding a story, I immediately start thinking of what sort of woman will complete his life. Same with Sir Argus from IF HE’S DANGEROUS (out in June 2011). If the first character in my head is a woman, then I start imagining the man she needs or wants. I think I’m a reincarnated matchmaker.
One thing I feel certain I am romantic about is that first hot feeling, that first tingle of attraction. I love to think of the doubts that will afflict them all – especially someone as clever as Simon or as arrogant as Argus. And, as a woman, I love to decide which bout of angst my heroine will suffer from when she meets the man she knows or suspects is the one. Or think of how she will act when that first rush hits her upon seeing her hero. That feeling that’s so new, so hot, so freeing yet terrifying. That’s new love and that has to be one of the most romantic things I know about as well as the most confusing and, sometimes, the most painful.
So, I wish upon everyone a good hearty bout of that new love and hope they survive it. I also hope you will check out HIGHLAND PROTECTOR to see if Simon and Ilsabeth did, and, in June, peek in on Sir Argus Wherlocke and Lorelei in IF HE’S DANGEROUS to see just what I inflicted upon them.
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Hannah was born and raised in Massachusetts (the maternal side of her family has been there since the 1630’s). She has been married to her husband Stephen for 40 years, who she met in England while visiting relatives, and decided to import him. They have two sons Samuel and Keir, daughter-in-law Beth and three beautiful grandchildren Ben, Jennifer and Evie.