Our historical romance week is winding down, but we have another great author that we HIGHLY recommend you check out if you haven’t yet. Heather Snow writes beautiful historical romance with lots of heart and great characters! If you take a look down memory lane (search on the blog) you will find our previous features and reviews on this author. But she’s recently re-released the Veiled Seduction series so there’s no better time than now for you to give it a try! Here’s more from Heather Snow.
What the World Needs Now Is Love…
I’ve had Jackie DeShannon on the brain lately. For those of you who don’t know who I’m talking about, she was a singer/songwriter best known for two of the songs that have been stuck in my mind these past weeks: “What the World Needs Now is Love” and “Put A Little Love in Your Heart.” (Who can forget Bill Murray belting it out at the end of Scrooged?) I awoke this morning with a mash-up of these melodies and lyrics lingering from a dream. And yes, Bill Murray was there. (Don’t judge.)
There’s a lot of fear, anger, uncertainty and harshness in the world these days. There always has been, but our current political climate has really brought it to the forefront. It’s everywhere we look: our headlines, our Facebook feeds, and in discussions with friends and strangers alike. Some days it feels overwhelming and I need to escape.
Like many of you, my favorite escape has always been reading, and there’s nothing that sweeps me up like a well-written historical romance. I adore the lush settings, the sumptuous dresses, tortured heroes and bluestocking heroines. Historical romance is my fiction first love. It has been ever since I discovered my Nana’s stash of Kathleen Woodiwiss and Judith McNaught novels hidden on the bottom shelf behind her recliner.
When I was younger, horror and thrillers were a close second and third. I would vacillate between the three genres at whim.
But then I spent 5 years teaching classes in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary and the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth. There’s much I could say about that time in my life, but today I’ll only say this: I learned that too often in real life, there are no happy endings.
When my oldest son was born, my weekly visits to prison came to an end. But I noticed, as both a reader and writer, happy endings had taken on a whole new importance in my life. I couldn’t read horror anymore, and for quite some time, not even thrillers—especially with all the fears of a new mom who is now responsible for a precious little person in the big scary world. I clung to happy endings like a lifeline.
So when I sat down to write my very first book, I knew that it had to be a historical romance. I needed to put positive stories of hope and love and happy endings into the world.
Because what the world needs more of IS love—then, now and always. Which is why, I suppose, Ms. DeShannon’s songs have been getting so much play time in my mind these days. Her words remind me that regardless of what is going on in the world around me, to put a little more love in my heart everyday.
And though mysteries and murders found their way into my historical romances, in the end, love conquers all.
I hope that when you read them, my words will put a little more love in your heart, too.
What puts a little more love in your heart?
by Heather Snow
Released: February 9, 2017
Published by Self Published
After nearly five years of torment at the hands of society's worst gossips, Lady Phoebe Anson is finally making her escape, following her dream to author botany texts—even if she must pretend to be a man to do it. When her one-time friend, Lord Malcolm Gray, happens upon her at the Frost Fair and uncovers her plot, Phoebe refuses to let him ruin her life—again.
But Malcolm isn't the young fool he once was, though he knows he has much to atone for where Phoebe is concerned. And he has no intention of letting his "whirling dervish" get away this time...
*This novella was previously released in A MIDWINTER’S SCANDAL, part of a limited-release historical romance duet with Erin Knightley*