Writing Historical Romance – Nicole Hurley-Moore

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Hi everyone and thanks so much Brynna
for inviting me
J
I
love history, always have. I was the quiet, nerdy kid who always had her head
in a book (really, thinking about it not much has changed!). I adore the
medieval period –  perhaps it’s because
I’m enticed by heroic tales… I’m not sure but I find the entire age
fascinating.

This
is probably the reason I write historical romances, particularly the medieval
variety. To date, I have three medieval romances and all three explore the
different aspects of love. In ‘The Trinket Seller’s Daughter’ Emelin is seeking
revenge, not love. Blissot from ‘Capturing Bliss’ sacrifices herself for her
sister, and discovers love in an unlikely place. And in ‘Misrule’s Mistress’,
Ellette is in love with Lord Barric Cranley… it’s just that she hasn’t
realized it yet.

“Until
The Stars Burn Cold”, is a little different. It’s a time travel story which
begins in ancient Persia and ends in modern day. The theme through this book is
never ending love, and after losing the love of his life, what would a man do
or sacrifice if he found her again? I really enjoyed writing this book, but I
find that I always gravitate back to the Middle Ages.

So,
will I ever write a contemporary story? Um… er… maybe… but for the moment
I’m afraid I’m having a deep and satisfying affair with the romance of history.
Nicóle
Misrule’s
Mistress
Lord Barric Cranley wants Lady
Ellette for his wife but she has already refused once. He knows that Ellette
loves him… it’s just she hasn’t realized it yet. With a little help, cunning
and the Feast of Misrule, Barric plans to capture his bride and make it a
Christmas she’ll never forget.
Book Trailer –
Extract
“If I
were sure that you loved me, if you would accept my offer, I would wait if I
knew how long.”Barric slowly closed his fingers over the ring and let his hand
fall down by his side.
“I cannot
tell you, for I do not know – a year, two… or three.”
“But
after all these long years, would you then marry me?”
“I do not
know, Barric; I do not know what to say. I am confused and do not know what I
want or feel,” she said as went to walk away but Barric caught her arm and she
turned her head and looked at him.
“You
kissed me back, Ellette.”
“I know,
I know I did… but…”
“Then
without an answer I cannot wait for you, Ellette, no matter how much I want to,”
Barric said as his hand slid down her cheek. “If I cannot have you, it matters
little who I take for a wife. And because of that, I vow I will be married by
the Feast of Epiphany.”
Arching a
brow, Ellette replied, “Are brides so easily found?”
“I want
you, Ellette, but if you do not wish me for a husband and cast me aside, I will
be forced to find a bride elsewhere.”
“By the
end of our winter festivities?”
“Aye,”
Barric said.
“I fear
you have taken our games and challenges too far. For whom will you marry… the
kitchen maid, or the weaver’s daughter? I am the only eligible maid at Cranley,
and I say nay.”
“Mayhap,
but I will be married by midnight at the feast.”
“In
twelve days?” Torn and confused, Ellette stared at Barric. Part of her wanted
to cry that perhaps she had been too hasty, perhaps one day, far away, she
would marry him. Mixed with that, she was annoyed and hurt that he would think
she was so easily replaced; and lastly, a hint of competitiveness reared its
head. She almost wanted to take his challenge and wager that it would be
impossible to marry in twelve days.
“Aye – I
swear it,” Barric said as he turned and returned to the feast, leaving Ellette
alone with her riotous thoughts.
Capturing
Bliss
To save her sister, Lady Blissot de
Woodville exchanges places and marries a handsome stranger. But lies born from
love have the power to destroy…
The
Trinket Seller’s Daughter
Lost in the forest, Emelin runs for her life after her traveling
party is massacred by outlaws. Sir Allard de Gerril is in pursuit of the
ruthless Archer and his band when he finds Emelin. Bound by vengeance the pair
seek out Archer, but as they journey through the dark woods revenge gives way
to passion. With each passing day, Emelin dares to dream that there is a place
for a lowly trinket seller’s daughter by the knight’s side. Yet as Archer
begins to hunt the couple, Emelin fears that she and Allard will not have a
future together as they may never escape the tangled wood alive.
Until The Stars Burn Cold
Forbidden love. In ancient Persia, in the town of Adwan, Jinn is
ripped from his beloved Shuri’s side. Jinn is cursed into a ring as punishment
for daring to love the wrong woman. Empires crumble, centuries pass and Jinn is
still captive. That is until present day antiques dealer, Mia Templeton
accidentally releases him.

12 thoughts on “Writing Historical Romance – Nicole Hurley-Moore”

  1. I have decided I am a historical (keep it clean but I prefer the alliteration) 'woman of disrepute'. I've written three contemporaries and two historicals and I have been totally seduced. When history gets me in it's clutches – I'm history!Your books sound great. Good Luck.

  2. I love historical romance – especially when the author has done a great job in capturing the essence of the time.While I don't necessarily expect academic historical accuracy – gross anachronisms thoroughly ruin a story for me.(BTW – did you know that the Scots didn't invent Scotch, it was brough back by the Crusaders and was originally used as a medicine until the 15th century? I didn't until I started writing an 11th century historical romance).It's little factoids like these which make me love the genre so much.I'm waiting to see how I do in this year's RWA Emeralds before I release first novel set in 1790, but I have to thank my husband for picking up that, although matches had been invented by the late 18th century, they weren't widely used until the 19th which means one of my characters had to light a cigar some other way. Who knew?It's been especially thrilling over the past couple of weeks to see the rediscovery of the remains of King Richard III.I loved his story and his history because of the very first historical romance I read back in 1986 when I was 17 – Rose of Rapture by Rebecca Brandwyne.Characters you can relate to despite the distance of centuries and arcane culture is to me what makes historical romances such an exciting genre.Nicole, I'm looking forward to reading your titles, so thank you very much for sharing.

  3. The first romance I read was Jennie Tremaine's (Marion Chesney) Tilly. I've loved Regency and Historical romance since I was about 12.I love imagining the dresses and dancing and houses. I think that's why I adore Downton Abbey. I've almost always preferred Historical Romance to Contemporary.andreag @ earthlink dot net

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