If you are dejected by the approaching end of the beloved Downton Abbey series, here are some fiction choices to console you that segue into the periods before and after the world of Downton. Plus, get a glimpse of what series creator Julian Fellowes is offering next! Find it at:
What could be more romantic in the month of romance than a visit to beautiful, sunny Italy? How about a vicarious journey with a determined lady and the rake who wins her heart? Product of a misalliance between a Society lady and an Italian musician, Allegra Antinori yearns to return to the land of her father’s birth after her dreams of wedding her childhood love and proper Society gentleman are smashed. With an estate in ruins, beguiling rogue Will Tavener needs to charm a wealthy bride. With them set on opposing aims, why do Will and Allegra find it so difficult to resist the attraction that keeps drawing them together? For a chance to win ROGUE’S LADY, enter at
Searching for Victorian-set historical fiction (in honor of all the Christmas traditions that come to us from that era) Julia discovered that the majority she found were historical mysteries (thanks, perhaps, to Sherlock Holmes?) As an added present, many of the reader favorites are long-running series, perfect for avid readers who love to remain in a favorite fictional world. Enjoy! http://freshfiction.com/page.php?id=7953
The turn of the New Year is the time for resolutions to change direction and improve one’s life. Which is just what reformed rogue Greville Anders vows when he returns to England, wounded, after having been impressed into the British Navy. Complicating his desire to turn his life around, though, is the lovely daughter of his host, who is just too disdainful and too delicious to resist flirting with. For a chance to win a copy of Greville’s book, SOCIETY’S MOST DISREPUTABLE GENTLEMAN, click here: http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=7981
Looking to read something from a distant and fascinating realm? Julia gives you several choices featuring real, mythical and purely fictional female characters in this month’s History Refreshed column, Medieval World of Craft and Intrigue, featuring the mysterious and mesmerizing medieval realm. Read it here: http://www.freshfiction.com/pages.php?id=history
For the Season of Hope, Julia offers winners the story of Helena Lambeth, who fights her way back from isolation and loneliness to a future bright with love and family. Enter here: <http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=7921
In anticipation of the holidays to come, Julia’s November contest offers one winner a pair of Christmas anthologies, ONE CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS and CHRISTMAS KEEPSAKES. Enter here for a chance to win: http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=7847
Are you a follower of the PBS series “Home Fires” or Julia’s personal fav, “Foyle’s War?” If so, you’ll be delighted to discover several series of books set in the World War II British homefront. Read about them in Julia’s History Refreshed column here: http://freshfiction.com/page.php?id=7729
For fans of fiction set in India (and lovers of the new PBS miniseries “Indian Summer”,) Julia has a new History Refreshed column up describing some new and classic works. Enjoy!
While the webmeister works on this month’s changes, here’s a link to the latest contest–“Look Forward, Look Back” that offers the backlist book FROM WAIF TO GENTLEMAN’S WIFE, one of whose secondary characters, all grown up and now in charge, will be the hero of the second book of the upcoming HADLEY’S HELLION series.