CAZ OWENS, BLOG EDITOR
I’m a musician, teacher and mother of two girls and have always been an avid reader. When it comes to historical fiction, I was introduced to the novels of Jean Plaidy, Norah Lofts and Anya Seton at the age of eleven and have never looked back! I love good, meaty, well-researched historical fiction – whether it’s about real figures (Sharon Penman) or fictional ones (Dorothy Dunnett), but I’m a sucker for a well-written historical romance, too. Current favourite authors in that genre include Meredith Duran, Sherry Thomas, Cecilia Grant and Courtney Milan. I’m also Editor in Chief and a Senior Reviewer for All About Romance, and I regularly review audiobooks for AudioGals. All my reviews are posted at my blog – Caz’s Reading Room and at my Goodreads page
JENNY Q, Reviewer
There’s only one thing I like more than falling in love, and that’s being swept away to another time and place to fall in love! Put history and romance together and I’m in heaven! I am an editor and cover designer specializing in historical fiction and romance, a member of the Historical Novel Society, and I moderate the American Historical Fiction Group on Goodreads. I am a voracious reader with an analytical mind, an eye for detail, and a passion for historical fiction and good books in general. In addition to reading, I love country music, football, dogs, and big trucks. I also love connecting with fellow book lovers! Please visit my review blog, Let Them Read Books, my website, Historical Editorial, or find me on Goodreads, and let’s talk books!
VIKKI VAUGHT, Author and Reviewer
Vikki Vaught started her writing career when a story popped in her head and wouldn’t leave. Over the last three years, she’s written 6 historical romances and is presently working on her seventh. As an avid reader of historical romance, she’s a romantic at heart. Vikki loves a “Happily Ever After”, and she writes them in her stories. While romance is the central theme of all her books, she includes some significant historical event or place in all her novels.
Vikki also writes short contemporary sweet romances under the pen name of Vikki McCombie and Erotic romances under the pen name of VL Edwards.
Vikki lives in the beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with her beloved husband, Jim, who has the patience of a saint. She attended the University of Tennessee and St. Leo University and has a degree in Business Management. For many years, Vikki worked for large corporations in team management, but she finds writing much more enjoyable. While she still has a day job, it gives her ample time to devote to her craft.
LADY WESLEY, Reviewer
My first pet was a collie named Lady, and I grew up on Wesley street; hence my nom de internet. I am a lawyer in Washington, D.C., and I enjoy reading historical fiction as an escape from the hectic real world. I am also a bit of a history nerd, and I especially enjoy authors whose historical research is sound. Although I don’t write books, I have done a good deal of career-related non-fiction writing, so I look for authors whose writing skills are sound. Bad grammar and editing can truly spoil what otherwise might be a good read for me. Although I remember reading some Victoria Holt and Daphne DuMaurier as a teenager, I really didn’t dive into reading historical romance until a couple of years ago, after I bought a Kindle. Having long ago read and reread Austen and the Brontes, I turned to classics such as Fanny Burney, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Anthony Trollope, and Georgette Heyer. My favorite modern-day authors of historical romance are Jennifer Ashley, Loretta Chase, Mary Balogh, Carla Kelly, Miranda Davis, Lisa Kleypas, and Tessa Dare. I read historicals almost exclusively, primarily set in the Georgian, Regency, and Victorian eras. I have posted some 300 reviews on Goodreads and around 100 at Amazon.
I’m an ex-Children’s nursery owner and am now semi retired which lots more time for reading!
History and historical fiction is my first love, although now a really well written historical romance is high on my list of choice. I grew up loving Anya Seton, MM Kaye, Daphne du Maurier, Victoria Holt/Jean Plaidy, Georgette Heyer, Sharon Penman. and a lot of our great classics which I re-read from time to time. My all time favourite is a little known novel and now out of print, Zemindar by Valerie Fitzgerald. Current favourite authors are Maggie Craig, Marguerite Kaye, Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, Laura Kinsale, Mary Balogh, Lucinda Brant and many more that I keep discovering with the help of a few favourite reviewers with similar tastes to my own.
I’m a mother of two, grandmother to four and my family is the most important thing in my life. My two border terriers come a fairly close second.
When not working full time in Human Resources or raising two kids (and one husband), I’m generally avoiding housework by escaping into a book. My obsession with Romance books is probably penance for all the years I swore to my mother I’d never read the kind of books that she liked. Now, my own romance collection is varied across all genres but my first love will always be Historical Romance. Please don’t tell me that Historical Romance is dead when it just keeps reinventing itself with authors constantly pushing against what defines the genre.
Like the proverbial phoenix my reviewing career has risen from the ashes to be reborn on several sites over the years. My recent reviews have been posted on Goodreads and Amazon.com.