Have you noticed how popular Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy are right now? I’m sure you have. It would be near impossible to miss it! Information about books in these genres is all over the romance blogs and Goodreads and Twitter. Links, reviews, covers, conversational posts…you can’t turn around without bumping into something about them. I can’t lie, I love them too. I love the supernatural creatures, the bad-ass action, the occasionally epic series, and the covers. *sigh* Some of those covers are downright awesome, aren’t they? So if I love them, I can’t blame everyone else for loving them, can I?
Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of information about other genres out there too. I see a ton of Erotica and Erotic Romance being read lately, and YA and Romantic Suspense still seem to be big. Straight Contemporary Romance doesn’t seem to be quite as popular as the others, but it’s still out there. But you know what I don’t see much of? Information about Historical Romances.
Why is it so hard to track down information about Historical Romances lately? Whenever I start researching for material for an “Eagerly Anticipating” post or a cover post, it is easy to find release dates and blurbs and covers for all those other genres, but it’s like pulling teeth to find information for Historical Romances. There are great sources like Wicked Scribes, Literary Escapism, and Dear Author that have Coming Soon/New Release sections. But in general, I don’t find much on HR’s. Why is that? Why is it such a struggle to find info on Historical Romance unless I go directly to author webpages? Sure, I know what authors I like and can make a list and track down news like that, but I want to discover new-to-me authors too.
This is not news to me, obviously. I struggle with this each time I prep for a cover or Eagerly Anticipating post. But what really hammered this point home was when I found out that an author I love is coming out with a new book THIS MONTH and I didn’t even know. How did I miss that Suzanne Enoch was so close to publishing a new release??? Sure, you could shrug and say that I have just been living under a rock for part of the past year, but why haven’t I heard any chatter about it as we got closer to the release day? Why do I never hear any chatter about the upcoming HR’s? It’s frustrating!
So, here is my plea: Help me find blogs that specialize in Historical Romance. I already follow Historical Romance Addicts but I need more! Can anyone help? What blogs do you visit that specialize in historical romance?