Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Get Lost in Four Unforgettable Classics from Jill Marie Landis

Sometimes the best stories to get lost in are those classics you just can't forget. Such as these four historical romances from New York Times Bestselling author Jill Marie Landis. 

You'll want to add these books to your Must Read (or Must Read Again) list, especially if you long to be swept away into sumptuous settings with fascinating characters and poignant love stories. When it comes to the best in historical romance, Jill Marie Landis delivers the whole wonderful package.

Can a proper lady coax a rugged cowboy into surrendering his heart?
     Prim and proper Jessica Stanbridge is a brilliant woman who hides her beauty behind a pair of thick, wire-framed spectacles. She travels to the wild west in search of historical artifacts, but instead finds an ornery but gorgeous cowboy who agrees to serve as her guide.

     Rory Burnett hides his passion in his secret poetry, but he can't disguise his growing desire for the determined young beauty...or his fear that Jessica's quest might lead her into deadly danger. As the spark of passion between them flares into an irresistible flame beneath the sizzling heat of the desert sun, Rory and Jessica must decide if the promises of the past are going to lead them to destruction--or to a future in each other's arms.

"A gifted writer...able to enthrall readers and touch their deepest emotions."--Romantic Times

Available in eBook or Paperback
Until Tomorrow 
Can two yearning hearts learn to beat as one?
     Dake Reed is a jaded soldier traveling home from the Civil War when he stumbles across an ambushed wagon--and a helpless newborn in need of a mother.
     The last thing Cara James expects to see is a lean and handsome stranger riding across the lonely prairie with a baby in his arms. She's nothing but a backwoods girl with sky-blue eyes living on a Kansas homestead making rag dolls and dreaming of a better life.

     Desperate to find someone to share his burden, Dake uses his thick-and-sweet-as-molasses drawl to coax Cara into leaving everything behind and joining him on his journey. As Dake and Cara travel to a place they both hope to call home, Cara dares to dream it's not just the child who needs her tender touch, but the man.

"In Until Tomorrow, Landis does what she does best by creating characters of great dimension, compassion, and strength."--Publishers Weekly

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Can a mysterious beauty win the heart of the most eligible bachelor in San Francisco?
     Jade Douglas is a determined young woman who risks all to travel to San Francisco in the late 1800's to learn the truth about her father's mysterious death.
     J.T. Harrington is a handsome, rugged rancher who has just inherited a vast estate. When he finds the radiant beauty on his doorstep, he is tempted to ignore his vow never to love again and offer Jade both his name and his heart.
     Before their scandalous wedding can unveil the secrets of the past, J.T. and Jade find themselves torn apart by a dangerous deception, but brought together again by a desire too powerful for either one of them to deny.

"If you love historical romance, you'll adore Jill Marie Landis." -- New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah

The Orchid Hunter
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Can an English lady raised as a "wild orchid" ever be truly tamed?
     When Trevor Mandeville leaves behind the drawing rooms of London and journeys to an island paradise in search of a rare orchid, he comes face-to-face with an even more shocking treasure. 
     Stolen from her family at a young age, Joya Penn has spent most of her life running wild and free. Trevor tries to resist her charms, but soon finds himself captivated by the deliciously innocent--yet wildly seductive--young creature with eyes as blue as a mountain lake and blonde hair rippling down her back in an untamed mane.
     Given her first taste of desire by the handsome adventurer, Joya believes all her dreams have come true when Trevor agrees to escort her back to London. But her uninhibited ways quickly throw his entire household--and his heart--into delightful chaos.

     As Joya despairs of ever being the sort of "proper lady" Trevor could love, Trevor begins to wonder if he's finally found the treasure he has been hunting for his entire life...in the forbidden paradise of Joya's arms.

"Jill Marie Landis is fabulous!"-- New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

For a complete list of books by Jill Marie Landis, check out her website
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Meet Jill Maire

JILL MARIE LANDIS writes novels that earn distinguished awards and slots on such national bestseller lists as the USA TODAY Top 50 and the New York Times Best Sellers Plus. She is a seven-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award in Single Title Historical and Contemporary Romance as well as a Golden Heart and RITA Award winner.

She resides in Hawaii with her husband. When she's not writing or sitting on the beach reading, she enjoys visiting with family and friends, raising orchids, working in her garden, occasionally quilting, but most of all dancing the hula. 

Her recent releases include the “Tiki Goddess Mysteries” set in Hawaii from Belle Books. MAI TAI ONE ON, TWO TO MANGO, and THREE TO GET LEI’D, and the latest, TOO HOT FOUR HULA. She also has her Irish Angels Series, inspirational historical romance from Zondervan. 

The last several weeks have been a whirlwind for Jill Marie. Over the past four months, Amber House Books (under the direction of publisher and bestselling author Teresa Medeiros) has re-issued four of Jill’s backlist historical romance titles in both ebook and trade paperback formats. I finally caught up with her and had a chance to chat.

E.E, Can you tell us a little bit about your reissues?
Jill Marie: Until Tomorrow, Past Promises, and Jade, from Amber House are all historical romances from the mid-to-late 1800’s, Victorian-era stories set in America. The fourth, The Orchid Hunter, begins on a tropical island off the coast of Africa and ends in Victorian England.

E.E. Among those four stories, do you have a favorite? Why?
Jill Marie: Although it’s always hard to choose a favorite, I think The Orchid Hunter is my choice out of the four, not only because of the tropical setting, but because it’s also full of humor. The heroine, Joya, was one of my all time favorites to write because she is truly a duck-out-of water. The laughs start once she comes face to face with the rules and restrictions of Victorian society.

E.E.: Do you see American-based historical romances making a comeback? If so, are you planning to write more?
Jill Marie: I think they are back, especially Westerns, for the inspirational and the “sweet” romance audience. I thought about revamping the reissued novels for a nano-second but taking them from “hot” to “sweet” would have entailed giving all the characters entire lobotomies and reworking all the plots. All four books received great reviews back when they were first published and Until Tomorrow was my first big USA Today Bestseller which put me on the RWA Honor Roll. I fell back on “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

E.E. What's on your TBR list? 
Jill Marie: I’m actually looking forward to previewing a new title by E.E. Burke! [Note from E.E: I swear I did not pay her to say that.] I just finished reading Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See, set in China in the late 1950’s. It’s a sequel to her book Beautiful Girls. I really enjoyed them both. They’re historical but not romances.

Today, Jill is giving away one eBook of each of her FOUR titles. Just leave a comment and enter the raffle.

Question for our readers: What is your favorite setting for historical romances and why?

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  1. I don't know that I do have an absolute favorite. I love to travel through time & around the globe. For me that is one of the great joys of reading.


  2. It's so great to have you return as our guest, Jill. I love "get lost" in your books! Of course, my favorite setting is the American West during the 19th century (which is why I write stories set during that era). I've speculated as to why, and I think the reason is what my character Lucy (in A Dangerous Passion) longs for...a great adventure.

  3. I think i like most historical romances because i love their dresses and balls...

  4. I'm so very proud to be publishing Jill over at Amber House Books! We've been friends for years and I always thought she was an amazing author. Jill was at my table at my very first dinner with my first publisher way back in 1990 and (along with LaVyrle Spencer) she went out of her way to make me feel comfortable :)

  5. It's great to have you back with us.
    Love your books.

  6. One of my favorite settings are frontiers like the American West and colonial Australia.

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    1. I forgot to mention the reason I like them is that the setting forces the people to rely on each other and work together.

  7. I love London and Sc.otland the most

  8. I don't have a favorite time and setting, love any convincingly written.

  9. My favorite setting is medieval England. Can't really explain why, but I have always had an affinity for the time and place. My second would have have to be England in the time of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

    1. Have you read The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss? My favorite medieval romance. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. My favorite is Civil War era setting. TY for the chance.

  11. no fav; don't really care about settings

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  12. During the Civil War. Entering under name of Virginia

    1. Thank you Quilt Lady! I quilt too. At least I used to when I had the time. I have a collection of some wonderful quilts made by my grandmother and a dear friend, Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef Patterns.

  13. I love historical fiction so this is a really difficult question to answer. My favorite answer in the past has always been the American Revolutionary period, but then we have Outlander and all of the hot highlanders.... It really depends on the skill of the author.