Day 11 Elizabeth Hoyt – Adventure and Spirit and Love

I Do Love Romance – Here’s Why

Let me tell you why I love romance books:

When I was thirteen and shy and didn’t know anything about life yet, I discovered Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Wolf and the Dove on my best friend’s mother’s bedside table and that book—oh, my goodness!—that book had adventure and longing and eeevil bad guys and war and history and a heroine trying to live and find happiness when everything had been taken from her, and the emotions made me breathless and kept me coming back to sneak-read chapters for months afterwards.Lord of Darkness

When I was sixteen and surly and no one understood me and it seemed like I would never be happy, I read a book by Carole Mortimer in which the hero had hair that brushed his collar—signifying that he was a dangerous rebel—and he was so mean to the heroine, but then when she left him, he was so distraught that he stopped eating and lost weight and I read the book three times in one sitting.

When I was in college and reading texts on soil science (!) and really, really needed a break from studying, my roommate bought Jennifer Blake’s Royale Seduction, which involved a European prince kidnapping the wrong woman in Louisiana and questioning her with the well known feather torture technique, and we both read it over and over again until the cover literally fell off.

When I was in my early thirties and mother to a baby and a toddler and my husband had lost his job and we had no health insurance, I went to the library and discovered Amanda Quick’s Mistress which involved a woman pretending to be the mistress of a dark, brooding, incredibly sexy lord-with-a-past, and for a short time all my worries disappeared. I read the library’s entire collection of Amanda Quick in less than a week.

When I was in my late thirties and my mother was dying in a coma for a month, I sat by her bedside in the Intensive Care Unit and read Elizabeth Lowell’s Jade Island for the second time, and while that wonderful book didn’t make the situation any better, it did help me pass the long, inevitable hours.

And now? Now when my career has shot to heights I’d never dreamed of, now that Mr. Hoyt has a job he loves, now that my children are healthy and happy and I live in a lovely old house with way too many dogs and I’m so very happy? Why do I read romance now?

Let me tell you why.

I read romance because I believe there is more to humanity than eating and sleeping and work. There is the spirit and the imagination and they must be fed in order that they not whither and die. There is adventure and humor and love and when I read romance books I remember the best there is of life and people and I close the book with a smile on my face and joy in my heart.

That is why I love romance books.


My newest reading discovery is Kristen Callihan. Her Victorian London is mysterious, weird, and exciting. Her heroines are kick-ass, her heroes dreamy and forbidding at the same time, and the romance singes the pages. Readers can check out my Book of the Month  page for more books I read and loved.

Questions for Elizabeth:

What is the craziest or ugliest object in your house, and why do you keep it?Ellie & Croc

This is a hard one as Mr. Hoyt is a collector *cough*hoarder*cough* of very odd things. My favorite is a carved wooden crocodile that Mr. Hoyt’s aunt brought back from Egypt in the late 1930s.

If there was a movie made about your life, what would it be called? (And just for fun, who would play you?)

LUCK AND PERSEVERANCE. I feel that Scarlett Johansson would be a good choice to play me. Others may disagree. 😉

What is the best non-monetary gift you ever received?

My sister once overnighted me two jars of pickled herring–one each of sour cream AND white wine–on dry ice. Best. Birthday. Gift. EVER.

If you had to pick one romantic scene or couple to recommend to a first-time reader of YOUR books, which would it be?

I like the “artichoke” scene between Mickey and Silence in SCANDALOUS DESIRES. Read the Excerpt

Any picks for romance novels in general?

There’s a scene in Christina Dodd’s A WELL-FAVORED GENTLEMAN that readers either love or loathe. It’s the first sex scene and the heroine is crying and the hero is thrilled because he’s made her feel emotion–made her express emotion–when she’s deliberately cut herself off from life. If I could ever write a scene that good I’d die happy. 😉  (~Did you see Christina Dodd’s excellent post on why romance matters? You can read it here.)


Elizabeth is generously donating four  domestic and one  international copies of Lord of Darkness. International contest submissions enter hereTo enter the domestic contest, either leave a comment here or enter the weekly drawing on the contest page. Or both.  (Only one entry per commenter per post, though – multiple comments on one essay does not give you more chances.)  Comment entries must be posted by midnight EST Aug 12 to be eligible, though winners will be announced the following week.



Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Born in New Orleans, but raised in the frigid winters of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Elizabeth was fortunate to travel extensively when she was growing up and lived in St. Andrews, Scotland; Oxford England; and Kawasaki, Japan. She went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she not only earned a degree in anthropology but also met Mr. Hoyt. Some years later, after a short pause to birth and raise two children, Elizabeth realized that she really wasn?t qualified to do anything but Make up Stories and started writing.

Elizabeth now lives in central Illinois with a bevy of untrained canines, a garden in constant need of weeding, and, of course, Mr. Hoyt. Please visit her website, for contests, book excerpts, news, and Sidetracked Research Articles.

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“Artichoke” scene Excerpt

Silence looked at him thoughtfully for a moment and then down at her untouched artichoke. “What is this thing?”

“The artichoke?” Mickey’s lips quirked.

“Is that what it’s called?” She stared disapprovingly down at the vegetable. “I’ve never seen the like. It looks like a giant flower bud.”

“Well, ’tis—or so I’m told.” He gently took the fork from her fingers and picked up her knife, beginning to pry apart the dark green leaves. “They’re grown far away in Italy. A sea captain gave me a crate o’ the things some years ago.”

“Gave?” She raised her eyebrows suspiciously.

He shrugged and flashed her a sly smile. “Gave, took, does it matter, love? To be sure the captain hadn’t much choice, but the result was the same: a case o’ artichokes ended up in me care and I’ve had a fondness for them ever since.”

“Humph.” She peered down suspiciously as he parted the leaves to reveal the choke. “That doesn’t look very tasty.”

“That’s because it isn’t,” he said. “Pay heed: the artichoke is a shy vegetable. She covers herself in spine-tipped leaves that must be carefully peeled away, and underneath shields her treasure with a barricade o’ soft needles. They must be tenderly, but firmly, scraped aside. Ye must be bold, for if yer not, she’ll never reveal her soft heart.”

He finished cutting away the thistles and placed the small, tender heart on the center of her plate.

She wrinkled her nose. “That’s it? But it’s so small.”

“Ah, and d’ye judge a thing solely upon size alone?”

She made a choking sound.

He paused, the knife and fork still in the air. “Now what is it yer thinkin’ about in that prim little mind?”

She shook her head mutely and pointed at the artichoke heart. “Go on?”

“Hmm.” He took bit of soft butter and spread it over the little heart. “Well, I was thinkin’ that sometimes the smaller the treasure, the sweeter the pleasure.”

He cut the heart in half and held it out to her on the tip of the fork and found he was holding his breath. Would she let him feed her? Let him care for her?

She stared suspiciously for a long moment before accepting the morsel into her mouth. His heart leaped in triumph. He watched as the taste in her mouth was reflected in her bright eyes.

“So delicate, so buttery,” he crooned to this fascinating woman. “Green and rich and smooth, but with a tiny bitter taste on top as if to keep yer interest.”

She swallowed and licked her lips. “It’s rather good.”

He laughed breathlessly. Have care, part of his brain whispered. This way only leads to pain. But his cock was pressing hard against the placket of his breeches and he wanted to take her hand and draw her away to his rooms and keep her there until she learned to scream in pleasure.

Until she screamed his name and no other.

“Yes, rather good,” he imitated her tones gently. “Well worth the trouble o’ the thorns and the prickles to reach that sweet, meltin’ center, I think.”

  • Nancy Huddleston

    Thank you for the hope and romance you show in your books.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Aw! You’re welcome, Nancy!

  • Melanie Backus

    I love romance and I love a good book!

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  • Kim Cornwell

    Romance books have gotten be through some tough times also. Thanks for stopping by. Love finding new authors.

  • Sandi in OH

    Romance books have always gotten me through rough times. They have saved my sanity many times.

    • xoxo

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I’m very thankful for the romance books I’ve read.

  • Britney Adams

    Thank you for the great essay and excerpt!

  • Rochelle

    What a lovely message. So true about books and feeding your imagination.

    • Thanks so much for your continued great comments, Rochelle. xoxo

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Isn’t it, Rochelle? 😉

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I totally agree with the reason you read romance. Thank you for the heartfelt essay & your book sounds very romantic!

    • So glad you’re here, Sharlene. :o)

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      You’re welcome, Sharlene

  • Krysten Michelsen

    I love that scene 🙂

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  • rebecca moe

    Fantastic post. I love your Maiden Lane series!

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Thank you, Rebecca! So glad you like my Maiden Lane series. 😉

  • MaryC

    One of my favorite scenes!

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  • Patty Vasquez

    “There is the spirit and the imagination and they must be fed in order that they not whither and die.” I love this statement. Romance readers have voracious appetites! We want to think the best of life and people.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      We certainly do, Patty!

  • girlygirlhoosier52

    Thanks for sharing!

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  • Marcy Shuler

    Love the artichoke scene! 🙂

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Glad you liked it, Marcy!

  • Sandy Xiong

    The one reason why I love reading romance book is it brings me out of the dark. It gives me humor and sadness but keeps me happy from everything else in life. I’m so happy that so many difference romance books help you throughout your life. You just gave me some books to check out and read

    • Sandy, I hope you’re enjoying R-A-R M. xoxo

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I hope you enjoy them, Sandy.

  • Mary Jo Burke

    Gorgeous cover!

  • Kristy Birch

    When I was 16 I too turned to romance nobles for escape. They have been my constant companion since then, sometimes as a fun escape to pass the time but at others as a way to make it through a rough patch. I love hearing that the ladies that provide me such comfort share the experience.

    • Lovely, isn’t it? Thank you. xoxo

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      We romance readers all share a common experience, don’t we, Kristy?

  • Donna Logan Brown

    You certainly picked some great books to wet your whistle on romance, Elizabeth. Your excerpt is tantalizing. Love your books and they are on my keeper shelf. So glad you decided to become a part of this wonderful concept.

    • Thank you , Donna! I am SO grateful to all of the wonderful authors who are taking part this month. xoxo

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      It is a wonderful concept, isn’t it? Kudos to Bobbi!

  • Karin Anderson

    Pant. Love the excerpt. 😀

  • Ann Mettert

    I enjoyed this. And I enjoy your books.

  • Meredith Richardson

    Thank you so much for sharing that essay with us. It’s funny that I’ve felt like no one else understands my obsession with books, especially romance books since I was a kid, but here I’ve found so many people that share my enthusiasm!! I can’t wait to read your books 🙂

    • I am so glad you found R-A-R M. :o)

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I hope you enjoy my books, Meredith!

  • Vikki

    I thoroughly enjoyed your post. My friend was so excited when I gave her the autographed copy of Raven Prince, which you were kind enough to sign at RWA2013!

    • Thanks for the comment, Vikki! Hope you are enjoying Read-A-Romance Month. :o)

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      So glad your friend liked the copy of THE RAVEN PRINCE, Vikki!

  • Kim

    It’s been interesting seeing what each author cites as the ugliest object in their houses. No one has said, “Oh, I threw it out.” LOL

    • ;o) Well, I wish you could see some of the emails behind the questions!

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  • Nicole Fortuna

    Love the excerpt!

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  • Such a sweet and honest explanation of why reading romances like yours is a blessing. By the way, do you remember the name of that Mortimer novel?

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Thank you, JW! I did try looking up the Carole Mortimer book title (because, no, I didn’t remember it) but she’d written like a dozen books that year! Such a prolific writer!

  • Special moments and books we can all relate to. My first romance novel was Judith McNaught’s Something Wonderful, and it truly was something wonderful. To this day that story remains my all time favorite.

    • What a nice comment, Alexandra. Thank you for sharing! xoxo

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  • glittergirl54

    Thanks so much for the post. You do know you’re describing me right?! Romance readers share so much with their authors. Thanks so much for the post. I’m finding so many kindred spirits this week =)

    • So glad you found R-A-R M! Thank you! xoxo

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Most romance writers start out as avid romance readers. 😉

  • Thank you for the excerpt and for the international give-away copy. Next year, when I’ll have to prepare the usual four cases of artichokes – to put them in oil – I’ll surely think of this scene, and my time surely will past better! 😉 Marinella from Italy

    • Good luck, Marinella! xoxo

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Homemade artichokes in oil sounds heavenly, Marinella!

      • Thank you, Elizabeth! Good writing!! And if you want to try artichokes in oil, tell me and I’ll provide!

  • Kareni

    I enjoyed revisiting the artichoke scene …. Thanks for all of your books!

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Glad you liked the artichoke scene, Kareni! 😉

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I enjoyed reading your post. I love the adventure and take me away factors that romance provides.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Romance is my go-to escape.

  • J.J.

    Love your books! 🙂

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  • Ruth

    I really appreciated your post, Elizabeth. I must say that I have written everything you have ever written and loved every single word. Edward de Raaf is still a favorite of mine, as is The Legend of the Four Soldiers. Every Maiden Lane book gets better and better. Cannot wait until October for Max Batten’s story!! Thank you for your intelligent writing, your intriguing plots, and your complex characters who are not always physically beautiful (so cool!), but are always unforgettable and immensely satisfying. You rock!

    • xoxo

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Oh, thank you, Ruth! 😉

    • Hi, Ruth – Could you please send me an email at bobbwrites at att dot net? Thank you, hope to hear from you soon!

  • Glenda

    The good romances do provide escape from those stressful times in our lives. Thank you for being one of the great authors.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Aw! Thank you, Glenda!

  • ki pha

    I love it when we remember just which romance book was our first and every one after that. Thanks so much for your post and reason to why you (and us romancers) love romance!

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      How can you forget your first romance? 😉

  • Dana Shoulders

    I have many favorite authors, but you are neck and neck for my absolute favorite one. And I read romances also for the sheer escapism. I find it interesting that I have friends that battle insomnia and none of them are readers. I think reading helps our brains relax and quit spinning like a hamster on a wheel, so then we can drift off to sleep a little easier.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      What a profound observation, Dana.

  • JenM

    I love Elizabeth’s books, and that excerpt was fantastic. Never really thought about artichokes in quite that way before LOL.

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  • M.l. Leigh

    I love the Maiden Lane series and can’t wait for the next installment

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  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Hi Elizabeth! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post here today and revisiting the “artichoke” scene! I think I’ll go back and retread that book while waiting for the next book in the “Maiden Lane” series.

    We had a wonderful time with you at RWA last month; it was lovely to meet you!

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I enjoyed meeting you and your hubby, George, too, Flora! 😉

  • Kari Wyler

    Reading Romance creates a world that you can explore. But also gives you the idea to be creative in your own life.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      So true.

  • helena rizzuto

    Honestly, reading romances allows for me to unwind and go to another place. I love books as a whole… but romance books…. are my other life.. lol the one that I can marry as many sexy men as I can and NOT go to jail:)

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Lol! Having a rich and varied fantasy life is important to one’s mental health, Helena!

  • Mary Beth Bass

    This is the best post ever on why read romance. Extra lovely for me because Elizabeth Hoyt is my favorite romance novelist. IMO the best love scene ever in any romance novel is the “Say my name” scene in LORD OF DARKNESS. I read that scene about 150 times. : )

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      *blush* so glad you liked both my post and the love scene in LOD, Mary Beth! 😉

  • QuenKne M

    I love that you can tell your life story through books your read!!! I, as I’m sure as of others, are very happy you decides to become an author of romance novels instead of studying anthropology. 🙂 🙂

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Me, too–I’m afraid I was never cut out for a nine to five job. 😉

  • tonda hargett

    Kathleen Woodiwiss was one of my first favorite authors as well. And I love your artichoke scene ! Yum!

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  • Pamby50

    I remember reading Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss as my first romance novel. That was the summer before going away to college. Didn’t start reading for fun till after college. Romance has seen me through many years. It will continue.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I hope so!

  • Randi Rivers

    I love getting lost in a good book–traveling to different locations or time periods, enjoying a compelling plot, becoming intrigued by various characters, and having my emotions engaged (the best is laughing out loud in a quiet room, piquing the curiosity of those around you, lol). My first romance novel was Timeless Passion by Constance O’Day Flannery (1986!)–I still have it on my shelf. Currently I’m reading Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cover series while I wait for The Duke of Midnight. Thanks for sharing your insights and thoughts on romance!

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Aren’t books wonderful, Randi?

  • Ann

    Wonderful post! Thank you.

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  • Mary Todd

    I believe in love; lucky unlucky, easy,hard, and how all those stories play out in romance novels. And just when you doubt, a good book can draw you in and make you believe all over again.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Sing it, sister! 😉

  • Jen C

    I LOVE YOUR STORIES! Yes, I had to shout it. And I love this scene with Mickey and Silence. My favorite stories are To Beguile a Beast and Scandalous Desires — the characters are so interesting and fun to follow. Keep up the great work. (Sorry for the gushing fan girl-ness.) 🙂

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I’M SO GLAD YOU LIKE MY STORIES! 😉 After all, I wouldn’t be able to write without readers like you, Jen.

  • BookLady

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on romance. Amanda Quick is also one of my favorite authors. Loved the artichoke excerpt!

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  • Katy M

    That was a wonderful essay. Thank you so much for sharing your love of romance!
    Discovering Amanda Quick for me was like getting hooked on a drug. I kept telling myself to pace my reading to make her backlist last longer, but after I’d finished one, I’d guiltily reach for the next no matter what I should have been doing or what time of the night it was. I remember Mistress feeling so scandalous! I lived in a very happy fog reading her books.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      That’s exactly how I felt, Katy! I remember thinking that I couldn’t read her books TOO fast…but then I couldn’t help myself. 😉

  • Janie McGaugh

    I love the artichoke scene, too. Scandalous Desires was a great book.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      So glad you liked SD, Janie! 😉

  • Kim

    Great excerpt! I’ll never forget my first romance. I love your books!

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  • Thank you so much for posting today, Elizabeth! I loved reading the excerpt and hearing your story. 🙂 The covers of your books are gorgeous!

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      My publisher has a wonderful art department, Brooke–I’m very thankful for my covers. 😉

  • Rhiannon Rowland

    Amazing that all these wonderful books can get us through so much! I read Kathleen Woodiwss’ Petals on the River as a fairly new stay at home mom, that was my very first romance. I’ve read untold amounts of them since then, sitting in doctor’s offices, waiting for the kids to come out of school, on rainy day with nothing else to do and every night in between. Now I am stocking up my stash for some big time reading here very soon, I will be starting chemotherapy in the next couple weeks and I just know romances will be with me for those 4 hours I’ll be hooked up to an IV and the days when I’ll be laying in bed feeling bad..just as I did when I was stuck in the hospital for my mastectomy. Romances make my every day end happily and I’ll never stop reading them.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Good luck with your therapy, Rhiannon. I noticed when I took my mom in for chemo that someone had thoughtfully left a stack of romances and mysteries for everyone to read. A nice place to donate your used paperbacks.

  • Hi, Elizabeth! Apologies for not being on here sooner to say thank you so much! What a wonderful post, and I am so happy you’re participating in R-A-R M! xoxo

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Thank YOU, Bobbi–I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s essays.

  • Guest


    I have loved every one of your books since I discovered your talent when I read *The Raven Prince*. I buy every one of your books (including Julia Harper’s contemporary books) and read them back-to-back after collecting all the books in a series. Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us!

    This article showcases your wonderful gift with words. I, too, remember reading romance books since I was a teen. I would get so engrossed in them that my sister would grab the book out of my hand and holler at me that she had been calling my name for 5 minutes. I love the way romance books take me away from real life — that good wins over evil and that the girl *always* gets her boy — and they live happily ever after.

  • Vonda M. Reid


    I have loved every one of your books since I discovered your talent when I read *The Raven Prince*. I buy every one of your books (including Julia Harper’s contemporary books) and read them back-to-back after collecting all the books in a series. Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us!

    This article showcases your wonderful gift with words. I, too, remember reading romance books since I was a teen. I would get so engrossed in them that my sister would grab the book out of my hand and holler at me that she had been calling my name for 5 minutes. I love the way romance books take me away from real life — that good wins over evil and that the girl *always* gets her boy — and they live happily ever after.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      LOL! We do enter our own little world when we read, don’t we, Vonda. 😉

  • marypreston

    I always know that a great Romance book will never let me down. A welcome escape from life.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      So true, Mary!

  • Anne

    Great essay! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Anne

    Great essay, thanks for sharing! I also have enjoyed Kristen Callihan’s books.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to discover a talented new author?

  • Laurie W G

    Your Wounded Warrior series! So much emotion! I’m a little behind on your books, unfortunately life gets in the way of reading. Romance is my escape from everyday life. I love to travel and meet new friends via books.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      So glad you liked the Legend of the Four Soldier series, Laurie!

  • Eileen Wetterstrom

    Romance books are the completion to happiness. I believe in love!

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  • bonnierz

    Elizabeth, I was lucky enough to read an electronic ARC of this book and was blown away, it’s my favorite of yours. I would dearly love to have a keeper copy. And I was following your travels this past week, hoping you would be signing at a bookstore near me, but twas not to be! Thanks for the chance.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      So glad you liked LORD OF DARKNESS. 😉 I’ll be traveling again–this time to Wisconsin and Minnesota–so stay tuned.

  • Becky

    You are one of my very favorite authors…you have such a wonderful way with a love story. I’ve read every. Single. One. I’m also looking forward to your newest Julia Harper book. I don’t remember the name of the first romance I read, but I remember the way it made me feel – and a good romance still makes me feel that way. Love your books. Thank you.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      You’re welcome, Becky! 😉

  • bookbunny68

    There are times that you are in the mood for different types of romance – sweet or dangerous or forbidden – I could go on and on.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      So true.

  • Kathy Nye

    I still have my original copy of “Wolf and the Dove” on my keeper shelf. Your titles are there too.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Oh, wonderful, Kathy! I’m honored to be with Kathleen Woodiwiss. 😉

  • Robin Greene

    That’s a great excerpt!

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  • Linda Morrison

    I read romance because it soothes my soul. Yes, I read other genres, but romance touches me. When I was in high school, it was Laurie McBain, Rosemary Rogers (“she could feel the length of him pressed against her” was in every. single. sex scene), and Kathleen Woodiwiss. Today it is you, Ms. Hoyt, along with a list of others too long to mention. Thank you for have such wonderful writing skills, allowing me to live in another time, at least for 250-ish pages.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      We all need to get away sometimes and I think romance boos provide a safe haven.

  • Michele Hayes

    I love romance and I love your books. A winning combination.

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  • Dawn Coulter

    You’re one of my more recent finds and you’re the first author to really make me become invested in the Georgian setting for your novels. Up until this point I’d stuck mostly with Regency and Victorian novels. You’re characters are fantastic and the writing is always spot on.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I’m so glad you like my books, Dawn! 😉

  • Kimberly Watson

    I love your books Elizabeth & I can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Kelly

    I and quite a few women I know have similar stories about the romance novels that have seasoned our lives. The sharing of these stories is very empowering. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      You’re most welcome, Kelly.

  • Angie Frawley

    I adore ALL of your books,and cannot wait to continue reading all that are coming..but I have to say my favorite is To Desire a Devil !!!! My heart cries for him everytime I read it..And I have bought 3 paper copies!!

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Aw! What a lovely compliment, Angie–so glad you liked TO DESIRE A DEVIL!

  • Guest

    My first book of yours was “The Leopard Prince,” and I thoroughly enjoyed Harry Pye’s character and the romance with Lady Georgina. I love historical romances, and I am especially drawn to romances between different classes. Thank you for your enticing books! …and I like you all the more for having a lot of dogs. 😀

  • Allyson

    My first book of yours was “The Leopard Prince,” and I thoroughly enjoyed Harry Pye’s character and the romance with Lady Georgina. I love historical romances, and I am especially drawn to romances between different classes. Thank you for your enticing books! …and I like you all the more for having a lot of dogs. 🙂

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      So glad you liked THE LEOPARD PRINCE, Allyson!

  • Beth Re

    I can’t forget my frist romance novel Johanna Lindsay in high school I was hooked after that

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Ooh, I loved Johanna Lindsay!

  • Ketta Peters

    Between this article and “Clever John” I’ve decided I love your writing, and once I get paid this week, I’m off to buy “The Raven Prince.” Thank you.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I hope you enjoy THE RAVEN PRINCE, Ketta!

  • Kathy Arel

    I have been reading romance books since my early teens, I still like a good romance book, but I also enjoy murder, mystery, suspense but most of them also have romance

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I like reading across genres too, Kathy.

  • Shannon F.

    You are a charmer! Thanks for another opportunity to win another great book, by an amazing author!
    I love the crocodile, by the way! I have a pretty eccentric taste too… 🙂

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I’m rather fond of the crocodile…it’s certainly better than Mr. Hoyt’s brick collection.

  • Melissa Porter

    I love your books. 🙂 I cannot wait to get the next one.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I like to collect old books.

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  • Stephanie M.

    Love the artichoke scene. Reminds me of getting my husband to eat it and love it the way I do. 🙂

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Mr. Hoyt had never eaten artichokes before I brought him home to meet my family. My mother was from New Orleans and we grew up eating them when they were in season. I’ve teased my Offspring that I’ll have to test any potential mates by serving them artichokes. 😉

  • Diane Diamond

    You’re one of my favorite Authors, and I love everything that you write. I loved the excerpt with the artichoke, which set my heart a pounding.

    Thank you for the chance to win.

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      So glad you liked the excerpt, Diane!

  • Mary McCoy

    Oh my, hubby is going to wonder if i lose it in the produce section remembering that artichoke scene….

    Thank you for all your wonderful books!

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      He’ll wonder more if you serve him artichokes for dinner. 😉

  • Amy R

    So excited about your new book. Thank you for the wonderful essay!

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  • MK

    Yeah, I love your old school books. Especially the Leopard Prince!

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I’m so glad you liked THE LEOPARD PRINCE, MK!

  • catslady

    Kathleen Woodiwiss is the one who got me hooked on romance. I think I was 18 or 19 at the time and already an avid reader. There’s been no turning back 🙂

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  • Martha B

    Humor, escapism, positive values showcasing women of substance plus a happy ending. What’s not to like?! 🙂

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      Exactly! 😉

  • gamistress66

    nicely put article 🙂 while Wolf & the Dove wasn’t my 1st big romance book (that would have Shanna complements of my older sister) it has always been one of my favorites 🙂

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I read all of Woodiwiss’s books–and loved them all.

  • Celia

    I read romance novels because it’s a logical progression after growing up listening to country music. But usually involves more happily ever afters than the songs have.

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  • Cat C

    I own everything you’ve published and have read everything at least twice–I’m starting to go through the Maiden Lane series again in anticipation of Duke of Midnight! I’m so excited. Thank you for your beautifully-written article–I missed it on the day it was published because I moved to a new state away from my family and now I’m feeling a little lonely and homesick…but I think it’s a good night to forget all of that and escape into Notorious Pleasures!

    • Elizabeth Hoyt

      I hope the move went well and you can relax now, Cat. 😉

  • Coralee Houston

    I started reading Romance with Jane Eyre when I was 12 years old. It remains my favorite romance ever. I demand a lot from the books I read: a great theme etc; I wrote a post here that I liked better than this and it disapeared. I lost the exact words, disapointing but I can remember that as much as I love romance my favorite reads have not only a great theme but humor and real affection. You, stand with authors that are the best of their trade. As an eighth grader, I was one who checked out 10 books at a time from the library and read them one by one, each in the space of an hour, returning them as soon as I could to check out 10 more. When I was raising my family I had a box of books in the garage that my sister-in-law had given me that I just could not get to. When I got back to reading books after retirement I found that writing styles had changed. The newer authors put so much more in their stories and I am not talking just about sex. Looking forward to the next great read.