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Historical Romance Books by Red Brick Media

Historical Romance Books by Red Brick Media

By Historical Romance Books
Welcome to our podcast! We are an extension of our website filled with book promotions from historical romance authors. In addition, we post genre news and informative articles. Whether it’s about Jane Austen or the scandalous Bridgerton series, you can find the latest on our website. Make sure to check us out at historical-romances.com/. Swooning is allowed, but no bodice-ripping without consent. Enjoy!



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Who Are the Frequent Best Sellers in Historical Romance?
Every day I look at the best seller list for Historical Romance on Amazon – the hopeful rank for authors. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://historical-romances.com/2021/08/20/who-are-the-frequent-best-sellers-in-historical-romance/
04:19
August 20, 2021
The Psychology of Romance Novels or Period Dramas
There are plenty of articles on the Internet from psychology resources that state romance novels are bad for women.  Some say these books give women unrealistic expectations when it comes to romance and can damage real-life relationships. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/07/23/the-psychology-of-romance-novels-or-period-dramas/
03:05
July 23, 2021
Sources for eBooks
Those of you who like the ability to read digital material rather than  smelling the scent of the printed page, source your eBooks from a variety of sources.  Authors and publishers make those eBooks available to readers on multiple platforms. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/07/20/sources-for-ebooks/
02:16
July 22, 2021
A Woman’s Place in History by Brita Addams (Historical Tidbit!)
Understanding the centuries-long struggle is essential to understanding  true characterizations in historical fiction and romance. I remain  firmly in the ‘portray women within the restrictions of their times’  camp. Otherwise, we’re simply creating 21st century women in costume. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/07/08/a-womans-place-in-history-by-brita-addams-historical-tidbit/
07:01
July 09, 2021
The Price of an E-Book
Today while I was checking out the Amazon Best Seller list, I glanced at the book prices.  A few caught my eye, thinking they were outrageously high.  You might assume that books on sale would sell more copies and rise to the best seller list.  Apparently, that’s not the case, because many books in the top one hundred are priced far above a 99 cent price point.  How much are you willing to pay for an eBook?  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/05/20/the-price-of-an-e-book/
05:06
May 20, 2021
What’s Up With Red Brick Media?
Find out what's behind the name of Red Brick Media?  There's a story about why I have a thing for bricks.  Follow the links below for further detail behind to podcast or visit the link to the original post to see more. Toil Under the Sun Manchester in the 19th Century Where Angels Wept: A Creepy History of Angel Meadow Elizabeth Gaskell's Home in Manchester This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/04/25/whats-up-with-red-brick-media/
04:38
April 28, 2021
Historical Tidbit on Parisian Morality (Historical Tidbit Episode)
Prostitution and brothels were at their heyday, and they served a  purpose to meet the needs of men both rich and poor. After all, marriage was an institution for producing children; prostitutes and mistresses were for pleasure. The brothel was a place of relaxation for men and accepted as normal practice in society. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/04/11/historical-tidbit-on-parisian-morality/
03:18
April 12, 2021
Blood, Sweat & Tears – What it’s like to write a book.
As an avid reader of historical romance, you are on the finished side of  creative work. Have you ever considered what it is like to be the creator of that story you hold?  Here are some brutally honest thoughts on what it’s like to write a book, and why it consists of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.  Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical  tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com This episode is also available as a blog post:  https://historical-romances.com/2021/04/01/blood-sweat-tears-what-its-like-to-write-a-book/
05:13
April 02, 2021
Why Reviews Are Important to Authors
Book reviews are important to authors. From accolades to one star they serve a purpose beyond feedback of a story. Reviews are an essential means by which authors can promote their books.  Without them, they are lost in a digital sea of ebooks. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/03/31/reviews-important-authors/ Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com
04:56
April 01, 2021
Cover Trends - Yea? Nay? Ugh?
What is it with this new trend from big house traditional publishers of cartoon-type covers?  Frankly, I cringe at the sight of them and wonder why they are pushing this change?  What are your thoughts?  Cartoons for historical romance or beautifully designed artwork with cover models?   Here are examples: The Duke of Undone - Amazon https://amzn.to/3vY5WOi To Love and to Loathe - Amazon https://amzn.to/31lYX3D This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/03/25/cover-trends/ Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our  newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email  box.  https://historical-romances.com
00:57
March 25, 2021
And They Lived Happily Ever After (Historical Tidbit Episode)
Historical romance authors, if they follow the rules, end books in  similar ways giving a happily-ever-after ending to readers.  Who wants  to read about divorce in a romance novel?  However, I’m a diehard researcher that always looks at a situation from every angle, so I took  the time to discover the truth about marriage and divorce.  Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/03/23/and-they-lived-happily-ever-after/
04:22
March 24, 2021
The Victorian Wedding (Historical Tidbit Episode)
Everything in the Victorian era seemed to be dictated by proper etiquette. Weddings were no different. There were rules about fashion, the time to wed, and the reception. Here are a few short, but interesting facts. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/03/22/historical-tidbit-the-victorian-wedding-by-vicki-hopkins/
04:08
March 23, 2021
Judging a Book by the Cover
Do you judge a book by its cover?  Historical romance covers have been works of art in decades past, but new trends are emerging among publishers.  Let's take a look at what makes a great cover, how they are designed, and what influences readers to purchase a book. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical  tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our  newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email  box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/03/14/book-covers-shirtless-men-or-flowing-dresses/
05:17
March 14, 2021
Heat Indexes in Historical Romance
We rate our author promotions with heat level indexes to help readers choose a book.  Some like kisses and hugs.  Some like it much hotter.  However, the topic of consent is huge these days.  Long gone are the bodice-rippers who don't ask beforehand.  Authors are becoming more aware of the need to write sex scenes with care. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/03/12/heat-indexes-in-historical-romance/
04:54
March 12, 2021
Historical Romance via Time Travel
For historical romance readers, we now have the chance to travel back in time to find romance and love between the pages.  How we get there can be as interesting as the stories themselves -- time machines, portals, fast cars, telephone booths, jumping off a bridge, rowboats, or touching monolith-looking stones in Scotland.  Whatever the transport medium, we experience a rush, finding ourselves in another world that leaves behind our cell phones, computers, modern-day problems, but perhaps we still hold onto our Kindles as we dream about being there. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2018/04/10/historical-romance-via-time-travel/
02:37
March 10, 2021
Author Promotion Recap for Week of March 1, 2021
It’s been a busy week for author promotions.   Here is a recap of what you may have missed on our website.  Make sure to follow the links on our page to see the covers, read the synopsis,  and peek inside.  The purchase price, links to retailers, and various formats, along with the sub-genre of historical romance are listed for your review.  You can also get notices of new releases via email by signing up for our newsletter. Find these books on Kindle and at other fine retailers. Kindred –  https://amzn.to/2OwZ1Kt Keep No Secrets –  https://amzn.to/3kR8FE0 Lion and the Lamb – https://amzn.to/3kOUKym An Undesirable Liaison – https://amzn.to/2Os0Vwf Never Doubt a Duke – https://amzn.to/30hiNMX Earl of Shefford –  https://amzn.to/30iZoev This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/03/06/author-promotion-recap-for-week-of-march-1-2021/
03:19
March 06, 2021
Breach of Promise of Marriage (Historical Tidbit Episode)
Marriage was big business, and both parties had much to lose if one broke the engagement. Losses did not involve mere matters of the heart but the promise of fortunes gained and lost.  What did men and women often do when the other party broke the engagement?  Well, they sued one another for breach of promise of marriage. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical   tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email   box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2015/03/22/breach-of-promise-of-marriage-guest-post-by-vicki-hopkins-2/
03:16
March 06, 2021
The Dashwood Sisters in Sense & Sensibility
The Dashwood Sisters.  Could there be anything more entertaining than these two women?  They are as different as night and day and both on a  pursuit for husbands. Elinor bears everything with quiet decorum and sense. Marianne is outspoken and seeks the thrills of romantic fellowship with no sense at all.  Oh, how I love Jane Austen's characters! Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical  tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our  newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email  box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/03/04/the-dashwood-sisters-the-women-of-jane-austen-part-i-2/
04:33
March 05, 2021
Strike a Pose for Covers
Historical romance covers can be beautiful artwork.  I've seen some that take my breath away.  When you look at the older covers from the bodice-ripping days, there are three major poses that come to mind.   These are still, for the most part, on our twenty-first-century historical romance book covers.  If it's not the poses of the hero and heroine together, it's usually the flowing dress of a single female character.  Nevertheless, have a bit of a chuckle with me as we look at these rather awkward positions. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/03/04/strike-pose-covers-backstrain/
03:03
March 04, 2021
Feminine Accomplishments (Historical Tidbit Episode)
“An English lady without her piano, or her pencil, or her fancy work, or her favorite French authors and German poets, is an object of wonder, and perhaps of pity.” Chapter Six is another fascinating look into life in 1872 as penned by someone who lived during the time period.  In order to be a member of good society, young ladies should possess other skills besides dancing. What does it take to be considered an accomplished woman?  Listen and find out. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2017/10/19/feminine-accomplishments/
04:52
March 02, 2021
Category Confusion on Amazon Best Seller Lists
Reader complaints abound.  Why are historical romance books in the top one-hundred bestseller list of historical fiction? The same can be said about the bestseller historical romance category. Why are family sagas, paranormal, and other historical fiction books on that list?  How can readers find what they are looking for?  It's a problem of category choice. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2020/12/30/the-best-selling-lists-on-amazon-crossing-categories/
03:54
February 28, 2021
Welcome to our Podcasts!
This is Vicki Hopkins, your host of historical romance books. Well, it’s really not me because this post is being voiced by the computer at Anchor Podcasts owned by Spotify. Her name is Remy. I’m not exactly the most articulate individual when it comes to speaking, so I’m using this great feature. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/02/28/welcome-to-our-podcasts/
02:46
February 28, 2021
Balls in the Victorian Era (Historical Tidbit Episode)
"The advantage of the ball in the upper classes is, that it brings young people together for a sensible and innocent recreation, and takes them away from the silly, if not bad ones; that it gives them exercise, and that the general effect of the beauty, elegance, and brilliance of a ball is to elevate rather than deprave the mind." The quote above comes from my favorite discovery, which is a book entitled, "The Habits of Good Society: A Handbook for Ladies and Gentlemen" by an unknown author, originally published in 1872. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2016/04/11/balls-in-the-victorian-era-vicki-hopkins-author/
04:36
February 27, 2021
Global Settings for Historical Romance
It appears the sun never sets on the British Empire of historical romance.  Setting books outside of England can be risky business, and as the best-selling books on Amazon indicate, most historical romances remain on English soil. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2018/02/28/global-settings-for-historical-romance/
02:10
February 26, 2021
Dancing the Waltz in 1872 (Historical Tidbit Episode)
I enjoy watching period dramas with romantic scenes of waltzes. Some of my favorites are from The Young Victoria, War & Peace, Cinderella the movie, and Crimson Peak. They look so romantic with women in gorgeous gowns being swung around the ballroom by handsome men.  The Habits of Good Society, written by an unknown author in 1872, has much to say about the subject.  Have you read any historical romance books lately with a ballroom scene? Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2017/09/30/dancing-1872-style-notes-on-the-waltz/
02:50
February 26, 2021
Victorian Women and The Unromantic Reality (Historical Tidbit Episode)
Welcome to a historical tidbit!  Historical romance books often go beyond the reality of the times.  What was it like being a woman in the Victorian Era?  Frankly, it was difficult and often unromantic, as I discovered in Joan Perkin's book entitled, "Victorian Women." Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2018/02/18/victorian-women-by-joan-perkin-review-2/
07:40
February 25, 2021
The Perfect Heroine
Why are we so critical of heroines? What is it about women who are harsh on other women – even if it’s just a make-believe character with no flesh, bones, or soul?  Is it because women relate more closely with their gender than they do with men?   Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/02/25/the-perfect-heroine/
04:58
February 25, 2021
The Historical Romance Genre
A genre is a category of artistic composition such as writing.  Historical romance is a popular genre that has been the mainstream of romance novels for many years. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/02/24/the-historical-romance-genre/
03:60
February 24, 2021
The Dark Side of Historical Romance
There is a dark side to the historical romance genre.  It’s Gothic romance, which doesn’t always give the reader a happily-ever-after ending. Born centuries ago, the genre flourished in late 18th and 19th  century England. They were dark tales, often with a supernatural backdrop, set in creepy houses, castles, or ruins. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2018/01/30/dark-side-historical-romance/
01:50
February 24, 2021
Let's Duke it Out!
Let’s face it, ladies.  We are drowning in dukes!  Is there a hidden code that only best-selling romance novels must be duke-focused?  Is this the only peerage that can sweep us away into the fantasy land of romance? Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2017/12/22/lets-duke-it-out/
02:24
February 24, 2021
The Perfect Hero
The perfect hero in historical romance. Is there one? What fantasy do readers want? In reality, as much as we are filled with fanciful and romantic thoughts, there probably isn’t a perfect man. Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://historical-romances.com/2021/02/23/the-perfect-hero-2/
04:13
February 23, 2021
What Makes a Great Historical Romance?
First Published in December of 2017, I asked myself this question.  If you ever get to know me personally, you will soon find out that I  love to analyze just about anything.  My question for the day is what makes a great historical romance book? To answer that question, I turned toward one-star reviews left on books written by famous historical romance authors to discover the biggest complaints.  Visit our blog for genre news, author book promotions, historical tidbits, and everything else historical romance.  Sign up for our newsletter and get author promotions delivered directly to your email box.  https://historical-romances.com/ 
03:33
February 23, 2021