10 Trends in Historical Romance…Jessica Jefferson

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Hello!  Jessica Jefferson here with the top ten trends in Historical Romance that I’m really enjoying now.  Those who follow my posts should already know that I’d rather have HistRom than RomCom and I far prefer fifty shades of jonquil, coquelicot, and primrose to a modern day Grey.  The following are trends that keep me unproductive and unwilling to go out on a Saturday night as long as there’s a stack of titles in my TBR pile and battery life left in my Kindle.

  •  Extremely witty titles… Shana Galen’s Earls Just Want to Have Fun makes me giggle every time I read the cover.  It never gets old!  Authors today are upping their game with punny titles and too-cute references to pop culture.
  • Inspired by…I love when a book is inspired by modern day movies or television.  Jennifer McQuiston’s What Happens in Scotland is influenced by the movie hit, The Hangover, and livens the genre with a fresh spin on a tired trope.
  • Vikings…Gina Conkle and Violetta Rand are two authors of Viking romance that have really helped shine a light on this often overlooked sub-genre, adding much appreciated romance to the act of pillaging.  While we’re on the topic, let me tell you just how great it is to have representation from so many more time periods then there used to be (see all authors on the Embracing Romance website).
  • Clothing… I remember looking at my mom’s bookshelf and seeing countless paperbacks featuring half-naked heroes standing behind kneeling females, gowns hanging off their bodies, precariously close to the now all too common nip-slip. I appreciate having a clothing option on my cover models.
  • Adult heroines…I’m always pleased when I read about a heroine who is actually pushing thirty and not just another naive eighteen year old.
  • Single model covers…there’s no mistaking who the star of the book will be.
  • Multiple publishing platforms…Ok, so this one isn’t really a new trend. I used to feel hostage to the big publishers’ schedules, waiting for the next mass market paperback to hit my grocery store shelves, but with more and more historical authors independently publishing and using electronic platforms, it’s made new HistRom more accessible then ever.
  • Historical fiction (with strong romantic elements) turned into awesome television…Television versions of Outlander and Poldark have given me new reasons to swoon, helping my imagination put incredibly handsome faces to the names
  •  Brilliant Heroines… It’s been a while since I’ve read about a simpering virgin and that pleases me immensely.  Bonus points if they’re suffragists, political activists, or just trying to stick it to the nineteenth century man.
  • Novellas…They give me my fix without the commitment of an all day reading binge and usually at or around 99 cents, how can I resist?
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Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, nine and three year old girls, guinea pigs, and English bulldog Pete. When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property. Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist, infused with humor. She always tries to create endearingly flawed heroes and one of a kind heroines that you'll want to continue knowing long after you read the last page. Fall in love with romance again... www.jessicajefferson.com

15 Responses

  1. Violetta Rand

    I couldn’t agree more, Ms. Jefferson! 🙂

  2. amsiemen

    Fabulous post! I completely agree with you on every point. The increasing subgenre’s and increasing number of novella’s are my personal top two. I love Viking romances as well and Gina Conkle and Violetta Rand are amazing authors. I must also add Allison Merritt to the list.

  3. Maggi Andersen

    I love novellas for a cheap satisfying read.The Great Gatsby is a perfect example of a well written novella, no repetition, no sagging middle, every word important. Great list!

  4. amyquinton

    I completely agree! I was just discussing vikings and historical short stories with another author yesterday. I’ve seen the novella’s in historical – but I have been wondering if there is reader interest historical romance short stories. Right now, romance shorts seem to be all contemporary erotica.