Guest Author: Alexis Harrington & Giveaway!

Although I enjoy reading all kinds of fiction and most romance sub-genres, my heart will always belong to historical romance.  That’s why I’m so pleased to feature Alexis Harrington on my blog today.  Alexis writes bestselling Western historical romance, and has released eleven books over the last nineteen years.  She’s been published with NAL and St. Martin’s Press, and her books have won several awards, including RT’s K.I.S.S. Award for Allie’s Moon.

Not surprisingly, Alexis has garnered great reviews over the course of her career, including this one from RT Book Reviews:

“Alexis Harrington understands what is deep in a woman’s heart and what a man truly needs, and is able to express this through her wonderful love stories.”

National best-selling author Catherine Anderson called her “an extraordinary talent,” and NYT bestselling historical romance author Lorraine Heath had this to say about Alexis and her books:

“An exceptional writer, Alexis Harrington touches our heart with her believable characters and emotional stories. She is a shining talent in the world of romance.”

Unfortunately, this particular sub-genre of romance doesn’t always receive a lot of love from publishers, with the result that Western historicals can be hard to find.  Fortunately, Alexis has been able to bring some of her older books out in digital format.  Check out her website for all the details on her newly republished backlist.

Alexis has recently scored another publishing deal—a two book contract with Amazon’s new romance imprint, Montlake.  The first book will be a reissue of one of her most popular books, Home By Morning, and will come out on December 24Alexis will follow that up with a brand new book in July—a sequel entitled Home By Nightfall.

Here’s the blurb for Home By Morning:

October 1918: En route from New York to Seattle, Jessica Layton stops for a visit in her hometown of Powell Springs, Oregon, and comes face-to-face with Cole Braddock, her first and only love. Now, years later, Jessica is a highly accomplished clinical physician preparing for an exciting new job in Washington, and Cole is a successful horse breeder who is courting her sister Amy. Both are convinced they have moved beyond their youthful passion and the heartbreak it produced; nonetheless, they are grateful that Jessica’s brief visit will leave little opportunity to rehash old wounds. But before Dr. Layton can leave town, Powell Springs is hit hard by the influenza epidemic ravaging the country. With no other doctors available, Jessica must remain in Oregon and tend to her friends and former neighbors. Her work brings her in constant contact with Cole, and with each passing day he finds it harder to convince himself that sweet-tempered Amy can fill his heart as Jessica once did. Set against the backdrop of World War I and the epidemic of 1918, Home by Morning is a compelling story of betrayal, heartbreak, and redemption.

Doesn’t that sound totally cool?  A Western set during WW I, and against the backdrop of the great flu epidemic of 1918.  You can find all the details on Alexis’ website or at Amazon.

For my readers today, Alexis will be giving away a copy of Home By Morning.  Let’s talk about Western historical romance.  Is this a sub-genre you like?  If so, who are the authors you like to read?  One person who comments will win a copy of Home By Morning.


21 thoughts on “Guest Author: Alexis Harrington & Giveaway!”

  1. It is an interesting time frame and I love westerns & historicals.. but they are not easy to find.. Thanks for bringing this author to the attention of a wider range of readers!

  2. I read my share of western but I rarey see western in that time period… It’s an interesting time period… Looking forward to reading it!

  3. I love historical romance but most of those I come across are Regency England, & a few really medieval England. Western historicals don’t seem as common? I can’t even think of an author in that sub genre but maybe i’m not that well read!

    • Linda, the majority of historicals are set in the Regency, and then some Victorian and medieval. There are still some authors who write Western romances – Caroline Fyffe, Jo Goodman, and Kaki Warner. All really good authors.

  4. I enjoy all sub-genres of romance and yes, Western historical romance is included. Recently I’ve been reading a lot more of Western historical romances. I read The Outsider by Penelope Williamson and that was a wonderful read. Thank you for introducing me to more of these romances. I’m definitely keeping them on my radar. In “Home By Morning” I like the time period and though I’ve read WWI story settings before, one with a Western feel is new to me.

  5. I enjoy any historical no matter what time period. If you visit the Petticoats and Pistols blog you’ll find a lot of great western authors.

  6. I’ve read a few historical westerns but for the life of me cannot recall the name of the books or the authors. Its now going to drive me completely nuts until I track them down LOL! Thanks so much for the giveaway! Merry Christmas and God bless!

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