Hello, Fans of Old-School Romance Novels!
I’m so excited to announce that I will soon release my first book, a retro-styled historical romance, The Savage Noble. I hope readers will find the turbulent love story between Justin and Linnet set in Regency-era England as enthralling as I have while writing it!
One caveat I must give regarding these novels: my historical romances aren’t catered to every reader’s tastes. I do not write them with modern sensibilities.
I grew up loving the epic romances written from the 1970s to the mid-1980s, devouring every book I could get my hands on. So many authors influenced me, from Jude Deveraux to Johanna Lindsey to Rebecca Brandewyne to Valerie Sherwood to Rosemary Rogers to the vast stable of writers of the Zebra historical lines.
Modern Romance or Retro?
While many excellent romances are being published today, they rarely strike an emotional chord with me. I prefer the “Old-School” historicals, with some rough bodice-ripping here and there, over-the-top, pulpy plots, and careful attention paid not just to historical facts, but to the attitudes that were prevalent way back when.
There’s much to be said of the well-written love stories created by various talented authors. Over the years, I’ve read thousands of romances and have enjoyed too many to count. Nevertheless, as I grew up on a steady diet of the (now) much-maligned bodice-ripper romances, I have always preferred them to contemporarily written historicals.
I miss the wild fun, the emotional heights, and depths of those old-time romances, and, yes, even the cheesiness of some of the plots! Not to mention the beautifully painted covers by artists such as Robert McGinnis, Elaine Duillo, and Tom Hall.
If as a romance devotee, you prefer historicals with forward-thinking heroines and heroes, mixed with a generous dose of modern-day politics, perhaps my books may not strike your fancy. Many might categorize my books as “politically incorrect.” The stories are often epic in scope, spanning months, or even years, not days or weeks. My heroes are not the always rakish Dukes with hearts of gold. They will leave you swooning with their unrepentant machismo.
Look Out For Jacqueline Diaz Romances
It is my deepest hope that book lovers can enjoy a purely fictional story for escapist thrills.
Readers, I welcome you to give one of my novels a try. One promise I can make is that the plots will never bore you! After The Savage Noble, my following novel will be What She Says with Her Eyes, set in France during the reign of Louis XIV, about a calculating French widow on the prowl for a new husband and an ascetic English swordsman who is more than what he seems. I hope to release this book in the Spring of 2022.
There is a vast untapped market for readers hungry for something different, yet a little retro. For those romance fans intrigued by that writing style, I promise to always keep my novels thrilling, sexy, and wildly unpredictable.
About Jacqueline Diaz
Jacqueline Diaz is an aspiring romance writer with two works in progress. I love to discuss romance-related topics in addition to posting her musings.
I am also an amateur romance blogger who is documenting the history of the genre, in particular the early years of the modern romance era: the 1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s. Please visit:
Whatever your opinions, I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Thank you and happy reading!
2 thoughts on “Get Ready for Some Historical Romance Throwback Fun!”
Looking forward to reading your novel!
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Thanks! I’m excited to get it published soon!