Heather B. Moore author of Heart of the Ocean accepted to compile her very personal 10 list for FLY HIGH! Read what she likes best in historical fiction as a reader as well as a writer and get your chances to win in the giveaway contest she sponsors. Have a look at the rafflecopter form below this post and good luck!
1. best historical novel ever read: A tough question! I’d like to mention a recent historical-based novel that I read called The Book Thief by Markus Zusak that takes place during WWII Germany from the omniscient point of view of “Death”—fascinating concept!
2. favourite historical fiction writer
It’s hard to choose a favorite historical fiction writer! I’ve loved everything by Daphne Du Maurier, I read all of the Victoria Holt novels as a teenager, and today, I love writers such as Michelle Moran, who is a wonderful researcher.
3. best hero: I don’t know if any hero has gone through more than James Fraser, the hero in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, for the woman he loves. It’s still amazing that he survived.
4. best heroine: Can I mention Kit Tyler? I’m sure that The Witch of Blackbird Pond had some subconscious influence when I chose to write about the small town that my character, Eliza, is sent to live. It was one of those books that I seemed to identify with the heroine and read it more than once!
5. best antagonist: Having read plenty of novels on King Henry VIII, Philippa Gregory effectively portrays him as the antagonist that you love to hate in The Other Boleyn Girl.
6. favourite setting in time: I loved reading about 17th century Holland in Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.
7. favourite setting in place: Anne Perry’s novel The Sheen on Silk has the fabulous setting of ancient Byzantine empire of the 13th century.
8. best romantic scene in a historical novel: Regency romance novel, Courting Miss Lancaster by Sarah M. Eden, has one of the sweetest and most romantic scenes at the end of the story between Harry & Athena—and the remarkable thing is that it’s a clean romance. (I might have even become misty-eyed, although I can’t rightly say.)
9. most compelling tragic scene in a historical novel: I won’t ever be able to get out of my mind the scene in Michelle Moran’s book, Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution, when Madame Tussaud is forced to make waxed death masks for the beheaded French gentry. It’s tragic in the sense of how much courage it would have taken, as well as how violent and dangerous the society had grown.
10. best film / TV adaptations of a historical fiction work: Besides the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, I very much enjoyed the film adaption of The Other Boleyn Girl.
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A dark secret . . . a grieving ghost . . . a handsome stranger . . .What more could Eliza Robinson want?
Except for maybe her life.
In Heather B. Moore’s enthralling 1840’s historical romance, Heart of the Ocean, Eliza Robinson has turned down the very pretentious Mr. Thomas Beesley’s marriage proposal. As a business partner of Eliza’s father, Thomas quickly discredits the family and brings disgrace to the Robinson name.
While her father scrambles to restore his good name in New York City, Eliza flees to the remote Puritan town of Maybrook to stay with her Aunt Maeve. Although relieved to be away from all- things-male and unforgiving gossip columns, odd things start to happen to Eliza, and she is plagued by a ghostly voice. Her aunt’s explanation? That Eliza is being haunted by a woman who died of a broken heart twenty years ago.
After Aunt Maeve is tragically killed, Eliza's life is put in danger as she tries to uncover the mystery of her aunt's death. She encounters Jonathan Porter in Maybrook, whose presence in the town seems suspicious, yet she finds herself drawn to him. When she discovers that Jonathan’s dark secrets may be the link between the dead woman who haunts her and her aunt’s murderer, Eliza realizes that Jonathan is the one man she should never trust.
Heather B. Moore is the award-winning author of ten novels, two inspirational non-fiction books, and two anthologies, including The Newport Ladies Book Club Series, A Timeless Romance Anthology, and Christ's Gifts to Women (co-authored by Angela Eschler).
Her historical fiction is published under the pen name H.B. Moore. She is the two-time recipient of Best of State in Literary Fiction, two-time Whitney Award Winner, and two-time Golden Quill Winner for Best Novel. Her most recent historical novel under H.B. Moore is Daughters of Jared (2012 LUW Gold Award of Excellence & 2012 LUW Best Book Trailer).
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