Elizabeth Lane Is Tumbling Through Time

Welcome Harlequin Historicals author Elizabeth Lane, who hails from “Wildflower Junction,” home of the fine fillies who blog under the Petticoats & Pistols banner.

eliz-ovalfrmCPFirst of all, I want to thank you ladies for inviting me along on today’s ride. I’m a huge fan and honored—even a bit awed—to be your guest.

A few weeks ago, after writing thirty-four historical novels and novellas, I finished my first book for Harlequin Desire. I’m still sweating bullets. And my respect for authors who write contemporaries has grown by giant leaps.

Let me explain. Yes, historicals take a lot of research. The Westerns I mostly write are easier than most because the Wild West is bred into my bones. The Mountain West is home to me. I grew up on my grandparents’ stories of what it was like to be a pioneer, a settler, a cowboy. I wouldn’t think of trying, say, a Regency, which involves a feel for England and enough historic minutiae to fill a shelf full of encyclopedias. But the West just flows for me. And when I get to a blank spot in my story, I can always throw in a gunfight, a prairie fire, an Indian attack or a rhapsodic description of a desert sunrise.

A contemporary, on the other hand…What can I say? A story for a line like Harlequin Desire is bare bones plot—a hero, a heroine, a compelling situation and some (lots of) sizzle. There may be a child, as there is in my new story. But there’s no arch-villain, no historic tidbits, no grave physical danger, no spilled blood, chases, races, or cliffhangers to keep a reader turning those pages. Just the intense, evolving relationship between a man and a woman. What a challenge.

But then, as I keep reminding myself, isn’t that what romance is all about?


THE LAWMAN’S VOW, my new book from Harlequin Historicals has all of the above. San Francisco lawman Flynn O’Rourke has sworn justice for the murder of his sister, a celebrated music hall singer. Aaron Cragun, the man seen pocketing her jewels, lives up the coast, in a remote cliff-top hideaway. Heading north in a small sailboat, Flynn is cast ashore by a violent storm. A blow on the head robs him of his memory.

Beautiful, innocent Sylvie Cragun is caring for her little brother and waiting for her father to come home from San Francisco. When she finds the handsome stranger, with no memory, on the beach, she takes him into her home and, ultimately, her bed and her heart. What will happen when Flynn’s memory returns? Will the lawman keep his vow?

The book’s available in both electronic and hard copy. You can read an excerpt on my web site.

Tell us what appeals to you about historical romance.  And/or what do you look for in a contemporary romance?

Readers who post comments will be entered in a drawing for an autographed paperback copy of THE LAWMAN’S VOW. Good luck and happy reading!

About Kathleen Eagle

Kathleen Eagle is the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of over forty novels.
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36 Responses to Elizabeth Lane Is Tumbling Through Time

  1. Oh goodie, I’m up late and I am finally going to be the FIRST to comment rather than the LAST! LOL Well, Elizabeth, I personally just love ALL your writing, so I’m sure that THE LAWMAN’S VOW is going to be just has wonderful as everything else I’ve read by you. And what a hunk on the cover! You can’t go wrong with that! Good luck with the sales, my filly sister! I know it’s going to be a huge success.
    Cheryl P

  2. Great cover on The Lawman’s Vow. Love how you’re broken down HQ Desire storyline in comparison to historical western. You are so right!
    Good luck with sales!

  3. Kathleen O says:

    COngrats on your Harlequin Desire, they are one of my fav to read. I love contemporary romance as well as historical romance. I so agree that the cover of The Lawman’s Vow is great and I cannot wait until your HQ Desire comes out.. Wishing you many great sales of both…

  4. CateS says:

    Also congrats to you !!! I like the historicals where there’s some little nuggat of new history information… Contemorary need just good plots, characters and a HEA..

    • Hi, Cate. I’ve always loved historicals, too–way back to authors like Anya Seton, Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. Contemp is a whole new game but I’m enjoying it.

  5. Leanne says:

    Elizabeth welcome to the vert! Congrats on your sale to Desire. I love the sound of your new historical. There’s nothing like having a hot guy with no memory show up on your doorstep!!!:) Woo-hoo!:)

  6. CrystalGB says:

    Hi Elizabeth. I love the cover to The Lawman’s Vow. I like historical romance because you get to travel to a difference time and place and experience the couple’s journey of falling love. In contemporary romance, I look for great settings, interesting plot and characters that are believeable and draw me into the story.

  7. Good morning, Elizabeth!
    You came to contemp series somewhat the same way I did, only my transfer was quicker. Historicals were my first love–especially Westerns–and I wrote one of those first. Didn’t sell it right away–it eventually became PRIVATE TREATY and launched Harlequin Historicals–but my then-agent suggested I try a contemp because they were selling like hotcakes. I did that by writing a Western. It had that setting–place, if not time–that I love, and I could still write about cowboys, Indians and horses. I’ve been a happy camper ever since. Oh, yeah, I could still include camping!

    • Thanks for having me here, Kathleen. One thing I love about your books is the authenticity of your Native American characters and situations. It works so well for both historical and contemporary stories.

  8. michelehauf says:

    Congrats on your latest release!
    My first love is historicals, though I haven’t written them for ages. Sigh… I love being transported to a different period in time on the page. You would think Contemps would offer a lesser challenge, research-wise, but oh no. Both genres are equally as difficult, and compelling to write in!

  9. Peggy says:

    Congrats on the desire book. I look forward to it. 🙂

  10. Carole Fiore says:

    Hi! I’ve never read any of your books but have read a few historical western romance books, I really like them alot, wasn’t a fan until I went back to school after 20yrs, being out and needed to take a history class also an english reading class and had to read a few historical books and all. i’m looking forward in reading Lawmen’s Law! Congrats on Desire, I read alot of them so will look for yours when it comes out!

    • It’s great that you went back to school after 20 years, Carole. Being older gives you a whole different perspective, doesn’t it. Hope you’ll read and enjoy more historicals, including THE LAWMAN’s VOW.


  11. Kylie Brant says:

    Welcome, Elizabeth! I would agree that writing shorter presents its own challenges. It can be exhausting to get all the elements of a great story in a short length.

  12. Quilt Lady says:

    I read both historical and contempory, with historical being my favorite. I love the western historicals are my favorite. I love me some cowboys and love your books. I can’t wait to read your this book and thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  13. Liz Selvig says:

    Hi Elizabeth! I love the sound of The Lawman’s Vow and I agree whole-heartedly on the cover! I had to laugh, though, because I write contemporary and have always said I do because I’m not smart enough to write historicals. You ladies who do are BRILLIANT as far as I’m concerned. You all can put history profs to shame. The fact that you’ve now done both sub-genres makes me doff my hat to you. Congratulations. Can’t wait to read the new book — I wish you tons of good luck with it!

    • Thanks, Liz. And after writing a contemporary, I am in awe of authors who just keep turning them out. That Desire was so hard, and I’m still waiting to hear on revisions. Who knows? I may end up rewriting the whole darn thing.


  14. Thanks so much for your comments (for some reason I wasn’t finding them at first, now here they are!) Kathleen, I remember Private Treaty, one of the very first Harlequin Historicals. What a wonderful book!
    And thanks to the rest of you for your words of encouragement. Writing for a new genre is a real challenge, but I do plan to continue writing historicals as well. I’ll have a story in the June Spring Brides anthology, as well as two upcoming western historicals. My titles (which I hope to keep), THE BALLAD OF EMMA O’TOOLE, in production, and my current WIP, THE COUNTESS AND THE COWBOY.
    Good luck to you all in the drawing.


  15. Minna says:

    Congrats on your new release!
    I like both contemporary romance and historical romance, although lately I’ve been reading more timetravel romances. They sort of combine both contemporary and historical romance.

  16. Great to hear from you, Minna. I love Time Travel, too. Have you read CHRISTMAS MOON, my Western time travel book? It’s probably my all time favorite. It practically wrote itself. Love it when that happens.

  17. catslady says:

    I probably read a lot more historicals than contemporaries. I like being in different worlds and anything in the past does that. But as long as I enjoy the characters, I will read most any genre. Congratulations on your new release. It sounds wonderful.

    • Thanks, Catslady. It’s always nice to hear from you on P & P and now here. I like historicals for the same reasons you do. Reading one takes you to a different world. Good luck in the drawing.


  18. christieridgway says:

    Thanks for joining us, Elizabeth! It’s all about the characters for me, whether a Regency story, a western, or a contemp. I want to like them right away, see there’s some good in them even if they’re a brooding angsty hero.

    Love the hero on your cover!

  19. Good thoughts about characters, Christie. Strong characters with motive and conflict can make any kind of story. Thanks for adding your voice.


  20. I love that cover! And I Really enjoyed your post about transitioning from historical to contemporary. Best wishes with your newest release!

  21. chey says:

    I like historical romances because everything is so different than it is now. I want the contemporaries I read to be about real people, not overly entitled characters with problems that seem unrealistic to most people.

  22. laurieg72 says:

    Historicals add details .They make the earlier time peroids come alive. I’ve learned a lot about the medievil life, The French and Indian War, settling the west, England’s Victorian and Regency rogues, the ton, the Civil War, Canada, the crusades, the struggles between England and Scotland, life in Greece, Ireland etc…..

    I love seeing these characters overcome: disease, poverty, primitive conditions..

    Contemps: although we live in and relate to the time period people will always struggle to get ahead, get along and hopefully reach their HEA. I like independent men and women who learn that life can be sweeter when shared, experienced with another. Love strenghtens a relationship.

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