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BLOG TOUR – GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: “Another Place in Time” by KJ Charles

Boys in our Books is SO EXCITED to welcome back KJ Charles! Today she discusses all that’s to love about historicals as we celebrate the much-anticipated release of the anthology “Another Place in Time” featuring works by blog favorites Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, KJ Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, and Aleksandr Voinov.

 

GIVEAWAY

There is a giveaway that will be available throughout all blog tour stops.

A backlist ebook from ALL of the authors participating in the anthology (one each from Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, KJ Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Aleksandr Voinov, and Alex Beecroft)…7 books in total!

A $50 Amazon giftcard

A $50 donation in the winner’s name to AllOut.org (all proceeds from the sale of this anthology will also be donated to this charity)

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“I Don’t Like Historicals (why people don’t read them, and why you should)”

by KJ Charles

As the blurb for the new gay historical romance anthology Another Place in Time proclaims:

“This collection of short stories was birthed because a sworn “I don’t like historicals” reader fell in love with what have become some of her favourite books.”

It’s funny, the “I don’t like historicals” thing. I did a bit of nosing around, and it seems to me the main reasons people are resistant to gay historical romance fall into some basic groups.

  • I don’t have a clue about that period and I won’t know what’s going on.

(I’m not going into this one in detail here but just take my word for it: a good historical will clue you in seamlessly, without clunky exposition and piles of facts, just like a good SF, fantasy or book featuring an unfamiliar location/occupation does. If it’s a research dump, it’s not a good book and you have my permission to stop reading it.)

  • History is boring and stuffy, all corsets and constraints
  • How can queer people have a HEA when homosexuality was mostly illegal and in particular sodomy was a hanging offence?

All of which can be rolled into:

  • I read romance to feel good. This will not make me feel good.

Now, it is true that if what you want in your romance is a straight, open, primrose path to a HEA, if you’re angst-averse or want your fictional worlds totally LGBT-friendly, historical may not be for you, except for some select periods and places. That’s your right to read what you want. But in general, romance readers want a path to true love that doesn’t run smooth. As my five-year-old insists, ‘It’s not a proper story if nothing goes wrong.’

When I worked at a romance publisher as an editor, many moons ago, we had to bring an acquisition document for each book we acquired to the editorial meeting, and at the head of the document was: Conflict. We had to summarise the basic conflict of each book in a line or two, and woe betide you if your book had none. No conflict means no obstacles, nothing to overcome, no up-and-down, no personal growth, no nail-biting moments as it all goes wrong, and no corresponding joy when it all come right. No story.

Quick primer: Conflict can be internal to the individual (A is closeted; B hates the man who ruined her father) or internal to the relationship (C wants a baby while D is a free spirit) or external (E is being pursued by warlocks who want to eat her soul, which puts a crimp in her dating life; F and G will go to prison if they’re caught together).

Historical queer romance provides a huge opportunity for external conflict. In many periods, the law is the big external factor, particularly for m/m romance because most anti-homosexuality laws focused on men. How you tell if the other guy is interested, how you dare to make a move, how you can spend time together, how you find a way to an HEA. These are huge, apparently insuperable difficulties in themselves. Then you add in the ‘stuffiness’ – the historical constraints on behaviour. What people could do or be seen to do; who had the power and who had none; the demands of social position and gender roles; the issue of race when racism was open, standard and even required.

You could look at that lot and say, wow, that sounds depressing and complicated. But for a romance writer, it looks like an entire warren of plot bunnies. What if you’re a lord in love with a servant? What if you’re trans in a time when there wasn’t even a word for that? What if you are totally dependent on your family, with no social safety net if they reject you? What if your loved one is of a different race, in racist times? How do we get to a happy ever after?

Historical romance isn’t stuffy: it subverts stuffiness. It uses the constraints of the past to power up the sexual tension and raise the stakes. The cruelty of the laws may give more opportunity for things to go wrong, but it also tells us how passionately our protagonists are committed to making them go right.

Obviously, queer historicals romanticise the often dreadful conditions queer people endured in the past. That is what romance does. But I think this genre is a celebration, rather than a discarding of the truth. It’s a way of saying: queer people have been around all the time, they’ve lived and loved and found happiness in defiance of the odds, and these are stories of things as they should have been. A claiming of happy endings out of sometimes unpromising materials. This is romance.

Another Place in Time has stories ranging from entirely frothy to seriously high stakes. A range of settings from the Knights Templar in the Middle East to small-town 1940s USA, via Regency England. A cast of characters who all, in their own ways, search for love and find it, and defy all the obstacles in their way, internal or external.

And not a research-dump in sight.

 

ABOUT KJ CHARLES:

I’m a writer of romance, mostly m/m, often historical or fantasy or both. I also have a contemporary thriller as well. I like to mix it up.

I blog about writing and editing at kjcharleswriter.wordpress.com.

I live in London, UK, with two kids, a tolerant husband and an even more tolerant cat.

Follow me on Twitter @kj_charles or friend me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kj.charles.9

 

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ABOUT:

Welcome to another place in time…where one can be swept away into lands and eras long forgotten.

Included in this anthology:

“Office Romance” by Tamara Allen

The post-war economy is at a standstill, much like Foster Wetherly’s life until he’s forced to do battle with irritatingly confident—and competent—fellow ex-doughboy Casey Gladwin for a position in their shrinking department at Manhattan Security Mutual.


“Introducing Mr. Winterbourne” by Joanna Chambers

Lysander Winterbourne appears to lead a charmed life. Handsome, amiable, and a renowned sportsman, he is the darling of London society. As far as Adam Freeman is concerned though, Lysander is just another spoiled aristocrat.

A wealthy mill owner, Adam has no time for the frivolous world of the ton, but when his younger brother becomes engaged to Althea Winterbourne, he reluctantly agrees to be introduced to society–with the Winterbourne clan’s golden boy as his guide.

Resigning himself to a few days of boredom, Adam is surprised to learn that there is much more to Lysander than his perfect surface. But will Adam have the courage to introduce Lysander Winterbourne to his own secret self?


“The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh” by KJ Charles

Lord Gabriel Ashleigh is a ruined man. Last night he lost everything at the card tables to his brother’s worst enemy, notorious gambler Francis Webster. Tonight, he’s going back for one more game. Ash thinks he has nothing left to lose. But Francis sets the stakes, and they’re higher than Ash could have imagined… 

Two Regency bucks. One game of cards. Everything to play for.


“Unfair in Love and War” by Kaje Harper

Many men lost brothers overseas in the summer of 1944. Warren Burch was one of them. For months he still clung to his big city life in Philadelphia, but finally he’s made the difficult choice to return to his home town. Warren’s polio-stricken leg won’t let him serve, so the least he can do is be there for his mother, when brother Charlie never again will. Arriving home means a whole new life, constrained by the rhythms and prejudices of a small town. Fortunately, it’s made more interesting by the mysterious and attractive young man next door.


“Carousel” by Jordan L. Hawk

When a child goes missing, is it a simple case of a young runaway, or are more sinister forces at work?

“Carousel” is part of the Whyborne & Griffin series and takes place between the events of Stormhaven and Necropolis. It can be read as a standalone.


“Deliverance” by Aleksandr Voinov

This is a re-vamped, re-edited, improved version of “Deliverance”. It’s about William Raven, a templar, who thought he’d escaped his past. (Same character as in The Lion of Kent.)
Along with a foreword written by Alex Beecroft, enjoy these original short stories that make up “Another Place in Time”.

All proceeds from the purchase of this anthology will be donated to AllOut.org in celebration of LGBT History Month, October 2014.

 

BOOK INFO:

ATIPfinalTitle: Another Place in Time
Authors: Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, KJ Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Aleksandr Voinov
Pages: 232
Publisher: Boys in our Books
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Purchase Links: Amazon, Smashwords

 

24 comments on “BLOG TOUR – GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: “Another Place in Time” by KJ Charles

  1. Lisa
    October 1, 2014

    I read a lot of contemporary stories, but when I pick a historical romance I am never disappointed. I always enjoy them. This sounds like a great anthology with so many wonderful authors. It’s also a great cause to donate the proceeds to. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. katinka
    October 1, 2014

    Excellent post! I’m looking forward to reading this anthology.

    And the cause, AllOut.org is THE BOMB.:)

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  3. kindlekrazek
    October 1, 2014

    I love reading partly because a good story can take me places I could never go in reality. And maybe that’s to a location I’ve never visited like a different country, or into a situation I’ve never been in (or hope to never be in in reality) such as the the middle of a murder investigation, or into a community of shapeshifters, or whatever. And a historical certainly fits into that since it takes me to a different place I could never go, namely the past, in addition to all the geographical or situational places that a contemporary romance can take me. I like sci-fi for that same reason (and more reasons) because that tends to take me into the future as well as various geographical and situational places.

    And since I spend all my life in the contemporary environment, and sometimes that’s not always a pleasant or easy place to be, sometimes I like the books that can transport me the furthest from my everyday reality, and that is often a historical or sci-fi or fantasy work, versus a contemporary which can sometimes be way too close to my own reality than I’d care to read about, if you get my drift.

    I’ll stop rambling now, but thanks for the opportunity to win the super prize. :)

    K

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  4. llesarlorraine
    October 1, 2014

    Have to say that KJ Charles is incomparable when it comes to historical romances!
    l.lesar@sky.com

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  5. Barbra
    October 1, 2014

    I don’t usually read anthologies but I’m really excited about this one. Where else can I get stories from my favorite authors in one book? :-)

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  6. Shirley Ann Speakman
    October 1, 2014

    I enjoy reading historical books it’s a nice change and I love Anthologies.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

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  7. LegeArtis
    October 1, 2014

    I love historical romance. And that’s in general, both mm and mf.
    Great selection of authors, and cause is even better. :)

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  8. Julie
    October 1, 2014

    I have always loves historical romance and thanks to some great authors have recently discovered some great queer historical romances. Keep up the good and interesting work!

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  9. Kim W
    October 1, 2014

    I’m really looking forward to this one. I don’t normally like anthologies because you get one author you like with a bunch you’ve never heard of but this one has every author I love.

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  10. Allison
    October 1, 2014

    I bought this the minute I found out it was available because it contains so many of my favorite authors. Personally the things that make people not want to read historical books is what makes me want to read them. In particular, the fact that these men find love in a time and society that absolutely refuses to allow them love makes it all that much more meaningful to me. Thanks for the post!

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  11. Jenn
    October 1, 2014

    I’m so excited for this anthology! KJ’s Magpie Lord reignited my love for historicals and I’ve read so many great ones since then, so thanks for that. Oh and I own the first 2 Joanna Chambers books in the Beguiled series but I haven’t started, but I plan to soon! :)

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  12. Christina
    October 1, 2014

    I can’t wait to read this one! This is a great group of authors.

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  13. Dreamseeker
    October 1, 2014

    Great cause and looks like some good stories. Can’t wait to read. Excellent post.

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  14. Marlobo
    October 1, 2014

    I want to read this anthology so bad *sigh*

    AllOut.org is terrific, we truly achieved changes in many places of the world taking part in their campaigns.

    And no, I’m not Katinka’s alter ego :P

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  15. Cornelia
    October 1, 2014

    I always hope to learn something new from historical books

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  16. Rocky B
    October 1, 2014

    Historical romances are great!

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  17. Sheila
    October 2, 2014

    Historicals (especially Regency-era) are my Kryptonite. Forbidden love as far as the eye can see!

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  18. Gaby IL.
    October 3, 2014

    Historial romances are awesome. You can always learn something new :-)

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  19. Pam/Peejakers
    October 3, 2014

    I love historical romance, historical mystery, historical anything! I’ve always been really interested in history anyway, but I hate reading dry material, so I love that a well researched & well written historical romance can be entertaining & educational at the same time. My introduction to reading romance was the gothic novels of Victoria Holt, and it continues to amaze me the things I picked up from those. Not that I assume everything is factual, they are fiction, after all, but the books act as a springboard for doing more research about the period, and it makes those drier facts come to life, because I think of them in context to the lives of the characters in the book.

    Every single story in this anthology sounds fantastic! But yours, KJ, just reading that little blurb makes me want to squee & kick my feet, every time ;-) I have the book now; I can’t wait until I get time to read it!

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  22. clarelondon
    October 4, 2014

    I think historicals have a deeper sense of place and time, even if that’s just because they’re not set in an over-familiar present. But I also think the author’s care shines through and can make them a more rewarding read. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  23. bookdaze
    October 4, 2014

    Bought the anthology! I admit I fall into the third category of “why I (usually) don’t read gay historicals”, but I loved this post.

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  24. snowsim
    October 4, 2014

    I almost can’t imagine not loving historicals, but great post for anyone. Even greater: a collection by some of my favourite authors!

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