Monday, November 24, 2014

New Website


Pardon the dust but the website construction is new and I'm still wandering through, admiring the view and figuring out where to put the furniture. If you're reading this from my blog, check the website at http://patriciarice.com

You will notice on the book page--there should be a blank cover where it says "Formidable Lord Quentin."  (should be, because Texas Lily keeps popping up no matter what I do) I'll do a cover reveal in January with more information on this next in the Rebellious Sons historical romance series, so keep an eye on this page! (if only to watch it explode in a fiery mass if I press the wrong button!)

I also have two more backlist romance  releases scheduled for early next year, but I'll wait until after Christmas. I hate to give up the pretty Christmasy home page there now!

Let me know what you like about the new site and what you'd like to see! And as always, thank you for reading...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Back in Time

For those of you who don't follow me on Facebook but like to find new historical romance authors and see what we're reading, you might want to join the Fall Back in Time event this weekend at
https://www.facebook.com/events/512905705479257/

I'm trying to decide what book I want to show off as my favorite historical romance, and it's utterly impossible. Any suggestions? Which would you choose? (Sparky is reading a mystery, fickle cat!)


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Storytelling

Admittedly, I am the Queen of Conflict Avoidance. I want everyone in my books to be happy, happy, happy. If my heroine falls down and bumps her knee, I want the hero to rush in and carry her off and kiss the boo-boo all better.

That might work once, but the second time it happens, readers are going to barf and drop the book. I know that. I smack my hands, back up, and remember the hero is a tough guy in a hurry and doesn't have time to pick her up. She dang well better pick herself up.

And therein is the key to storytelling.

Unfortunately, I've been reading a lot of books lately by authors who have forgotten or do not understand that creating obstacles and conflicts for our characters is what makes a reader keep reading.

I want to read and support new and indie authors. But out of the five new books I've read lately, only the one from a NYC publisher had a real story to tell. I picked out all five books because they were concepts I enjoyed--Cinderella tales, cozy mysteries, books about children, basic contemporary romances. I read the excerpts, so I knew the writing was excellent. But four of those five books let me down and left me skimming because they read as if the author was writing down their favorite fantasy where everyone has a happy day and if things went bump in the night, someone rescued them.

Put your favorite fantasy under the bed, folks. Read it in private. If you want readers other than yourself, you've got to create characters with problems to solve, and let them run into obstacles they have to overcome on their road to happiness.

Climbing down off soapbox now. As you were!
(and keep an eye on both my websites: http://patriciarice.com and http://jamiequaid.com  We're updating soon!)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Who Denies the Existence of Love?

1805 Gillray Harmony Before Matrimony
Porter Anderson's blog You Tell Me: Why IS Romance Reviled?(based on a wonderful blog by Barbara O'Neal)  has raised quite a discussion among romance authors (read the comments). 

I have no interest in defending a genre that creates a large target for those who wish to inspire controversy. That romance dominates the book market speaks for itself.

My concern is Mr. Anderson's comments about romance being reviled by people who don't believe in love. That makes me seriously sad and deserves a discussion all its own.


I can understand that some people never find the right "soul mate." There are many factors involved in romantic love. It's a fragile concept, as our books show. But to not believe in love at all? That, in itself, would guarantee never finding love of any sort.


One has to love to be loved. That might sound like a trite cliche, but how can one recognize love if one doesn't open his heart to it? We can love our parents, our siblings, our friends, our houses, our pets, or we can love life itself. Love is a giving thing, not something one deserves for existing. If we allow ourselves to love, then we open ourselves to be loved by others.


So, are there really people out there who deny the existence of any love? My sincere sympathies to them, if so, because that seems like a bitter, narrow existence. If we can't reach these people with romance novels, how can we reach them?


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

New Release: Risk of Love and Magic

http://patriciarice.com/ 
Just in case you've missed Facebook, Twitter, and my website ;), I'm letting everyone know that the third of my contemporary romance series about descendants of the magical Malcolms and their scientific heroes is out!

Finally, we meet the mysterious Librarian!

I had a lot of fun writing this book, as you can probably tell from the blurb. Who wouldn’t enjoy throwing together a stoic, military-minded mechanic with an anarchic passionate psychic who will do anything to save her sister? I love watching two disparate people peel back their respective layers to discover they were made for each other, don’t you?



Sparks fly when special forces meets psychic forces

Brilliant psychic Nadine Malcolm is held prisoner in an asylum by her stepfather, a power-mad general.  As the Librarian, she secretly hijacks computers to prevent his plans to turn paranormal children into weapons. When her younger sister ominously disappears, Nadine reaches through cyberspace for help.

Ex-Special Forces warrior Magnus Oswin has focused his formidable talents on stopping the rogue general who once held him prisoner. After picking up the Librarian’s frantic plea, he roars into the fray in his latest engineering marvel, a modified muscle car.

The last thing Nadine needs is another military control freak in her life. The last thing Magnus needs is an aluminum-foil-wearing nutcase. But fierce attraction forges an uneasy alliance as two desperate people fight to save the children who cannot save themselves.

“Patricia Rice writes stories with so much attention to detail the characters truly seem to come to life.”—Booklist starred review—Lure of Song and Magic

“Rice brings you great characters, a dynamite plot and plenty of magic and she accomplishes the whole thing without a shoot-out. Don’t miss it.” –RT Reviews 4 ½ stars— Lure of Song and Magic

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1mF4Tfx
B&N: http://bit.ly/1mvqR2M
Kobo:  http://bit.ly/1k2or7K    
Book View Cafe: http://bit.ly/1oxCg0C 
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/risk-of-love-and-magic/id894093470

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Series booklist

I did it! I think I did it. I've updated my series booklist with the new titles and reissued titles, and flotsam and jetsam, thanks to prodding by Elizabeth Naylor. Take a look and see what I've left out:


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Patricia Rice - Related Series

The Rebellious Sons
  • The Wicked Wyckerly 7/6/2010
  • The Devilish Montague 7/2011
  • Notorious Atherton 7/2013
  • A Formidable Lord Quentin—coming summer 2015
Mystic Isle Series (historical)
  • Mystic Isle, A Novella prequel 2/14
  • Mystic Guardian  7/07
  • Mystic Rider 7/08
  • Mystic Warrior 7/09
The Carolina Magnolia Series (Carolina Trilogy - TJ McCloud and his brothers )
  • Dixie Rebel (Impossible Dreams)
  • Imperfect Rebel (Almost Perfect)
  • Rebel Charm (McCloud's Woman)
  • Carolina Rebel (Carolina Girl)
Magic Series (historical)
Those magical Malcolm women and those mostly marvelously meticulous Ives men
  • Merely Magic
  • Must Be Magic
  • The Trouble with Magic
  • This Magic Moment
  • Much Ado about Magic
  • Magic Man
The California Malcolms (contemporary descendants of Magic series)
  • The Lure of Song and Magic
  • The Trouble with Air and Magic
  • The Risk of Love and Magic
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Too Hard to Handle series (Paper Series - American historicals - 1880's)
  • Texas Lily
  • Texas Rose (Paper Roses )
  • Texas Tiger (Paper Tiger )
  • Texas Moon (Paper Moon )
Regency Nobles series
  • The Genuine Article
  • The Marquess
  • The English Heiress
  • The Irish Duchess
The Family Genius series
  • Evil Genius
  • Undercover Genius
Connected Books
  • Moon Dreams
  • Rebel Dreams 
Writing as Jamie Quaid
The Saturn’s Daughters series
  • Boyfriend From Hell
  • Damn Him to Hell
  • Giving Him Hell—coming October 2014


Friday, May 30, 2014

Mystic Guardian Sale

For those of you who like a little super hero fantasy with your romance--Mystic Guardian is going on sale for 99c in June.

I am obviously not an impartial reader, but I love this tale of a French woman who becomes so furious with her uncooperative hero that she swims after his ship and steals his golden chalice to feed her village.

Is there a better way to spend 99c than to laze away a summer day on a tropical isle?

Here are the various links, although not all of them are showing the sale price yet:

http://www.amazon.com/Mystic-Guardian-Isle-Patricia-Rice-ebook/dp/B00IPU4UD0/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mystic-guardian-patricia-rice/1100361145

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/mystic-guardian-3

http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/book/mystic-guardian/

http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/book/mystic-guardian/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/mystic-guardian/id834620884?mt=11