Ten Secrets About The Typical Romance Reader

on April 7, 2016

by Julie LeMense Have you ever had a stranger look at the cover of the romance novel you’re reading, and smirk? Whatever they’re thinking, it’s not likely to be complimentary. They’ve typecast you as so much less than who you are. So I’m here to set the record straight. I’m a lifelong romance buff, and… Read More

Julie LeMense

Julie LeMense

A Georgetown University graduate with a degree in English Literature, I have been a Regency romance addict since I read my first deliciously bad Barbara Cartland novel. These days, I prefer the complex characterizations and plotting of Julie Anne Long, Sherry Thomas and Meredith Duran, but I’m always excited to find new authors.

Once Upon A Wager is my first novel, and you might be interested to learn that other than the primary characters, most of the people in my book actually lived during the Regency. Dr. Robert Chessher, for instance, is known as the Father of British Orthopedics. Arbury Hall, the home of Alec Carstairs, my hero, is a glorious estate in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Lord and Lady Daventry currently live there, and open the home to tourists during certain times of the year. Astley Castle, where my heroine, Annabelle Layton lives, was a ruin until just a few years ago. It was recently restored, and is available for overnight stays. I can’t wait to go!

A member of the Romance Writers Association of America, I am currently working on my next two novels, as the ghosts who live in my old, gilded age-era home try to sneak their way into my stories.

The Gift of Love

on December 14, 2015

by Julie LeMense The holidays are many things to many people. For some, they’re a chance to reunite with friends and family. For others, they’re an opportunity to give of ourselves and to receive. I count myself lucky in that I usually get to do both. Yet I also find that I’m very reflective at… Read More