Rakes Rogues and Romance

Historical Romance-Because Passion Lives Forever

Happy Birthday to Us


Whoopee!! This is the first anniversary of this blog. When I first decided to begin writing last year, I didn’t know what a crazy, wonderful and crazily wonderful world I’d be entering.

And to those of you who comment or come by to say hi, I will pick a few and give some wonderful book gifts from Avony. How does, Maya Rodale, Sophie Jordan, Candis Terry sound. Or a whole bunch of others, some historical, some not for a surprise! These  are print, not ebooks.


I’ve always loved books but I never knew there was a whole community of people who celebrate their love of books. So when I joined critique groups and writing blogs and saw that people created these fun blogs where they posted reviews and discussed their craft and their love of books, I was hooked.

The title was the easiest part. Those of you who have followed my, ahh shall we say devotion to my book boyfriends, know I love the bad boys. But they have to be bad boys who turn good. Or, who I see as having the potential to be good. So it would be about rakes and rogues.  And I love my historical romance, so I had my thought that one thing that remains with our couples is that their passion will live forever.

I thought it would be specifically about reviews, but since I like to talk…a lot….I decided to write down all my thoughts and feelings about the writing process.

Along the way what happened is that I met wonderful people. People and groups of people who have moved me and changed my life. People who have made me laugh and made me cry. I’ve met those Facebook friends who I now consider just as dear to me as those who I see in my daily life.

You have all become like another little family.


My love of romance has expanded from Historical romance. I blame Maire Claremont for introducing me to J.R. Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood.  Who knew vampires could be sexy?? I am not a fan of tattoos, but thanks to my participations in the Avon Addict program, I found Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series, which I love, love love.

So I’m using this blog today as a way to say THANK YOU

Thank you to all of you. Thank you for subscribing and posting here, giving your opinions and your comments on my posts.

Thank you for all your help right from the beginning, Liza O’Connor, Ella Quinn and all the wonderful amazing writers in the Rom-Critters group. Thank you for giving me amazing books to read that you’ve written, Kary Rader, D’Ann Linscott Dunham, Brenda Dyer and Sheri Fredricks, Andrea Cooper and all the rest of you wonderful people

Thanks to my wonderful critique group family, Elf Ahern, Christ Caldwell, Ann Chaney, Louisa Cornell, Collette Cameron, Gina Danna, Marie Higgins, Jenna Jaxon, Sandy Owens, Lauren Smith, Ella Quinn. This family here is the most wonderfully supportive group of people I have ever met. We cheer each other successes and help each other through bad times, writing related or not. Just like a family.

Thank you to the amazing authors who I still can’t believe I have met and or talked to on in or in person, Thank you to Anna Campbell, Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen,Vicky Dreiling and all the other wonderful authors for all your insight and comments on writing.

And to the other people I’ve met who love books as much as I do, to Carol Cork of Rakes and Rascals, you brighten my day with your posts of Wales, your book picks and your reviews. To Melanie Friedman of Bookworm 2 Bookworm, my new BFF, we now have a date to live blog (or live ogle) Sleepy Hollow every Monday night to discuss the show, and our mutual love of Tom Mison.

To Lindsey Ross, who needs her own thank you for being the best at everything she does; beta reader, cheerleader, but most of al friend. You know how special you are to me.

And a special thank you to two very special friends. Renee Bernard, thank you for your encouragement and support, your help and just being you. You have no idea how much you’ve helped me. And tell my boyfriend Ashe, he’s still so special to me…

And to Danelle Harmon, who created my first true book boyfriend in Damon, Marquess of Mornnghall in Wicked at Heart, who has spent countless hours of her time with me, whom I’ve never met in person but I feel like I’ve known all my life, thank you for being there for me, always.

And so I will just leave you all with a little inspiration this cold morning:

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43 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Us

  1. Happy 1 yr. You’ve done a fabulous job in a year. Be very proud of yourself. You have a large and delightful family, and I envious because I don’t know all those peeps. And I want to, because if you like them, I should like them. Now as to your inspirational pictures, all I felt was lust. Lots of lust. I need a cold shower now, but it is way too cold for a shower. Enjoy your day, and be proud of yourself. You done good, girl. How would they say that back then? You have conducted yourself well.

  2. Oh My Gosh!!!! Happy One Year Nancy!!!! I can’t believe it has only been one year since I’ve known you and this blog! It feels like ithas been longer than that. LOL

    Thank you for this awesome blog and for posts like WIP it out Wednesdays which got me to post my first post of my long ago WIP.

    But I do have to admit I don’t remember how I met you, other than probably through Carol or Ella, but am super glad to call you a friend.

    Have a great one today. :)

    • I know, right Ki? I’m so glad to hear you are writing. Keep on with it. When I look back as to how much my writing has grown in one year I’m shocked. Taking courses in craft has helped me immeasurably. I’m thrilled to have you as part of my family too! Hopefully one day we will meet.

  3. So excited for you! Look what you’ve done in just one year, Nancy! You’re amazing. Congrats!

  4. Congratulations, I admit to be only a new reader of your blog, but liking the photos

  5. Happy Birthday, Blog!!! Nancy, I can’t believe it’s been a year?! That’s mind boggling! I always love your guests and posts…you are so darn good at it! You never cease to amaze or inspire me.

  6. Happy Anniversary! Such a wonderful and uplifting post. I’ve shared.

  7. Happy First Year Birthday, Nancy! This one of my favorite blogs. Your posts are always so fascinating and your inspiration is the best!!! :-) So, may you have many, many more blog birthdays. :-)

  8. Happy Birthday! I love coming to read your posts esp. about the scandals! You’re a regular Regency People magazine! Congrats on your accomplishment. You have done a lot in a year and have many more years to entertain us!

  9. Happy First Blog Birthday, Nancy! Thank you so much for your generosity, your support and for the pleasure of reading your wonderful posts. Most of all, thank you for being a truly lovely person and someone I am proud to call a friend. :)

  10. Happy Birthday to the first blog I became interactive with and truly inspired me to create my own. You are an amazing lady, Nancy. I heart you more than you could ever know and I’m so grateful that our love for historical romances and Renee Bernard brought us together. *hugs*

  11. I just got back home, Happy Blog Birthday!! Thank you so much for being my CP, and my friend. I’m so proud of you!! Tweeted and shared on FB.

  12. HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY NANCY!! I only discovered you a couple months ago, but I adore all of your historical posts — love the scandals! PLEASE keep up the great blogging.

    Oh and that eye candy…. drool. (Not so good when sitting at the table with hubby ;-) ) Three of my favorite men! Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. thanks Glenda! so glad you enjoy! Yes they are delicious, aren’t they!! Have to keep my peeps happy. I consider it a public service!

  14. Hey my new BFF!

    So I’m in bed…then I see this post..then I start typing my comment…them my f’n phone craps out…then I get up…and here I am!

    I want to wish you a very-very happy blogoversary. Arn’t you glad you joined us crazies?!
    Also, DITTO, for everything you said in general, but about us in particular. I do know that one day we will meet, and then…watch out world!

    Have a great Thanksgiving :)


  15. CONGRATULATIONS on a fabulous year! Your blog is always fascinating, funny, and so spot on! And thank you for being an amazing CP and friend! Our group really is the absolute best and you are a huge part of that! <3

  16. (((Hugs))) dear friend … and thank you for YOUR friendship and sweet, gentle wisdom. God bless you, and happy, HAPPY first birthday to your blog!

  17. Happy blogversary! It’s always nice to see fabulous blogs reach milestones like this. Hope you have many more milestones in your future!

  18. Happy first year birthday!! Amazing accomplishment! I enjoy coming by and seeing what’s new. Cheers to your celebration!

  19. Congratuations on your first birthday!!! I was so pleased to find you!!! Thanks for the great blog!

  20. Happy Blogaversary & congrats!

  21. You’re a marvelous person and I’ve enjoyed your blog. I’ve been with you a short time, but understand the sentiments of those who commented. A most happy one-year success.

  22. Keep up the great blog….Happy Blog-adversary!

  23. Happy Blogoversary! I hope you continue to love it :)

  24. Wishing you a wonderful birthday/anniversary. I didn’t find you until today (courtesy of Bookworm2bookworm Blog), but now I’ll look for you often. I’m not an author, just someone who likes to read. And I definitely like blogs that talk about books. Best wishes for the coming year and for words to keep flowing.

  25. Happy Blog Birthday, Nancy!! Wishing you many more! :)

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