Meet Me in Maryland at #HNS2019

Join me Saturday, June 22nd for the Historical Fiction Readers’ Festival & Book Signing in Oxon Hill, Maryland. I’ll be co-presenting a workshop with award winning historical fiction and non-fiction author, Nicole Evelina on three famous couples who carried the banner for U.S. women’s suffrage. (1:15-2:15) Afterward, I’ll sign copies of my historical titles, including my suffragette romance, VANQUISHED, and chat with readers at the book fair. (3:45-5:15)

DYNAMIC DUOS: Husbands and Wives Who Worked Together during the Women’s Suffrage Movement. [Nicole Evelina & Hope Tarr] The words “women’s suffrage movement” conjure images of outspoken women who were either spinsters or fought against male prejudice to achieve their goal. But suffragists actually had many male supporters, and several leaders campaigned side-by-side with their husbands. Nicole Evelina and Hope C. Tarr will introduce you to three such dynamic duos—Lucy Stone and her husband Henry Blackwell; Virginia Minor and her husband Francis Minor; and Carrie Chapman Catt and her second husband George Catt—and will explore how their partnership and mutual support helped them become living examples of equality among the sexes. (Room: Woodrow Wilson B)

WHERE: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center (201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745

TIME: 1:00 check-in, 1:15 – 3:30 conference sessions, 3:45 – 5:15 book signing

Tickets are $10 at the door or $5 if you preorder through EventBrite.

See you there!

‘Tis the Season

It’s beginning to feel A LOT like Christmas here in New York City. The windows of Macy’s, Saks, Bergdorf’s and other grande dame department stores are done to dazzling perfection and our humble abode is likewise decked out. Christmas tree trimmed – check. Stockings hung by the fire – check. Gift shopping finished — er, still working on that one.

Whether you’re looking for a feel good gift for family and friends or a fun, bubble bath read to kick off holiday self-care, I hope you’ll check out my following two books:

Magazine managing editor and unapologetic Scrooge, Starr Starling is just as happy to sleep through the holiday. On Christmas Eve Starr is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future—all in the form of Matt Landry, the hot new art director she’s secretly crushing on.

“Award-winning author Hope Tarr’s A Cinderella Christmas Carol presents a different kind of Dickens story — one with a hunky Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Be.” – Joyce Lamb, USA Today

Twenty-eight bestselling romance and women’s fiction authors, including Deanna Raybourn, May McGoldrick, Lisa Renee Jones and Yours Truly, share their real-life love stories in this wholesome, heart-warming anthology perfect for the winter holidays. Net sales benefit the formerly homeless moms and kids of Women in Need, Inc.

Patricia M. 5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! Some of the stories are funny, some are romantic, some are cute, some will break your heart but all are wonderfully true stories of love. I read anywhere from one to four stories a night. Enjoy, while you help a charity.

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Wishing you a holiday season brimming with fairy tale dreams come TRUE.
Hope

Happy Ween!

October is my hands down favorite month and not only because it’s the host month for my birthday, October 2nd, which I share with Mahatma Gandhi, Annie Leibovitz and Donna Karan! PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) and crisp autumn air, candy corn and boot shopping (finally!) – what’s not to love!?

In the midst of savoring all that’s ghoulish and garish, I hope you’ll check out my article on a rare and wonderful opportunity I stumbled upon: spending the Day of the Dead, or El Día de los Difuntos, at Cementerio de la Almudena, Cusco, Peru’s oldest and largest ossuary. Tradition holds that on this day the souls of our ancestors return to earth to visit with their loved ones. The eve of November 1st through sunset on November 2nd finds Peruvian families flocking to cemeteries to honor their dearly departed with music and dancing, picnics and toasts. What a privilege it was to join them!

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Panel Talk – Challenges of Writing Historical Fiction

Please join HNS for a special presentation on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, as Hope C. Tarr and Radha Vatsal discuss The Challenges of Writing the Historical SubGenre in the Willa Cather Room of the Jefferson Market Library6 – 8 pm. Following the event, authors books will be available for purchase and signing. 

Event: FREE, Open to the public

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Hope C. Tarr is the award-winning author of 25 historical and contemporary romance novels. Her books have been translated into 30 languages including French, Spanish, German, Japanese and, most recently, Slovene! Hope has been featured in numerous entertainment news programs and publications, including NBC’s Today Show, Time Out New York, and The New York Post. She is also a founder and curator of Lady Jane’s Salon®, NYC’s first and still only regular reading series for romance fiction, now in its ninth year with satellites nationwide, all of which support a 501c(3) charity. (The NYC Salon supports Women in Need, Inc).
Radha Vatsal is the author of A Front Page Affair (a Library Journal “Debut Mystery of the Month”), and Murder Between the Lines (Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books Of US Historical Fiction) set in WWI-era New York. She received her Ph.D. from the English Department at Duke University and her writing has appeared in the online editions of the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Smithsonian magazine. She is also co-editor of the Women Film Pioneers Project. She was born in Mumbai, India and lives in New York City
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Meet Hope at the #HNS2017 Book Fair in Portland, OR

SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
READERS FESTIVAL BOOK SIGNING

3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Portland Hilton
Pavilion Ballroom East & West
621 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR

Sponsor: The Historical Novel Society

Find Hope at the Saturday Book Fair where she’ll be signing several of her historical titles plus offering a special giveaway – a signed copy of TEMPTING – to one lucky reader.

Registration information here: http://hns-conference.org/program/readers-festival/

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Video! Hope & Lady Jane’s Salon Visit RT BOOK Reviews

RT BOOK Reviews (basically, the Publishers Weekly of the romance industry) caught up with my Lady Jane’s Salon® co-founders, Leanna Renee Hieber and Ron Hogan, and I and offered to host us for a special VIP virtual Salon for September. (Our collective response–“Yes, please!!!”). Check out the under two-minute video, which includes Yours Truly reading from TEMPTING, out now in Spanish (ebook + print) as No se puede vivir sin amor.

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A Very…TEMPTING Giveaway!

Tempting_SpanishXCvrTEMPTING, praised as “an absolutely gorgeous Victorian romance,” is now available in Spanish as NO SE PUEDE VIVIR SIN AMOR! Download the e-book at any of the following:

Share the love – leave a review! Help get the book to its first 10, 15, 20, and 25+ reviews on any of the above platforms and, at each milestone made, I’ll give away one e-book copy from my critically-acclaimed Men of Roxbury House/Los Hombres de Roxbury House #historical #romances:  VENCIDA, INDOMITA and RENDIDA to one randomly selected reader-reviewer, in Spanish or English – your choice!

Suffering from “digital fatigue”? No woes or worries – the print book will release worldwide this September 2016.

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TEMPTING Coming Soon… In Spanish!

Tempting_SpanishXCvrIf my travels to England, France, Italy and Peru have taught me anything (and here’s hoping they have), it’s that the romance fandom is ever so much bigger and broader than the borders of these United States. Thanks to my wonderful overseas publishers, on any given day I’m as likely to receive an email or Facebook ping from a romance blogger in Honduras as I am one in my own backyard of NYC.

And now my wonderful Barcelona-based publisher, Libros de Seda is bringing out a FOURTH book of mine. This fall 2016, TEMPTING will release as No se puede vivir sin amorliterally, You Cannot Live Without Love. ((Truth!)) Finally romance fans in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay,  Chile, and Peru as well as the U.S. will have the opportunity to read Simon and Christine’s unconventional Victorian set love story in their native language. For now, sit back and savor the stunning cover! Read the FREE (English) excerpt here. Treat yourself to the digital and audio book versions!

And if you’re in NYC or thereabouts, join me at Lady Jane’s Salon® on Monday, February 1st, 7-9pm at Madame X when I’ll kick off the Month of Candy Hearts & Papier Mâché Posies by reading a sneak snippet from my new historical women’s fiction novel–and giving away some cool prizes, too!

Feliz año nuevo! Feliz San Valentín!

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With Daisy; photo by BizUrban.com.

Animals aren’t just companions to me — they’re inspiration. Since launching my writing career, I’ve made it my tradition to include one of my real-life feline rescues as fictional “characters” in my books. Check out my feature in today’s USA TODAY HEA blog, duly shared with my rescue tabby cat, Daisy (“Forget belly rubs, Hope Tarr’s kitties get book cameos,” Sunday, October 11, 2015).  To read more about Daisy and my other feline muses, check out my Best Friends page here!