It is true interracial romance has been around for a while. There are lots of old Harlequin romances with interracial couples. However, they were never widely advertised as interracial romance. It was more of a hush hush let’s see how this goes thing, in my opinion. Finally, interracial romance is getting a chance to shine. Now that these relationships have become more commonplace publishers are not afraid to share what they have to offer in this genre. I’m excited that authors are publishing more interracial romances these days and that they are being so well received. The once overlooked genre has gotten a new life. Many publishers even have interracial romance category search options on their home page/shopping page.
I go a step further with this genre … or should I say a step back in time? I write historical romance which means when I have an interracial couple it throws another monkey wrench in the works. I’m not saying there wouldn’t be difficulties in a contemporary interracial romance, but in a historical it is even more scandalous. Setting my interracial couple anywhere from the Antebellum era to the late 1800s really ups the tension and I have to walk a tightrope between being historical accurate and respectful.
Based on my observations there are two main historical interracial romances: Black/White romances and Native American/White romances. My upcoming release Wild and Tender Care (from Liquid Silver Books, June 30th) will be my first Native American/White interracial romance. I enjoyed the change of pace although many of the race issues were the same. I plan to write more Native American/White interracial romance in the future.
Blurb for Wild and Tender Care
The town of Big Rock, Colorado is changing its wild-west ways, and ex-madam Ida Page and new town doctor William Steere are finding it difficult to be accepted for who they are. But when these two outcasts meet, they find their rightful place in each other’s arms. Haley Whitehall burns up the pages in her hot, new historical romance, Wild and Tender Care.
Ida Page has seen the worst the west has to offer. Snubbed by the citizens of Big Rock, Colorado, ever since the town cleaned up its act and became civilized, she has tried to change with the times. No other line of work available, she became a laundress after the mayor shut down the whorehouse, but the good people will not allow her to forget her past as a shady lady. She has given up on ever being accepted, let alone falling in love, until a handsome half-breed stranger arrives in town.
After the War Between the States, William Steere has been looking for a town to build a medical practice. He answered a newspaper ad placed by the mayor of Big Rock and hopes their desperate need for a doctor will overrule their race prejudice against his half-breed status. At the Independence Day picnic, he is introduced to all the town citizens except for one woman sitting off by herself. This redhead draws him to her with merely a gaze.
Can the two outcasts find love and acceptance in each other’s arms or will the town’s cruelty and a smallpox epidemic tear them apart?
You can pre-order Wild and Tender Care from Liquid Silver Books and save 20%.
Here is the link to the pre-order page. Just scroll down until you see my book. http://www.lsbooks.com/pre-order-coming-soon-romance-books-c322.php
Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historical fiction and historical romance set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy. Visit Haley’s website at http://haleywhitehall.com.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Haley-Whitehall/e/B0078EO6CE/