Amazon Best-selling Historical Romance

Amazon Best-selling Historical Romance
Escape to a romantic period where love endured, grew, and flourished despite a Civil War.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Blog Hop on Writing Process

I'd like to thank Belinda for inviting me to be a part of the Blog Hop on the Writing Process and extend a warm welcome to her as I introduce her.

Belinda G. Buchanan is a writer of edgy, women’s fiction and mystery romance.  Her first novel, After All Is Said And Done, frequents amazon’s top 100 in women’s fictions and is a story about infidelity, healing and forgiveness.  Her other books include:  The Monster of Silver Creek, a mystery/romance, and her latest, Seasons of Darkness – a coming of age story about a young man struggling to live among the shattered remains of his family after his mother’s suicide. 
Married to her soulmate of twenty-three years, and a mom to two boys, she lives in the bluegrass state of Kentucky along with a menagerie of animals that includes two persnickety cats, one hamster, and a dog that thinks he’s a person.

Belinda loves to chat almost as much as she likes to write so come on over and visit her on facebook or twitter.  And if you’re a pinner come find her on pinterest.

Now, it's my turn to share insight about how I handle my writing process and my work environment. First, I share it with three pets who keep me company as I write: Sunflower, our golden cocker spaniel, Honi, our golden retriever, and Frankie, our shelter cat.


I have a novel titled Louisiana Sunset in progress with the first three chapters completed and edited. Just getting a new Mac and switching from Windows and my old desktop is slowing me down a bit. I have to learn my new computer. Usually, since I'm a morning writer and do my best work then, I put on coffee, grab my red bird coffee cup with an inspirational verse on the inside, and settle down to write in the wee hours of the morning when all is quiet.

Just Completed Work

I've just completed and released a plantation novel titled Romance under the Oaks set in New Orleans and Vacherie, Louisiana. It's a historical romance love story about the first plantation owners, Jacques and Celina. Their conflict is Celina loves New Orleans, but Jacques loves the quiet plantation life and wants to move her fifty miles from her beloved city to swampy bayou country. He builds Live Oaks Plantation on River Road in Vacherie. Along comes the Civil War, and Celina is stuck out in the sticks and must escape in a buggy through the woods when the Yankees steam up the Mississippi River. She has to get out before the shelling starts. Though life as planters knew it is gone with the war, romance lives on under the oaks.

Novel Showcased as a Must Read by Southern Writers Magazine

River Oak Plantation is a plantation American Civil War novel, historical romance, released in December. It has been doing very well, on and off Amazon's best-selling list in two categories since its release, Civil War and Christian historical romance. Readers love this one. It's unique with dual story lines and dual love stories and blends the past with the present. Journey through the antebellum period with Maggie and Danny and weather the storm with Cammie and Noah. Despite a Civil War, killer hurricane, and raging, rising Mississippi River, love endures all, grows, and flourishes like the cotton and sugarcane.

Why I Write

It's my passion. I can't not write. Through writing, I've come closer to Jesus, read more of God's Word, and helped others in the process as well as myself. I have made many new friends through the people I've met in the process, and God has placed people in my life to help me along through my writing journey, just as He has with my life journey. I thank God for all those blessings.

Why I Write What I Write

I grew up on Nancy Drew and read every one of her mysteries I could get my hands on, so I've been drawn to mystery and suspense, thus I began with romantic suspense. Touring old plantation homes has been a love of mine, and I felt drawn to write about them and history. I enjoy learning from the research involved with writing historical romance, and I find the antebellum period so interesting. I love researching that era, and it makes writing fun. You'll find mystery and suspense within the pages of River Oaks Plantation even though it's historical. I've been told it's unique, and readers say that's what they love about it.

Friday, March 7, 2014

River Oaks Plantation Showcased as a Must Read in Southern Writers Magazine

 River Oaks Plantation has been on two different Amazon best-selling lists, Civil War and Christian historical fiction and showcased in Southern Writers Magazine as a Must Read. Check it out.">

Monday, March 3, 2014

Love & Romance Endure, Grow, & Flourish

Love and romance endure, grow, and flourish during the Civil War. Experience the antebellum South with Maggie and Danny and weather the storm with Cammie and Noah as they battle a raging hurricane and flood. Will Maggie ever see her husband... ride down that lane of live oaks again, or has the Civil War claimed Danny for good this time? Noah still has the ring he bought for Cammie all those years ago. Should he give it to her? Romance under the Oaks coming soon. More

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Little Romance Under the Oaks for Valentine's Day

It's been some time since I last posted as I had to download Firefox since Internet Explorer would no longer work with Blogger. Looks like I'm in business again. I have completed the first twelve chapters of Romance Under the Oaks, the historical romance I'm working on at this time. I also have three chapters completed on my romance novel Louisiana Sunset. Romance Under the Oaks will release this spring, and Louisiana Sunset will release this summer or before. Get a sneak peak at the cover for Romance Under the Oaks.

My husband and I toured Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, in January. We loved it. He snapped the picture, and my granddaughter did the cover for Romance Under the Oaks. My latest release is River Oaks Plantation, and you can click on the cover to read two-and-a-half chapters free using Amazon's "See Inside" feature. There is a long blurb about the book, and you can check out the great reviews it's been getting. Readers love it.

Romance is blowing in the wind where the past meets the present with characters you'll root for as they weather the Civil War and a raging hurricane. Will the hurricane destroy what the Civil War spared? Give yourself a little romance under the oaks during the antebellum period in the South for a wonderful Valentine's Day read with River Oaks Plantation. You can give yourself more with Romance Under the Oaks this spring.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Florida Cracker Christmas and Christmas During the Civil War

My husband and I went to Cracker Christmas in Christmas, Florida, a few weekends ago. To my delight, I was able to speak with men and women who were displaying goods from the Civil War era. One man had a tent and replica uniforms of the Confederate soldiers as well as books and a wooden nickel. He was dressed in gray wool pants, and it was too hot for him to wear the coat. I noticed the coat was lined with the material of old-timey mattresses.

The ladies of the antebellum period were dressed in their work dresses for a day of plantation duties. They were most informative of the food available during the time, Eagle brand canned milk, hardtack crackers, and certain types of old-fashioned candy. With Christmas drawing near, I found it interesting when one lady picked up a cornhusk doll and explained that it was the type of dolls most girls would receive for Christmas, and ragdolls were considered a luxury since the rags were needed for wounded soldiers.

I ended up buying a cornhusk doll and a ragdoll. She showed me sandalwood fans, and they smelled so good. During Christmas, moms and dads couldn't just rush out to the local shopping center or mall and buy the dream doll for their little girl. They had to depend on homemade gifts, and any little girl who received a ragdoll was considered lucky.

Times have changed. Today's children would shun homemade gifts because they're all about the latest piece of technology. I truly enjoyed stepping back in time and the opportunity to complete some research for my newly-released novel River Oaks Plantation.

If any of you live in Florida, be sure to visit Cracker Christmas in Christmas, Florida, next year and step back into another time period. Women bake cornbread in iron skillets around open camp fires, and you can buy it freshly cooked. Booths of arts and crafts and delicious food make it worthwhile. I find something of interest every year and no matter how cold it is, we always get fresh homemade ice cream. This year I had strawberry with real strawberries, and it's like nothing you can buy in a store.

Just think about what Christmas was like for children during the Civil War era when simple homemade gifts were good enough, during a time of war and rations when children were thankful for what they received. Seeing the ragdoll a little girl would've received for Christmas back then made me realize that the one I received for my ragdoll Christmas so many years later, was exceptional, but it wasn't homemade. I bought my own homemade ragdoll for Christmas this year.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

River Oaks Plantation Coming Soon by B. J. Robinson

Check out the cover and blurb for River Oaks Plantation. The novel is coming soon for Amazon Kindle.

When I stared writing River Oaks (working title), this is all the plan I had. I simply sat down and wrote it in a spiral notebook to get my main characters in my head. This was my working blurb. I don't outline, but I do make notes and begin with a plan of this nature to get me started. Other characters were invented and added as I wrote.

From award-winning author B. J. Robinson comes a story of family secrets and raging passions amidst a deadly hurricane and rising floodwaters in the Big Easy or Crescent City.
Margaret Sarah Turnrow first laid eyes on River Oaks Plantation amid lush foliage and oak trees dripping with Spanish moss when she returned from her honeymoon as a petite hazel-eyed bride to the antebellum mansion. She immediately fell in love with the house and grounds and beautifying the gardens with plants. Her first task involved lining the oak drive with azaleas. Determined to have the best gardens, she soon recreated formal ones designed from precious memories of France, Italy, and England from her honeymoon tour. Before the Civil War, she imported plants, and gardening became her passion. During the war, it was her only one. The fertile Louisiana soil loved and nursed her plants as much as she did, and they grew like the cotton and sugarcane.

Pale as a magnolia blossom, she sparkled like the sun reflecting off Lake Pontchartrain when she flashed pearly white teeth with her camellia-red smile, but small white hands tucked demurely into the folds of her gown as she sat quietly during elegant dinners, concealed her true vivacious spirit. The war would change the shy woman-child as it ravaged through her life and took its toll on the home and family life she came to know and love with all of her heart.

Before the Civil War, dashing Daniel Paul Turnrow stood six-foot-two, as tall and elegant as the white-columned plantation home he'd purchased on the banks of the Mississippi River. He led a charmed life as a charismatic cotton baron known as one of the richest men around New Orleans and on River Road. River Oaks boasted over thirty-five-hundred acres of fertile Louisiana soil, mostly planted in cotton with the exception of some sugarcane along the Mississippi River banks and his wife's gardens.

Danny returned from the war a different man, as broken as the pillared splendor of the South. Surrounded by cypress swamps and sugarcane fields on the river's end and white blankets of cotton edging the dirt roads, the plantation still stood, but the grand life he'd led turned to one of backbreaking toil. He no longer stood so tall and proud with an aching back hunched over Louisiana cotton and sugarcane fields.

With the future uncertain, fear lurks in his heart and soul and clouds his mind. What will sustain his marriage through the loss? Can they defend what's most precious to them and maintain River Oaks as a working plantation? The manor home is the only legacy he has left. Will he lose it?

Years later, Amaryllis Camilla O'Brien is stranded alone with two dogs on the top floor of an antebellum plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, as a deadly hurricane rips and roars through the city and raging floodwaters threaten to devour the old home. She discovers a yellowed diary. Will family secrets drown in the flood with her? Will the diary matter? She's determined to save it and the dogs, or die trying. Has her great grandmother left her a sinking ship?

Noah Gautreaux, the plantation manager, took vehicles to higher ground and is supposed to return, but will he make it in time to save Amaryllis and his pet girls? The old house withstood the floods of 1973, 1983, and 1993. He doesn't think he has to worry about it floating off down the Mississippi River, but as excessive rain and wind continue to batter the area and the water continues to rise when the levees breach, he realizes there's a first time for everything and this could be it for the white-columned beauty of ages past. Will River Oaks Plantation, the only woman he's ever loved, and his pets drown or be blown away?

With the future uncertain, fear lurks in their heart and soul and crowds their minds. Can they save what's most precious to them? If the Mississippi River doesn't take it, will River Oaks ever be the same again? The manor home is the only legacy they have left. Will they lose it? Just as they thought things would work out, will they lose everything they hold dear? Will it be gone with the flood?
Stay tuned, as I said, this is the working blurb. There will be another and more information. I'm in the editing and layering process and will be about half finished after tomorrow, Lord willing.

This novel begins in 1856 before the Civil War, and Danny and Maggie's story ends after the Civil War. The chapters alternate between their story and Cammie and Noah's, which begins in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina. I've put in lots of time and research on this one, and you will get the story of two couples in one book. At this time, I'm working on refining it and finishing touches. Maybe I should have titled this one Gone with the Flood.