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Thursday, June 29, 2017



I write historical romance featuring African American characters because I want to bring forward a more complete history. I wrote my first historical because I wanted to see stories of African Americans as people of Christian faith in history. I was inspired by the example of my great aunts and grandmother, who made the journey from the south to the north during the Great Migration for better opportunities.

There is a lot in the historical narrative that has been overlooked, so my stories are an attempt to restore some of those voices that have not been heard from for a richer, fuller depiction of history. Rather than focusing on African Americans as victims, my stories show how hard they worked and how they had strong faith in a brighter future for generations to come.

I just released a novella, Sparrow’s Song, as part of Songbird. I wrote the grandmother’s story which is a Vietnam War-era love story. 
Here’s the blurb:
 In the hot summer of ‘68, recent graduate Sparrow Jones takes a job running the summer program at her family’s church hoping to save enough money to attend music school. Despite her mother's objections, music is Sparrow's ministry. Yet, as she throws herself into her work, she finds a different calling in little Carole and her stern father. Widower Master Sargent John Charles drops his little girl off at the church everyday, trusting them to take care his daughter while he works and maybe help her to regain her speech. When the feisty program director begins questioning his parenting skills, it takes all of his military disciplines to keep his temper and manners in check. Yet, the thought of her and the care she shows for his child makes the heart he thought he'd buried beat again. With the summer coming to an end, will Sparrow be able to fly away to her dreams of a music career or has her heart become entangled with a helpless little girl and her military father?

I’m currently working on a women’s fiction novel and a novella which will be part of a collective effort with other historical Western authors. It’s an exciting time of transition for me! 
~ Piper Huguley

Piper G Huguley, named 2015 Debut Author of the Year by Romance Slam Jam and Breakout Author of the Year by AAMBC, is a two-time Golden Heart ®finalist. 

She is the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a three-book series of historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book #1 in the series, A Virtuous Ruby, won Best Historical of 2015 in the Swirl Awards. Book #3 in the series, A Treasure of Gold, was named by Romance Novels in Color as a Best Book of 2015, received 4 ½ stars from RT Magazine, and won an Emma Award for best historical romance in 2017.

Piper Huguley is also the author of the “Home to Milford College” series. The series follows the building of a college from its founding in 1866. 

Book #1 in the series, The Preacher’s Promise was named a Top Ten Historical Romance in Publisher’s Weekly by the esteemed historical romance author, Beverly Jenkins, and received Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Contest of Self-Published e-books in 2015.

Her new series “Born to Win Men” starts with A Champion’s Heart as Book #1. A Champion’s Heart was named by Sarah MacLean of The Washington Post as a Best Romance Novel selection for December 2016.


Piper Huguley blogs about the history behind her novels at She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.


Marcia King-Gamble said...

Nice to have you join us Piper! Looking forward to reading your books!

Judith Ashley said...

Piper, thank you for guesting with us at Romancing The Genres. The more voices out there that show an accurate historical representation of the African-American experience the more educated we all are. I'm certainly adding you to my new-to-me authors I want to read list.

Sarah Raplee said...

I love your reason for writing Historical Romance, Piper. It's so important for people to understand the past in order for them to understand the present and forge a united future. This is I am a new fan!

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Great post, Piper! I love learning about history through romance, and we need more stories of African Americans.