In her article, she wrote that at one point, while feeling frustrated at an industry that seemed to demand Regency, she decided to throw genre norms into the wind and wrote a paranormal historical romance set in Mongolia. This is where I realized I had to read her books.
I picked up Stranger. It turned out to be the final book in a series, but it stood on it's own. Set in the Victorian period, the story spanned the USA, England, and the realm of Faerie. It involved both magic and technology (I would almost classify it as Steampunk, but not 100%). The characters that had been featured in previous books were intriguing (I will definitely read all the Blades of the Rose books). The primary characters, well, I did not want their story to stop. They were layered, flawed, sympathetic, vulnerable, and strong. The romance was HOT but always part of the developing story and character growth. Did I mention it was hot?
Rebel by Zoe Archer has been nominated as a finalist for this year's RITA award. I'm looking forward to acquainting myself with more of her stories.