Author’s Blog

Research for Steampunk

Highlighting Historical Romance with Barbara Russell who reminds us Steampunk requires research too! She really got into it. Even if The Heart Collector is a steampunk novel, it’s set in Victorian Auckland and I did a lot of research to give the story a ‘real’ feel. I researched Victorian slang, currency, food, and of course […]

Where Research Leads

Highlighting Historical Romance with Carrie Lomax and research into women’s medical history In researching The Lost Lord —as always happens when delving into the past—more interesting facts than I need for the story I’m telling. One of these is the history of Caesarian sections. (Don’t worry – you won’t have to read about the procedure […]

Come Along!

I’m heading for the Historical Romance Retreat in California. Oh come along. You know you want to! Too far to drive? Can’t afford to fly? Too late to register? Follow along online. Watch for my daily updates on Facebook and Instagram. For today, I’m packing. I’m taking five costumes, and they were strewn all over […]

Medieval Women

Highlighting Historical Romance with Rue Allyn Medieval Women: Slaves to Convention or Independent Thinkers (Part one of three) Medieval women were fascinating creatures. The stereotypes that leap to mind include the Great Lady (queens and noblewomen), the yeoman wife, the nun and the downtrodden peasant. Regardless of status, the idea is strange to many fiction […]