Author’s Blog

Crossbows and Medieval Weaponry

Highlighting Historical Romance with Alyson McLayne on crossbows and the Highlands. Most writing requires some research, and if you write historical romance, like I do, it requires a significant amount—especially if specific historical events, like the Wars of Scottish Independence, and real characters, like William Wallace, impact your story. While I didn’t have the Scots […]

Treasure Found

Last week you may recall, I started scoping out the village and county that will be the main setting of my new regency series. I decided to set the inn and village sort of generally in the Midlands and plodded along creating roads and inventing a river and other natural features, but when I began […]

Life During the Great Depression

Highlighting Historical Romance with Patricia Kiyono on the Great Depresson and its impact on ordinary folks. The years in American history known as the Great Depression had a lasting effect on the people who lived through it. Though my father wasn’t one to complain, he mentioned a few things about his childhood that told me […]

A Mountain of Names

What a lovely thing to find at the end of the holiday weekend, a wonderful review for Christmas Hope. Yes, I believe it is a gem, and it is wonderful to have someone else say so. Character work on the new series has been humming along. I’ve scoped out backgrounds for two heroes and a […]

Chicago Movie Makers

Highlighting Historical Romance with D.C. Reep who shares the history of silent movie makers in Chicago As a lifelong movie buff, I was naturally drawn to a story about early movies and the people who worked in them. The characters in this novel are fictional, but movie making in Chicago was a bustling business at […]