Traveling Actors during the Regency

  Highlighting the facts behind Historical Romance with Sofi Laporte on Traveling Theaters in the Regency era, and her book, Lucy and the Duke of Secrets. While the great theater houses in Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and Haymarket entertained the people of London, a network of travelling actors or strolling players took care of the […]

Holiday Gifts

Several retailers are being kept busy delivering boxes to my household lately—and many other houses as well. Like many of you, I’m all virtual this year. Gifts are arriving, gifts for family, yes, but also for those who’ve been serving us during the year: church folks and friends, rubbish collectors, letter carriers and so on. […]

Mother’s Day Joy

“It wasn’t a typical Mother’s Day, but I’ll take it.” I heard that more than once yesterday, and I felt the same. Our phone began ringing early Sunday morning, and the electronic cards came quickly as well. Joy on all sides! Friends reported the same. Most of us would have preferred hugs and family around […]

The Maxwell Ghost

Highlighting Historical Romance with Ruth A. Casie on ghosts and Caerlaverock Castle history and intrigue “It pulls at my heart with its beauty and purpose. It represents all I hold dear in a person, if that’s possible, heart, soul and strength.”  Laura Reynolds, The Maxwell Ghost I knew I found the right setting for my […]

Armory Square Hospital

Highlighting Historical Romance with Kathy Otten on American Civil War hospitals While researching Civil War hospitals I came across a book by Amanda Akin Stearns, Lady Nurse of Ward E. She served at Armory Square Hospital and her book provided so much information, I chose that hospital in which to set my story. When the […]

The Heart of a Writer

After two weeks of driving and visiting, I’m back at my desk today. A highlight was lunch with old friends from Central Ohio Fiction Writers. It was a joy to catch up on everyone’s work, and share with people who love the craft! One topic of particular interest—approaches to starting a new book. Every writer […]

The Details Matter

Highlighting Historical Romance with Linda Carroll-Bradd and the ways cultural details enhance stories As I plot and write my sweet historical romances, I do my best to include interesting features of one of my protagonist’s cultural background. In the 1800s, America was a true melting pot of peoples from a host of countries. Many of […]

Murder Most Foul

Highlighting Historical Romance with Elf Ahearn on grisly murders in the Regency era. The grisly Ratcliffe Highway murders caused panic in London in 1811, yet there were no police to arrest the perpetrator(s), no detectives to hunt them down, and no officials to cordon off the locations. In fact, the public lined up to view […]

Sea Battles

Highlighting Historical Romance with Shannon Donnelly’s research into the Royal Navy and its warfare: Even though I’ve been writing Regency romances for a number of years, it seems there’s always something to research. Davinia’s Duke, a Regency novella, proved no different, and gave me three research rabbit holes to dive into. While the Battle of […]

Saving Lives During War

Highlighting Historical Romance with Caroline and Mme. Curie’s activity in World War I. When Europe was engulfed in war in 1914, recently widowed Marie Curie put aside her world famous work in radiation that had won her two Nobel Prizes. At the request of the French government she secured her supply of radium, and looked […]