Monday Motivations

Monday morning dawns cold and clear and the author stares at a blank screen firmly forbidding self to wallow on Facebook or find a good card game. What to do? There are a number of old fashioned motivators of a disciplinary nature: Deadlines. Nothing stiffens the spine like responsibility for a deadline that impacts others. […]

Highlighting Historical Romance: Eileen Richards

I had a chance to interview my friend Eileen Richards this week! Why do you write historical romance? I fell in love with historical fiction as a child. I loved the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved Louisa May Alcott. History always fascinated me. I fell in love with romance early with […]

Thanks for the Heroes, Fictional and Real

Join us here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1515218678792593/ In this month of giving thanks, I’ve been invited to participate in a week long celebration of Historical Romance, #Thx4HistoricalRom  The hosts have put together a lovely grand prize package and my own Dangerous Works is in it. in addition authors will be offering giveaways daily. The title got me thinking […]

Highlighting Historical Romance: Alina K. Field

This week we feature an interview with another author about her work and her newest release, Why do you write historical romance? I love exploring the roles and relationships of men and women in an era without divorce, birth control, and women employed outside the home. For women, the stakes in pursuing romance were very […]

Highlighting Historical Romance: Alicia Quigley

What a privilege to welcome Alicia Quigley! Today she shares her research into smuggling and the ships the smugglers used. I’ll let her tell you. ___________________________________ I enjoyed learning and writing about the smuggling trade in southern England while I was writing my current release The Contraband Courtship (excerpt below). I learned about some fascinating […]

A Dangerous Weakness extra: Trouble for the Marquess

This bit of fiction joins the hero of Dangerous Weakness with the hero of Embracing Prudence, a yet-to-be published work by Jude Knight. Part one has been posted on Jude’s blog today. (Click here to read it.) Part 2 is here. Part 2 of 2 Grillion’s Dining Club, London, 1818 The choice to meet at […]

Art and the Working Author 2: My Hero

In a previous piece I described how I look for public domain graphics to illustrate blog posts, Facebook posts, and memes about the Regency era.  Today i want to write about a particularly knotty problem.  How do I find a portrait to stand in for my hero? When I envisioned Richard Hayden, the Marquess of […]

Elemental Story Telling

All this week Melissa Stark is featuring analyses of various books in her Elemental Story Telling blog event.  The idea is for authors to view their plot through the lens of the Periodic Table of Storytelling and create a “molecule” that reflects how the tropes and other story elements relate to one another. What is […]