Did you know England obsessed on the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire throughout the nineteenth century? They called it “The Eastern Question.” The empire begin to decline after they lost the Battle of Vienna in 1683. By 1800, the empire was greatly weakened. Imperial Russia stood to benefit from that decline. England deemed the survival […]

Khartoum is Not Ancient

Did you know that Khartoum is not ancient though important ancient sites are nearby. It was founded in 1821 by Ibraham Ali Pasha on behalf of Muhammad Ali Pasha, his father, the khedive or viceroy of Egypt when Egypt annexed what is now northern Sudan. It was largely a military outpost. 1830 it became the […]

Female Pugilism in the Regency Era

Highlighting the facts behind historical fiction with Edie Cay. Boxing was the sport of the Regency era. Pugilism was considered the noblest and manliest pursuit, and thus, the most English of pastimes. Male prizefighters were celebrities, gaining fame and fortune, but women also fought for sport. I based the character of Bess Abbott, the heroine […]

Defending England From Napoleon

Highlighting Historical Romance with Constance Hussey who shares the facts behind The Lady of Hurling Bay. Historical romance is a fluid venue for writers. Some showcase the costume and culture of a particular period, while others build on or incorporate actual events in history. Both offer interesting and delightful stories of another world and time. […]

Rembrandt’s Daughter

Highlighting Historical Fiction with Belle Ami who shares her research into Rembrandt’s daughter. Thank you, Caroline, for the opportunity to talk about my latest release in the Out of Time series. I adore writing this series because it’s a smorgasbord of genres: Romance, historical fiction, art history, thriller, mystery, and just for good measure I […]

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. […]

Food in Roman Britain

Highlighting Historical Fiction with Cindy Tomamichel who discusses food in Roman Britain Reading about food is always fun, and more so when it is in the past. What did people eat, and how has food changed over time? I write time travel historical fantasy set in Roman Britain. I use various resources for research, including […]

Kings of Ireland

Highlighting Historical Romance with Ashley York who brings us warrior kings. The Warrior Kings series takes place in eleventh century Ireland. That’s after the death of Brian Boru in 1014 and before the invasion of the Normans from England. I would venture to say the best-known kings of this time are the English Kings. The […]

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 […]

Anzacs on the Western Front

Highlighting Historical Romance with Jan Selbourne’s thoughts on World War I battlefields. In 2015 I joined an Anzacs on the Western Front tour, visiting the Belgian and French WW1 battlefields where my grandfather and his brother served with the Australian Imperial Forces.  Looking at the lovely towns and villages and soft green fields it was […]