Buy the Best! Two hundred years of advertising

Highlighting Historical Romance with Jude Knight I’m doing the pre-format check of the Bluestocking Belles’ latest box set, Valentines from Bath, and I’ve been creating relevant advertisement to use as breaks between stories. To get them correct, I’ve dived into one of my favourite research resources: the British Newspaper Archive. This database offers nearly 30 […]

Highlighting Holiday Romance

Highlighting Holiday Historical Romance today. A few weeks ago, I highlighted Byron’s time in Venice and how I came to write Lady Charlotte’s Christmas Vigil. In recent years I’ve been called upon to write holiday stories to be included in the Bluestocking Belles’ collections also. My first, A Dangerous Nativity, first appeared in a collection […]

Do Film and TV Producers So Their Historical Homework?

Highlighting Historical Romance with Cerise DeLand Have you watched the BBC/Netflix series Bodyguard? If so, you’ve seen the Home Secretary pull up to the home of the Prime Minister.  Later they ID it as Chequers, once the home of Winston Churchill, now the PM’s. Well! This one in the show is not the real Chequers! No! […]

Housing Mushrooms

Highlighting Historical Romance with Jude Knight, who brings us an extra this week. In my latest novel, I imagined a Regency house flipper. My hero is a retired exploring officer, the Napoleonic Wars equivalent of a special forces operative, and he makes his living buying run down manors from overstretched aristocrats, and doing them up […]

Spills and Fire Starters

Highlighting Historical Romance with Sherry Ewing and struggles with authentic Regency fire starters. While editing my next Regency era release, One Moment In Time, my editor caught me using the modern day word—match. Nowhere in my twenty-first century mind did it occur to me that I had written about how we may start a fire […]

One Little Candle

This morning dawned bright and crisp here in the urban wilds of eastern Pennsylvania. Yesterday’s sharp wind and clouds are gone, leaving sunshine. If there was frost, it dissipated before I got up, but it is cold out there. The bright sun gives me energy. I never mind the cold in winter, but I begin […]

A Legend Retold

Highlighting Historical Romance with Alanna Lucas on Ancient Rome When the Marquess Returns is a Regency adaptation of the legend of Romulus and Remus. I’ve always had a fascination with Rome—it’s one of my favorite cities—and I was quite familiar with the tale of how twins, who were set upon the Tiber River and discovered […]

Trashed! Coffee please!

He who talks more is sooner exhausted. Lao Tzu   That must explain why I am completely trashed this Monday afternoon—much talking and dancing and costume changes and friend making and parties—many parties at the Historical Romance Retreat at the Mission Inn last week. I learned that there are right hand quills and left and […]

Family ~ the Third Week

Continuing my analysis of the families of the characters in my books, we come to the Haydens. This is a very different bunch than the others I’ve written about. They are wealthier, more powerful, better connected, and—dare I admit it—less happy. If have read any of my books you’ll have met the Marquess of Glenaire—later […]