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 […]

Kidnapped by a Love Story

Highlighting Historical Romance with Clare Rhoden and some lovely stories from The Great War Hi, I’m Clare Rhoden and I live in Melbourne Australia. I’m thrilled to be here today to tell you a bit about my First World War novel, The Stars in the Night. I was kidnapped into the era by a love […]

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 […]

Hearts and Flowers

So Valentine’s Day. Do you love it or hate it? You may think that for romance authors it might be one of the most important days of their work year. Perhaps that isn’t so from a writing and planning point of view, but it does make for a great promotional opportunity. Last week’s 1814 Frost […]

Ladies Boxing

Highlighting Historical Romance with Edie Cay about Ladies boxing in Georgian England             Regency England is a well-researched topic. I was able to use plenty of respected secondary sources that compiled information, like maps and descriptions of London. However, when researching Regency boxing, sources became very focused, and when researching women’s participation boxing, resources were […]

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 […]

Slaves or Thinkers?

Highlighting Historical Romance with Rue Allen who continues here series on Medieval Women: Slaves to Convention or Independent Thinkers (Part two of three) In the first of my posts [published here on Sept. 5, 2019] about Medieval women and the common mis-conceptions about them, I discussed the holy women of the time, Abbesses, Anchoresses and […]

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 […]