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 […]

Through the Loire Valley

Her heroine approaches Tours to this view, “As they approached on the north side of the river, the town spread across the wide Loire and the red brick curtain wall of the fortress of the medieval French kings, the Palace of Amboise spread along the banks.” I haven’t been there, Fellow Travelers. I think it […]

Because It Is Impossible

An excerpt: I’ve had moonlight on my mind lately. ***** “We’re still weeks from Khartoum, Sekhmet. Bashkim—” Use of the nickname made her lips curl up into a smile. “Neither Bashkim nor Khartoum has anything to do with it. You have your work, your goals.” “And you have yours.” He shifted and tried to cradle […]

Success! Yet the Work Goes On

Launch week for Storm & Shelter flew by. You may remember last week I reported a fairly grueling weekend leading up to launch day. The pace continued. On launch day, we celebrated with a blog hop–a set of posts linked together in a circle—in which our characters lament the presence of a snooping Teatime Tatter […]

How to Be a Debutante

Highlighting the facts behind historical romance with Amanda McCabe on the process—and ordeal—of being presented at court. One of the fun things I researched for His Unlikely Duchess (and for “The Dollar Duchesses” series in general!) was the process of being an “official” debutante at the royal court of the nineteenth century.  It was a […]

Poor Schools and The Education Act of 1870

Highlighting Facts About Education in the Nineteenth Century and in Her Novel Tempting Fate with Michelle Jean Marie In this day and age of Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education in England, it’s difficult to believe that a little over 150 years ago, education for children wasn’t even mandatory in the country. In a United […]

Free book! Coffee first.

I’m posting a bit early this week because I don’t want you to miss this news. The Renegade Wife is free on Amazon August 1-5. Don’t miss this opportunity. If you haven’t yet picked up a free copy of A Dangerous Nativity, the prequel novella, in which the hero of Renegade appears as a boy, […]