Roman Time Travel Series by Morgan O’Neill

I hear great things about Morgan O’Neill’s Roman time travel series − check it out! Two authors writing as one, Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes specialize in recreating pivotal moments in history, epic adventure, and romance—with a time travel twist. A witch’s ancient curse propels talented flutist Gigi Perrin back to A.D. 408, to the court […]

Just for fun: LOVE MATCH excerpts

You might be wondering, “Where is Rougemont #3?” Well, it’s still in the works. I am writing it, but it’s taking longer than I expected. It’s not something I can write in a hurry — it’s becoming my Sistine Chapel, but without the ceiling. I don’t want to rush it and crank out a shoddy book; it […]

Print, Audio, and Foreign – Oh My!

Ever have a truly epic moment that deserves to play in slow motion, with the Chariots of Fire soundtrack in the background? Well, I just had three — count ’em — THREE. I’m hoping you’ll pop the proverbial cork with me and celebrate some good news. First, all of my books came out in print, I just had […]

Victorian Fashion Sketches

Oh, how I love the research stage of writing a historical novel! I’m busy working on Rougemont #3, but I’m ready to take a little break, and I thought you might enjoy seeing the best of late-Victorian fashion in all its excessive, opulent glory.* The unwieldy bell-shaped skirts of the 1840-60s gave way to a […]

Victorian Inventors

I don’t see what all the fuss is about — the upset readers who want to know what on earth I’m doing, with my Victorian characters sending telegraphs and fastening zippers. Considering DaVinci invented a machine gun, diving suit, and helicopter before Shakespeare wore diapers, you might not be impressed to hear vacuum cleaners were […]

Guest Blog on “Faking It” + Jewelry Giveaway

I dreamed of being a doctor when I grew up. And an F-16 pilot, and a ballroom dancer, an architect, a rancher, and an auto mechanic. Not to mention my awkward phase in the 90s when I thought I was cut out to be a CIA field agent. Turns out I’m a soccer mom. Yet somehow […]

I Took Art Lessons To Write My Book

To celebrate the re-release of The King of Threadneedle Street, I’m updating and reposting this article on art and drawing, which I originally ran in April 2013. Thanks for reading! I loved doing research for Book #2 in the Rougemont series, The King of Threadneedle Street. Shameless litte geek that I am, I enjoyed reading about the 19th-century […]

It’s #Rougemont2 Re-Release Day! Jewelry Giveaway + Blog Blitz

He owns three shipping companies, a diamond mine, and his own castle. He knows Portuguese, Hindi, Mandarin and Morse code. His assets net thirteen million. Lord Preston wants the one thing money can’t buy… (Imagine that intro in James Earl Jones’ voice.) I’m delighted to announce the “re-release” of #2 in the Rougemont Series, The King […]

New Release! Historical Christmas Novella

Presenting MARY’S CHRISTMAS KNIGHT, for those of us who go weak-kneed at the smell of hot cocoa, baking cookies, peppermint bonbons, and the most delicious chocolately baritone voice whispering in your ear. Poor Mary Cavendish, she’s trying to trim down in time for the next London Season so she’ll attract her “knight on a white […]

5 MORE Things The Victorians Did Differently Than You

1.  Dating  Expensive mistresses, sordid-themed clubs, reckless curricle racing, dueling with pistols, gambling away his inheritance… the Victorian bachelor sowed his wild oats and got away with behaving very badly indeed. Once his dowager grandmama gave him the ultimatum to marry or else, he then had the burden of keeping his naughty behavior from the notice of […]