Weird Stuff Kids Say Part 7: Mother’s Curse

My son woke me up at three in the morning to tell me he couldn’t sleep. On my housekeeping checklist: “scrape goo off door.” More than once I’ve explained to the police that the 911 call came from a kid who can’t even count to ten. And you already know about the vaseline incident… We shouldn’t be […]

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 […]

Real Life Romantic Heroes

I adore alpha males in fiction. The take-no-prisoners, my-way-or-the-highway, dragon-slayer types. I even cheer when they mess up and land themselves in trouble with the heroines, because it’s true to life, and I like seeing how couples work through conflict. “The course of true love never did run smooth,” and all that. With apologies to Shakespeare, I’d like to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet Jeff Salter, Male Romance Writer!

Yes, you read that correctly. Today I have author J.L. Salter here to talk about his books and his journey as a writer. I adored his stories before I found out he’s a guy. And then I was impressed; he knows how to sound like a girl, and it’s hilarious! Read on: Jeff: Delighted to […]

Welcome Author Calle J. Brookes + Giveaway!

Please welcome suspense and paranormal author Calle J. Brookes! I’m so glad she’s here today to talk about life as a writer. Stay tuned, because she’s just in time for your holiday reading list with a giveaway I know you’ll love. And now here’s Calle: I have…an author’s assitant. She loves notebooks, pens of any […]

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 […]

Historical Espionage! Guest Post: Author Sherry Gloag

Please welcome Bestselling Author Sherry Gloag! The moment I read about Napoleonic War-era espionage in the back cover of her historical romance, VIDAL’S HONOR, I knew I had to hear more! Thanks for being here today, Sherry! Details…details… it’s all in the details. And if, any writer doesn’t think that’s important, then think again.  It […]