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On the anniversary of Peterloo, a free read

A protest march in 2009 inspired me to find stories of protest with women participants from earlier days. For my novel An Untitled Lady, I settled on events during the summer of 1819 leading into the Peterloo massacre, on 16 August, for many reasons. It’s well-known, partly because newspaper correspondents were eyewitnesses–and among those arrested […]

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Historical fiction writer’s lament

It would be interesting to know how officers’ wives intellectualised their experiences in Spain and Portugal. However, setting aside a collection of epic lays of little relevance to our topic–viz., Anon., Poems founded on the Events of the War in the Peninsula by the Wife of an Officer (London, 1819)–the only text that has been […]

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The birth of an island

  First-hand account from 1831 of an island being made between Tunisia and Italy, from Recollections of a Rifleman’s Wife, at Home and Abroad, by F. M. Fitzmaurice (1851) (PDF at Google books, computer-transliterated text at general ebooks; see also Wiki entry on its history and scientific significance):  CHAPTER VII. GRAHAM’S ISLAND. About ten days before we left […]

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Celebrating books in Frederick

Had a great time this past Saturday at Frederick Book Festival. It was the first year of the festival, and we saw a solid turnout and great interest in local authors–especially romance authors! Many authors from Washington Romance Writers and Maryland Romance Writers were featured authors, and WRW even had its own tent, which I […]

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How true do you expect historical fiction to be?

I’m over at RomCon’s blog today, with how I solved two puzzlers during the writing of A Note of Scandal. If most people think they “know” a historical fact, but your research shows they’re wrong, do you write your story to reflect what they know or what you think is the truth? Either way, somebody’s going […]

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Book-club chat for Note of Scandal starts April 15

In a fortnight my book A Note of Scandal will be the topic of discussion among all the members of the Washington Loves Romance book club. And you can join in, too–it’s all online over in a Facebook chat group. C’mon over and tell me what you loved and what you didn’t, what you wondered […]

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Does rich = romantic?

I’m asking over at Evernight’s Romance on the Go blog. Join us, and say what you really think–your comment might show up (masked) in a story someday soon!

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The Next Big Thing 2

A big THANK YOU to writer Shannan Albright for inviting me to participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Please click on over to Shannons’s blog where she answers the same ten questions about her awesome book in progress, DARK DESIRE, that I answer below about my book in progress. The Next Big Thing […]

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Welcome to the Evernight Publishing birthday blog hop!

Happy news from my publisher: Evernight Publishing opened its doors two years ago. In those two years we’ve signed over one hundred and sixty authors and published over three hundred books. From paranormal to contemporary, we’ve had more best sellers than we can count and made thousands of people smile, sigh and gasp. So, as […]

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You’re invited! Washington Loves Romance online book club

Great news from my local writers’ chapter: WASHINGTON, D.C. – There are those who would argue that Washington D.C. isn’t a city of romance. They would be wrong. Readers spent more than $1.36 billion on romance novels in 2011* and many of the books they bought were written by Washington Romance Writers’ members including best […]

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