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Category Archives: Regency

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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Research for Writing: Stories of Women

One of the delights of writing about the Regency, especially stories that include soldiers, is the sheer amount of on-the-scene documentation available. This is said to be the first conflict in which soldiers as well as officers could read and write, and many have left diaries and memoirs of their experiences. I used many of their […]

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Online trove for Austenites

The British Library has scanned many of its artifacts by and about Jane Austen, including this manuscript page from Persuasion (my fave): (I love the mark-ups: No one’s first draft is perfect.) In addition to images of papers and other physical items, the Library has essays on Jane and topics in her books: courtship and marriage and […]

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Why I Put a Melee in a Romantic Novel

Why would a romance-loving writer like me set a story in the middle of a melee? My latest novel, An Untitled Lady, includes events around 16 August 1819 in Manchester, England, including a workers’ protest rally that ended with at least 15 people dead. It might seem odd to set a story about two people […]

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Aurora Regency House Party this week

Aurora authors and editors are playing host to a five day fete to celebrate the third anniversary. will be hosting giveaways via Facebook, the Aurora blog, and on Twitter (#aurorahouseparty). Check them out October 14-18 for Regency silliness and chances to win books and other goodies. Here is the schedule: Monday: Choose Your Regency Name […]

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Costume Symposium at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

I know many Regency readers love to read about the dresses and gowns and ribbons and all the details. So when I heard that Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, in Alexandria, Virginia, would be playing host to a score of experts in the fabrics and fashion of the period, I made time to go–and had a blast! […]

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Excerpt — An Untitled Lady

An Untitled Lady is through edits, which means I can share the first scene with you! The book will be released by Musa Publishing on Dec. 20, 2013. Here’s the book-jacket copy: Shocking family news forces Madeline Wetherby to abandon her plans to marry an earl and settle for upstart Manchester merchant Nash Quinn. When […]

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One last look at RT2013

The folks at RT Book Reviews have posted loads of photos from their recent RT Convention on Flickr–pages and pages of them. Including one of me, leading the fan game during “Lady Lavinia’s Regency Bridal Shower.” I had a great time, as you can see, and am already penciling in RT’s 2014 convention. See you […]

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Fans in the Regency

Getting ready for my part in Lady Lavinia’s Regency Bridal Shower, a reader event at this week’s RT Booklovers Convention in Kansas City, I wanted to learn some about the language of the fan. But it wasn’t as simple as I’d expected. “Speaking” through fan gestures has been done through the centuries, but its heyday was […]

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