Monthly Archives: June 2015

A Writ of Error as a Plot Point in “The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin”

For my latest cozy mystery, part of the action is a trial set in 1816. Many of the tenets of court law we now accept as commonplace were not part of the court system during the Regency Period. For example, … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Death of Lord Darnley

What do we know of Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley? He was the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. Darnley was tall enough to entice Mary, who was reportedly near six foot tall. He was a Catholic, but knew Anglicanism … Continue reading

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Cloutie Dumpling? A Recipe for Fun

I enjoyed an afternoon of tea yesterday with some friends, one of whom served what she termed to be a traditional Cloutie Dumpling from Scotland. I am all in for traditional foods, especially those so tasty. (Yes, I have tried … Continue reading

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Readers’ Entertainment Magazine Interview with Regina Jeffers

This is an excerpt from an interview I did with Readers’ Entertainment News.  1. First, tell us a bit about yourself. Where you’re from? Past jobs, awards, the usual bio stuff. Born in Huntington, West Virginia, over the years, I … Continue reading

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The Anglo-Saxon World: King Alfred, William of Normandy, and the Doomsday Book

King Alfred is considered by many to be the wisest and greatest king.  As King of the West Saxons, Alfred (849 – 901) unified his people and constructed a victory against the Danes in 878 at Ethandum. Alfred led his … Continue reading

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Writing Craft: Description 101

Trained as a journalist and a grant writer, over the last seven years, I assumed a quasi-methodical way of addressing description in my fictional writing. As a mode of discourse, description does not come naturally to me. I view my … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxon Christian Writings

Religion during the Anglo-Saxon period was more than church life; it was the cultural beat of Society. Needless to say, “literature” grew from the foundations of religion. Most of the literature of the time was written in Latin by the … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Release of “His American Heartsong” with an Excerpt + a Giveaway

Dear Readers, At your request, I created Lawrence Lowery’s story. In my Realm series, you first met Sir Carter’s older brother Lawrence in A Touch of Velvet when the future baron came to Linton Park at the request of Viscount … Continue reading

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A Happy “June” Birthday to Some of Our Favorite “Austen” Actors

    June 2 ~ Dominic Cooper (John Willoughby in 2007’s Sense and Sensibility)         June 2 ~ Liam Cunningham (General Tilney in 2007’s Northanger Abbey) June 3 ~ James Purefoy (Tom Bertram in 1999’s Mansfield Park) … Continue reading

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