Monthly Archives: November 2016

William Paca, Rabble Rouser and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

William Paca was born in Abington, Maryland, on October 30, 1740, at his family’s home in what is now Harford County, north of Baltimore. He was the second son of John and Elizabeth Smith Paca and the fourth generation of Pacas … Continue reading

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Annuities in the Regency as Basis for “Mr. Darcy’s Bargain”

Much of the action of latest release,  Mr. Darcy’s Bargain, is based around a scam perpetrated by Mr. Wickham upon the citizens of Meryton, as well as Mr. Darcy’s attempts to thwart him. Wickham convinces many in Hertfordshire to invest … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Publishing Options, or Being a Female Writer in the Regency Era

Publishing Options for Women During Jane Austen’s Lifetime I thought it time to revisit this post for several people of late have asked me of Austen and self-publishing. Novels during the early Regency were geared toward the female reader; therefore, … Continue reading

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Recent Winners of Giveaways from the Bluestocking Belles and Regina Jeffers

 The Bluestocking Belles are happy to announce the winner of their holiday collection, Holly and Hopeful Hearts. Congratulations to Vesper!!! The Belles will be in touch to determine which format you prefer for the book delivery. Thanks again to the Bluestocking Belles for … Continue reading

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From Where Does the Name “Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky” Come?

With the news of the anniversary of the Cutty Sark ship this past week, I thought to renew this post. First a bit on the clipper ship: On 22 November, Cutty Sark celebrates the 146th anniversary of her launch. Originally designed … Continue reading

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The Franklin Syndicate, a Scam That Serves as the Basis of “Mr. Darcy’s Bargain”

When I came upon the idea of a “bargain” between Darcy and Elizabeth, I required an impetus to bring them together in my latest vagary, Mr. Darcy’s Bargain. That impetus was a scam perpetrated on the citizens of Meryton by … Continue reading

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Josiah Bartlett, “President” of New Hampshire and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

The Bartlett family of Massachusetts traces its roots to William the Conqueror. The family’s records in Stopham show that Brian, a knight (described in ancient sources as Guido de Brionne), and his Esquire, Adam Barttelot, sailed over from the Liseux district … Continue reading

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