Monthly Archives: February 2018

Hitting the Books While Writing, a Guest Post from Don Jacobson

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on December 23, 2017. Enjoy!  I have a problem. I possess what might be called a “flypaper mind.” Stuff goes in and then gets stuck. My memory is in no way eidetic, but … Continue reading

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Double Your Pleasure with Austen-Inspired Actors and Actresses

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a film buff, especially period dramas. For many years, I taught media literacy, and I love to look for “unique” facts. One of my favorites is a list of actors who regularly … Continue reading

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Dressmaking During the Regency

Often in a Regency book, we find a situation where the woman requires a new day dress, gown, riding habit, etc. I was reading a book of late where the modiste finished several gowns in two days, but was that … Continue reading

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Jane Austen and Babies, a Guest Post from Alexa Adams

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on December 29, 2017. In it, Ms. Adams reflects on parenthood and children, as she has just delivered her second child two days prior to the post going live. Enjoy what she says … Continue reading

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The Great Valley Road, Setting for My Novel, “The Road to Understanding”

When I began writing The Road to Understanding, I needed a perfect route to take my characters across the mountains between Virginia and Tennessee in the late 1780s. Who Traveled Across The Great Valley Road? The majority of the settlers in … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at “The Road to Understanding”

In my short eight years of writing fiction, I have written a variety of genres/settings: retellings, sequels, Regencies, paranormal, cozy mysteries, vagaries, contemporaries, and inspirational. I will admit many of my 34 novels fall under the big “umbrella” of Regencies, … Continue reading

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Deamed (or) Deemed (or) Damned (or) Dammed? To Curse or Not to Curse…

Periodically in a story set in the Regency era, the occasion arises where a curse word would be appropriate for a character. However, how to use that word and who might utter it remains a decision most authors of the … Continue reading

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Award Winning Love Songs Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

As we are in the midst of award programs, and it is Valentine’s Day, let’s go back to the songs that made us fall in love. These are some of my LONG-time favorites.   The theme song from the 1997 James … Continue reading

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UK Underground: Chistlehurst Caves, the Setting for “A Touch of Emerald: The Conclusion of the Realm Series”

Yesterday, we had a closer look at Book 8 of my Realm series, A Touch of Emerald. This piece is on where much of the action of the story takes place. Near the railroad station in what is now Bromley … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at “A Touch of Emerald: The Conclusion of the Realm Series”

Although I disliked the idea of saying farewell to the characters from my Realm series [They had lived in my head for some four years.], writing the conclusion, A Touch of Emerald, was a satisfying experience. In truth, I waited a … Continue reading

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