Category Archives: research

The Real-Life Myles Standish’s Influence on “The Courtship of Lord Blackhurst”

As my previous two posts on John Alden and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow have indicated, my most recent tale, “The Courtship of Lord Blackhurst” was inspired by Longfellow’s narrative poem, “The Courtship of Myles Standish.” Other than the knowledge of Standish … Continue reading

Posted in American History, book excerpts, book release, British Navy, eBooks, Georgian England, Georgian Era, historical fiction, Living in the Regency, real life tales, Regency era, research, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Real-Life Myles Standish’s Influence on “The Courtship of Lord Blackhurst”

The Mont Blanc Tragedy During World War I

Any historical fiction writer worth her salt spends a great deal of time doing research. I was specifically looking for tunnel fires for a plot line I was envisioning. I found a great deal on the Mont Blanc tunnel fire … Continue reading

Posted in history, real life tales, research | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Old Lady Day” ~ No It is Not My Birthday!

Quarter Days are the four dates in each year that align with religious festivals. The days are roughly three months apart and are close to the two solstices and the two equinoxes. In British history, these days were the ones … Continue reading

Posted in British history, Chaucer, Christmas, Church of England, Georgian England, Georgian Era, Living in the UK, real life tales, research, servant life, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on “Old Lady Day” ~ No It is Not My Birthday!

Easter During the Regency

According to many sources, for many years during the Regency (1811-1820), Parliament did not open its first session of the year until after Easter. But the list of dates, I have included below, contradicts that idea somewhat. Generally, the new … Continue reading

Posted in British history, Church of England, England, George IV, Georgian England, Georgian Era, history, Jane Austen, Living in the Regency, Pride and Prejudice, Regency era, research | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Thomas Tompion, “The Father of English Clockmaking”

I have a dear friend who is really into antiques, and I must tell you that she is a wealth of knowledge — a tap I often go to for just that special touch in a story, but I will … Continue reading

Posted in British history, inventions, real life tales, research, world history | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

March 25, Lady Day – What are the Quarter Days in UK?

In the Western liturgical year, Lady Day is the traditional name in some English-speaking countries of the Feast of the Annunciation, which is celebrated on 25 March, and commemorates the visit of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during … Continue reading

Posted in Act of Parliament, British history, Church of England, customs and tradiitons, England, Georgian England, Georgian Era, Great Britain, history, holidays, Living in the Regency, Living in the UK, medieval, Pride and Prejudice, real life tales, religion, research | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on March 25, Lady Day – What are the Quarter Days in UK?

Catholic – Protestant Marriages During the late Georgian Era

When discussing Catholic emancipation, etc., the year makes a difference. George III’s era was far stricter against Catholics having any kind of power. That was one reason why many members of parliament quit in 1801, including Pitt the Younger and … Continue reading

Posted in Act of Parliament, British history, Church of England, customs and tradiitons, family, Georgian England, Georgian Era, history, Inheritance, Living in the Regency, marriage, marriage customs, political stance, real life tales, Regency era, religion, research | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Catholic – Protestant Marriages During the late Georgian Era

Book Review – The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery

(by Kelly Yanke Deltenar of http://www.examiner.com) The Phantom of Pemberley by Regina Jeffers is a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with a murder mystery twist. And although I’ve read Jeffers before (all of her other books, as a … Continue reading

Posted in Austen Authors, book release, books, Georgian England, Georgian Era, Guest Post, historical fiction, history, Jane Austen, legends and myths, Living in the Regency, paranormal, Pride and Prejudice, publishing, reading habits, Regency era, Regency romance, research, spooky tales, suspense | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Book Review – The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery

The Battle for Fort McHenry and Its Role in “Captain Stanwick’s Bride”

On Friday, I welcomed another Book Baby. Captain Stanwick’s Bride: A Tragic Characters in Classic Lit Series Novel is a Regency romance that is set against the fiercest battles of the War of 1812 between England and the United States. … Continue reading

Posted in American History, book release, books, British Navy, England, Georgian England, Georgian Era, history, Living in the Regency, military, publishing, reading habits, real life tales, Regency era, research, War of 1812, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A War of Words Preceded the Treaty of Ghent, Marking the End of the War of 1812 between the U.S. and Great Britain

During April of 1814, American representatives were permitted to come to England to continue negotiations with their British counterparts in hopes of coming to a resolution of the issues upon which the War of 1812 were based. However, the attempt … Continue reading

Posted in American History, British history, Georgian England, Georgian Era, history, military, Napoleonic Wars, real life tales, Regency era, research, War of 1812 | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on A War of Words Preceded the Treaty of Ghent, Marking the End of the War of 1812 between the U.S. and Great Britain