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In Want of a Wife: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary and “Romance Tropes”

Tropes are defined as consistent and recurrent themes or motifs.  There are many tropes found in romance, whether historical or contemporary. Mindy Klasky  provides a lovely (no pun intended) list HERE.  In my latest Austen-inspired piece, In Want a Wife, … Continue reading

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A “Christmas Eve” Tale from 1820

Today, I share with you a “Christmas Eve” piece from the Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. The piece comes to us from Washington Irving. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., commonly referred to as The Sketch Book, is a collection … Continue reading

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Exquisite Excerpt from “Christmas at Pemberley”

Preview of Christmas at Pemberley My “Christmas at Pemberley” has won several awards as an inspirational romance. It is an Austen-inspired piece. The sequel is a cozy mystery, entitled The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy. The third book in the series is … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at “Vampire Darcy’s Desire”

 In late 2009, at the height of the Twilight mania, Ulysses Press approached me regarding my writing a vampiric version of Pride and Prejudice. [Each book in the Twilight series was inspired by and loosely based on a different literary … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at “Second Chances: The Courtship Wars”

One morning in 2008, I was watching theToday Show, and Dr. Laura Berman shared a study involving pheromones and the connection to Nerve 0 and the human sex drive. The short piece caught my interest so much so that I did additional … 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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Death of a Peer During the Regency + Release of “The Earl Claims His Comfort”

In most historical romances, the idea of a peerage passing from one male in the family to another is part of the plot line. But exactly what was the procedure when a peer holding a title passed? First, let us … Continue reading

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