She will be Heard

While researching for A Lady’s Maid, I found myself on numerous occasions, standing up and pacing. “How?” “Why?” Even the teenage, “I can’t even…” all rushed through my mind. Then I would rush back to the screen, trying to puzzle through how a human could come to another and say, “We want our voice to […]

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Women’s Suffrage and Regency?

Yes. Women were there, asking for the right to vote while Darcy found Elizabeth not tolerable enough. Women were there when Heathcliff was making us all depressed. Women were marching for suffrage during the Dashwoods’ many plights. Women were there during Roman times. Women ruled during the time of the Egyptians. And yet, they weren’t […]

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Scarlet and the Art of Retellings

The nitty gritty about the first scene in Scarlet: I have wanted to talk about retellings for some time. What makes a good retelling? Do we want to stay in that world longer, and so as a reader we look for new characters in the same world? Or do we love the characters so much […]

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Being Real

This morning, I feel like being real. I mean, I’m always REAL. But I mean, the dirty bathroom kind of real, the shut your bedroom door so no one sees the mess kind of real. Some of the real grittiness of life people don’t want to see, if we are being honest. They have their […]

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Balance

I can always tell if my life is out of balance when my closet and my laundry room are a mess. My desk, though, my desk is ALWAYS a mess, and I like it that way. Because I feel like balance is an inside out kind of thing. You can only be truly organized, balanced, […]

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Can your Romance Stand Alone?

Can your Romance Stand Alone? A Tribute to the Clean, Proper and Sweet. and compelling, gritty, tense, angst ridden, smart and fun. As a historical romance author of clean fiction, I get asked every so often, “Is there a market for clean romance?” When I tell them, most exuberantly YES! Many adults nod their heads […]

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Red Caps, Eagles and the Sparrow

Complicated: the best word to use when describing England’s change to greater democracy. What could they do, with the French Revolution so close at their heels? Fear dictated much of the lawmaking. At the forefront, they wished to avoid the terror from across the channel. Undercurrents of resistance to change, the noble class’s feelings of […]

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What is Peterloo?

While researching for my first Regency romance, The Nobleman’s Daughter, I asked over and over, “But what about the poor people? Have they no rights? No recourse? Who is caring for them?” I had a wonderful story in mind highlighting the beautiful and wealthy elite–the plight of the poor mercilessly bumped it aside. So I […]

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