Friday, March 15, 2019

A fun aspect of reading and writing historical novels is the clothing. Who wouldn’t want to dress up...

A fun aspect of reading and writing historical novels is the clothing. Who wouldn’t want to dress up in a silk gown and dance or promenade, even if it’s only vicariously? It’s become one of my life’s missions to seek out and sigh over any historical clothing while visiting museums. What started with a thirst for historical accuracy has morphed into a nerdy passion. This latest find is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in…


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Friday, March 8, 2019

What Makes a Great Romantic Illustration

By Jane Sandwood
Within ten to fifteen seconds, the average consumer will either have moved on or be drawn in. The first few seconds interacting with anything, including books, completely shapes our impression of it. This means that the best book ever written could be passed up by millions due to a lackluster cover that failed to draw in readers, or even worse, turned them away. A fantastic illustration that draws the reader in and …


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Hyde Park, THE Place to See and be Seen

During the Regency, going to the park wasn’t just for children; gentlemen and ladies of fashion frequented the parks in London to ride, walk, and make a fashion a statement. Regency ladies and gentlemen often chose Hyde Park as a favorite place to ride on horseback to get some fresh air and exercise. However, it was most popular as a place to drive in open carriages to show off clothing, or the latest rig, or…


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Friday, February 8, 2019

The month of Love

In honor of February a.k.a. the month of love, here are 5 things I love about Romance novels.

Romance novels are, by nature, character-driven which means there is usually a lot of character growth. In the beginning, characters have problems that need solving, as well as a ‘fatal flaw,’ some flaw in their personality that prevents them from being truly happy or feeling peace. By the end of a well-written romance, this fatal flaw is…


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Friday, January 18, 2019

Man versus Nature–snow

Have you ever caught yourself saying something like, “Kids these days! Why, when I was a kid…”
I always laugh when I hear that. I know there are a lot of modern-day problems unique to our generation, however, human nature hasn’t changed all that much. Take, for example, what we do when it snows. Yes, it can be a pain to shovel sidewalks, and it’s downright scary to drive in a snowstorm and on snow-covered…


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Friday, January 4, 2019

Confident Literary Heroines Trump Damsels in Distress

by special contributor Jane Sandwood
We live in a fabulous world where women are becoming more strong-willed and independent than ever before. Years ago, reminiscing about our favorite historical romance novels often conjured up images of beautiful damsels in distress waiting to be rescued from a woeful life by a knight in shining armor.  Could it be thanks to real-life role models such as Malala Yousifazi, Rupi Kaur, and Ellen Degeneres that we are starting…


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Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year’s Traditions Through History

Celebrating the New Year is an ancient custom. The ways people celebrate it is an ongoing evolution dating back centuries.
During the Regency and Georgian Eras, one tradition was to clean the house thoroughly, including ashes in the hearth, scraps, and rags, and even eating or discarding any perishable food in order to start the year fresh, discarding bad luck and inviting good luck.
A less vigorous tradition required a gathering of family in a…


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