Friday, December 14, 2018

Getting into the Holiday Spirit

Need a break from all the stress of shopping, cooking, and planning?
Put up your feet, grab a cup of your favorite hot drink, and let these sweet historical Christmas Romances whisk you away to another time and place. Don’t have time to browse a bookstore, shop from this list here:
First up, Christmas Secrets  $.99 for only two days — Sat Dec 15 and Sun Dec 16, 2018!
A stolen Christmas kiss leaves them…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Historical Christmas Trees

When we think of a historical Christmas, most of us picture a Charles Dickens scene complete with a goose or turkey and a Christmas tree, but such a charming image is largely Victorian and therefore not as ancient as most of is believe. For one thing, the English haven’t always included Christmas trees in their celebration.
Early on, they decorated yew trees with small gifts or candy. But even this tradition was not wide-spread until…

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

The London Season

If you’ve ever read a Regency or Victorian Romance, or even a British historical novel set in the 18th or 19th century, you’ve probably come across the word “Season” (capitalized). The London Season does not refer to winter or spring but rather to the social whirl among the upper crust of British society during the spring. The Season originally began as a way for the families of men serving in Parliament to amuse themselves while…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Snowmen During the Regency–Fact or Fiction?

Recently on one of my writers groups had a lively discussion regarding whether or not people built snowmen during the Regency. After all, it seems such a natural thing to do with a practically limitless source of building materials. Surely people had as strong a desire then as they do now to build snowmen, forts, animals, and simple snowballs to throw at one another using the nature’s art supplies. However, often our assumptions about what…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Nine bestselling Authors Present Nine Regency Romances in a New Collection

Presenting a new boxed set of nine Historical Romances just in time for the holidays! 
Nine Ladies Dancing
Nine bestselling authors present nine Regency romance novellas — some traditionally sweet, some clean, some mildly sensuous — in a boxed set you won’t want to miss!
Mistletoe Magic by Donna Hatch — Can the mistletoe work its magic and open Evelyn’s eyes to true love at the Christmas ball?
Teach Me Under the Mistletoe by Kay…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Fall or autumn–which reveals your poetic side?

As an American, I learned to call the season between summer and winter “fall.” Later, when I discovered the term “Autumn,” I thought it sounded so much more romantic and had a historical flair that has always appealed to me. However, both are modern terms.
Anciently, the season had no name at all. It was merely a transition between summer and winter. Later, people starting calling that time of year simply “harvest,” a name that…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Condemn Me Not

Since my last post was all about the Salem Witch Trials, I thought it fitting to give away a copy of a fantastic novel closely based on the true story of a real victim of the Salem Witch Trials Susannah North Martin, in this award-winning novel, Condemn Me Not, Accused of Witchcraft.

This gripping tale follows the story of how it started, the plot behind it, and the victims. Despite the theme, it is surprisingly inspiring as well as tender, touching, and well, haunting.

“This woman was one of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this world; and she did now throughout her whole trial discover herself to be such a one. Yet when she was asked what she had to say for herself, her chief plea was that she had led a most virtuous and holy life.” —Reverend Cotton Mather, 1692

Author Heather Moore explains why she wrote this unforgettable novel:

CONDEMN ME NOT is based on the life of my 10th great-grandmother. When my mother found Susannah North Martin’s connection while she was working on our family history, she sent out an email with a link to a history site with more information. After reading through it, I knew I wanted to write a story about her one day. It took about 6 years to get around to it because the research was very daunting. With this story in particular, I knew I had to satisfy seasoned historians and family records that spanned across generations. This is why I decided not to focus so much on the accusations and the trial proceedings, because I felt those did not need to be duplicated. Instead, I focused on the life and loves of Susannah North Martin. While researching her history, I was struck by the impression that she and her husband had an incredibly strong marriage and a prodigious love for each other. Time and time again, George defended Susannah in court against various accusations. They raised nine children together. They loved and lost, rejoiced and grieved, and despite the volatile community in which they raised their family, in the end, they triumphed over what any court of law might accuse them of. Susannah went to her death on Gallows Hill with a clear conscience, ready to meet her Maker and to be reunited with her dear George.

USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings the life of her 10th great-grandmother to center stage. Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem.

Leave a comment in the post below for a free copy of this enchanting and romantic true story. Or simply order your own copy of Condemn Me Not, Accused of Witchcraft right now on Amazon.

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