July 31, 2018

I knew from the outset that the charming lady’s man Jake Warriner was a spy, so in his book, A Warriner to Seduce Her, I had to create a whole new world of espionage. He was a member of the King’s Elite, a crack force of covert operatives who were tasked with catching...

April 27, 2017

I've always loved a series. I hate saying goodbye to characters and delight in colliding with them again in different books. However, I decided to give myself a bit of a run up before embarking on my first series, so my first four books were stand-alone stories. But al...

March 14, 2017

The deadly disease smallpox had been feared by man for thousands of years by the 1800s, and rightly so. It was highly contagious, incurable and killed a third of those unlucky enough to catch it.

Those who survived it were rarely left unscathed. Aside from the inevitab...

June 16, 2016

Surgery in the early 19th century usually meant a death sentence. It was the last resort and never undertaken lightly. Statistics from the time put the chance of dying as a result as high as 80% and surgeons were still not really considered to be proper doctors. Even t...

June 7, 2016

I read my first romance novel somewhere around twelve, and from then on I was hooked. However, it took another thirty years for me to read my first historical romance because, frankly, they didn’t interest me. Odd, I suppose, considering I was a history teacher but the...

June 5, 2016

HAVE A LOOK AT ANNA'S WORLD:
After the success of last month's post where I showed you around my writing room, I am delighted to tell you I managed to convince fellow Regency author Anna Bradley to show us hers! So here it is, in her own words...

 

 

Weird and W...

February 25, 2016

 

For most of us, our knowledge of smugglers in the 18th and 19th centuries comes from the stereotype we have seen on films and television. We picture the salty, pirate- looking smugglers sneaking into moonlit coves, muskets in their hands and ready to do battle with an...

February 23, 2016

Since I was lucky enough to receive The Call from Harlequin Mills and Boon a few weeks ago, I have gone from an amateur writer to a professional one. The only difference between the two states, as far as I can tell, is that now I will get paid for what I do and I can c...

February 12, 2016

 

I really do try not to be useless.

 

I am great believer in the old adage that change is good and that being able to adapt to change is a character trait that I am certain that I possess. However, sometimes I yearn for the good old days when all aspects of my life did n...

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