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Diversions

Women’s History Month Extravaganza

In which Beatriz Williams and I take over the Romance of Reading Facebook page!   We’ll be talking women, history, women in history, fiction, and women in historical fiction.  (You may notice some overlaps here….)  Come join us in discussing your favorite historical women and historical fiction!  We’ve got give aways and goodies galore. Beatriz…

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Historical Fiction Fan Fest

Whenever my editor and I meet, we wind up having epic discussions about historical fiction.  The books we loved, the books we hated, the books that shaped us; what we used to read, what we read now, the way the genre’s changed and where we’d like to see it go. There’s always such joy in…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s my traditional Valentine’s Day post: a piece I wrote a decade ago, way back in 2009, for the (now defunct) All-A-Blog. “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you….” They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. With that as my…

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The History of Halloweens Past….

Many a year ago (aka 2013), I wrote my one and only Halloween book.  That book was The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, set around general October spookiness and vampire legends in the autumn of 1805. But did they have Halloween in the Georgian era?  And what about vampires? Here, for your amusement, are the…

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Ready… Set… Peep!

It’s March today, which means… it’s Pinkorama time! Yes, that’s right: it’s the 8th Annual Pinkorama (aka Pink Carnation Peep Diorama) Contest. The rules are simple: using those sugary, marshmallowy goodies (Peeps), recreate your favorite scene from any one of my books, novellas, or short stories. There are the Pink books, for Napoleonic Peeps; The…

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Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s my traditional Valentine’s Day post: a piece I wrote way back in 2009, for the (now defunct) All-A-Blog. “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you….” They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. With that as my excuse, I plan…

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Website Reboot

That time has come again: the time for a rethink of the website. I’m going to be overhauling the whole site this spring– which is where you come in! What do you love about the website? What do you hate about it? Is there anything it’s missing? If there’s anything you think I should have–…

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If you like Downton Abbey….

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when one starts to yearn for crumpets and tea, acerbic comments from a Dowager Countess, and the antics of the Crawley family. Bookbub has a list of thirteen new books to alleviate those Downton blues (including The English Wife!). Adding some older books to the…

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New On the Website: Lost Chapters

Now up on in a permanent place on the Diversions Page, from now unto the next time my website crashes, you can find two chapters that were excised by my editor: the “lost” Chapter 29 of The Ashford Affair, in which All Was Explained, and the discarded Epilogue of That Summer (in which some things…

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Top Five Heyers

The other day, when I posted about my recent Heyer-a-thon, a funny thing happened in the Comments section: an impromptu discussion of Top Five Heyer novels. Not four shall you count, not six, but five. (Sorry, Monty Python.) Why five? Perhaps because it’s so impossible to pick just one Heyer. Or, for that matter, three…

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