Category Archives: Research

Christmas in June!!! Celebrating the Release of “Letters from Home” with an Excerpt and a Giveaway

Christmas in June!!! Celebrating the Release of “Letters from Home” with an Excerpt and a Giveaway

My novella “Letters from Home” was part of the Christmas-themed anthology Christmas Ever After, but that exclusiveness ended on April 16, for Christmas Ever After was a limited-time publication. “Letters from Home” is now available for purchase on Amazon or to read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited. I particularly loved this story for I am… more goodness …

More Questions—More Answers!—on Austen’s Life and Times

More Questions—More Answers!—on Austen’s Life and Times

Last month’s pop quiz was so much fun that we’ll do another one today. These questions go somewhat further afield, so they may tax your Regency knowledge. As before, there’s no rhyme or reason to topic order. Today’s quiz has twenty-five questions. The answers appear below each question to avoid vertigo from excessive scrolling. Ratings:… more goodness …

Angling History & Fishing Object Guessing Game

Angling History & Fishing Object Guessing Game

Hello and HAPPY SUMMER everyone! I am back with another “What is that thing?” combo guessing game and historical blog post, and like last month, I am focusing on a narrow theme. Summer is here and all of us are busy in our yards (my inspiration for the previous installment in this series) and prepping… more goodness …

That Time I Fired a Musket

That Time I Fired a Musket

Writing fiction set in another time has any number of challenges, and I think this is particularly true for the English Regency. Although it took place a “mere” 200 years ago, the Regency was a time of different manners, mores, and even technology. Sometimes, the technology is fairly easy to experience — I’ve ridden countless… more goodness …

Which Bad Boy is Wrong for You?

Which Bad Boy is Wrong for You?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Jane Austen’s bad boys lately–Wickham, Willoughby, Churchill, et al.–and, as I’ve studied each one, I’m more impressed than ever with Austen’s ability to develop her characters. Each of these male characters brought out the strengths and weaknesses of the main characters in an ingenious manner. The books would not… more goodness …

Boating and fishing in the Regency

Boating and fishing in the Regency

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States. There have been parties and parades, a night race in Charlotte, North Carolina, and lots and lots of campers/tourists in my town. Two of the biggest activities around here in the summer, especially amongst the out of towners who invade every weekend, are boating and fishing. I… more goodness …

The Jewellery of the Georgian Era (and earlier!)

The Jewellery of the Georgian Era (and earlier!)

Not a lot of people from the ‘writerly’ side of my life know this about me, but I’m also a passionate hobby jeweller and silversmith. Antique jewellery, particularly chain maille and other ancient chain techniques, is something I enjoy replicating for my dedicated clientele, to the point where almost all my work is by commission only!… more goodness …

Numerous Scandals Associated with Hertfordshire’s Brocket Hall

Numerous Scandals Associated with Hertfordshire’s Brocket Hall

The official Brocket Hall website tells us, “Brocket Hall has one of the most intriguing of any of the great houses of Britain. Indeed the scent of scandal can be found in the fabric of the building back to its roots in the 13th Century right up to the present day.” If you are a fan of… more goodness …

Pop Quiz for All You Students Suffering Spring Fever

Pop Quiz for All You Students Suffering Spring Fever

Today brings a little fun and games in celebration of spring. (It comes late to the high desert in Oregon. Our trees are just now in bloom. See the dogwood by the headline.) Today’s blog features a quiz on a variety of Jane Austen topics. There’s no rhyme or reason to topics or order. The… more goodness …