Assertive characters

Assertiveness is something that I think is undervalued in current society. It’s something we love to see in the characters of our books.

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Carlton House: A Lost Palace by Catherine Curzon

George’s first major renovation project was Carlton House, a residence given to him in 1783 when the then Prince of Wales came of age. With the rambling house came a stipend of around £60,000, which the prince was supposed to use to renovate the shabby building.

Regency London: traipsing around the ol’ haunts

I mean, this is why it's so important (if you can) to visit the places you hark on about in novels or read about. I am not a city-lover so how was I to know St James' that fashionable haunt of fashionable men in the Regency is on a slight incline?

Re-Enacting as a research method for historical fiction authors

Now, there is an academic debate on whether re-enacting enables or hinders the production of academic research - I settle on the side that it enables. I really do think that if you try to do something they way they did it in the past it can inform your understanding of the past providing you with real insight.

Researching historical costume: Worthing Museum & Art Gallery

I really don't know what it is about historic dress that fascinates me, but it really does do just that, fascinates me. I can spend ages staring at the line of a dress, the embroidery of a sleeve and the shape of a heel.

Dressing a Regency Gentleman

This is shocking! This post was meant to be a follow-up to my Dressing a Regency Woman post and I completely forgot to post it - that was 2 years ago! SHOCKING. Worse than that, I updated it (sorting out those pesky typos - I hope) and then something went wrong and I lost the [...]

Dressing a Regency Woman

This blog post aims to give you a brief outline of how a Regency woman would be dressed. The thing is, so many authors assume their readers know what a spencer jacket is, what a shift is, what stays are, and if you don't you feel rather silly asking! I myself will admit, for the [...]

US & UK Kindle GIVEAWAY of The Widow’s Redeemer! 1st June – 14th June

Hallooo all! Now, I have been somewhat buried - that's right, literally buried - in edits of my new manuscript, and as you have seen, I've come up for air to share excerpts of Miss Rotherham that I've edited and to host brilliantly written guest posts like Rosanne E. Lortz's one 🙂 To apologise for [...]

Emerging from Editing for an Excerpt – Miss Rotherham

As the title says, I'm emerging from editing to put up an excerpt. I've been spending some time editing Miss Rotherham, and I'm enjoying getting to know all the characters again. The thing I'd forgotten is that editing is actually bally hard work! I have also been remembering recently that I promised a series on [...]

Why is Regency fashion so seductive?

During my studies at university I've been looking at the eighteenth century and various themes associated with it, and when I came back to looking at the Regency in my own time, I found myself viewing the fashions of that period very differently to before. You see, having some of the political, social and economic [...]