Castles, Customs & Kings – STOP The Presses….actually….START All The Presses!

Now I have been remiss, no, not just remiss, I have been appallingly, devastatingly, rubbishly, remiss in telling anyone about the wonderful book Castles, Customs and Kings (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), which contains, among the hundreds of finely penned articles, an historical article by yours truly! So exciting, and why haven't I mentioned this properly before? [...]

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same by Maria Grace

I am pleased to welcome onto my blog this week, author Maria Grace. Maria is quite a lady having two graduate degrees, a husband, six cats and eight writing projects under her belt! Maria is here to talk about Regency Cooking & House-Keeping so without further ado: 'There’s an old saying: The more things change, [...]

Aristocracy in the Regency

Who were the aristocracy? We hear a lot about Dukes, Earls, Viscounts etc in Regency Romances and even in the classics don't we? This prolific use of aristocrats within the Regency genre can lead to a romanticised view of the aristocracy. With so many books crammed full of Dukes, Earls and Marquesses it's easy to [...]

Characterisation and Causation

I have been challenged recently and thought I would share the challenge with you all. The challenge I have faced is in reference to writing characters. The thing is, I guess one has to learn that one cannot simply decide that their hero is going to be broody and cynical because that's attractive and that's [...]