The Widow’s Redeemer Audiobook

The Widow's Redeemer has been released on Audible! I've been enjoying rather a long break away from online activities. It was partly for the 'having a break' thing and partly to give myself some creative space. Everything's so busy and buzzing and instant these days, and I confess to not always being able to shut [...]

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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 [...]

Writing that second book…

Hello all, I am back from the land of editing for a while and have thus been writing a few blog posts as well I should considering how I’ve neglected to it so! Something randomly funny for you: As an introduction back into blogging I thought I’d write about something I’ve recently realised. Since having [...]

Rosanne E. Lortz writes on ‘Switching Time Periods: Some Considerations for HF Authors’

L. P. Hartley wrote: "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” This, as every historical novelist will tell you, is true. But perhaps it is an oversimplification. Perhaps the past is not just one foreign country, but several. Is the process for writing historical fiction the same regardless of the era [...]

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 [...]

Attending a Regency Ball by Maria Grace

“The characteristic of an English country dance is that of gay simplicity. The steps should be few and easy, and the corresponding motion of the arms and body unaffected, modest, and graceful.” – The Mirror of Graces, 1811 Above is an example of the Quadrille In a society governed by strict rules regulating the interaction [...]

A Regency Heroine: Letty Burton

 'Determined, strong, good; a woman of indomitable spirit.' Yep. That's me. What a great description. Wait, wait, wait; woah, woah woah! I think...I THINK I may have gotten that wrong. Yes, in fact, I'm sure. You see, when I write (which is whenever I get the chance), I tend to write my heroines as the [...]

A Regency Hero: Viscount Beauford

            ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a lady of the 21st Century loves a Regency gentleman.’ Wait, do I have that wrong? That was what Austen said wasn’t it? Or something along those lines? Anyway, whether or whether not the eminent Jane Austen did say that, I can at [...]