In Progress – The Seaside Affair

Old habits are hard to break. With every book and series I write, I start a separate blog to track my progress, write about my research, and build interest during the journey. The Seaside Affair is no different. Please visit it at The Seaside Affair on WordPress. I had thought about taking a break from historical romance but recently found myself drawn back regardless of my cozy mystery that I started writing a few months ago.  Often new genres are a challenge to write, and when the muse arrives to take you for a walk on the beach, you don’t complain. Perhaps I need to take a trip to the Oregon coast to work on this book, although this one is set on the southern coast of England in a fictional town named Norbury Cove. After starting this book, it’s going to include multiple characters and side plots to draw Read More

Lady Jane (Regency Era – Ladies of Disgrace) In Progress

Lady Jane is my fourth “Lady of Disgrace” set in the Regency era. This is my first attempt to write Regency, so I’ve had to pull out my book, “Jane Austen for Dummies” written by Joan Klingel Ray, the President of the Jane Austen Society of North America, for research purposes. Each time I write a book, it is a different experience. My first book, I was filled with dread and self-doubt. My second book, I dreamed a lot about it. My third book turned into a “what if” scenario and the story unfolded. After that, I wrote three more books in my Legacy Series, and my subsequent “Ladies of Disgrace” books and “Romance with a Kiss of Suspense” books. As a general rule, I don’t plot. I hate outlining. I’m a panster, which is the type of writer who starts with a premise or theme and then writes from Read More

My Inspiration for Lady Charlotte

I had a great time writing Lady Charlotte, which is a tit-for-tat relationship between Albert Beckett and Charlotte Rutherford.  Cedric, Charlotte’s cousin, thinks her behavior is an embarrassment to the extended family and sets out on a bid to reform her ways. He chooses Albert Beckett to take on that task, who you will soon find out spouts an awful lot about what constitutes good society. So, where did I get all this stuffy fluff about behavior?  It’s from a book that I’ve used quite a bit in research entitled, The Habits of Good Society: A Handbook for Ladies and Gentleman written by an Unknown Author in 1872. I wrote a review of the book on Amazon that will give you an idea of its contents: When writing, I try to be as accurate as possible regarding the times. However, this book goes far beyond what I would term a typical Read More

Building a Story Around History

My life would be so much easier if I just wrote in the twenty-first century where I’m familiar with everything around me.  I can see why contemporary authors often pound out book after book of modern love stories.  Unless they are focused on some particular subject, research is pretty much quick and easy. I’m sure in some cases, it’s not needed.  The only book I’ve been lucky enough to write with little effort is my one contemporary romance. However, I apparently love to torture myself by picking difficult subject matter.  Lady Grace is no exception.  Set during World War I in England from 1914-1919, I’ve been spending hours researching everything from aspirin to Belgian refugees in order to place this story in a believable setting.  Research teaches me (a person who once hated history), and I am often fascinated about what I learn. As I finish the first draft (yes, Read More

World War I Posters

The call to war is evident by the myriad of propaganda posters encouraging the general public to enlist, serve as civilians, donate money, or to take in the downtrodden. One of the scenes in Lady Grace touches on the heroine’s thoughts of a poster she sees at the train station depicted below, “Women of Britain Say GO!” Rather than inciting empathy for the cause, she questions the ability of any rational woman to encourage their husbands to join and face the probability of certain death. Writing about this era in England has been a challenging exercise in examining the struggles of those left behind and the fears they may have endured. Of course, there is often passionate love based on the uncertainty of survival. As you can see from the examples of posters below, each carries their own theme that is meant for the very purpose of moving individuals to Read More

Lady Grace – Update

Progress so far on Lady Grace – 12,192 Words – Chapters so far include: 1 – A World Turned Upside Down 2 – Shared Heartache 3 – Digging Trenches 4 – The World at War 5 – Welcome to Our Homeland 6 – Cozy Cottage 7 – Whales and Poets. Two new posts on Ladies of Disgrace book blog – fashions of the era and the story of Belgian Refugees. Women in Dresses  World War One: 250,000 Belgian Refugees Read More

Men in Uniform – World War I (Lady Grace Research)

I really wanted to put a man in uniform on the cover of Lady Grace. Days – I spent days hunting pictures on stock photo websites. Only a few decent ones came up after searching World War One soldiers, most of which could not be used because they were editorial. (In case you don’t know what that means, they cannot be used for commercial purposes like book covers because there is no model release. For example, taking photos of men in uniform during a public re-enactment exercise.) However, I did find one I really wanted but they wanted $300 for usage rights. (Gasp for a tiny image in the background behind Grace.) CLICK HERE TO SEE IT After giving up there, I went to the public domain and did find a few that I downloaded. In fact, I had been ready to put the face of one particular gent on Read More